About Christy Hill

115 Grove Street
Tahoe City, CA 96145
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A memorable dining experience awaits you as you enter the Christy Hill Restaurant in the center of Tahoe City. The restaurant sits just 100 feet above the shoreline of Lake Tahoe on an elevated embankment offering diners a panoramic vista. The intimate setting offers guests a view that is only upstaged by the cuisine. Spectacular sunsets that can be seen from every table is just one of the many reasons that Christy Hill was voted "Most Romantic Restaurant" by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(530) 583-8551

Website:
http://www.christyhill.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking or lot in front of the restaurant available.

Public Transit:
Bus stop available right across the street.

Executive Chef:
Andrew Shimer

Additional:
Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

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4.6

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4.6

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4.7

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Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Great Overall Experience

Dined on April 24, 2016

My husband and I went here with our 7 year old daughter for the fourth time. The servers are quick and friendly and the food is just fun and delicious. (I will point out that it is the second time that our meat was really salty and perhaps it had to do with the sauce being over-reduced, but it was pretty strong.) Other than that, the food was beautiful and our daughter could even enjoy the sushi appetizer, the duck and the cod dishes. The dessert was the strawberry shortcake "kit" which was more like little English scones with homemade strawberry and rhubarb jams - so cute! We would definitely return.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great meal with a great view of Lake Tahoe

Dined on April 17, 2016

High quality food right on Lake Tahoe. Probably one of the best restaurants in the north Lake Tahoe area.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

Another great meal and JB was his usual ...

vip
Dined on April 17, 2016

Another great meal and JB was his usual great self!

food3
ambience5
service5
value3

Good views, good dinner, disappointing dessert

Dined on April 16, 2016

The hamachi tartare appetizer and the caesar salad were both excellent. I had the steak, which was also very good. The horseradish cream went very well with the steak and potatoes, and the spinach was also outstanding. My friend had the lamb, which came with a Moroccan spice rub that was good but overwhelmed the flavor of the meat a bit. Both of our desserts were disappointing. The top of the creme brulee tasted burnt, and the sticky toffee pudding cake lacked the rich flavor I am accustomed to with this dessert. The restaurant is right on the lake, and the views of the lake from the restaurant are outstanding.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food2
ambience3
service1
value1

Not impressed

Dined on April 15, 2016

Husband and I were not impressed with the food and the service was terrible. Apparently since we didn't order alcohol we were not well liked we would not venture there again. The view was the only nice thing about it.

Tags: scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Fantastic find

Dined on April 15, 2016

Would definitely recommend this place. Amazing food, service and a view of the lake. Wine list is extensive although cocktail list is limited to low alcohol options due to license restrictions.

Tags: fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, scenic view, neighbourhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service3
value3

Cute Restaurant with Great View

Dined on April 12, 2016

The location was great. There's seating with great views of the lake. Food was very nicely presented and tasted delicious. However, a little pricey for the amount of food given. Service was ok, could of been a bit more friendlier.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Foie gras

vip
Dined on April 7, 2016

The food, as always, was outstanding!! The service was friendly yet professional and knowledgeable. I go here for dinner everytime I'm visiting Tahoe. Nice touch that the chef came out to say hello.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Christy Hill is great!

Dined on April 2, 2016

Great food, beautiful view, kind service. Nice places outdoors when weather allows, nice fire pits to sit at. Did I say beautiful view? Beautiful view. ;-)

Tags: romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Cozy, scenic and deish!

Dined on March 26, 2016

Great spot, can't wait to try everything on the menu.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Holy cow, we are seldom lost for words

Dined on March 16, 2016

The reviews looked good, especially from Open Table diners - but we have seen those before right? Must have been friends and family..... We have been coming up to Tahoe for 20 years now, and we have learned to moderate our expectations. That was all blown away tonight. An eclectic varied menu, dishes from the global palate - often that indicates uncertainty from the establishment, trying to find the lowest common denominator to please the widest audience. So often failing miserably - but not here. Each dish we tried was a masterpiece unto itself. What sublime flavor depths, what unexpected delights. Make no mistake, this is Tahoe, not Cannes or Paris, San Francisco or New York. So that saves you $30+ per plate. Still, I am hard pressed to think of anywhere I have been more impressed by the range of dishes. Yes three star Michelin offer great dishes, we have savored them. The select offerings, combined with the finesse and complexity of flavor demonstrate that Chef Andrew is truly a master of his craft. Confident not outrageous, challenging our gastronomic preconceptions, yet delivering dishes that delight. The knowledgeable wait staff complement the food, guiding not dictating, a sublime balance. friendly and approachable. What a fabulous evening. So why only four stars for service? We arrived early - our fault, and of course the place was packed. We could have been handled a little better, so feedback with love. We have booked for tomorrow. Don't think there is a place within 100 miles we would rather frequent.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

Great food and service.

vip
Dined on March 13, 2016

Great food and service.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Tahoe snow storm

