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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” (46 reviews)
“trout” (14 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly
££ - £££
11134 Ca 140, El Portal, CA 95318
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Located at the Yosemite View Lodge. Expensive for a lousy dinner---I had the chicken marsala---tough and overcooked chicken. The salad bar was okay. This restaurant is one of the few places available to eat once you are outside of the park. Our server was kind...More

Thank Susan M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant is in the grounds of the valley view lodge hotel in El Portal. On arrival we didn’t expect much, it’s old fashioned style wise and we waited ages for a table even though there was hardly anyone there. However once we got past...More

Thank BobBlogger
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well we had no choice and I was not expecting much. However the food and staff were good and I’d eat there again

1  Thank Thomo61
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food and service were excellent. The salad bar was good with a nice variety. My trout was quite good, my husband wasn’t as impressed with the steak. He did love the fries.

Thank dianekae
Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

I wasnt sure what to expect when I booked this lodge. We arrived pretty late on a friday night so we couldnt see much driving into it. We could definitely hear the river. Checking in was a breeze. The area itself is clean and pretty...More

Thank Danny P
Reviewed 22 July 2018

Staying a couple nights in El Portal, we were faced with the problem of where to eat. The River Restaurant is basically the only show in town besides the pizza place next door. My wife and I both had fish and chips. The food was...More

Thank Joe P
Reviewed 18 July 2018

We had not heard particularly good things about this restaurant but we loved it. Excellent food and service, a bit like an English pub restaurant.

Thank Billy_WizzKent
Reviewed 2 July 2018

Good food. Right next door to Yosemite Blue Butterfly Inn where we were staying. Very convenient. Nice, small bar. Met several people from London there. Quite a jolly friendly lot.

Thank TravelersFromAlice
Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

Dinner here with the family and a was very impressed despite some of the average reviews on TA. Seated outside on the balcony and looked after by Gavin who would have to be about the most personable server we have had on this trip by...More

Thank Scott M
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Awful...Terrible service from the kitchen but front of house staff great. Food on...but we were so hungry I would have eaten the leg off the table!!! Very bad that there's so little choice...they have a captive audience and that's not good!!

Thank Deirdre M
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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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