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.
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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), 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.
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Saddle Peak Lodge Ratings and Reviews
The service was terrible, we didn't get ...
The service was terrible, we didn't get everything ordered. The food was bad (we were sick for 24 hours following the meal). They thanked us for our patience, as they were "smoothing out the edges", but didn't attempt to compensate us by picking up dessert, etc.
I have previously had great experiences here but will likely not return after this.
Service has declined markedly! Did not g ...
Service has declined markedly! Did not get second order of drinks, food not delivered together for all at table, never checked back that food was ok, water glasses empty--not refilled. Changed menu --removed biscuits unfortunately, Brussels sprouts not as much flavor. Food more bland. Told server we were there for a birthday but never was acknowledged as a birthday for my friend!
I haven't been here for years and it is ...
I haven't been here for years and it is still as wonderful as it was! We were with some friends who had never been there and they loved it! My favorites are the Buffalo short rib, Elk and Emu tenderloin, Mushroom pasta and the sorbet. It is such a unique place and special. Maria, our server was outstanding!
Awesome restaurant with a unique menu. W ...
Awesome restaurant with a unique menu. We totally enjoyed our experience and will return next time we're in town. Loved it! The service was good it just seemed like it took longer than necessary but was well worth the wait.
Six of us celebrated two birthdays, sitt ...
Six of us celebrated two birthdays, sitting outside on a pleasant summer evening.
The food was very good ranging from the tasting dinner menu for one birthday
member to the trio of meats to varied entrees. The meats were excellent. The
service was really excellent. We enjoyed it all.
So nice. My older teenage boys and I we ...
So nice. My older teenage boys and I were in town and wanted a special dinner. This was perfect. The ride up through the canyon is gorgeous and the restaurant itself is really atmospheric. Beware there are animal heads mounted on the walls, but even this vegetarian was OK with that. The service was tremendous. There was a seasonal tasting menu that both of the boys had - 3 courses. Very reasonable in price, great selection and tasty food.
The wines by the glass were a good selection and I tried one of their special cocktails.
While the menu is predominately meat - focused, there were additional choices and I had no trouble putting a few sides and appetizers together for a satisfying vegetarian alternative.
We sat inside, but the patio looked gorgeous.
Food was fabulous with lots of interesti ...
Food was fabulous with lots of interesting items on the menu. I was disappointed with the service. for example the waitress walked by us several times and never asked if we wanted a refill on our drinks. Food took a while to come out. The outdoor area is beautiful for dining. Indoors needs a badly needed makeover. It's a bit stuffy, dusty and musky.
This was my family's worst dining experi ...
This was my family's worst dining experience at Saddle Peak Lodge. While the atmosphere is always pleasant and the food was good, the service was worse than we'd expect at a suburban Denny's let alone an upscale establishment like this. We certainly understand the difference between a leisurely, luxurious experience and one that is simply inattentive and slow. This meal was the latter.
It took a really long time after being seated just to be acknowledged by a member of the wait staff, let alone be able to place an order for drinks. That became the pattern--long waits to see anyone while glasses ran dry, needed accompaniments weren't provided, and no one even bothered to check how things were going. We had to wait a LONG time to even request our check, and then a long time again for the check to be adjusted (more on that in a moment).
My wife had ordered the waffle but our waitress told us, when the rest of the food was ready, that the kitchen was having trouble with the waffle machine so she could either continue to wait or order something else. She chose the basket of baked goodies, which was served promptly and was delicious. When the bill came, I saw that we had still been charged for the waffle and not the goodie basket so I pointed that out to the server. She apologized and said that we wouldn't be charged for either item to make up for their mistake. But then when she returned with the corrected bill, I saw that she had increased our beverage charges, adding $6 for my daughter's chocolate milk and two $5 charges for my other daughter's tiny glasses of regular milk. I certainly don't mind paying for children's beverages, but ten dollars for a really small amount of milk (especially when it seemed like it was added just to make up for the comped item) is too much.
This experience was so completely opposite our other times at Saddle Peak Lodge that we are willing to chalk it up to just a bad day. Hopefully future meals will be back to excellence!
I have dined at the Saddle Peak Lodge se ...
I have dined at the Saddle Peak Lodge several times. I have never been disappointed. The staff is friendly. I have never waited for my table, when I had a reservation. The food is delicious and the presentation wonderful. I have taken family, been on dates, and taken guest from out of town. Everyone has always been extremely happy with their experience. I can not recommend Saddle Peak Lodge highly enough.
I really enjoyed the drive to get there. ...
I really enjoyed the drive to get there. It set the romantic mood. The restaurant is rustic. I liked the log cabin feel. There's a bar where you can have a drink while waiting for your table. The menu has interesting items like Emu, venison, buffalo, etc...
I thoroughly enjoyed the Mushroom agnotti! Yum!!!!
The meal took a while, but they comped my mushroom agnotti that I wanted to take home.
Overall, the last time I had been there was 25 years ago and this time I was just as pleased!
We've been patrons for over 35 years, th ...
We've been patrons for over 35 years, this last visit was horrible.
A ruined birthday celebration.
We were served bread, no water or menus, I had to request water.
