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Village Market • 26000 Hwy. 243 • 951.659.3800
Village Market features an extensive, full service deli. Order over the phone and take your food home, or walk in and enjoy free wifi in the deli seating area. Donuts and breakfast burritos can be found in the mornings, and the lunch and dinner hours bring a deep dish pizza, fried chicken, deli sandwiches and hot sandwiches made with fresh, choice meats. Conveniently located right on Highway 243.

  • Visa & MasterCard
  • Serving: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Price range: Under $10
  • Outdoor seating
  • Takeout service
Idyllwild Pizza Company • 54391 Village Center Dr. (Strawberry Creek Square) • 951.659.5900
Serving lunch and dinner, Idyllwild Pizza Company provides a fun and casual atmosphere for dining with family and friends. Featuring many different types of pizza, pasta, sandwiches, salads and 31 different beers, the restaurant also has a game arcade and sports TV. A great place to hang out, eat and have fun!

  • Visa & MasterCard
  • Reservations Accepted
  • Serving: Lunch & dinner
  • Price range=$10-$20
  • Outdoor seating
  • Dogs OK outside
  • Catering offered
  • Takeout service
  • Banquet facilities
  • Beer & wine served
  • Wedding receptions hosted
  • Free WiFi
Restaurant Gastrognome • 54381 Ridgeview Dr. • 951.659.5055 • gastrognome.com
An Idyllwild institution since 1973, Restaurant Gastrognome — affectionately called the “’Gnome” — offers fine dining and exceptional service. Open at 10 a.m. daily, the extensive menu includes fresh fish, unique pasta dishes, steak, lamb (“the best I’ve ever had!” one diner wrote), homemade bread and desserts. Located in downtown Idyllwild, you can enjoy the mountain view from the deck. In winter, the fireplace enhances the ’Gnome’s tasteful and cozy ambiance.

  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover & American Express
  • Reservations Accepted
  • Serving: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Price range=$10-$30
  • Outdoor seating
  • Dogs OK outdoors
  • Catering offered
  • Takeout service
  • Banquet facilities
  • Beer, wine & cocktails served
  • Free WiFi
Idyll Awhile Wine Shoppe Bistro • 54254 North Circle Dr. #C8 • 951.659.WINE(9463)
Locals call the Idyll Awhile Wine Shoppe Bistro “The Cheers of Idyllwild.” When you drop in, everyone will know your name by the time you leave. Open Mon. from 3-8 p.m., Weds. from 3-9 p.m., Thurs. from noon to 9 p.m. Fri. and Sat. from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday noon to 8 p.m., the bistro, which specializes in great wine and craft beers, also serves up delicious soups, flatbread, dips and chips, and cheese/meat/fruit trays. Located in the Village Centre Plaza in downtown Idyllwild, the Idyll Awhile Wine Shoppe Bistro is a great destination for before or after dinner

  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover & American Express
  • Reservations Accepted
  • Serving: Lunch & dinner
  • Price range=$10-$20
  • Outdoor seating
  • Takeout service
  • Beer & wine served
  • Wedding receptions hosted
Higher Grounds Coffee House & Roaster • 54245 North Circle Dr. • 951.659.1379 • highergroundscoffee.com
Located in the Village Centre shopping plaza in downtown Idyllwild, Higher Grounds is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee or other beverage. With comfy seating areas, shelves of books, games and WiFi access, visitors feel welcome to sit and sip. All coffee beverages are brewed with organic, fair trade coffee. Higher Grounds recently introduced Idyllwild Coffee Roasters, offering fresh roasted coffee beans and blends for purchase.

  • Visa & MasterCard
  • Price range= under $10
  • Outdoor seating
  • Dogs OK outdoors
  • Takeout service
  • Free WiFi
  • Jo’An’s Restaurant & Bar • 25070 Village Center Dr. • 951.659.0295
    Located in the heart of downtown Idyllwild, Jo’An’s serves home-style American food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. A fun and casual atmosphere, be sure to see the model train running! Live music is featured on Friday and Saturday nights. On summer weekends, you can choose to dine in the outdoor Barbecue Beer Garden, where BBQ ribs, chicken brats and foot-long hot dogs are served and live music is performed all afternoon. Canine friends welcome in the garden.

    • Visa, MasterCard, Discover & American Express
    • Reservations Accepted
    • Serving: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Price range=$10-$20
    • Outdoor seating
    • Dogs OK outside
    • Catering offered
    • Takeout service
    • Beer, wine & cocktails served
    • Wedding receptions hosted
    Arriba Mexican Restaurant • 25980 Highway 243 • 951.659.4960
    “We love the food here and we eat a lot of Mexican,” and “We always have a special time when we come here,” are just two of the rave reviews of Arriba. Loved by diners for its authentic Mexican dishes and friendly service, Arriba is also known for its delicious omelets that are served all day. Live jazz or rock musicians perform on the deck on warm Friday and Saturday evenings.

