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31950 State Highway 88, Pioneer, CA 95666-9170
+1 209-295-2244
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Minden, Nevada
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260 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

First, this is about 10 miles east of Pioneer, just at the 5,000 foot mark. Small inside, so you might have to wait for a table on a busy day. Also, only one small bathroom outside. This is a family run place and they all help out, and the service is great! Takes awhile to figure out what you want,... More 

Thank NevadaHudson
Pioneer, California
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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Connie and Jack and staff will bring you back time after time! The food if you are traveling on HWY88, is like mom's cooking. So very friendly!

Thank Sharon M
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Welcoming service...very good food, comfortable table, inside but outside available. competitive prices, Long history here on the mountain. Bar service for those interested. Popular with locals. Will be back again.

Thank catamount
Pine Grove, CA
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

Nestled between the pine trees on Hwy 88 on your way to Kirkwood or Lake Tahoe is Cook's Station. It is the location of a Pony Express stop dating back to the 1800's. Read the menu that details the story of the little girl ghost who apparently still haunts the place. (she is friendly, I might add---I looked but didn't... More 

Thank JoanElaine1947
Carmel, California
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54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2015

There are not a lot of places to stop on Highway 88 between Kirkwood and Jackson. We always enjoy eating breakfast and lunch at Cooks. The menu is expansive but you can't go wrong with one of their burgers. Breakfast is also a favorite and love the chicken friend steak and eggs. The staff is very friendly but be prepared... More 

Thank Chief7400
Cheshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2015

Came across this diner on the road from Tahoe to Oakdale.Great atmosphere and good food . originally a stop off point for the cattle drives in the 19th century so quite historic for the US, would recommend a visit if you find yourself in this part of California.

1 Thank Gideon H
Pioneer, California
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

The selection for breakfast or lunch is expansive but not that expensive. The food is great. The chicken fried steak with gravy is one of our favorite. The food is seasoned well and cooked perfectly. We have enjoyed this restaurant for many years.

Thank Shirley810
Pioneer, California
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

Cook's has a huge variety of breakfast and lunch items. We live up here so we've been there many times.

Thank 254sandy
Pioneer, California
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98 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015

They have great burgers and a good selection of beer. The service is great and the place has some upcountry charm.

Thank sirdouglas01
San Francisco, California
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2015

We recently bought a cabin in Pioneer....very few good places to eat in te area, If you ask any locals, they'll tell you that Cook's Station is a great place to eat for breakfast/lunch. If you expect a "city" restaurant with ambiance and 5 star experience, it's not the place for you. Cooks Station is a very laid back place... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 31950 State Highway 88, Pioneer, CA 95666-9170
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pioneer
  • Phone Number: +1 209-295-2244

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