Tahoe meets Hawaii at Jake’s on the Lake in Tahoe City. The. You might wonder if you stumbled upon a tiki bar when you walk in. Its location is a highlight, overlooking the Tahoe City marina. If you’re eating dinner, make sure you time your visit to catch sunset!
You absolutely must try Jake’s soba noodles when you visit. The dish is savory and satisfying – the perfect way to stay warm when eating outside on a mild fall day. The broth is so flavorful and packed with vegetables.
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The California- and Hawaiian-inspired food at Jake’s is some of the best in Tahoe City (order the flash fried Ahi Poke roll), but the lake views aren’t too shabby either. If you want to enjoy lake views (you do), the bi-level deck is the place to sit; luckily, if the wait is too long, the views from inside are still pretty phenomenal. Determined to sit outside? Grab drinks from the bar and enjoy them on the lawn area that overlooks the lake while you wait for your name to be called.
This family-owned lakeside restaurant has been providing Tahoe City with upscale Hawaiian- and Californian-inspired fare since 1978. Dishes like macadamia-encrusted fish and slow-roasted short ribs are served on the elegant deck or in the white-tablecloth dining room, while the adjacent bar/cafe offers more casual bites like sandwiches and fish tacos.
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Jake’s On the Lake
Overlooking Tahoe City Marina, this shady deck seems custom-made for couples and families seeking a relatively quiet port. “We’re about the sense of place, not about the party,” says service manager Alex Hoehn.
After lunch, hang out in the roped-off biergarten for games of corn hole or Yardzee, a giant version of the board game Yahtzee.
Best bites & sips: California meets Hawaii in Jake’s ahi poke roll, wild mahi ceviche and veggie falafel-wich. Be sure to share a mound of Hula Pie — macadamia-nut ice cream meets cold fudge in an Oreo cookie crust. Don’t miss the Kimo’s mai-tai with guava juice, a vodka-based Forget Me Not with lavender, and the mojito made with coconut rum and mint.
Tip: Ask to be seated on the 10-table upstairs deck of this 40-year-old Tahoe institution. Don’t leave without seeking out the apricot-almond-habañero chocolate bark at Tahoe City Chocolates next door.
Find it: Open daily for lunch from 11:30 a.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. in the Boatworks Mall, 780 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City; www.jakestahoe.com.
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For dinner, head to Tahoe City, where several restaurants are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year—including Jake’s on the Lake, which is known for its fresh seafood, seasonal produce, and dining deck where guests can watch the classic wooden boats go by.