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8 Best Restaurants In Idyllwild For Families 2024

Where Culinary Delights Meet Mountain Magic!

Ready to uncover the gastronomic wonders of Idyllwild, the hidden gem in the mountains? In the heart of this small mountain escape, the culinary culture is an absolute delight! Brace yourselves for a mouthwatering adventure as we navigate through the best restaurants in Idyllwild. Despite its quaint size, this mountain town is a culinary haven, boasting a ton of amazing restaurants that promise to elevate your dining experience. From cozy cafes to gourmet gems, let’s explore how Idyllwild’s food scene turns every meal into a celebration of flavors amidst the towering pines. Get ready to savor the taste of mountain magic in every bite!

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Best Restaurants In Idyllwild

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Restaurant Gastrognome

54381 Ridgeview Dr, Idyllwild, Ca 92549

Gastrognome opened in 1973 and is one of the classic Idyllwild restaurants, and in my opinion still one of the best restaurants in Idyllwild. It was our first favorite dining experience in town and a spot we never skip. With a delicious upscale menu that including dishes like Chicken Breast Cordon Blue, Grilled Filet of Beef in a red wine glaze, Pasta Primavera and Broiled Cold-Water Lobster Tail, you are guaranteed to have a great meal.

Gastrognome has three dining areas all with very different vibes. The Cafe is a cozy nook just adjacent to the bar. It has an intimate atmosphere complete with a ski-resort-style fireplace in the center to the room. The Main Dining room is a grander space with high beam ceiling and archways. The expansive stone fireplace is the showcase of the room. Finally, there is The Deck and this outdoor dining space is perfect for enjoying those warm summer days and taking in majestic views of Tahquitz Peak.

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FERRO family restaurant in Idyllwild

FERRO

25840 Cedar St, Idyllwild, Ca 92549

Love Italian food? Good, because I have another great restaurant for you. Owned by Chef Frank Ferro, this is Italian cuisine elevated. Not only is the food top-notch and creative, Ferro is also an entertainment venue with a kick-ass patio and stage. Don’t miss jazz nights! Oh and the pizza oven surrounded by bar seating is super cool!

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Cafe Aroma family restaurant in Idyllwild

Cafe Aroma

54750 N Circle Dr, Idyllwild, Ca 92549

Another favorite! This venue is not only a restaurant, but an art gallery and social club. There is live music at night and the main dining room is teeny tiny, but that’s what makes it so cozy. The food is incredible and I always go for a pasta dish. My favorite is the Feta Fettuccini with olives and pine nuts. Coupled with a chilled glass of white wine? Heaven!!

There isn’t a bad seat in the house either. I always request the main dining room, since I love the coziness. However there is a delightful covered patio that we have enjoyed the las few visits as well as a gallery dining room.

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Live music at La Casita Idyllwild

La Casita Idyllwild

54650 N Circle Dr, Idyllwild, Ca 92549

Really good Mexican food with a view. I prefer patio seating while visiting, because the surrounding trees and fresh air somehow make the food even better. Come hungry, because the portions are large and the food is so good it’s hard to stop – even after having a few baskets of free chips and salsa!

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Idyllwild BrewPub

54423 Village Center Dr, Idyllwild, Ca 92549

This is an upscale pub and live music venue with a very cool “bigger city” vibe. The fare is anything but traditional pub grub and features unique items like Calamari Sandwiches, Pretzel B.L.T, Beef on Weck and Dirty Sticky Wings. They also offer an extensive list of home brews that are brewed using crisp Idyllwild well water, malted barley and grains from the US, England, Belgium, Germany and Canada, pure yeast and fresh hops from around the world. In addition to all that, the have various events and live performance throughout the month.

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family-friendly restaurant Red Kettle in Idyllwild
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Red Kettle

54220 N Circle Dr, Idyllwild, Ca 92549

The Red Kettle is one of the oldest cafes in Idyllwild, built in 1920. It has since changed ownership many times, but the character and charm has remained. Open for breakfast and lunch, you get to enjoy delicious classics in the same building that John Wayne and Elvis Presley did while filming in Idyllwild. It is a must see and is right close to the center of town.

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Fratellos' Ristorante family-friendly Italian restaurants in Idyllwild

Fratello’s Ristorante & Pizzeria

54295 Ridgeview Dr, Idyllwild, Ca 92549

Family-owned by four brothers, their passion for food shows in every dish. Serving up authentic and delicious Italian cuisine, you will want to savor every bite (but save room for their decadent desserts). A little piece of Italy in Idyllwild, the atmosphere is warm and inviting, great for family dining as well as romantic dates for two. Plus, like many of the restaurants in Idyllwild there is live music to enjoy as well!

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Idyllwild Pizza Company

54391 Village Center Dr, Idyllwild-Pine Cove, CA 92549

Idyllwild Pizza Company is where families come together for a slice of pure joy! This isn’t your average pizza joint; it’s a fun gathering place that dishes out not only fantastic food but a vibe perfect for friends and family alike. It is a casual Italian restaurant nestled in the scenic mountains, offering a haven for food enthusiasts and adventure-seekers. Dive into the delicious world of build-your-own pies, panini, and pasta, all served with a side of mountain charm.

With outdoor seating under the towering pines, every meal comes with a breath of fresh air. No reservations needed – just roll in and relish in the goodness. And here’s the kicker – vegetarian dishes are on the menu too! Plus, they know how to throw a party with fun events that’ll keep the whole family entertained.

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Our Favorite Family Restaurants in Idyllwild

That’s A Wrap!

As you wrap up your culinary journey through Idyllwild, remember that the best family moments are often shared around a table, and Idyllwild’s enchanting restaurants make those moments truly special. It is a small town filled with good food, making almost every restaurants one of the best restaurants in Idyllwild. So, a good meal won’t be hard to find.

But the adventure doesn’t end here! Dive into more Idyllwild family fun by checking out my post on exciting things to do and the lowdown on the best places to stay. The mountain escape has so much more to offer, and I’ve got you covered!

And if California is calling your name for more family travel escapades, explore a treasure trove of ideas on my California family travel page. Whether it’s scenic views, delicious bites, or unforgettable family experiences, California has it all. So, keep the wanderlust alive, explore, and create memories that will last a lifetime!

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I am a busy mama with 3 delicious babies and a serious itch for travel and writing (when I am not bartending, that is)! After graduating from Cal State San Marcos with a B.A. in Communications, I decided to start a family and pursue a career in freelance writing. I created HotMamaTravel as an outlet to do what I love while sharing useful travel tips and inspiration with others. Our mission is to show parents how to master travel with kids, while keeping your Saturday-night selves. We call it "Family travel...with a twist".

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