53 Kitchen & Cocktails

3.6
220 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Cozy up for craft cocktails and New American eats at Mammoth’s coolest hotspot. Step inside to get a taste of Mammoth spirit. With a diverse drink menu second to none, weekend entertainment, and the 53 Kitchen & Cocktails dishing out all your favorites, this local hangout is guaranteed to hit the spot.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
// Friday - Tuesday, 11:30AM - 9PM
// Happy Hour 3:30-5PM
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Phone number
(760) 934-0707
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Billy Deaver
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Main Street
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Entertainment
Live music on Friday and Saturdays.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking
What 220 People Are Saying
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3.6based on recent ratings
3.2
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3.8
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3.8
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3.1
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40% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The food was horrible. The chicken and potatoes were dry, under-portioned and tasteless. The steak was tough as leather. The vegetables were weird. The wine selection was underwhelming. It was close to one of the worst meals we were ever served, and we eat out a lot. We can't figure out how this place stays in business.

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SR
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

We found this restaurant to be very expensive for the food provided. The meals looked nice, but the price structure was too expensive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Crappy food and ambiance

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YY
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food wasn't anything special - lacked flavor. We ordered the chili and it was basically a paste - not even a soup. The mac n cheese was bland.

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OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, cocktails and beer. A comfortable place to go after spending the day outdoors.

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LF
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Meh. It was fine. I wouldn’t be inclined to go back, personally, but not because it was terrible, but rather because it was mediocre for an upscale price. Our server did a fine enough job for us, though we did witness several other patrons struggling to get the attention of the staff, have ordered corrected, or even what felt to me as brusque and rude, “your kid’s jacket is on the floor, can you do something about that, please?” Like, dude. I get it’s a tripping hazard and you’re in a rush, but that could have been worded so much more kindly and with the same results. Whatever. We didn’t see anything on the relatively minimal menu that floated our boats - that’s on us, though - so we ordered appetizers.

The portions were reasonable for appetizers, and the prices were, meh. Fine. The food itself was fine. Not microwave reheat bad, but not, “OMG please let me become one with this food!”

The drinks were good enough. I liked the unique specialty drinks, though my partner complained his drinks were definitely “conservative pours”. Again - not bad - just ... meh.

The place seemed fine for a date night or a girl’s night or drinks and appetizers with friends. I wouldn’t personally bring my kids here (maybe witnessing the server’s snippy attitude over a kiddo’s coat colored my perspective ugly?) and I wouldn’t risk a special occasion here, but that may be because there are other, better options nearby.

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GS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice call cocktail assortment. Good takes on classics and local ingredients for area. Server was helpful and attentive. Great Brussels sprouts and burgers cooked just right. Relaxed and high quality at the same time.

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MC
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of 6 had a delightful experience. We highly recommend the crab cakes, skirt steak, salmon, la Frieda burger, caprese risotto . Service was attentive and timely. The place was packed and there was friendly buzz in the air. We will be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The band was good. The service was decent. The food was blah!

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RS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great location in the Village of Mammoth Lakes. Convenient to parking. Great service, friendly staff. Cocktails were outstanding. I had a "Sherwin", from a double rye. My wife had an Old Fashioned (she can't help it. She's from Wisconsin). One of the best she's ever had. We had Brussels Sprouts and Pretzel Bread as appetizers. Both were very fresh and tasty. We shared the red quinoa and farro salad, which was also very fresh and tasty. Great dressing. It was plenty for the two of us. There were lots of meaty options on the menu for those with heartier appetites. We'll go again next time we get to Mammoth Lakes.

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Yosemite
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Our group was underwhelmed by the food, drinks, and service. The ambiance was fine and it’s a beautiful restaurant but everything else was a disappointment unfortunately.

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DN
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Cocktails are great! The food is a little hit-and-miss for me, and it’s probably personal preference. The turkey burgers are good, and I love that you can get any burger in a lettuce wrap! I didn’t particularly care for the cauliflower burger (cauliflower steak inside was a little thick for me), but my husband loved it! Salads are on the small side, but taste great.

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BH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good Food, Nice atmosphere. We will go again ! Enjoyable experience!

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JM
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The salad was called Red Quinoa and Farro but there the was very little of quinoa in the salad.

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W
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good food but very limited menu. Nice decor and wait staff very friendly and efficient. Have been there a couple of times but did not remember how limited the menu was.

