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“Great choice for special occasion!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of PlumpJack Cafe

PlumpJack Cafe
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $80
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: off of Hwy. 89 South
Description: Sure, we're biased - but we're not alone: PlumpJack Cafe is widely regarded as Lake Tahoe's premier dining destination. Fine dining and exceptional wines are in our heritage, and we'd love to share our passion with you on your next visit. Under the guidance of Executive Chef Jack Connell, our menu changes each season so that we can take advantage of the bounty of fresh produce available to us locally. Our award-winning wine list provides the perfect complement to your meal, and renowned winemakers join us throughout the year for wine dinners and special events.
Flagstaff, Arizona
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720 reviews
280 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
“Great choice for special occasion!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2011

We celebrated our anniversary here on a Monday night. The bar was busy at 6:00 pm, and most tables in the bar were taken at that time. We chose to dine in the main restaurant which has about 20 or so tables. Other posts have remarked on how close the tables are, and I would have to agree. Fortunately, the staff did a good job of spacing out diners so we weren't seated next to anyone the entire time.

The wait staff was efficient and knowledgeable - we were well attended the entire time without feeling rushed. If you look the menu up online you'll see a great variety of really innovative starters and main courses. Many had ingredients I'd never heard of or tried before (black radishes in the salad, for example). We tried the caesar salad (big anchovies!), farmer's market salad (pomegranate seeds, cucumber, hazelnuts and the radishes), the chile relleno, and the Hawaiian catch (ono with udon noodles and mushrooms). If you like traditional chile relleno, this one is not for you. the waiter said it was their vegan dish. It is a whole baked poblano pepper stuffed with the spiciest wild rice mixture ever. The spice wasn't so much hot, just weird-tasting. The ono with udon noodles was good, however, with a generous portion size (enough to take home for lunch the next day).

Dessert was creme brulee with a thick sugary crust (excellent!), and an almond baklava with vanilla-rose ice cream and honeyed orange slices. Again, if you like traditional baklava this one will not be as expected. It was more like a pastry crust with crushed almonds in the middle and a crumb topping. Everything was beautifully presented, and all things considered, a delightful meal for our anniversary celebration. The staff also went out their way to wish us a happy anniversary. If you are an adventurous eater, you'll enjoy your visit. If not, you will still find something you'll recognize and be happy with.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Rafael, CA
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Cozy and good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2011

Liked the wine selection and the little bites. We enjoyed the ambiance and the food was very good - not great but imaginable for that area.

Visited December 2011
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Edgerton, Kansas
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92 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Olympic Village”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2011

The staff was courteous and the ambiance was very good. The food was good, but for the price, I expected more.

Visited October 2011
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Thank Gary D
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Big Sky, Montana
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200 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“One of the best options”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2011

During a recent vacation to Squaw, we tried most restaurants in this area, despite a long wait for our table we found this place to have great service & food. We did eat in the bar area, which seemed to have a more creative menu. If we return to Squaw I wouldnt hesitate to stay & eat here!

  • Visited July 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank buffaloMT
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Daphne, Alabama
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“awesome, I'll go again.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2011

we went on a night that they did a wine tasting. It was a late reservation. Close to 9 i think. The menu was a set menu for this night only. The food was amazing. High quality. You can tell the Chef was a professional. I'm not much of a wine-o but...am now. Loved it!! It was expensive but it was because we had a 3 course meal with wine tasting. The regular menu I imagine was a little lower in cost.

  • Visited June 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank james w
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