Dined on March 13, 2016

We were thrilled to get a reservation here after reading the reviews. We were not disappointed. Fun, attentive and knowledgeable staff. Excellent food, wine choices and cocktails. Intimate setting with a spectacular view of Lake Tahoe, even during a near-blizzard (hey, we are from FL). There were 4 in our group and we all ordered something different. I loved the bass--crispy skin and cooked to perfection. Husband loved everything about the steak. Duck was wonderful. We had a lovely evening.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Post-Proposal

Dined on March 4, 2016

I went to Christy Hill after I proposed to my girlfriend. I had sent in a subject line for my reservation notifying the restaurant that that would be the case. They were extremely friendly and accommodating. They really gave us a quality evening together there in a very Romantic and beautiful restaurant. The food was excellent. Even the salad that she got was layered in the dressing and delicious. We tried one of everything, wine, small dish, large dish, cheese plate, dessert, and a side. All of it was great. We recommend going here for all of the above reasons.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Soup and fish

vip
Dined on February 23, 2016

The housemade soup was delicious and the stripped bass preparation was fantantic.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Pricey but great!

Dined on February 23, 2016

My wife and I enjoyed our dinner and time at Christy Hill. The food is excellent and well prepared. The presentation is excellent. The quantity of food is very small (hence the "pricey" heading), but our dinners were so rich that it wasn't a problem. Our waiter was outstanding.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Lake Tahoe Favorite

Dined on February 20, 2016

This is our favorite place for a nice dinner every time we visit Lake Tahoe.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service3
value5

consistently excellent, but...

Dined on February 17, 2016

This was only our third dinner at Christy Hill...we live about an hour away. All were special occasions, this time my wife's birthday (Feb. 16). We had an all-around excellent experience, though if I could do it again I'd ask for a different waiter. Don't know his name (I doubt he even introduced himself), but while he was certainly competent, he was self-righteous and full of himself. Not someone you could warm up to, and certainly not someone who would care if you did or not.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Perfect for a sunset after day of skiing

Dined on February 17, 2016

Make a reservation (or arrive) a little before sunset and you can grab a table overlooking Lake Tahoe. It's pretty cozy and the waitstaff was very friendly. Cheese plate was eh (except for local honey!) but the duck and fish main plates were very tasty. Groups of varying size and ages seemed to be enjoying themselves

Tags: romantic, scenic view
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

Christy Hill at sunset

Dined on February 16, 2016

Beautiful views, excellent and interesting food with good presentation, good service. Can be a little loud if seated near one of the few larger tables, but not excessively loud. Overall, excellent.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5

Absolutely amazing food and the service ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

Absolutely amazing food and the service was unparalleled.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

We Will Be Back

vip
Dined on February 13, 2016

Very accommodating working our party in on a crowded night. The view was epic. The food and wine was outstanding. We will definitely be back.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
food3
ambience4
service3
value2

Overpriced for what you get

Dined on February 10, 2016

My husband had the Osso Bucco which arrived cold (not even lukewarm). I told him to send it back but he refused and he said he was fine with that. I felt that for $30, if the food was meant to be served hot, then at least it should be hot. Seems like the kitchen forgot to warm that dish up. We had the vegetarian ravioli (4 good size pcs), Scallops entree (3 - 1-3.4" diameter for $34) and I had the small plate of braised pork belly (1 small piece). Ravioli was fine. Scallops was nicely done and so was the pork belly. I think the quantity is on the skimpy side for the price except for the Osso Bucco which was huge (just cold).

food5
ambience5
service5

Beautiful and simple little place on the ...

vip
Dined on February 9, 2016

Beautiful and simple little place on the lake. The food and service were excellent. Well priced and well proportioned dishes. The butternut squash salad was a standout, as well as the duck. Next time we find ourselves in Tahoe City, I have a feeling we'll also find ourselves at Christy Hill for an evening.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

An unexpected gem

Dined on January 23, 2016

Was in west Lake Tahoe for my birthday and came across this restaurant in a web search. We took a chance and went ( with our 10 year old daughter) and could not have been more pleased. The food was excellent ( the foix gras started it off), the service was attentive without hovering and thank goodness the waiter had a sense of humor( my daughter was less than impressed by the foix gras!) The restaurant was small and intimate but not loud or pretentious. We saw several larger groups so it can accommodate that if needed. We will definitely be recommending it to our friends!

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

Great place, great view, very romantic.

Dined on January 17, 2016

Not children friendly but they made special paste for the grandchildren with no hesitation

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Lovely little Tahoe gem

Dined on January 7, 2016

Who doesn't love well executed food in a lovely setting right on the lake? Great service goes well with a very flexible menu (take you friends who can't eat anywhere here and they'll be well taken care of) and a lovely location and you can't help but have a great night out. Perfect for date night or a night out with friends.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Like coming home

Dined on December 30, 2015

Our server just had a genuineness about him and the food was excellent !

