"Old   European   Restaurant"

Fine   Dining   Tahoe City

Pfeifer House

A   Tahoe   Landmark!

(530) 583-3102

History of The Pfeifer House

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Please call for for schedule and reservations (530) 583-3102


The Pfeifer House is one of the oldest restaurants at Lake Tahoe. It is also one of its finest. It was established in 1939 as the Lake Inn and it became known as the Pfeifer House in 1954 when Herman Schaffer and Lois Pfeifer purchased the the restaurant. In 1972, Franz Fassbender, bought the well known dinner house - a Tahoe landmark. These days Angela & Kirk Fassbender prepare all of Franz's unique German food recipes. All of our food is prepared fresh daily.

The Pfeifer House is unique and very popular for both families and banquets (with facilities for up to 45 persons)

It was the site of the 1982 movie "Forbidden Love", with Yvette Mimieux and Andrew Stevens.

Located 1/4 mile North of Tahoe City "Y" on Highway 89

10 minutes from Alpine Meadows & Squaw Valley Ski Areas

Happy Hour @ the bar 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Dinner from 5:30pm


Bar Menu

  • All
  • Happy Hour
  • Bar Menu
  • Drinks
  • Specialty Drinks
  • Desserts
  • Happy Hour

    5:00pm - 7:00pm


    $5.00 Well Drinks / House Wines
    $5.00 Draft Beer

    Appetizers & Dinners

    Escargot "Bourguignon" ...$9.00
    Potato Pancakes ...$4.00
    New York Steak Sandwich ...$17.00
    Hungarian Beef Goulash ...$16.00
    Vienna Schnitzel w/ noodles ...$14.00
    Bratwurst Sandwich ...$14.00

  • Bar Menu

    Escargots "Bourguignon"... $13.00
    Bismark Herring...$11.00
    Casesar Salad...$6.50
    Spinach Salad...$6.50
    Soup du Jour & House Salad..$10.00
    Wiener Schnitzel, Garnie...$20.00
    Swiss Bartwurst, Red Cabbage...$16.00
    N.Y. Steak Sandwich...$20.00

  • Drinks

    Tropical Chocolate...$7.00
    Tia Maria...$7.00
    French Chocolate...$7.00
    Choco Royale...$7.00
    Manhattan Chocolate...$7.00


    Hot Chocolate...$3.50
    Café au lait...$3.50

  • Specialty Drinks

    German Sidecar - Asbach brandy, Cointreau, lemon juice, sugar rim, served up
    Hendrciks Gingertini - Hendricks gin, ginger simple syrup, candied ginger sugar rim
    California Cooler - Kraken black spiced rum, Bacardi gold, pineapple juice, OJ, Angostura bitters
    East Shore Lemonade - Absolut citron, Chambord, lemonade, soda water
    Summer Crush - Absolut mandarin, Absolut citron, triple sec, OJ, fresh lime juice
    Around the World - Hendricks gin, pomegranate liquer, agave nector, St Germaine liquer, fresh lime juice
    Tahoe Blue Margarita - Milagro siler tequila,Blue Curacao, agave nector, fresh lime juice
    Cherub's Cup - Muddled strawberries, simple syrup, St Germaine liquer, Korbel Brut champange

  • Desserts

    Ice Cream / Sherbert ...$4.50
    Chocolate Sundae ...$5.50
    Homemade Bavarian Apple Strudel ...$8.00
    Kahlua Mousse ...$7.00
    Cheesecake with Rasperbeery sauce ...$7.00
    Strawberries Romanoff ...$7.00

All prices subject to change.
Minimum charge $5.00 per person.

Dinner Menu

Substitutions add $3.00

Split Entree add $5.00

Dinners without Soup or Salda deduct $3.00

One check per table
We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone
No personal checks
Not responsible for lost articles
Sales tax added to all items served in the dining room
Private parties by reservation.

All prices subject to change. Minimum charge $5.00 per person.

