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Sierra Nevada Restaurants

Sierra Nevada Restaurants Overview

High Sierra

Sierra Nevada Restaurants include Mexican food, Chinese food, Italian food, seafood, comfort food, sushi, Sunday brunch and more. Whether it be the enormous portions, outstanding views or unique flavors, these are the best restaurants in the Sierras. We've tried to concentrate on locally owned establishments and avoid the larger chains other than a few special restaurants. Share a romantic, fine-dining experience with lake views at Christy Hill on North Lake Tahoe. Savor a European breakfast at Heidi's on South Lake Tahoe. Take in views of Yosemite Falls from the Mountain Room Restaurant at Yosemite Valley Lodge. Enjoy the view of Twin Lakes at The Lakefront restaurant in Mammoth Lakes. Savor one of the best turkey sandwiches you've ever had at Erick Schat's Bakkerÿ in Bishop.

Per Person
$5-$10 = $5-$10
$10-$30 = $10-$30
$30-$50 = $30-$50
$50+ = $50+

Dress
Casual = shorts, t-shirt, sandals
Business-Casual = pants or nice shorts, summer dress, collared shirt
Semi-Formal = slacks, collard shirt, evening gown, blouse
Formal = dress pants, suit jacket, formal dress, tuxedo

Lake Tahoe Restaurants

Sunnyside, Lake Tahoe

Sunnyside Resort is situated lakeside on Tahoe's west shore and just a short distance from several west shore ski resorts including Squaw Valley, Homewood and Alpine Meadows. Sunnyside is a popular apré-ski destination. An upscale lodge setting with fireplaces and huge lake-view windows provides the perfect Sierra Nevada ambiance. The large outdoor deck is open in summer months. Steak and seafood restaurant menu items include Pacific Lump Crab Cakes, Blackened Ribeye Steak, Angus Burger and Seafood Pasta. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Sunnyside
1850 W. Lake Boulevard
Tahoe City, California 96145
(800) 822-2754

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Gar Woods, Lake Tahoe

Gar Woods restaurant is situated lakeside in North Lake Tahoe and has its own dock. Garwoods is a popular Aprés Ski and Happy Hour spot with over a dozen signature cocktails and live music Fridays and Saturdays. Steak & seafood menu items include Pomegranate Glazed Pork Ribs, Herb Roasted Chicken, King Salmon, Filet and Scampi, Seafood Tagliarini and Crab Chili Relleno. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Casual to business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Gar Woods
5000 North Lake Blvd
Carnelian Bay, CA 96140
(530) 546-3366

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Image courtesy of Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique

Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique restaurant is situated lakeside in North Lake Tahoe across the street from the Peppertree Inn. Wolfdale's offers a premier restaurant & bar with menu items like Gyoza Dumplings, Tamarind Thai Seafood Stew, Balsamic Braised Beef Cheeks, Alaskan Halibut, Truffle Fries and Caprése Salad. Their motto has always been, "Fresh Food, Simply Prepared". Dine in their upscale restaurant or outdoor on their view deck. Wolfdale's also features a bocce ball courtyard where they host a summer bocce ball league. Open Wed-Mon for dinner. Business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique
640 N. Lake Blvd
Tahoe City, CA 96146
(530) 583-5700

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Christy Hill restaurant is situated lakeside in North Lake Tahoe and offers a fine-dining experience with both indoor and outdoor deck seating. This award-winning restaurant has been voted the most romantic restaurant on Lake Tahoe and has been featured in multiple travel, food and wine publications. White linens, fine china, stone fireplace and expansive lake views set a romantic ambiance. Restaurant menu items include Smoked Chicken Chili Relleno, Hudson Valley Fois Gras, Baked Eggplant, Roasted King Salmon and Filet Mignon. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Christy Hill
115 Grove Street
Tahoe City, California 96145
(530) 583-8551

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Le Bistro, Incline Village, Lake Tahoe

Le Bistro restaurant is located in Incline Village directly across from the Hyatt. Le Bistro French restaurant offers a fine-dining experience. Meals are served in five courses and include restaurant menu items like Baked Fresh Black Truffle Soup en Croûte, Terrine of Fresh Duck Foie Gras served with a Rhubarb Chutney and Warm Brioche, Fresh Hearts of Palm Salad served with a Pistachio Vinaigrette and Tournedos of Beef Tenderloin with a Pinot Noir Réduction and Maytag Blue Cheese. Open Tuesday-Saturday for dinner. Business-casual to semi-formal attire. It's in Nevada but it's too good to leave off our California site.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50  |   $50+

