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The Historic Mono Inn

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55620 U.S. 395, Lee Vining, CA 93541
(760) 647-6581
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11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Located on Mono Lake

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  • 34
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great view, fine dining

My father-in-law and his wife took us here after a day of exploring the Mono Lake / Tioga Pass area, and I was really very pleasantly surprised to by the Historic Mono Inn. When we pulled in, we were a little before the dinner rush, so there was only one car in the parking lot (and I immediately... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 1, 2014
scottb211
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Prescott, AZ
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San Antonio, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

my experience with the Inn ,, the best 12 years of my life, 1983 thru 1995,, I dined there almost nightly with Harry the owner his wife Barbara, their daughters Linda & Debbie,, Helped them out by supplying their kitchen help, fixing the pipes when frozen, ect. I was the manager of the High Sierra Shrimp Plant there on Mono... More 

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Prescott, AZ
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30 reviews 30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

My father-in-law and his wife took us here after a day of exploring the Mono Lake / Tioga Pass area, and I was really very pleasantly surprised to by the Historic Mono Inn. When we pulled in, we were a little before the dinner rush, so there was only one car in the parking lot (and I immediately started thinking,... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This is one of the best 'hidden gems' we've found! Absolutely stunning views of Mono Lake. Service was professional yet friendly & helpful. The food was fantastic! The Peppercorn Flat Iron steak was cooked to perfection, moist, tender and unbelievably delicious. The Elk Burger with Bleu Cheese & Caramelized Onion on a brioche bun was heavenly. And the Cardamom Creme... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

My husband and I dined here this week while on a hiking trip to the June Lakes area. We are both vegetarians and often have difficulty finding any, let alone delicious, meals when we are out of a large metropolitan area. This place was a gem! We had reservations and were seated immediately at a window table overlooking Mono Lake.... More 

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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61 reviews 61 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We love this restaurant and try to visit it every year. The menu is simple gourmet and you need to plan on $50 person. This year we took 19 people. Everyone was happy with their selection and wine menu, but the service was slow and irregular. Some people were served way before others…..it might have been the size of the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Pretty cool to overlook Mono Lake while eating dinner. Nice menu, prices what you would expect. My server was really nice, but it was clear that it was the end of the day. Although the sign out front said open until 9:00, when I arrived at 8:20 I was immediately informed that the kitchen would be closing at 8:30. I... More 

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Houston, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We found this restaurant on Trip Advisor and wanted to pass on the great tip. The Inn was a great find. Fine dining in Lee Vining. We had BBQ wild boar ribs and lamb chops, both done to perfection. Nice, reasonably priced wine selection to go with the meal. If we lived nearby, we would dine here every week. Very... More 

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Berkeley, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We returned to the Mono Inn again this year on the Fourth of July weekend--the 5th-- and were treated to an incredible view and fine dinner. My son and his fiancé and friends joined us. All of us enjoyed ourselves immensely. The view and ambiance are the best! We did not want to leave our table on the deck when... More 

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San Diego, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This place gives you a peaceful location to park and have a quiet moment to relax. It has interesting views and the outside surrounding are fantastic.

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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The owners might know wines. The wine list is extensive. We weren't looking for wine; we were looking for a good meal. Unfortunately, the food is just ok and overpriced. Service isn't very professional or friendly. Overall experience was far from excellent.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 55620 U.S. 395, Lee Vining, CA 93541
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lee Vining
  • Phone Number: (760) 647-6581

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Description

Located on Mono Lake
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?