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Botana Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: (909) 758-8484
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch & Dinner:
    Wednesday - Monday: 11:00am - 9:00pm

    Closed Tuesdays
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mexican, Organic
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Delivery, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Crane St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Botana
"Italian-Mexican fusion Cuisine" Gourmet food in a casual environment at the lowest price. All recipes created by Master Chef Hector Uvence.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We loved the idea of being served a 4 course meal without the decision of what it was going to be. The Chef is very personable and takes time with all his guests. The chef recommended a wine to go with the meal and it was excellent. The price per person was extremely reasonable. you do have to pay for wine/beer/mixed drinks separately but that is not any different than any other place you go. would highly recommend Botana. The dishes were not huge so that you would need to take home a "doggy bag" but more than enough for dinner. We plan on returning in the near future."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "A wonderful and creative meal, skillfully done - each course an experience to savor."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Loved this restaurant. Great value, great food. 5 courses of freshly prepared food. The chef easily accommarws us for gluten, soy & egg free items. Don't miss this gem!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "When visiting Big Bear, I always just dealt with the fact that it was difficult to find a healthy and good quality meal...until recently. We came across Botana after reading some reviews on Trip Advisor and it did not disappoint. They use all organic ingredients and prepare each meal from scratch and it shows. And while the menu is prix fixe (and very affordable), they are able to accommodate for dietary restrictions like lactose intolerance, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, etc. It was an exceptional treat that they made a carrot soup with coconut milk (delicious) for my daughter and I while everyone else had the traditional recipe made with cream. Just wish they would get rid of the fake flocked pine tree when you first walk in."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "i read several reviews for this place the one i dont under stand was 32$ for 2 people an drinks i on the other hand was charged 59$ thats a far cry from all the reviews i read about how cheep the price was for a so call 6 corse meal soup an salad were great the next corse was small tortilla with cheese an tomato sauce on top an the dinner was pasta with a small peace of beef with moley on top deseart was a spoon full of rice pudding i asumed this was a nice restaurant it was nothing but bad mexican food in small portions way over priced i made a reservation on line an he didnt even know about it an my husband is a vegetarian an this was a big fail for big bear every where else we ate was great huge plates full of food for good prices !!!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Food was quite good, but the service was a bit rushed. It was a 5 course fixed price meal, and each next course arrived before the previous one was finished. We mentioned it to the owner, and he is working on that."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "This is not your typical dining experience. If you enjoy Italian and Mexican food, you will love the new things that Chef David creates! The cuisine is a fusion between the two. He creates a five course meal each day and that is what is on the menu. Everything we had for dinner was absolutely wonderful. The wine he suggested paired perfectly with the food served. The apple soup was to die for. He explains the menu and what ingredients he uses, if you need him to switch something out... he willingly accommodates. Please give this new spot a try, if you are open minded and adventurous in your dining experiences.... you will enjoy it very much! David was delightful and we received fabulous service. One of our new favorite places to eat!!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "It's fun to find a new place...but Italian-Mexican Fusion? We didn't completely understand it then, but we sure do now! (Think jalapeño risotto.) The owner is a well traveled Italian (50%)/Mexican (50%) who landed in Big Bear. He put his highly refined palate to work and decided to open a restaurant. He is both the food and wine menu --super fun! There is no menu, per se. There is a different, inspired 5-course meal served each night, and they happily cater to vegetarians and vegans, as well as the non-fussy types. Each course that arrived (and I did vegetarian) was fabulous. We loved the wine! The highly personalized service added to the experience. All in all, it's like eating a gourmet meal at a friend's house. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Owner/Chef David took great care in explaining each of the five courses and paired an amazing wine with his Italian/Mexican fusion creations! We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and we will definately be back for a return visit the next time we are in Big Bear Lake! The fixed menu made dining easy and fun - the wonderful staff just brings it on. Don't be in a hurry-just enjoy. We loved it! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Wow. We didn't quite know what to expect from the description of "Italian Mexican Fusion". All I can say it is very good food and worth visiting. The owner-chef David is very engaging. We started with warm apple soup. Yes, apple soup. All 6 of us love it. There were 5 courses. The main course was chicken. According to David, he can easily accommodate vegetarians and vegans too. We will definitely try Botana again. The cost of the evening was extremely reasonable. There is no pretension here-just great food."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The delicious, reasonably pricef organic food at Botana is a treasure. The menu is never the same. Owner Davide is a charming host and very knowledgeable about his menu and in suggesting a wine pairing for the meal. We will be back!!!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Decided to give this place a try from comments on Trip Advisor. The food was good and tasty. It is a set menu each day. They do sort of have portion control going as each dish is brought to you in a common bowl/plate and you divide up from there. The food was good, and the price for the two of us for dinner + San Pellegrino's and coffee was $41 + tip. Our only problem was that when we arrived, they said they need to take cash only as their system had crashed, so no MC, Visa, Amex. They did not know what I meant when I said we had an Open Table reservation. We will go back again to try another set menu and see how it goes a second time. The prices make it worthwhile. Just opened this year."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Food was different but excellent. Service was great. Recommend tablecloths to add to the ambiance."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "we loved the set menu and look forward to another food adventure"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "There is a dif menu every night. Great quality food and dif tastes that you will love."
    Dined on 2/17/2014