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The River Restaurant & Lounge

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

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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
Average but convenient

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.

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
Sara P
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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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51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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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tampa, fl
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148 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

This place has average to below average food and when you combine that with bad service it's pretty disappointing. It's especially frustrating when you know you have to just deal with it because there isn't any other options really and they know it. Our server for dinner did a wonderful job of keeping our drink glasses dry and I had... More 

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San Mateo, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Limited menu, exhorbitant prices. No options within miles of this place. Pack your own dinner and bring your own drinks.

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

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

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