Le Bistro
120 Country Club Drive #29
Incline Village, Nevada 89451
(775) 831-0800

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Evan's American Gourmet Café is situated in a classic Tahoe cabin in South Lake Tahoe and features some of the finest food found in Tahoe. Restaurant menu items include Dungeness Crab Salad, Stuffed Quail, Roast Venison Loin and Leg of Duck. Open nightly for dinner. Business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Evan's American Gourmet Café
536 Emerald Bay Road
South Lake Tahoe, California 96150
(530) 542-1990

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Café Fiore restaurant is situated in a cabin setting below Heavenly Ski Resort in South Lake Tahoe. With a limited number of candlelit tables either indoors or on their outdoor deck gives reason why this Italian restaurant is considered the most romantic restaurant in South Lake Tahoe. Unique Italian food options include Eggplant Crepes, Speghetti con Salsiccia, Aragosta Melodia, Bistecca alla Veneziana and Pollo alla Sonoma. Open nightly for dinner. Business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Café Fiore
1169 Ski Run Boulevard
South Lake Tahoe, California 96150
(530) 541-2908

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Fire and Ice Tahoe is located off Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe. Situated at the base of the Heavenly gondola inside Marriott Timber Lodge, Fire and Ice is a trendy Aprés Ski destination with a mix of Latin, American, Asian and Italian food choices like Mango Garlic Pork, BBQ Pork Ribs, Frutti de Mare. Choose your ingredients and hand over to a cook who prepares it Mongolian barbecue-style over a large wok. Pair with your favorite beer, wine or mixed drink. Open every day for lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$10-$30

Fire + Ice Grill + Bar
Marriott Timber Lodge
4100 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 542-6650

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Heidi's South Lake Tahoe

Heidi's restaurant is located in South Lake Tahoe. Heidi's is like dining in a Swiss Chalet. They've been voted 'Best Breakfast Restaurant' by several local publications. Specialties focus on European favorites like crepes, waffles and corned beef. Restaurant menu items include the Alpine Waffle, Swiss Crepes, Cattleman's Breakfast, Palazzolo Omelette, Sierra Sandwich and Cordon Bleu Sandwich. Open daily for breakfast and lunch. Casual attire.
$10-$30

Heidi's
3485 Lake Tahoe Blvd
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 544-8113

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Scusa Lake Tahoe is located off Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe. Scusa specializes in fine wines and traditional Italian food with menu choices like Chicken Piccatta, Osso Buco, Veal Marsala, Sea Scallops Mediterranean, Linguine & Clams and Classic Lasagna. Choose from cozy indoor or outdoor garden seating. Open nightly for dinner. Live music Friday and Saturday nights. Casual to business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Scusa Italian Ristorante
2543 Lake Tahoe Blvd
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 542-0100

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The Lake Tahoe Pizza Co. is located off Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe. They specialize in some of the best pizza Lake Tahoe offers. Menu choices include calzones, salads and unique pizzas like the Mogul Masher, Mean Greek, Barnyard Massacre, Acapulco Gold and Gut Buster. Open nightly for dinner only. Casual attire.
$10-$30

The Lake Tahoe Pizza Co.
1168 Emerald Bay Road
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 544-1919

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The Beacon Bar & Grill is located off Highway 89 in South Lake Tahoe and situated within the Camp Richardson Resort. They feature lakeside views and an outdoor summer deck. Seafood restaurant menu items include Steamed Clams, Clam Chowder, Exotic Mushroom Swiss Cheese Sandwich, Macadamia Nut Prawns, Seafood Linguini and Apple Sausage Stuffed Pork. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Casual attire. They're famous around the lake for their Clam Chowder and Rum Runner drink.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

The Beacon Bar & Grill
1900 Jameson Beach Road
South Lake Tahoe, California 96150
(530) 541-0630

