Lakefront Restaurant - Mammoth Lakes

4.8
338 reviews
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Contemporary American
The Lakefront Restaurant, awarded Sunset Magazine's "Best Dinner in the Sierra," is located in the historic, 95-year-old Tamarack Lodge in Mammoth Lakes, California. Come join us in our ten table dining room overlooking Twin Lakes and enjoy an expertly prepared fine dining dinner. Our wine list, designed by our on-site Sommelier, has the perfect wine to compliment your meal. Come early for a classic cocktail or a hand-crafted beer and linger in the Fireplace Lounge. Joe Gray Jr. Plays the piano on Friday, Saturday, and holiday nights during the winter and summer seasons (please call for performance times.) Whether you are having a romantic dinner for 2, or celebrating the holidays with one of our prix fixe, multi-coursed menus, the Lakefront Restaurant is a destination on your itinerary not to be missed. Seating is limited so please call early for reservations or dietary restrictions.
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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very small portions, so if you have a guy with a big appetite this is not the place, however the food was presented well and very good.

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c
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love this place. I guess they changed chef's and it is not quite as good but still a great place to visit and enjoy a great dinner. Drinks are really expensive!

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DR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I requested a table for six by the window on open table. I received a call back and was told that they could honor my request if we changed our reservation to 5:30. So we showed up at 5 for cocktails and no one was there to confirm our reservation or serve drinks at the bar. By the time the bartender got prepared it was time to be seated! We where seated at 5:30, but they said we couldn’t be seated at a window. My response was “why did you have us come in for an earlier reservation if you can’t accommodate my request.” He didn’t have much of a response other than we don’t seat six or more at windows. No other parties showed up for at least a half hour. We all felt tables could have been arranged to accommodate us.
One other annoyance was that short ribs where offered to those that came in after us. It was disturbing to some in the party that we where asked to come in early and we didn’t get the selection of entrees because the kitchen wasn’t prepared and we where denied seating promised on the phone!

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Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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p
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

food is great, the servers nice, but the organization is average to say the least. had to wait 40 minutes to be seated even with reservation.

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RW
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting, great food & excellent & helpful waitstaff!

Loved the lounge area, fireplace!!!

Rick & Ruby

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BK
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality and the presentation of the food was superb. It stands equal to the finest restaurants that we have been through. The menu was limited but of high quality. The special of the day soup was excellent.
The service was very joyful and pleasant which made us feel very comfortable.
The chef, Reed Johnson, whom I met by chance in the corridor was a young humble man who deserves to be recognized as an excellent chef with a high level of expertise in crafting the food items on the menu.
We definitely would love to go back whenever the opportunity arises in the future.

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MR
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After coming to dine at this place for more than 25 years - it fully stands up to it's reputation. Undoubtedly, by far the best eatery in Mammoth Lakes. Well, that doesn't say much - because the overall quality in Mammoth Lakes is not very high, but the Lakefront Restaurant is fantastic; in the midst of the dark winter or in the summer, where I love to come there for a romantic patio experience. It is a winner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant! The food is delicious and the staff is the best. Highly recommend.

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SS
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food, lovely staff, wide range of wines. Setting was small and quaint. A little bit noisy but that did not interfere with our wonderful birthday dinner!

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A
San Joaquin
20 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lakefront is the best restaurant in Mammoth. Their food is consistently good and cooked to perfection.

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c
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Food not that impressive for the price. Service slow... best thing was bread and soup. Not worth the price. I live here and will not recommend it.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant when in Mammoth Lakes. Food and service never disappoints.

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is outstanding! There are only 10 tables, so reserve ahead or you won't get in. A small, quiet, yet casual atmosphere with 5 Star menu. We will definitely go again when we are in Mammoth.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was super fantastic. Staff, food, ambiance...Excellent. Can’t say enough.

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J
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food, but pricey. Gnocchi was $42 entree. Menu is limited. Service was friendly but slow. Be prepared to spend $100 a person. We've been many times over the years, but this time it just didn't measure up to the price.

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SD
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy place with friendly staff and amazing food. We loved it

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ML
Los Angeles
72 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Based on the recent reviews for Lakefront, I was a little worried about making a reservation for five friends and me during our upcoming trip to Mammoth. We're so glad we returned.

Everything from the wonderful food, to excellent service and amazing setting (with lots of snow!) was perfect. The only downside was that we chose to come on a Thursday, when the pianist in the lounge is off. We'll be sure to come back on a weekend night next time.

