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About West Shore Cafe
A picturesque lakefront restaurant and inn located at Lake Tahoe's west shore, the West Shore Cafe offers guests delicious cuisine and superb service amidst some of the world's most beautiful surroundings. West Shore Cafe offers a festive and romantic Lakeview setting with elegant, yet approachable cuisine at affordable prices.
As a year-round destination, the West Shore Cafe beckons skiers during the winter months and is mere steps from sister property, Homewood Mountain Resort.
During summer months, the West Shore Cafe's location is ideal for those cruising the bike path, as well as boaters touring Lake Tahoe. West Shore Cafe hosts several buoys, and welcomes boaters and kayakers ashore.
Homewood, CA 96141
Californian, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Please see https://www.westshorecafe.com/events/ for current hours of operation.
Homewood Mountain Resort
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
The West Shore Cafe occasionally hosts live music, featuring local talent. Additionally, the West Shore Cafe hosts special menu items for happy hour, holidays, and festive occasions.
West Shore Cafe offer complimentary car parking, valet parking during summer months, and additional parking at sister property, Homewood Mountain Resort (steps from the restaurant). Those visiting by boat can also enjoy free parking and valet service from our pier.
Tahoe Area Regional Transit hosts a shuttle drop-off and pick-up location outside the West Shore Cafe.
Private Party Facilities:
With flexible indoor and outdoor event spaces that make the most of the picturesque views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountain peaks, striking interior design, and impeccable catering services, the West Shore Café and Homewood Mountain Resort are a perfect location to celebrate in Tahoe.
Private Party Contact:
Michelle Saxston: (530) 525-5200 ext. 4
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Always popular, Local Mondays at West Shore Cafe are a great way to affordably taste the freshest produce, seafood and meats that California has to offer. Whether you dine solo while staying in a West Shore vacation property, or invite a group of ten friends that live at the lake, West Shore Café’s menu has options that will satisfy any appetite and will pair perfectly with the Café’s wine list and cocktail menu.
West Shore Cafe Ratings and Reviews
Seating on a pier on Lake Tahoe is a rare thing, worth a visit, and they have a nice patio too. Nobody was inside for dinner on this August Saturday night. That's for ski season. Heaters along the pier were not close enough to warm the both of us, but tolerable. They were staggered along the sides of the pier but oddly one had its gas hose running across where everybody walked. Big tripping hazard. Hose should run under the pier to come up on the side where the heater was. Male waiter was very impersonal. Didn't get his name but he had a non-US accent, probably European. Food was disappointing except for the great wedge salad. The bison steak on special was huge, done correctly medium rare, but was tough. Would have been excellent value otherwise. The Lobster Corn Dogs on the menu was disappointing - tails with a fried batter exterior that offered nothing except the extra work to peel it off. There should have been more of the nice sauce, whatever it was.
They originally seated us on the pier... After 7pm and already in the 60's with a breeze. Requested to be seated closer to the building, which they accommodated and made a huge difference for our comfort. Service time was acceptable but not really attentive. The food was good, the Tahoe salad and Bison ribeye. The one complaint we would have for the property, and it is big !! The restrooms were worse than most gas station restrooms. They were in poor condition when we first arrived at 7pm and were truly deplorable 2 hours later.
Probably would not bother going back.
Dining on the pier is a nice experience. Our service was excellent. I was less enthused with a beautiful piece of wild salmon paired with a tomato sauce and pintos and no greens. The flavors did not go well. I often prepare a nice piece of salmon with simpler, fresh ingredients so you can enjoy the flavors of the fish. However, I will go back again and try something else.
We love the West Shore cafe for it's beautiful views and being on the water. The food lately has been hit or miss. This visit was not good. The prices were up probably due to the summer, but too much for the meal in my opinion. Tahoe has a shortage of wait staff, so we expected it to be slower. It was a beautiful evening eating out on the dock. Husband said not to go there again, but due to the location, we might anyway.
Have always loved taking our boat here for lunch and considered the food some of the best on the lake. However, this time, the service was very slow, even though it was a Wednesday and not crowded. In addition, food just average although pricy. The fish tacos, with Halibut, only had one small piece of fish in each taco. My husband had the pulled pork and too said just average. Hope they can improve!
Beautiful venue, nice bartenders and servers, but took forever to get food. Wouldn't mind the wait since Tahoe Basin had a shortage of servers, but good was so bad. Overcooked halibut had greasy, spicy sauce on one side and some unidentifiable stuff on other side. Purple potatoes off taste and were very sweet. Husband's lobster corn dog also overcooked with some strange blue-gray tinted batter. Corn relish side was tasty though. Our server was very pleasant, but stretched too thin to get to us in a timely manner. Hostess was equally as pleasant. She admitted when we asked how to call the restaurant and get an answer, that their phone system not good. May go back for a drink and the view, but not worth it for the food and spotty service.
Ordered a Ceasar Salad whith was one of the worst I have had...old lettuce and an unconventional dressing. Did not eat it. Waiter did not ask if there was anything wrong with the salad or if we were enjoying our meal...seemed disinterested. This restaurant is in a priceless location right on the water's edge of Lake Tahoe...so that is the draw. It would be lovely if they could improve the quality and preparation of the food and service.
