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Erna's Elderberry House
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Ranked #1 of 53 Restaurants in Oakhurst
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$78 - US$125
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Highway 41
Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

Having dined here before, and enjoyed a delicious and satisfying meal, we were VERY surprised that the only option was a tasting menu. The menu Trip Advisory listed above and the one I saw printed in a magazine of menus from the Tourist Information office did not advise us that the only option was a TASTING menu, nor did the personalized menus at the restaurant.
My husband chose the 3 course menu, composed of a starter, a olive wrapped Rib Eye and a salad to finish. I had the 5 course with additional course of carrot soup and a chocolate dessert which we planned on sharing.
Don't get me wrong the food is good but more emphasis is placed on the artistic presentation of the food what I call tweezer food, items so small that they are placed on your dish with twizzers or actually painted on with a paint brush.
I can't wait for this trend to end.
The server pointed out "the 3 orange dots are the romesco sauce" I never saw nor tasted the caviar in my 1st course.
We were both completely surprised at the size of our "rib eye" it was the size of a silver dollar coin by maybe a 1/4-1/2"
Especially because we were asked how we wanted it cooked as in "medium rare", and we were in cattle country!
The dessert listed 7 items, the chocolate was painted on the plate, the prickly pear marshmallow was a one half inch By 1/8" square, and 1 tablespoon mound of gelato
The others I didn't see.
The ambience is fantastic, a beautiful restaurant, everything there is perfect. Service beyond great. If only we had known the only option available was a tasting option.
Also there were several people who didn't dress as advised, coat, tie or button down shirt. Instead they were in Levis,tee shirts and plaid shirts. They should have been seated in one of the other rooms.
As I said, I hope this tasting trend ends soon as this is such a special place.

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Reviewed 30 November 2017

We returned to Edna's to celebrate our birthdays and what a memorable evening we shared in Oakhurst! Everything was prepared with the greatest attention to detail with the finest of ingredients. The braised red cabbage that accompanied our main course brought us back to Nuremberg for the Christmas Eve dinner with snowflakes falling outside the window. This is destination dining as it is in Europe, where people travel across rivers, mountains, and countries to get to a special place renown for its cuisine. We are always greeted so warmly that we feel like part of the family. We send our sincere thanks for attention to details and perfection on the plates! Bravo!!!

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Thank nancyandbrian2016
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

Absolutely unbelievable that an establishment like Erna's would be hidden in Oakhurst CA! Excellent food, Incredible service and an unforgettable dining experience. An experience like this can't be had in very many places. Treat yourself to a dining experience which is as good as it gets!

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Thank alan b
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Reviewed 26 October 2017

This out-of-the-way restaurant surprised with excellent, although pricey, food. We enjoyed every course. We particularly appreciated the fact that the portion sizes were not overwhelming, and the selection of accompanying tastes and flavors to each dish was original and delicious. Very good wine list. We were disappointed that the bar was not operational the night we were there.
Note that this is not an inexpensive meal, but it is exceptional food in an unlikely locale.

Thank Revlucky
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

My favourite meal during our California trip, light food, cooked to the essentials and not overdone, like many US chefs tend to do. Superb wine list and great atmosphere sitting outside on the terrace.

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Thank GWAmsterdam
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