We had arrived at the Ahwahnee Hotel at 330pm, and found that our room would not be ready until 415pm, and that there were no dining reservations available at the Ahwahnee Dining room until 730pm.
So we went on down to the Ahwahnee Bar, which is open 2pm-11pm in March. They aren't open earlier, so as not to conflict with the Ahwahnee Dining room lunch.
We sat down near the windows next to the Ahwahnee back green lawns, near the open swimming pool. The place is very clean, with shiny wooden tables, and a couple of steel German chandeliers hanging from the ceiling.
This is a soup, salad and sandwich cafe, with salads about $10, and sandwiches about $16.50. Portions are average at best.
My wife ordered the Chicken Waldorf sandwich, and I got the pulled pork sandwich, each $16.50. The chicken Waldorf sandwich came with chicken salad on a croissant, with a fruit cup of green and orange melon and pineapple pieces. This was not enough for a meal by itself, as my wife took some chips from my dish to supplement her meager portion of food.
My pulled pork sandwich came on a kaiser roll bun, with a generous serving of pork, with the bbq sauce on the side in a bottle, and a large pickle. Thick Hawaiian style chips accompanied the dish.
We didn't order any drinks, as we had plenty of juices in the refrigerator upstairs in our room.
Our final bill with tax and tip came to $40.64, the most expensive sandwich lunch I have ever had.
Later we checked out the Ahwahnee dining hall, and found it half empty at 6pm. Apparently to save money they have only 4 waiters serving 6 tables each on duty. That's 24 tables for dinner, and if the hotel has 123 occupied rooms -someone is going to go hungry for dinner.
The next night when we were going to dinner at the Ahwahnee dining hall, the Ahwahnee bar was filled with customers -probably hotel guests who could not get a reservation at the dining hall, as I see no reason to come here for dinner otherwise.
I would go to the Mountain Room Restaurant next time, if the Ahwahnee Dining Hall wasn't taking dinner reservations. You may want to take the Valley shuttle to Yosemite Falls at the Lodge, as parking is very difficult during the spring and early summer crunch season.
Avoid the Mountain Room Lounge and the Food Court at the Lodge, and expect to pay $110+ for dinner for two at the Ahwahnee dining hall, and $75+ for dinner for two at the Mountain Room Restaurant. I have been to all four of them multiple times, and written comprehensive TA reviews on all of them.
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