About 53 Kitchen & Cocktails

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.

6201 Minaret Road, Ste 153
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
// Daily, 11AM - 9PM
// Happy Hour 3-5PM

Cross Street:
Main Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 934-0707

Website:
http://www.53mammoth.com/

Entertainment:
Live music on Friday and Saturdays.

Executive Chef:
Billy Deaver

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking

53 Kitchen & Cocktails Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

3.8

ambience

3.7

value

3.4

Noise

Moderate

77% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
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Seasonal (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Fun (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Great Beer (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great food. Service “okay”. Our server seemed to be just going through the motions. Everyone has their own issues so we didn’t hold it against the restaurant or him. Price for what we had again was “okay”.

Tags: People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

My family and I were visiting Mammoth Lakes and made reservations at this restaurant for dinner. Much to our disappointment, when we arrived at the restaurant, it was closed! There was no sign at the actual restaurant that indicated it was closed and nothing on Yelp or their website that indicated it was closed. In fact, I made the reservation directly via their website. I am not sure if this is a permanent or temporary closure, but it is extremely inconsiderate to patrons to allow reservations via your website while you are not operating. Not to mention, you have to pay for parking to eat here, so that was a waste as well. Another group before us also paid for parking and attempted to eat here, and also had to leave. I am aware that restaurants have temporary closures for a variety of reasons, but I have never encountered a situation where this is not posted on their website or door and they allow reservations to continue. Extremely disappointing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

I was able to book a reservation on open table even though the restaurant was closed. We went to 53 on September 13 to celebrate my birthday only to find the doors locked. Turns out this restaurant is closed on Wednesday and Thursday. Open table needs to do a better job of having accurate information.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 10, 2017

I was up in Mammoth for the Fall Gran Fondo with my son. After a great ride and some recovery, we hit 53 for comfort food. Eddie was our host - great guy and a perfect host; attentive to drinks and food without being pushy or constantly interrupting.

Started with the pretzel bread and cheese - awesome. Son enjoyed the La Freida burger while I munched on the crispy chicken sandwich. Both were well above average.

You don't go to 53 for a deal or ambiance, but you do go for the quality of food and drink!

Tags: Seasonal, Comfort Food, Casual, Great Beer
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Loved it -- great vibe, comfortable bar seating, great cocktails, yummy food. A little pricey, but worth it if you can spend it!

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Loved this restaurant and the experience the first time we went and used their dining room with a 5-star waiter and meal, but it was terrible the second time, sitting in the lounge area with mistakes everywhere, being made uncomfortable because we were given a plate that was meant for a table next to us and explicitly telling that table that we got their plate, waiting forever because we were assigned the bartender as our waitress, and she was too busy to have any standard attentiveness, different waiters tripping over unoccupied chair legs, one almost spilling my husband's dinner on the floor. We were going to order a dessert but decided to skip it since the waitress took so long to get back to us, and we wanted to prevent waiting around for another hour.

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Food was plentiful and delicious. Service was very good. Dog friendly patio:) Would have like to see a bit more choices/variety on menu.

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Very friendly staff and excellent cocktails. We had a big lunch so decided on a light dinner. I had the crispy chicken sandwich served without the bun. It was juicy and satisfying. My husband had the crab cake and it was yummy. Fun Mammoth location at the Village.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great for a group, helpful and quick service. Had burger and salad. Casual food and setting. Went with a group of 11.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Groups, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great cocktails, good meal, generous portions, and nice vibe. I'll go back.

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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Went to this place to try it out after a day on the slopes. It is pricey and menu is very limited compared to all of the surrounding places. Food and drink are ok, but not for the price. A $16 hamburger and am $8 "bourbon decay" (basically a whiskey sour) was definitely not the best value in the village.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2017

I invited friends who had never been to 53. I raved to them about the Brussels sprout appetizer. When handed a menu, I was surprised to see a much abbreviated menu & NO Brussels Sprouts. I learned there was a new chef and the menu was completely different. I was disappointed. Nevertheless, the food was good and our server, Erin, was excellent.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

We've been coming here for several years now. The food and the service never disappoints.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Fun, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 2, 2017

It took an hour to get dinner on 7/2/17. It's crazy that the kitchen was that slow. The food was good but the time from order to table was not acceptable.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 2, 2017

We ate in the dining room. Food and service was wonderfully!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 29, 2017

It was our first time at 53 and it turned out to be an awesome experience! We have been to most of the restaurants near the Village Lodge area of Mammoth and this is our new favorite. They have some interesting beers on tap which the server was very knowledgeable about. The menu has a southern flair which we appreciated. Must try the fabulous pretzel bread and the fried green tomatoes. The special salmon was exquisitely done and I loved the collard greens - of course had to share with the husband! Great job 53, we will be back. :)

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Comfort Food
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Excellent food. The husband and I had the fish of the day (salmon) and hangar steak. It seems rare to actually get fish and steak cooked correctly, but these were both cooked to absolute perfection. They have a very talented chef, who I believe the waiter said started there in December 2016. We also had their cookies & cream dessert which was very yummy too!

