Dining in Idyllwild includes a surprising array of choices from Mexican, Chinese, steak, seafood, and continental, to specialty sandwich and pie shops. Here are a few of our favorites (in order of distance from the Inn):
La Bella Montagna — (951) 659-2630. With the ambiance of a homey Italian Villa, this Roman-style eatery features authentic pastas, Italian spices and light sauces. The food is scrumptious, the price is right, and the portions are generous. Did we mention it's just two doors down from us?
Nature's Wisdom — (951) 659-4300. Owned by a certified clinical nutritionist and practitioner of Quantum Reflex Analysis, this juice bar and lunch bistro also features a reading room full of books on natural health and diet, nutritional consultations and supplements, and world famous raw foods chef and cookbook author Jordan Maerin.
Higher Grounds Coffeehouse — (951) 659-1379. The perfect mountain hideaway to curl up with a good book and a hot cider. Specialty coffees, warm cookies, fruit, and fresh pastries are also available to keep you company. Much like the Strawberry Creek Inn, all of the coffee at Higher Grounds is certified organic and fair trade. We guarantee you won't miss Starbucks while you're in Idyllwild!
Idyll Awhile Wine Shoppe & Bistro — (951) 659-WINE. Comfortable and friendly atmosphere combine with wines and unique hand-crafted beers from around the world (including right here in Idyllwild) to create a special event during your Idyllwild visit. As if that weren't enough, Idyll Awhile also offers a tasteful pairing menu featuring hot and cold foods, including soup of the day, flatbreads, artichoke dips, and cheese, meat, and fruit trays. Monthly wine and beer pairing events. A must-visit for that unique bottle of wine or beer, a tasting of a variety of wines/beers, a delicious bite, or all three.
The Gastrognome — (951) 659-5055. The local favorite, "special occasion" restaurant. Although all the restaurants in Idyllwild are pretty casual, The Gastrognome has a more upscale, "dining room" ambiance with a large fireplace. Relatively adventurous menu that is well executed.
Little Chef in the Forest — (951) 659-4411. Classic appetizers, salads, sandwiches, soups, entrees, and desserts, including burgers, pizza, and even a few German specialties – all at a great price!.
Cafe Aroma — (951) 659-5212. A little more casual, with lots of outdoor seating and (usually) live music. Very interesting menu featuring LOTS of garlic. Doubles as an art gallery with regularly rotating work from local artists . Free wireless internet access.