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Guidebook for Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Boarding- Theresa And JJ
Big Bear Boarding- Theresa And JJ
Joined in 2015
Big Bear Boarding- Theresa And JJ

Guidebook for Big Bear Lake

Everything Else
Snow leopards, mountain lions, arctic foxes, coyotes, wolves, bears, owls. Make sure you bring your camera, and don't be shy animals like selfies too.
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locals recommend
Big Bear Alpine Zoo
43285 Goldmine Drive
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Snow leopards, mountain lions, arctic foxes, coyotes, wolves, bears, owls. Make sure you bring your camera, and don't be shy animals like selfies too.
Shopping, restaurants, and everything Big Bear.
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locals recommend
Big Bear Discount
669 Pine Knot Avenue
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locals recommend
Shopping, restaurants, and everything Big Bear.
Looking for gold? You found it. Scenic hiking trails, guided tours, and history of Big Bear Lake.
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Big Bear Discovery Center
North Shore Drive/Hwy 38
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Looking for gold? You found it. Scenic hiking trails, guided tours, and history of Big Bear Lake.
Food Scene
You'll find a variety of casual and unique dinning options on the mountain. Here's our guide to finding the exact food experience you want.
This pizza is the tops in town. They always get it right, and it even cures your hunger after a night in the fridge (the true test of good pizza).
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locals recommend
Maggio's Pizza
42160 Big Bear Boulevard
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locals recommend
This pizza is the tops in town. They always get it right, and it even cures your hunger after a night in the fridge (the true test of good pizza).
A quick walk from our place, and the breakfast sandwiches are worth it. Go for the croissant with whatever fixings you like. They also have wi-fi if your in the mood to relax with some joe.
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locals recommend
Moonridge Coffee Company
42626 Moonridge Rd
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A quick walk from our place, and the breakfast sandwiches are worth it. Go for the croissant with whatever fixings you like. They also have wi-fi if your in the mood to relax with some joe.
Hacienda is one of the best Mexican spots in town. Show up before your really hungry and grab a seat at the bar to enjoy one of their many appetizers. The nachos are solid and the quesadillas might be enough for a full meal. When it’s time to get serious and order you entree go for the three cheese enchilada plate with rice and beans. You’ll definitely have leftovers. The beer selection is always solid with a variety of beers on tap but know that there are limited wine options. The margaritas are worthy of a taste. Portions are large and after all that we’ve never had room for desert. Pro Tip: Once you get your basket of tortilla chips head over to the salsa bar and try them all. By doing this you’ll know exactly what you’re going to eat with your apps and entre
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locals recommend
Hacienda Grill
41787 Big Bear Blvd
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locals recommend
Hacienda is one of the best Mexican spots in town. Show up before your really hungry and grab a seat at the bar to enjoy one of their many appetizers. The nachos are solid and the quesadillas might be enough for a full meal. When it’s time to get serious and order you entree go for the three cheese enchilada plate with rice and beans. You’ll definitely have leftovers. The beer selection is always solid with a variety of beers on tap but know that there are limited wine options. The margaritas are worthy of a taste. Portions are large and after all that we’ve never had room for desert. Pro Tip: Once you get your basket of tortilla chips head over to the salsa bar and try them all. By doing this you’ll know exactly what you’re going to eat with your apps and entre
Big Bear Mountain Brewing Company has one of the best burger selections around. They also have a solid selection of salads, and it wouldn't be a brewery without good wings. This is one of our favorite hang outs in Big Bear. As far as beer is concerned try a Belgian or any one of the IPAs.
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Big Bear Lake Brewing Company
40827 Stone Road
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Big Bear Mountain Brewing Company has one of the best burger selections around. They also have a solid selection of salads, and it wouldn't be a brewery without good wings. This is one of our favorite hang outs in Big Bear. As far as beer is concerned try a Belgian or any one of the IPAs.
It's hard to believe that Big Bear boasts some of the best Himalayan food around, but this place is as good as it gets. Don't be shy, go in and try it. The garlic naan is amazing and the lamb curry is divine. Insider tip: Order takeout instead of delivery and enjoy it on the deck with a view.
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locals recommend
Himalayan Restaurant
672 Pine Knot Avenue
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It's hard to believe that Big Bear boasts some of the best Himalayan food around, but this place is as good as it gets. Don't be shy, go in and try it. The garlic naan is amazing and the lamb curry is divine. Insider tip: Order takeout instead of delivery and enjoy it on the deck with a view.
The "new" spot in town. Solid burger, excellent selection of brew. Insider tip: They allow dogs on the patio so you can grub and hang with your pup.
