The Restaurant at Convict Lake

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$31 to $50
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The Restaurant at Convict Lake is widely recognized as the finest restaurant in the Eastern Sierra and a "locals" choice for special occasions. Dine in a romantic and casually elegant atmosphere located just 10 minutes from Mammoth Lakes across from the Mammoth/Yosemite Airport.

Our menu features continental cuisine and such sumptuous specialties as rack of lamb, beef wellington, grass fed beef steaks, fresh seafood and pastas. We have an award-winning wine list including some of the best vintages around the world and a martini bar. If you are not up for a four course meal, enjoy appetizers and drinks at the martini bar in The Lounge. The lounge offers a separate menu and HD TV's to watch your favorite sports.
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MH
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine here every time we are in town and it never disappoints. The ambiance is warm and inviting. Service is great. Food is always delicious! On this trip I loved the Belvedere Martini with the blue cheese olives that the bartender made for me per my request, The warm homemade fresh bread to go along with the baked garlic is so good. . The chicken was delicious with just a touch of crispy skin and perfectly moist and the bananas foster for dessert made table side is not to be missed! Our large party was impressed!

LM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service at The Restaurant at Convict Lake are superb. We have been there before and always been extremely happy. This time, we were a party of six and everyone was extremely satisfied with everything. We had soup, two starters and five different main courses. It was all wonderful.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely evening with beautiful food and a great waiter

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful view of the mountains, good food and service

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

I'm not sure why this restaurant is so highly praised. The salads were great and left us with high expectations for the main course. Our entrees were inedible and we both compared it to wedding banquet food. My fish was way overcooked, the mashed potatoes tasted of plastic, and the zucchini/squash was laughable. My husband got the duck and ate it because he was hungry, he didn't enjoy it at all and we couldn't wait to get out of there. Our server noticed our entrees were barely touched so he offered us a free dessert. We ordered bananas foster, which was made table side. It was good but we both noticed something was off, after taking another bite I concluded that our server had singed his arm hair after flambeing the bananas. The overall experience was a shame, the ambiance was great and the wine menu was extensive and fairly priced. I had high hopes for our dinner here after OpenTable listed it as one of the countries top 100 rated restaurants. Our excitement to celebrate where we got engaged unfortunately stopped when our entrees were brought to the table.

P
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was good but service was extremely slow. They must be understaffed. Too bad. Ruins the restaurants reputation.

TO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wine list. The escargot and duck were delicious and beautifully plated.

JT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was great. We really enjoyed our experience.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always!

MC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beef Wellington with carrot purée soup was amazing!

MA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was perfect, food was fantastic and the wine recommendation was exactly right. We'll come back for the venison and Masut pinot noir as soon as we can!

DS
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our favorite restaurant in and around Mammoth Lakes area. We took our friends here on Saturday night to celebrate their Wedding (they eloped) and they were incredibly impressed with the atmosphere, the food and the friendliness of the staff. I couldn't recommend this restaurant enough. Been here hundreds of times and we have never had a bad meal let alone a bad experience. Convict Lake is completely worth your time and $ as you will thoroughly enjoy it and talk about your experience for years to come.

DT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I go to this restaurant every time I'm in the area. I haven't had everything on the menu but everything I have had has been cooked to perfection, served in a timely manner no matter how busy the place is. As far as I'm concerned this restaurant could be anywhere in the world and would still be five star!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Husband’s Birthday. Some of the best food we have ever had, truly! Delightful service and warm atmosphere. Loved it!

WB
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The reviews for The Restaurant at Convict Lake are consistently high. Planning this trip - we stayed at the resort for a week - I decided to also make a reservation at the restaurant for my companion's birthday. To say we enjoyed the Restaurant is an understatement. The service was excellent and the food marvelous. I will definitely make a reservation on our next visit to the area. The Restaurant at Convict Lake should be seriously considered for dining by anyone interested in excellent food and service. It is a treat!

RW
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing. Great atmosphere. Incredible food and service. We loved it so much we wanted to go back the next night, but we got lost in the woods and by the time we got to our car, it was 6:30 p.m. and we still had 300 miles to drive home. We will be back. Reservations are recommended but don't let that dissuade you if you don't have em. Bon Apetite.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday. The food was amazing and great service!

F
Warwickshire
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary. Great food, location, ambiance, and service.