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R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Brussel sprouts were Amazing! I literally dreamt of them!

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S
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant has interesting menu choices and a very good staff. The butternut squash salad was good but the squash could have been cut into larger pieces.

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SR
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Eddie is a very nice server! We enjoyed the time with him.

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WW
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, cocktails and service. Go there!

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VS
San Francisco
185 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. We shared with Eddie, our waiter, how even our grandchildren were excited about having dinner at this restaurant. Everyone in our group had great meals. I have many dietary restrictions, but we did great at coming up with the perfect meal. The service was excellent and the food was excellent.

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E
Yosemite
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Kitchen 53 serves unique food that is tasty and wholesome. Our waiter beautifully described the cauliflower burger with Gouda to us and he was right. It was delicious! I never would have tried something like that if he hadn’t brought it up. The menu changes from time to time - always wth great results.

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GC
Perth / WA
26 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second dining in mammoth was different to the first.
The food was very nice. The wine list a good size and price and the staff attentive and helpful .
We managed to our main course altered such that it was a mixture of 2.
We intend to return

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

awesome great food and ambiance

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was standard fare. Service was great.

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & fun atmosphere. Service was great but temperature inside way too hot (remembered last year was crazy warm also).

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EM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We went there for our family Easter dinner, and regretted that decision almost immediately. Our waiter was extremely rude and unfriendly. Our drinks took forever, and our food was cold. I was made to feel like I was making it up when I told the waiter it was cold. I'm usually not a complainer, but this dinner ruined our Easter dinner. Overpriced too.

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l
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Small selection, high prices, mediocre service. Feels like someone was trying to make a foodie restaurant but wasn't sure how it was supposed to work.

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j
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Rude bartenders. Steak was raw.

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SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We have been to 53 before and loved it. We had a great time and the meals were great except for one. The cauliflower 'burger' - YUCK, patooey, AWFUL!!! It is a slice of cauliflower and a big hunky slice of gouda with the brown plastic tasting covering still on the cheese, then some lettuce, tomatoe. It tastes awful, you can't eat it as a burger because it just falls apart. I tried two bites and left the remainder. GET THAT AWFUL thing off the menu -- what a rip-off. oh yes and we had to go hunt down our server - 2 times. Once she decided she was going to pay attention to us it got better.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Food not good and too expensive for poor food. Risotto bland and skirt steak tough

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K
San Diego
55 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Okay and decent food! Sat at bar and it was cold from front door being opened continuously. Hard to find a really wonderful place at Mammoth. Having said that I would go back !’

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EB
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

53 kitchen has some amazing choices to choose from, yet the menu is succinct and simple. There are also amazing sweet potato fries or chips and amazing appetizers.

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S
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent! Appetizer was outstanding and entree’s were good. The waiting staff was outgoing and knowledgeable and were a pleasure to interact with. We will come back.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Took WAY too long for our drinks to arrive. Some came after the appetizers and mine came after the main course arrived. Our waiter was nice but this is very poor management. The reason given was there were a lot of people in the bar. Their dinner customers should be a priority at the bar. He brought us a complimentary dessert which was nice but they need to get it together if they want people to dine there.

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w
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

The food was cold and took forever.

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W
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We have been to this restaurant several times and had good experiences. This visit was very different. We had a reservation for the following night that had been made weeks in advance. Days before our reservation we received a call that the restaurant would be closed for a private event that evening. We were offered the evening before and accepted. Bar area was busy and restaurant area was maybe half full. Seated after about 5 minutes as "they had to get our table ready". What about the empty tables and a 7pm reservation?? We were not exactly walk ins. Service was VERY slow. We ordered drinks and when about 10 minutes passed our waitress told us a large group had just arrived in the bar and the bartenders were behind (drinks ordered were a glass of Pinot Noir, a beer and a Coke, not exactly labor intensive). And we were there first with a RESERVATION. Food service was also very slow. Not sure why as the dining area was not more than half full. Food was good but not great. Left disappointed as we had a guest from the east coast with us and we had talked about how we liked 53 Kitchen. She was not impressed. Not sure we will be back.

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SG
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Food excellent in past visits

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MH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, best service in Mammoth .

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LC
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Good food, slow service. Service was friendly but inificent. Overall, good but not great.

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VZ
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was good, our server was amazing, I think his name was Brandon? Can't remember but he was great!

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