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Date
Wed, 5/23
Time
11:30 PM

PlumpJack Cafe Squaw Valley

4.7
499 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Bar Seating
  • Notable Wine List
  • Creative Cuisine
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. For those seeking a refined experience, dine with us in the elegant PlumpJack Cafe. Offering dinner Thursday-Sunday from 5:30-9:30 PM . The menu features distinctive seasonal entrees along with PlumpJack Signature dishes. Looking for a relaxed dining experience? Join us at PlumpJack Bar, open daily for lunch & dinner from 11:30-10:00 PM. We offer a complete and unique menu that is sure to satisfy you after a long day in the mountains. PlumpJack Bar is first come first serve and during peak busy times or holidays we experience a wait for bar tables.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Daily 7:30am -10:30am

PlumpJack Bar Serving Lunch & Dinner Daily: 11:30am -10:00pm

PlumpJack Cafe opens on June 15, 2018


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Phone number
(530) 583-1578
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jack Connell
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Private party facilities
Celebrate with style at the PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn! Whether you are planning an anniversary, birthday party, shower or family reunion, PlumpJack offers attentive service and personalized planning to create memories that will last a lifetime!
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Private party contact
Rob McCormick : (530) 583-1576 ext. 401
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Cross street
off of Hwy. 89 South
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Parking details
Parking available in Squaw Valley Resort parking lot adjacent to PlumpJack Cafe & Bar.
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Public transit
TART (Tahoe Area Rapid Transit)
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Special events & promotions
Attentive service, extensive wine selections, and high standards of excellence combine to create a world-class dining experience and impressive on-site catering services for your special event. We look forward to making all of your dreams for your event a success.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Great food and service. Very pleased and would definitely eat there again.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Delicious appetizers and entrees. Food options for everyone. My vegetarian daughter loved the beet purée pierogis.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Have been disappointed by so many restaurants in the Tahoe area. There's only a few consistently great places and Plumpjack is one of them. Haven't been here in awhile and we wanted someplace different for a birthday celebration. It was a wonderful choice!!!

Great menu--we all ordered something different and we were each very pleased. Great service -- we were not rushed in any way, we were allowed to enjoy the company of our friends without constant interruptions, the pace of the dinner was perfect (thank you Heather).

Predicting this is my new favorite restaurant and that we will be back next week :-)

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2018

The service here is very polished and the food is sophisticated. Actually, the service was about the best I have had on the west coast.
However, the restaurant is very loud, and it seems to be understaffed. It took over an hour for to get our entrees.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We went to PlumpJack for my cousin's 7th birthday. They did everything to make her feel so special on that day. Even thought they have a limited selection of menu but every is tasty. The dinning room and bar are seperate so you will actually get a more private experience.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Our group of four all ordered different entrees and each of us were very pleased. Best food we had at Squaw!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We have been dining here for years when we stay at the inn, but this year the chef is really killing it. From the homemade bread and poke cones appetizer to the beggar's purse and the enormous pork chops, everything was stellar. No regrets for ordering the amazing smores desert either. Nicely paced service and great wines by the glass.
Lot's of families with young children, some not so well behaved, but that is not the fault of Plumpjack. My advise to book a table later in the evening to avoid the kid crush.

Food at the more casual bar is much more approachable in terms of price and by far the best in the village.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Glad they postponed tearing down the restaurant till 2019 or later

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Always an event evening Good always changes but is always good. Go back every time we’re here

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The service was outstanding with beautiful ambiance and food that is 5 star quality with impeccable plating. Worth every penny and then some.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Consistently very good. Excellent wine list, we had a Dead Arm Shiraz. Paired well with the lamb shank. The server was a great guy- I’ve had him before.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

friendly attentive service with great recommendations made this a fabulous meal. Food was done perfectly. We had a wonderful evening

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Amazing dinner celebrating my husband and son Birthday! Bison Tomahawk was delicious

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Many unique options, explained nicely by our waiter; cozy atmosphere and fun to try new things

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

We were there for our 28th wedding anniversary and the wait staff made us feel pampered and special by bringing some champagne and chocolates as a surprise to the table. The desserts were beautiful.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

Another nice dinner at PJs. Always a special experience.

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3.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Super expensive, portions are small, food sounds much better while reading the menu but tastes just average once you start eating it. Place is super loud and cramped. You will most likely leave hungry with a headache all after spending bunch of money. I recommend getting a reservation at Graham’s down the road - same prices but food is outstanding and portion sizes are like three times bigger than at this place.

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

The fine dinning here is just okay. The prices are high even for Tahoe standards. The USDA Choice 16oz Ribeye cost $65. The quality of the meat is poor and was not prepared well. They make a good sauce that mask the quality of the steak. It’s the same sauce they use for the lamb. It’s a great place to avoid the crowds in the bar area and with great service but the limited menu and high cost is simply not upholding the PlumpJack Brand.

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3.0Dined on January 3, 2018

The Turkey was dry and cardboard like. Disappointing meal.

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3.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Prime rib was incredibly fatty and gross and overpriced.

