Restaurant Lulu

★★★☆☆
  • 1111 Forest Trl

    Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

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  • 760-924-8781

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I love this addition to the Mammoth area. The patio is a great place to sit and have a nice glass of wine and do some people watching. The restaurant inside is modern and the menu is varied enough to satisfy any appetite.

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I love this addition to the Mammoth area. The patio is a great place to sit and have a nice glass of wine and do some people watching. The restaurant inside is modern and the menu is varied enough to satisfy any appetite.

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Last night, February 27th, the four of us went to Lulu's for dinner after a day of skiing. Since it was a Wednesday night the restaurant wasn't crowded. There were about four other tables of customers. We ordered two pizzas as appetizers, spinach, brussel sprouts, a chicken dish with potatoes, and a skirt steak with fingerling potatoes. When to two main courses arrived both preparations of potatoes were crunchy and undercooked. When we informed our waiter about the potatoes he said he would inform the chef who happened to be in the office. Wouldn't you think that a chef would be in the kitchen. When our waiter came back to our table he told us that he had informed the chef. There was never an apology or an offer to replace the potatoes. The total bill was around $140 for the four of us. The restaurant is very attractive and clean. However the portions are very stingy for the amount paid.

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★☆☆☆☆

Last night, February 27th, the four of us went to Lulu's for dinner after a day of skiing. Since it was a Wednesday night the restaurant wasn't crowded. There were about four other tables of customers. We ordered two pizzas as appetizers, spinach, brussel sprouts, a chicken dish with potatoes, and a skirt steak with fingerling potatoes. When to two main courses arrived both preparations of potatoes were crunchy and undercooked. When we informed our waiter about the potatoes he said he would inform the chef who happened to be in the office. Wouldn't you think that a chef would be in the kitchen. When our waiter came back to our table he told us that he had informed the chef. There was never an apology or an offer to replace the potatoes. The total bill was around $140 for the four of us. The restaurant is very attractive and clean. However the portions are very stingy for the amount paid.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Food

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I have a home in mammoth and have tried this place several times. Like the previous review I too have experienced poor service and even worse from the management. This restaurant is nice, but the food never really stands out. However, the first time I dined here there was a blarring fire alarm that went off several times and the entire restaurant had to stand in the cold outside. Then the manager told us it was the hotels fault, not their's and didn't offer adjustments or comps. Not a practice common in fine dining. Another time we came in late, asked if they were still serving they said yes and seated us. Only to never come and check on us after the bill had been dropped off. I never saw another employee, they completely went home while we were still eating. We definitely would have gone some where else rather than left in an empty restaurant.
Overall I would not go back nor recommend it to anyone.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have a home in mammoth and have tried this place several times. Like the previous review I too have experienced poor service and even worse from the management. This restaurant is nice, but the food never really stands out. However, the first time I dined here there was a blarring fire alarm that went off several times and the entire restaurant had to stand in the cold outside. Then the manager told us it was the hotels fault, not their's and didn't offer adjustments or comps. Not a practice common in fine dining. Another time we came in late, asked if they were still serving they said yes and seated us. Only to never come and check on us after the bill had been dropped off. I never saw another employee, they completely went home while we were still eating. We definitely would have gone some where else rather than left in an empty restaurant.
Overall I would not go back nor recommend it to anyone.

Pros: in the village

Cons: they treat you as if your imposing on them

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Went here with friends after a day on the mountain and we were pleasantly surprised by the affordability and quality of our meal. We ordered a bottle of wine, an antipasto, a small plate, 2 entrees, 2 sides and a dessert to split (Provencal family-style) between 4 of us for about $40 apiece. Prosciutto-wrapped prawns were delicious, as were the braised short rib entree and our wild mushroom risotto.

This inspired us to book reservations here for New Year's Eve later that weekend, when we had a far worse and far more expensive experience. We booked one of the last 2 reservations set for 10:00pm, which was perhaps our first mistake. After a 20-minute wait, we were seated at an ad hoc setup of two outdoor patio tables pushed together in the cramped bar area, away from the actual dining room of the restaurant, and were told we could wait another half-hour if we wanted to sit in the regular dining area when we asked the hostess if there were better accommodations available for our prix fixe $95/head dinner.

We stayed where we were and our meals were fine up until the entrees arrived, where all the fish options came plated with tasteless pearl pasta & bland veg, and the Angus sirloin was severely oversalted. Dessert brought on another challenge, since they'd run out of creme brulee for the one person in our party who'd ordered it, so he ordered the cheesecake, only to be told then that, oops, the last slices of cheesecake were actually already being served at our table. Somewhat exasperated, our friend declined to order a second alternate dessert option, so our young waiter offered to bag up a different dessert for us to take home when a more appropriate move may have been to call the manager over to compensate us somehow for the many shortcomings of the night.

All in all, the place definitely has potential but should exercise better judgment about its late-evening reservations if they cannot be accommodated properly.

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★★★☆☆

Went here with friends after a day on the mountain and we were pleasantly surprised by the affordability and quality of our meal. We ordered a bottle of wine, an antipasto, a small plate, 2 entrees, 2 sides and a dessert to split (Provencal family-style) between 4 of us for about $40 apiece. Prosciutto-wrapped prawns were delicious, as were the braised short rib entree and our wild mushroom risotto.

This inspired us to book reservations here for New Year's Eve later that weekend, when we had a far worse and far more expensive experience. We booked one of the last 2 reservations set for 10:00pm, which was perhaps our first mistake. After a 20-minute wait, we were seated at an ad hoc setup of two outdoor patio tables pushed together in the cramped bar area, away from the actual dining room of the restaurant, and were told we could wait another half-hour if we wanted to sit in the regular dining area when we asked the hostess if there were better accommodations available for our prix fixe $95/head dinner.

We stayed where we were and our meals were fine up until the entrees arrived, where all the fish options came plated with tasteless pearl pasta & bland veg, and the Angus sirloin was severely oversalted. Dessert brought on another challenge, since they'd run out of creme brulee for the one person in our party who'd ordered it, so he ordered the cheesecake, only to be told then that, oops, the last slices of cheesecake were actually already being served at our table. Somewhat exasperated, our friend declined to order a second alternate dessert option, so our young waiter offered to bag up a different dessert for us to take home when a more appropriate move may have been to call the manager over to compensate us somehow for the many shortcomings of the night.

All in all, the place definitely has potential but should exercise better judgment about its late-evening reservations if they cannot be accommodated properly.

Pros: Rotating menu, extensive wine list, sometimes great food, very comfortable ambience in dining room

Cons: Inexperienced service, inconsistent food quality, bar area smells like cleaning supplies

 

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