Peppercorn Grille

Written by K. Hart at
Peppercorn Grille front facade
glasses of white and red wine
Interior dining booth at Peppercorn Grille.
Peppercorn Grille from a distance


When Big Bear native Julie Hastings returned home in 2003 after a mandatory fire evacuation, she discovered her business building abandoned and in disarray. 

Some would have called it quits. Instead, Julie and her husband Mike turned the fire disaster into a triumph. Welcome to the Peppercorn Grille!

With Mike's 25 years of construction experience, they embarked on remodeling and renovating the former Italian restaurant. 

As Mike logged long hours, Julie created a new name for the restaurant and a creative menu. Julie knew her community needed a restaurant with consistently fantastic cuisine, a professional and friendly staff, and a clean, cozy, and intimate setting.

The couple's sweat equity paid off, and Peppercorn Grille opened in less than two months!

Since then, Peppercorn Grille has been synonymous with being the number one dining choice in Big Bear. 

With intimate dining options, a heated outdoor patio, and an extensive food and drink menu, Peppercorn Grille continues to set the bar high for excellence in Big Bear. 


Upon arriving at Peppercorn Grille, guests are instantly greeted by the charming Swiss chalet exterior that complements Big Bear's surroundings. 

As you step inside, your senses are met with an ambiance that balances casual elegance and cozy charm. Warm lighting, soft music, and the subtle scent of delicious food fill the air.

The interior boasts dark wood accents, comfortable seating, and tasteful décor, creating a welcoming atmosphere. Peppercorn Grille is ideal for romantic evenings and family gatherings. 

During the summer, guests can enjoy al fresco dining on the beautiful patio with stunning views of the Big Bear village. When there's a chill in the air, guests will appreciate the patio being heated. 

The picturesque setting is the perfect spot to sip wine with friends after a fun day in Big Bear. 

Peppercorn Grille: Menu & Drinks

Peppercorn Grille offers lunch and dinner, so let's unpack some standouts from each menu.

Lunch diners will be awed by the menu options, ranging from tasty appetizers to pasta to sandwiches to steaks. The Soup and Salad combo is a filling yet healthy choice. The house salad consists of Romaine lettuce, baby greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, house-made croutons, roasted sunflower seeds, and your choice of dressing. Soups include their classic New England clam chowder or the soup du jour. 

Vegetarians will want to sink their teeth into the Impossible Burger. The secret to this burger that tastes and smells like beef is the 100% plant-based patty with the magic ingredient Heme. Top it off with Romaine lettuce, Roma tomato, and red onion served on a brioche bun, and even die-hard meat lovers may fall in love with it!

Come dinner time, the menu expands into creative cuisine that's equally impressive. One standout is the Pistachio Crusted Chicken, finished with an orange-dijon cream sauce. Accompanying this delicious meal is your choice of soup or salad, garlic mashed or baked potato, sweet potato mash, or seasoned rice with fresh sautéed vegetables.

Steak lovers will want to try the melt-in-your-mouth 16-ounce Bone-in RibEye. This heaping portion of steak is rubbed with garlic and topped with smoked Bleu cheese horseradish butter. Choose from any of the sides listed above, or add a small lobster tail for an additional cost. 

Peppercorn Grille offers an impressive beer and wine list and craft cocktails. One standout is the Peppercorn Bloody Mary.

The cocktail glass is rimmed with Lawry's seasoned salt, and the drink consists of Absolut Peppar Vodka, Mr. & Mrs. T's Bold & Spicy Bloody Mary Mix. It is garnished with lime, olive, and cucumber. Need some more spicy heat? Ask for Tabasco sauce!

With its crowd-pleasing menu options, beautiful decor, and signature drinks, Peppercorn Grille is one restaurant not to miss on your Big Bear vacation.

Local Tips

  • Reservations are encouraged as the restaurant fills quickly.
  • Complimentary parking is available, but it can be limited during peak hours.
  • Try one of their signature martinis, like the Van Gogh Espresso!
  • While children are welcome, they don't have a children's menu.
  • Dogs are allowed on the patio.


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