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The River Restaurant & Lounge

11134 Hwy 140, El Portal, CA
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Ranked #3 of 6 Restaurants in El Portal
Cuisines: American
Most recent review
- Aug 9, 2014
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El Portal, CA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Baltimore, Maryland
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We stayed at the Yosemite View Lodge and The River Restaurant & Lounge was the hotel's sit down restaurant. For breakfast, the only option was a buffet. The selection was good and the food was good as well. There are few options for dining in this area, we were pleased with the buffet and food available on the buffet.

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Clifton, Texas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

$14.99 is too much to pay for a cheeseburger. Food was decent but prices are higher than one should expect.

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Chicago, Illinois
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60 reviews 60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We ate dinner at The River our first night in El Portal. Given the location and the limited choices, our expectations were low. The place isn't much to look at from the outside. The inside isn't much better. The restaurant has a deck though, and it was nice eating outside overlooking the river. The bar areas is nice enough, and... More

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Santa Monica, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We were there this past weekend where the place can get busy. The food was okay...the salad and soup bar was a nice feature. But our waiter was a little overwhelmed, and often forgot things that we ended up asking everyone else around for things. And he never really came around to check on us. What got me the most,... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We stayed two nights in El Portal and there are not a lot of choices. I was alittle skeptical about the prices when I saw the menu. I ordered the steak and it was very good. I have to say our waiter was the best I ever had, went back a second night and he remembered us and what we... More

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Sacramento, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

At the West enterance of Yosemite in El Portal is The River restaurant. The reason to dine there is the wonderful back patio overlooking the Merced river !!! Salad bar with every meal. Reasonalble prices compared to being in the park. Friendly staff. This place is a winner.

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Brighton
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

My husband and I have stayed at Yosemite View Lodge in the past and knew that there was no other alternative apart from the pizza place on site. We ate at the River Restaurant on the previous occasion and it was "alright", however, this time we thought the food had improved and it wasn't bad value for money. My only... More

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Bromley, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Good service, reasonable quality food at a reasonable price. They catered for gluten free although the vegetarian options were somewhat limited. Good value when you consider it's location and the lack of comptetition.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We weren't expecting a fabulous meal. The atmosphere was rustic and somewhat dated but the quality and preparation of the food was terrific.

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