Botana
Botana

Botana

  • 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: Organic, Italian, Mexican
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Botana reviews from OpenTable diners
20 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (17)neighborhood gem (11)special occasion (7)good for groups (5)romantic (3)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Wonderful place to eat
    deislerfam
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Owner David makes eating at his restaurant truly enjoyable = his personality, attention to detail, friendliness make this place so enjoyable. The food is unique for Big Bear and reasonalbly priced. Every course is delicious and beautifully presented. We come again and again and have never had the same thing twice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique local gem
    phrslc
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    My wife and I were looking for a nice quiet evening meal and found Botana. There is no menu, and the meal is price fixed ($54 for two). We had a five course meal, which was a lot of food. It was very good: soup, salad, pasta, entre, and desert. The personal and engaging service was outstanding. We asked about wine (no wine menu), and were offered a reasonably priced, outstanding red to match our meal. The lack of a menu may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it worked for us, and we enjoyed our dinner experience there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Addition to Big Bear
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    A reasonably priced prix fixe menu that delivered fabulous tastes. David takes time to chat with customers about his background and passion for the food. I will look forward the seasonal changes in the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique place
    RonP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Botana does not have a standard restaurant menu, it offers a dinner based upon what the chef created for the day. Food was excellent, the service unbeatable. Go with an open mind and savor the food, wine, and service offered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolutely Lovely!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Arriving in Big Bear hungry we went to yelp and this came up with great reviews. We decided to check it out and we now will add our voices to the praise -- David is terrific in warmly greeting everyone and it feels an intimate dinner party with no menus - you get what they are cooking that night as a prix fixe, although they have vegetarian options, etc. to accomodate people's needs/preferences. Food was delicious and the whole experience was a treat. Also, the kid maitre d' is a bonus!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Experience & Distant Gem
    pet4daisyVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    My only complaint is distance. David (owner & chef) spent time finding out about special needs. He only does a prefixed 5 course dinner using fresh organic products--tonight: cream of mushroom soup, a salad with greens & about 7 different kinds of fruit (some new ones to me) with a vinaigrette dressing, pasta with a very light Alfredo sauce, a stuffed (cheese & greens) pork roast with a rice/corn side, & the best chocolate brownie/cake topped with melted chocolate, whipped cream & a special fruit sauce. There wasn't a miss-step in the entire meal. Servings were sized right. David took time between course to talk to us & to explain what he was serving. Will return to Big Bear just to go to dinner here. Thanks David! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Foodies adventure awaits
    visitor
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We ate at Botano on Oct. 5. It was a Sunday night in Big Bear and somewhat quiet. In spite of that, there were 20 folks dining while we were there. David, the host was so welcoming and enthusiastic about our dining. It was an epicurean adventure from the creamy mushroom soup through to the deletable chocolate dessert. A big hit for us was the exotic salad with an oilless dressing made from a fruit with red pulp from Mexico together with greens, melon, grapes and cucumbers--very refreshing. It was also VERY reasonable. Lee
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kekaVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Italian-Mexican Fusion.?!?!? No Menus. reasonable price. Fresh, seasonal ingredients were used to prepare ONE Five course dinner meal for all diners. OK. we were intrigued. The meal was wonderful. Fresh apple soup, field greens with fruit in a citrus vinaigrette, stuffed red pepper with beef & veges, chix filet in a poblano chili sauce, and brownie cheesecake bites with cherry sauce. We will return to this restaurant anytime we're in Big Bear, just to see what's cooking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Friendly owner and great food
    cary
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The owner is very friendly, he greet us at the door. This resultant doesn't have menu, what they have for dinner is a five courses dishes. The owner describe each dish and how they prepared very detail. The salad is the best, especial the dressing, After i finished the salad, Owner pureed the dressing to my plate, suggest me to drink, It was so tasting. safely to say is the best dressing I ever have. The main dish is pork stuff with vegetable , Pork is tender and savory. The carrot soup is a plus, and the chocolate cake is also very good. It is a small but very quite restaurant The service is great. I like it very much..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Innovative and delicious!
    BlueHighwayman
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The menu here is fixed daily, three courses at lunch, five for dinner. The owner, who acts as host and guide, describes the cuisine as Italian-Mexican fusion. Our dinner had a strongly Mayan influence: chayote soup; lettuce-melon salad with jamaica flower dressing; portobello mushroom stuffed with cotija cheese and chopped vegetables; a beef, chicken, and shrimp kabob; a simple fruit granita for dessert. Every dish was carefully prepared and tasty, while our hands-down favorite was the stuffed mushroom. The service was friendly, helpful and attentive. We asked lots of questions and experienced the host family's enthusiasm for their work. Physically, the restaurant is nothing special; the energy here goes into food and customer service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unorganized, but wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I knew from the yelp reviews that it was a 6 course meal that was preset. When we got there no one explained how it worked to us or the prices. We got our seats and food just started coming out. Each dish was a surprise and each dish was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Do not Miss
    EnjoyVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Took a day trip to Big Bear and checked Open Table. Saw this one and the great reviews, so I looked at the other large review sites. WOW, well reviewed, so we booked it. Don't be distracted by the neighborhood- on a busy street, parking lot is modest. Go in! The owner spoke to us and helped us personally. Menu is Prix-Fixe and changes daily. 3 course lunch or 5 course dinner. Nothing comes from a can here- all organic, natural and great. Lunch was....Apple Soup (amazing- and I'm not a fan of such items normally), refreshing salad (too unique to describe but really good) and a Chicken Chimichanga (I know it sounds pedestrian but it was so well executed, so tasty, I feel bad describing as such). Anyway, go immediately.You won't be disapointed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent preset menu!
    Lucielovesfood2
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food served by the chef was excellent, creative and fresh! It is a preset menu of 5 courses and all were excellent. We were 6 dining and all went back the next day for a fabulous lunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • made a special occassion special
    whats4dinner
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    yummeroonies
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    A wonderful and creative meal, skillfully done - each course an experience to savor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance2.6
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 13 reviews are from the Botana reviews archive.
  • JustMe
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful gem in Big Bear
    TraceyRVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • somethings up revievs dont match ??
    sheris
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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 !!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Should NOT be overlooked!
    Winendine
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Calling All Foodies!
    lskesq95VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Wonderful Dining Adventure
    JosephVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fixed Price Gem
    carollVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Botana is wonderful!
    gennanie
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Bear 1st Visit
    AnnivNo7VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was different but excellent.
    Rosie
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Food was different but excellent. Service was great. Recommend tablecloths to add to the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we loved the set menu and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    we loved the set menu and look forward to another food adventure
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Lauveg
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    There is a dif menu every night. Great quality food and dif tastes that you will love.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.