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The Old Post Office Cafe

5245 N Lake Blvd, Carnelian Bay, CA 96140
+1 530-546-3205
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good37%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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American, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
5245 N Lake Blvd, Carnelian Bay, CA 96140
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Reviewed November 13, 2018

Food was basic American style. Good value, good service, if you want a huge breakfast with lots of coffee this is the place to go

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank davidfG5640OW
Reviewed November 7, 2018

My wife and I have been eating at the Old Post Office Café for years and enjoyed it. However, on November 5 we had a terrible experience. plaIced 1 order of eggs benedict (which means 2 eggs) and my wife ordered sausage. After eating one...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Robert S
Reviewed November 6, 2018

The OPO has been a fixture in Carnelian Bay for decades. Their food is good, plentiful and the service and atmosphere are Tahoe.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank NancyB2472
Reviewed November 4, 2018

I had the Eggs Benedict and it was delicious!! This place is old fashioned and very reasonable!! Friendly service!!!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Liz A
Reviewed October 19, 2018

We had a nice breakfast here. My son loved their pancakes and my husband and I both enjoyed our egg scrambles and bacon. You can tell this is the sort of place frequented by both vacationers and locals. It really is in an old post...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 103carolyng
Reviewed September 28, 2018 via mobile

Famously funky roadside coffee shop. Circa 1930-1970. Enjoyed the reuben sandwich, chocolate milkshake on the enclosed sun porch. Chatted with some old timers at the counter...

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Diedra34108
Reviewed September 26, 2018

Servers were great here--very friendly and quick. Our breakfasts were very yummy! I had a scramble and both of my friends with me had the two eggs and bacon. We were all very happy with our meals.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Diane M
Reviewed September 18, 2018

Came here on a Saturday, and there was a small wait (15 minutes) but was worth it. It's what you'd expect for a small locally owned cafe.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Scott B
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

We had a great breakfast here. We got there early, so no problem getting a seat, but I’m sure it gets very busy after about 9 or so. It’s very small, maybe 12 tables and a counter. The food and service were excellent. They have...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank suethenurse29
Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

Old time place that hits the mark on many fronts. FOOD A+. SERVICE A+. SETTING A+. Need I say more?!

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank 1kenny
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
6:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
6:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
6:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
6:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
6:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
6:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
6:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5245 N Lake Blvd, Carnelian Bay, CA 96140
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Tahoe (California)  >  Carnelian Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 530-546-3205
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