Phone: +1909 866 5879

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Since March of 2020, we have been providing fast-casual counter service, a simplified menu, and shorter hours.
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On the north side of Big Bear Lake

Relax and enjoy tasty meals in a comfortable, casual indoor setting or on our charming outdoor patio.

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North Shore Café EST. 1994

Chef Richard and Barbara want to thank you for 29 years of patronage and support. We are starting our 30th year with appreciation for what we already have and renewed optimism for the future.

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Opening Time

8 a.m.-5 p.m.
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Indoor and outdoor dining available. No reservations. First-come, first-served. Breakfast 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. / Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Our menus

Breakfast Menu, Lunch Menu, Beer/Wine Menu

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Where to find us

Located on North Shore Drive, also known as highway 38, on the north side of Big Bear Lake in the …

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About UsA little something about who we are

The café was established shortly before July 4th 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 and has housed a donut shop, pizzeria, breakfast diner, and other establishments during its history. In its current incarnation the building houses a small café and owners’ residence. A lovely stone outdoor patio is available for dining during seasonable weather.

Note to the customerOpen to feedback

Chef Richard and Barbara welcome feedback from our customers. The best way to communicate to us directly is via our email address, We are usually able to respond within a 24-hour period. Thank you.


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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