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“Short menu but superlative food”

The Lakefront Restaurant
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Ranked #22 of 90 Restaurants in Mammoth Lakes
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Belmont, California
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Short menu but superlative food”
Reviewed July 18, 2014

The Lakefront Restaurant, which is by Tamarack Lake rather than being a couple of miles down the road in Mammoth proper, is small in an old log building and that means a short menu. But what they offer is always superlative. Reservations are usually need and if you want a lake-view table, then you should arrive at the 5:30 opening. This is one of our favorite restaurants in Mammoth Lakes.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Tom_and_Vicki_W
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English first
Los Angeles, California
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A missed opportunity”
Reviewed July 16, 2014

Our reservation was for 8 pm and we ere seated at 8:50 pm. There was no place to sit in the lobby since all seats were occupied. The menu is limited, with a few new items (new chef). The wine list is limited and could have a little more variety. The wines sold by the glass were not interesting and mostly unknown.. We have gone to this restaurant many times in the past and always had a great experience. We will now go to other places to eat until we here good reviews. This was a major disappointment.

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank Steve V
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San Clemente, California
Level 6 Contributor
78 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Happy Birthday to Me.”
Reviewed May 14, 2014

We have been to Lakefront many times and always have had great meals. May 10th was no exception. Excellent food and service as the snow flurries flew outside. Small location so best with group no bigger the 8, also reservation recommended. In the summer the sun sets directly into the dinning room and it can get very bright and warm until the sun goes behind the mountain. Go and enjoy the rustic atmosphere and excellent food. Get there with enough time to enjoy the sights of Twin Lakes.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank ClaudineB626
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Los Angeles, CA
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Not what it once was”
Reviewed April 19, 2014

We've eaten at The Lakefront Restaurant many, many times over the years. The atmosphere is still the same (rustic, cozy, charming), and the service is still sharp. The problem is the food. The menu is very brief and rather unvaried. No specials on a holiday Friday night! Ingredient quality is excellent, but the preparation is sub-par. All of our steaks were way, way overcooked, and everything was over-salted as well. I'm not writing this to speak ill of an old friend, but in the hope that the management and kitchen staff take a hint from a repeat customer who is looking forward to returning when they get their act back together.

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank Catwoman001
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Calabasas, California
Level 6 Contributor
233 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Wonderful dining experience...”
Reviewed March 31, 2014

We had heard nothing but great things about Tamarack and they were all true! The oxtail risotto was one of the best dishes I have ever had. My wife usually likes to taste a little of what I have and she couldn't stop it was so delicious. The elk and duck main courses were great as well. Quaint little place in a beautiful setting. We are definitely going back the next time we are up in Mammoth!

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank The5MRanch
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