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The River Restaurant & Lounge

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11134 Hwy 140, El Portal, CA
+1 209-379-2183
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San Diego, California, United States
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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75 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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337 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Thank Rick_in_Ohio
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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80 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

You don't have many options outside of the park when staying in the El Portal area. The River Restaurant served OK food and had an OK salad bar accompanied by OK service. We had a group of six and had burgers, sandwiches with fries and some other complete meals. The service was somewhat slow, the food was mediocre but filling... More 

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Thank Al O
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72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

After a day of hiking and a big lunch we opted for smaller plates than most. My wife ordered a burger and I had Fish and chips.. The burger was okay, the French fries were old, dry and flavorless. The fish had been dropped before the oil was hot. You still get a crust but it oozes oil when cut... More 

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Thank B D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Friendly service. Quick and prompt. Got there early. Food was good. Salad bar was very good. The restaurant filled up quickly once open. But we were sat and served in a timely fashions. Had the prime rib and mashed potatoes. Very filling. I would go again.

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Diamond Bar, California
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83 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

The restaurant is located inside the Yosemite View Lodge complex, so if you stay in the lodge, this is THE restaurant you can eat at - There's another restaurant in the Cedar Lodge motel but it's 7 miles away. I had breakfast and dinner here, the food is not bad. For breakfast it's all you can eat - eggs, bacon,... More 

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Campbell, California
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130 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Good efficient service Great selection of beers Tasty food at reasonable prices Good river view in outside dining area Extensive menu

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Thank Martin C
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

This place is pretty weird. The decor is very much wilderness-yosemite, which is fine, but seemed dated as well. They seemed understaffed but maybe because they were busy so late in the season. The hostess was also bussing tables and taking care of other front of the house duties. Once we were seated (25 minute wait), service was a tad... 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, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?