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The River Restaurant & Lounge

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11134 Hwy 140, El Portal, CA
+1 209-379-2183
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Wentzville, Missouri
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017 via mobile

Spent the entire day, hiking the Yosemite valley. After checking back into my room, I walked across the driveway (30ft) to restaurant. Dinner was great, I have the river burger, substituted a black bean chipotle patty for a beef one. The patty was well seasoned and tasted great, the price was reasonable $14.00. Came with fries, tomatoes, pickkes, onions on... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

Food was agreeably good. Pleasant service, good collection of wine and drinks were priced reasonably for this touristy place.

Thank Balaji R
Jakarta, Indonesia
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192 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016 via mobile

Good food and attentive staff , a bit pricey and there was no other restaurant surrounding . Went to this restaurant for dinner as we stayed in the hotel for 3 nights.

Thank Ika C
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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515 reviews
279 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

When staying at the Yosemite View Lodge you have two meal options - A Pizzeria (which was closed during the second weekend in November due to a broken oven!) or The River Restaurant. Other restaurants are a 7/8 mile drive away. As the pizzeria was closed we knew it would be busy at The River but we were greeted politely... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

We were staying at the Lodge and went to this restaurant once for dinner. Sat outside on the patio next to the river. Very nice setting. Was visited by two racoons, which provided some entertainment. Food was very good considering you are in a very remote location. Service was good. We enjoyed our meal very much and would go back... More 

Thank encinitas53
Decatur, Illinois
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77 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

I stayed here with a group and we had a breakfast buffet. It was quite good. The food was attractively served. Hot things were hot and cold things were cold. The waiters and servers seemed a little nervous about small things, like where we sat, etc., but the food was delish. The coffee was slow to appear but it was... More 

Thank janrteach20
Atlanta, Georgia
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122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

We ate here twice during our stay in el Portal. We were staying at Yosemite Blue Butterfly B and B which was within walking distance. There are not many choices in El Portal. They have an old fashioned salad bar, limited selection, but ok. There were 4 of us and the first night we all had the prime rib. The... More 

Thank nicolediane
Dayton, Ohio, United States
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

We had been backpacking for several day and this was our first food after. Even so, I feel the place was really good. I enjoyed the salad bar several times and the soup also. My wife and I both ordered big steaks with baked potato sides. We both had good steaks. I would highly recommend it. Our waiter, Gavin was... More 

Thank Rick_in_Ohio
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

You don't have many options outside of the park when staying in the El Portal area. The River Restaurant served OK food and had an OK salad bar accompanied by OK service. We had a group of six and had burgers, sandwiches with fries and some other complete meals. The service was somewhat slow, the food was mediocre but filling... More 

Thank Al O
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

After a day of hiking and a big lunch we opted for smaller plates than most. My wife ordered a burger and I had Fish and chips.. The burger was okay, the French fries were old, dry and flavorless. The fish had been dropped before the oil was hot. You still get a crust but it oozes oil when cut... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11134 Hwy 140, El Portal, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  El Portal
  • Phone Number: +1 209-379-2183

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