The kakavia soup from Jimmy's Taverna
Where to Find the Best Soup in Mammoth Lakes
Warming up with a delicious, steaming-hot bowl of soup on a crisp fall afternoon or chilly winter evening is truly one of life’s great pleasures! Mammoth Lakes has so many excellent restaurants, and you’ll find a variety of hearty soups to fuel your adventures here. A warming lunch, the ideal après-ski snack or an essential element of dinner, you’ll find plenty of options during your visit. Here are a few suggestions to get you started; keep in mind that menu items and prices are always subject to change.
Whether you’ve been hiking around Reds Meadow, snowshoeing to Minaret Vista or doing top-to-bottom laps off the Panorama Gondola, some hot soup might be a perfect finish to your adventure. Both The Yodler and Mountainside Bar & Grill are conveniently located at the Main Lodge base area. The creamy, well-seasoned potato leek soup at the Yodler pairs nicely with their giant Bavarian pretzel in a casual, family-friendly setting.
The bar at the Mountainside Grill inside the Mammoth Mountain Inn features expansive views as well as a delicious, filling lentil soup. A great place to meet friends for après-ski cocktails, you can settle in and watch the twinkling lights of snowcats laying down fresh corduroy while you feast on soup and upscale bar snacks. Prices are commensurate with the on-mountain location, expect to pay $8-9 for a large bowl of soup.
Ramenya is a recent and most welcome addition to the Mammoth Lakes restaurant scene, located in a cozy A-frame on Alpine Circle not too far off Main Street. A traditional Japanese noodle house serving classic dishes like miso ramen, shoyu ramen and ajo ramen, the broth is always perfectly seasoned and there are numerous options to add vegetables, protein and extra noodles as well as an extensive appetizer menu. Very family-friendly and willing to accommodate young palates. Order cautiously as those add-ons can add up, but portions are generous.
The Whitebark restaurant inside The Westin Monache Resort features the Westin SuperfoodsRX™ menu to help you eat well away from home. Try the heirloom tomato and basil oil soup, a tasty, healthy vegan soup that’s packed with flavor. The Chef’s Soup Selection is also a good bet, a recent offering was a corn chowder prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients. The Whitebark also has an extensive kids’ menu and a sushi bar; food is upscale and priced accordingly, soup is $9 for a medium-sized bowl.
For a small town high in the mountains, Mammoth Lakes offers a number of great Mexican food options. Venture slightly off the beaten path to try The Loco Frijole for tasty sopas that won’t break your travel budget. You'll find traditional Albondigas and a chicken soup that has inspired some serious devotees. A cup is just $4.99, bowl $6.99. For something a little more adventurous, try the Molcajetes—stone bowls brimming with delicious morsels atop a spicy tomato base. The Mexicano is made with carne asada, chorizo and grilled chicken while the Seafood contains shrimp, tilapia and octopus. Huge portions, served with corn or flour tortillas for $17.99 and $18.99.
Soup for a Special Occasion
Whether you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or just looking for something especially nice you won’t want to miss Jimmy’s Taverna on Old Mammoth Road. One of the prettiest restaurants in Mammoth Lakes, the atmosphere is soothing and chic, with warm and inviting service. Start with the lobster bisque or creamy clam chowder before indulging in a steaming bowl of kakavia, a traditional Greek fisherman’s soup prepared with shrimp, scallops, potatoes and vegetables in a tangy broth. Plenty of other, non-seafood dishes are also available. A fine dining option for sure, but prices are in line with the outstanding quality.
When you’ve been playing hard and just want to unwind and have dinner in your pajamas, nothing beats takeout. Two great options are Thai’d Up and Red Lantern. You may also dine-in at either restaurant (pajamas discouraged). Thai’d Up features soups such as Tom Kai Gai, a rich coconut milk soup with chicken and lemongrass; and Tom Yum, a hot and sour broth with tofu and vegetables. Red Lantern offers traditional Chinese soups like Egg Drop and Hot and Sour as well as an appealing Wonton soup that even my picky young daughter happily devours. Very reasonably priced. Pro tip: both restaurants have smaller kitchens, so try to order at off-peak times to avoid a long wait.
There are so many great soup spots in Mammoth Lakes that this is far from a comprehensive list and you really won’t go wrong anywhere. Be sure to ask around for additional recommendations—people here are passionate about their favorite soups!
Betsy loves living and playing in Mammoth Lakes and the Eastern Sierra with her active family and friends. A passionate advocate for community recreation, Betsy never turns down an opportunity to swim, ski, paddle, travel or let someone else cook.