The waiter was very professional, courteous and pleasant, and the atmosphere was nice. They were playing classic rock music at a quiet level good for relaxation and conversation.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Mobile)·Dined on June 16, 2017

We sat outside. Fun to people watch. Alyssa was a great waitress. Friendly and knowledgeable.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 27, 2017

We especially liked the salmon and the turkey burger healthy style - no bread and with an egg on top. Nice wines by the glass but you need gluten free beer, e.g. RedBridge.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 19, 2017

They have one of the best hamburgers I have ever eaten. Certainly it is the best burger in town.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

I was able to order one of their signature drinks (hot mess) straight up instead of on the rocks. noticed that all the wait persons were men.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 25, 2017

There are not a lot of "fine dining" restaurants in Mammoth. 53 kitchen is upscale and one of the few with a "artesian/sort of farm to table" menu.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Apres ski gastropub cuisine. Nice.

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Yosemite)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Second time here. We made sure we made it on our second trip to mammoth. Great food, atmosphere, service. Couldn't be better.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Loved the Brussel Sprouts and the Playa Pleasure cocktail!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Disabled Access, People Watching, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Fun, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 14, 2017

I made a mistake by asking the waiter what was good. If he knew, he'd be a customer. He suggested the short ribs. Came out cold. Sent back and cold again. Finally reverted to what I was thinking about and it was just OK. They try to be too cute and fancy and wreck the dishes. We'll see something else here in a year or two.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Food was good but overpriced. Very expensive for the environment. Kids screaming, loud place. It feels like a casual kid place but then out bill was $130.00 for three people with no alcohol. Pretty pricey for what it is.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Good food but horrible service.
A pretentious, inattentive and complete lack of common sense hostess.
Waiters that disappears from the lobby and forget to put in your order.
Arguably the worst place in Mammoth.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 8, 2017

our server brian was super sweet and friendly. great appetizers. the chicken and rice was ok.

Tags: Tapas, Bar Seating
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 4, 2017

My salmon was cooked perfectly which made me very happy. They managed to make it crispy on the outside without overcooking the inside.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 3, 2017

Good restaurant in mammoth, very near Main Street center. Great cocktail list and nice menu, not to many dishes but enough! The poutine is amazing!

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 2, 2017

I would want to distinguish between the service at reception and service at the at the table. We arrived 20 minutes early for our 8:15 reservation. I'll make this simple. There were empty tables, we were made to wait until 8:20 and a large party arriving after us without reservations was seated in 15 minutes. This started our dinning experience off on the wrong foot. The remainder of the service was good. I would NOT go back there. Stark contrast, The following evening, we went to Campo, without reservations on a busy night with 6 people. Arrangements were made to accommodate us (I know clearly this was a challenge), with a genuine effort and kind service. Skip 53 and go to Campo.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Unfortunately I ordered a baby kale salad that came with an entire shoot of kale with the root and dirt still on it. YUCK! I did not notice till 1/2 way through my salad. I brought it to the attention of my server and she said "OH" and did nothing about it. I was there on a Sunday night at 6:30 and they were out of goat cheese for the salad and only had one piece of entree salmon left. Needless to say, I will not be back.

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 (Portland)·Dined on March 31, 2017

We went to 53 on a skiing weekend with our adult children. Had a wonderful meal. Great service. The buttermilk pie was to die for! Don't miss the meatloaf!

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Very limited menu and out of that two items ran out before 8pm

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Great spot right in Mammouth Village. Overall very good but highlights were great cocktails, brussel sprouts, crispy chicken sandwich, braised short ribs and the staff is excellent - very friendly, helpful and attentive.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Outstanding Value, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 24, 2017

we had an awesome time celebrating 8 year anniversary and our return to mammoth after an 8+ year hiatus. dinner was great and our server was awesome as well. drinks were delicious too.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Fun, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Casual, People Watching, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Unexpectedly good for Mammoth Village! The location is great - very convenient as we were staying at The Village hotel. The front of the restaurant is not very interesting - it was a nightclub/bar in a prior time, so we didn't really think much of it as a dinner option until I read about it online. Booked a reservation for husband's birthday dinner. The ambiance inside is very nice - not fancy but not too rustic. The server was very friendly and helpful - food came out quickly, so i'd have to say excellent service. The food was delicious - had the crispy brussel sprouts as a side dish. Husband had the braised short ribs, which were fall off the bone delicious. I had the turkey avocado burger, but subbed out the turkey and had the beef burger with the thick bacon, cheddar and avo and tomato. On a brioche bun - yummy!! We will definitely be back!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Great food, great for families, a true gem in mammoth. Totally impressed with the entire staff. 53 is doing an incredible job in general and we are fortunate to have an option like this in this great town.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 16, 2017

We really enjoyed our server Eddie. He made our first experience at 53 memorable! We will be back for sure!

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Cozy
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