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All 6 El Portal Restaurants

The River Restaurant & Lounge

11134 Hwy 140, El Portal, CA
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Ranked #3 of 6 Restaurants in El Portal
Cuisines: American
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Lincoln, California, United States
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44 reviews 44 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The River Restaurant within the Yosemite View hotel is a very nicely decorated and cozy family-type restaurant. We ate Thursday pizza in the bar, Friday breakfast and Sunday buffet in the restaurant. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The food was very tasty and hot. Prices very reasonable. We would go back.

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Brisbane, Australia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Don't expect too much and you'll be fine. We had to wait 30 mins and then wait an hour once inside. I'm not sure if they are understaffed of unorganized, but it took forever just to place an order and it wasn't full.Don't order the New York steak with soup/salad combo ... best that can be said is we weren't... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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195 reviews 195 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
586 helpful votes 586 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Dinner here was a disappointment, and very bad value for money. The staff were friendly enough, but service was still very slow and the food only just about worth waiting for. The breakfast, though a bit downmarket, was at least a pleasant experience and, being a buffet, filled the stomach OK for the day ahead. If we had just come... More 

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Upland, California, United States
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201 reviews 201 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

From a mediocre salad bar to the languid service to the uninspired entrees, this place, unfortunately, is pretty much the only game in town without a major drive on the winding mountain roads. Ribs: cooked ok but slathered with a far-too-sweet sauce. The spinach artichoke dip: uh, what happened to the artichoke part? Tried several of their wines. Reasonably priced...for... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Staff was very friendly and attentive. We went for their breakfast buffet and dinner one night. Just waiter/waitress each time and they were big fantastic. Breakfast was filling and a good price ($11.99) for what you got. Dinners were both good and included soup and salad bar. Limited choices at salad bar though.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

The best thing about this restaurant was the 2 waiters that were on the night we were there, Oct 18. They were the hardest working waiters (young man, young woman) I have ever seen. EVERYONE comes here at the end of the day as there are few other choices to eat. There is a pizza place next door. The store... More 

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Leeds, England
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138 reviews 138 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We visited here in October 2014, while we were staying at the Blue Butterfly B&B literally next door to this restaurant (recommended). We had dinner here twice, and were were impressed with the quality of the food, the steaks in particular were very tender and flavoursome. They also have a complimentary salad bar which was always fresh and well stocked... More 

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West Sand Lake, New York, United States
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189 reviews 189 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Not many dining choices in El Portal just outside the park. Dinner was good. Nice menu choices, decent food, presentation and portion sizes. Friendly service. Pleasant decor. Very good breakfast buffet for those who want a hardy breakfast before hitting the trails. .

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Temecula, California, United States
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3 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

For $11.99 it is a rip off!! Food was nothing special and did not even taste good. We could have gotten a breakfast like this for free at other hotels.

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El Portal, CA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This restaurant and lounge is part of the Yosemite View Lodge, located just outside the Hwy 140 entrance to Yosemite National Park. We are locals and have been dining here for years. Some find the food pricey, but have to remember this is a tourist destination year round, so on par with other similar locations. Food is great, but the... More 

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Address: 11134 Hwy 140, El Portal, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  El Portal
Cuisine: American

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