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The River Restaurant & Lounge

11134 Hwy 140, El Portal, CA
+1 209-379-2183
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  • Excellent14%
  • Very good29%
  • Average38%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible8%
Travellers talk about
“pizza” (21 reviews)
“ny steak” (3 reviews)
“soups” (6 reviews)
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11134 Hwy 140, El Portal, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We weren't expecting much from this restaurant but their salad bar was good and the clam chowder was also pretty good. Get their salmon dish, it was phenomenal. My husband got that and I got something else and after tasting his, I had wished I...More

Thank meganzimmer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Service alright and room and dinning area not bad to dine in. I had soup and salad bar, which could have been more sanitary-looking, honestly. Not many vegetarian or healthy options. Overpriced, but honestly nicer to eat in than some of the other hotel dining...More

Thank Alexandra V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was worried with only two places to eat the restaurant might be only so so but food was great! Soup and salad bar included was a plus. After long day in park we had all we could eat and was very relaxing. Ate here twice...More

Thank Tim K
Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

When we entered the restaurant we were told to expect a 15-20 minute wait to be seated, which was not unreasonable. After what was closer to 30 minutes we were finally seated. It was then a further 15 minutes before a waiter came to take...More

Thank Kirsty O
Reviewed 24 February 2018

This year we stayed at the lodge near this restaurant because on our trip last year we stayed at Yosemite Lodge (or whatever it's now called) in Yosemite Valley and the food was awful. Despite some negative reviews of this place we figured it couldn't...More

Thank Warren H
Reviewed 29 January 2018 via mobile

It’s a crappy restaurant trying to be fancy. Very overpriced, worst steak my husband ever had, salad bar was sad, Knick knacks on the walls were so dusty and dirty. Needs cleaned up and a new chef!

Thank tawnyat01
Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

The restaurant is located on property. The staff is very friendly and attentive. The menu is somewhat limited as you would expect in a remote location. The food was prepared to order and was tasteful. I enjoyed a steak, garlic mashed red potatoes and a...More

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 14 January 2018

Good food. Reasonable price. Friendly service. Fish and chips met expectations. Salad and soup bar was good too--all you can eat. Salad fixings were fresh. Cream of broccoli soup tasted good. Diet Pepsi glass was always full.

Thank 7,268
Reviewed 5 December 2017

We visited the bar twice during our trip for drinks and once for dinner (at the bar) and both visits were what we needed. The atmosphere is calm but friendly with 3 TVs. Food was far better here than at the "fancy" restaurant inside the...More

Thank A R M
Reviewed 25 November 2017

Three grandkids on this trip. They took care of all of us efficiently. A long day at Yosemite, in the sun, hiking, etc makes for hungry and tired kids. The food is great, the service is fast.

Thank Ted T
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, 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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