About Graham's at Squaw Valley
In business for 21 years, Graham's is located in the historical Poulsen family home. Built in 1946, Sandy and Wayne raised 8 children here. Their home now is our restaurant and also the Christy Lodge which has 6 hotel rooms. Just minutes away from all of the activities in Squaw Valley, Graham's has been a favorite Apres Ski and Dinner House to locals and tourists alike. Summertime means bocce ball with Hor's D'oeuvres and cocktails before dinner on our heated patio with spectacular views of the mountain peaks. Winter time is the time to enjoy the warmth and cozy ambiance of a true mountain lodge, open wood burning fireplaces, vaulted ceilings create a unique Tahoe experience. Graham's also has an active bar scene with full menu dining at the bar. Award winning wine list with 450 selections. Menu changes weekly with a good selection of fresh seafood, great steaks and house specials such as seafood chowder, cheese fondue, duck cassoulet, osso bocco and tarte tatin for dessert.
Californian, French, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: 5:00pm-11:00pm Bar Dining
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Private lot for 30 vehicles. Walking distance for additional 50 vehicles.
Free Valley shuttle every 30 minutes. Reno-Tahoe airport shuttle daily. North Lake Tahoe transit bus every hour.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Graham’s is located in the historic Christy Lodge, the first family house built in 1947 in Squaw Valley and this year we are celebrating our 25th anniversary . .The dining room can seat upto 60 guests. Its high-beamed pine ceiling and rock fireplace gives the distinct feeling of a mountain lodge.
Graham's at Squaw Valley Ratings and Reviews
Excellent food is what you should choose ...
Excellent food is what you should choose Graham's for. Grilled trout was outstanding. Bison ribeye looked stellar too. Graham is there to take personal care of all patrons. Five star!!
Great local standby
Always great food with friendly service. A bit pricey. Waiter told us about the specials, but didn't tell us the prices. We ordered the specials, and were subsequently taken aback how pricy one of them was. So buyer beware. Otherwise, our usual fine experience with this neighborhood gem.
Traditional and homey with an upscale se ...
Traditional and homey with an upscale set of entrees. This is a good place to go with a family member that finds plumpjack too hip and wants something more familiar. Better food and service at plumpjack nearby.
Great spot after a full day of skiing
We really enjoyed our meal at Graham's. We were greeted warmly and the service was extremely friendly and highly attentive. Each of our meals was very good and the desserts were a real treat. The apple tartin with the vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce was a great way to top off the night.
Needs a Chef
My wife and I have eaten at Grahams 3 times now, the first time was fantastic. The next 2 times were horrible; the food is not prepared well and really leaves you feeling like you need to stop by Taco Bell to get something good. Over priced for what is served. The staff is very good and don't have a bad thing to say about them, very pleasant.
Great place to go. Wonderful staff and ...
Great place to go. Wonderful staff and consider a seat at the bar on one of your visits. Lots of fun. Great energy.
Graham's is one of the nicest places nea ...
Graham's is one of the nicest places near Squaw Valley.
We truly enjoyed Graham's, Graham is as ...
We truly enjoyed Graham's, Graham is as much of our experience as the dinner and service. Will definitely be back!
Don't miss Grahams while in Squaw Valley
The food is perfection. The host is Charming and gregarious. The overall experience is the best. Highly recommended.
Loved the food!!
We were a group of 10 (5 adults and 5 kids). We were treated very well. The food was wonderful, and I really liked the almond torte for dessert. Yum!
The Local's Gem
Such a gem of a place in Olympic Valley. Truly a special occasion spot with amazing food and wine, warm and super friendly service and a really "locals" vibe. A trip to Squaw isn't complete without a meal or at least a drink at Graham's.
We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Gra ...
We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Graham's--cozy setting, great staff, delicious dinner (the elk was fantastic!), and good wine. We'll be back!
