53 Kitchen & Cocktails

3.8
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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.
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R
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving

OT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Open Table needs to be fixed. This review is not about the restaurant - we assume it has good food and atmosphere. It is closed on Mon and Tues and clearly states on the restaurant web page and on their front door. We made reservations assuming Open Table would get the basics correct and showed at the front door only to be disappointed.

VS
San Francisco
192 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made the reservation. We went there. It was not open. We were so disappointed. So we went to another restaurant and had a wonderful meal.

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here

KI
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The burgers were OUTSTANDING but, unfortunately, the Chicken Marsala was awful! The potatoes had no flavor and tasted like boxed potatoes. The rest of the meal was flavorless as well.

MB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

All was good, except the mussels were cooked in a manner completely different from the menu. The menu stated a traditional mussels dish- butter, garlic, parsley, etc. Instead I received mussels cooked in what appeared to be chopped habanero and jalapeno broth. FIRE! No resemblance to the menu, and inedible for me. Everyone was very gracious and surprised, and removed the mussels and the charge from our bill.

r
Yosemite
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It's hard to find a good restaurant in Mammoth, but we are always happily surprised with 53. Fun and tasty options, good service, you should give it a try!

JB
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We had very mixed feelings about our dining expeience at 53 Kitchen & Cocktails. The ambiance was great and the cocktail menu was wonderful. The menu was varied and we were mostly pleased with our meals. The staff is very disorganized. Upon entering the restaurant we were told that there would be a 15 minute wait, before we were even asked if we had a reservation. I told the hostess that we made a reservation on Open Table and we were quickly seated. The restaurant was not full, but there were quite a few large parties in the dining room, so perhaps the "wait" for walk-ins was to pace the kitchen.

I ordered a cauliflower burger and it did not come out as advertised on the menu. It was supposed to be served with a lemon tarragon aioli, but that was missing. When I asked for it, I received something different that tasted like it had relish in it. The red onion jam on the burger was tasty. The warm salted pretzel bread was an excellent appetizer for the kids. The adults in our group enjoyed the cocktails! On Friday night, kids eat free, but there seemed to be a lot of confusion about that. The webpage advertises: "Kids Eat FREE (12 & Under) Fridays, 5PM–Close. 1 complimentary kids menu item per child with each adult entrée ordered." The hostess clarified that kids eat free with one adult entree from the Specialties portion of the menu. I ordered from the Burgers & Sandwiches portion of the menu since that was the only option for a vegetarian. Our server didn't know about Kids Eat Free and charged us full price. He seemed very flustered with the mistake.

Overall, this place is probably better for cocktails and adult dining. If you plan to eat here, don't bring the kids.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Over priced and small portion sizes. Empty restaurant at dinner time!

J
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and service, but a bit pricey! Beautiful place.

RK
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Decent bar food in Mammoth Village -- nothing special, though. Turkey burger and fries were both way too salty. Regular "Frieda" burger was cooked correctly to medium and pretty tasty. Cocktails were well done; good beer selection.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Staff was great, but food was very mediocre especially for the price. Cauliflower was too oily and so was the steak from the chimichurri sauce on both items. Food took too long to come out, for all tables. It was July 3rd, so expectedly busy, but they did not seem understaffed, so it did not warrant how long it took the entree to come out. Would not go back.

IH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience1

Pat was fantastic on his service! Give him a raise.

The ambiance and crowd did not match the website marketing at all.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here!!

TK
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did a last minute trip to Mammoth for some Sunday Ski time- the weather turned against us- but we enjoyed our night out for dinner! The restaurant has TWO parts, when we walked in to the left, they tried to sit us there, it was not visually comfortable, and there were no windows, and a table of kids... we are a couple who are happy to be out and about. I asked for the other room, she tried to sit us back in the corner again, by the rock wall Very cold. NOPE 3rd time was a charm, sat against the wall with the big material backed bench, watched the snow fall outside. if we did not get that seat, we would have left. The rest of the evening went along BETTER than expected. Loved the food, and our Server , and now new friend WALT is the BEST! we will be back! thanks again- Tina and Rob

CA
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

We come to mammoth all the time and love 53 Kitchen, but their service & consistency has gone down hill. Even though their website states happy hour & different special (IE BOGO Burgers on Sunday) the wait staff does not seem to know their offers or honor them. As well when we walked in there was a huge line of customers & the hostess was sitting away from the host stand folding napkins not helping those waiting to be seated. The food is great, but they need to work on their management.

TD
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Restaurant ran out of milk and apple pie. Waitress did not offer to refill soda until we were done with our meal. Took a very long time for the waitress to drop off the check. Also took a long time for the waitress to pick up the check/payment for processing even though the place was not busy.

BD
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Spring skiing was excellently capped off with dinner!

CA
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really god food and service. Will definitely go back!

