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15 Best Restaurants in Lake Arrowhead (2022)

Lake Arrowhead, a beautiful mountain town in Southern California, has so much to offer tourists. As locals, we’re sharing our picks for the best restaurants in Lake Arrowhead. This list includes best brunch, best Mexican food, best romantic restaurants and more.

While we have only lived in Lake Arrowhead for the past year, we have spent tons of time here over the last 10 years. It’s allowed us to have both the visitor and local experience. It gives us a unique perspective on how to make the most of your trip.

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Lake Arrowhead Restaurants in Blue Jay & Twin Peaks

Most people will head through Blue Jay (Highway 189) on their way into Lake Arrowhead. It’s a small town that has most of the amenities you’ll need during your stay. Blue Jay also has some of the best restaurants in Lake Arrowhead – Stone Creek Bistro, Puglia Italian Restaurant and Spade & Spatula Gastropub.

Stone Creek Bistro

Stone Creek Bistro

Stone Creek Bistro, specializing in upscale comfort food, is a perennial favorite and one of the most consistently good restaurants in Lake Arrowhead. This cozy American/French bistro is definitely a go to for a terrific meal. Guest favorites include the Tomato Bisque, Steak Frites, and Shrimp & Grits. My mom loves the Duck Fat Fries. It’s not the best place for a vegan but they will adjust their fabulous Brussels sprouts for you. Reservations are highly recommended.

Puglia Italian Restaurant

Puglia Lake Arrowhead Restaurant

Puglia Italian Restaurant is probably the most hospitable restaurant in Lake Arrowhead. They welcome you like family and the service is beyond top notch! As the name implies, they have traditional Southern Italian food from the Puglia region. From handcrafted pasta in a velvety bolognese sauce to mouthwatering pizza and flavorful entrees, the food tastes like authentic Italian. Sit outside to enjoy your meal al fresco or inside the quaint dining room. Either way, you’ll have a fabulous dinner to remember.

The Grill at Antler’s Inn

The Grill at Antler's Inn

The Grill at Antlers Inn gets visitors from all over who drive up the hill for special occasions. It consistently wins the Trip Advisor Award of Excellence year after year. With the ambiance of a historic lodge, they offer delectable dishes for dinner Tuesday – Sunday, and Sunday brunch. Surprisingly, this is the go to spot on the mountain for sushi and great seafood. Other favorites include the Rosemary Chicken, mouthwatering steaks and out of this world desserts. Reservations are highly recommended and try to snag a table by the fireplace.

Spade & Spatula – Ca. Gastropub

Spade & Spatula Gastropub

Spade & Spatula – Ca. Gastropub is one of the newer Blue Jay restaurants and a welcome addition. The owner and chef creates inspired dishes that are absolutely delicious. The gastropub fare includes delectable burgers (try the Blue Jay burger) with fries, salads, excellent vegan dishes, and delicious brunch all day on Sundays. The service can be slow, so get here on the early end of meal time or you may wait awhile for your food. They will kindly warn you when they are busy and have a long wait.

Lake Arrowhead Village Restaurants & Bars

Lake Arrowhead Village is where most visitors head for an outing. You’ll find shopping, concerts, Stater Bros grocery store and of course restaurants. There are some new eateries in Lake Arrowhead Village, along with some perennial favorites. Parking can be crazy on the weekend but there’s a big garage for overflow.

The Grapevine

The Grapevine

The Grapevine is one of the newer restaurants in the Lake Arrowhead Village and it’s terrific. This is an excellent place to have a drink and yummy bites. The front patio is perfect whenever there’s a concert or event. But our favorite is the back patio overlooking the lake. Since this is primarily a wine bar, the menu is set up with decadent appetizers (some are full sized meals) that pair well with wine by the glass or a flight of beer. Check their calendar for fun events like wine and cheese nights, live music, and more.

The Lakefront Tap Room Bar & Kitchen

Best Restaurants in Lake Arrowhead The Lakefront Tap room

The Lakefront Tap Room Bar & Kitchen is definitely one of the most popular restaurants in Lake Arrowhead village. The menu features pub food – yummy burgers, salads, sandwiches and appetizers. You have a choice of indoor or outdoor seating, both of which have a great view of the lake. There is a full bar area and as you would expect from the name, an extensive selection of beer. The food is delicious and truly the only downside is how crowded it can get. When it’s busy, the wait can be very long and they also put the kibosh on take out orders.