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Fire Rock Burgers & Brews
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The "new" spot in town. Solid burger, excellent selection of brew. Insider tip: They allow dogs on the patio so you can grub and hang with your pup.
Quintessential Big Bear. Order the salad bar and steak or seafood. I promise you won't leave hungry, and you'll get a taste of a true family style restaurant. Be prepared for a wait when you go for dinner, but that will give you an opportunity to hang at the bar for a cocktail. It's worth it. Insider tip: Grab some calm chowder from the salad bar and enjoy.
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The Captain's Anchorage
42148 Moonridge Way
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locals recommend
Quintessential Big Bear. Order the salad bar and steak or seafood. I promise you won't leave hungry, and you'll get a taste of a true family style restaurant. Be prepared for a wait when you go for dinner, but that will give you an opportunity to hang at the bar for a cocktail. It's worth it. Insider tip: Grab some calm chowder from the salad bar and enjoy.
Great outdoor patio with shade! Yes, they'll let you bring your furry friend. Order some ribs, grab a drink, and relax. If you're looking for something to snack on grab some artichoke dip, and a grilled salmon salad.
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locals recommend
Nottinghams Restaurant
40797 Big Bear Boulevard
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locals recommend
Great outdoor patio with shade! Yes, they'll let you bring your furry friend. Order some ribs, grab a drink, and relax. If you're looking for something to snack on grab some artichoke dip, and a grilled salmon salad.
Big Bear's newest dining establishment boast American cuisine with California flavor. The outdoor patio is definitely a fun place to hang out on a Saturday. During the summer they have live music and a solid appetizer menu. The dining room offers a more "upscale" experience and there's a cool bar on the top floor that's casual. We're fans of the flatbread pizza's and haven't tried anything else, but we'll be sure to update you when we do! Insider tip: Make a reservation for dinner. The wait can get really long during peak season and weekends nights. Also, the patio is dog friendly.
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Oakside
40701 Village Dr
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locals recommend
Big Bear's newest dining establishment boast American cuisine with California flavor. The outdoor patio is definitely a fun place to hang out on a Saturday. During the summer they have live music and a solid appetizer menu. The dining room offers a more "upscale" experience and there's a cool bar on the top floor that's casual. We're fans of the flatbread pizza's and haven't tried anything else, but we'll be sure to update you when we do! Insider tip: Make a reservation for dinner. The wait can get really long during peak season and weekends nights. Also, the patio is dog friendly.
If you're looking for a higher end dining experience this is your spot. Give them a call for a reservation during the winter months or you'll be waiting. Go for the steak, crab cakes, or the lobster ravioli. If you're in town during the summer months be sure to check out their patio. Don't worry about being cold, they have plenty of outside heaters.
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Peppercorn Grille
553 Pine Knot Avenue
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If you're looking for a higher end dining experience this is your spot. Give them a call for a reservation during the winter months or you'll be waiting. Go for the steak, crab cakes, or the lobster ravioli. If you're in town during the summer months be sure to check out their patio. Don't worry about being cold, they have plenty of outside heaters.
The most unlikely food genre on the mountain is Big Bear's culinary secret. This new spot is popular with the locals and visitors alike. It brings the clean fresh flavors of Hawaii to the top of the hill. Local is a must visit restaurant while here. Get to the spot early to beat the lunch rush and chat with the super friendly staff. Try one their signature bowls. Poke, tofu, or teriyaki you can't go wrong.
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Big Bear Local
41003 Big Bear Blvd
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The most unlikely food genre on the mountain is Big Bear's culinary secret. This new spot is popular with the locals and visitors alike. It brings the clean fresh flavors of Hawaii to the top of the hill. Local is a must visit restaurant while here. Get to the spot early to beat the lunch rush and chat with the super friendly staff. Try one their signature bowls. Poke, tofu, or teriyaki you can't go wrong.
In the summer this is one of the best patio's in town. At night you'll find the fire pits blazing and during the day there's often some live music. The menu has plenty of options and we'd recommend the fish and chips. They're lightly breaded with just the right amount of seasoning. Insider Tip: This place gets busy during the day and night. Put your name in and grab a drink at the outdoor bar located right behind the seating check in.
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572 Social kitchen & lounge
572 Pine Knot Avenue
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In the summer this is one of the best patio's in town. At night you'll find the fire pits blazing and during the day there's often some live music. The menu has plenty of options and we'd recommend the fish and chips. They're lightly breaded with just the right amount of seasoning. Insider Tip: This place gets busy during the day and night. Put your name in and grab a drink at the outdoor bar located right behind the seating check in.
