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Our Place

A First Rate Ski Lodge
Step into a Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steakhouse restaurant, and it’s like taking a trip to Lake Tahoe. The atmosphere is reminiscent of a warm, friendly, lodge with pine log beams stretched throughout spacious ceilings and hand painted teepee lamps. Turn of the century photos and authentic artifacts take guests back to a day gone by. The rich glow of the roaring fire beckons you from within a stone draped fireplace. The dining room’s alluring ambiance draws you in to bask in the relaxing atmosphere that allows you to escape from everyday life.

Our Product

At Tahoe Joe’s, Steaks Are Our Claim to Fame
Ultimately, it is the food at Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steakhouse that turns first-time restaurant visitors into long term guests. Our steaks are USDA, Midwest corn fed beef, cut thick and charbroiled over a cracklin almond wood fire. Our signature items, such as slow-roasted Joe’s Steak, Railroad Camp Shrimp and the to-die-for homemade Nevada Cheesecake are favorites our guests crave and are only available at Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steakhouse. Our food is made from scratch using the finest ingredients to create an experience we call Sierra Mountain Dining. Our passion for quality food is the foundation for Tahoe Joe’s success.
Tahoe Joe's store front

Our People

Legendary Restaurant Hospitality

Our outstanding service is a tribute to the legendary Tahoe Joe, a larger-than-life chef who dazzled the culinary taste buds of 19th century Sierra Mountain diners. Tahoe Joe was known for his friendliness and gregarious personality. He personally attended to every guest and called this attention to detail Enlightened Hospitality. It is treating guests like you would treat a friend in your own home. Every member of the Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steakhouse team strives to create an experience our guests will tell stories about to friends and family. The Enlightened Hospitality guests receive at our restaurants today, brings the legend of Tahoe Joe to life.

Take the ingredients of an inviting atmosphere, great food and legendary service – mix well, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for success called Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steakhouse.

Tahoe Joe's interior
First Tahoe Joe's store
Tahoe Joe's first restaurant at Shaw & Marks in Fresno, California


In 1993, the concept of Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steakhouse was born. The vision was to design a restaurant around the legendary chef, Tahoe Joe, from the Lake Tahoe region during the glorious mining days of the 1870’s.The atmosphere in a Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steakhouse would be of a first rate ski lodge in the mountains. The menu would offer the finest flavors in Sierra Mountain Dining. Tahoe Joe’s chefs would take the time and trouble to use old fashioned cooking techniques such as wood fire grilling and slow roasting to prepare some of the best tasting food this side of the Sierra Nevadas. Tahoe Joe used only the finest quality ingredients and so would his restaurants. Finally, guests would be made to feel like a friend and treated to an always great dining experience. Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steakhouse opened its first location in West Fresno to an eagerly awaiting public in January of 1996. When the doors opened, guests delighted in the atmosphere, food and Enlightened Hospitality they would have found at Tahoe Joe’s own home . . . and the rest, as they say, is history. The company has grown throughout the Central Valley of California. Tahoe Joe’s continues to build upon its foundation by providing guests with quality menu selections prepared with care and presented with pride in a wonderfully warm atmosphere. Today guests enjoy the award-winning food, the Enlightened Hospitality the whole Sierra Mountain Dining experience. The very things that made Tahoe Joe a legend . . . a legend that lives on in the restaurant that bears his name.
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