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CJ's Grill

170 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Casual (10)
  • Comfort Food (7)
  • Kid-friendly (4)
One of Mammoth Lake"s best local restaurants. CJ's Grill offers new American cuisine with homemade sauces, dressings and desserts. Join us for a great dinner experience in our cozy dining room. We strive to bring to Mammoth a warm, welcoming ambiance with a rustic feel - reminiscent of the old Swiss Cafe. We have great craft beers and a California wine menu. Everything at CJ's is made from scratch and in addition, if you are gluten sensitive or have food allergies, you'll find you can safely dine here - and dine well because we know every ingredient in all of our foods. We hope to have you echoing our motto, "Tastes good to me."
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Comfort Food, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Summer Hours

Lunch Wednesday-Sunday 11am - 2pm
Dinner Tuesday-Sunday 5pm - close
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Phone number
(760) 934-3077
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jason Hoeltzel
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Private party facilities
CJ"s dining room can be reserved for private events - perfect for holiday parties, ski groups or weddings. Please ask about our buyout minimums and menu choices.
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Private party contact
Carrie Hoeltzel: (760) 934-3077
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Tastes Good To Me Catering offers the same great service and food as CJ"s Grill - but with the flexibility of creating your own menu and location.
We are available for in house events with a private chef, weddings, baby showers, holiday dinners - and much more! Please ask us for a Tastes Good To Me Catering menu, or to set up a menu planning meeting.
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Cross street
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Public transit
We are located on Old Mammoth with a Red Line and Trolley bus stop just next door.
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In our bar area we offer 3 HD TV"s, great for watching your favorite football, hockey, baseball or basketball game!
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 170 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.8  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Quiet meal, excellent food, table next to fire place. Great evening!

4E2Z (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

I'm a repeat customer. I always enjoy going to CJs when up at Mammoth.

Klucky (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Nicely appointed, varied menu, friendly service and reasonable prices.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Just not a place I would go back to. Sorry.

CarrieB (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Best dining experience in a while. We loved this place. The server was awesome. The food was super high quality but not gourmet. It felt like real food cooked at home. Lots of yummy choices to pick from. They accommodated the 3 kids under 6 well. Mini mason jars with lids. All washable reusable stuff! I enjoyed the red sangria. And although the beer selection was lacking because they’d kicked three kegs the night before, my hubby was able to find a selection he liked too. I loved the ratatouille. The fish was great. The Mac and cheese was awesome. Great zucchini. And the baked potatoes seemed baked not microwaved like so many places do it. Did I mention the home made apple sauce? But really, the service! Definitely coming back here next trip.

eater23 (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on January 4, 2018

Went to dinner with 2 adults and 2 young teens using the Open Table App. I rely on Open Table to provide quality choices, this was not one of them. Outdated decor; broken items here and there (front door and booths); understaffed; several food items from menu not available; steak undercooked (ordered medium and it was very, very raw in center). We would most likely not return.

vipOpenTable Diner (London)
3.0  Dined on January 4, 2018

Exceptionally slow service (from the kitchen - the waiters were hustling). No acknowledgement from the restaurant. Very frustrating. Food was solid, but not great. Great chicken sandwich and burger. Mediocre wedge and poor tasting and over breaded fish and chips.

vipJean (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

We were visiting Mammoth to enjoy a few days of skiing.

We really enjoyed our dinner with a big group of friends and kids. The food was very tasty.

The restaurant was very busy with holiday skiers, and they were understaffed that night, but every one was really friendly. We weren’t in a hurry, plus it’s vacation time, and once we got seated, our drinks and dinner came promptly and everything was really delicious.

We were the last group to leave, we never felt rushed as we relaxed and enjoyed a couple more drinks.

OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
1.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

Made reservation through Open Table, received conformation.
Go to restaurant at reserved time, it was closed.

Get you act together Open Table!

KaseyLane (Phoenix)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Had dinner here last night, we enjoyed it. Good home cooking. Super nice people, we would come back. This place has so much potential but desperately needs a few tweaks to enhance the ambiance.

3 tips to the owners:

1- Dim the lights please!!
2 -Add candles and drop some white linens on the tables
3- Live music- Acoustic guitar or piano would have been a nice touch on a weekend. (Especially on a holiday like NYE)