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“GREAT friends. Excellent food and service”
Review of Nottinghams Tavern

Nottinghams Tavern
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, International
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Mentone, California
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“GREAT friends. Excellent food and service”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

My wife and I and a great friend had a great late breakfast on May 30. I had the Eggs Benedict and the girils had the Artichoke Benedict. All were served very nicely by TARA who was most efficient. We used to live in Big Bear from 1977 to 2000. It was fun to return for a visit with old friends. And very nice to see the ROBINHOOD and NOTTINHALES still has a decent menu and good service.

The handicap facilities were also excellent and accompdated my scotter with easy. Restroom was clean and fresh.

The patio was a perfect location on this 73 degree spring day.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Jim G
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Prescott, Arizona
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Best experience in Big Bear”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

Took my wife for her birthday and had both excellent food AND service from Alice. Thank you, Nottinghams (and you, Alice), for making this a wonderful experience!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Jim E
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Brooklyn, New York
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Loved the food here, yummy menu without breaking your wallet.”
Reviewed February 28, 2013

I was very surprised at some of the bad reviews written about this place. My boyfriend and I loved the food here.

There was no wait at all for a table. I guess we came on a quiet night, tuesday around 730pm. Our hostess who was also our waitress was very friendly and gave good speedy service.

The atmosphere is something like peppercorns grille, very romantic, lit well and private as well as cozy.

The menu was broad, lots of yummy, out of the box diffferent options which we were excited to try.

For an appitizer we had these garlic bread bagets which this amazing lobster and cheese spread, we absolutely loved it and said it was a better appitizer then the one we had at peppercorn grille.

I had a yummy french onion soup before my entree which was very good as well. The flakey crust pastery on the of it was a nice difference to regular soggy bread that most places put in their french onion soups.

My boyfriend and I both had burgers. But oh boy were they amazing! And different.

My boyfriend had a burger stuffed with blue cheese and bacon, I had a kobe beef burger topped with chedder cheese and bacon, blue cheese crumble on the side. We got a side of fried pickles which was out of this world good! The burgers came with potato wedges covered in cheese and bacon. Kind of like potato skins.

For dessert we shared a brownie tower which was so good. Moist warm brownie, vanilla ice cream with carmel and chocolate drizzle. The coffee was very good as well.

Honestly it was a great fun meal and the bill was exactly half the price of peppercorn grille, but just as satisfying to our tastebuds and bellies.

I would certainly return to Nottinghams on our next trip to big bear. Awesome food!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Jennifer C
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Los Angeles, California
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Horrible service, mediocre food”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

My boyfriend and I went here for dinner last week on a Thursday night and it was joke from the moment we walked in the front door. I could've sworn we were on a hidden camera show because the service we received that evening was unbelievable.

When we walked in the door we stood around for a few minutes waiting for a host/hostess to appear. Finally an older man appeared from a smaller dining room and seated us. He greeted us with small talk, asking where we were from then disappeared. Five minutes went by and he came back again asking if our server had come by. We said no, he left and another few minutes later our waiter appeared. By that time we knew what we wanted to eat so we ordered sodas, appetizers and our main course.

Another 5-10 minutes and we didn't even have our sodas yet. Another waitress came by and asked if we had been helped, we said yes but we hadn't received our drinks yet , so she brought them for us and a few minutes later our server came by with our drinks and a basket of bread.

The appetizers took forever to come out and when they did they were decent. We were sitting there again for a while and a different waitress asked if we needed anything. When our dinner came out, my salmon was good, but my boyfriend ordered tri-tip with a loaded baked potato and what he got was a piece of beef that was like chewing on a rubber tire and an empty potato with a small plate of chives, butter and sour cream for him to load his own cold potato.

During this time I noticed we got our food before 2 other tables that were there before us. I also noticed the older man who seated us earlier, was chatting it up with the customers instead of standing outside to greet and seat people. And the people he did seat, he would give the same "hey so where are you all from?" banter he gave us. At one point when he did go back to the lobby, he ended up sitting down at a table with a couple as he was seating them! Talk about unprofessional. Oh and he was also bringing waters to tables and ended up spilling an entire glass on a guy he had just seated.

My boyfriend spoke with the server about not being happy with his meal and he nicely took it off our check. The older man came by and asked how everything was. When we expressed we were not happy with the service and felt we had waited a very long time for food, he told us that we hadn't waited THAT long and that the owner would be down to talk to us. The owner never came down so we paid our bill and got out of there.

I will say this, the few female servers that we encountered were on their game and seemed to be the only competent people working there. As for the rest, I suggest Robert Irvine from Restaurant Impossible go in there and whip that place into shape.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Marisa T
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Casa Grande, Arizona
Level 5 Contributor
35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great courtyard dining”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

On a nice warm day, outdoor seating is recommended; the courtyard is very pleasant. Sit under a tree, listen to the water trickling from the fountain and enjoy a relaxed lunch. Pets are allowed on the patio and given a bowl of water by a pet loving manager.
There is a large indoor dining area on the first floor.
Take time to look at the old pictures of Big Bear Lake that adorn the walls.

Service was very good, our waitress very attentive. Food was also very good.

The beed stew topped with puff pastry was excellent though a little soupy (it would be perfect after a long hike on a cold day).
The filet mignon was "melt in your mouth" tender.
The huge portion of blackened salmon very tasty and flaky with the right amount of spice.
Both salmon an filet mignon were accompanied with steamed veggies and real mashed potatoes. The crab cake salad was good; if you are a discriminating eater and have had Maryland crabcakes, the Notthingham crabcakes would rate a C+ to B-, the gourmet greens were tender and fresh.

Check their website: nottinghamstavern.com
Tel: 909-866-4644

  • Visited September 2012
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