About Saddle Peak Lodge
Saddle Peak Lodge, where rustic ambiance meets a sophisticated palate.
The former hunting lodge maintains a warm and rustic décor, featuring two fireplaces, outdoor dining, and views from the second- and third-floor rooms.
Chef Christopher Kufek prepares contemporary American comfort food with an emphasis on hearty wild game, fish, & seasonal ingredients, and welcomes you to try the 7 course Chef's Tasting menu, with optional hand-selected wine pairings.
To complement the food, the wine list includes American boutique wines difficult to find on many other lists. Our bartenders prepare classic and old-fashioned cocktails as well as modern versions of the classics. We invite you to come to our wine and scotch dinners and beer luncheons, which have received rave reviews.
Whether you are a meat eater, fish lover, beer drinker, wine aficionado or a Scotch enthusiast, Saddle Peak Lodge is just minutes away, but a world apart.
Calabasas, CA 91302
American, Wild Game, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: Happy Hour 5-6 PM, Dinner 6-9 PM
Saturday: Dinner 5-10 PM
Sunday: Brunch 10:30 AM - 2 PM, Dinner 5-9 PM
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Private lot available
Private Party Facilities:
Our beautiful and secluded location, paired with our award-winning cuisine, service, and rustic decor make Saddle Peak Lodge an ideal venue for any occasion. Pricing is based on a site fee and food and beverage minimum which vary depending on the day of the week and time of day.
Private Party Contact:
Allison Tade : 8182223888x14
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We offer four unique private rooms and three lush patios including our wedding ceremony site overlooking the canyon hills. Our distinctive menu choices and unique decor make our restaurant the perfect location for your next special event.
Saddle Peak Lodge Ratings and Reviews
I ordered trout as my entree, and I rece ...
I ordered trout as my entree, and I received a quarter of a trout - no joke
my husbands bday dinner was a bust... his first choice meat came in overcooked they did replace it
and since it was a special occasion we brought a special bottle of wine --- corkage $35! Unheard of in a restaurant of this non-caliber.
It was Saturday night, therefore very bu ...
It was Saturday night, therefore very busy. Our waiter, nice and knowledgable but with a rather quick and brisk manner, often disappeared for long whiles. When the waiter came with the wine, walked away and forgot to pour the glasses for us. The entrees were without sides but big. If you like a lot of meat, for example, you might be in heaven. But we prefer balanced meals and found the food good but a bit boring. Since we had oysters and salad as appetizers, we ordered one side of Brussel sprouts to share. We'd rather would have picked two different sides, smaller in size and price. Otherwise, I had a huge plate full of elk tenderloin, of which some was tender some not. A third of it would have been plenty at half of the price. The Brussel sprouts were delicious but didn't make up for our missing more variety of food on our plate. Overall, we felt that the prices were way too high, the meat portions too large, and the meals not balanced. We would go there again, but for something much more simple. The atmosphere inside and in summer outside is nice and special, the drive always enjoyable.
Had a very good night here celebrating a ...
Had a very good night here celebrating a birthday. The waiter was attentive and the servers were very kind. A+ for service. The food was definitely above average. I will give it perhaps a 7.5 out of 10. The ambience is beautiful, cozy type of upscale hunting lodge. I thought I would be really put off by the stuffed animal heads hanging above the main dining area. However they were not overwhelming and as I was having a fish dish, did not feel too guilty! Great location for romantic night out and definitely off the beaten path. Will be going back again especially with friends from out of town. A unique dining experience.
This is an elegant restaurant with great ...
This is an elegant restaurant with great ambiance. Food is tasty and prepared well. We went during the week and had a price fix menu. The desert that came with it was not good at all. Drinks are extremely pricey at $16 dollars for a Kir Royal that was not good. Tasted like they used Proseco and not Champagne. Too sweet. The buckwheat brownie was terrible.
We like the ambiance and it is a good date night spot but the set price menu did not do the restaurant any favors.
Great place for a special occasion, it w ...
Great place for a special occasion, it was our anniversary. We were upstairs in the "Library" which meant some stairs but it was very quiet and private when we got up there. We not not really "game" eaters so had more traditional things such as "Lamb Rack", but it was all done very well. Loves the sides and they gave a "surprise" dessert which was a nice touch. Quite expensive but worth the money for a special occasion.
Classy and delicious dining; stunning dé ...
