One of the most spectacular dining experiences in all of Southern California is the kind of place that will make you feel like you’re a million miles away from it all. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just want to be swept away for a memorable afternoon, this legendary restaurant located in Catalina Island is an exquisite destination.
Perched high above Catalina Island, Mt. Ada provides sweeping views of Avalon Bay. Although this is a luxury Inn for overnight guests, they also offer a luncheon option for those who want to enjoy the property and the view without staying overnight. It's what makes this one of the best and most hidden dining secrets around.
Getting to Mt. Ada is quite an adventure that will add to the overall experience. Just look at the road leading up to the property. Talk about remote! You can hike in if you'd like, or just opt for a taxi to drive you up the hill to save your time and energy.
When you arrive, you'll be greeted by this elegant gate and outdoor staircase that leads to the mansion. Just walking up the steps will make you feel like you're a million miles away.
Welcome to Mt. Ada! This is the stunning mansion where you'll be dining for the afternoon. Mt. Ada is not only beautiful, but it's full of history. It was built in 1921 as the summer home for the Wrigley family of the chewing gum fortune and named after Wrigley's wife, Ada. This exact plot of land was hand-picked by Wrigley who wanted the family's summer getaway to have the best view of the entire island. In the next few pictures, you'll see what I mean.
Step inside and enter another world as you're escorted to your table for lunch.
Seating is available inside and outside, so take your pick. My personal favorite is dining outside as I can't resist such a remarkable view.
Lunch is served daily from 11:30am - 3pm. The price for a three-course meal and unlimited beverages is $48 per person. This may sound expensive at first, but considering that this is more than just lunch -- it's an entire afternoon amidst luxury and soaring views -- the price is well worth it.
The three-course menu consists of unique salads made with seasonal vegetables and American fare with comforting items like grilled sandwiches and upscale burgers.
Go ahead and indulge in dessert. You'll burn off all those calories as you wander through this gorgeous mansion and explore the lush grounds outside that overlook all of Catalina Island.
Did I mention bottomless mimosas and any other drinks of your choice are included in the price? This is definitely a view worth toasting!
When you book lunch at Mt. Ada you have access to the grounds for the entire afternoon. I suggest booking your lunch on the early side so you can take your time after your meal to enjoy a stroll around the sprawling property.
Or you can choose to relax in one of the seating areas inside the mansion and look out at Avalon Bay for the afternoon.
You can even linger at your table as long as you'd like and pretend this is your summer home. A girl can dream, right?