Your Guide to Old Mammoth Restaurant Row

In Mammoth Lakes, you can enjoy a variety of food and entertainment from early morning until long after the sun sets—all year round. Experience mountain views, gracious hospitality and delicious dining at the independently owned and operated establishments on Old Mammoth Restaurant Row.

This coalition of member restaurants was formed to bring awareness to the Old Mammoth Road corridor, a unique destination within Mammoth Lakes. Joanie Schaller, who spearheads the group and manages the popular Mexican restaurant Roberto’s Café, explains, “We want everyone to know about our incredible diversity of restaurants—all conveniently located within just a couple blocks.” 

Where to Eat on Old Mammoth Restaurant Row

The restaurants begin with the Breakfast Club (breakfast, lunch, bakery) near the intersection of Main Street/CA-203 at the north end and extend to The Stove (breakfast and lunch) to the south near Mammoth Creek Park, with everything from pizza to fine dining in between. Check out beautiful views of the Sherwin Range to the south as you explore.

Along the way, there is something for everyone, with eateries to satisfy any palate and budget. Try Mammoth Rock Brasserie, Jimmy’s Taverna or The Mogul for a special night out. Red Lantern serves Chinese food in a beautiful Asian-inspired setting, while Thai’d Up specializes in authentic cuisine from Thailand.

CJ’s Grill serves lunch and dinner, featuring a new American menu that focuses on homemade specialties. They also have a terrific kids menu. Nik-n-Willies is a great spot to grab a pizza, salad or sandwich to eat in or take to the park for a picnic. Giovanni’s, located in the Minaret Village plaza, also serves pizza, pasta, Italian entrées, salads and wings and has a great sports bar, in addition to ample restaurant seating. Food Cache Café, one of the newest spots in town, serves healthy organic smoothies and açai bowls along with some other specialties throughout the day. Good Life Café serves a little bit of everything, with an extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menu offered seven days a week. 

Nightlife on Old Mammoth Restaurant Row

Gather friends for an impromptu dinner and pub crawl to sample a couple of spots. Try Rafters for live music most weekends, as well as karaoke and open mic nights during the week in addition to their regular breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Mammoth Tavern, home to some of the most innovative cocktails in town, has an early Happy Hour from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., then serves up a special late-night menu starting at 9:30 p.m. after their dinner service is over. The Mammoth Rock ‘n’ Bowl has bowling, golf simulators, darts, foosball and Ping Pong available until late, along with their full bar. 

Parking and Transportation

The best strategy for visiting Old Mammoth Restaurant Row is to access it via the free Mammoth Lakes public transit system. You can also jump on the free trolley or shuttle that runs regularly along Old Mammoth Road. Mammoth Lakes offers a free Park and Ride lot at 1475 Tavern Rd., adjacent to Old Mammoth Road. The lot is even equipped with Tesla charging stations. You may also park at any of the restaurants, however it is expected that you will patronize the establishment where you park, especially in winter when spaces can become limited due to snow storage.

Lodging and More

Both the Mammoth Creek Inn and the Sierra Nevada Resort are located on Old Mammoth Road and offer lodging convenient to Old Mammoth Restaurant Row. If you want to combine dining and entertainment with a great outdoor activity, access the 7.3-mile paved Town Loop Trail from Mammoth Creek Park West—it’s great for walking or biking, with amazing views of the Sherwins and Mammoth Mountain. Bike rentals are available from Footloose Sports on the corner of Main Street and Old Mammoth Road. 

 

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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