March 2018 – Inland Empire Magazine named several Claremont restaurants and hotels among its 2018 “Best of the Inland Empire” winners in February. The restaurants and hotels were chosen by Inland Empire magazine readers in more than a dozen categories.
Here are some of the top “Readers’ Choices” in Claremont:
Best Splurge Restaurant
Best Place for a Business Lunch
The Orchard, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Claremont
Best Italian Restaurant
Eddie’s Italian Eatery
Il Mattone Trattoria Italiana
Best Mexican Restaurant
Best Sandwich Shop
42nd Street Bagel Café
Salted Caramel Custard with Butterscotch Cashew Popcorn, The Orchard, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Claremont
Best Slice of Pie
I Like Pie Bake Shop
Best Coffee House
Augie’s Coffee House
Best Coffee Drink
Iced Caramel Latter, Augie’s Coffee House
Casa 425 Hotel + Lounge
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Claremont
Claremont Restaurant Week, the city’s showcase of its talented chefs and international cuisines, will take place from January 16-29, 2017. The annual event will run for 14 days, including two weekends, to encourage foodies from all over Southern California to relax and unwind in Claremont with an overnight stay at one of the city’s five hotel properties. The program is part of the statewide California Restaurant Month campaign promoting the state’s culinary experiences.
This year’s program will include both restaurants and specialty food shoppes, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to sample favorites from all over Claremont’s thriving food scene. Participating chefs and business owners will feature locally sourced #dineClaremont specials during the two-week campaign. Some restaurants will offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus, while others will showcase customer favorite dishes, inspired seasonal specials, and housemade desserts as their #dineClaremont offerings.
Claremont hotels will offer visitors a “dine and stay” experience through its popular Discover Claremont package. The package includes a guest room and $100 in Discover Claremont gift cards, redeemable for hotel dining or at more than 140 Claremont restaurants, boutiques, day spas and entertainment venues. A limited number of Discover Claremont packages are available to guests who book directly through participating Claremont hotels, including DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Claremont (909-626-2411), Hotel Casa 425 (909-624-2272), Motel 6 Claremont (909-621-4831), Claremont Lodge (909-626-5654), and Knights Inn Claremont (909-626-2431).
“We welcome visitors seeking a different Southern California experience to come walk from restaurant to restaurant, explore unique shops, and enjoy a relaxing getaway from the busy urban environment,” said Maureen Aldridge, CEO, Claremont Chamber of Commerce. “Claremont is filled with family-owned restaurants and locally owned, renowned bakeries, dessert shops and specialty food stores. Claremont Restaurant Week is a great time to sample the foods that keep bringing visitors back to Claremont.”
Claremont’s annual Restaurant Week program, presented by the Claremont Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Discover Claremont, was moved to January 2017 from July to coincide with the Visit California’s statewide California Restaurant Month. For more information about California Restaurant Month, visit www.DineinCa.com.
Southern California foodies can select from prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at more than two dozen participating Claremont, California, area hotels and restaurants during the third annual “Claremont Restaurant Week,” July 10-19, 2015.
Claremont Restaurant Week highlights the city’s contemporary dining choices and provides foodies with an opportunity to sample specials created by local chefs. Visitors to Claremont can enjoy an overnight stay at local hotels, each of which will be offering special “Dine and Stay” packages that include $50 in Discover Claremont gift cards – redeemable towards dinner at most participating Claremont Restaurant Week locations.
Restaurants in Claremont, California, are gearing up for the third annual “Claremont Restaurant Week” being held July 10-19, 2015. The annual Midsummer Night’s Dine will run for 10 days, including two weekends, to encourage Southern California foodies toenjoy an overnight stay at one of Claremont’s five hotel properties.
Claremont Restaurant Week, presented by the Claremont Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Discover Claremont, is expected to feature more than two dozen participating restaurants offering prix fixe lunch and dinner menus that will showcase favorite local dishes and inspired summer seasonal specials. Last year, Claremont chefs highlighted locally grown vegetables, farm-raised beef and fresh fish selections in menu specials priced from $10 for lunch and $20-$40 for dinner.
Restaurants offering special Claremont Restaurant Week menus this July will include the following:
(A complete list of participating restaurants will be announced in June.)
Claremont’s reputation as a regional dining destination has been on the rise in recent years, thanks in part to the efforts of local restaurateurs Ed Inglese, Sal Medina and others, and the work of chefs like Matt Mattison, Stephen Rudicel and Jose Ruiz. With a growing number of regionally acclaimed restaurants and dozens of locally owned eateries keeping the food scene fresh, it’s no wonder that LA Weekly and NBC Los Angeles have declared Claremont a “food neighborhood” that’s “worth the drive” for foodies and tourists.
A special kickoff event for food writers and Chamber members is being planned for Wednesday, July 8, at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Claremont. Claremont Restaurant Week’s second weekend will coincide with the annual Midsummer Shakespeare Festival, presented July 16-26 by Ophelia’s Jump Productions at Pomona College’s Sontag Greek Theatre.