    • Visa, MasterCard, Discover & American Express
    • Reservations accepted
    • Serving: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Price range: Under $10
    • Outdoor seating
    • Dogs OK outside
    • Takeout service
    • Catering offered
    • Beer, wine & cocktails served
    • Wedding receptions hosted
    • Free Wi-Fi
    La Bella Montagna Pasta House • 26290 Hwy. 243 • 951.659.2630
    Chef Mariah brings Roman diners’ favorite dishes to Idyllwild. She uses imported ingredients you can only find in the sala di pranzo di Nonna (grandmother’s dining room). Buon Appetito! La Bella Montagna serves generous portions for recession-friendly prices, offers an authentic dining atmosphere and is open for lunch from 11:30 am to 2 pm Tuesday through Sunday and for dinner from 5 to 10 pm and Tuesday through Sunday.

    • Visa, MasterCard, Discover & American Express
    • Reservations accepted
    • Serving: Lunch & dinner
    • Price range: $10-$20
    • Outdoor seating
    • Dogs OK outside
    • Takeout service
    • Catering offered
    • Banquet facilities
    • Wedding receptions hosted
    The Lumber Mill • 25985 Highway 243 • 951.659.0315
    Serving lunch and dinner, the Lumber Mill Bar & Grill provides a casual and fun atmosphere — complete with old-time lumber mill décor. Enjoy a view of Tahquitz while you dine inside or on the patio, where bands often perform. The American menu features generous burgers, chicken, fish & chips and ribs. Homemade pizza is baked fresh. A Mexican menu features tasty street tacos and fish tacos.

    • Visa, MasterCard, Discover & American Express
    • Serving: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Price range: Under $10 (breakfast & lunch); $10-$20 dinner
    • Outdoor seating
    • Takeout service offered
    • Catering offered
    • Beer and wine served
    La Casita • 54650 North Circle Dr. • 951.659.6038 • idyllwild-lacasita.com
    Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week, La Casita features great Mexican dishes, including vegetarian, and also offers American fare. Known for its home-style cooking, generous portions, good value and fast and friendly service, La Casita provides a satisfying dining experience from the first dip of a warm tortilla chip in mouth-watering homemade salsa to the last bite of dessert. The outdoor deck is a relaxing spot to enjoy your meal on a warm day.

    • Visa, MasterCard & Discover
    • Reservations Accepted
    • Serving: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Price range=$10-$20
    • Outdoor seating
    • Catering offered
    • Takeout service
    • Beer, wine & cocktails served
    • Wedding receptions hosted
    • Free WiFi
    Mountain Center Cafe • 29470 Hwy. 243 • 951.659.2600
    The new Mountain Center Cafe breathes new life to the small junction connecting highways 243 and 74. The perfect pit-stop for travelers the cafe serves lunch and breakfast. Dine indoors or enjoy the scenic beauty on the large outdoor patio. The breakfast menu includes omelettes, biscuits & gravy, cinnamon rolls, coffee cake and fresh muffins. For lunch enjoy a sandwich, burger or salad. Be sure to grab a slice of Martha’s famous homemade pie.

    • Serving: Breakfast & lunch
    • Price range: Under $10
    • Outdoor seating
    • Dogs OK outside
    • Takeout service
    Oma’s European Bakery & Restaurant 54241 Ridgeview Dr. • 951.719.0206
    Serving breakfast and lunch all day long and featuring homemade soups, chili, breads, baked goods and specialty cakes and pies upon request. Featuring healthy doses of delectable organic teas and coffees. Canine friends are welcome on the outdoor patio, where local musicians perform mellow music on the weekends. Inside the restaurant is an art gallery featuring the work of local artists and a shop offering unique gifts, teas and tea accessories.

    • Reservations accepted
    • Serving: Breakfast & lunch
    • Price range: Under $10
    • Outdoor seating
    • Dogs OK outdoors
    • Catering offered
    • Takeout service
    • Serving beer & wine
    • Free Wi-Fi
    Sky Island Organics • 54423 Village Center Dr. • 951.659.4555
    Your Idyllwild source for local and organic foods. Visit the Soul Kitchen for fresh-made, organic lunches. Farmers Market every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring locally grown produce, artisan foods, local artists and life music. Email info@skyorganics.com for more information.

    • Serving: lunch and fresh, prepared meals to go
    • Price range: Under $10
    • Outdoor seating
    • Dogs OK outdoors
    • Takeout service
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