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The River Restaurant & Lounge

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11134 Hwy 140, El Portal, CA
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Greenwood, Indiana
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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
St. Petersburg, Russia
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed a delicious dinner sitting outside on the patio overlooking the river after long day exploring Yosemite. Will become a cherished memory, amazing setting, delicious food, attentive staff. Enjoyed it so much we ate a second meal there the following night.

Thank n w
Central Coast NSW
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129 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had pizza the night before so decided to give the only other restaurant in El Portal a try for our second nights dinner whilst visiting Yosemite. So after a day of hiking and being outdoors we had worked up an appetite, The river looks quite up market and rustic but i thought why? who or what are they trying... More 

Thank DobsnDougo
Houston, Texas
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11 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of the closest restaurants outside of the Arch Rock entrance to Yosemite, so the prices were a bit inflated. Our server was pleasant. The meal was okay. Portions large. Salad bar was disappointing. Few fresh selections and mostly iceberg lettuce. Riverside dining was available which could be very nice.

Thank hopmom
Lancaster, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stayed here because it is one of the few places with availability close to the park. The rooms were big, well appointed and clean. The Merced River runs right outside most rooms. A nice view, but in June it generated a medium roar even with the doors closed. Might disturb a light sleeper. The restaurant is convenient, provides an... More 

Thank Roy R
Abingdon, Maryland
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33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

This restaurant provides good food at a reasonable price. Decor is rustic. The service was very good and the food was served relatively quickly.

Thank John L
Pocomoke City, Maryland
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

One only ate one dinner here but ate 3 breakfast buffets. The selection of fruit and items on the buffet was excellent. The dinner was ok not top of the line but no issues with it either. I suggest getting to dinner early or expect an hour or more wait.

Thank CareenlikesNature
Tahoe City, California
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

There are only two restaurants at the Hotel and too many people to handle at this small place. The staff was very friendly, but our wait time was over 1 hour. There is an all you can eat salad and soup bar, but the vegetables in the soup looked like they were a week old and not edible. The salad... More 

Thank 97Rick
Vista, California
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71 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

We thought we'd try this while on vacation. Come to find out the trout was very tasty, lots of fresh veggies. The Dijon chicken salad was so yummy. Not overly priced. We ask to sit by the window so we could enjoy seeing and hearing the Merced River. We would go back there for dinner on our next Yosemite trip.

Thank sweetpeacalifornia

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