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Little Chef in the Forest - CLOSED

54710 N Circle Dr., Idyllwild, CA 92549
+1 951-659-4411
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good26%
  • Average13%
  • Poor35%
  • Terrible0%
18 Sep 2013
“Passing itself off as being related to the legendary Chef in the Forest from the 60's”
7 Jun 2013
“A hidden German gem in the heart of Idyllwild set among towering pines.”
Restaurant Hours Closed
European, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
54710 N Circle Dr., Idyllwild, CA 92549
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Reviewed 19 September 2013

I grew up spending my summers and most weekends the rest of the year at our cabin in Pine Cove in the 60's. Back then there was a fantastic restaurant in Idyllwild called The Chef in the Forest. It was legendary! People drove "up the...More

3  Thank Campncook
Reviewed 8 June 2013 via mobile

The little chef offers an amazing taste of Germany in the heart of Idyllwild. Gina the owner welcomes all with a smile. In addition to homemade German fare, Gina offers wonderful salads, American food and a surprisingly extensive vegetarian menu. The Ceaser salad boasts a...More

Thank mopsos
Reviewed 13 February 2013 via mobile

Hubby and I stopped in for lunch, and I wish we hadn't. The salad dressing was good, but the lettuce wasn't very fresh. He liked his food, but mine wasn't good at all. I believe I ordered the sheppard's pie... waay too much fennel for...More

1  Thank RKSkwier
Reviewed 4 January 2013

My family gathered in Idyllwild for the holidays this year, and we reserved a large table at the Little Chef in the Forest for lunch on Christmas Day. The homey restaurant is run by a very talented and vivacious redhead, who creates an impressive array...More

Thank ilovecomfort
Reviewed 1 October 2012

We dined outside, around 2pm 30 Sep 2012. Perfect weather. Food is great, prices were very reasonable, pay cash and get a bit of a discount. We met the cook who takes great pride in the meals. There was also a guitar soloist singing throughout...More

Thank Steven5959
Reviewed 28 May 2012

Boring breakfast entrees coupled with bad service (including serving the boring food cold). Pancakes dry and bland. Artichoke feta cheese omelette not worth finishing or ever ordering again. Had to beg for coffee and water, even though the place only had a couple of tables...More

2  Thank born2bwild
Reviewed 7 May 2012 via mobile

I dont know what happened in the kitchen but the food was so bad it was almost inedible. We're not picky so thats a bold statement. It has the look of a gem but not for dinner, and at 50$ for two. Good luck. If...More

2  Thank Rikelrik
Reviewed 25 April 2012

Had German potato pancakes, which sounded good, but were bland and not helped much by the small side of very ordinary applesauce. I was the only one eating there at 1PM on a Monday. Service was OK but nothing special.

2  Thank KLD101
Reviewed 12 April 2012

Our California friends took us to eat here as it is one of their favorites. It feels personal in a good way. Owner Gina is welcoming and vivacious. What she may lack for size is made up for in personality. The late March day was...More

Thank CaboSisters
Reviewed 4 April 2012

It had been pouring, we had been driving all day and we were starved... There were delicious smells- they weren't delicious because we were cold and hungry- the food was as good as it smelled and was something what you would find perhaps in the...More

1  Thank cdlune
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
USD 10 - USD 30
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 54710 N Circle Dr., Idyllwild, CA 92549
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Idyllwild
  • Phone Number: +1 951-659-4411
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Newest restaurant to hit Idyllwild bringing a variety of flavors to tickle the palate.
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