Cafe Fiore Italian restaurant South Lake Tahoe

1169 Ski Run Boulevard #5
South Lake Tahoe, CA
reservations: +1 530 541 2908

Reviews of Cafe Fiore

Excerpt from th article that appearsed in print on March 1, 2015,
on page TR5 of the New York edition with the headline:
What to Do in Lake Tahoe

7. On a Snowy Lane | 7 p.m.

Finding Cafe Fiore is half the fun, as the restaurant is a tiny alpine gingerbread cabin hidden in one of South Lake Tahoe's snowy back lanes. Make a reservation and leave your "Godfather II" jokes behind as you are seated at one of the restaurant's seven coveted tables. The chef, Gilberto Ramos, has spent the last two decades building up a loyal following with refined yet post-ski-worthy dishes such as fresh lobster over fettuccine, veal scaloppine with wild mushroom or the house special, scallops and other fresh seafood sautéed in lemon and wine and tossed with linguine. Dinner for two with wine is around $100.

Sierra Sage News
by: Sonnie Imes

An intimate but popular restaurant where 60% of the diners return often and are never disappointed. The friendly service and atmosphere contribute to the experience, but it is the food and extensive wine list, with over 350 different wines, that keeps people coming back for more of their favorites. Scallopine ala Piccata (veal scallopini dipped in parmesan cheese and egg batter, finished with zucchini and lemon butter caper sauce), Bistecca alla Fiorentina (Medallions of fillet mignon sautéed with garlic, julienne roasted bell pepper, sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, fresh basil & white wine).

Many other mouth-watering Italian selections are available, like ten different pasta dishes, three chicken entrees, pork, beef and veal. All entrees are served with a salad or soup. Don't skip the Tiramisu or white chocolate ice cream for dessert.

The restaurant received the 2003 wine Spectator Award of Excellence, and the Eggplant Crepes were written up in Gourmet Magazine. Nick E. Ashmore, an architect, bought the restaurant in 1986 and it is evident as to his architectural abilities in the decor. Wine bottles are tastefully displayed around the perimeter of the restaurant, half curtains at the windows, white tablecloths and burgundy napkins set the mood for a quiet, relaxing, delicious dining experience.

Sierra Sage News
by: Sonnie Imes

An intimate but popular restaurant where 60% of the diners return often and are never disappointed. The friendly service and atmosphere contribute to the experience, but it is the food and extensive wine list, with over 350 different wines, that keeps people coming back for more of their favorites. Scallopine ala Piccata (veal scallopini dipped in parmesan cheese and egg batter, finished with zucchini and lemon butter caper sauce), Bistecca alla Fiorentina (Medallions of fillet mignon sautéed with garlic, julienne roasted bell pepper, sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, fresh basil & white wine).

Many other mouth-watering Italian selections are available, like ten different pasta dishes, three chicken entrees, pork, beef and veal. All entrees are served with a salad or soup. Don't skip the Tiramisu or white chocolate ice cream for dessert.

The restaurant received the 2003 wine Spectator Award of Excellence, and the Eggplant Crepes were written up in Gourmet Magazine. Nick E. Ashmore, an architect, bought the restaurant in 1986 and it is evident as to his architectural abilities in the decor. Wine bottles are tastefully displayed around the perimeter of the restaurant, half curtains at the windows, white tablecloths and burgundy napkins set the mood for a quiet, relaxing, delicious dining experience.

Best Places to Eat
Cafe Fiore (best dessert)
Nice atmosphere and fine dining with creative traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine. A small romantic atmosphere. Book ahead- there are only 7 tables. Candles glimmer at each of the window side tables arranged in the cozy wood paneled dining room. In the summer, tables are set up outside. Desserts are out of this world, especially the homemade white chocolate ice cream.
Very Good to Excellent
Food 24 | Decor 16 | Service 23 | Cost $41
Looking every bit the quaint, candlelit wood-beamed chalet that it is, this romantic South Lake Tahoe retreat plies patrons with great variations on Northern Italian classics along with a fantastic wine list, including many half bottles, all proffered by a charming staff that makes guests feel very welcome; reservations are a must during ski season, as there are only 7 tables inside, but come summer, there's alfresco dining as well.
Rated in San Francisco Bay Area Restaurants 2007 & 2008
Where to eat in Lake Tahoe & Genoa
Cafe Fiore
The Tahoe Quarterly Fine Dining Guide
Cafe Fiore
This intimate restaurant delights diners with excellent, authentic Italian cuisine and a superb wine list. There are multiple menu options for vegetarians. Call a week or two in advance for reservations during the busy seasons.
South Lake Tahoe, California
by Laurel Hilde Lippert
Excerpt:

There are dinner restaurants galore, but two small ones are exceptional. In a tiny old Tahoe cabin, Cafe Fiore's intimate dining room with walls of wood and wine bottles has only seven white cloth-covered tables. The Northern Italian menu includes a signature entree: Bistecca ala Veneziana, filet medallions on toast points with a green peppercorn Dijon cream sauce served with roasted potatoes and soup or salad. Specials might include fresh swordfish or rack of lamb. The 370 bottle wine list has won Wine Spectator Magazine's Award of Excellence. A divine dessert is the white chocolate ice cream with fresh strawberries.