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The Mono Inn

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Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed August 21, 2020

After an amazing, but exhaustive day at Yosemite National Park, this placed proved to be a hidden jewel. With a spectacular scenery, choices of wine & delectable cuisine, that dinner "al fresco" was the perfect ending to our day. My friends and I couldn't have...enough of the relaxing view, sunset colors reflected on the lake & great service, we even got to talk to the Chef as we praised his culinary touch. From the platter to a handcrafted dessert assortment (Thanks Debbie) everything was delicious. It is simply a refreshing taste of Italy on Californian soil.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed June 15, 2020 via mobile

This restaurant was awesome. They were dealing with the COVID thing and did a great job. The view of Mono Lake was awesome and the food and service were better. We had the filet mignon, the seared tuna and the pork loin entrees. They were...so good that we actually sampled each others’ food. Just make sure to make a reservation 24 hours in advance during COVID or “high” season.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed November 2, 2019

My husband and I made reservations for this restaurant and so were seated by the window with a wonderful of Mono Lake. We arrived a little before sunset. It was great watching the changing light on the lake as time passed. Our dinner was delicious...and the service was great. The last time we ate here twenty years ago, there was a full bar. Now it's only beer and wine but that was fine for us. We shared an appetizer, entree, and dessert and had a lovely time. Hope we can eat here again before another twenty years go by!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 12, 2019

Few people know that the proprietor of this place is none other than Ansel Adams Daughter. Everything they do here lives up to the world class reputation of Mr. Adams himself. Pop in for a weekend dinner and you are likely to strike up a...conversation with Ms Adams herself. This place is worth a long stay. Go here.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed October 1, 2019

Actually, for us our meal at the Mono Inn was a seriously negative experience. A rating of One would be too good. The service was surly and patronizing from the onset. Our Brussels sprout appetizer was tossed on the table without a glance and the...server took umbrage when we asked for some ground pepper, not offered at it should have been at time of serving. Then the two filet mignons we had ordered extra rare arrived medium well at best. We called the server over to bring this to her attention. Again she took umbrage and just grabbed the plate away while We were trying to transfer the meat to a smaller plate so we could continue eating the rest of the food on the plate. The server did not inquire whether the other steak was ok before stomping off. A new steak came that was considerably better cooked though again served with a hostile attitude. As she still had not inquired about the other steak, we called her over again only to say that we were grateful for having food but disappointed that the steak was so overcooked, but we would keep it so not the waste the food. The server jacked up her level of hostility threefold saying” I could bring you a new one or throw this one away” and before we could even digest her words, she grabbed the plate and stomped off. Minutes later she returned banging the check down on the table and saying “I took the steaks off the bill and I invite you not never to return”. This display of hostility occurred less than five minutes after the new steak had been brought and left us baffled. Never mind that we had not even suggested taking the steaks off the bill. We really just wanted a steak cooked to our specifications as we were paying $39 for each one. We asked to speak to the manager. Our server told us she was the owner, so we asked for her to explain her aggressive behavior, which we did not understand and felt was unprovoked. She accused us of being rude and obstinate from the minute we came in, but refuse to substantiate her accusations when asked. After we handed over a credit card to pay the bill, another woman approached us to ask if she could help. We asked who she was and she said She was the owner. We said that the server had told us she was the owner. The other woman told us that the server was her sister and they were co-owners, and said she didn’t know what happened and didn’t care because she backed her sister and that we needed to leave immediately and not come back. So we left once we got our credit card back and won’t be returning. The only explanation we could come up with for the restaurant’s rude derisive treatment of us is discrimination because we came in with a service dog, or perhaps a bias again two women dining together or a bias against minorities. in retrospect we found it curious that the only servers on the floor when we were there were the two sister owners, and speculated that perhaps they have difficulty hiring and retaining staff—which would be very understandable given our experience.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 15, 2019 via mobile

We passed by it many times and always wanted to stop...we finally did and what a treat!! The food was excellent and the service impeccable!! Incredible view and just an overall stellar experience. And they are dog friendly which is always a plus!!!

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 20, 2019

We enjoyed a brussel sprouts appetizer; watermelon panzanella (a summer treat), a seared Australian sea bass with red pepper risotta, and a generous lemon tart with wild cherries to share. All was well-prepared and most rare in this high Sierra realm of backpackers, trout fisherman,...travelers, salt works, Tufa Towers, and brine shrimp. We sought out the chef to thank him. Be sure to make reservations in advance.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 7, 2019

There is some competition from Mammoth and paricularly the Still Life Cafe in Independence but for some time I have considered this restaurant as the best on the East Side (of the Sierras) - best in the sense of having a proper meal instead of...fast food. The location is impeccable (with a great veie of Mono Lake) from outside or inside. I recall the place when it was owned by a relation of Ansel Adams whose photographs adorned the inn (I think that it was called The Inn at Mono Lake), since then there have been at least two other owners but the food has been consistently good. Worth booking as it can be busy and there are limited hours in winter.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 4, 2019 via mobile

Was enjoying our tour of Mono Lake when we saw a sign for the Mono Inn - open for dinner. Read the yelp reviews and decided to make a reservation for the following night for an early dinner. The sisters were very nice. The view...was wonderful. Food was delicious. Would highly recommend the pork appetizer, gnocchi bison, the filet mignon, the pesto pasta, and the flourless chocolate cake.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed November 13, 2018 via mobile

My family literally walked out of this restaurant 2 years ago. I said never to return. Then my friend really wanted to eat here. God awful I should have listened to myself the first time. Waitress totally lost. Food unbeatable. Place is beautiful but I...would rather eat at nicelys that's how bad it is do yourself a favor eat anywhere else.More

Date of visit: August 2018
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