Celebrate Your Next Special Occasion in Mammoth Lakes

Whether it’s your birthday, anniversary, graduation or another special occasion, Mammoth Lakes is a fantastic place for celebrations. After a wintry day on the slopes or a summertime hike, enjoy a festive evening out at one of these distinctive local restaurants. You’ll receive a warm welcome from servers, sommeliers and chefs who take tremendous pride in their work and are eager to create a memorable meal. Mention your special occasion when you book; you may even be treated to a preferred table, dessert or another surprise.

Intimate Settings

Very limited seating is available at these establishments; be sure to reserve far in advance to make the most of your occasion.

The Lakefront

Located inside Tamarack Lodge on the shores of Twin Lakes in the Mammoth Lakes Basin, The Lakefront is a rustic restaurant. Intimate dining features just a few tables and feels very romantic and removed from town, despite being a short, scenic drive on Lake Mary Road. Knowledgeable servers are happy to recommend dishes to match your palate, with fresh, locally sourced fare including vegetarian options.


The popular Skadi is also a very small restaurant, near the Village at Mammoth but slightly off the beaten path, with a unique floor plan and modern vibe. Dining here is a truly incomparable experience and definitely suited to celebrating any occasion. Chef/owner Ian Algeröen brings a Scandinavian flavor to unique alpine dishes created in the open kitchen. Beer and wine only, with wines selected to pair well with the cuisine. Skadi is not appropriate for young children, making it an ideal date night spot.  

Classic Favorites

These restaurants have stood the test of time with long histories in Mammoth Lakes.

The Mogul

Many longtime residents and visitors recall when patrons of The Mogul actually grilled their own steaks! While that experience is no more, at the Mogul your server acts as “grill master” ensuring that your food is prepared just as you ordered it. Perfect for family celebrations, The Mogul is a traditional steakhouse and classic Mammoth Lakes eatery, with a great salad bar and a variety of options to please everyone, including children.


Nevados is another Mammoth Lakes institution with a devoted following. They’re known for excellent food, a happening bar scene for the older crowd, personalized service and even their strong cocktails (plan accordingly)! Expect white tablecloths and a large and diverse menu in the main dining room, in addition to well-conceived options for children.   

Unique Spots

Two very different venues offering distinctive settings and standout food.

Mammoth Rock Brasserie

It’s so much fun to take uninitiated guests to the Mammoth Rock Brasserie and register their looks of surprise when walking into the Mammoth Rock ‘n’ Bowl. Once upstairs in the Brasserie, with large windows offering unobstructed views of the Sherwin Range, there is no sign of the 12 bowling lanes below. Executive Chef Frederic Pierrel was classically trained in France and uses local ingredients as often as possible to create varied menus that change to reflect the seasons. The Brasserie is an ideal spot to gather friends for a birthday party or other celebration.


Notable Wine Lists 

While every restaurant mentioned here serves excellent wines, both of these eateries are renowned for their carefully curated wine selections—the perfect complement to any special occasion.

Jimmy’s Taverna 

Jimmy’s Taverna reflects the Greek roots of its owners, the Demetriades family, in both ambiance and cuisine. Venturing in, you’ll immediately feel transported to the Mediterranean. The huge marble bar is a pleasant spot to sip a glass of wine or a cocktail and watch chefs preparing delicious dishes on the wood-burning grill. Enjoy the freshest seafood available and be sure to order the flaming Saganaki appetizer for a show-stopping dish.

Petra’s Bistro & Wine Bar

A favorite restaurant reflecting its alpine setting, Petra’s Bistro & Wine Bar offers over 30 wines by the glass and as many as 350 bottle selections, as well as superb food prepared from naturally raised and sustainable ingredients. Petra’s is located in the Alpenhof Lodge and owned and operated by local brothers Kirk and Robert Schaubmeyer. Dine at the cozy “sofa table” by the fireplace for a relaxing evening, or gather friends at the bar to toast in celebration.   

Betsy Temple-Truax

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.

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