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“Good dinner”

The River Restaurant & Lounge
Ranked #2 of 5 Restaurants in El Portal
Cuisines: American
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Was worried with only two places to eat the restaurant might be only so so but food was great! Soup and salad bar included was a plus. After long day in park we had all we could eat and was very relaxing. Ate here twice as felt it was better option than places in park.

Thank Tim K
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Reviewed 15 March 2018 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 our order.
Whilst waiting for our food we helped ourselves to the soup and (minimal) salad bar. We patiently waited for our food to arrive, only to see three other tables (seated after us) receive their food before us, including a party of 7. We counted 12 people in total, all receiving their food before us despite being seated after us.
It was at this point that we decided to walked out with no apology from staff for the delay.
Thankfully the on site shop was still open and had some microwaveable meal otherwise we’d have gone to bed very hungry after a long day hiking in Yosemite.

Thank Kirsty O
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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Had a typical variety of items. I had eggs, meat and pancakes, my husband had the country fried steak. All delicious. Arnie was our server and he was the best! Perfect start to a busy day at the park.

Thank Melissa M
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Reviewed 24 February 2018

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 be any worse than last year's atrocities. I'm pleased to say that we had two delicious meals here. The restaurant is on the property of the Yosemite View Lodge - an easy walk from any room. The place has a bar with a few small tables and a much larger main dining area. The service was excellent - your water glass was never more than half empty. Most entrees come with a soup and salad bar. The soup changes each night. It was corn chowder the first night (didn't try it) and cream of potato with ham the second night - delicious. The salad bar had a decent selection of extras and several types of dressing. The greens were crisp. I had the Chicken Marsala the first night and the NY steak the second. Both were excellent. My steak was cooked perfectly and was tender and tasty. The veggies were al dente . My friend had the trout and the shrimp which were also very good. This restaurant gave us a reason to stay here again.

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Thank Warren H
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Reviewed 22 February 2018

We were starving because there are not a lot of choices in El Portal in the winter. We walked over to the restaurant and then waited for about 30 minutes. The service was fine - but overwhelmed.

Honestly - everyone was kind and trying therefore it is hard to say anything negative but the food was bland and boring, service was stressed and the decor could use an update. You know they are trying but just not getting it right.

A bright spot is the bar! The drinks are good, generous and the atmosphere friendly.

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Thank Christa R
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