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The Old 5 Mile House

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18851 State Highway 20, Nevada City, CA 95959-9191
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10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars

We tried to have dinner here last night, and learned that it has closed permanently and that they are selling off all the equipment. This is sad because when this place was good, it was amazing. But, in its last days the whole experience was inconsistent -- you never knew if it'd be good or... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2015
Grass Valley, California
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  • Families with children
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English first
Rocklin, California
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015 NEW

My husband I went to the Old Five Mile House last evening so looking forward to having the wonderful Halibut Fish and Chips and Guinness on draft only to find that it was closed and for sale. We've been going here for many years, bringing family and friends, celebrating St. Patrick's Day and hosted our Corvette club here the last... More 

Thank Islands4me22
Grass Valley, California
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105 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We tried to have dinner here last night, and learned that it has closed permanently and that they are selling off all the equipment. This is sad because when this place was good, it was amazing. But, in its last days the whole experience was inconsistent -- you never knew if it'd be good or horrible. I experienced both, but... More 

2 Thank Rudolph_Wurlitzer
Nevada City, California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I made a 7:30 p.m.reservation for 4 of us for a Birthday dinner two weeks in advance. When we arrived (on time) last night the "hostess:' (who could have cared less),casually told us someone had seated themselves at what was to have been our table & we should "wait 15 - 20 minutes at the bar if that works for... More 

Thank eve g
San Francisco, California, United States
Level Contributor
57 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I stopped by for Brunch and found the patio while exploring the place. Beautiful day to eat outside. I loved everything about the place. Staff was friendly. Food was adequate but I take some responsibility because I knew it was iffy ordering Crab Benedict. I knew deep down it was not the right thing but hey you only live once.... More 

Thank Bill P
Grass Valley, CA USA
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We took friends who just moved to the area. It took at least 30 minutes to receive drinks and 1 1/2 hours to receive our food, which was NOT worth the wait. The place was not busy, so that wasn't an excuse. Waiters brought orders that belonged to someone else. We were extremely disappointed. The whole experience was just lousy.... More 

1 Thank Donna M
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I really had a hard time determining the overall rating for this restaurant. We have dined here on numerous occasions, and the quality has been all over the place. It can vary from being INCREDIBLE to INEDIBLE -- seriously! On most occasions, the food is quite good. But, when they're bad, they're REALLY bad!. Of my last two visits, the... More 

Thank Walt S
Salt Lake City, Utah
Level Contributor
51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Come for the patio, drinks and play area for the kids (I was warned to bring mosquito repellent for dinner) and low expectations for the food for the best experience! We came in for a late lunch and the outside patio and kids play area were awesome. Unfortunately, my family chose to eat inside (who knows, I'm not a fan... More 

Thank TerrLaur
northern California
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60 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

I really want this place to succeed. But my experience last Sunday did not bode well. Arrived early, even though we had reservations, as I was told the place was going to be crowded. There wasn't a soul in the reception area or restaurant, but the barkeep greeted us and was very genial. We ordered wine at the bar. My... More 

Thank Leodis
California, USA
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49 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We drove up to the Old 5-Mile House for a German Celebration with outdoor barbeques cooking up bratwurst and knockwurst and polish sausage and sauerkraut. Delicious!!! There was live German music and people "in costume." It was fun, there was plenty of parking available, and the wait staff was outstanding.

Thank Sunnygirl2001
Penn Valley, California
Level Contributor
28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

The Place has a nice Bar. When it gets to ordering a dinner ,the whole place lacks leadership. We has a Dinner Reservation . It does not bother me that they were busy, however I feel sorry for the wit staff. We had a Refreshing Drink and looked into the Kitchen. This was a mistake. The Kitchen Crew Lacked good... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 18851 State Highway 20, Nevada City, CA 95959-9191
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Nevada City
  • Phone Number: 530-265-5155

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children


Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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