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“Good food with a great view” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jake's On The Lake

Jake's On The Lake
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Ranked #7 of 52 Restaurants in Tahoe City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $25
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood
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Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Since 1978, Jake's on the Lake has embodied a carefree Tahoe spirit in a "Classic Waterfront Grill" offering superb service, a friendly and casual atmosphere and the finest and freshest food. Located on the waterfront in the heart of Tahoe City, Jake's boasts sweeping views of Lake Tahoe's crystalline water and stunning mountain vistas. The restaurant's classic waterfront grill menu showcases Californian Cuisine with infused flavors, innovative ingredients and exciting presentations. The menu features an impressive selection of fresh fish and seafood including exotic Hawaiian fish, shellfish, and steaks. In addition, Jake's seafood bar is a popular favorite with locals and visitors alike. Overlooking the largest marina on the northwest shore of Lake Tahoe, Jake's is in the center of Tahoe's summer activities and just minutes away from winter skiing at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Please feel free to contact us if you are having difficulty making an online reservation.
Newark, New Jersey
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373 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Good food with a great view”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013 via mobile

We were greeted by the manage promptly on arrival but it took our server awhile to take our order. We were unsure why but the food was fresh and delicious. One of the better burgers and chicken sandwiches with yummy fries too. We were seated in the bar area with a Great Lake view. Go for lunch as was very reasonably priced.

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“Great food, great view and great service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

I actually stumbled on this place driving around looking for a place to have lunch. I'm so glad this was where I ate. The food was fresh and amazing and the service could not have been any better. Plus you have the beautiful view of the lake and mountains. I will definitely be back.

  • Visited March 2013
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San Ramon, California
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100 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Beautiful Views and good food.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

It's not quite Maui, Hawaii or the sister restaurant Kimo's, but Jakes on the Lake does provide spectacular views of the Sierra Nevada's and of course Lake Tahoe. Sitting right on the water line where the boats dock, Jake's offers a nice menu. I had the Udon soup which was a great choice for a cold winter day and my husband had the fresh fish sandwich which was a Mahi-Mahi. It was actually cooked perfectly and was very tasty. This is a difficult fish to cook,and it is usually only done correctly in Hawaii from my experience. The Udon soup was plentyful and also accompanied with a skewar of shrimp. The atmosphere was quiet and we had a window seat overlooking the lake.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Baltimore
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141 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“A One Lunch Review”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

When the restaurant we were intending to patronize turned out to be closed, we were told by locals to try. Jake's on the Lake. Thank you locals! Jake's turned out to be a large, 2 story restaurant adjacent to a marina, with glass walls looking South straight down the Lake. It is very woody and comfortable with a large bar. Since it was lunch, we all ordered a sandwich, and we all ordered the exact same sandwich, so our knowledge of the food is limited, but not so the experience. The service was terrific, friendly, and gracious, with different people pitching in. We all tried the grilled fish sandwich, not the usual batter fried cod, but a copious portion of fresh grilled mahi-mahi, on toasted sourdough bread, with mixed greens and an herbed aoli. Luscious. We all got a side of cole slaw instead of fries, and it was huge, minimally dressed with a non-mayonnaisey dressing. The whole lunch experience was totally satisfying, and we will be going back for dinner next time at that end of the Lake. Our One Lunch was a huge hit.

  • Visited January 2013
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Spokane, Washington
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262 reviews
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“Montana is the king of this castle”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

This review revolves around the bartenders, who made our visit worthwhile (OK, them and the live music, Neva). My husband sat at the bar and were treated like royalty even though we just had the bar menu and weren't drinking fine wines like the rest of the crowd. The younger crowd stayed at the bar as the old, wealthy, retired, two-week Tahoeites lapped up luxury. But really, nobody's slummin' at Jake's — not with Montana at the bar (I feel bad, but I can't remember the other bar tender's name — the one with the curly red mustache — but he was great, too). Both bartenders took great care of us, keeping our beers and waters full and even whipping up dessert (hula pie) at the end of the night. Montana is a staple at Jake's. He has been a bartender there for 33 YEARS and knows everyone! It's worth a visit here just to meet Montana, who is actually from Buffalo, NY. Ask his about his story and you'll be entertained all evening long.

Visited January 2013
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