Reservations Advised (530) 583-3102

Private Parties & Banquets by Reservation

Wine List

  • Champagne

    Roederer Reims, Brut Premier ...$98
    Dom Perignon 1995, Moet & Chandon ...$230

    French Wines

    rouge (red) :
    Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine du Vieux Lazaret ...$68

    Literally "new Chateau of the Pope," which was the manor/fortress wine-lover Pope Clement V built near these vineyards during the Holy See's "Babylonian Captivity" in Avignon in the 14th c. (It was "new" because Pope Clement had first owned a vineyard-estate, now called Château Pape-Clément, when he was archbishop of Bordeaux.) A bold blend of several grape varieties of the Côtes du Rhône, principally Grenache.

    blanc (white) :
    Pouilly-Fuissé Joseph Drouhin ...$68

    the famous chardonnay of the Mâconnais region of Burgundy named after the twin towns near the vineyards

  • Sparkling Wine

    Korbel Brut, Sonoma "Brut" 187ml ...$12
    Korbel Brut, Russain River Valley ...$28
    Freixenet, Cordon Negro, Spain ...$32
    Villa Sandi, Prosecco, Italy ...$35
    Domain Chandon, Blanc De Noires, Napa Valley ...$42

    German Wines

    Blue River, Dr Willkomms, Riesling ...$22
    Urban (Qualitatswein) ...$24
    Guntrum, Kabinett (from the Scheurebe grape) ...$24
    Dr. Hermann (Qualitatswein) ...$30

    Kabinett and Spatlese are two of the five grades designating the sugar content of the best German wines or Qualitatswein mi Pradikatt (Quality wine with distinction).

    Spatlese (late-picking) wine is slightly sweeter than Kabinett and perhaps more flavorful.

  • German Riesling

    Karl Joh. Molitor 2012, Rheingan, Hattenheim ...$35
    George Albrect Schneider, Rottiegenden, Neirsteiner ...$42
    Dr. Heyden 2012, Rheinhessen, Sacktrager ...$40
    Paul Anheuser 2011, Nahe, Konigsfels ...$36
    Dr. Thanisch (375ml) 2011, Mosel, Berncasteler ...$45
    Bollig-Lehnert 2011, Mosel, Piersporter ...$42

    Wines are arranged driest to sweetest, although none are sweet enough to be desert wines. They should simply be paired with denser foods as you go down the list.

  • Austrian Wines

    Lenz Moser 2011, Gruner Veltliner, Niederosterreich ...$56

    Pinot Noir

    Angeline 2014, California ...$34
    Napa Cellars 2013, Napa Valley ...$38
    Husch 2013, Anderson Valley ...$46
    Artesa 2013, Carneros ...$50
    Amity 2013, Willamette Valley ...$52
    Morgan 2011 "Twelve Clones", Santa Lucia Highlands ...$55
    Ponzi 2013, Willamette Valley ...$68

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    Fitch 2013, Alexander Valley ...$36
    Broadside 2014 "Marerita Vineyards", Paso Robles ...$42
    Optima 2010, Alexander Valley ...$57
    Rombauer 2012 Napa Valley ...$80
    Raymond 2012 "Reserve" Napa Valley ...$72
    Whitehall Lane 2012 Napa Valley ...$75
    Trinchero 2012 "Mario's Vineyards" Napa Valley ...$92

  • Zinfandel

    Boeger 2014, El Dorado ...$34
    Renwood 2012, Plymouth, CA ...$35
    Napa Cellars 2010, Napa Valley ...$35
    Steele 2012 "Pacini Vineyard", Mendocino ...$40
    Charlynn 2009 "Old Vine", Lodi,CA ...$48
    Frog's Leap 2013, Napa Valley ...$55

  • Chardonnay

    Hess 2014, Montery ...$32
    Husch 2012, Mendocino ...$35
    Sonoma Cutrer 2013, Russian River ...$47
    Sea Buscuit Ranch 2011, Mendocino ...$45
    Frank Family Vineyards, Carneros ...$52
    Rombauer 2013, Caneros ...$68
    Arcadian 2007, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard ...$75

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Ferrari Carano 2014, Healdsberg ...$32
    Frog's Leap 2014, Napa Valley ...$44


    Husch, Anderson Valley ...$20.00

  • Merlot

    Bonterra 2013, (Organic) Mendocino ...$34
    Folie 'A Duex 2012, Sonoma County ...$36
    Roth 2013, Alexander Valley ...$40
    Rombauer 2012, Carneros ...$64
    Trefethen 2010, Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley ...$62


    Fonseca "Bin #27", Ruby ...$8/glass
    Sandeman "Founders Reserve", Ruby ...$8/glass
    Taylor Fladgate, "10 yr Tawny" ...$10/glass

  • Wines by the Glass

    Hess Chardonnay, Montery ...$8.00
    Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay, California ...$14.00
    Terra d' Oro Pinot Grigio, Santa Barbara ...$8.00
    Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc, California ...$8.00
    Angeline Pinot Noir, California ...$8.00
    Artessa Pinot Noir, Carneros ...$14.00
    Red Rock Merlot Reserve, California ...$8.00
    Renwood Zinfandel, California ...$8.00
    Fitch Cabernet, Alexander Valley ...$10.00


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