You can't go wrong eating out on the dock with all of the coming and going of boats for starters. Hamburgers are perfect and if you ask for med rare, you get med rare! The lobster corn dog is a grown up corn dog.... remember, this isn't New England, but a whole lobster tail in a crunchy not at all greasy crust with a wonderful fresh corn aioli is a nice surprise. For dessert, the berry tuili is refreshing and decadent all in one. Hard not to enjoy!
We've eaten here for years and this year the service and food was sub par. My brother had scallops that smelled like ammonia and the waitress and manager were less than accommodating. I'm hoping this is a one off but I'm def rethinking eating here again especially considering the price.
We have been very disappointed over the last several years as the food and service has gone to hell But, this last visit for lunch was a pleasant surprise. The food was much better and the service as well. I hope this is a turning point and that they continue to ramp it up. The setting is too nice to screw it up.
Lobster corn dog was delicious if a little strange. Filet was perfectly cooked even though out of my preferred entre the halibut (disappointed). Service was excellent, thank you Courtney! View was incredible. The peach and burrata salad which we split was delicious and perfect for two! Very nice dinner and the wine selection was affordable and varied!
Stunning dining on the pier and lakefront of Lake Tahoe with attentive and knowledgeable service. Fresh and organic seasonal offerings, but be prepared for various menu items to be "out" on the night you are dining - does not matter weekend or weekday or time of dining - and not always the same items are "out". Also beware booking a table for a "romantic" evening, only to have a family group with multiple children in high chairs put next to you (in spite of the restaurant not being full). A good location if you live (or are staying) on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe and want to avoid the 20-30 construction delays most weekdays.
Second time in as many weeks......However we had a different experience, slow service, some menu items were already sold out 6:30 reservations. Wedding party with 120 plus guests and a busy summer crowd made it a less than perfect experience! They over extended themselves and our waiter was very vocal about it!
Combination of beautiful location and excellent food on Lake Tahoe. The West Shore is especially nice for dinner as the sun sets behind the restaurant and mountains so the diners are protected from direct sun. I've been going there almost every summer since they opened and have never been disappointed.
Sadly, we were disappointed with our lunch for 6 guests at West Shore Cafe. For years, this has been our hands-down favorite boat-in lunch spot at Tahoe. Our less than stellar experience began when the server spilled 4 glasses of ice water on one of our guests. I know this was an accident that could happen anywhere but, unfortunately it was a portent of things to come. When our lunch was served, inexplicably my lunch was left out. How the server could bring 5 dishes and not notice that there were 6 of us is baffling. To their credit, when I flagged down a hostess, she was able to get my lunch out quite quickly. My wife has always loved the peach and buratta salad. In previous years, it was served caprese-style with slices of buratta stacked up with peach slices. This year, the format was changed to a large chunk of buratta whose taste was totally overpowered by an unnecessary sprinkling of very powerful black salt flakes. In addition, instead of tender, sweet peach slices, they substituted firm, unripe nectarines. I can't understand why they messed with a previously great recipe. I had the fish tacos which were OK but certainly not memorable. Another guest at our table, who also ordered the fish tacos, was served a chicken taco, which wasn't even on the menu. Again, to West Shore's credit, they comp'ed the unordered chicken taco and also 2 servings of desert for the table, in addition to providing a West Shore t-shirt to the unfortunate guest whose blouse was soaked with the ice water. We brought our 4 weekend house guests to West Shore for what we told them would be a wonderful meal in a great setting. The setting is still beautiful but the dining experience did not match up. I doubt we will return this season but will probably given them another try next summer.
Can't beat the view! You can sit outside or right on the pier! The homemade chicken soup was great. They will give you everything you need to make your own S'mores on the pier. We appreciated the fact that the prices on the menu were fair. The only drawback was the slow service.
We had a delightful lunch at West Shore Cafe. The Lamb Banh Mi was flavorful & delicious. My friend said the salmon fish tacos were tasty though the tortillas were way too small. The fish tacos filling was adequately sized; the tortillas were just super small (4-5"). The lemon dessert was excellent. You can't beat the atmosphere, setting or service here either.
Very nice dinner experience. The food was delicious and our waiter was very knowledgeable and attentive. I don't eat dairy or gluten and had no problem finding dishes to eat. They had a chilled tomato soup that was so fresh and the house salad had local greens from around the area and fresh peaches. The scallop appetizer was very flavorful. We will go back but plan extra time getting there the road was only one lane in several areas so we were 15 mins late for our reservation. Saw the sunset over the mountains and before we left saw the full moon come up over Lake Tahoe.
We have been eating at West Shore Cafe for close to 15 years, as a couple, a family and with groups of up to twenty people. As always, the ambiance was amazing, because of the setting right on Lake Tahoe. However, the food over the years has not continued to be as impressive as the view. One of our first visits was when they were still in the tent kitchen and the food was spectacular--matching the view and making the overall experience one that was hard to beat. Now the food is okay, not great, and we left that night discussing how we were unimpressed. Hopefully it was just an off night, but the trend has been downhill over the years, so we are hoping that they don't continue to just rely upon the view to draw in guests and can improve the menu and the quality of the food. The seared ahi was basic without any crust or seasoning, the peaches on the peach burrata salad were not ripe (during the height of peach season), and the desserts were so unappealing (this from someone who always wants dessert) that we ended up with the sorbet trio. Please, please work on the food so that it can once again match, or come close matching, the amazing view that this restaurant has!
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