About Us

BIg Bear Lake's Premier DIning Establishment

About Our Venue


As Big Bear’s premier dining and entertainment establishment, Black Diamond Tavern caters to groups of all sizes and are happy to offer a wide variety of entertainment and quality food.



Daniel and Jessica come to the VI with a committed background in hospitality. After serving in the U.S. Army overseas for 4 years (2001-2005), Dan entered into restaurants as an Operations Manager for P.F. Chang’s China Bistro in Ranch Mirage, CA. After managing a number of P.F. Chang’s establishments, Dan became an Operating Partner for the company in 2007. In 2008, Dan joined the boutique, but highly energized La Casa del Camino Hotel in Laguna Beach and in 2009 took a position as Food and Beverage Manager at the Montage Resort and Spa in Laguna Beach. After general management of Montage’s Loft and Studio restaurants with a stint opening Scarpetta at Montage in Beverly Hills, Dan and his family agreed it was time to evaluate ownership opportunities.

Jessica’s background in hospitality focuses in on sales, catering and event planning. Jessica spent four years as Sales and Events Coordinator for La Casa del Camino Hotel in Laguna Beach, CA prior to moving to that same position at the 350-seat, Mozambique Restaurant in Laguna Beach, CA. Jessica’s passion and attention to detail in event planning provides a unique skill to the long-term development of the Village Inn. Dan and Jessica took opened Black Diamond Tavern in Big Bear Lake, CA December 31st, 2011. They also own and operate The Village Inn, located in Newport Beach, CA.

Delicious, best spot in big bear. Great beer and fabulous food. Perfect for a steak or burrata salad and dessert amazing. Loved the waiter too kind and cute.

Lisa P.

Yelp Review

The atmosphere is fantastic! From the time we walked in to the time we left everyone was friendly and attentive. We did not expect to have live music and the singer was amazing! The drinks were delicious and the food was fantastic. I'll be coming back for sure.

Nathan W.

Yelp Review

This is one of our favorite restaurants!! All of the food is delicious, but the short ribs are simply amazing!!

Laura Sayre

Facebook Review

Our Executive Chef

Victor Sandoval

Victor Sandoval joins the Black Diamond Tavern with a lifetime of passion and exploration into the culinary arts. By the age of 21 Victor had already incorporated his family’s niche in fine produce and generational cooking techniques into a Sous Chef position under French Chef Alain Vardon followed by training and a Sous Chef position under Italian Chef Antonino Di La Rosa. In 2006, Victor accepted Executive Chef and Culinary Partner positions for P.F. Chang’s China Bistro followed by BJ’s Restaurants. Victor is a consummate creator and visionary of culinary concepts. His comprehensive expertise will allow Black Diamond Tavern to constantly modify and enhance our culinary offerings.