Where to Eat in Lake Isabella: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Viva Honore

Lake Isabella (formerly, Isabella) is a census-designated place (CDP) in the southern Sierra Nevada, in Kern County, California, United States. It is named after the Lake Isabella reservoir and located at its southwestern edge, 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Wofford Heights in the Kern River Valley.

1. Paradise Cove

Highway 178 between Lake Isabella, and Mount Mesa, Lake Isabella, CA Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available American, Steakhouse Dinner +1 760-379-2719
Excellent
64%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 30 reviews

Paradise Cove

Reviewed By hantshawk - Winchester, United Kingdom

We stayed and ate here both very good,rooms clean and big good facilities ,the food was very good value and tasty .recommende

2. Nelda's Diner

5128 Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella, CA 93240-9470 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner +1 760-379-8448
Excellent
39%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 43 reviews

Nelda's Diner

Reviewed By Patricia B - Lake Isabella, California

Always open for business (when other eating places might close down for breakfast, lunch or dinner). A local cafe with good food. The waitresses were efficient & friendly. There is nothing fancy or formal about Neldas, but you get big portions of tasty food. Their French fries are terrific - the best, & the bread pudding is always a favorite.

3. Starbucks

5610 Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella, CA 93240 +1 760-379-4461
Excellent
50%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Reviewed By Alan P - Caliente, California

This Starbuck's is located just inside the biggest store up here, the Von's Supermarket. They are very friendly, and we know all the workers by name, and they know us. The wife and I stop there 2 or 3 times a month.

4. El Portal Mexican Grill

12598 Mountain Mesa Rd, Lake Isabella, CA 93240-9721 Takeout, Seating Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 760-379-2779
Excellent
54%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

Reviewed By Skytrekker - California

This is not a fancy place and is simply decorated, but the food is good. I had the vegetarian quesadilla and it came with a large dollop of sour cream. It was very good and filled me up. The complementary chips were excellent. The salsa was very watery, but it had good flavor and wasn't too spicy. Service was very good and prices were reasonable.

5. The Coffee Mill

36 Highway 155, Lake Isabella, CA 93240 +1 760-379-0002
Excellent
86%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 7 reviews

The Coffee Mill

Reviewed By SMGrandma

Late lunch upon entering Lake Isabella area. Nice Turkey sandwich on ciabatta bread with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers. I omitted the pesto mayo. Served with kettle chips. Staff very friendly. I'm not a coffee fan, but you sure could get any kind here. They close at 3:00 pm.

6. Pizza Factory

5640 Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella, CA 93240 Takeout, Seating, Delivery, Buffet, Wheelchair Accessible Pizza, Italian Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 26 +1 760-379-5605
Excellent
26%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 23 reviews

Pizza Factory

Reviewed By LBGrandBanks - Long Beach, California

Most of the staff are deer-caught-in-headlights newbies, what you should expect to get with minimum wage, you cheap, greedy business owners. Fortunately the guy MAKING the pizza has skills and knocked out some seriously good pizzas. Crust is on the thick side, delicious--me, I'm a thinner-is-better type. But hey, more "pizza bones" for the poochies. Average beer selection, fortunately including Firestone 805. The red wine was possibly suitable for cooking but not for drinking--cuts your palate like a razor blade, with a bouquet of wet dog.

7. Shady Lane Bar and Grill

6107 Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella, CA 93240-9668 +1 760-379-3232
Excellent
84%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 6 reviews

Reviewed By Wizzzzzard - La Crescenta, California

Yes, this is a Bar & Grill but it was a very comfortable lunch. We split the featured Shady Burger, 1/2 lb patty on a French Roll. It was very well prepared and was plenty to satisfy both of us. It comes with Ortega Chili's which were too much for my wife and I, but they're served on the side so they're easy to avoid. Five choices of draft beer; we tried both microbrews offered, each with different styles, but both very good. The staff was right on top of the service. While not a gourmet place, it was exactly the LOCAL atmosphere we were looking for. Other patrons were also enjoying the place and were not noisy or boistrous, a major criteria for us. This was also the beginning of the annual Fishing Derby so we expected some camaraderie, but it was not excessive.

If you're looking for something other than the standard franchise fast food place, give it a try. Choice of booth, tables, or bar counter.

Location hard to find so look very carefully. It's very unobtrusive blending in with other establishments in the same building block.

This place is DEFINITELY NOT closed, as the TripAdvisor label incorrectly states.

8. Dam Korner

6303 Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella, CA 93240-9477 Seating Diner Breakfast, Lunch +1 760-379-8770
Excellent
20%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

Dam Korner

Reviewed By Bill D - Weldon, California

You can always tell a good restaurant when you see local people constantly frequenting the place, and the Dam Corner is one of those. Good luck finding a booth for breakfast! They don't skimp on quantity, so you'll never go away hungry. Good breakfasts and lunches. Standard fare.

9. Chef Serape

Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella, CA Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Mexican, Latin Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
17%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 17 reviews

Chef Serape

Reviewed By Steven B - Lake Isabella, California

Always Good Service, they treat me like I live here (Which I do Now), they offer Daily Specials "Every Day" on their Bulletin Board, but they don't write the Word "WITH" Rice & Beans, they just write "R&B" so you "Don't" know if it is Rice and Beans, or Rhyme and Blues and expect a Musical Band inside the Restaurant ??

10. Chesters Chicken

6209 Lake Isabella Blvd, Inside of the Shell Conveinence Mart, Lake Isabella, CA 93240 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 760-379-8170
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Reviewed By Pjveetwin - Ridgecrest, CA

So these are a small chain scattered across the country, mainly at truck stops. I've eaten here too many times to remember and always enjoyed their food when I'm traveling and just need something quick and good. I've never been disappointed. The one in Kernville is just like it should be.

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