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The River Restaurant & Lounge

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11134 Hwy 140, El Portal, CA
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51 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were staying nearby and could not use the pizza restaurant next door as we neede a gluten free meal. The first evening we waited about 10 minutes but barely got our drinks before the riverside table was ready and the second night we walked straight in. Again riverside! Slightly expensive but saved driving and prices included sale and soup.... More 

Thank car0T
Kinnelon, New Jersey
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52 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The best things about this restaurant are it is convenient if you are staying at Yosemite View Lodge and the river view from the patio. We ate at this restaurant for 2 dinners and 1 breakfast and all were good meals with no problems. I had read the reviews that discussed long waits to be seated but did not experience... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After a long day hitting the trails and hiking around, we got a take out pizza and ate it on our outside terrace. The pizza was very reasonably priced and was hot and tasty. Would highly recommend.

Thank Canada010
Los Angeles, California
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33 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The interior is amazing architecture design with nice memorable modern style of a lounge to relax and enjoy the "real" sounds of water flowing upon the river "inside" the restaurant. Great new experience for dining style and taste. Great....

Thank JCFave
Atlanta, Georgia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The River Restaurant food is adequate. Given the lack of options near Yosemite it was acceptable as a dinner option. Good service.

Thank activesenior2016
Carmichael, CA
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23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After having a long, exhausting day at Yosemite and finding the hotel room we booked was not adequate to our needs, then traveling to another hotel and finally getting settled, I went to The River to get food to eat in our room. I just had the salad bar which was fine but the outstanding part was the kindness and... More 

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Petersburg, Virginia
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144 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is located at the Yosemite View Lodge. If you decide to stay there, this restaurant is the only one for 13 miles or so. I was pleasantly surprised at the selection and appetizing taste of the breakfast buffet. It had traditional breakfast foods with a little tex mex on the side. The servers were very polite. Judging by... More 

Thank greenehalltam
Greenwood, Indiana
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

We enjoyed a very good meal at this restaurant. I had a very good pasta dish while my friend enjoyed poached salmon.

Thank Larry D
Odense, Denmark
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

Big travel groups have priority so regular hotel guests either have to book in advance or wait and hope for a possibility. We did the last and gave up finally. We also tried dinner. Steaks ordered medium were more than well done served with warm white wine. Voila!

Thank kronprinsebsgade
St. Petersburg, Russia
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7 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

I'm going to do both English and Russian. По английски и по русски. So a lot of people come to this restaurant because they all live close by in the lodge here but, truthfully, it's not a good place. It's a bit overpriced and the food is not prepared well enough. They're also understaffed, which makes the service take way... More 

Thank Андрей С

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11134 Hwy 140, El Portal, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  El Portal
  • Phone Number: 2093792183

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?