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“DO NOT miss this restaurant if visiting or passing through Mariposa!!!”

Charles Street Dinner House
Ranked #1 of 41 Restaurants in Mariposa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Mississauga, Canada
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10 reviews
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“DO NOT miss this restaurant if visiting or passing through Mariposa!!!”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

We arrived in Mariposa late evening around 9 p.m. in early October 2013. After a long drive from San Fransisco's airport and after dumping our belongings in the hotel we started looking for a place to eat. We stumbled into Charles Street Dinner by sheer luck, after being turned away by other restaurants, which were either closed or closing. We were greeted at the door by Rachel who proved to be the most gracious hostesses we have ever met. We immediately felt not only welcomed but also appreciated. To be honest, we did not have too high expectations with regards to this place and just wanted to eat something quick but ended having one of the most memorable dinners in our two weeks trip to California. The menu choices looked tempting but we ended skipping the highlights of the menu and ended up ordering just few appetizers and one dinner dish to share (due to the late hour and our morning plans). I ended up with a clam chowder and a salad with honey cream dressing and my wife with a grilled trout. The day before I had a clam chowder in Seattle's famed Pike Market's diner, famous for its chowder with 100 years of history behind it, and it did not come even close to this great creation. Spiked by curiosity I engaged Rachel again for some insight of this dish and its creator. Interesting story, which I encourage you to hear your self.

The food proved to be absolutely delicious and the atmosphere amplified by the great service was just phenomenal. We were unanimous in a decision to come back the next day to try the lobster and filet Mignon dish for 2, strongly recommended by Rachel.

We did come back to have another most rewarding dinner in our travels. The beef steak derived, as per Rachel's giving, from a local farmer was unbelievably tender and soft; probably the best I have ever had. The lobster even for us Canadians, well familiar with the dish, was also scrumptious and delightful. To my disappointment the chowder was gone and I felt like crying, honestly. On top of this, the whole dinner felt like a good bargain, considering the quality of food, service and overall experience.

Do not miss this place if you are visiting this small, sleepy town. Make sure you dine at this great restaurant and enjoy its chef's great creations and a lovely, rustic, country atmosphere. I strongly encourage you to meet Rachel who with years of European experience, multitude of languages at her disposal and a great passion (the size of Manhattan) proved to be not only a great ambassador for her restaurant but the epitome of the American hospitality (Yes she did warn us about the size of the dishes). We have traveled extensively through Europe and other parts of the world and dined in many great places, including Micheline starred restaurants but we will always look back at this restaurant as a favorite diner, a place like home. We just loved it. Thank you; hoping to visit again. Frank and Grace.

  • Visited October 2013
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Grapeview, Washington
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“Great Steaks and Ribs”
Reviewed October 28, 2013 via mobile

We ate here our first night in town and liked our meal so much we came back again.

We had the bacon wrapped top sirloin, which was very good. The second night had the baby back ribs, which were some of the best we've ever had. Very nice salads and ample glasses of wine.

The service was excellent!

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Ontario
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“Great dining experience!”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

Service was impeccable and food exceptional. They offered 4 choices of soup and several specials. We recommend the barbequed ribs and red potatoes, Filet Mignon and baked potato. Portions were generous. Place doesn't look like much from outside but once you are in you will be glad you stopped. It is quaint and clean, atmosphere casual, relaxed and fun. Highly recommended in Mariposa.

Visited October 2013
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Woodstock, Georgia
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“Best Steaks in the Area”
Reviewed October 23, 2013

What a wonderful steakhouse. The owner/chef takes great pride in offering only the finest choices of steak. The service was very attentive.

Visited October 2013
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New hampshire
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“Great find for a small town.”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

Choices are limited in a small town like Mariposa so it was nice to find a place like this within walking distance from the motel. We went for dinner and they were busy but the service was fast and efficient. The food was also very good and not overpriced.

  • Visited September 2013
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