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About Jimmys Taverna
Yasas! Jimmy"s Taverna welcomes you. Join us for the freshest seafood, wood-grilled meats and the most innovative appetizers in Mammoth. Our chefs are classically trained, our service is superb, and our décor is gorgeous. Our world-class wine and spirit selections pair perfectly with our Mediterranean fare making every meal an event. Reservations are recommended. It's the closest you'll come to Greece while in California. Come on in, we've saved you a seat
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: W-Su 6:00pm-9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Contact:
Lynnsie Edge: (760) 934-2515
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Jimmys Taverna Ratings and Reviews
We loved the ambiance and food. The 'daily special' was offered and was delicious but at $48 per portion (about $18 dollars more than most other entrees)...I guess we should have checked the price first. Online it indicated that this was family fun and since they don't have a kids menu... $120 spent just on the 3 kids food was unexpected! and the service was very slow so kids were almost asleep by the time the food came and we were there from 7.30pm. The dips were great but we were billed for the additional pita bread we had to request twice in order to eat them...and still didn't have enough....this all said, we did love the restaurant but it will be filled for us as 'special occasion' if we return as a family.
My husband and I had dinner at Jimmy's 2 nights ago--what a wonderful surprise this restaurant was. Wine prices were very reasonable, and the sommelier was great. We split the greek salad as an appetizer, which was a good thing because the portion size was large; it was so fresh and delicious. The olive bread that was served with the meal was out of this world--they get it from Bleu. My "branch" was a classic Greek lamb kabob served with pearl quinoa; seasonings were perfect and the quinoa was especially good, with bits of fresh corn. My husband's entree was the cioppino; the flavors were good, the shrimp was cooked perfectly, but he could have had fewer potatoes in it.
We will definitely come back.
Long time Mammoth visitor, first time at Jimmys. The menu is eclectic with Mediterranean touches throughout. Our trio of dips with pita were fabulous. Greek salads wonderful, fresh and large (would split next time). Chicken breast with Greek herbs and seasoning on Moroccan spiced quinoa with wilted greens.
Service was exceptional and was easy to get a table on an otherwise impossible holiday weekend.
We'll be back!
Outstanding food. Got the filet mignon crab leg special . 10/10. The Somm paired an Italian varietal called Fumin with our meal and this bottle of wine easily could warrant a $100 price tag but was only $40. The asparagus was grilled with a truffle vinegar as well as salt and pepper and was great. Wish I had gotten the Sommelier name cause he was outstanding. Going back later this week to try a grilled fish special.
Really excellent experience!
My teenage sons and I took my husband for a birthday dinner just this past weekend and could not be happier that, after all these years of going to Mammoth, we finally found Jimmy's. The food and service were both excellent! From the host who greeted us when we entered, to our server, to Jimmy, himself, the staff was warm, friendly and helpful. We were able to try multiple items from the menu since the four of us ordered our own appetizers and entrees without overlap. Every single item was delicious from the oysters, to the lamb, to the filet to the cioppino!
If you are looking for a nice dinner and excellent food, look no further! Jimmys Taverna is a great spot with all the positive attributes of fine dining and the casual atmosphere for which Mammoth is known.
We will be back!
Second time there. Food was good, but very expensive for what you get. Server was very helpful and kind. Good buy overpriced wine selection. Plenty of tables open, probably because of price. But if you have the dough, go for it because 4 of our 6 meals were perfect and it was the only place we could get a reservation for 4 the same day. We are in Mammoth, so if you want quality, fresh seafood you do have to pay more.
I was pleasantly surprised by the service and food. Even though it was MLK weekend, we were seated exactly at the time of our reservation. The service was perfect & professional. The food was outstanding. Price-wise, it was about the same cost as eating at any of Mammoth's mid-to-high end restaurants.
Service was poor. They had many open tables, but still seated us 20 minutes late. Then we had to wait at least 20 minutes for hummus and pita, but then our entrees came before our salad. Seriously guys?
Food was mediocre. What kind of Greek restaurant has bland hummus? And who mixes beautiful Dungeness crab with mayonnaise for crab salad?
Beautiful ambiance. Great menu. For starters we had the three different hummus sampler plate and it was so yummy! I had the the whole fish (Loup de mer). It was incredible. My family all enjoyed their meals also. Although a pricier restaurant in mammoth, it is worth it. Good quality and a nice menu selection. I really enjoy it and recommend it.
This was the first time we visited Jimmy's Taverna and it was an amazing experience.
Great service great food great atmosphere.
If you're looking for a place to enjoy a nice meal, enjoy the a festive environment, and spend a good time with good friends this is the place....will definitely be back.
The decor was nice but we had the worst service!! The food was cold and we couldn't get a second round of drinks. We had 5:30 reservations and it took forever to get our food. There were only four other tables in the restaurant at that time. Very disappointed!!!