Belgian Waffle Works

Restaurants in Lake Arrowhead Belgian Waffle Works

If you are looking for the best Lake Arrowhead brunch, most people would vote for Belgian Waffle Works. And this crowd favorite has long lines to prove it all the way through lunch! As soon as you park, get your name on the waiting list before you even take a peep at the lake. The waffles range from sweet to savory and they are positively decadent. The omelettes and lunch options are also soooo delicious. You can get salads, burgers, hot and cold sandwiches and those fabulous waffles that are served all day. Oh, and if you want that yumminess at home, they sell waffle mix and more.

The Tea & Coffee Exchange

The Tea and Coffee Exchange

If the lines at Belgian Waffle Works are too long, or you just want a coffee and pastry, The Tea & Coffee Exchange is an ideal alternative. To be completely honest, the coffee and food is good, not great. But when you’re hungry or caffeine depleted, it’s a decent solution. There’s a pleasant patio our front, which is perfect if you have your pup and a fun spot to meet other people.

Jetties Waterfront Kitchen + Drink

Jetties Waterfront Kitchen

Jetties is new restaurant in Lake Arrowhead Village that has mixed reviews. We’ve only ordered take out so far but the food was pretty good – Smoked Brisket and Tres Tacos. I’m including it in the list because it’s an option when all the other restaurants are crowded. It’s also has a nice view, patio seating and a full bar. We’ll definitely try it again and eat in the restaurant, so more info to come.

Lake Arrowhead Brewing Company

Lake Arrowhead Brewing Company

Lake Arrowhead Brewing Company is not a restaurant but they had a pop up food option called Elevated Greens when we were there that offered vegan Mexican food. My understanding is that it’s there Wednesdays and Thursdays. As for the real star, they have a great beer selection that accommodates every preference. There’s a huge patio with the tall forest surrounding and just a fun vibe. This is a definite go to on your trip to Lake Arrowhead.

Cedar Glen Malt Shop

Cedar Glen Malt Shop

Cedar Glen Malt Shop is a little off the beaten path. Most visitors never know about this little retro gem tucked away in Cedar Glen The burgers are so delish and the onion rings are the best I’ve ever had. The fries are amazing too. Of course, you should definitely order a malt. They also serve sandwiches and some other items. Portion sizes are huge.

The kid’s meals are served in cute little cars. If you are looking for the perfect spot to eat with the kids, this is it.

Best Restaurants Near Lake Arrowhead

Lake Arrowhead has surrounding towns that are so close you may not realize that they are separate towns. It’s just a few more minutes of driving to get to these restaurants.

LouEddies Pizza

LouEddie's Pizza

If you ask anyone, LouEddies is the favorite pizza restaurant in the area and we highly recommend it. Choose from unique, scrumptious combinations of toppings or go traditional. They also have salads. There is a small indoor seating area and a deck where you can sit in the beautiful forested area with a bar downstairs. The wait can be really long to get your food so consider ordering ahead.

Rosalva’s in Skyforest

Rosalvas Sky Forest

Most locals agree that Rosalva’s in Skyforest is the best Mexican restaurant in Lake Arrowhead. Almost everything on the menu is great. Everyone I know has a different favorite menu item so feel comfortable ordering whatever you like. We love the enchiladas, carne asada and margaritas! The service is quick. The ambiance is great and the patio outside is a perfect place to sit. You’ll love it.

Hortencia’s at the Cliffhanger

Lake Arrowhead Restaurants Hortencia's

On your way up to Lake Arrowhead you’ll undoubtedly notice the restaurant with the completely full parking lot that looks like the busiest place in town. Hortencia’s has traditional Mexican food with an insane view. They have great service and the food came to our table steaming hot as you can see in the photo.. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The view at night is incredible too. Mexican food in Lake Arrowhead can be hit or miss but Hortensia’s is tried and true.

Our Favorite Restaurants in Lake Arrowhead by Cuisine

  • Fast Food Burgers – Cedar Glen Malt Shop & Blue Jay Burger – pick the one closest to you. They’re both good.
  • Takeout PizzaLouEddies in Skyforest and Roadhouse Pizza near the village. Lake Arrowhead Pizza is good if you want to take your kids there for the arcade.
  • MexicanRosalva’s in Skyforest, El Pájaro Azul in Blue Jay, Elevated Greens at Lake Arrowhead Brewing Company and Hortensias for the view.
  • ItalianPuglia is the only game in town and it’s a treat being there.
  • Pub Food – Lakefront Tap Room
  • Breakfast/BrunchBelgian Waffle Works in Lake Arrowhead Village or Spade & Spatula in Blue Jay

If there’s a restaurant you haven’t seen on this list, there’s a chance that we wouldn’t recommend it to visitors. Instead of sharing a bad review, we would rather just highlight the best. If there is a restaurant you think we overlooked, send us a private message and we will give it another shot.

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    December 15, 2021 at 10:25 am

    These all sound great!!


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