Updated: Mar 24
Big Bear is Southern California's four-season destination and is considered the adventure capital of So-Cal. Only two short hours from Los Angeles make this the perfect town for those looking to get away from the city and reconnect with nature. Whether you love fishing, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, or snowboarding, Big Bear is the obvious destination for your next weekend getaway. With beautiful mountains, scenic views, and the iconic Big Bear Lake, there’s plenty to do and see. But after a long day of exploring, you’ll have certainly worked up an appetite. That’s why we’re giving you the best restaurants in Big Bear Lake, sure to satisfy your cravings and give you a great place to unwind and catch up with friends and family. Here are our favorite local gems...
GRIZZLY MANOR CAFE
If you’re looking to fuel up for the fun active day ahead, Grizzly Manor Cafe is the go-to spot. Grizzly Manor is one of Big Bear’s most famous restaurants and known for the best breakfasts around, the line to get in proves it. Pancakes, Eggs, and all the trappings of your favorite diner foods await you. But be advised, the portions are not for the weak-willed, so share the pancakes with a friend whenever possible. For a fun and casual dining experience, Grizzly Manor is
the place to be.
Yummy donuts are not all you will find at this famous Big Bear landmark. Breakfast burritos, stuffed croissants, and vegan salad wraps are also a hit. Tuesday nights you'll find a line out the door in honor of their tasty tacos. The blueberry cake donuts are delicious and there are always a few great vegan and gluten-free options so that there is something for everyone. They do run out often so be sure to get there early.
BIG BEAR LAKE BREWING COMPANY
Big Bear's very own microbrewery makes our list of top Big Bear restaurants. An ideal spot whether you spent your day on the trails or the slopes. Nice selection of local beers featured in an awesome taproom along with some great options for apps and burgers. Try the avocado bomb, you won't be disappointed.
SAUCY MAMA'S PIZZERIA
Saucy Mama's Pizzeria is so much more than your average mom-and-pop pizza shop. Aside from using the freshest ingredients for all their pies, and a crust that’s hailed by many as the best in town, it’s adorable. Saucy Mama’s has got a cool retro vibe, with walls adorned with some of the trendiest band covers of the ’70s. This restaurant is the perfect place to grub out on some great pizza, share a pitcher of beer, some garlic bread, and enjoy all of Big Bear’s local charm.
Peppercorn Grille is one of the mountain's more upscale restaurants, and it’s slightly more expensive than most in the Big Bear Lake Village. However, the food and ambiance make this restaurant worthwhile. The quality of the restaurant is proved by the customers who frequent it, as they are a mix of locals and tourists. This is the perfect place for a filet mignon or some delectable seafood pasta. Good for accommodating a large group or a romantic dinner for two. One of Big Bear's most well-known restaurants for its great wine selection.
SONORA CANTINA MEXICAN RESTAURANT
If you're anything like us, you might agree that Mexican food is one of the world's best comfort foods. This Mexican eatery is great for the traveler who’s had enough of burgers and pizza and is looking for some spice in their life. They’re known for delicious carne asada, enchiladas, great margaritas, and their burrito challenge. If you can eat one of their humongous burritos in under 45 minutes, you’ll get a free t-shirt and your picture on the wall of fame.
When you think of Big Bear you may not think of Indian food. Featuring a variety of authentic dishes popular in Tibet, Nepal, and Northern India, The Himalayan Restaurant serves some of the most delicious meals in Big Bear. Dine-in, pick up, or delivery located in the heart of the village on Pine Knot Avenue.
It may be snowing outside, but there’s always a tropical breeze flowing through Tropicali. Owned by pro-surfer turned actress, Sanoe Lake, and creative director Michael Sterling Eaton, this Hawaiian-inspired comfort food haven has been a favorite on the mountain since it opened its doors. Great service is an understatement at Tropicali. The poke bowls are first-class and the super friendly staff will steer you in the right direction when you need a little getaway from your getaway. Fan favorites include...well...literally everything on the menu. Dogs are always welcome on the outdoor heated patio.
Located in Lower Moonridge on Moonridge Way, Captain A's is not only one of Big Bear's most popular restaurants, it's also one of its oldest.
A fine dining staple since 1947. Feels like an old-school steakhouse with its rustic stone and log facade, the dining room walls are adorned with much of Big Bears' rich history. The prime rib and king crab legs do not disappoint. Stop in for happy hour weekdays 4:30-6 pm. Check out the brand new outdoor patio for some fresh mountain air to go with your meal.
All of Big Bear's restaurants have a unique appeal, so hopefully, you have enough time to visit a few. No matter where you decide to dine in Big Bear Lake, make sure that you’re surrounded by the people you love most in life and make sure you’ve worked up a hardy appetite. And with so much to do and see, it won’t be hard.
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