About Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique
Tahoe City, CA 96145
North Lake Tahoe’s premiere restaurant and popular bar offers lake view dining with excellent ambiance and service. Wolfdale's Restaurant uses 'Cuisine Unique' to describe the fresh food prepared simply and aesthetically. Since opening in 1978, Chef Douglas Dale has developed the style of East-West cuisine.
Californian, Fusion / Eclectic, Asian
Hours of Operation:
Bar: 5:00 pm | Dinner: 5:30 pm | Closed Tuesdays
$31 to $50
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Private Party Facilities:
The dining room and/or bar area can be partially reserved or completely bought-out for large groups throughout the year. During the summer months there is a courtyard with a bocce ball court that can also be reserved for private parties.
Private Party Contact:
Douglas Dale: (530) 583-5700
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique Ratings and Reviews
We were late due to a snow storm but the ...
We were late due to a snow storm but they held our table and had very good service. Had a Santa Claus come by for pictures. Kids and adults loved it. We will return for great food, service and a good time in the near furure.
Great atmosphere. Service was average t ...
Great atmosphere. Service was average to good for a high end restaurant; food arrived in a reasonable time period, but orders from the bar seemed to take longer than expected. Portion size of the entrees was great; not too large or small. Quality and taste of the food was good but not outstanding. Nothing bad to say - just didn't quite live up to the hype of other reviews.
If you love the creative work of a maste ...
If you love the creative work of a master chef, Wolfdale's is an essential stop on any visit to Lake Tahoe. Wonderful recipes with distinctively delicious new flavors combined Asian elements and local ingredients with European artistry. Our group of four started with three appetizers: smoked trout, poke tuna cones, and gyoza, which we followed with butternut squash soup and a selection of seafood entrees. Every dish had a a unique flavor variation that was complex and rewarding. Different design plates were chosen in harmony with the artistic presentation of the food, so that one ate with one's eyes as well as one's fork. The only slight disappointment was a complimentary shot-glass of miso soup that tided us over between soup and the arrival of the entree; it was a tiny bit too salty. Definitely make reservations via OpenTable in advance, and be prepared for an experience you would expect at a starred restaurant in Paris, New York, or Tokyo.
"Wolfdale's" has been our favorite for d ...
"Wolfdale's" has been our favorite for decades. Expert planning, creative preparation, and flawless service are its hallmarks. We have never, ever had a disappointing experience whether service or fare. "Wolfdale's" ranks among our favorites worldwide, and is hands down our favorite in the Tahoe Basin.
Wolf Dale's has been known for consisten ...
Wolf Dale's has been known for consistently delicious cuisine fit for any palate. The signature ahi poke cones cannot be missed! Appetizers also a hit are dungeoness crab cakes. Our favorites for dinner were the Thai Bowl that is filled with fish and clams, mussels and shrimp, in addition to the sliced duck breast .
My second visit to Wolfdale's and it was ...
My second visit to Wolfdale's and it was as good as my first dinner there. Get the poke cones for starter. My wife had the Thai seafood stew and it was very good. I had the scallops and turkey meatloaf. Interesting combination, but it worked, very good. An outstanding cocktail was the lemon vodka with organic lemonade and mint.
Any upscale restaurant that's been in bu ...
Any upscale restaurant that's been in business for 35+ yrs has to be doing something right! Right? That said, "upscale" is relative so bear in mind we're talking about ultra-relaxed Lake Tahoe...
The Mrs. and I enjoyed our dinner - Hawaiian Ahi Poke Cones, WD's Angus Cheeseburger & Fries (bought-up for Truffle Fries), Seafood Jumbalaya (the evening's special entree) - but didn't think it to be anything special or worthy of a quick return. Highlight was the Seafood Jumbalaya as the chef didn't skimp on high-quality seafood and the flavors were well balanced (I often find Jumbalaya to taste like a mouthful of salt). Low-lights were the cold Truffle Fries. Even had the temp of the fries been appropriate, I'm still trying to figure out how any restaurant can justify a $6 up-charge to simply add truffle oil without fresh truffle shavings. And yes, I know how much truffles cost but we're not talking about alba white truffles here. Service was attentive in the bar area prior to being seated and in the main dining room. Was disappointed that our water wasn't filled once - not upon being seated nor when our cup ran dry - although each table is provided a glass bottle of water for guests to do it themselves.
In summary, if our experience at Wolfdale's (or Soule Domain... Awful in SO many ways!) is anything to go by, Lake Tahoe is the furthest thing from a food worthy destination. The good thing is, nobody ever said Lake Tahoe was a food worthy destination! So go and enjoy Lake Tahoe for the reason that millions of others do, to enjoy the best of the great outdoors in all four seasons!
A preconception of a fine dining establi ...
A preconception of a fine dining establishment is generally based on current market trends. Having an established reputation within the industry and missing the concept completely is a huge bane. We must have picked a bad night for the back of the house and even a worse night for the server. Nothing worked. If you do not have seasoning on the table, you better make sure the food you are serving is seasoned. Everything was bland and no salt to be found. Entrees served on a stone cold platter, literally. If you serve on stoneware, heat it up if the entree is meant to be served warm. Flatware replaced on serviettes, but a carafe of Tahoe tap?! CIA publishes a book: Remarkable Service. Worth the read if you're in the industry. For the cost, we expected so much more. It was an accumulation of small mistakes that could have easily been averted. Bummed. We wanted so much to enjoy the evening based on Wolfdale's reputation.
We were initially seated in a noisy part ...