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Oakside
40701 Village Dr
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Lunch or dinner at the Bone Yard Bar and Grill is always a pleasure. Grab one of the outdoor seats and start the meal off with the Irish Nachos. For the main course move on to one of the flat bread pizzas or get involved with the Tri-Tip sandwich. The portions are enough to keep you going on the trails for a while. Pro Tip: Grab an indoor seat if you're looking to take in a game. The T.V.'s are wall to wall.
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The Bone Yard Bar & Grill
560 Pine Knot Ave
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Lunch or dinner at the Bone Yard Bar and Grill is always a pleasure. Grab one of the outdoor seats and start the meal off with the Irish Nachos. For the main course move on to one of the flat bread pizzas or get involved with the Tri-Tip sandwich. The portions are enough to keep you going on the trails for a while. Pro Tip: Grab an indoor seat if you're looking to take in a game. The T.V.'s are wall to wall.
One of the more upscale spots in Big Bear with a solid patio and lake views. During the busy season be sure to jump in with a reservation as you'll find yourself waiting a while if you walk in. The salmon is a favorite of many for a dinner entree and the veggie pasta hits home if you're avoiding meat. If you have room the creme brule is a winner to finish off the night. The Pines Lakefront has a wide selection of wines to accompany you on your culinary journey. Sit back, sip, and enjoy.
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The Pines Lakefront
350 Alden Road
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One of the more upscale spots in Big Bear with a solid patio and lake views. During the busy season be sure to jump in with a reservation as you'll find yourself waiting a while if you walk in. The salmon is a favorite of many for a dinner entree and the veggie pasta hits home if you're avoiding meat. If you have room the creme brule is a winner to finish off the night. The Pines Lakefront has a wide selection of wines to accompany you on your culinary journey. Sit back, sip, and enjoy.
Our local pizza place in the village always boasts a line during the busy season and has a nice little patio to relax on during the summer months. Despite the name we'd avoid the pizza and go for one of their subs or a calzone. They have a solid selection of beer on tap and a limited wine selection.
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Saucy Mama's Pizzeria
618 Pine Knot Avenue
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locals recommend
Our local pizza place in the village always boasts a line during the busy season and has a nice little patio to relax on during the summer months. Despite the name we'd avoid the pizza and go for one of their subs or a calzone. They have a solid selection of beer on tap and a limited wine selection.
REVIEW COMING SOON.
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Santana Mavericks Bar N Grill
40771 Big Bear Blvd
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REVIEW COMING SOON.
Legendary breakfast in Big Bear. BEWARE. The Grizzly is PACKED ON WEEKENDS. If you're not there before 6 a.m. be prepared for a wait. This quintessential diner offers all of the best breakfast items and the biggest pancakes you've ever seen. No really. They are that big. If you're in town during the week you'll find a great local vibe.
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Grizzly Manor Cafe
41268 Big Bear Boulevard
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Legendary breakfast in Big Bear. BEWARE. The Grizzly is PACKED ON WEEKENDS. If you're not there before 6 a.m. be prepared for a wait. This quintessential diner offers all of the best breakfast items and the biggest pancakes you've ever seen. No really. They are that big. If you're in town during the week you'll find a great local vibe.
The sister spot to Hacienda. Solid Mexican food. Great patio in the summer. Check out the nachos as an appetizer and any of the burritos to follow.
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El Jacalito Grill
535 Pine Knot Avenue
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locals recommend
The sister spot to Hacienda. Solid Mexican food. Great patio in the summer. Check out the nachos as an appetizer and any of the burritos to follow.
Great outdoor patio with shade! Yes, they'll let you bring your furry friend. Order some ribs, grab a drink, and relax. If you're looking for something to snack on grab some artichoke dip and a grilled salmon salad. They also have a happy hour from 3-6:30 p.m. Sun-Friday. It includes $3 domestic drafts, $4 imported drafts and well drinks. Their patio is dog friendly and they have music on selected nights.
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Nottinghams Restaurant
40797 Big Bear Boulevard
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locals recommend
Great outdoor patio with shade! Yes, they'll let you bring your furry friend. Order some ribs, grab a drink, and relax. If you're looking for something to snack on grab some artichoke dip and a grilled salmon salad. They also have a happy hour from 3-6:30 p.m. Sun-Friday. It includes $3 domestic drafts, $4 imported drafts and well drinks. Their patio is dog friendly and they have music on selected nights.
Classic American home style food and a true Big Bear experience. Get there early and grab a drink at the bar while you wait for your table (it's usually a 30 minute wait on Friday and Saturday nights). It's likely you'll strike up a conversation about Big Bear's history or the learn about the latest "going's on around town." Definitely get involved in the salad bar and if you're steak fan order up the prime rib. It's sure to fill you up. Insider tip: If you don't feel like waiting for a table order take out and enjoy it on the deck of your cabin.
