If you are looking for a historic spot right along Route 66, then consider the fantastic steakhouse known as Sycamore Inn in Rancho Cucamonga. Route 66 is pretty unrecognizable in this section of Southern California, so it is fun to be able to round a corner and see a spot that has been there since the 1800s (even before the Mother Road). While this is not the original building, this building has been there since the 1920s, so it is a historic spot for a great meal, here is all the information.
- Location: 8318 E Foothill Blvd, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
- This information is from my visit in 2016
You can read all about the history of this restaurant here.
This restaurant is located on Route 66 / Foothill Blvd right after you pass Baker Ave. You will notice it on the right-hand side, and there is a big parking lot with lots of spaces.
The interior is two large rooms, one of which is the wine bar and features a great happy hour, and another that is a beautiful dining area. Both retain the historic vibe without feeling like it needs a renovation, which I appreciated.
As a caveat, the food here is pretty expensive; it is more a “special occasion type restaurant” than something you would go to often. That being said, everything I had was excellent, and I did not feel like it wasn’t worth the price. Also, they have an excellent happy hour with discounted drinks and appetizers if you sit in the wine bar from 5 PM to 8 PM. Here is what we ordered.
As we sat, we were greeted with bread fresh from the over. It was a good sourdough bread with tomato basil butter.
For an entree, I went with the Prime rib and added the waiter recommended asparagus herb butter and a crab cake. I thought it was a little strange to suggest that, but I went for it since it was unique. The Prime rib had been aged for 21 days, and it was absolutely fantastic.
My wife went with the sea bass, and she described it as melt in your mouth tasty with a sweet caramelized sauce. If you don’t like steak, then this is what you should get.
For sides, we went with the blue cheese and bacon potatoes which were very rich and full of flavor. It was my favorite of the side dishes as the potato blue cheese and bacon was rich and full of flavor.
They also have a creamed corn, and while it never sounds great to me, I was really impressed with it as well.
Lastly, we ended the night with the souffle. I recommend getting it half vanilla and half chocolate. It is a lovely, light dessert that isn’t overwhelming or too sweet.
This is an excellent place for a special occasion meal if you are OK with the price. It is fun to dine in such a historic restaurant in Southern California and my family and I really enjoyed our time here. If you go, be sure to let me know what you think in the comments