Spoon, Tahoe City

Reviewer: Foodnut.com


1785 West Lake Blvd, #5

Tahoe City, CA 96145


Spoon Website

Spoon, Tahoe City

Spoon is one of those rare finds in the Lake Tahoe region. The food is simply really good. Its easy to pay a lot up here, but not easy to find a spot like this. We’ve dined at all the stalwarts that have existed for decades and none match up. “Spoon is a funky, off-beat and cozy restaurant with an eclectic american dinner menu.” Closed Tu/Wed
Gluten free and vegetarian options. Specials change daily. Last visit end of 2023.

Much of the seating is outside with heat lamps during spring/summer, so dress warmly.

Why did we dine here? – Spoon is a highly rated American restaurant on Yelp in this beautiful area. You dine outside under the trees. We’ve been back twice. Spoon is a very small restaurant (only 9 tables), so reserve ahead.

Insider Tip – Special Dietary needs? Call ahead to get custom dishes

Cuisine – American
Location – North Lake Tahoe
Opened – 2017

Service – Spoon had friendly and knowledgeable service. Better than expected.
Verdict – Spoon is one of the top restaurants in this area of mediocre high priced tourist traps. Give it a try.

Safety Pluses – Online menu, outdoor dining, takeout.

Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Maybe. 1 Hour? No

Spoon Signature Dishes – Fish, Pork Chop, Braised beef.

Spoon’s Menu changes all the time. Some items sell out. V, GF clearly marked.

Website Spoon Menu

Spoon Food Picks:

Winter Goddess Salad $15 (V, GF) organic greens, roasted cauliflower, dates, sunflower seeds, pickled onions, feta & Zhee Zhee’s Tahini Goddess dressing was decent but not spectacular. 8/10

Poached Pear Mac $14 (V) poached pears, macaroni, creamy emmental/white cheddar sauce, sage & parmesan sounds weird, but it works. Still a very cheesey heavy starter. 8/10

Shawarma Spiced Charred Carrots $13 (GF, Vegan) with citrus roasted chickpeas, sumac tahini, cilantro and toasted almonds is on the spicy side and not a big dish. 8/10

Rustic Vegetable Terrine $15 (GF, V) Layered eggplant, zucchini, caramelized onions, emmental, roasted pepper sauce & house made ricotta was unique and worth ordering. A lasagna style veggie dish. 9/10

Locotopos ($12 – V, GF) corn tortilla chips, topped with pinto bean puree, cilantro “crema”, pickled onions & ricotta salata was not as good as the other starters. 7.5/10

Zhee Zhee Chipotle Almond Hummus ($11 V, GF) has on the 2021 menu. 8/10

Spoon Tahoe City almond hummus sagey potato soup

Soup of the Moment ($9) was saegy potato on our evening. Nice subtle flavor and warmth on a chilly evening. 8.5/10

Spoon tahoe City Garlicky Sumac Shrimp

Garlicky Sumac Shrimp ($17) with lemon, olives, shaved fennel, Moroccan Chickpea quinoa salad & gound sumac have ample quantity at this price. 4 fresh shrimp on a nice bed of quinoa. 8.5/10

Brined Organic Chicken Thighs $30 (GF) oven roasted with buttery mashed potatoes & pork belly cremini mushroom ragout had 2 large pieces.  The mushrooms are good but a bit salty.  Use the mushrooms on top of the Toasted Ciabatta extra side dish. 8/10

Spoon Tahoe City Pork Chop Fish

Thick cut pork chop ($34) GF brined & roasted with braised cabbage, fennel and dried apricot barberry chutney is one of their great dishes. Juicy and tender and had a great fruity chutney. 9/10

Braised Pork ($23 GF) was on the 2021 menu. Very tender, exceptional beans. 8/10

Coriander Roasted Organic Tofu ($22) V, GF on lentil & gray squash ragout, with Moroccan quinoa salad, roasted cashew salsa & ricotta salata satisfied our vegan. Lots of flavor in this dish. 8.5/10

Spoon Tahoe City pan roasted salmon

Pan Roasted Fish Salmon $34 (GF) with cilantro pesto, bell pepper escabeche, cauliflower & fresh fennel sunflower sprout salad looks fantastic and is cooked just right. Lots of veggies on the side. 9.5/10

Spoon Tahoe City Linguini Meatballs

Linguini & Handmade Beef Meatballs ($26) with chunky roasted garlic tomatoes, parmesan & a drizzle of scallion parsley pesto is a carbo load dish for winter sports the next day! Huge meatballs and portion size. Cooked al dente. 8/10

Roasted Veggies with Parsley Pesto ($9 – V, GF) had artichokes, carrots, and more. 9/10

Moroccan Style Chickpea & Quinoa Salad with Sultanas & Preserved Lemon ($9 – V, GF) 8.5/10

Toasted Ciabatta with Herb Oil ($4.50) was fine. 7.5/10

Cheesy Toast- Ciabatta with Melted Gruyere & Sharp White Cheddar ($6.50) is skippable. 6.5/10

Vegan Chocolate Cake ($10) was better than most. About 85% the quality of a normal one. Huge. 9/10

Dark Chocolate Truffle Medallions ($10) (3) rich ganache medallions, with coconut almond crust & a touch of sea salt (GF, Vegan) are fairly dark and have a hinting contrast of spices. 9/10

Restaurant Map:

Spoon Overall Rating: (Excellent 3)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Excellent)
Service Rating: (Very Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Very Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary


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