Classy and delicious dining; stunning décor and wonderful service. Surprise starters, pretzel bread rolls with creamy butter and fine salt. Terrific wine list including great choices by the glass. Our favorite place to celebrate special occasions!
The food was outstanding, as always. Un ...
The food was outstanding, as always. Unfortunately with the new ownership the service has gone down. While the main dining room is still the same gorgeous decor and super special elegant environment, we were seated at a table 2 feet from the patio glass door, having to face the dark patio versus the lovely dining room. Even though I've made reservations weeks in advance, their explanation to us was that because we're a party of 3, not four, they don't have a nice table for us since all others can sit four people. The table we were seated at was never there in the past; it used to be an open walking area into the patio and for the staff to move around. We quietly asked to be moved, but they refused to move us even though most other tables were still vacant at the time we were dining. The waiter had to literally squeeze between our table and the patio door to pass by in order to serve other tables. The attention to our bread basket and water glasses was non existent; this would never be the case in the past. We still had a great time because we were three old girlfriends having fun, but I was compelled to give this review. Very sad, because this has been one of our favorite special occasion place for years.
The Saddle Peak Lodge for dinner during ...
The Saddle Peak Lodge for dinner during the Christmas Holidays is a long time tradition for us and friends. The Saddle Peak does not disappoint. However, this year the noise level was annoying and when you consider the price of a meal....you wonder why people think it is okay to bring babies that tend to scream. I realize the Saddle Peak has little control over this, BUT fellow diners, if you can afford to dine at the Saddle Peak, certainly the cost of a sitter should not be a problem.
Just way too expensive for me... others ...
Just way too expensive for me... others may disagree. Everything is a la carte, which makes a normal dinner for 2 about $250, not even including potato or other things... They no longer have the Kobe burger, so a normal bit of fish is $32-36 with nothing else. If you really like the mountain vibe, which my wife does, perhaps it's worth it to you, but not I.
Each year we plan a special evening out ...
Each year we plan a special evening out with our friends for a Christmas time dinner. Our only requirements are great food and great Christmas ambiance. The Saddle Peak lodge has never disappointed on either count. The warm, rustic charm of this place is second to none and the eclectic menu of uncommon meats and fare never disappoints.
This time our experience was mostly as expected. The place was beautifully decorated for Christmas without going over the top, it was appropriately attired for an old log and stone cabin in the hills. The food was wonderful with one exception. Among our four meals at the table was a trout dish, a rack of lamb, a chef’s trio of emu- venison-wild boar each with a different garnish and lastly a chicken breast. Yes, a chicken breast. Who the hell orders a chicken breast at the Saddle Peak Lodge with a wonderful cabernet on the table at Christmas time? She was rightfully punished for her lazy and lame decision. What appeared to be a perfectly prepared plate was, in fact, a chicken breast that must have waited several lonely hours on a warming plate in the kitchen until some unimaginative diner to called it off the bench and on to her plate. It was so dry that if one listened closely the knife could be heard squeaking through the stiff flesh. It took her four full glasses of water and half an hour of our ribbing to get through what she could. She refused to bring it to the attention of our waitress and accepted the punishment of her poor menu selection like an adult. It went home in a small bag. I haven’t heard yet what her Wheaton Terrier, Bella, thought of it.
Our waitress was very nice but seemed a little down-market given the venue and prices. Her untidy appearance, table manners and all too casual approach to her role wasn’t what I was used to at Saddle Peak. Perhaps it’s what to expect as the millennials fill these positions.... Sadly, I’m seeing unpolished service more and more in upper-tier dining establishments.
Food was OK, filet of beef was tough and ...
Food was OK, filet of beef was tough and not tender. Overpriced for the expected quality, trio of exotic meats was small portions and overall the meal was not hot enough.
For the special trio of $62 it should have been amazing however it wasn't.
Food was good, but the waitress was not ...
Food was good, but the waitress was not very good, we had to keep tracking her down and every time, she made some excuse why she was too busy to deal with us. Also, we had an allergy issue and we kept having to ask her on everything that was served whether it was safe or not. Seems like once she knew the allergy, she should have been prepared to answer the question. Many times the person with the allergy was waiting until she had the time to check. For a restaurant of this caliber, I expect more attention to that kind of detail.
Excellent meal, we all had the trio of m ...
Excellent meal, we all had the trio of meats and substituted the venison chop for the emu. New owners but the food quality and flavor is the same. I did note that the prices posted on their web site are wrong, actual cost was higher. Same was true for the corkage fee. However, still one of my favorite spots for a unique meal.
