Tahoe Donner’s Lodge Restaurant & Pub Recognized with OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award
For the third consecutive year, Tahoe Donner is pleased to announce The Lodge Restaurant & Pub was recognized by OpenTable, an online restaurant review and reservation service, as a 2016 Diners’ Choice winner for best service, ambiance and food.
“We pride ourselves in offering exceptional food and service, and to be recognized in these categories year after year is truly rewarding,” said Mike Peters, director of food and beverage at Tahoe Donner. “We want to thank our loyal customers who take the time to review us, because without them, this award would not be possible.”
The Diners’ Choice winners are determined by real feedback from diners who booked through the OpenTable website. They offer online, real-time restaurant reservations for more than 32,000 restaurants and determine restaurant awards based on diner response following said reservations. Only diners with a seated reservation can submit feedback. Feedback is unbiased due to the large volume of responses resulting in ratings that are not skewed by extremes.
To date, The Lodge Restaurant & Pub has been reviewed over 500 times and maintains a respected, overall rating of 4.4 stars, specifically 4.4 for food, 4.5 for service and 4.3 for ambiance as of early March 2016 (ratings subject to slight changes every month). Additionally, The Lodge is currently ranked in the top five Diners’ Choice Winners for “Best Overall” in North Lake Tahoe.
Peters, who noted that 5.0 stars is the highest OpenTable rating, says his staff strives for excellence in everything they do, and wants guests to feel like family from the moment they walk in the door. “We are friendly, courteous and do our best to understand our guests’ needs,” said Peters. “Our head chef also takes pride in our menu and ensures every plate that leaves his kitchen is outstanding to encourage return visits.”
Located minutes from Downtown Truckee and tucked away on Northwoods Boulevard in the Tahoe Donner Homeowner Association, guests are treated to fine wine and gourmet dishes, plus expansive views of the golf course and Sierra landscape at the understated neighborhood bistro. Although locals of the area like to think of The Lodge as a best-kept secret, word is getting out about the divine seasonal cuisine. Executive Chef Lew Orlady crafts dishes ranging from sharp white cheddar and chèvre gratin mac and cheese, to roasted baby beet and Macintosh apple salad, and grilled braised Angus beef short rib with truffled whipped potatoes, grilled asparagus and a port wine demi. Having started his career at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in New York City, Orlady demonstrates a style and flair influenced by several notable chefs and restaurants. Orlady’s passion for the culinary arts is exemplified in the food offered at this classic, bistro-style restaurant with Mediterranean and Pacific Rim influences.
“We love The Lodge. The atmosphere is comfortable and relaxed,” reads a newer Lodge review on OpenTable. “The servers are very attentive and knowledgeable to the menu and wine pairings. The potato leek soup was divine and so was the Caesar salad. We both ordered the New York steaks and they were scrumptiously grilled to perfection. Dining here is a wonderful event when visiting Tahoe Donner.”
“The Lodge never disappoints!” writes another reviewer on OpenTable. “The service was wonderful and the food was excellent. We love their free corkage night and always appreciate the accommodations they make with ice buckets, flutes, stemmed glasses, etc. The menu of small plates is just perfect for lighter eaters. But bring your appetite, the short ribs are awesome!”
To book a reservation at The Lodge Restaurant & Pub, visit www.tahoedonner.com/the-lodge and click “book now” or call 530-587-9455. Preview the current seasonal menu at www.tahoedonner.com/the-lodge-menu/ and see special offerings at www.tahoedonner.com/the-lodge/specials/. Reservations can also be made by downloading the OpenTable smartphone app.
About Tahoe Donner
Tahoe Donner is one of America’s largest homeowner’s associations, with nearly 6,500 properties and 25,000 members enjoying over 7,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada. Tahoe Donner is a vibrant community with a passion for outdoor recreation and a celebration of the Tahoe lifestyle.
Located 25 minutes from Lake Tahoe in Truckee, California, Tahoe Donner operates a wide variety of recreational facilities – some which are for members only and others which are also open to the general public. These amenities can be explored in detail at Tahoedonner.com.