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“Definitely the best cuisine on the Lake” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Evan's American Gourmet Cafe

Evan's American Gourmet Cafe
536 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
530-542-1990
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $40
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
San Francisco
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86 reviews 86 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
“Definitely the best cuisine on the Lake”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

There was nothing to dislike other than we were seated beneath an HVAC duct and the A/C was ON. It did blow cold all during our dinner and that was the only inconvenience.

Visited September 2013
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Boise, Idaho
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Unbelievable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Good afternoon! I finally got to Lake Tahoe and it is actually more beautiful than the pictures. My wife and I arrived in on a Wednesday and spent the Thursday riding bicycles all over the place. At the end of the day we wanted to find a really nice place to eat and found Evans Café on Route 89 in South Lake Tahoe. Folks...your search is over. The food is incredible!!! Andy and Anna who run the front of the house are charming and knowledgeable and make sure that you are comfortable and happy. There is absolutely no rush to get through dinner. The chef....this man has talent!!! Everything is cooked to absolute perfection. This is what a dining experience should be all about. Great food, cozy atmosphere, knowledgeable staff and great pricing.

If you don't go to this restaurant you are missing a major treat in life. We plan to go back for a longer stay in Tahoe and this will be at the top of the list of places to go and eat.

Bon Appetit.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Las Vegas
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48 reviews 48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Love this place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Charming atmosphere, charming staff and amazing food! Evans is at the top of our list every time we visit the lake. Be sure to save room for dessert and I highly recommend the one that is similar to bananas foster - OMG thought I died and went to heaven!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Columbus, Ohio
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131 reviews 131 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 58 cities Reviews in 58 cities
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
“I wish I had this option back home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013 via mobile

Cute little dining place with seating for only about 10 tables. It was quiet but still lively. The food was amazing. We shared duck sausage pizza to start (which my husband didn't want) but he ate all but 2 pieces it was so good. He had the filet and it had a lot of flavor. I had veal medallions which were in a truffle sauce and very good. We shared a sampler dessert (a chocolate pie, white chocolate macadamia torte, and a lemon raspberry neopolean) which we both liked so much we could've ate a whole one ourselves and the portions were really generous.. especially the wine pours. The food is made from scratch and worth every penny. Our bill was 160$ before tip (2 glasses of wine and 4 beers). The only con is that the service did slag off here and there but when they were on it the service was great.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Grand Junction, Colorado
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Incredible and imaginative!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

This place was absolutely wonderful. I took my wife there for her birthday and the place was packed...get reservations! We could see why. As we sat down they brought us some toasts and pate, then explained the menu and specials to us. In short, we had a great bottle of wine, a Caesar Salad that was one of the best I have had, she had veal and I had duck with cherries. The bill came to 105 all tolled, and it was worth every penny of it! The service was outstanding, the atmosphere was outstanding and the food? "Forget about it!" We would, and will, go back there in a heart beat.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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