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The Captain's Anchorage
42148 Moonridge Way
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locals recommend
Classic American home style food and a true Big Bear experience. Get there early and grab a drink at the bar while you wait for your table (it's usually a 30 minute wait on Friday and Saturday nights). It's likely you'll strike up a conversation about Big Bear's history or the learn about the latest "going's on around town." Definitely get involved in the salad bar and if you're steak fan order up the prime rib. It's sure to fill you up. Insider tip: If you don't feel like waiting for a table order take out and enjoy it on the deck of your cabin.
The rumor has it the owner of this place attempted to copy the In-and-out recipe for 10 years and after plenty of time and money finally got it right. Makes sense right? Regardless it's a solid burger and fries when you have the craving. In the summer they also have a classic car night which is always a cool vibe.
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Get the Burger
42151 Big Bear Boulevard
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locals recommend
The rumor has it the owner of this place attempted to copy the In-and-out recipe for 10 years and after plenty of time and money finally got it right. Makes sense right? Regardless it's a solid burger and fries when you have the craving. In the summer they also have a classic car night which is always a cool vibe.
Entertainment & Activities
Shred your weekend away! It's close enough to walk or ride the shuttle
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Bear Mountain Ski Resort
43101 Goldmine Drive
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Shred your weekend away! It's close enough to walk or ride the shuttle
One of the best spots in So Cal to enjoy some downhill skiing.
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Snow Summit Ski Resort
880 Summit Blvd
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One of the best spots in So Cal to enjoy some downhill skiing.
One of the two snow tubing spots in town. The hill is a little steeper here than Big Bear Snow Play. That being said the ride is a little shorter. It's definitely a good time. Be sure to dress warm! Insider Tip: Show up early to beat the lines and get the fresh snow. This place starts to get packed around 10 a.m.
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Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain
800 Wildrose Lane
115
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One of the two snow tubing spots in town. The hill is a little steeper here than Big Bear Snow Play. That being said the ride is a little shorter. It's definitely a good time. Be sure to dress warm! Insider Tip: Show up early to beat the lines and get the fresh snow. This place starts to get packed around 10 a.m.
SNOW TUBING!!! One of the two snow tubing spots in town. You'll find a ton of fun and snow waiting for you. Race your friends, bring the kiddos, and enjoy. Insider Tip: Show up early and you'll have the whole hill to yourself. People tend to show up here around 10 a.m
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Big Bear Snow Play
42825 Big Bear Boulevard
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SNOW TUBING!!! One of the two snow tubing spots in town. You'll find a ton of fun and snow waiting for you. Race your friends, bring the kiddos, and enjoy. Insider Tip: Show up early and you'll have the whole hill to yourself. People tend to show up here around 10 a.m
Drinks & Nightlife
You'll find your favorite Whiskey, and the owner Dave here on any night. A simple taste of the local night live. Pro Tip: Stick to the American stuff. An order of your favorite scotch might get you a funny look or two.
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Whiskey Dave's
40740 Village Drive
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You'll find your favorite Whiskey, and the owner Dave here on any night. A simple taste of the local night live. Pro Tip: Stick to the American stuff. An order of your favorite scotch might get you a funny look or two.
Murray's has all the local flavor be sure to stop in for a beverage and a fantastic burger.
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Murray's Saloon & Eatery
672 Cottage Lane
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Murray's has all the local flavor be sure to stop in for a beverage and a fantastic burger.
Essentials
Take care of all your snacking, food, and beverage needs. We have a big fridge. Don't be afraid to fill it.
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Vons
42170 Big Bear Boulevard
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Take care of all your snacking, food, and beverage needs. We have a big fridge. Don't be afraid to fill it.
A solid place to grab the essentials for your stay. It has a bit more local flavor than Vons, and is sure to have what you need.
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Stater Bros. Markets
42171 Big Bear Boulevard
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A solid place to grab the essentials for your stay. It has a bit more local flavor than Vons, and is sure to have what you need.
Ideal for lower moonridge locations necessities. They have almost everything you need. That includes beer and wine.
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Walgreens
42107 Big Bear Boulevard
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Ideal for lower moonridge locations necessities. They have almost everything you need. That includes beer and wine.
Shopping
The hippest shop for Big Bear Visitors. You'll find some cool boutique items mixed with some local threads.
O KOO RAN
40780 Village Dr
The hippest shop for Big Bear Visitors. You'll find some cool boutique items mixed with some local threads.