When the inevitable hunger strikes during your stay (especially after all those outdoor activities) you can find all sorts of mouth-watering options in Mammoth Lakes. So to help you spend less time planning and more time enjoying your trip, we’ve created an insider guide to some of the top dining spots. From sun-drenched, lake-side restaurants to traditional American diners, you hungry bunch are in for a treat.
MAMMOTH ROCK ‘N’ BOWL BRASSERIE
Boasting one of the best views in town, this new brasserie restaurant is located above a well-known and state-of-the-art bowling alley (perfect for some pre or post-dinner activity), and features a beautiful outdoor decking area where you can soak up the sun by day. If you’re looking for something a little special, book the private chef’s room just off the main restaurant, where you can feast on a tailored menu of highlights, such as wild mushroom strudel or elk medallions.
Perched on the edge of Twin Lakes, this restaurant is the ultimate in lakeside dining and has breath-taking views– especially during winter months, when the sparkling mountains are lit by Sierra’s signature purple mountain glow each night. But let’s not forget the food. The Lakefront Restaurant serves arguably the best cuisine in Mammoth Lakes, offering an intimate fine dining experience with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients – and plenty of interesting vegetarian options that may even sway a meat-lover. In the summer, take a stroll after dinner along the paved walking trail around Twin Lakes, and keep your eyes open for two of Mammoth Lakes’ most common visitors, bald eagles and black bears.
Just across from the gondola in the Village at Mammoth, Gomez’s has a laid-back atmosphere and is a firm favourite for locals. It serves up tasty, authentic Mexican food and the world-famous “Mammoth Margarita”, which comes in a glass the size of a fruit bowl. The restaurant also has a selection of over 150 tequilas, so it would be rude not to sample a few of them. The outdoor patio at Gomez’s offers one of the best spots in Mammoth Lakes to enjoy the late afternoon, and also includes an outdoor “playa” to keep children entertained while you enjoy a few speciality drinks
PETRA’S BISTRO & WINE BAR
This is a firm favourite for residents in Mammoth Lakes, and visitors too. Located in Alpenhof Lodge, don’t be deceived by the relatively simple décor here, as the restaurant features a tasty seasonal menu and the wines are sourced from boutique wineries across California. If your stay coincides with one of the unique winemaker dinner and tastings, we recommend you book in. And if you’re thirsty for more after dinner, try the Clocktower, an authentic ski bar located directly below Petra’s. It has a great vibe and over 100 different types of whiskey; the perfect place for a night cap.
The Mammoth Brewery Tasting Room is a great spot for sampling a few locally brewed beers – but it also has a cool, casual restaurant called The Eatery, which is fast becoming a destination in its own right. Making a point not to serve traditional “pub food”, you order from the counter and can choose from the likes of lobster corn dogs and bacon pimento grilled cheese sandwiches. Sit in the beer garden and enjoy the food with a pint of their award-winning beer, while looking out at some of the best views of the Sierra Nevada.