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Burger Lounge

Burger Lounge restaurant is located off Emerald Bay Road (Hwy 89) just a short distance west of the Highway 50 split. They feature a variety of tasty hamburgers like Bacon Cheese Burger and Bleu Burger, and unique fries like Garlic Fries and Pesto Fries. Known for their large portions, inexpensive prices and very casual atmosphere. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Casual attire. They've been voted Tahoe's Best Burger.
$10-$30

Burger Lounge
717 Emerald Bay Road
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 542-4060

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The Getaway Café Tahoe is located off Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe. The Getaway Café is situated in a mountain home a few miles south of Lake Tahoe and specializes in hearty portions of gourmet comfort food like the Black n' Bleu Burger, Triple Stack Turkey Club, Cod Fish Tacos, Bourbon Pork Ribs and Coconut-Crusted French Toast. Open daily for breakfast and lunch, Thursday-Saturday for dinner. Casual attire.
$10-$30

The Getaway Café
3140 Highway 50
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 577-5132

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Yosemite Restaurants

Yosemite Falls as seen from the Mountain Room Restaurant

Mountain Room Restaurant is located at the Yosemite Valley Lodge off Highways 120, 140 and 41. Situated at the base of Yosemite Falls, they offer breathtaking views from inside the restaurant or outdoor deck. Steak & seafood restaurant menu items include Rock Shrimp Ceviche Cocktail, Jerk Style Chicken Skewers, Gazpacho Soup, Spinach & Mushroom Salad, Seafood Pasta, Portabella Stack, Cowboy Whiskey Steak and Vegan Mezze Plate. Open nightly for dinner. Business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Mountain Room Restaurant @ Yosemite Lodge
Yosemite Lodge Drive
Yosemite Valley, CA 95389
(209) 372-1274

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The Majestic Dining Room is located off Northside Drive near the back of Yosemite Valley. Situated in the grand and historic Majestic Yosemite Hotel, formerly the Ahwahnee Hotel, The Majestic Hotel Dining Room is the only fine-dining restaurant in Yosemite National Park. Enjoy the opulent mountain ambiance of granite pillars, open beams, chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows as you dine on menu choices like Raisin Brioche French Toast, The Blue By You Burger, Rigatoni Pasta, Seared Sea Scallops, Angus Beef Prime Rib, Vegan Asian Rice Noodles and Pan-Roasted Steelhead. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sunday brunch. Business-casual to formal attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

The Majestic Yosemite Hotel Dining Room
Ahwahnee Drive
Yosemite Valley, CA 95389
(209) 372-1489

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Big Trees Lodge, Yosemite

Big Trees Lodge, formerly the Wawona Hotel, is located off Highway 41 in the southern Yosemite High Country. The Victorian dining room is situated in the historic Big Trees Lodge overlooking a large green courtyard to a golf course. They specialize in classic American food. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Outdoor bbq available Saturday evenings in the summer months. Sunday Brunch. Business-casual attire.
$5-$10  |   $10-$30  |   $30-$50

Big Trees Lodge Restaurant
Wawona Road
Mariposa, California 95338
(209) 375-1425

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River Rock Inn & Deli Garden is located off Highways 140 & 49 in downtown Mariposa. They feature outdoor patio dining with beautiful garden surroundings. Both the Inn and the Deli receive high consumer ratings. Café menu items include Grilled Lemon Rosemary Chicken with Roasted Peppers Salad, Mediterranean Sandwich, Italiano Sandwich, Avo Sandwich and cheesecakes, cookies, cakes and muffins. They deliver within the town of Mariposa. Open daily for breakfast and lunch. Casual attire.
$5-$10

River Rock Inn & Deli Garden
4993 7th Street
Mariposa, California 95338
(209) 966-5793

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Branding Iron Steakhouse restaurant is located off Highway 41 just north of Bass Lake Road. Situated in an old ranch house with wood floors, open beam ceilings and Western decor. Steak restaurant menu items include Spaghetti & Meatballs, Bowl of Chili, Ted's Buffalo Burger, Shrimp Salad, Grilled Artichoke, BBQ Beef Ribs, Cedar Spike Salmon and Slice of Granny Duin's Homemade Pie. Open Wednesday-Sunday for dinner (reduced days during Winter). Casual to snappy duds attire.
$5-$10  |   $10-$30

