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We do not serve pre-made or prepackaged food and our meals are prepared with the highest quality produce, cheeses, seafood, meats, and herbs.

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On the north side of Big Bear Lake

Enjoy tasty meals in a comfortable, casual café setting. We borrow the term “café” from the French to suggest a local haunt in which the tradition of made-from-scratch food carries on.

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North Shore Café EST. 1994

The café was established in 1994 by Chef Richard Ortiz and his wife, Barbara. Located on North Shore Drive, also known as highway 38, on the north side of Big Bear Lake in the California San Bernardino mountains, the café was once an old mining shack about the size and proximity of the current walk-in refrigerator.

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Opening Time

Monday
CLOSED
Tuesday
CLOSED
Wednesday
8 am-4 pm
Thursday
8 am-4 pm
Friday
8 am-9 pm
Saturday
7 am -9 pm
Sunday
7 am -6 pm

Our menus

Chef Richard isn’t fond of sharing his cooking secrets, but he loves to please his customers’ palates. If you have …

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our wine/beer menu

Affordable wine and beer selections

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Where to find us

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About UsA little something about who we are

On the north side of Big Bear Lake, enjoy tasty meals in a comfortable, casual café setting. We borrow the term "café" from the French to suggest a local haunt in which the tradition of made-from-scratch food carries on. We do not serve pre-made or prepackaged food and our meals are prepared with the highest quality produce, cheeses, seafood, meats, and herbs.

The café was established in 1994 by Chef Richard Ortiz and his wife, Barbara. Located on North Shore Drive, also known as highway 38, on the north side of Big Bear Lake in the California San Bernardino mountains, the café was once an old mining shack about the size and proximity of the current walk-in refrigerator. The building has expanded and morphed over the years finding it's true destiny as a restaurant, having housed a donut shop, breakfast diner, and pizzeria among other establishments during its history. In its current incarnation, the building houses the 40-seat café and owners' residence. An outdoor patio seats 20+ during seasonable weather. Dogs are welcome guests on the lower level and sometimes receive special treats from Chef Richard.

We are open for breakfast and lunch and also serve dinner specials on Friday and Saturday evenings. The North Shore Cafe is available for private dinner parties of 14 or more on evenings we are not open to the public.

Note to the customerOpen to feedback

Chef Richard and Barbara have a hands-on approach to our restaurant and welcome feedback from our customers. The best way to communicate to us directly is via our email address, northshorecafe@yahoo.com, which is checked at least daily. We will answer you within a 24-hour period or sooner. Thank you!

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Meet the ChefA little something about who manages the kitchen

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Now a gourmet chef comfortable preparing the finest quality food, Chef Richard Ortiz grew up working in his parents' family restaurant, El Chorito, in Santa Paula, California. Chef Richard's education in French food began in the late 1970s when he trained under European chefs at the exclusive Kiva Club in Phoenix and Hermosa Inn in Scottsdale, Arizona.
In the '80s, Chef Richard continued his training in French food under Cordon Bleu Chef Irving "Herb" Finger while working as Sous Chef at Larry Blake's Brewster House in Davis, California. Chef Richard has also held chef positions in Southern California with Marriott Hotels, Hilton Hotels, and Black Angus Restaurants.

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