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The Mono Inn

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55620 U.S. 395, Lee Vining, CA 93541
17606476581
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Located on Mono Lake. For miles north of Lee Vining on Highway 395

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  • 53
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  • 20
    Very good
  • 10
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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
Great food, great service, great location

We dined here twice in July, found the service excellent and very personalised. The food was well presented, tasted good at a reasonable price and the flavours well put together. Add to this the location overlooking Mono lake it was near perfect. We would thoroughly recommend this establishment.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 5, 2015
Louise N
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

We dined here twice in July, found the service excellent and very personalised. The food was well presented, tasted good at a reasonable price and the flavours well put together. Add to this the location overlooking Mono lake it was near perfect. We would thoroughly recommend this establishment.

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1 Thank Louise N
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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118 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

We had dinner here after a full day driving through Yosemite National Park. The Lake View Lodge called ahead and made reservations for us and the Manager was very obliging and welcoming. Our waitress was very informative and chatty. The food was excellent. I had the bison and the gravy or jus that went with it was sooo moreish, I... More 

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Thank CCandWH
Anchorage, Alaska
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

This is fine dining in a relaxing atmosphere. A warm smile from the staff seated us next to a warm fire and then the food started coming. Butternut soup was great and the three entrees were of the wild type...salmon, bison and venison. All cooked to perfection. The relaxed atmosphere provided for some casual conversation with other diners and our... More 

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Sonora, California
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43 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Eight of us met here for dinner on Saturday, Oct 3rd. We had reservations and were seated rather quickly. It took at least 20 minutes to be recognized by our waitress before being asked for our drink preferences. For non red meat eaters, there were two options; a pasta dish and a salmon entree. Great! Six of us were prepared... More 

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California
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58 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

Charming and friendly. - probably the nicest restaurant in town. Got there at 8pm and the restaurant was beginning to empty out, but it still took about 45 min to get our food. Had bacon wrapped steak (delicious!) and Mahdi mani (undercooked, but we were so tired and it already took so long that we just ate it that way).

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Glendale, California
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

I had found this restaurant online, where it got great reviews, so I booked it for the four of us. We all had delicious food and would go back if we found ourselves near Yosemite again (three of us live in L.A.) Three of us are handicapped, so the staff directed us to the downstairs parking on the restaurant level.... More 

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1 Thank Karen91208
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

My meal (grilled salmon) was exquisitely prepared. The dining room allows for quiet table conversation - good acoustics and no blasting music. The patio overlooks Mono Lake, and if it's too cold to be out there, you can see the lake through the large picture windows in the dining room. We watched the full moon rise over the lake as... More 

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San Rafael, California
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

The view is from the west side of Mono Lake. Sitting outside has a better view but the highway noise convinced us to sit inside. Our waitress recommended the Burrata Salad and my husband and I shared one for our first course. We both loved the quality of the arugula, the tomatoes, the cheese and the wonderful dressing. The chef... More 

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4 Thank Carol B
Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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69 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

They don't an extensive menu but what they offer tastes great and on top of that you get a great view and service. A little dining gem in Lee Vining.

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1 Thank 25Monique
Big Sky, MT
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60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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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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. For miles north of Lee Vining on Highway 395
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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