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The River Restaurant & Lounge

11134 Hwy 140, El Portal, CA
+1 209-379-2183
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  • Excellent14%
  • Very good29%
  • Average36%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible9%
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“soup” (13 reviews)
“ny steak” (3 reviews)
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11134 Hwy 140, El Portal, CA
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

When we entered the restaurant we were told to expect a 15-20 minute wait to be seated, which was not unreasonable. After what was closer to 30 minutes we were finally seated. It was then a further 15 minutes before a waiter came to take...More

Thank Kirsty O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This year we stayed at the lodge near this restaurant because on our trip last year we stayed at Yosemite Lodge (or whatever it's now called) in Yosemite Valley and the food was awful. Despite some negative reviews of this place we figured it couldn't...More

Thank Warren H
Reviewed 29 January 2018 via mobile

It’s a crappy restaurant trying to be fancy. Very overpriced, worst steak my husband ever had, salad bar was sad, Knick knacks on the walls were so dusty and dirty. Needs cleaned up and a new chef!

Thank tawnyat01
Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

The restaurant is located on property. The staff is very friendly and attentive. The menu is somewhat limited as you would expect in a remote location. The food was prepared to order and was tasteful. I enjoyed a steak, garlic mashed red potatoes and a...More

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 14 January 2018

Good food. Reasonable price. Friendly service. Fish and chips met expectations. Salad and soup bar was good too--all you can eat. Salad fixings were fresh. Cream of broccoli soup tasted good. Diet Pepsi glass was always full.

Thank 7,268
Reviewed 6 December 2017

We visited the bar twice during our trip for drinks and once for dinner (at the bar) and both visits were what we needed. The atmosphere is calm but friendly with 3 TVs. Food was far better here than at the "fancy" restaurant inside the...More

Thank A R M
Reviewed 26 November 2017

Three grandkids on this trip. They took care of all of us efficiently. A long day at Yosemite, in the sun, hiking, etc makes for hungry and tired kids. The food is great, the service is fast.

Thank Ted T
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

We knew staying by the View lodge that there were not many dining options nearby. We were one of the first few people in the restaurant at 5.30pm which quickly filled up by 6pm. We waited very long for our food. I ordered the grilled...More

Thank tambunny
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

nice food staff was pleasant the room was nice would go there again prices were reasonable for what we had service was ok only had one meal but nothing wrong with it at all

Thank JCarvalho9
Reviewed 12 October 2017

I found this restaurant to be very good compared to the other choices around Yosemite, and for that reason I do recommend eating here. There is a fairly wide assortment of items on the menu, and I went with the burger and salad bar, which...More

Thank Kevin S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
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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