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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
Most recent review
Good food, friendly service

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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Carlsbad, California
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Carlsbad, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

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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68 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
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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
14 helpful votes 14 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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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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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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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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216 reviews 216 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
600 helpful votes 600 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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233 reviews 233 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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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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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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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