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AB
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I hosted our team and our clients for a lovely dinner after a long day of production, and was fortunate to get a last minute reservation for six. Everyone was enamored with the authentic, rustic atmosphere and one of our server's storytelling of hauntings and history of Tamarack Lodge. We ordered each of the starters for the table and all were delicious...foie gras with banana jam (unexpected pairings and delightful), smoked salmon, quail and apple. Many in our party chose the elk, one the filet mignon and I selected the beet and gnocchi. No one had anything but high praise for their dishes - truly delicious and conceptually well done.

The dining room is very small and intimate, which provides the opportunity for pristine service and a feeling of warm attentiveness. Our group likely got a bit loud with laughter towards the end of the meal but never felt out of place. While waiting for our Westin Monache shuttle, we enjoyed sinking into the chairs and couches in the fireplace lounge, so much so that we did not want to leave.

While not a true criticism, our only soft disappointment would be that the sole was not available, and the the dessert options did not appeal to us. Fortunately, we were all overly satiated and dessert was not a priority.

I look forward to someday returning to Lakefront and have already recommended to many!

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AL
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cuisine choices, the ambiance, the service, the view, absolutely equisite. What an unexpected treat to be served, and to share a dining room with others whom appreciate a level of service long reserved for formal dining at any great resort, or dining venue. This staff simply excels at making one feel spoiled in a rustic, wilderness atmosphere. Kelly was our waitress, and she simply stunned us with her comprehensive understanding of the chef's preparations, and presentations. Her service standards are amongst the best I have ever had the privilege of being served by.

Adam Lowry
United States Bartender's Guild
Aria Resort and Hotel , Las Vegas
Jean George Steakhouse Bar Staff

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KW
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Lakefront restaurant is just one of our favorite spots in Mammoth. Even with the snow storm going on we always enjoy the food, service and location.

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TR
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our absolutely favorite restaurant in the entire Mammoth Lakes area. The service is impeccable. The food is always delicious. The best dish on the menu right now is the elk. Served perfectly on the rare side. Wanted to go back the next night and have it again. Beet salad served with a crisp bite and the soups have lovely complex flavors. Don't forget dessert, you won't be disappointed.

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r
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a 40 seat restaurant in a remote lodge next to Twin Lakes. The food flavors and presentation were superb and the service was very good. The portions, however, are not for a hungry person who spent the day on the slopes. You may still be hungry after appetizer, salad, main course and desert. About $500 for 4 people, including an $80 bottle of wine.

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GC
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and woods-lodge ambience. I had the pan-seared pheasant, and I’ve never had better. My wife had the beet gnocchi and loved it. Small, quaint, friendly.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely place with great ambiance. The food is delicious but a little costly elk medallions $55. We also ordered the flourless chocolate ‘cake’ dessert and didn’t care for it destructed like they served it. Also ordered martinis dry but still had vermouth so small improvements to move from 4 to 5 Stars.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Late Valentine’s dinner

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place that hasn’t changed in 50 yrs. the food was fantastic and so was the friendly service. There is only 14 tables and is very unique. It’s a must try for sure.

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CG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent, the cocktails are delicious, the service is friendly, and the ambiance is cozy.

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KQ
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Every dish was excellent. portions were on the smaller size so we cleaned each plate completely.

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LS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, great atmosphere. Highly recommend!

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R
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, fine food and cozy atmosphere.. Felt like a guest again friends home ..

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OT
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is always excellent. Our server was extremely attentive and very helpful in selecting our food and wine. The scallops were some of the best we’ve ever had.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants!

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a
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Sadly, it was not a good night at an otherwise consistently good dining experience. Not much you can do, but they seated us 40 mins. late, and food was off. Sole was incredibly salty and you could barely taste the fish. They also seemed short on wait staff. On the up side, the comp'ed our glasses of wine and the piano bar while we were waiting for our table was fabulous.

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B
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding.

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L
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Not up to par compared to last year. Food wasn’t hot and it just was not the same experience. Not sure what’s changed but I’m not sure I’d spend the money on a return trip.

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BS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exceptional!!!!

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AF
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming for years, and always a wonderful dining option. Love the new chef and his inventive menu. Service is always top notch. Also enjoy coming in a bit early for a drink, by the fireplace, and to enjoy the live piano music from (I think) Joe, who is a master at making things magical.

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W
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, perfect service and wonderful ambiance!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visit Mammoth several times per year and always enjoy dinner at Lakefront !

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