Established in 1939, this restaurant is not only one of the finest in Tahoe City, but one of the oldest. Along with steak, lobster and pork entrees, ... More
Established in 1939, this restaurant is not only one of the finest in Tahoe City, but one of the oldest. Along with steak, lobster and pork entrees, the restaurant serves some excellent specialty dishes. A good bet is the Hungarian Beef Goulash with egg noodles for $16.95. Another delicious choice might be Provimi Veal with lemon sauce at $18.95. Top off your meal with Bavarian apple strudel for $3.95. A children's menu is also available with prices starting at $5.95. An excellent wine list is available with moderate prices.
My parents have been going here for 15 years and always raved about it. My wife and I have been faithful patrons for the last 3 years. It's the only place in Tahoe that still believes in good portions, and still serves soup and salad. They don't nickle and dime you with extras for a side. Great atmosphere!! The staff, while a bit on the slow side, are friendly and knowledgeable. Go here if you are sick of paying top dollar for small portions and artsy fartsy foo foo presentation. You will not leave hungry.
I've always been interested in checking this place out, and it was closed when we honeymooned near the lake. We were in town again for our fifth anniversary and finally went. It's a nice building, with a warm, old-wood interior. The ambiance is very appropriate for a German restaurant, and the service was adequate and polite.
The food was good--solid German food, as you'd expect. I did think it was somewhat overpriced for what you got, at $65 for two, entrees and beer only. But on the other hand that seems to be fairly standard pricing for the area; we ate at a less fancy-looking place the next night and it cost about the same. Overall this was a nice place to eat, but not somewhere I'd make into a regular stop.
One word of warning, if you're sensitive about eating veal: most of the items on the menu are veal, even the sausages.
The only people who can possible enjoy eating here are 2 million years old and can no longer see, smell, nor taste!
Everything was horrid - the building looked and smelled like an old, run down shack. The service was nonexistent even though only 3 tables had diners - the wait staff futzed over empty tables rather than the occupied ones. The food was over greased, over overcooked, and over priced. If you have any sense of what good food taste like, then stay AWAY from this place.
In 2006, I went to the Pfeifer House for a visiting Aunt's 70th birthday - my first visit, this year we returned for my 25th wedding anniversary. My parents have been going to Pfeifer House for over 20 years - and it's always a pleasure to be greated by the proprietors and their families. We love the Bavarian food - it's like being home in Germany - unpretentious, comfortable and without airs! For those who complain, let them eat their steak and potatoes elsewhere...who needs their kind in a place were people remember your name, ask about your family and serve you food with love from their hearts.
I went to Pfeifer House because it always looked like a unique place to eat and it was my 2nd year anniversary. The waitress told me they had the best steak on the lake so I ordered a $38 steak. It was probably the best steak until the chef got a hold of it and ruined my meal. I've had better steak at Outback Steakhouse. It was burnt and smothered in some beef sauce the consistency of ketchup. Also I ordered two beers, both times the bartender poured half beer and half foam. Essentially cheating me the beer I paid for because the amount came up short of the 16 oz. The waitress seemed inconvenienced by us. My wife didn't like her goulash either. It was the same nasty sauce on her goulash as my steak. We ended up paying $100 for dinner and would have been better off at the Old Range Steakhouse or the Blue Agave restaurant.
Two times I've been dragged to the Pfeiffer House. The second time was in the hope that the previous time was a mere abberation. No such luck -- poor food, a bland menu, and the feel of eating in somebody's unheated basement. I'l only go back kicking & screaming.
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