Good but not great
I'd say everything about the meal was just...good. Steak was prepared well, just not a flavorful cut. Price was high, even for a ski area. However, given its the one of very few restaurants of quality near the village, I'd recommend it. Its a quaint place though. Ask for a table by the fireplace if you have a group of 4
Good but not great
Good but not great
A true Cassoulet
My husband and I had our first cassoulet in France some 12 years ago. Ever since then, we order the dish when we see it on the menu, always with mixed results. None have ever been as good as our first experience. Graham's Cassoulet? Outstanding and just what we have been searching for these 12 years! Our Ceasar salad was not particularly of note but the hot bread with artichoke tapenade was delicious. The staff is ver friendly and the atmosphere cozy. This was our first experience. We will definitely be back...... for more Cassoule.
Incredible food, great service, great wine list, overall a fantastic restaraunt and easily our best dining experience during our weeklong stay in Squaw.
Great food and great environment
Graham was awesome and made some special arrangements for my girlfriends birthday. Thanks!
Always a great meal
Wonderful food, wine and service. Never miss a chance to go. Our family has been going for years.
Fish and shrimp dishes were mediocre and ...
Fish and shrimp dishes were mediocre and it was a little sleepy but the boys loved their elk!
We've been going here for years but this ...
We've been going here for years but this Friday from the amuse Bouche dip to the dessert everything was kicked up a notch. The osso bucco was out of this world. Hope they keep it on the menu all winter long
Super cozy with the fireplace in the bac ...
Super cozy with the fireplace in the backround.Great service,awesome food,very rich and generous portions. Linzen torte reminded us at the time we spent in Germany.
I had heard about Grahms for years but h ...
I had heard about Grahms for years but had never tried it. I took the opportunity to go with a friend and his girlfriend and we had a very nice time. Good service and good food. I must say that after all these years I expected it to be better. Food was well prepared but lacked serious imagination. Plating was not very nice. If the food had had a little more care in the presentation it would have been far better and more appealing. Don't get me wrong. The food was tasty just not visually impressive. We brought our own wines that fit the dinner well but found that our glasses had an odd Oder to them. It was quickly fixed but still. They should never have gotten to our table like this. All in all a nice evening but the restaurant played a back seat to the event and could have been so much more. I also found it odd that the owner was at the bar drinking as we left and blurted out. See you soon buddy. Thanks for coming with out even getting out of his seat. It was kind of a see you later. Some might find it charming but after spend 100 plus Per person in Tahoe I would have expected more. Corkage at 25 bucks per 750ml was way too much for the service and the quality of the stemware. A good place but could be SO MUCH MORE.
Great Find in Snow Country
You don't often find such a well crafted fine dining experience in the midst of a ski village ... and we did. The welcome was warm and genuine, the table was perfect, the service was full of charm and character, and the meal was as nicely crafted as one can find, anywhere. Don't miss this great old- world dining experience.
Excellent meal at Grahams.
Thanks again for another excellent meal. We always enjoy the atmosphere and delicious food, and warm greeting.
Graham's is Always Reliable!
Every time we're in the area we always return to Graham's for dinner. Consistent quality food and friendly staff.
We LOVED this restaurant from start to finish! Let me start out by saying Graham is an absolute delight. Greets and welcomes all of his guests at the door as if they were coming to his home for dinner. Very Special! During our three night stay in the Squaw Valley area, Graham's was hands down our best dining experience. The Buffalo Rib Eye was melt in your mouth delicious and I'm still dreaming about the Apple Tarte Tartin. Table B5 is the best seat in the house for a party of two. Don't miss this little gem of a restaurant if your in the area.
Not quite what we'd hoped
Graham's didn't quite live up to expectations, or reviews. The people are lovely, the space is fabulous, but the food was just so-so. Salmon was overcooked and the elk was undercooked. The foie gras was boring. It wasn't worth the price.
The service was awful, the waiter was not understanding at all that we had a big wedding party near us that was very noisy with children running around the restaurant screaming. It is very, very pricey and the food was not even good.
We went here for dinner with a couple friends based on some favorable reviews we had seen. The Sea Bass was great, and the Elk Chops were very good also. Peter was our waiter and was very knowledgable about the food and wine menu and had some great stories about the history of the restaraunt.
Perfect For Special Celebration
We have dined at Graham's for years and will continue to do so. We love Graham and his staff...they make you feel special. This is an intimate restaurant so very special. They can accomodate large groups also.
Fantastic food and gracious staff. Will ...
