Restaurants with a View
In Big Bear Lake up at 7,000 feet on a cool, breezy summer day you just can't beat the view.
The view can be seen from various vantage points, lakeside retreats and mountain hikes in the valley. But, if you are here to check out the #1 lake view point, look no further than a local restaurant with delicious food and beverages. You cannot beat the ambience of sitting inside or out and taking in the view at such a height and gazing at Big Bear Lake's 22 miles of majestic shoreline. Even if you don't eat, there is always a drink to be had and watching the setting sun at one of these local, lake view restaurants...
The Pines & The Pines Tavern
If dining Lakefront is your goal, there is currently only one lakefront experience on our list to pick from when you dine out in Big Bear Lake: The Pines. They offer an expansive and unique menu, and a wonderful fine dining experience. They offer a wine and dessert list to finish off your meal, as well as lunch options including sandwiches and chili specials. The Pines also has boat docks available to park your boat at no charge for their dining guests. Just paddle or motor up to one of their five slips and cast anchor! At The Pines, you can be seated inside or outside for the best view in town. Don't forget to grab a drink at their bar!
New to the area is also The Pines sister restaurant, The Pines Tavern. With live music almost every day and perhaps the best view of the lake, the Pines Tavern is a great place to enjoy a cocktail and see the sunset.
Santana & Mavericks
Santana and Mavericks is right on Big Bear Boulevard. The restaurant lies on top of a small hill and the outdoor patio offers a great vista overlooking the lake. Sample many different styles of cuisines at the restaurant, including Mexican, Chinese and French!
While not a traditional indoor restaurant, one of the best ways to see Big Bear Lake is to picnic – lakeside! Grab some food from a local restaurant such as Amangela's Sandwich and Bagel House, Himalayan or Big Bear Lake Brewing Company in The Village and walk down to Meadow Park or Veteran's Park just a few blocks away to get one of the best views you can find. Bring a blanket and beverages and enjoy the sunsets! While you aren't being served, you are still being entertained with Big Bear's gorgeous views.