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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 good35%
  • Average31%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible8%
Travellers talk about
“pizza” (44 reviews)
“trout” (13 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
$$ - $$$
11134 Ca 140, El Portal, CA 95318
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate in a room off the main restaurant area which was much quieter and we looked out over the wild Merced River. The was plenty of variety on the menu and the service was very good.

Thank Andrew L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Skimming the reviews I'm surprised to see bad ones. I was shocked at how good the food was here, especially since this is an "in house" lodge restaurant. My wife and I had fish dinners here several times- salmon, trout, mahi mahi- and it was...More

Thank travelinfam25
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There was always a queue at the bar with only 1 serving, had to wait 20 mins for seat in restaurant when place was half empty. Food was good and served quite quickly. Help yourself salad and soup buffet. Charged $10 corkage on own wine

Thank Jennifer C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's unfortunate you have to encounter ugly people like the "hostess" Rhonda who sour your day and have no place being employed in customer service. We didn't receive any apology from the manager either, who we were told was aware of her behaviour and had...More

Thank Richard J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had possibly the worst meal of my life at this restaurant. Not only was the food disgusting, but it was ridiculously overpriced. Do yourself a favour and give this tourist trap a miss.

Thank Stephanie R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hubs had a steak and said it was good, not great, but good. I had chicken Marsala and would not order it again. The salad bar was really good and the service was excellent.

Thank Charla C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

They have a decent meal selection. I was allowed to use red sauce on the ravioli- that was nice. The ravioli was decent tasting - It needed more sauce. The server brought extra Parmesan cheese. So thoughtful. It was served on a bed of cooked...More

Thank lisafromMaynard
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Like food you would cook at home - not restaurant quality but not bad. For example the blue cheese steak sauce had split, though the steak wasn't the worst I'd had on the holiday. My partner's sauce with her ribs was pre-prepared and too spicy....More

Thank stonerose5
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I ate dinner twice and once for breakfast buffet. Would have preferred to order breakfast from menu but was acceptable. After visiting the restaurants in the park, we decided this was moderately priced with delicious choices for dinner.

Thank Betty F
Reviewed 13 May 2018

My spouse and I ate at the River Restaurant twice....it was that good. The first night we split a large steak, which was medium rare and very tasty. The next night my husband had trout, and I tried the ribs. Both were yummy. Good ribs...More

Thank George H
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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
Kids, Child-friendly, 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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