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The River Restaurant & Lounge

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11134 Hwy 140, El Portal, CA
2093792183
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 49
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Ask for dinner outside!

Great view on the river if you sit outside. Nice salad bar, fresh produce and good Californian wine for fair prices. Watch the hummingbirds!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
GabyvdBosch
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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California City, California
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Bought the food to go, it was great! We had our dog with us so we couldn't sit in the restaurant. The service was fast, we got our food and took it to our room to enjoy. Thank you to the staff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Our waiter Gavin was just wonderful!!! He kept all the cold beverages coming after we had spent a very long but fun day hiking at Yosemite. This restaurant is right next to the Yosemite View Lodge and is a nice oasis to enjoy delicious food and drinks. The ambiance here is just perfect for the Lodge setting and Yosemite park.... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Great view on the river if you sit outside. Nice salad bar, fresh produce and good Californian wine for fair prices. Watch the hummingbirds!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Ate two meals here. They were both ok service was slow but they were extremely popular as the only one for miles! The chips (fries) we were served should never have left the restaurant but they were soon replaced with edible ones when this was pointed out.

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Edmonds, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This was one of the two good things about this place. The other is it's proximity to the park. Find another place to stay.

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Memphis, Tenn.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

When darkness falls on El Portal and you don't feel like driving to the next town to grab a bite, this restaurant associated with the Yosemite View Lodge could be just the ticket. It was for us, at least. We had the Caesar salad and veggie burger, respectively, and ate them with gusto. Service was slow to come to us... More 

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Wheaton, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We ate at The River Restaurant & Lounge 2 different nights. The food was good but nothing special. However the service was VERY slow. We waited at least 20min. to get our check at the end of the meal.

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Ramona, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We had our two dogs , so they had to go boxes for the brunch which was very good. The staff was very nice and helpful.

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New Philadelphia, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Food was good and so was the service. The waiter I had was very friendly and had a good sense of humor with his attendance. It had a nice decor' appropriate to the outdoors. Pricey since there isn't any competition with restaurants for this location. You may wait 40 minutes when the restaurant is busy and you don't get there... More 

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Miami, Fl
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

The food was decent but a little overpriced. The menu includes pasta, steak, chicken and fish dishes. The dinner includes a salad bar which was well stocked (including two soups). You may want to get there early (by 6 PM) or make reservations. We arrived at 8 pm and waited 15-20 minutes. The place was packed and the service was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 11134 Hwy 140, El Portal, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  El Portal
  • Phone Number: 2093792183

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

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