The Red Lantern Tenets: Everything is fresh and made in house (exception: we do import noodles from China). No MSG. New Specials every day! Vegetarian and Vegan friendly menu. Classically trained Chefs. Impeccable service. 

A Journey to the Orient

A Journey to the Orient

The Red Lantern Exterior

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Opened in November 2011, the Red Lantern brings the taste of the Orient in an elegant setting inspired by an Imperial palace.

[Excerpts below taken from "The Sheet" by Lara Kirkner]

The newest brainchild of Jim and Nancy (who also own Rafters and the Sierra Nevada Lodge), Red Lantern fills Mammoth’s Chinese food void and offers high quality food made from scratch.

“I have a passion for food,” Jim says. Having traveled all over the world for work, his taste buds have enjoyed some of the finest foods on the planet; an experience he wants to share with Mammoth.

“Our goal continues to be to take it up a notch in Mammoth … or two or three,” Jim says, of the latest restaurant to launch within his Sierra Nevada Resort.


To keep things authentic, Nancy brought much of the decor over directly from China. Living up to its name, beautiful red lanterns are the main focus of the room. Purchased overseas, but painstakingly upgraded by Nancy, the lanterns emit a soft glow for an intimate setting.

The wood doors to the back room, which can be closed off for private parties, are also from China and are full of intricate carvings, adding to the room’s appeal.  No detail was overlooked by Nancy, who, while never having formal training, is a natural at the craft of interior design.

Chef's Table

Another great feature are eight seats that face the kitchen-- Think sushi bar seating.

“We wanted people to be able to engage with the chefs,” Jim says.
“Every skill and talent we have needed, we have found here [in Mammoth]."

And that includes the staff. Red Lantern's chef has been in town for many years and has been working at Rafters since its opening in December 2009.


Red Lantern's wine director has been in Mammoth for about five years and has been working as the Wine Director for Rafters. He will serve in the same capacity for Red Lantern, as well as Jimmy’s Taverna, the third restaurant on the property.

Today the resort boasts more than 400 labels.


However, as delicious spring rolls, lettuce cups, Kung Pao chicken, and more were brought out paired with just the right amount of sparkling South African, a Spanish white, French Chenin Blanc, and Oregon Pinot wines, I wasn’t thinking about the salt. I was simply thinking that good Chinese food had finally arrived in Mammoth.

Enjoy favorites like Kung Pao Chicken and Orange Chicken and other traditional dishes. 

For the full article by Lara Kirkner, please visit the Sheet News.

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