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11134 Hwy 140, El Portal, CA
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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
An average place for average food

There's no real choice for vegans, and if you're vegetarian, you have pizza. They do have a salad bar, but that has meat alongside the veggies and nobody to keep an eye on it. I saw someone accidentally drop something into the lettuce, and my wife and I steered clear.

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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San Jose, California
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Los Angeles, CA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Slightly odd hours, but the food is first rate. Everything was clearly made from high quality ingredients. Very friendly service staff.

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Carlsbad, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Right next to Blue Butterfly Inn where we stayed. The salad bar was limited (probably because it was off season in Feb) but the meals were delicious. There is a small bar and a pizza place, too.

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Highland, California
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125 reviews 125 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

The pizza is wonderful. There was quite a line and we wanted to take it back to our room. I asked if we should come back in 30 minutes and the cashier said, it'll be done in 10-15 minutes. It was ready and they didn't skimp on the toppings. We got the pizza called "The River". It was so good.... More 

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Waterford, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Over priced. I don't mind paying for good food but the best thing on my plate was the mashed potatoes !!! steak was overcooked , the sword fish was terrible, vegetables were bland and even my beer was room temperature at best !!! As for the waiter, seen him when he took our order then POOF we never seen him... More 

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San Jose, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

There's no real choice for vegans, and if you're vegetarian, you have pizza. They do have a salad bar, but that has meat alongside the veggies and nobody to keep an eye on it. I saw someone accidentally drop something into the lettuce, and my wife and I steered clear.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

I know you're on vacation and you expect to pay higher prices in a town like Portal. Do yourself a favor no matter how tired you are stop at Mariposa or in Yosemite Valley to eat. There's nothing redeemable except for the service

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Lincoln, California, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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219 reviews 219 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
603 helpful votes 603 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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242 reviews 242 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

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