Yosemite Restaurants

There are lots of reasons to write Yosemite National Park  across your vacation calendar. The views are phenomenal. The hiking, cycling, climbing, camping, and paddling are, too. Would you be surprised to learn that some people come just for the food? Yosemite’s restaurants are second only to the phenomenal landscapes in which they’re set.

The Ahwanee Dining Room has been serving up scrumptious repasts since it’s first service in 1927. This stylish room has kept pace with palates and preferences ever since, dishing out some of California’s finest local produce starring in haute cuisine menus. Through breakfast, lunch, and dinner, crowned with a simply divine Sunday brunch, the modern palate will find the fresh, local, expertly prepared choices divine. The Bracebridge Dinner, however, is king. The real deal, Bracebridge’s staff of 100 carouses, dances, sings, and laughs through four hours and seven courses of wow-factor dishes. A true foodie destination, the event decorates the December calendar with several dates.

The Mountain Room in the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls collects Monterey Bay’s best selection of sustainable seafood, outstanding grass fed beef, and clever pastas, pairing them with top California wines for an unforgettable menu. All meals come with a side of awe, served up with views through stunning, oversized, floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on the 2,424-foot falls. That’s a view unmatched anywhere in the world.

For exquisite breakfast, lunch, and dinner choices, the Wawona Dining Room sets its tables with traditional cuisine. The Victorian setting is mellowed by charming details and casual cocktails fireside or on the veranda. On a first come-first served basis, this popular choice in the Wawona Hotel does take reservations for parties numbering six or more.

The Curry Village Pizza Deck delivers delicious slices to diners in an outdoor setting with views of Glacier Point and the Royal Arches. The Meadow Grill, The Village Pavilion, and The Coffee Pavilion fill quick bites with short order menus, sandwiches, salads, and entrees. The Curry Bar salutes the day’s end with a proper cocktail adjacent to the Pizza Deck. Yosemite Village offers similar choices in Degnan’s Café, Degnan’s Deli, Degnan’s Loft, and The Village Grill. Trailhead snack stands open during warm weather provide a quick, nourishing nosh en route to the high country.

Notable dining outside the park can be found tucked into Erna’s Elderberry House in Oakhurst, CA, to the southwest. A stylish country estate with Euro-influence, Erna’s features an elegant prix fixe menu, an appreciative local’s menu, and outstanding every day choices enhanced by a five star wine list. The Cellar Door in the Groveland Hotel in Groveland, CA is similarly suited to fine palates in search of a memorable meal. Their wine cellar is well-stocked with 600 of the world’s finest labels.

Hiking, cycling, paddling, climbing, and camping, along with dozens of additional outdoor pursuits at and around Yosemite National Park, all hone a hearty appetite worthy of delicious fare. Don’t forget to make reservations for busier dates when the park is brimming with visitors.


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