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The Restaurant at Convict Lake
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Ranked #12 of 90 Restaurants in Mammoth Lakes
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$35
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Dine at The Restaurant at Convict LakeJust 10 Minutes from Mammoth Lakes!The Restaurant at Convict Lake is widely recognized as the finest restaurant in the Eastern Sierra and a "locals" choice for special occasions. Dine in a romantic and casually elegant location just 10 minutes from Mammoth Lakes across from the Mammoth/Yosemite Airport.
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2013

Well, I originally reviewed a menu that didn't have prices. My mistake. Make sure you look at the prices. Perceived value is subjective. I had high expectations as protein entrees were mostly priced in the mid-thirty dollar range. The service was very attentive but the food was disappointing. One of our group had the vegetarian option that included Portobello mushrooms. The texture of the mushrooms was rubbery. Not sure how they were prepared but they weren't grilled or seared. I chose Caesar salad, cream of potato leek soup, and goat cheese stuffed ravioli. The soup was excellent. While the Caesar was nicely prepared, there was no anchovy taste to the dressing. I realize that not all Caesars use anchovies but unless someone tells you otherwise, you would expect it, especially at a finer dining establishment. The raviolis were tasty but tough. I was relatively full so while I would have loved to have the Bananas Foster for dessert as it was flambeed table side, $15 was just a little more than I wanted to spend. Again, the service was attentive and the setting cozy but the food was a disappointment for the price.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank FruPasadena
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“A Wonderful Evening”
Reviewed 22 July 2013

Our party of seven enjoyed a wonderful evening hosted and superbly served by Neal. Appetizers, entrees (steaks, lamb, salmon) all very good to excellent, and the Bananas Foster dessert was served with panache. Corkage is steep ($20) but worth pairing special libations with the victuals. While sipping cocktails Neal pointed out a couple of locals, a doe and her offspring, walking towards the large window where we were seated. They hung around for a while, then mozied off. Convict Lake is postcard spectacular and the restaurant, while pricey, makes for a great special occasion or destination dining experience.

  • Visited July 2013
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2 Thank RiponJohn
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Hidden Hills, California
Level 6 Contributor
146 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Beautiful setting”
Reviewed 16 July 2013

We were in Mammoth for the jazz jubilee in July. For a special treat for our hosts, we booked dinner at Convict Lake. We came early enough to walk down to the lake and take pictures of the magnificent mountains. When we got to the restaurant, we discovered a wedding reception in progress. It didn't seem to interfere with our meal service. It was in a huge tent outside the restaurant. We sat in the bar and had a martini (which they are famous for) while our window table was readied. Service was good, wine was good, meal was good. I had the duck, which was good, but not outstanding. My companions split the rack of lamb, which they enjoyed. Prices are a bit high, but appropriate for the meal and service.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank kathleene_12
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San Francisco, California
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Surprise at Convict Lake”
Reviewed 6 July 2013

I would not have suspected that a restaurant of this caliber would be found at this off-beat location, but alas, voila!
This is a top flight restaurant, with full attached lounge and an exquisite menu featuring local Alpers Trout, Beef Wellington and Bananas Foster, among others.
We have dined here annually for the last seven years and still love the place. This restaurant could hold it's own in S.F. I've read the more negative reviews and am sorry that those reviewers were in a situation that precluded them from as satisfying an experience as we. I'd recommend giving it another shot, and make reservations first.

  • Visited June 2013
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2 Thank Greg S
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Bend, Oregon
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Gem with a view”
Reviewed 22 June 2013

Although we don't get the opportunity to dine here often, we always go when in the area. Just a short drive from Mammoth Lakes to a cozy restaurant with spectacular views. The menu is very creative, the service way above average and the food very well prepared and presented. Only criticism was we felt service was a little fast...but we prefer a leisurely pace when dining out, so this likely would not be a problem for others. Go! It is worth it!

  • Visited June 2013
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