Tags: special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food2
ambience4
service1
value2

Lacking Service

vip
Dined on December 29, 2015

Entering Christy Hill, we thought we were in for a real treat... The service started out just fine... the food was below what we expected. Upon asking for the check (and handing our waiter my credit card), we then waited more than 25 minutes... and then I had to go ask for our bill again. He did not remember that I had handed him my credit card. Maybe it was because it was very crowded... We own a condo in the area and do not plan on returning to Christy Hill. We did discover our new favorite restaurant in Tahoe City a few night's later... Wolfdale's was amazing!

food4
ambience5
service5
value5

A Wonderful Christmas Eve!

Dined on December 25, 2015

During the holiday chaos, we like to go out at least once to get away from our own kitchen. It's difficult to find restaurants open on Christmas Day, so we go out on Christmas Eve. Often, normally good restaurants don't do too well on holidays; they're way overbooked, and their kitchens go into meltdown mode. This was not the case with Christy Hill. We had to accept an early seating, but the food was excellent, and the service from JB, our waiter, was exemplary. I had the bay scallop followed by grilled sea bass, which were perfection -- beautifully prepared, light, and delicious. My husband had osso bucco, and our son had the brined pork chop. All were very tasty, but the men said their meals were a little heavy. My husband had vanilla crème brulee for dessert, and my son and I shared the sticky toffee pudding, which was enough for two. It was very rich, especially with the salted caramel ice cream, but it WAS Christmas! Wine and beer only at Christy Hill, but this suited us. My son had his favorite ale, and we trusted JB's vast knowledge and experience with wines for recommendations. The evening was exactly what we'd hoped: delicious food and wine and friendly service. Christy Hill is becoming the place to go for a special occasion. Happy New Year, all!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Winter but worth it

Dined on December 23, 2015

We had a wet day out on the slopes and it was great to have a fine meal in the evening. It was above our expectations and we will be back to try the other fare!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Delicious and Inspired

Dined on December 13, 2015

This is my favorite restaurant in Tahoe! The wait staff love expanding the menu and are very enthusiastic about the offerings both with wine and food. They make the experience truly enjoyable! The food is beautifully presented and delicious. Nothing has been so so, everything is an eye opener.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
food2
ambience4
service5

Great space, okay food

Dined on December 13, 2015

We had a great time, servers were great and so nice. Food was not great. Some items were not hot, flavor was so-so and overall not worth the price.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

I've been to Christy Hill many times and ...

Dined on December 4, 2015

I've been to Christy Hill many times and it's always a really nice experience. One of the best restaurants in Tahoe City.

food5
ambience5
service4

Dinner at Christy Hill has always been a ...

vip
Dined on November 29, 2015

Dinner at Christy Hill has always been amazing: great food and wine selection! Great service and host! Thank you, Robin, for another wonderful night! We'll see you Christmas Eve!

food5
ambience5
service5

A Great Dinner Experience

vip
Dined on November 5, 2015

We returned to Christy Hill for the first time in several years. It has always been a "favorite" of ours when we are in the area. Now it is just as outstanding an experience as we remembered it from years ago. Outstanding food, beautiful appearance on the plate, and great service. Our evening was just great, and our friends, who are frequent diners in excellent and expensive restaurants, thought this was outstanding. We will return any time we are in the area and want a great dining experience.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Wonderful Evening

Dined on November 2, 2015

The ambiance, the food, the staff - all excellent. We will be back!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Best food in Tahoe!

Dined on October 31, 2015

This is the best kept (or was) secret in Tahoe City! Location, view, atmosphere, wine list and most notably the food! Have been here numerous times and each time it's just as good as we've remembered. Never disappointed!! Highly recommend! During the summer you can also enjoy their "sand bar" location below the restaurant for a more casual snack and beer. You'll be missing out if you don't make a reservation (recommended) for your next visit in Tahoe!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Amazing views and incredible food!

Dined on October 29, 2015

Amazing view and Incredible food awaits with this dining experience. Great service from Dave added to the experience. Would recommend this restaurant if looking for a great dining experience with amazing flavors! The Moroccan Lamb was amazing as was the Duck done two ways!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent, as always.

Dined on October 25, 2015

I have been coming to Christy Hill each year as my restaurant of choice for anniversary and date nights with my (now) fiance. This weekend I decided to make up for our missed anniversary dinner earlier this year with a surprise birthday dinner before our wedding in a few weeks. As always, the excellent staff and cuisine at Christy Hill made it an amazing experience. I requested champagne through the OpenTable reservation and it came promptly after we were seated. They made multiple kind references to my fiance's birthday, even though I mentioned it only in the OpenTable reservation. The waitstaff was friendly and very knowledgable about the menu and wine pairings, and we ordered the delicious Moroccan lamb and roast chicken dishes. We were astounded by the flavor and quality of the food (as we have come to expect), and couldn't stop from smiling the whole time. This would have been enough for me, but when we ordered dessert it came with a candle and more well wishes for my fiance's birthday. We were elated and finished the dinner with a nice french-press coffee. I usually don't care enough to write reviews, but I pretty much always end up doing so for Christy Hill because they always deliver an unforgettable experience, right on the lake I might add. We hope to make it in more often and will use any excuse to visit for another date night.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list

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