In the local tourist advertising, this restaurant bills itself as fine dining. Although the setting is beautiful and the staff very nice, they unfortunately have trouble delivering. They advertise hand cut steaks grilled to perfection. I suppose they have to hand cut the meat because you can't buy steaks that thin. My medium-rare ribeye was about 3/8" thick, cooked medium well, and heavily salted. They were very apologetic and took it back, but the next steak was exactly the same. (I don't know if it is possible for a steak that thin to be "cooked to perfection.") Side dishes were average. The owner and the chef both apologized and they did comp the meal.
It was early in the season and the restaurant is under new ownership so maybe they were having a rocky start. But I think the elegant advertising is a mistake. This place is on the nice end of casual -- it has a rustic lodge type of feel, which is just fine for the remote setting. Inside is a saloon, clean and polished, but not a dining room. Outside is a huge deck right on Lake Almanor.
Food is about what you'd expect when dining in the high country out in the middle of nowhere. It's average. I would give them another chance because of the gorgeous location and the nice staff. But sit outside and order something that is hard to screw up.
They do know how to make a martini. Drinks on the deck recommended.
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