Claremont is hosting its second annual Claremont Restaurant Week from July 14-20, 2014. The seven-day “Midsummer Night’s Dine” event showcases the City of Tree’s many grills, sandwich shops, bakeries, and fine dining restaurants. With a growing number of regionally acclaimed restaurants and dozens of locally owned eateries keeping the food scene fresh, it’s no wonder that critics have declared Claremont a “food neighborhood” that’s “worth the drive” for foodies and tourists. Many of Claremont’s more than 75 eateries and hotel restaurants will participate by offering prix fixe lunch and dinner menus, ranging from $10-$40, that highlight their chef’s specialty cuisines. Restaurants confirmed to participate include the following:
Aruffo’s Italian Cuisine
Casa de Salsa
La Parolaccia Osteria
Lounge 425 at Hotel Casa 425
The Last Drop Café
The Loving Hut Claremont
The Orchard at DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont
Packing House Wines
Pappas Artisanal (La Verne)
Pizza n’ Such
Podge’s Claremont Juice Co.
The Press Restaurant
Saca’s Mediterranean Cuisine
“Claremont Restaurant Week will showcase our growing, local culinary scene that is comprised of some terrific young chefs, experienced and daring proprietors, menus filled with locally sourced ingredients, and restaurants serving craft beers and ales that complement their meals,” said Maureen Aldridge, CEO, Claremont Chamber of Commerce. More details and a growing list of participating restaurants can be found at www.ClaremontRestaurant.com.
Families who come Discover Claremont this spring and summer can experience a unique opportunity to walk among California native butterflies. Discover Claremont, the Claremont tourism board, is partnering with the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden for a “Flitter and Frolic” overnight package that includes garden admissions, local dining and shopping credits, and a comfortable hotel room.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s annual Butterfly Pavilion runs from May 10 through
July 27, 2014. The pavilion unites science education and hands-on fun for visitors of all ages as hundreds of butterflies call the temporary enclosure home this spring and summer. Visitors can walk among the butterflies and caterpillars as well as explore the 86-acre botanic garden, the largest botanic garden dedicated exclusively to California’s native plants.
Beginning Memorial Day weekend, May 23, and continuing until the butterflies are set free on July 27, Southern Californians looking for a local escape will find Discover Claremont’s “Flitter and Frolic” getaway package to be an attractive “stay and relax” option. The package includes a minimum one-night stay, separate Botanic Garden and Butterfly Pavilion admissions for up to four guests, and $50 in Discover Claremont gift cards redeemable at participating hotels and more than 130 other locally owned establishments.
Claremont’s visitor attractions also include the world-renowned Folk Music Center museum and store, owned by musician Ben Harper’s family; Fair Trade Shopping at dozens of independently owned boutiques; live entertainment at PianoPiano, Hip Kitty Jazz, Flappers Comedy Club, Candlelight Pavilion and other spots; and local and regional craft beers at Claremont Craft Ales, The Back Abbey and other pubs and eateries.
Claremont is hosting its first-ever Claremont Restaurant Week – running for eight nights, July 9-16, 2013 – to showcase the City of Tree’s many pubs, grills, sandwich shops, bakeries, and fine dining restaurants. Many of the city’s more than 80 locally owned eateries will participate by offering prix fixe lunch and dinner menus highlighting their cuisines.
“Claremont Restaurant Week will showcase the stellar chefs, delicious menus and outstanding restaurants that make up the Claremont culinary scene,” said Maureen Aldridge, CEO, Claremont Chamber of Commerce.
June 27, 2012 — Hotel Casa 425 + Lounge will introduce a new summer menu this weekend, featuring innovative small plates and cocktails emphasizing local ingredients found at the Claremont Farmers Market.
Three new drinks on the summer menu — the Berry Spicy Margarita, La Coquette and the Kentucky Rose — use house-made infused liquor as a key ingredient. “I’ve been infusing liquor with local, farmers market herbs and fruits, and it’s generated a lot of interest amongst our patrons, “ said Lounge mixologist Will Van Leuven. “Our new summer menu drinks play up our most popular infusions, like the jalapeno-cucumber tequila found in the Berry Spicy Margarita or the rosemary-orange bourbon in the Kentucky Rose.”
Small plate items added to the summer menu include Cajun Calamari and Pulled Pork Sliders. The new summer-inspired Champagne Chevre salad is large enough to enjoy as an entrée or share with two. The La Frieda Croissant, an eight-ounce chuck and short rib patty, topped with jalapeno bacon, tomato jam and marbled blue cheese sandwiched by a croissant bun, is expected to quickly become a favorite.
Along with the new cocktails and menu items, patrons will soon enjoy live music at Hotel Casa 425 + Lounge. Upcoming performers include the Brandon Bernstein trio on June 30, Lorenzo Grassi trio July 14, the Brandon Bernstein trio July 28, Joe LoPiccolo trio August 11 and Sarkis Turgutyan trio onAugust 25, 2012. All are classic guitarists with styles ranging from smooth jazz to Spanish Flamenco.
Hotel Casa 425 + Lounge is located in downtown Claremont at 425 W.First Street, in historic Claremont Village. The lounge offers a casually sophisticated venue for mingling with friends, along with signature drinks, an extensive wine and beer list and gourmet small plates. Happy hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. daily, with select small plates and drinks ranging from $5 to $10.
Indoor seating is available, but regulars prefer to relax in the hotel’s central courtyard, which feels more like an outdoor living room with its canopy of trees, lounge furniture, fountains, and fire pits.