Ducey's on the Lake, the signature diner of The Pines Resort, was founded in 1941 when Buddy Freeman built Freeman's Bass Lake Lodge about a mile west of the current Ducey's location. He sold his bar, restaurant and rental cabins in 1947; the property again changed hands in 1950, when Maurice and Marie Ducey of Fresno purchased and re-christened it as Ducey's Bass Lake Lodge. For nearly twenty years, the couple expanded the lodge and created a gathering place that charmed locals and travelers alike.
Ducey's became property of The Pines Resort in 1975 and continued to draw guests who enjoyed the authentic mountain lodge ambiance. However, in 1988, employees were preparing for the busy summer season when a grease fire erupted in the kitchen. Within four hours, the wooden structure was in ruins and all that remained were the slate steps, stone fireplace and wooden sign hanging street side.
Unique location and decor
The original Ducey's sign and photos of the old lodge now hang in the entrance of the current Ducey's Restaurant, which was rebuilt on The Pines Resort property and re-opened in 1991. Retaining the warmth and charm of its predecessor, the current restaurant boasts historical Bass Lake photographs and handcrafted tables fashioned by a local artesian.
Ducey's on the Lake
"Farm to Table" philosophy
Ducey's on the Lake is the Pines Resort's signature restaurant. It is located downstairs and open daily for breakfast & dinner. It offers a great array of dining options and its seasonal menu will appeal to all tastes. Ducey's on the Lake Executive Chef, Johnathan Frabotta (bio) proudly practices "farm to table" philosophy, using only locally grown and organic produce. All sauces, soups and dressings are made in house.
Breakfast with spectacular lake views
Breakfast menu is pretty traditional, offers a great selection of omelets, egg benedicts, French toast, pancakes, waffles and local favorites, like Lox & Bagels, Breakfast Burrito or Huevos Rancheros. As an eye opener, you can enjoy bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys or simply grab a cup of hot coffee.
Menus that appeal to all tastes
Whether you are in a mood for seafood or pasta or have a special occasion to celebrate, Ducey's on the Lake is a perfect place to do so at a dinner time. It offers an upscale ambiance of a Steakhouse with a great selection of red meat (certified Angus Beef sourced from Harris Ranch), salads, seafood and pasta dishes with vegetarian options. For early birds (from 4pm - 6pm) Chef prepared prix fixe Sunset Special Menu under $20.
Ducey's is also open during holidays and offering their famous Traditional Thanksgiving Buffet, Christmas Buffet as well as festive New Year's Eve or romantic Valentine's Day Menu. They are also featuring special events like Winemaker Dinners or Beer Tasting, pairing Chef's food creations with local brew and wine.
Ducey's Bar & Grill is located upstairs from Ducey's and open daily for lunch and dinner. It offers more laid-back atmosphere with a full bar and indoor and outdoor seating. It is perfect for families or to quickly grab a take out.
Family friendly and relaxed atmosphere
Bar & Grill's menu will appeal to all tastes, it includes a selection of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, flat breads and our famous ahi and teriyaki bowls, tacos as well as salads. Kids menu is available as well.
Ducey's Bar & Grill offers full bar with a great selection of local craft brew, specialty drinks and wine.
Pines Bar is located to the right from the Pines Market and it is a great place to wind down after a busy day at the lake, grab a beer, catch a game on one of four big tv's or play pool. It offers live music (band or dj) several times a week as well as karaoke.
Largest Craft Beer Selection in the Mountains
Pines Bar frequent by residents, as it is the one of largest in the Mountain Community and offers the largest craft brew selection on tap.
Halloween Costume Party, NYE party or Cinco de Mayo celebration as well as some of the them parties (ugly sweater, glow party, etc.) are some of the locals' and guests favorite.