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Local cuisine, American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Takeout Available
  • Masks required for guests not fully vaccinated
Updated 10/03/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 10/03/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
CUISINES
American, Cafe
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We were very hungry and headed for a burger restaurant around the corner from this cafe only to find it was closed for remodeling. So we popped into the Driftwood Cafe The staff was very friendly and attentive. My husband had breakfast which they serve...all day and I had a burger. The burger came with delicious REAL French fries which I was told they make on the premises. It was a wonderful discovery.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Driftwood Restaurant is a cute little restaurant. We had a delicious breakfast. It was a busy place but the food didn’t take very long. The servers were attentive and knowledgeable.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our hotel owner suggested this place, tucked just behind the main street with a great menu for breakfast and lunch. Prices slightly cheaper than those eateries facing the main road also! We had to wait to be seated - due to the popularity. Ample for...veggies on the menu. A real American breakfast that didn't disappoint.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 29, 2022 via mobile

My husband's meal came out ok, sandwich was good did forget the avocado request, fries were old and reheated. The hungry hiker meal was terrible, bacon burned black at ends and biscuits were hard, asked for over medium eggs got over hard.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 26, 2022 via mobile

Ate here twice it was so good! Breakfast served all day and a great overall menu! Very convenient location. Staff was great

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 24, 2022 via mobile

Fantastic breakfast food. Large portions. However, long wait. Get there early. We had to wait almost 50 minutes. Food was fantastic though.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 10, 2022

Traditional breakfast foods, good service. But be prepared for a wait. Our group of four went two mornings, and each time we were told a 45-minute wait. We did not stay the first time, but the second morning we did, and it turned out to...be just 20 minutes. This is a 17-table restaurant with indoor service only. But it's a lively place offering tasty food.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 1, 2022

Had a big breakfast here after finishing the Tahoe Rim Trail yesterday. Good bottomless coffee, attentive service. Very professional server staff, especially with difficult customer at a nearby table. It’s not fancy food, but it’s hearty and high quality. Would return.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 29, 2022 via mobile

Incredible little place for a great breakfast. I could tell by the wonderful aroma when we walked in. I had the meat lovers omelette and she had the healthy omelette. Both were fresh and tasty. Try the side of potato pancake. Will be back.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 22, 2022 via mobile

A bustling cafe just off the Main Street in Heavenly serving breakfast and lunch throughout the day. We stopped in around 8 am on a Friday and were just ahead of the forming of a waitlist so we got a cozy booth right away. The...menu is massive with probably a hundred choices from eggs pancakes and waffles to burritos omelettes and more plus an entire slate of lunch items as well. In our group of three we had fluffy blueberry pancakes (2) and sausage, Belgian waffle with strawberries and bananas and a side of bacon and a half-order of sausage biscuits and gravy with a poached egg and two fresh squeezed OJs. All was fresh and tasty. While it took a bit of time for the food to arrive which is unusual for breakfast places, the wait wasn’t too bad. Service was friendly and no one left hungry. Note: if you’re not an early riser, consider getting on the virtual waitlist (via their website)More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 20, 2022 via mobile

On our visits to Lake Tahoe we’ve gone to the Driftwood many times in years past, but today took me by surprise. My husband’s omelet scored 5 out of 5 stars; however as someone who does not eat eggs, the oatmeal, which they title “Breakfast...if Champions”, was gummy and almost non-existent. The portion hardly covered the bottom of the small bowl it was served in. Not sure what champion could exist of a couple of spoonfuls. Oatmeal is cheap but not at the Driftwood!!!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Michelle H, Owner at Driftwood Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2022

Thanks for your feedback. Great to hear your omelet was good, but sounds like we didn't meet the mark on the oatmeal. We will discuss this with our kitchen manager.

Reviewed June 24, 2022 via mobile

A short wait at lunch time but worth it for me. Very loud inside, but again worth it for me. Service was good and food very good. May stop by again before we leave.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 22, 2022 via mobile

As a family we don’t usually eat breakfast out, but decided with a morning excursion to do it. As one of the only places open for breakfast in South Lake Tahoe there was a wait. Fifteen minutes pretty close on the dot. Cool check in...system. The amount of food was excessive in my mind, but we ate what we wanted. The food was good. The waiter was attentive until it was time for the check. It has become our experience that to get a check in Tahoe you have to hunt down a manger or servicer. Try this place for a busy morning atmosphere.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 17, 2022

Incredible smiling service. Yummy breakfast food. Recommend the biscuits and gravy but everything is just top notch. Going back tomorrow.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 14, 2022

Had a wonderful late breakfast and our server was a doll with a great personality. Generous and delicious portions at very reasonable prices.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Shadmonster
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Response from 314jefftrips | Reviewed this property |
Yes. I have tree nut allergies, mine are not too severe, but I was able to eat there without a problem.
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We are open 7 am to 3 pm and serve breakfast and lunch all day. Soup starts at 11 am.
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Response from CiaoBella59 | Reviewed this property |
I dined inside the cafe a couple of times and did, indeed, see people seated outside who were served as well if it wasn't too busy inside. On days it was busy, patrons came inside to order and brought their food outside if... More
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Yes, Driftwood Cafe offers takeout services.

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Driftwood Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4