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“Delish!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Peaks Restaurant at Wuksachi Lodge

The Peaks Restaurant at Wuksachi Lodge
64740 Wuksachi Way, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93262
5595654070
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Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
Los Angeles
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Delish!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

We had two breakfasts and two dinners here during our recent stay. The food was really delicious, especially the dinners. My husband had the trout the first night and the ribs the second. I had the venison (which is from New Zealand, BTW. They don't just go outside and shoot the deer.) the first night and the lamb shank on the second. I would recommend any of them.
We brought our own wine from home and paid the $10 corkage. They do have a fairly reasonably priced wine list but we like to bring our own.
This restaurant is a definite plus for the lodge!

Visited January 2014
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San Marcos, California
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Ridiculous Wait Time!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

We've stayed at Wuksachi for the past 10 years and were very disappointed in the service at the restaurant this year. The servers were nice but there just weren't enough of them to satisfy the needs of a very busy restaurant! The prices are way out of line, tho the food is tasty. It's too bad such a great establishment is going down the tubes. Our suggestion: hire a host/hostess; 4 more waiters/waitresses and throw in 2-3 bus persons. Looking forward to seeing changes at 'The Peaks'.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Aachen
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Good food, great ambience, but abuses it's exclusivity somewhat.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We stayed a few days over new years, and as we were mislead by the website which states that the lodgepole market not too far away was open during winter (I guess it's just a mixup, but though I informed the staff of the lodge, it has not been changed) and thought we could shop for groceries and cheap meals there, we were more or less stuck with having to eat there a few times. In total, we had one lunch and two dinners there, one dinner on new years eve.
The food is ok, with some highlights and also some total let downs, the dining room itself is gorgeous, but the service is incredibly bad. The lunch on new years eve was good, we were one of two parties, and service as well as food during that meal was good. The NYE dinner was crowded, and it seemed that they had way to few staff for this crowd. The starters came over a course of 20 minutes, and surprisingly the first one that came (pasta) was almost cold. The entrees were ok, the vension I had was well cooked, but the market vegetables were just a bunch of green beans, and nothing else came with the dish, which made the presentation a bit lackluster. It was painful to get drinks, or have the water refilled, the average time between ordering and receiving a drink was something like ten minutes. What was really off putting on new years eve was the "dance" afterwards, which looked like it was more of a concession to the staff, cheesy and loud dance music was playing, and the staff crowded the bar (bringing their own drinks...) which made getting drinks even more of an ordeal. Not what you'd expect in a place like this. We chose to just grab a bottle of champagne and left.
On new years day, due to a lack of alternatives, we had dinner again, and this time it took 30 minutes to be seated, even though we reserved a table in advance. The hostess assured us that we would be seated "in a couple of minutes", and got snippy when we asked how our table was coming. Again, food was ok, and service was even worse than on new years eve.
The whole time the staff clearly showed that they resented being stuck at such a remote location on new years eve.
It is a real pity, the dining room is just great, with a huge fireplace and views of the woods, and I like the approach of a somewhat upscale restaurant, but it just does not deliver. Make it less upscale, get better (and more) staff, and this might be a great place to dine, but as it is, it is just not bad enough to make you drive an hour to the next place, which what I think keeps this place in business. The price though are ok for such a remote location.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Thousand Oaks, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“A Total Disaster”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

it took an hour of online searching to find a telephone number to call 2 weeks ahead and I was told that they served prime rib, no reservations were required for lunch, and non-registered guests could eat there. There was no one to seat us and I was sent downstairs to buy tylenol resulting in my having to get someone to unlock the store and they had none.. Finding only sandwich fare on the menue I asked about prime rib and the chef refused to fix it. The Alaskan salmon was not hot, the lettuce slightly limp and the waitress did not know the difference between it and spinach. When it came time to pay the pen did not work.

Visited December 2013
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Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Very nice and fine restaurant in the forest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

Very nice service, fine food and very nice atmosphere. You need to make a reservation for dinner...I have to say you will need a magnifier glass to read the menu or let somebody to read for you if you are over 40:-)

Visited November 2013
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