This establishment and the Buckeye Tree Lodge next door, where we are staying, are situated very near the entrance to Sequoia National Park. After a day of seeing mammouth trees and the awesome vistas of King's Canyon then driving s-curves that would challenge Parnelli Jones, we realized most of the restaurants are farther along Sierra Drive. We had several options in mind when we realized Gateway was within footsteps. The parking lot was full and we thought it must be good. We felt committed by the time we were sitting with menus in hand, sipping water. When it became clear that the only plate for less than $20 would be a sandwich, it seemed too late to walk out. The meals were good, but we spent far more than planned. The ribeye steak special ($32.95) was cooked expertly and seasoned nicely. The panko-crusted shrimp ($23.95) was flavorful and nicely prepared. Each entree' was accompanied by a very large plate of salad, a dinner roll, sautéed zucchini and pineapple wedge garnish. All were delicious, the servers pleasant and helpful. Had we intended the expense, the experience would have been delightful. In fact, it was. It is just that our credo is living beneath our means, splurging for special occasions. There is plenty left over for a second meal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lodging renovation completed March 2014. The Gateway Restaurant and Lodge is located just 1/4 mile from the Main Entrance to Sequoia National Park on Highway 198. If offers a full service bar and restaurant along with a lodge containing 5 standard rooms, a cozy honeymoon cottage on the river with a dry sauna room and a two bedroom river house that sleeps up to 8 people. ... more less
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