About Peppercorn Grille

553 Pine Knot Ave.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
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Come in and see why the Peppercorn Grille has become a local favorite. We offer the largest and most versatile menu in Big Bear. Choose from Certified Angus Beef, Seafood, Chicken, Pasta, Specialty Salads, Brick Oven Baked Pizza and more. All soups, bread and fabulous desserts are prepared fresh daily. Enjoy dining in our cozy intimate dining room or on our heated patio, street-side in 'The Village.' We offer an extensive wine list and cocktails.



Come and experience the finest in dining Big Bear has to offer.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Steakhouse, Seafood

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:30pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Stone Road

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(909) 866-5405

Website:
http://www.peppercorngrille.com/

Entertainment:
We do not provide in-house entertainment, however, we are located street-side in 'The Village' and you can watch passersby and the village activity as you dine.

Catering:
Peppercorn Grille does not offer Catering Services.

Parking Details:
If parking is unavailable in our private lot, you will find extensive street parking in The Village.

Public Transit:
The Mountain Area Regional Transit Authority (Mountain Transit) is the primary public transportation provider on the mountain.
For schedules and additional information visit http://mountaintransit.org/.
Mountain Transit also operates the Big Bear Weekend Trolley in the Spring and Summer.

Additional:
Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Peppercorn Grille is unable to host Special Events for parties larger than 8 guests.

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4.6

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4.6

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4.5

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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Terrific service, tough steaks

Dined on April 25, 2016

Our waitress was very attentive and friendly, the atmosphere is nice, and the location is prime being right in the center of the village shops. However, we were surprisingly very disappointed. It was a special occasion and we wanted a nice dinner so we chose them because they were rated #1 on Trip Advisor and a friend recommended them. All three of us ordered the rib eye and each of ours was cooked as ordered but were rather thin steaks and very tough to even cut. For $30 each just for the dinner, not including drinks or dessert, we won't go back.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Wonderful experience!

Dined on April 24, 2016

Our experience was wonderful, we plan on returning in the future. The food was EXCELENT! The atmosphere was great!

Tags: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5
value3

Nice but just "alright"

Dined on April 18, 2016

Filet mignon was very tender, rib eye, not so tender. Didn't care for the sauces, steaks needed flavor, added table salt (yuck), sautéed veggies were yummy.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great little place! Only flaw - You ha ...

Dined on April 10, 2016

Great little place! Only flaw - You have to make reservations, you can't just show up...always busy!!

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5

Very nice meal.

Dined on March 23, 2016

Very nice meal.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

My favorite place to dine.

Dined on March 21, 2016

If I was given the choice for my last meal it would be the Peppercorn crusted Flat Iron steak. By far the best piece of beef I have ever tasted, period!! Tender, delicious and perfectly cooked every time. I have had steaks costing 2-3 times as much that can't compare. Service has always been fantastic.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food1
ambience4
service4
value2

Best Restaurant in Big Bear?

Dined on March 8, 2016

If this is the best restaurant in big bear, we're going with fast food on our next visit. My wife's pizza was not what you'd expect for a brick oven pizza (thick, uncooked dough) and my spaghetti bolognese was a pound of spaghetti with chopped canned tomatoes and a ton of garlic - nothing close to a good bolognese.

food3
ambience3
service4
value2

Fine Dining in Big Bear

Dined on March 1, 2016

I have dined at some of the best restaurants in the world. I would say this restaurant is about as close to fine dining as you will get in Big Bear. It wouldn't be notable outside of Big Bear. The steak was flavored well, but not a great quality. The food options are interesting but nothing I haven't seen before. Everyone rants about the crab cakes and they were flavorful and refreshing, but not mind blowing.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience3
service5
value5

birthday blast

Dined on February 22, 2016

Went to celebrate birthday . The food was absolutely delicious!!!!!!

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience5
service4

Lovely ambience, location and good food. ...

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Dined on February 17, 2016

Lovely ambience, location and good food. We had a long wait despite having made reservations a week prior.

food5
ambience4
service1
value5

Bad server

Dined on February 16, 2016

Esmeralda, our server didn't bother with refills. After serving our plates, she didn't bother looking over our table. I sat for about 15 minutes without a tea until another lady asked if I needed a refill. After my refill was served by someone else, Esmeralda asked if we wanted to see a dessert menu. All the while, the table behind us, with a larger group had a server go over every 5-10 minutes to check on them.

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

We truly enjoyed our time there staff was great.

