The Top 5 Local Restaurants to Visit During Your Stay

Big Bear’s culinary scene features restaurants specializing in cuisines from all over the world. From Nepalese restaurants and French chateaus to classic Californian dishes, Big Bear has mouthwatering eateries suited to all tastes and palates. So, where should you begin? Start by reading down below!

Knickerbocker Mansion Bistro

Nestled within a bed and breakfast nearby the Village area on Big Bear Lake’s southern shore, this deceptively adorable restaurant has a fiery menu with a focus on Southern and Cajun cuisine. Their brunch menu is to die for—their shrimp and grits, jambalaya, and gumbo ya-ya in particular. Balance out the spice with one of their renowned breakfast scones.

Himalayan Restaurant

A niche dining establishment in Big Bear, Himalayan Restaurant serves up sumptuous Nepalese, northern Indian, and Tibetan cuisine, including spicy curries and masalas, rich tandoori chicken and lamb, and a host of vegetarian dishes. Located in the heart of the Village, this restaurant is also ideal for grabbing a meal in between browsing the boutiques here.

The Pines Lakefront

The Pines Lakefront is an upscale restaurant located on Big Bear Lake. Here, diners can order delicious menu items like freshly-caught seafood, champagne chicken, hearty cuts of steak, and even wild game. Another bonus? You can pull into the dock outside of the restaurant from the lake, making this restaurant an easy choice for after your boating session.

Peppercorn Grill

Situated steps away from Pine Knot Marina, Peppercorn Grill dishes out traditional American fare in a cozy, casual setting. Enjoy appetizers like Maui crab cakes and sautéed wild mushrooms, rich seafood bouillabaisse, pistachio-crusted chicken, thick and juicy cuts of steak, and melt-in-your-mouth lamb.

Sweet Basil Bistro

Just outside of Big Bear Marina on the edge of the Village, Sweet Basil Bistro is a family-run Italian restaurant in a surprising location: under the Bowling Barn! Despite its unusual location, this cozy eatery has an intimate ambiance inside, making it ideal for date nights or quieter outings. Feast on decadent pastas, flavorful salads, and indulgent desserts, then take a walk over to Big Bear Lake or the Village.

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