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The Mono Inn

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55620 U.S. 395, Lee Vining, CA 93541
17606476581
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11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 am - 9:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 5:00 am - 9:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Located on Mono Lake

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  • 46
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  • 19
    Very good
  • 9
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  • 3
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  • 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
Wonderful Find

Unexpectedly wonderful restaurant on the highway north of Lee Vining. Lovely views of Mono Lake (especially at sunset). Excellent menu. Wine list is a little pricey for the area, but good.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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Big Sky, MT
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Big Sky, MT
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54 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Unexpectedly wonderful restaurant on the highway north of Lee Vining. Lovely views of Mono Lake (especially at sunset). Excellent menu. Wine list is a little pricey for the area, but good.

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Toulouse, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

we had dinner in this restaurant. Compare to others in Lee vining area, it is very expensive and quantities are poor. Salads are very small and not consistent. The main course is also expensive and vegetables not enough cooked. The view of the mono lake is fantastic.

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

What a great surprise to find the lovely Mono Inn while we were spending the night in Lee Vining. I have visited Lee Vining many times, but was never aware of the Mono Inn. I understand they changed owners/chef; I don't know what it was like in the past, but our dinner there last week was very good. We shared... More 

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Twain Harte, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

As soon as the waitress described the Salmon Special that evening, I knew that I had to order it. When it arrived, the salmon was perfectly cooked with a lovely citrus glaze, but what really blew me away was the accompanying sides: creamed kale over cheddar grits. I know, I know: really?? But it was one of the most amazing... More 

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California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

this has been a favorite of ours for years and there has been a change in management. The beautiful view of the lake was "filtered" by the dirty window. The wine list continues to be good and service is efficient. The food, however, was very disappointing. Roast chicken dried out and kale was substituted for the vegetable on the print... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Magical view, good food, lovely staff. It's a bit hard for us to rate the food--when we eat out we tend to eat at Chez Panisse or Chipotle's (literally). This restaurant is neither, but the food was fine and we will be eager to see how the new management has continued its efforts when we return next year.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Nowhere have I ever seen a better example of "Three's a charm," than at The Mono Inn Restaurant. The dynamics of the staff, amazing & personable service and high quality menu compelled me to write this. Apparently the venue had a bad reputation because of the previous owners. Now two sisters have taken over (hi Debbie) plus Chef Kenny (who... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I have stopped for dinner twice in the last month and both times were fabulous. Their wine list has been chosen with great care. The menu is equally well chosen and refreshing. I cannot seem to break away from the spectacular filet. From appetizers to entrees, the chef produces a truly memorable meal. The service is warm and attentive. Five... More 

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Coronado, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The menu is diverse, but not lengthy. The choices include appetizers, soups and salads, and dinner entrees that are quite appealing. One can also choose from the Bar Menu, which expands the choices to include sliders and other sandwiches, and some more casual offerings at great prices. In general, prices are very reasonable, especially considering the high end entrees. When... More 

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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I almost hate writing about this place. It was perfect. I had salmon (fresh) with steamed spinach and pureed cauliflower with capers. Sounds weird, but it was wonderful. My husband had bison short ribs, potatoes with Gruyere cheese and salad. Everything was great. This place has newly opened and I hope it will stay open a long time. It's run... More 

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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: 17606476581

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 40
  • 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
5:00 am - 9:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 am - 9:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 am - 9:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 am - 9:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 am - 9:00 am

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