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Top Choice Gastropub in Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Brewing Co

Try a Barely Legal Honey Blonde or a Whispering Pine IPA at this local brewpub with view of the steel vats from the woodsy drinking and dining area. The food is upscale pub fare with wagyu-beef burgers and beer-batt…
Bar in Big Bear Lake

Murray's Saloon & Eatery

The self-proclaimed 'best five-star hole-in-the-wall' has cheap beers, nightly karaoke and opening hours that might just keep you off the slopes or trail the following day. Skip the food.
Bar in Big Bear Lake

Whiskey Dave's

This spit-and-sawdust-type joint with half a dozen pool tables is a good place to point your compass for a rollickin' good time, especially on Friday or Saturday when rock bands get your head nodding. There's a full…
Deli in Big Bear Lake

Amangela's Sandwich & Bagel House

Mash up Angela and Amanda and you get Amangela, a sister-owned cafe with humble looks but stellar freshly made sandwiches – turkey pesto to French dip – alongside nicely chewy bagels slathered with four varieties of…
American in Big Bear Lake

North Shore Café

This homey cabin on the north shore is a great nosh spot for loading up on breakfast carbs before hitting the trail or dropping by for inspired comfort food at lunch or dinner. Gluten-free menu and kids' menu availa…
American in Big Bear Lake

Peppercorn Grille

Upscale by Big Bear standards, with tablecloths at dinner, this cozy burrow gets a thumbs up for quality steaks but also manages to satisfy noncarnivores with a broad selection of pizzas, pastas and salads.
Indian in Big Bear Lake

Himalayan Restaurant

This kitchen uses traditional recipes and cooking methods in preparing its Indian and Nepali. Good choices include anything prepared in the tandoor oven as well as the butter chicken and the mellow momo appetizers (…