Cedar House Pub at Granlibakken

The rustic, old school vibe at the Cedar House Pub is what gives this restaurant its charm. The dining room is woody and warm with a high, vaulted ceiling and a massive fireplace.

I ventured out with Eric Petlock for this Tastes adventure.

Always happy to highlight favorites of the establishment I write about, manager Chelsea Forsman suggested two of their specialty cocktails to start off the evening. Eric had an Egg Nog Martini and I had the Cedar House Pub Manhattan.

Baked Brie in puff pastry with homemade apple compote

We shared two appetizers, a Roasted Beet and Chevre Stack, served with layers of beets and creamy goat cheese, topped with fresh basil, greens and cranberry vinaigrette and the Baked Brie wrapped in a puff pastry and served with a warm, homemade apple compote.

The Vegetarian En Papillote

For dinner, I had the Vegetarian En Papillote entrée, which was stuffed with butternut squash, quinoa, spinach, mushrooms and red peppers served with a mornay sauce along with a side of brown rice and asparagus. Eric had the Tri-Tip Steak entrée, topped with Bordelaise sauce and served with mashed potatoes and asparagus. For dessert, we had the Gelato Trio with Vanilla, Chocolate and Sea Salt Caramel gelato.

Trip Tip Steak with Bordelaise sauce

Chef Ron Ebers came by our table to chat about the restaurant. He has been preparing meals at the Cedar House since 1982 and says that he still loves what he does. His favorites from the menu are the French Onion Soup and the Chicken Schnitzel, both house specialties.

Gelato Trio features with vanilla, chocolate and sea salt caramel

Chef Ron says that he loves the quaint and quiet atmosphere of the restaurant. “It is very family oriented here. People come back to enjoy what we offer,” he explained. CEO Ron Parson and Chef Ron both agree that Cedar House Pub is one of the best-kept secrets on the West Shore.

The restaurant offers Two-for-One entrees available the first Friday of every month throughout the ski season and is open for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays.

With daily specials and an extensive wine list, the Cedar House Pub is a cozy place to dine, and the relaxed atmosphere allows for lingering at your table without feeling harried. It’s a great place to sit by the fireplace after dinner and enjoy some wine and music.

Cedar House Pub is located at 725 Granlibakken Road in Tahoe City. For more information, call (530) 583-4242 or visit Granlibakken.com.


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Priya Hutner
Priya is a writer, personal chef and meditation teacher. Having moved to the mountains from Sebastian, Fla., she embraces the Tahoe lifestyle and loves to ski, hike, paddle and swim. Priya is the owner of The Seasoned Sage, a business that prepares organic meals and facilitates workshops that promote a health-conscious lifestyle. Priya writes feature articles about music, art, food and recreation. She loves to immerse in story. Whether jumping from a plane, eating obscure foods or hitting the Tahoe-Reno music scene, she is always up for adventure and experience. She is currently writing a memoir about her experience living on an ashram and working on a series of cookbooks.