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The River Restaurant & Lounge

$$ - $$$
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11134 Hwy 140, El Portal, CA
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Friendly service. Quick and prompt. Got there early. Food was good. Salad bar was very good. The restaurant filled up quickly once open. But we were sat and served in a timely fashions. Had the prime rib and mashed potatoes. Very filling. I would go again.

Thank Diana B
Diamond Bar, California
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80 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The restaurant is located inside the Yosemite View Lodge complex, so if you stay in the lodge, this is THE restaurant you can eat at - There's another restaurant in the Cedar Lodge motel but it's 7 miles away. I had breakfast and dinner here, the food is not bad. For breakfast it's all you can eat - eggs, bacon,... More 

Thank TonyChao
Campbell, California
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68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Good efficient service Great selection of beers Tasty food at reasonable prices Good river view in outside dining area Extensive menu

Thank Martin C
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is pretty weird. The decor is very much wilderness-yosemite, which is fine, but seemed dated as well. They seemed understaffed but maybe because they were busy so late in the season. The hostess was also bussing tables and taking care of other front of the house duties. Once we were seated (25 minute wait), service was a tad... More 

Thank Wes S
Reading, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Read the reviews by others. There are two venues reviewed but there is only one Resturant other than the bar area. We read the reviews so took note of the possible wait times and arrived at 1830. No wait and straight to a table. Drinks came quickly. We all chose Prime rib. With that you get a free salad bar... More 

Thank Steve D
Valrico, Florida
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101 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife daughter and I ate here in late September for breakfast and enjoyed it . The food was freshly made and there was a nice selection of eggs, meats ,fresh fruits, pancakes,french toast and pastries. It was not free at $13.99 per plate plus $2.50. for coffee but it was very convenient and we were seated quickly. Our server... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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58 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We dined here on night 2 of our stay at the Yosemite View Lodge having tried the pizza place the first night. We had spent the day on a long hike and were famished. We waited 30 minutes for a table but were able to get a beer in the bar and take it out on their lovely river front... More 

Thank Suzanne L
Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate here on three occasions during a two night stay as there is little else in the vicinity. The waitress and other serving staff were friendly and helpful but the evening meals were decidedly average, as was the buffet breakfast. Did not bother stopping for our breakfast on the last day as we were glad to be leaving this... More 

Thank RonandGerry
Monifieth, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate here twice during a three nights stay, in the bar & then the restaurant, as the choice of nearby options was restricted. Both nights saw queues at the door to get in, with the main room busy but not full so the organisation & management skills could not have been great. That said, they were offering bar &... More 

Thank Alan M
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47 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A wide choice of breakfast buffet items. Tasty with the exception of the scrambled eggs which were most bland. And, it is ONLY buffet for $15. Although we were treated courteously on two occasions, on our last visit with the addition of a tour group dining prior to the 7:00 opening time, the head host became very abrupt and rude... 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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?