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
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: 7609342515
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Jimmys Taverna Ratings and Reviews
This place was excellent in 2015, Greek ...
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.
Jimmys what used to be a Greek Taverna
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?
Nice place but food not
They really tried to create and cook special offerings but the quality was poor and odd. Many dishes had an orange sauce which was not tasty. The desserts were of low quality, doughy and not authentic. The staff seemed uncoordinated but they were nice.
From the moment we walked in, we were ma ...
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...
Good Food--Bad Management
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.
Food and waiter salvaged evening
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.
Unexpected atmosphere in the high sierras
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.
Enjoyed the restaurant!
Have come to Jimmy's Taverna with my family two years in a row when vacationing in Mammoth Lakes. The food is really good. Seafood is a specialty but other options are available too. A treat to have delicious Greek food in Mammoth. Recommendation for the restaurant: Please give more grilled pita bread with dip appetizers. Would have preferred not to need to ask for more. (Six little triangles of grilled pita per dip.)
Went to the traditional Easter dinner. Must have been 12 courses -- we literally had leftovers for 2 days! So good -- baby lamb, chicken, homemade breads, awesome desserts. They are not always open, but when they are, you'll get a great meal at a reasonable price. Great wine list too! If you like Greek food, this is the place!
Exciting to have something new to try in Mammoth, and I had high hopes based on other reviews. The greek salad was quite good and fresh. Lamb kebabs felt like a pretty small portion for $27, and were overcooked. I'm not sure I will be going back.
The food was very good but
The food was very good but there were some problems. We felt that some items were overpriced. In particular, the appetizer dips. The charge was $15 for three dips. We were all suprised with the dips turned out to be about three tablespoons each. That seemed a bit excessive.
We also had a problem when one of our table ordered a whole fish. Every other time I've seen that ordered in a restaurant, the server fileted the fish. The server explained that he didn't know how to do that. He said the kitchen was "too busy" to help. So, one of our party fileted the fish for the person that ordered it.
The food at Jimmy's Taverna was excellent but it's not a value proposition.
Great option for dinner in Mammoth
This past weekend I went to Jimmy's for the second time. I tried it last year when they opened, and again over President's weekend. I took three friends who had never been. We ordered a bunch of appetizers and dips, and shared everything along with one grilled sea bass. The food was outstanding. The only things we didn't like were the hummus (way too much garlic) and the baklava (more like cake than baklava). The eggplant, octopus, calamari, lamb, shrimp, saganaki, and grilled fish were all delicious. Also, the grilled pita, as simple as it is, was perfect. The restaurant's computers weren't working but the staff went out of its way to accommodate and were very attentive. I will definitely be back.
Good Food, OK service
The food was really good. Good selection on the menu. Overall pretty well prepared. One of us ordered the seafood stew. Despite the menu stating whitefish, the cook put in salmon. In my opinion, salmon can over power seafood soups. The wine by the glass list was good.
The service could really be improved. The "sommelier" took a long time to come to the table. In fact, she didn't even come over till after our appetizers had arrived. In general, I like to taste my wine before the tasting my food. The waiter was poorly attentive and got my order wrong.
Overall, a good restaurant, but there are opportunities for improvement.
Fantastic food and ambience
loved this place. the fish was superb, maybe the best I've ever had. The wait staff was meticulous and well trained/experienced. There were answers for every question and the food was hot and perfectly presented. Chip, the 'wine geek' (sommelier) is a hoot and will come up with any wine u wish for...and do it with a huge smile. I highly recommend this place, much more than another snooty restaurant in Mammoth that starts with an N.
New Year's Eve
The food was great but a price fix menu that we were not aware of when we made the reservation. We had 2 youth picky eaters and we're not able to order them food from their regular menu, which is what we were all looking forward to. Otherwise the food was very good but it took us over 2 hours to complete our meal which made the teens more unhappy. We will have to try again on a regular day
Greek Food at Mammoth
Excellent Greek food at a location where one might not expect to find such a restaurant. The seafood "soup" (main course dish) was excellent, the Calamari appetizer was unusual but excellent, same with the chocolate cake desert. However, the best thing about this restaurant was the very thoughtful and charming person who served our table. I do not know if all of the wait staff are as helpful, but she was just great.
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