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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: Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Prime rib recommended

We had a nice family dinner at the River restaurant while staying at the adjacent Yosemite View Lodge. The restaurant uses a novel paging system so you can wait outside or even at your room while waiting for your table. I had a perfectly grilled 9 oz. prime rib and together with the salad bar... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 23, 2015
Bert V
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate at the restaurant on one of our six night stays there - the food (burger & fries) was extraordinarily tasteless - how can you screw such a basic meal up?

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Thank Guido B
Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Had dinner here one night; the food was t great... It was overpriced and very slow service. Staff was nice, but unorganized and seemed overwhelmed. The other nights we opted for fast food.

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Thank Arli33
SF Bay Area
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

We had breakfast and dinner here. There was only one person working in the front of the restaurant and he did everything - seating, taking orders, delivering food, and cleaning tables. The food was terrible and tasteless. There is no pride in this kitchen! They are the only restaurant for miles, but that is no excuse!

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Tustin, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

The restaurant we went to is located at Yosemite view Lodge, so we went there since is at the hotel we staying. The ambiance is great with display arrays of wine bottles. They have 2 sides of the dining areas and we guess the other was closed because of low season. They also had a very nice outside patio which... More 

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Thank Cathy W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

We had a nice family dinner at the River restaurant while staying at the adjacent Yosemite View Lodge. The restaurant uses a novel paging system so you can wait outside or even at your room while waiting for your table. I had a perfectly grilled 9 oz. prime rib and together with the salad bar enjoyed a fine dinner.

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Thank Bert V
Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

We came to the River Restaurant for breakfast on a few occasions and were greeted by very friendly staff. The food was lovely and fresh and self service. One evening we came in for dinner and again the service was impeccable and the food excellent. Highly recommended if you are staying at Yosemite Lodge.

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Thank SteveS1970
Charlotte, NC, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

As I was staying at the Yosemite View Lodge, I went to The River Restaurant for breakfast due to the convenience of being located in the complex. Walking-in, I was immediately greeted and shown to a table by a friendly host. The dining room was nice and very clean with an exposed wooden ceiling and rustic chairs at the tables.... More 

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Thank tarheelblue89
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

The waiters were very knowledgeable. They directed us to the soup salad bar which was the best I've eaten in a while. To do over again, I'd just eat that and not order off of the menu

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Thank pamme42
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This Restaurant though a bit pricey, was a pleasant surprise during our stay at the local Yosemite View Inn. The atmosphere was rustic, pleasant to the eye and ear, service was efficient and friendly and quality was palatable. We would go back again if in the area. Dinner for 2 without wine would run around $85.

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Thank Zhiv
Sebastian, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

We stopped to eat here on our way back to our hotel from Yosemite. On the night we were there, the service was just horrible. The poor waiter tried hard to be accommodating, but either they weren't expecting the amount of people that decided to dine there (June, a very busy time for Yosemite!) or just short handed on that... 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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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