Branding Iron Steakhouse @ Sierra Sky Ranch
50552 Road 632
Oakhurst, California 93644
(559) 658-2644

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Erna's Elderberry House restaurant is located off Highway 41 just south of the Highway 49 intersection. They offer a fine-dining restaurant in the Sierra Foothills just outside Yosemite National Park. This French restaurant is surrounded by elderberry bushes. The luxurious Chateau du Sureau is attached to the restaurant and offers high-end accommodations. Restaurant menu items include Tobiko Caviar, Pan Seared Tasmanian Sea Trout, Italian Pepper Soup, Grilled Angus Beef Tenderloin and Salad of Organic Greens. Open nightly for dinner. Business-casual to semi-formal attire.
$30-$50  |   $50+

Erna's Elderberry House @ Chateau du Sureau
48688 Victoria Lane
Oakhurst, California 93644
(559) 683-6860

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Sequoia Restaurants

The Peaks Restaurant is located off Highway 198 in Sequoia National Park. Situated in the Wuksachi Lodge, they specialize in gourmet mountain meals and comfort food with menu items like Roasted Beet Salad, Alta Burger, Vegan Mediterranean Wrap, Flatbread Pizza, Rotisserie Chicken, Linguine and Catch of the Day. Casual attire. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Box lunches are available for dining outdoors.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

The Peaks Restaurant
Wuksachi Lodge
64740 Wuksachi Way
Sequoia National Park, CA 93262
(559) 565-4070

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Wolverton BBQ is held off Highway 198 at the Wolverton Meadow Recreation Area near Lodgepole. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat Old West BBQ with Grilled Chicken, BBQ Ribs, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Pecan Pie, Cornbread with Honey and more. Available Memorial Day to Labor Day weekends - May-Sept. Tickets available at Lodgepole Market, Wuksachi Lodge and Grant Grove Market.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Wolverton Meadow Recreation Area
Wolverton Road
Lodgepole, CA 93262
(559) 565-4070

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Lee Vining Restaurants

Whoa Nellie Deli is located off I-395 at the Tioga Pass Gas Mart in Lee Vining. Don't be fooled by the location inside a Mobile station. The Whoa Nellie Deli is renowned for their gourmet comfort food and especially their World Famous Fish Tacos. Restaurant menu items include Fish Tacos, Lobster Taquitos, Ahi Sashimi, Wild Buffalo Meatloaf, BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Breakfast Burrito, Bagel and Lox, grilled sandwiches, pizza and more. Live entertainment on Sunday evenings. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$5-$10  |  $10-$30

Whoa Nellie Deli
22 Vista Point Road
Lee Vining, CA 93541
(760) 647-1088

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June Lake Restaurants

Eagles Landing restaurant is located at the Double Eagle Resort on the June Lake Loop. The elegant dining room features high glass windows with a mountain view and pine walls, floor, ceiling and outdoor deck. Steak & seafood restaurant menu items include Rotisserie Roasted Chicken, fresh seafood selections, ribs, steaks and a variety of specialty salads. Casual to business-casual attire. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
$5-$10  |  $10-$30

Eagles Landing @ Double Eagle Resort
5587 Highway 158
June Lake, CA 93529
(760) 648-7004

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Carson Peak Inn restaurant is located west of town and the ski resort on the June Lake Loop. The Carson Peak Inn for decades has been THE place for a romantic restaurant at June Lake. Situated in a mountain lodge, their fireside steak & seafood restaurant includes menu items like premium steaks, lobster, king crab, fried chicken, slow cooked BBQ back ribs, prime rib and more. Open nightly for dinner. Casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Carson Peak Inn
5034 Hwy 158
June Lake, CA 93529
(760) 648-7575

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Mammoth Restaurants

The Stove Restaurant is located off Old Mammoth Road south of Main Street (Hwy 203). Going to the Stove Restaurant is a tradition with long-time Mammoth visitors. The Stove Restaurant serves American food classics including omelettes, pancakes, sandwiches, burgers, chicken, steaks, salads and pies. They're known for their large portions. Open daily for breakfast and lunch. Casual attire.
$5-$10  |   $10-$30

The Stove Restaurant
644 Old Mammoth Road
Mammoth Lakes, California 93546
(760) 934-2821

