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The River Restaurant & Lounge

11134 Ca 140, El Portal, CA 95318
+1 209-379-2183
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  • Excellent17%
  • Very good36%
  • Average31%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible7%
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Restaurant Hours
$$ - $$$
11134 Ca 140, El Portal, CA 95318
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Reviewed 1 November 2011

Hamburgers at the River Restaurant were OK -- probably frozen patties, but they were grilled and nicely done. The restaurant was very busy, but service moved quickly. The specials looked good, and the soup and salad bar were a nice surprise.

Thank Cagoulet
Reviewed 31 October 2011

Be prepared to wait for a dinner table but, once seated, we found the service and food to be above average.

Thank Pete A
Reviewed 16 October 2011

Long wait between courses...burnt food....smash potatoes (when menu states otherwise). Very disappointing overall.

Thank holmakerrachel
Reviewed 12 October 2011

We visited this restaurant when we were staying for two nights at the nearby hotel. It was the only place to eat apart from the adjacent Pizza place. The first night we stayed there the restaurant was quite full but we had excellent, friendly service....More

Thank susiedu
Reviewed 7 October 2011

This is the on site facility to the hotel, and there was no competition. Breakfast & Dinner were both perfectly acceptable, but not great for the money. There is no cause for complaint, and the service was very good.

Thank DWM64
Reviewed 22 September 2011

This restaurant was just okay. The beer selection was amazing. We were promptly seated inside without a reservation. Outside dining was a 40-minute wait at 8:00 PM on a Sunday. Dinners include a salad bar, which was not properly ticked with veggies. The bar also...More

Thank 1CARoadWarrior
Reviewed 11 September 2011

The mushroom ravioli was good; the salad bar was acceptable. Nothing was exceptional. Only plus, eating on the Merced River.

Thank penswa613
Reviewed 1 September 2011

The room is 5 star. The food is more 3 star. I still would include it in my itinerary.

Thank hildamh
Reviewed 23 August 2011

Great buffet, everything was fresh and the scrambled eggs and bacon were cooked perfectly, and you can eat right on the river. We did not eat there for dinner as they have a pizza resturant next door and chose to eat there instead. Though we...More

Thank Happymtngirl
Reviewed 29 July 2011

Important to note that several tours stay at the lodge that is onsite and the restaurant gets very very busy when these groups are there. We were recently on a tour with a two night stop in Yosemite. We had breakfast each morning at The...More

Thank travlin0207
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11134 Ca 140, El Portal, CA 95318 (Formerly Yosemite View Lodge Restaurant)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  El Portal
  • Phone Number: +1 209-379-2183
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