AM
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Well we got there early and the manger said the couldn’t seat us early because of possible crowd coming off the mountain. The place was a ghost town. Went to the bar and had a fabulous old fashion .. that was about it for the night. My spouses chicken Marsala was rubbery and over cooked . She asked for double portion of veggies instead of the mashed potatoes . We had to pay extra for them and it was less than 1/4 cup total of veg. As we looked around only three tables were filled.. so much for that crowd . It was ok would not come back. Only good thing was the drink at the bar and the bar tender.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had cauliflower bites for appetizer and then cauliflower burger for dinner (we are vegetarians). Food was very good!!

p
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, friendly wait staff...front desk could be more welcoming.

LL
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was very good. But the service was very slow. The server apologized that it was because there were "only 2 cooks in the kitchen," which was extremely irritating to hear because they weren't discounting the extremely high ski-resort prices to compensate. We still had to hold up our end by paying full price -- doesn't seem right. And because we weren't getting the attention we needed, we ate an appetizer without the salt it needed because the server was so busy we were unable to ask for salt before it would have gone cold. A glass of wine was sub-par but she was nowhere to be seen and so I drank it anyway. Just a lot of irritating moments when we were trying to celebrate our anniversary with a good meal. To end a positive note, though, we went to the bar afterward and had a wonderful house old-fashioned made by a lovely bartender.

KM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The menu is a little light with options. We did not get what the menu described when we received our order. They were out of some key salad ingredients that made the salad. Little disappointed.

c
Nashville
13 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a group of 8 and the service was excellent! We had a wide variety of meals- some had burgers and others went for steak or salmon. The cocktails are great and a nice wine list. We loved it!

a
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We had a great serve at 53. And no wait as we made a reservation. However, the food is not impressive with the exception of the pretzel bread. They do have an extensive cocktail list and the drinks were delicious.

AO
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We hit 53Kitchen every time we are in mammoth. We sit in the bar area for good, tasty easy food. The roasted cauliflower, their burgers, and their pretzel appetizer are fantastic and the salmon is out of this world! We always get really good service. Definitely on our list of regulars spots 😊

A
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

We made reservations for a special event to celebrate an old friend and were so very disappointed. The greeter/ receptionist was very rude and not to mention too young for this appointment. We arrived on time and was told we had to wait 15 minutes (there was only one other party in the place). We watched in astonishment when he turned 5 other parties away in the hour in which we were there. Still no one in the place. Food was over priced and marginal at best (cold, small portions, and nothing to talk about) The server was inattentive and couldn't even refill our water glasses. We went away very $250.00 poorer for 4 drinks, a bowl of soup, two chicken dishes and one fish dish plus service tip for 4 people. We came into town with a large Ski club and needless to say told the whole club (64 in attendance) not to bother going though the trouble to get into the place. Not at all what we remembered the place once was! Get this place off of your recommendation list. Not at all like your Open Table experiences in the past.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

1 of the 4 entrees was sold out (7pm). Our Food took 50 minutes to arrive. No offer of even comping our dessert as an apology

CO
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The bar area was cute . The chicken wings were very good . The rest of the food ranged from inedible to ok. Pricey for what it was . Very disappointing !

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

How can you mess up a salad and a burger?

OT
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Our waiter would linger at awkward moments, not asking how things were, but would run away every time we needed something. Was frustrated by us wanting to put kids’ food orders in first. We were asked by two different people if we had reservations (which we did), after we were seated and acting like we were unwelcome. Food was solid. Beer was cold.

SM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ended up at 53 Kitchen & Cocktails for dinner, despite the bad reviews, because it was the only restaurant that had a table available. Our waiter was very courteous and took good care of us, the drinks were fun and unusual, the food was good, it was overall a very pleasant experience.

OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Food is ok but not very imaginative- they seem to have changed the menu

The ambiance is odd - very brightly lit and kind of stark

Service was rushed and manic

Ok - but Campo is way better

NH
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience, super close to where we stayed. Great with young kids (5 and 4) and really solid food! Recommend reservations during busy ski weeks and holidays - but a must when you are in Mammoth!

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We visited 53 two additional times after our first, we went to the bar area and enjoyed the happy hour menu far more than than the restaurant options. Just wish happy hour went past 4 pm, 5pm would be better.

VM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Extremely over priced. 2 crab cakes $9.00 each. $18.00 for the appetizer.
We ordered 2 glasses of wine. VERY small pours. Very expensive. I have lived
in this town for 30 years now, never will I go back to this restaurant. To many
other places to go... and get a MUCH fairer deal.

JJ
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is always great and the ambience along with the food are always very good!

SY
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

For dinner we had a Quirky waiter with good service. Food was good too!

We came back for Apres Ski drinks the next day and the bar was great!! The bartender was slammed so it took a while to get our check.

m
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Food was great. Salmon was excellent. Apple pie outstanding. Our server was great. plus discount for icon holders.
Great Village location