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The Steam Donkey Restaurant and Bar

€€ - €€€American, ,
421 Pinecrest Lake Road, Pinecrest, CA 95364
+1 209-965-3117
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  • Excellent23%
  • Very good35%
  • Average23%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible7%
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“steak” (5 reviews)
“fries” (4 reviews)
“salad” (8 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub
€€ - €€€
421 Pinecrest Lake Road, Pinecrest, CA 95364
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Reviewed 27 August 2018

I live up in Strawberry and eat at The Steam Donkey a few times a week. Great steak, Salads and Fries. I have be eating hear for 30+ years and will continue to. Never have we experience bad service. Very friendly staff and have been...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Mark R
Reviewed 5 June 2018

This place happened to be on our route so we stopped for lunch. The decor and ambience was nice and there was an outside seating area if you wanted it. The service here was pretty slow even though it was not busy. The waitress was...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank annacar101
Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

I have been to the Steam Donkey many times over many years. What is constant is the bar and the decor. What is variable is the quality of the food prepared and the service: both of these totally depend on who is working there at...More

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank AllyG99
Reviewed 1 December 2017

Small restaurant in a resort town. In fact, it is the only restaurant in the area. The resort has a great little grocery store, bait shop, and this small restaurant. Most of the people either camp in the area or stay in the lodge. The...More

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank Srprotect
Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

Lovely mountain atmosphere with a very nice patio in the back for outside dining under the pines. We loved the atmosphere and the food. Our steaks and the homemade soup were excellent!

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank KippyD
Reviewed 18 July 2017

I eat here a couple of times a year, and must say I have never been disappointed in the meals. You absolutely have to check out the size of the kitchen! Have no idea how they can consistently turn our good food with the space...More

Date of visit: July 2017
Thank janet583
Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

We found the place randomly while driving on our route. It starts with the wait for a table. We were lucky to wait about 20 minutes only although half of the tables were empty. I say lucky because the next group had to wait about...More

Date of visit: June 2017
Thank 54s_laa
Reviewed 12 June 2017

No trip to Pinecrest is complete without a visit to the steam donkey! :) Descent prices on shots and beers.

Date of visit: June 2017
Thank Craig M
Reviewed 1 February 2017

We arrived early and were told we were 12 minutes early and to have a seat in the bar. OK, there were 7 empty tables in a restaurant with 10 or so tables. Then a couple of guys come in and ask about a table...More

Date of visit: January 2017
Thank Rondo75
Reviewed 28 December 2016

Eight of us, four adults and four children (ages 10 to 16) had reservations here in July. When we arrived, there was no room for us in this very small restaurant. I asked could we sit outside in the back where there were several large...More

Date of visit: July 2016
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 421 Pinecrest Lake Road, Pinecrest, CA 95364
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pinecrest
  • Phone Number: +1 209-965-3117
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