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8791 N Lake Blvd, Kings Beach, CA 96143 (Chipmunk)
+1 530-546-1000
17:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:30
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145 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

It was a snowy New Year's night and we called ahead to ask if we needed reservations. No, was the answer. So, we arrived and the server asked us if we had a reservation. When we replied no, since that is what they told us when we had called barely 10 minutes before, she looked around as if the place... More 

Thank LAPlatinum
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Good waitress, hostess would t seat us without a reservation even though there were several open tables. Food and Ritas were overpriced.

Thank Cody S
Lafayette, California, United States
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65 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

We go to Caliente nearly every time we visit Lake Tahoe. The food is tasty, if not unique or amazing, and it's reliable and a good value. The tequila options are excellent and they have good specialty drinks. A really fun place for groups.

Thank JonasBarnes
Reno, Nevada
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

I took my grandsons of lunch. There wasn't a great deal of variety. Service was slow. One grandson had the child's burrito, which he said was pretty good. My other grandson ordered 3 tacos. He said they were just ok and small. I had a chicken quesadilla which wasn't taste at all. The meat was very spicy. We almost got... More 

1 Thank Denise S
Truckee, California, United States
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Over a year ago I ate here as part of a banquet (around 75 people) and was surprised at how good the food was. My immediate reaction was that the food was tasty and fresh. We decided to try it again last night, as a family, after spending a couple hours at the lake. Our reaction was quite the opposite.... More 

1 Thank Diane W
Reno, Nevada
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

Had a reservation but dined at the bar. The bartender was friendly and efficient. Excellent service. Food was good. I had the chicken quesadilla and my wife had tacos. The Margaritas were very good

Thank john m
San Francisco, California
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38 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

We've been going to Caliente for about 13 years. For the past 2 years, we, and other people we've been with and spoken to, have had a problem with the food being so spicy that it was virtually inedible. Last summer, I had a vegetable fajita dish - which should be very flavorful, but not terribly spicy. One bite and... More 

1 Thank BabsDan
Incline Village, Nevada
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35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

We've been to Caliente several times. I'm wondering if they've had a change of ownership or chefs? The house margaritas weren't as good as before. In fact, I couldn't even finish mine which is so unlike me. Margaritas are my favorite drink. I had the chicken mole which was tasty but a little too spicey. Others at the table had... More 

1 Thank 785karenf
Pismo Beach, California
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16 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

This restaurant was recommended to us as having great Mexican food, which in my opinion, can be hard to find. Because we were on our way to an evening event we arrived at Caliente right at 5 pm, which is when they opened. I ordered the wet chicken burrito, and my wife ordered the chicken mole enchilada. Both of us... More 

Thank OceanBuoy
Santa Rosa, CA
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

Everything we have had here is delicious! This last trip, the chicken chimichanga was outstanding! Quite possibly the best we have tasted!

Thank alohabella

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$45
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8791 N Lake Blvd, Kings Beach, CA 96143
  • Public Transportation: All local public transit drops off and picks up in front of Caliente Southwest South.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Tahoe (California)  >  Kings Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 530-546-1000

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?