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The Lakefront Restaurant

Twin Lakes Road, Tamarack Lodge and Resort, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
800-237-6879
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Ranked #10 of 76 Restaurants in Mammoth Lakes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
San Francisco, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Creative dishes (yes, it's not cheap), charming small atmosphere done well and a fantastic server made for a great night. We heard good things from a friend who mentioned they were written up in Sunset Magazine. We called for a reservation and got lucky since we were mid-season on a Tuesday and it was only our table and one other... More

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Los Angeles
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73 reviews 73 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I have gone to this lovely restaurant for over 30 years Going to The Lakefront was always a wonderful part of Mammoth.Unfortunately the food no longer makes this charming place worth the trouble. The food is almost as good as other restaurants in the area costing half of Lakefront's prices.For instance, on the trout menu, nothing went together-too much fusion,overly... More

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tustin
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75 reviews 75 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Tamarack Lodge is the setting for this small and charming dining room. Chef Bobby Brown uses fresh local ingredients and has a magical touch with veggies. The menu runs from salmon and trout to Elk and beef. Our trout and salmon dishes were superb, moist and perfectly prepared. The beet and watermelon salad was like eating candy. Everything is prepared... More

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Santa Monica, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Good food. Went early so we had the best table with a view of the lake. The Trout is good. heard the Elk is good too.

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Belmont, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The Lakefront Restaurant, which is by Tamarack Lake rather than being a couple of miles down the road in Mammoth proper, is small in an old log building and that means a short menu. But what they offer is always superlative. Reservations are usually need and if you want a lake-view table, then you should arrive at the 5:30 opening.... More

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Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Our reservation was for 8 pm and we ere seated at 8:50 pm. There was no place to sit in the lobby since all seats were occupied. The menu is limited, with a few new items (new chef). The wine list is limited and could have a little more variety. The wines sold by the glass were not interesting and... More

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San Clemente, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We have been to Lakefront many times and always have had great meals. May 10th was no exception. Excellent food and service as the snow flurries flew outside. Small location so best with group no bigger the 8, also reservation recommended. In the summer the sun sets directly into the dinning room and it can get very bright and warm... More

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Los Angeles, CA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

We've eaten at The Lakefront Restaurant many, many times over the years. The atmosphere is still the same (rustic, cozy, charming), and the service is still sharp. The problem is the food. The menu is very brief and rather unvaried. No specials on a holiday Friday night! Ingredient quality is excellent, but the preparation is sub-par. All of our steaks... More

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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We had heard nothing but great things about Tamarack and they were all true! The oxtail risotto was one of the best dishes I have ever had. My wife usually likes to taste a little of what I have and she couldn't stop it was so delicious. The elk and duck main courses were great as well. Quaint little place... More

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Irvine, California, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We went to Lakefront after Chef Fredric and was thoroughly disappointed. Loving the atmosphere and hearing a new chef was onboard we decided to give it another try. All I can say is its BACK and so happy to see one of favorite restaurants regain its status

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