Dined on February 14, 2016

We had our 4 year anniversary here I had flowers delivered and the staff had it at our table my wife was so happy. The crew there is great. The food outstanding. The tables are great roomy.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

Good food, on the pricey side. Waiter co ...

Dined on February 13, 2016

Good food, on the pricey side. Waiter could've been a bit more attentive for the price of the meal.

food5
ambience5
service5

delicious food lasagna and ravioli

Dined on February 1, 2016

delicious food lasagna and ravioli

food5
ambience5
service5

Very good food, and service.

Dined on January 26, 2016

Very good food, and service.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great dining experience

Dined on January 22, 2016

Peppercorn Grille is always a "must" when I go to Big Bear. It is a special treat. The service is always excellent. The wine selection is reasonable. The food is amazing. The peppercorn encrusted steak is pretty spicy but delicious.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience5
service4
value4

Good food given the location

Dined on January 22, 2016

When doing to Big Bear it's mostly about the ski resort. Most people would just for simple / cheap food. Peppercorn is a bit up-scale and more expensive, but you do get better food and service. We had the special peppercorn pork chop and the nut crusted halibut. Both on the overcooked side but the sauce was good. Of course their clam chowder is something to die for, it's just very good. Again given the location, I think this is a great place to go.

Tags: kid-friendly, romantic
food3
ambience4
service1
value1

Worst Service Ever

Dined on January 20, 2016

I came in with my partner for a romantic dinner at our reservation time 5:30 pm. We were then seated at 6 pm. Our server did not come to us to ask us for drinks or anything for about 10 minutes. About 30 minutes after taking our order, we finally got our salads. On the menu it clearly states that we get French bread, we never did. I personally asked my server three times for this bread while we waited for our entrees to come out. After about an hour after we ordered, we finally got our meal, which was just okay. Nothing to rave home about. I honestly believe that because of our age, our server did not take us seriously. I will never come back again.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A plus

Dined on January 14, 2016

Service was great ( Mike) good was excellent! 10 time to eat here, an it's still the best restaurant in Big Bear!!! Next trip go on line and make your reservation, you'll be glade you did! User friendly!

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Wedding Anniversary Dinner

Dined on January 12, 2016

Pefect night to be out, cold, two feet of snow on the ground, great food, great service. We had a very nice dinner. ☺

Tags: romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food4
ambience3
service3
value4

Worth the wait

Dined on January 2, 2016

Overall, this is a strong 3 out of 5 stars. Reservations recommended during peak hours/weekends. It's crowded seating. The servers have to dodge each other constantly. Our waitress seemed tired. Lobster Ravioli and clam chowder was great. Capellini Pormodoro and Macadamia Nut Coated Halibut was average. We would definitely go back to give it a second try on a "not-so-busy" weekend. Maybe then we'd give it a definite 4 out of 5 stars.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Review of Peppercorn Grille

Dined on December 30, 2015

We enjoy coming to the Peppercorn Grille when we are in Big Bear and the convenience of making reservations on line. The good food and service make it a very enjoyable experience, and we always look forward to a special dinner at Peppercorn Grille.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Great food, and the service is always gr ...

Dined on December 29, 2015

Great food, and the service is always great!

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Top Flight

Dined on December 24, 2015

This is an excellent restaurant. Each dish was superb, and some were surprisingly excellent. The artichoke hearts appetizer and the crusted salmon entry were both an experience. Highly recommend.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4
value5

All time favorite!

Dined on December 19, 2015

We serious ply live Perrecorn Grill in Big Bear, CA. The entrees and specials are delicious and the quality of ingredients and recipes is very high. We plan to go Peppercorn as often as possible! You will not be disappointed!

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Anniversary dinner

Dined on December 19, 2015

We had to wait for our table even though we made a reservation as people were staying longer. But it was not problem as the staff was very polite and went ahead and opened our bottle of wine that we brought and we were able to sit at the small table in entrance and enjoy our wine while we waited. The service and food was excellent, as always. It was noisier than usual because there were several large groups being a Friday night.