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The Mogul is located off Old Mammoth Road just south of Main Street (Hwy 203). Going to the Mogul is a tradition with long-time Mammoth visitors. Steak & seafood restaurant menu items include Sautéed Mushrooms, Alaskan King Crab Legs, St. Louis Pork Back Ribs, Porterhouse Steak, Cajun Chicken, Spaghetti Squash and Angel Hair Pasta. Open nightly for dinner. Casual attire.
$5-$10  |   $10-$30  |   $30-$50

The Mogul
1528 Tavern Road
Mammoth Lakes, California 93546
(760) 934-3039

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Austria Hof Mammoth is located behind Mammoth Village off Canyon Boulevard. They specialize in Alpine cuisine with fine-dining choices like Escargot, Wienerschnitzel, Sauerbraten, Osso Bucco and Mushroom & Rabbit Strudel. Open nightly for dinner. Business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Austria Hof
924 Canyon Blvd
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
(760) 934-2764

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Petra's Bistro & Wine Bar is located at Mammoth Village. Situated within Alpenhof Lodge, Petra's Bistro offers a seasonal fine-dining menu including Crab Cakes, Duck Confit, Poached Pear Salad, Wild Mushroom Ravioli and Rib-Eye Steak. Open every night but Monday for dinner. Business-casual attire. The popular Clocktower Cellar is a casual beer & whiskey bar offering pub grub, bar games and televised sports daily.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Petra's Bistro
Alpenhof Lodge
6080 Minaret Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
(760) 934-6330

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Lakanuki is located at the Mammoth Village off Minaret Road. Lakanuki features South Pacific cuisine mixed with American favorites including sushi, teriyaki dishes, burgers, pizza and vegetarian specialties. They specialize in tropical mixed drinks like Mai Tai, Piña Colada, Hurricane, Rum Runner and more. Lakanuki is a popular late-night aprés ski location. Nightly entertainment from Bingo to live DJ. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$5-$10  |   $10-$30  |   $30-$50

Lakanuki
6201 Minaret Road #200
Mammoth Lakes, California 93546
(760) 934-7447

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The Lakefront restaurant is located off Lake Mary Road at Twin Lakes. The Lakefront is situated in the historic Tamarack Lodge. This award-winning romantic restaurant features a French food with lake-front views. French restaurant menu items include Wild Mushroom Strudel, French Onion Soup, Provenccal Vegetable Wellington, Elk Medallions au Poivre, and Escargot Bourguignonne. Open nightly for dinner. Casual attire.
$30-$50

The Lakefront
Tamarack Lodge & Resort
Twin Lakes Road
Mammoth Lakes, California 93546
(760) 934-2442

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Convict Lake Resort Restaurant

Convict Lake Resort Restaurant is located off Highway 395 between Crowley Lake and Mammoth Lakes. Situated in a narrow canyon with granite megaliths towering thousands of feet above the lake, Convict Lake Resort is a Sierra Nevada paradise. The restaurant & bar have been a popular place for locals for many decades and feature game, steak and seafood. Restaurant menu items include Escargot en Croute, Warm Goat Cheese and Arugula Salad, Fresh Alpers Rainbow Trout, Prime Rib of Elk and Chicken Marsala & Penne Pasta. Open nightly for dinner and lunch is served on certain days. Casual to business-casual attire. Reservations recommended.
$30-$50

TIP: The food at the Convict Lake Resort Restaurant is superb. Without a doubt they rival any fine-dining restaurant in the state for presentation and flavor. They're also known for their artisan pizzas, which are conveniently available to-go.

Convict Lake Resort Restaurant
Convict Lake Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
(760) 934-3803

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Bishop Restaurants

Erick Shat's Bakkery

Erick Schat's Bakkerÿ is located at the base of the Sierras and offers fresh bakery goods and superb deli sandwiches. Cookies, cakes, pastries and specialty breads are available in their bakery. They are famous for their Sheepherders Bread but everything else is equally as good. Open for breakfast and lunch. Casual attire.
$5-$10

TIP: Be sure to purchase one of their pastry items to have later at home or camp. You'll regret that you didn't buy more - GUARANTEED.

Erick Schat's Bakkerÿ
763 N Main Street
Bishop, California 93514
(760) 873-7156

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