This is an old hunting lodge that manage ...
This is an old hunting lodge that manages to keep the same ambiance that it did in the twenties. The food is to die for, not cheap, but worth it. The best thing on the menu is the chefs sampler which has several different types of game. I had emu. elk, Buffalo and venison. Each was cooked differently and to perfection. It is a very romantic and comfortable venue.
The ample space between tables, carpeted floors, animal heads on the walls and irregular wood surfaces throughout (wood beams) all serve to dampen noise.
Go here when you want the best dining experience.
Waiter did not check on us once. Only re ...
Waiter did not check on us once. Only removed empty wine bottle after our meal.
I asked a helper to ask our waiter to bring refills on two cokes. After the second asking, he brought one. After seeing the other glass was half full of water, he left and never came back with a coke.
I thought a corkage charge of $25. Was a bit much, considering there was no attempt to pour either of the three wine glasses.
I observed her pouring other table.
Nice location. We both liked the “log c ...
Nice location. We both liked the “log cabin” ambience & the Christmas décor/music was a nice touch. She ordered the game sampler and I had the Chef’s tasting. We were warned that she would be without food for a while as I go through most of the courses – that was fine. However, a more perceptive chef or server would have offered to have my sampler served as three courses – not as one big course.
Food’s good. We started with the portabella fries, which were good. The oysters were good, and I'm not a great fan of them but these were pretty good. The gazpacho was... a scallop/veg salad sort of thing. Different take, ok. Was pretty vinegary, though. The octopus was good, my sea bass came out raw in the middle, which was promptly replaced. the agnolotti was really good, the elk tenderloin was excellent. Cooked properly, tased the way it was supposed to, wasn't gamy, and the cherries were a nice touch that wasn't over done.
The strength of the restaurant is in cooking game!!! Tender, not game-y and delicious. Her 3-meat sampler came in a single plate. Each was on top of some kind of puree or side with sauce. It was “rich on rich” – would have preferred salad or pickled vegetables as sides. as stated above, if it had been served as a 3-parter, rather than all on one plate, that would have lessened the all-at-one-time impact of the plate. But again, the meats were fabulous.
I had a wine pairing with the meal, and I have to say it was a very nice addition. 7 wines for 7 courses, just enough of each to go with each course. And the price point for that was good too.
Our coffee and espresso came after we had finished our desserts (would have been nice to sip coffee with the desserts). And the cake that came with the Chef’s tasting tasted blah. The bourbon ice cream was good, though.
A last addition was the service, which was good all throughout. No issues with the server or food runners. I do hope the parking valet had a warm place to stay, though.
I am a long time patron of Saddle Peak L ...
I am a long time patron of Saddle Peak Lodge and experienced some of its glory days, where the food was spectacularly prepared by notable, name chefs.
The fun of the decor is still there but the level of cooking is sadly lacking and little remains of the previous stellar quality.
Also, for some unknown reason, there is now uninspiring background music, at a disturbing volume.
We hosted a family pre-Thanksgiving get ...
We hosted a family pre-Thanksgiving get together here. Saddle Peak was our choice because it is a very unique restaurant with a game orientation to the menu. Four of our party had the game trio (a must try for 1st time diners to this restaurant). It featured elk, buffalo short rib and your choice of either emu, or (for a modest surcharge) a venison chop. All got rave reviews (except for the person who asked that the emu be more cooked--it gets tougher with extra cooking). Garrin (our lead server) did a wonderful job of being helpful and available without being intrusive. The meal took about and a half hours --they can accommodate a faster pace-but we wanted to spend the time together and were in no hurry. It is pricey, but they deliver a great dining experience every time.
My husband loves unusual food, so the Sa ...
My husband loves unusual food, so the Saddle Peak Lodge is a great opportunity for him to try items not normally found in other restaurants (emu, buffalo, elk, venison, camel). He had octopus to start, followed by a selection of three game meats. He could not have been happier. My fuji salad appetizer was lovely, but the $38 chicken was dried out, tough, and required A LOT of chewing to get it down. I would have sent the chicken back, but the waiter never came back to check on us. You are paying top dollar, and this meal was definitely hit and miss. Sadly disappointed.
Lovely mountain ambiance. So unusual and ...
Lovely mountain ambiance. So unusual and beautiful. Wonderful for special occasions. Love it. One of our favorites for a romantic night out or just enjoying time with friends. The food is excellent as is the attentive service.
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