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3.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Nice but not terribly friendly. The food was good but nothing interesting or unique.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

This place is must when visiting North Lake Tahoe. Not only is the food exquisite but the portions are very generous. If you dine in the bar, or the dining room, it can get loud on busy peak weekends but I don't mind it. I think it adds to the jovial ambiance.

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Always delightful to dine at PlumpJack. The menu had diverse options. Most of the items were delicious; the fish had issues as it was served underdone. Nevertheless, we always make a point to dine at PJ when we’re at Squaw.

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

They are always the best

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3.0Dined on December 24, 2017

We love dining at Plumpjack when we are in Squaw for the holidays but last Christmas Eve food fell short. I feel like the octopus was dry and a touch of EVOO would have been a difference. Also, we asked that the Prime Rib not be split (although my husband and son will share it) for good presentation but it came split in 2 plates.
We thought will have dinner before the whole remodel takes place early next year.

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2.0Dined on December 24, 2017

The food was too rich. Service was disappointing.

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2017

Small variery of food choises but a huge list of wines. Everything was delisios

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

I dine out frequently and I have to say that Plumpjack really impressed me. The cocktails were amazing, the food was even better. Great ambiance and great service, I couldn’t have improved any of it, just perfect

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

A really relaxed and wonderful dining experience. Onion soup with lavender creme fraiche is a must try!

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

We haven't been there for several years so was very surprised at how good the food was
Great taste reasonably priced

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

The servers were all attentive. Ours was wonderful about changing the entrée to provide me with a gf option. Someone in the kitchen was also most helpful splitting items we wanted to share. The salmon was delectable and the grilled peach with something lemony was absolutely scrumptious!!

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Limited menu but what they have is top notch! The salmon tartar on avocado toast appetizer was to die for and their burger with Pork Belly....well what else can I say?!

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1.0Dined on September 3, 2017

Disappointing. PlumpJack has franchised out it's brand. Our table was not ready at the agreed upon time, our meal was late and overcooked, and the noise level was unpleasant.

I do not recommend this cafe. Skip it and had over to Fat Cat Bar & Grill for a better experience.

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4.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Went for your anniversary. We hadn't been to Plumpjack in years. It is still wonderful. Portions are reasonable. Selection is good. Had the seafood cones to start and salmon as my main course. Husband has the market salad and carne asada steak. We both loved our meals. Wine was delicious and creme brulee for dessert. Fun wedding party outside provided enjoyable people watching as well.

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4.0Dined on August 20, 2017

Richard was our server and took very good care of us and was very professional and attentive. Food portions were large! Food was very good! Truffle fries!!!

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2017

Our 2nd time back over a second visit to the Lake! We love it each and everytime! Consistently delicious and excellent serve staff:) We are anxiously awaiting to see what the new renovations will be!
Plumpjack is Where it's At!!!

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3.0Dined on August 11, 2017

We arrived for our dinner to find a table of 9 already seated and could tell it was going to get loud. Since the dining area is small there was no escaping this group. The noise level continued to escalate as us other patrons had to raise our voices to be heard. So bad that I asked to speak to manager on our exit to complain that this restaurant is not designed for groups that size.

Service was great and spot on.

On the food - my dining partner got the lamb shank which I thought was weirdly sweet and my halibut special was topped with hot peppers that overtook the plate. Not my favorite visit but may try again after confirming no large groups to be seated. Hopefully management will reconsider allowing groups this large - I would say 6 people is reasonable or sit them outside.

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2.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Could not eat the simple chicken dish. It had such a bad taste. The rest of our order was bland. Very noisy restaurant. Long wait for courses.
Definently would not go back .

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1.0Dined on July 30, 2017

We were excited about revisiting Plumpjack's as it had been almost 10 years since our last visit. Unfortunately, it was beyond disappointing. We arrived at 6:40 for a 7:00 reservation. The hostess informed us that the tables would not be ready before 7, so she steered us to the bar. We waiting 15 minutes for our drink orders to arrive; "only one bartender mixing tonight" we were informed. The waitress was going to transfer our bar bill to our dinner bill. When we checked back the the hostess, she told me no, I had to settle the bar bill first. But the waitress walked up right at that time and informed her absolutely we could move the bill to the dining room. She then steered us to a table that was open when we first showed up.
The cold carrot soup appetizer arrived and the waitress couldn't get it out of the pitcher and into the bowl. She spanked the bottom of the container like getting ketchup out of a bottle. when it sprayed around the bowl and on the table and my cutlery, she seemed ok with that and started to leave. I lifted up the bowl and handed it to her, suggesting the kitchen start over. After the appetizers, the entry didn't arrive for 45 minutes. The hostess even brought us the dessert menu before the entree arrived! My wife's pasta was cold and rigid pre-al dente, so it went back with a cancellation order. To his credit the manage recognized how bad it all was without our complaining to him. He deducted $106 from the bill for the five of us. We then went to Dairy Queen to salvage our night out with a vanilla cone dipped in chocolate, served on time and appropriately cold.
We were stunned by how poorly executed the how experience was, falling short on so many levels, by so many (or likely few) people.

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4.0Dined on July 30, 2017

Very noisy due to hard surfaces, interfering with conversation.

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