Loved this place, stopped at a Restaurant called, I think Doris's, and the people have turned there home into a first class spot to eat. The cakes were to die for, and the couple were  friendly and helpful on the way to Yosemite.

                                                      Downtown Groveland, on the way to Yosemite

As one approaches this tiny hamlet town on the way to Yosemite, it might be that with a quick blink you are past....Don't blink! Groveland is full of wonderful things to do whether you are Yosemite bound or just out for a road trip. This quaint gold mining village poised at the edge of the Sierras is quick becoming a diner's Mecca for quality selections spanning a myriad of styles from the fast and affordable to extraorinary and posh.

Lets first talk about the more uniqe dining choices:
The Iron Door Saloon is a favorite amongst regular two-wheeled travelers to Groveland. The eclectic saloon boasts of being the oldest continuously operating saloon in California and the aged woodwork and huge iron doors are testiment to this. Famous for their buffalo burgers, guests can now also enjoy such California styled treats as chicken Caesar rollups. The Iron Door Saloon is absolutely worth a stop, hungry or not!  209.962.8904.

For the romantics, there is the Victoria Room at the Groveland Hotel. This special-event dining establishment has a beautiful and hushed dining room providing peace and romance for a lovely dinner for two. The gourmet menu pairs well with their Wine Spectator Award wining wine list. Even the new chef, Greg Lutes, comes with a list of accolades including one from Zagat. 209.962.4000.

Pine Mountain Lake, a private community just around the corner from Groveland, has a Country Club that is open to the public. Capable of seating up to 200 people, the Country Club is always the choice for big venued events. While perhaps better known for their dinners, their greatest assets are the Yosemite peaked views. With this in mind, consider a lingering lunch on the deck where you can enjoy both the views above and the golfers below. 209.962.8636.

Evergreen Lodge is a tucked away gem. You will never find this place by accident. Located 8 miles off of Highway 120 and nearly at the Hetch Hetchy entrance to Yosemite, visitors here will find a lodge setting reminicent of the movie Dirty Dancing with campfires and s'mores nightly. The main log cabin building holds a good sized restaurant and bar and serves both a gourmet menu and a casual menu of burgers and such. The setting is great fun with an occasional live band on weekends and the food is tastey. 209.379.2606.

The Hotel Charlotte with its owner-chef run dining room Cafe Charlotte is popular with  locals and visitors alike and is often said to be like coming to Lynn & Victor's house for dinner. With an oft changing menu, guests will be at once impressed with the wide varitety of choices including selections origininating from as far away as Argentina and Thailand mixed in with traditional mediterranean favorites. A small but diverse wine list featuring several choices from Sierra Foothill wineries compliments the menu nicely. 209.962.6455.

Each of these venues offers up a plethora of special event dinners throughout the year featuring wineries, music, guest chef's, themed nights and oodles more. Groveland's most famed collaborative event is the annual Progressive Dinner, which starts at one dining room and moves from restaurant to restaurant through four courses and ends with dancing at either the Country Club or the Iron-Door-Saloon. has a listing of local scheduled events from these restaurants and more.

Next let's give mention to the quick-stop local favorites for a fair bite at a good price with warm service thrown in for good measure. Each of these stops can boast a blue ribbon, best in class for some specialty or another and are often the choice for travelers heading through town for a quick bite.

As you peak The Grade coming from the west on Highway 120, your first chance for a meal is Big Oak Lounge, open for breakfast, lunch and diner. This bar with restaurant has recently installed a balanced wine list with an entry level choice, nice mid-priced wine and a great higher-end wine to choose from in both reds and whites.  The regular menu features a broad selection of favorites including some delicious New York steaks. 209.962.6015

Heading into Groveland, two miles further down the road, on the right is the tiny 10 seater Hot Doggie serving up the famous Casper brand of Hotdogs and a few other choices, all made to order, well priced and delicious. 209.962.8986
Just off Main Street in downtown Groveland there is Stan's Que on Back Street. Stan specializes in smoked meats, and the custom bar-b-que sauce is truely one-of-a-kind. Stan and Pam offer outdoor seating only and are open May through October, 209.962.7529.

Directly across from Stan's, but on Main Street is Cocina Michoacana, the popular Mexican restaurant, doing an authentic job seven days a week, lunch and dinner. The green sauce is by far the best north of the border, try it on the enchiladas. 

On the opposite side of the Charlotte is the new fresh sandwich deli, Cross Country Cafe. Opened just this summer, they are making great sandwiches and serve award winning chili. 209.962.7777

Continue heading east and at the corner of Feretti Road you will find the traditional diner of PJ's Cafe, always hot, always fast and their soft-serve ice-cream cones are a must in the hottest days of August, 209.962.7501.

Just around the corner, on Feretti Road is Two Guys Pizza Pies serving up all-you-can-eat weekday lunch specials that can't be beat! Two Guys also does delivery and has a fresh salad bar, 209-962-GUYS.

If you like a nice country drive, stay on Feretti Road out to the Airport where you will find the little Corsair Cafe serving up a menu that includes burgers and perfect french fries. 209.962-6793

A bit further down the road in Buck Meadows, just about half way from the town of Groveland to Yosemite' s front gate is the Yosemtie Ridge, 49er Restuarant. This 50's syled diner serves big multi-coursed meals in a nice setting. If the weather is nice, sit at one of the picnic tables on the patio. 209.962-6877

Most of these restaurants are members of the Yosemite Chamber of Commerce where you can find a little more information on each along with links to their websites and menus.The value and diversity of choice you will recieve while dining in Groveland far exceeds the pricing you will find once inside Yosemite National Park. Stop in Groveland on your way to Yosemite for a bit, a bite or an overnight!