Fantastic food and gracious staff. Will go there every time I'm in town.
Great spot for dinner just outside the village
Our visit to Grahams started with a warm greeting from Graham himself. We started with the Carese salad which was one of the specials. They were nice enough to split it so we each had our own generous plate of fresh deliciousness. My husband ordered the lamb shank which was served over couscous. The meat was tender and the portion was huge. I had the chicken roulade which has a lovely marsala sauce and mushrooms. The chicken was tender and moist and it went perfectly with mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables. Service throughout the meal was stellar!
What a delight!
Another delightful evening at Graham's! Graham himself is so welcoming and gracious. It makes dining with him very special. Our diner was exceptional, perfectly prepared and presented. The service was warm and attentive. We will come back again and again.
Used to be excellent!
Old time glory. Food & service were excellent back to a few years when we visited often. Now it's on the downhill slide.
Amazing food, great service, welcoming atmosphere
My husband and I dined at Graham's initially on 6/26/15 for our anniversary. Every bit of food was amazing - the artichoke spread served with the bread, the scallop appetizer, sea bass, ravioli, and lemon cheesecake were all perfectly prepared and absolutely delicious. The service was equally good. As we left the restaurant we walked through the bar and met Graham who promptly offered to buy us a glass of wine. We accepted his offer and went into the bar and had a couple of drinks (Cat makes a fantastic Cosmopolitan) and talked with several locals and Peter, the general manager. My husband and Peter talked a lot about wines and Peter suggested we come back the next night and he would bring in a bottle from his private cellar. We were excited about the idea of coming back for dinner since we had such a great experience with both the food and the staff, and we thought it was especially nice that Peter made such a generous offer. We came back the next night and had dinner - Peter was our waiter. Before we ordered our first course Peter brought out the wine he had talked about the night before, which turned out to be a really great bottle of wine. We had brought a bottle as well and shared a taste with Peter. Once again, everything we ordered was truly delicious - asparagus strudel with brie, seafood chowder, duck, and the sea bass - yes, it was so good I ordered it again! The experience at Graham's was like no other dining experience I've had. I have been to my share of fine dining restaurants but never have I had an experience where you are treated so well by people I just met. All of the staff at Graham's were very welcoming. After talking with Graham more the second evening it is clear that he treats his staff well, and in return, they treat his customers well. Needless to say, I highly recommend Graham's. My husband and I now refer to Graham's as "our place in Tahoe" and we are already talking about when we can get back there again.
Outstanding from start to finish
Three of us were on special weight loss diet however our server (I wish I could remember her name) communicated with the chef to have our dishes prepared according to our diet. My halibut was delicious as was my husband's lamb chops! We had requested that the high calorie sauces not be added. One of our party did have his meal without making any changes to the chef's menu and his was excellent! Thank you chef for accommodating our diet. We really did not want to offend you and we cannot wait to return when the diet is over!
A special treat in Tahoe!
What a treat to be welcomed like old friends, treated like members of the family and served a most delicious meal. The house salad with fried leeks, walnuts and gorgonzola was a yummy start. We had the two special entrees for the evening; blackened salmon with rice and farmer's market veggies and lamb rack with mint sauce, mashed potatoes and the veggies. Not only were the salmon and lamb absolutely delish, but the veggies were cooked to perfection, a true sign of a really good kitchen. And then for dessert, Tarte Tatin. Topped with vanilla ice cream and warm caramel sauce, it was a delightful end to a really wonderful evening. We will come back any time we are in the area.
Best dinners in Squaw Valley!
A great mountain restaurant. Really good food, ambience and service. Easily the best place for dinner in Squaw Valley. Interesting food selections, good wine list. Our server was full of information about the area, and his menu recommendations were spot on. Definitely going back again on our next trip.
Graham's Restaurant in Olympic Valley is ...
Graham's Restaurant in Olympic Valley is always outstanding. During the months of March and April the crowds in the Valley thin out so it's a great time to get special treatment here. We love it!
This is a charming welcoming restaurant ...
This is a charming welcoming restaurant with outstanding service and delicious food. My wife raved about the sea bass and I thoroughly enjoyed the chicken roulade. The apple tartine was a delightful finish to a lovely meal.
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