Then after we finally ordered, one of our entrées (Elk) was undercooked, even after explicit instructions on how we wanted it prepared. Then to completely disregard us, our waiter assumed we didn't want a dessert we ordered.
If this is the new "Normal" we're never returning.
Quiet place with balances menu that appe ...
Quiet place with balances menu that appeals to vegetarians and exotic meat eaters alike. The wine list was good although not as good as I would have expected from the imagination obvious in the food. I am already planning and looking forward to my next visit.
We are regulars at Saddle Peak Lodge for ...
We are regulars at Saddle Peak Lodge for their Sunday brunch. It is hands down the best food for the best value in LA. You get award winning food and bottomless Mimosas in an unrivaled atmosphere. Special requests are accommodated without a blink of the eye and usually without an adjustment to the bill. The staff is friendly and professional. My husband and I are total fans of the eggs Benedict. I get them without potatoes and a side of salad. He gets them with salmon instead of the bacon and potatoes extra crispy. They come on a croissant which is so light and flaky. We save the top and ask for a side of the fruit compote and Nutella as a desert- delicious!
Fantastic ambiance -- part hunting lodge ...
Fantastic ambiance -- part hunting lodge, part country oasis.
Every dish of the mostly traditional Americana cuisine exceeded expectations, with the exception of the surprisingly pathetic cheese-less mac & cheese. Special mushroom & truffle pasta appetizer, amazing. Wood fire cooked bone-in rib eye, best one I know of in the LA area. The portabella mushroom fries, crazy good!
Service was very good, in that American style.
Was it expensive? Yes, total dinner bill with 20% tip was $300 for 2 people(!)
Was it worth it? Yes, for a special occasion.
Will I be returning. Absolutely, on future special occasions.
Food Better Than Service
As always, the food was excellent but the service was sorely lacking. There seemed to be a lot of servers in our room; I can only gather that they operate inefficiently. I had to get up several times to tell someone what we needed. VERY frustrating and slow.
While the ambiance was wonderful, all of ...
While the ambiance was wonderful, all of our dinners were cold. The Emu and Elk, while cooked perfectly, arrived to the table cold. Cold to the touch. The mac and cheese I ordered for my grandson was excellent and served hot, as well as asparagus which the table shared. More than enough.
Expected more after hearing from others how great it was.
It turns out my son loved the Emu, and I loved the Elk even though it was cold.
I will try it again.
Dollar driven and not worth it.
We've lived in the Valley for 50 years and have visited Saddle Peak Lodge several times for special occasions. This time was the 50th birthday of our youngest daughter and we wanted it to be special. The evening started off on a negative note when the parking attendant demanded $5 before he took our car. While waiting for our table I had a glass of wine at the bar. I asked to have it put on our tab and was told the bar was a concession and to pay now. It was a Santa Barbara Pinot Grigio of no particular distinction and cost $14...perhaps double the cost of the bottle itself. We ordered from the $35 meal menu but noted that two items on the menu were *Additional $7.00. The servers were well trained and attentive but didn't compensate for the fried chicken delivered to me. The crust was bone dry and the chicken was so well done it was like eating sawdust. My wife had the trout which was OK except for the vegetables. If there is a category between al dente and raw, that's what she was served. Didn't want to ruin our daughter's evening by sending them back but did complain to our waiter on leaving. He was apologetic and said he would tell the chef. Now I understand why the parking attendant wanted his $5 up front. We spent almost $250 for a meal that wasn't worth half that. Both my wife and I were so disappointed that we would probably taken it out on him. I am afraid we've made our last visit to The Saddle Peak Lodge. Makes us sad.
Louise and Ray DeTournay
Fabulous place for brunch or dinner.
We had Sunday brunch on a beautiful afternoon. The food was amazing! We split the banana foster french toast, goat cheese quiche and the game trio sausages! All fabulous. On top of that they have good coffee which is usually an afterthought at most brunch spots. The outdoor area is sweet, intimate and beautiful. The indoor dining area is better for dinner as its very dark.
This is a foodie heaven wrapped in an elegant rustic bow. My favorite dish and one I had never tried before was the Emu! It was amazing everyone at my table loved it's smoky flavor. My second favorite was the grilled octopus it was cooked perfectly. Also the cherry on top was the bread pudding served hot! Wish I could of done a wine pairing as well but I was pregnant but for the tasting menu while $60 seems steep when you see the pour and the caliber of wine it's actually a steal!
We really enjoyed sitting in the patio. However, the service and food was not what we expected from this expensive restaurant.
The steak was almost burnt and when we told our server, he just said sorry.
Also, we did not receive any bread and butter unlike the other tables and when we asked for it they gave us some. However, the didn't pay attention when our friend asked for more bread.
The portions are too small considering the very expensive prices!
This experience made us decide NOT to go there again!
I hate to give bad reviews, but this pla ...
I hate to give bad reviews, but this place is terribly overpriced. I am all for an expensive meal, but we ordered the tasting menu with wine pairing and it came to $400. The food was mediocre at best. My husband and I love to cook and 90% of the meals we cook at home on a week night taste better than this dinner.
Reservation for 5 listed but not communicated
We reserved for 4, then called later to request 1 more but were denied. When we arrived we were listed for 5 but no one told us so our 5th guest did not attend. There were multiple open tables that could have accommodated 5 inside and outside.
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