We were initially seated in a noisy part of the restaurant near the bar. After some discussion with the hostess we moved to another table in the main dining room. Jeff our waiter, moved with us. From that time forward the dining experience was top notch. Food and service were superb, wine service too. All in all a fun evening.
This was our first time back to this res ...
This was our first time back to this restaurant in several years. We have always appreciated the Japanese influence, but something was missing tonight. It is hard to put a finger on it. Maybe we were trying to repeat previous evenings. Food was very tasty, but not as crisp in flavor. Presentations were imaginative and displayed the Japanese influence. Miso soup in sake cups to cleanse palette was creative. Service was great. But tonight we couldn't give everything an "outstanding" score.
Wolfdles continues to provide a First Cl ...
Wolfdles continues to provide a First Class Dining experience. The service and the exceptional food created by a spectacular chef makes dining at Wolfdales a must.
We have been going out to dinner at this wonderful restaurant for many years ands it is simply special.
All 6 in our group enjoyed our entrees. ...
All 6 in our group enjoyed our entrees. My spanish sea food stew was outstanding. Keep it on the menu and I will order it every time. And I have to admit I am a fussy eater. The reasons I did not give a 5 star rating are as follows: Drink orders were taken in reasonable time from being seated but took a long time and we had to ask to get drinks served. I was seated close to a nearby table and the waiter/busboy kept bumping into me. Although the restaurant took multiple credit cards from our table, the restaurant would not split the check for each couple.
Wolfdale's never disappoints. It's been ...
Wolfdale's never disappoints. It's been a favorite of ours for over 30 years. If you're looking for mundane, routine, middle-of-the-road, safe fare... this is not your spot. Every aspect of every item on the menu is thoughtfully planned and expertly prepared with attention to every detail. It's obvious that owner/chef, Douglas Dale, loves what he does. He's been creating masterpieces nightly for nearly 40 years!
Wolfdale's is the best restaurant in the ...
Wolfdale's is the best restaurant in the Tahoe basin/Truckee.....inventive menu and a lake view to boot! Its worth it just to meet the chef, Douglas Dale as he has such great knowledge of foods from around the world!
Went to this restaurant in the 80's and ...
Went to this restaurant in the 80's and it has remained a great place for creative food. You can make a meal of the small plates and appetizers but that would mean you would miss the great main courses. If you are anywhere near North Lake Tahoe - try this place.
Impeccable service every time. Starts at ...
Impeccable service every time. Starts at the bar with fun and great bartenders. Table service continues with the high quality attention to detail. Variety of food, from mainstays to a few changes each month to keep it fresh always keeps you coming back.
We had read about service being slow how ...
We had read about service being slow however that was not our experience. The taster (poke ice cream pops) appetizer (smoked trout) and salad (tomato mozzarella) were delicious! We both got the short ribs and found them to be lacking in flavor surrounded by a somewhat sweet sauce that did not complement this dish at all. The view is amazing and unbeknownst to us, as this was our first time, there is an onsite bocce ball court. Will try this place again, perhaps an early dinner with a side of bocce!
The starters were ok, the sashimi was go ...
The starters were ok, the sashimi was good and the truffle fries outstanding. The soup was OK, but the Caesar salad dressing needed more lemon (I ask for an bowl of lemon wedges, and added more, improved the taste very much). For the main course, I had day boat scallops which were nice sized (only 3, however). I personally did not care for the asian-fusion sauce on the scallops that much. One of our friends had the Thai seafood stew, which he enjoyed. Our wives shared a grilled halibut special. The fish was very dry and overcooked. They also did not care for the sauce or the purple thai rice. The asparagus was over cooked as well.
Our friends enjoyed the peach melba and a strawberry shortcake dessert special. I did not care for the chocolate souffle torte. There is nothing "souffle" about the tort. It is a very heavy and dense (but moist) chocolate torte, which looked store-bought. I was expecting something that was closer to a chocolate souffle, lighter and more pleasing to my palate.
The bill was $220 (including tip), for two couples, three entrees, no wine, no drinks, just water.
We were put in the bar area first and as ...
We were put in the bar area first and asked to be changed and they were very nice about it...it would have been a completely different experience...this is now one of our go-to restaurants when we are up at Tahoe..
We've enjoyed meals at WolfDales before ...
We've enjoyed meals at WolfDales before and this did not disappoint. Excellent service that is friendly and low-key be extremely thoughtful and efficient. The hamachi and ahi sashimi appetizer was fabulous. My Thai seafood stew was mild and subtle, but had wonderful depth of flavor. My husband's beef filet was large, perfectly cooked and well matched with a red wine sauce, and garlic mashed potatoes. Everything was all we both hoped for and expected...a lovely meal and evening.
This place was a welcome find in Tahoe. ...
This place was a welcome find in Tahoe. Lovely food. My husband is vegan and I'm gluten free and we have big city tastes, so we're very hard to please. It's quiet, pretty, and very accommodating. We loved it we'll be back.
Friday night 26 August. We arrived at 6 ...
Friday night 26 August. We arrived at 6:00, but did not receive any food for nearly an hour. Our dinners didn't arrive until 7:40. The excuse was that the kitchen was backed up. While the food was good and our server very pleasant, we did not appreciate how long we had to wait and will not be returning.
This was not our first time to visit Wol ...
This was not our first time to visit Wolfdale's with friends so we had an idea of what we would be receiving in the way of food. The food was divine as always. But, although we had a nice waiter, the service was S-L-O-W. That was the second time we've experienced slow service; it won't keep us from returning but it is aggravating.
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