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11134 Hwy 140, El Portal, CA
+1 209-379-2183
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Norwich, Connecticut
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50 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Given everything, a 3 is the best I can give this place. You really don't have much of a choice in restaurants in El Portal. We ate dinner and breakfast here. Dinner: There was a middle-aged woman acting as receptionist when we arrived. She walked into the restaurant with the group ahead of us and never came back. About ten... More 

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Walnut Creek, California
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178 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had dinner one night.Steak ok, Chicken tough as a boot. Fish an chips ok. Comes with salad bar. Nice restaurant, Service average also. Not owned by Hotel.

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Wentzville, Missouri
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Spent the entire day, hiking the Yosemite valley. After checking back into my room, I walked across the driveway (30ft) to restaurant. Dinner was great, I have the river burger, substituted a black bean chipotle patty for a beef one. The patty was well seasoned and tasted great, the price was reasonable $14.00. Came with fries, tomatoes, pickkes, onions on... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Food was agreeably good. Pleasant service, good collection of wine and drinks were priced reasonably for this touristy place.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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192 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Good food and attentive staff , a bit pricey and there was no other restaurant surrounding . Went to this restaurant for dinner as we stayed in the hotel for 3 nights.

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Thank Ika C
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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526 reviews
285 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016

When staying at the Yosemite View Lodge you have two meal options - A Pizzeria (which was closed during the second weekend in November due to a broken oven!) or The River Restaurant. Other restaurants are a 7/8 mile drive away. As the pizzeria was closed we knew it would be busy at The River but we were greeted politely... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

We were staying at the Lodge and went to this restaurant once for dinner. Sat outside on the patio next to the river. Very nice setting. Was visited by two racoons, which provided some entertainment. Food was very good considering you are in a very remote location. Service was good. We enjoyed our meal very much and would go back... More 

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Decatur, Illinois
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77 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016

I stayed here with a group and we had a breakfast buffet. It was quite good. The food was attractively served. Hot things were hot and cold things were cold. The waiters and servers seemed a little nervous about small things, like where we sat, etc., but the food was delish. The coffee was slow to appear but it was... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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366 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016

We ate here twice during our stay in el Portal. We were staying at Yosemite Blue Butterfly B and B which was within walking distance. There are not many choices in El Portal. They have an old fashioned salad bar, limited selection, but ok. There were 4 of us and the first night we all had the prime rib. The... More 

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Dayton, Ohio, United States
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

We had been backpacking for several day and this was our first food after. Even so, I feel the place was really good. I enjoyed the salad bar several times and the soup also. My wife and I both ordered big steaks with baked potato sides. We both had good steaks. I would highly recommend it. Our waiter, Gavin was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American
Meals
Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11134 Hwy 140, El Portal, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  El Portal
  • Phone Number: +1 209-379-2183

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?