DM
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service by Ryan was exceptional. Great recommendation to go with the venison. Thank you!

KH
Yosemite
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We come here every couple of years when we come to this side of the Sierras. Never miss a chance to have dinner here.
Kurt was our waiter and he was outstanding.
See you again next time!

SS
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant around this area, there is no comparison. We try to go here at least once a month. The desserts are very tasty, if we get too full we still take a dessert to go. You can't have a bad meal here. I highly recommend Convict Lake Restaurant! Treat yourself to a great meal.

DS
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat to dine at this restaurant. From top-notch Waiters to simply delicious food for every course. We have never been disappointed while eating here and we have been coming here very often every year for years and years. If you don't eat here, you are missing out. :)

KG
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and setting. Our waitress was phenomenal!

F
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had one of the best meals I’ve ever had. The service was excellent, the presentation of the meals was gorgeous, the background music was delightful, and the meal was absolutely delicious. We loved it and would highly recommend it.

JB
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a fabulous 40th anniversary dinner at the Restaurant at Convict Lake! The food was outstanding (we both had the fresh trout) and it was beautifully presented, the server was friendly and efficient, the ambience wonderful from soft lighting to gentle or no music so it was so easy to converse. We both agreed that it was one of the best dining experiences we’ve had in a long time. Highly recommended!

MA
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences we’ve enjoyed up in the High Sierra’s. The ambiance was awesome, service great, and the food was incredible. Can’t wait to go back and try another dish there.

EC
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have wanted to dine here for years, finally did. Made reservation online, really easy.
We walked from our campsite, across the footbridge, on a 30 degree, moonlit evening.
Very intimate setting, only a handful of tables. Attire was casual, some in jeans/tennis shoes which was nice when camping and not expecting to dine out.
Salads are HUGE (easily shareable), bread was very tasty. Entree selections covered every liking, even pizza. We had salmon (at least 2.5" thick) and fettuccine with pesto. Mashed potatoes were really yummy. Pesto had little bits of breadcrumbs and almonds sprinkled within, added a nice texture to dish.
Price was surprisingly less than expected for a meal as elegant and tasty as we had.
Although we were too full for dessert, it was fun watching the flambe made table side. Again, shareable.
We did not feel rushed, service was attentive but not hovering.
If you are going to be at Convict Lake camping, take a shower at the store ($3/2min) then dine. Well worth the shower:)

DG
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Restaurant at Convict Lake has been our wedding anniversary celebration spot two years in a row! Love the food, the staff is wonderful, and the fall colors were gorgeous!

GL
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No exception this time, always a good time at Convict. The venison was excellent as was the wife’s rack of lamb. The only thing I might have done different was invite another couple along who also finds it a special place so we could sample more dishes, wine and share some dessert

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my wife’s 60th Birthday at the restaurant. Excellent food and service. We’ve eaten here many times and every entree is outstanding.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place around! Bread was amazing. It was a toss-up between 6 different entrees. Big portions. Excellent presentation. Will dine here every visit.

CB
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only negative was the long, long wait for service of the meal courses

JL
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service - attentive and charming waitress. BEST martini ever and cuisine was diverse and delicious! Great ambiance too - did a walk around the lake prior to dinner at dusk and that added to a perfect evening! Can't wait to come back!

JP
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and exceptional service! We dine here every time we pass through the eastern Sierra.

a
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent, great service!

c
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Restaurant at Convict Lake is really the best dining experience in and around the Mammoth Lakes area. It is always great, the service is excellent, and the food, simply put outstanding. We never miss going there when we are in Mammoth!!

k
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always wanted to have dinner at the Restaurant when in the area, and we got our chance! It was very enjoyable, the food was great and so was the service. The atmosphere was fun and friendly. We hope to come back again when we are in the are.

KB
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Restaurant at Convict Lake continues to be one of the finest restaurants in our area. The food, the service and the ambience never disappoint! We recommend this establishment to everyone one we know.

JT
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Restaurant at Convict Lake is a "must do" for anyone visiting the Eastern Sierra region around Bishop or Mammoth Lakes. It truly is a gem tucked away in a beautiful canyon not visible from Hwy 395, but can be easily accessed by any vehicle right across from the Mammoth Lakes Airport.

A
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food, good service. Had to wait at bit for seating. I think they might overbook.

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