Sorensen’s: Comfort food, elevated (Hope Valley, California)


SMALL BITE: High up in the Sierras — 7,000 feet, to be precise — and 20 miles south of Lake Tahoe, there’s a darling inn and resort at the end of Highway 88 called Sorensen’s, run by a very friendly couple named John and Patty, who have that indescribable warmth about them, like you have known them forever. The restaurant is small, but very cozy, and if you’re lucky, it will be cold enough for the wood-burning fireplace to be blazing. Warm, cozy ambience in the restaurant. Feels like you’re eating at home.

SIGNATURE DISHES: Sorensen’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Specialties include homemade quiche, beef burgundy stew, seasonal fish, New York steak, cheeseburger, garden-fresh salads and homemade desserts. They also have a great selection of wines, champagnes, and imported and domestic beers.

DISH FROM DINERS: “The meals at Sorensen’s are memorable and the berry cobbler is best we have ever savored.  The food at Sorensen’s is absolutely scrumptious. Awesome beef burgundy stew, too.  John and Patty are wonderful hosts.”

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Sorensen’s is famous for its Beef Burgundy Stew, and Patty, the innkeeper, will be happy to give you a copy of the recipe. Just ask her!

HOURS:  Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (noon on weekends)
Lunch: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Dinner: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (9:00 p.m. in the summer)

Dinner reservations recommended: 800.423.9949

ABOUT SORENSEN’S AND HOPE VALLEY RESORTSOpen year-round, a pet-friendly resort with more than 30 cabins and homes surrounded by beautiful, fragrant pine trees.  A sauna is on-site, and complimentary snowshoes are available to guests during the snow season.

Sorensens from Harriot Manley



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