The Hungry Hut

The Hungry Hut is the very first fast food business established at Shaver Lake. The Hungy Hut is a very small, but quaint " A " Frame building, located at the corner of Tollhouse Road (HWY 168) and Buckeye. It was built in 1965 by Otto Vetter, a retired California Highway Patrol Vetran. Mr. Vetter ran the establishment under the name, "The Cuckoo Hut", and served the typical hamburgers, fries and milkshakes. He did this alone for a couple of years until he could not keep up with running the business by himself.

The Cuckoo Hut was closed for a few years until Angelo Vlahavas and his wife bought the successful establishment in the early 1970s,and renamed it "The Hungry Hut". In 1998, Earl and Linda Sinks purchased the business, that has become of the longest established businesses in all of Shaver Lake. The Hungry Hut is well known for their unique Hut Burgers and especially their local fresh fruit milkshakes like boysenberry, strawberry and peach (in season).

Tourists call The Hungry Hut from all over the state inquiring about weather and road conditions before coming up to Shaver Lake. Inside the Hungry Hut is a Mini Art Gallery, featuring the photography of local artist, Peter Knapp. His unique style captures the majestic scenery and wildlife of the Sierra Nevada. Peter's professionally matted and framed exquisite photographs are available for purchase right off the wall.

The Hungry Hut is closed only two days out of the year - Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Hut is a fixture for Fourth of July Fireworks, which draws thousands of people up to Shaver Lake every year. People who came here as kids are now bringing their grandchildren to experience this time honored tradition. Outdoor seating under the stars is available on the deck, with tables and umbrellas. Outdoor seating will handle about 100 people and 20 people can be seated inside The Hut.

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Latitude: 37.104114 Longitude: -119.3176258 Elevation: 5627 ft
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Linda Sinks

Hours Open

11am to 6pm Mon-Thurs; and 11am to 7pm Friday and Sunday. Saturday - open until 8 pm

Seasons Open

All year

Price Style for this Establishment

Childrens Menu items start at $1.75 and go up to $4.25 Adult Menu prices start at $2.95 - $9.75 Drinks range from$1.69 $2.59 and Milkshakes, Smoothies and Ice Coffee's range from $3.95-$4.95

Eco-Friendly Notes

We recycle all aluminum, glass and plastic deposited in our bins.

Locally or Family Owned Business Notes

This is a local and family owned business. The owners have been coming up to Shaver Lake since 1947. Before buying the business in 1998, they bought a home in the community.

ADA Accessibility Notes

The outdoor dining is wheelchair accessible.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are welcome outside, as long as they are on a leash. The owners keep a large doggie biscuit jar handy for man's 4 legged friends.


We went to Shaver Lake over Labor Day weekend and what a treat. We looked for places to visit and eat and found only this one listed, but what a great find. Food was great, and the service was good. The girls handing out the orders were funny and friendly while taking care of several people. The building is a neat little A-frame with a lot of outside eating. We will be going back there on our next trip. They told us that the Fall is a wonderful season to explore.

mary shelton, 9/6/2011

This was our first visit to Shaver. It’s beautiful up there. Found this place. The hut burger was fantastic, and the milkshakes, well let's just say we'll be back. They are made with fresh fruit all local grown, well except the bananas and pineapple. Service was good, and it was really clean for being in the mountains. If you're up there stop in and get the hut burger and fries.

mike and jen carry, 9/7/2011

We went there on Sunday the 25th of September. What a great place to visit and eat at. The food and service was just great. They even had dog bones for our pets. If you get a chance to go up there stop by this great little place. They don’t have public bathrooms, but they are just down the street, and the food is well worth the no bathroom. We will be back every chance we get. Thanks Hungry Hut.

Ridder Family, 9/27/2011

Thank Goodness there are new owners. The food was awful and expensive and the owner acts crazy. If you don't believe me, look at Yelp and Trip Advisor reviews. Welcome new owners. Best wishes

Ninachka, 3/18/2017

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