Saddle Peak Lodge is a popular venue for special events, like weddings, graduation celebrations, and office parties. The outdoor dining spaces, in particular, have hosted many special occasions.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I turned down the winding canyon road high up in the Santa Monica Mountains that, according to my GPS, would lead to the storied Saddle Peak Lodge.
After all, it’s hard to know what to expect when visiting a restaurant in an approximately 130-year-old structure rumored to have once been a brothel and a Pony Express stop (neither, it turns out, is true).
I was told there would an impressive menu of game meats and a certain historic, rugged charm to the interior. And, as it turned out, I was not disappointed on either front. In fact, Saddle Peak Lodge far surpassed anything I was imagining.
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Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.