Tags: great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Lots of Great Reviews because It was Very Good

Dined on December 3, 2015

I've been willing to try there and finally got a reservation at the right time. Make sure you got the reservation to avoid a long wait, even on a weekday evening near its closing time. I like the food for their taste and portion. The service was nice. I'd visit again on my next trip up there.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic
food5
ambience5
service5

Cute Place

Dined on November 28, 2015

My boyfriend and I came here while we were up in Big Bear celebrating our three year dating anniversary. It was small and and cozy. Which was perfect because it was snowing outside. The food was really good, the drinks were tasty and different than you'd find anywhere else. They had a great wine list although I did not partake. The service was very friendly and very professional. My only tip is: If you're making a reservation ask for a booth. We did and we had a nice cozy booth, but the tables looked like they wouldn't have been as comfortable.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Eat at Peppercorn

Dined on November 27, 2015

Even though it was Thanksgiving the service was excellent, prompt and courteous. The food was delicious. We had a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and everything was hot, cooked just right and delicious!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Peppercorn Grille is excellent!

Dined on November 20, 2015

We go to the Peppercorn Grille for all of our special occasions. The staff are very professional and friendly. The food is delicious, and the drinks are yummy! The atmosphere is fantastic! It is in the Big Bear Village, so for any visitors, it is close to shopping, very convenient.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Delicious food and great service.

Dined on November 7, 2015

My husband and I were in Big Bear for a weekend getaway. We're from the San Diego area and very particular when it comes to good food and service. Due to the great reviews, we decided to eat at Peppercorn. We were not disappointed! My husband and i had the Surf and Turf, it was absolutely delicious! The lobster was cooked perfectly and the steak melted in your mouth. We finished with the cream burl, which was very tasty as well. The staff was great and our server was very knowledgeable and attentive. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and will eat there again when we are up in the area.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service4

Wednesday night crowd

Dined on November 5, 2015

We had reservations, but still had to wait 20 minutes to be seated on a Wednesday night. This was due to the fact that every table was full and there were several folks waiting. The weekday crowd is an example just how good the food is. Reservations are a must for this place, and you need to make them a few days in advance.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Best restaurant in Big Bear

Dined on November 1, 2015

Excellent food, excellent service at a good price, what more can you ask for? Peppercorn is the best place to eat in Big Bear, very good selection of food (Never had anything that wasn't outstanding) and very friendly service. As you might expect it is very popular, so make reservations, or expect long waits....

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food2
ambience5
service5

great restaurant

Dined on October 31, 2015

The pros were great service, atmosphere, and staff The cons were I had a 35 $ steak that was half grissel and the steak right on top of mash potatoes, so that each bite was steak and mash potato.. I would order something else besides the steak!

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

WONDERFUL!

Dined on October 24, 2015

Wonderful experience from start to finish. Great location in The Village of Big Bear Lake. Fantastic host and wait staff, delicious food, nice wine list, and lovely ambiance. Worth every penny. Outdoor patio is heated and dog-friendly. Highly recommend reservations, especially on weekends.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4

Great choice in the mountains

Dined on October 24, 2015

We have eaten here several times and been pleased. The food is very good as is the service. I recommend asking the servers for advice as there are homemade specialties which should certainly be considered. If you like spicy - peppery try the flat iron steak full of flavor!

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Second time there.......

Dined on October 24, 2015

And will go back there every October when we do our annual trip to Big Bear. The food and service is awesome. Would recommend this to everyone. By the way, the owner is opening a new restaurant in Big Bear next year.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
food2
ambience4
service4

Best when main Chef is working

Dined on October 23, 2015

We go to the Peppercorn each time we come up to Big Bear. Until now never anything but a great meal. This time the cook ( as chef is not appropriate) was the 3rd string as the main chef and second chef was not there. The food tasted very poor as it was on par with what you would get a Denney's. Next time I make a reservation I will make sure the main chef is working. Without asking they took 25% off and also provided a coupon for 25% off on our next visit, and there will be a next visit as we really like the Peppercorn...Just not so much this time.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5

A Favorite in Big Bear!

Dined on October 21, 2015

This is by far, the best restaurant in Big Bear! The food quality is consistent, always delicious and the service is outstanding. The Peanut Butter Cheesecake is amazing and although I rarely have dessert, I always splurge on this treat. The restaurant is very popular and always busy, so reservations are recommended.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Unexpected fine dining at Big Bear Lake

Dined on October 21, 2015

It is a small quaint restaurant located in The Village with tablecloths, ambiance, and excellent food. Our server made us feel like valued customers. The one negative comment I wish to make is when I am experiencing such a fine dining experience, I also expect the silverware to be of similar quality. The owner needs to upgrade the silverware to match the dining. The utensils reminded me of Dennys and I am sure that is not the owner's intention. That being said, when back in the Big Bear Lake area, we will eagerly choose to eat one of our dinners at this restaurant.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem

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