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“Old School, Still Cool.”
Review of Gastrognome

Gastrognome
Ranked #1 of 42 Restaurants in Idyllwild
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $40
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed February 23, 2013

The Gastronome has been here since 1974 and has probably seen no major facelift ever since. However, if cosy log fires, excellent unpretentious gourmet food, black uniformed servers, a very extensive full bar, and the finest wine list in town are what you are looking for - dine here. The lobster tacos are wonderful, and your steak will be cooked exactly as you ordered it. So well preserved it's retro. On warmer, sunny days, eat out on the patio and look out onto the centre of town. I wish I could eat here more often.

1  Thank Andrew L
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

We visited this quaint place during the Idyllwild Cinema Fest. We sat in the little area by the wood stove and loved the atmosphere. Like many places in Idyllwild, the service was fantastic! They have a full bar, and a Cafe Menu with lighter eats. The menu has alot to offer and the food was great. We returned a month later to relax by the bar and simply enjoyed the atmosphere. One could tell The Gastrognome is never without happy guests.

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1  Thank cmartin09
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

We have been enjoying lunch and dinner at the Gasgtrognome for more than 20 years and have never been disappointed. The food is always good and the atmosphere is what you want in a mountain village.
Definitely worth the drive from the desert floor.

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2  Thank californiagirl072
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

My husband and I arrived for our week's stay in Idyllwild on an icy, blustery afternoon in late December, and were happy to find the Gastrognome restaurant ready for customers! We appreciated the covered entry ramp that protected us from the sleet as we hurried inside to the warm and cozy bar and restaurant. We were greeted by friendly staff, who led us to a lovely table near a fireplace, and presented us with an impressively diverse menu. On our first visit, we ordered sandwiches, and they were very tasty and well prepared. We also enjoyed the comfy atmosphere and helpful waitstaff, so we returned numerous times to the 'Gnome during our holiday vacation. On subsequent visits, we brought several family members along with us, and everyone enjoyed the charming atmosphere and varied menu offerings. The weather prevented us from enjoying what appeared to be an ample and attractive outdoor seating area, which we assume must be very popular in warmer months. We would definitely recommend the Gastrognome to others, and look forward to a return visit in the future.

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Thank ilovecomfort
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Reviewed December 26, 2012 via mobile

The Gastrognome is legendary for their fine food and expansive menu. The quiet ambiance, excellent service and classical music rounds out the fine dining experience. We love to eat in the bar next to the circular fireplace. I highly recommend the Trout! The menu will delight all tastes!

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Thank Randy G
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