This place was excellent in 2015, Greek menu with spanokapita, tirokapita at reasonable prices. I convinced a large group to come there this year which was a huge mistake. The menu is no longer Greek, but generic Mediterranean with couscous and a strange reliance on cilantro as a green side (lots of people can't do cilantro) as if they hadn't heard of arugula. The wait staff was huffy, impatient and rude, annoyed about separate checks. All wines under $40 were sold out and the list was extravagantly expensive. As a couple we paid $144 for one overcooked lamb kebob and four scallops (these were good), plus the inflated wine and 18% service fee for large group. It was a bad experience.
For some strange reason they decided to take all what made them unique and desirable off their menu ( All the Geek specialties ) and decided to become a mediocre, ho hum Mediterannian Restaurant.
No reason to go back, I guess the rest of the clientele can't tell the difference.....
Individual plates were either or hit or very miss. My girlfriends steak oskar was superb, while my overcooked turkish kebab heaped on 3 pounds of rice no human can eat was very average. My friend's 3 prawns on a mountain of decorative frisee were very average, why waste a garden, when you could have added another prawn? Price value relationship is definitely off, but you are in Mammoth after all.
Service was also quite slow and unresponsive. Is every server either stoned or exhausted from having to work a double shift?
From the moment we walked in, we were made to feel like we were tolerated, as opposed to being appreciated. The hostess greeted us by explaining that the restaurant was full, as opposed to asking us if we had a reservation - which we did. She then disappeared and started clearing the many empty tables - all of them, as opposed to one that could seat the 5 of us. The entire staff seemed to be more interested in cleaning up, getting ready for the next day and getting out of there, as opposed to dealing with us. There was nobody behind us and the restaurant was maybe 40% full. At least two well-dressed (managers, I think) staff walked by us several times as we were left to sit and wonder, never once asking if we were being taken care of. We were seated about 15 minutes later. I got the sense again that we should feel lucky to be addressed at all. We really are nobody in the grander scheme of things. We're not Royalty, Glitterati or any thing else special and we understand that. The staff at Jimmy's Taverna made us feel that same way: nobody. Spend a few dollars at a nice restaurant and it is reasonable to expect that for a brief moment in an otherwise humdrum life, we'll be appreciated. Not at this restaurant. We won't be back and I don't think they want us there anyway. Word does spread though...
Our reservation was at 7:30 and we did not get seated until 8:30. The restaurant was only half full, so my guess is that they did not have staffing. Whatever the reason I don't think that is any way to treat a guest. I am not going back there again even though I liked the food.
We arrived timely for our reservation, and ended up waiting 35 minutes for our table due to "staffing issues". Restaurant was half empty, but only 2 waiters to cover entire room. 2 hostesses were milling around and doing nothing, while short-staffed waiters busted their behinds to work the room. Our waiter worked hard and food was very good, but greeter should have been honest and not had us wait (and we should not have waited) 35 minutes after a designated reservation time.
Good service unfortunately wasn't enough to save the dining experience. We were expecting traditional Greek fare but instead were informed that the concept has been changed to generalist Mediterranean. Taverna's identity crisis did not translate well to halfway decent food. Expensive for the mediocre dishes that you get - stay away from the lobster ravioli and seafood stew in particular.
If you're looking for something different when visiting Mammoth - give it a try, just be prepared for an expensive bill. The atmosphere was lovely with beautiful white lights/lanterns, broken tile floors and lots of traditional Greek "blue". The Olivada dip with grilled pita appetizer was tasty. The aveglemono soup had good, but mild flavor and was more like a risotto vs. soup given the orzo to broth ratio (definitely thicker than what I'm used to). Although the bowl was large, $9 for the soup seemed too high.
For dinner, I had the salmon. The fish was flakey and perfectly seasoned (delicious!), but unfortunately the potato cakes were bland and the kale was very greasy and bland (no seasoning other than olive oil seemed to have been used). My husband had the fish stew -- while it had a fair amount of seafood in it, it too was very bland.
There were A LOT of kids in the restaurant, so I was surprised that there weren't any kid items on the menu. When I inquired, the waiter told me they had 2 options - chicken nuggets or chicken pita. My son chose the pita which came with big chunks of tomato and onion (odd for kids) - it was quite large (adult portion), but since it wasn't on the menu I was surprised to see the $12 price tag when I got the bill.
Overall it was a good experience - definitely different than the usual steak or burger places we go to in Mammoth.
We have been to most restaurants in Mammoth and have never had such a poor service!
First, the hostess who seated us was unprofessional, and then the waiter (Jacob) was very rude and inattentive and made our experience really unpleasant!
Although we had multiple entrees, appetizers, wine etc. (and ended up paying almost $250 for 2 adults and 2 kids), they still charged $5 for one small side of rice that we asked for one of the kids (which was not on the menu).
This was our second visit to this place, it was really disappointing and I don't think we will be back.
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