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Falling for Yosemite: Yosemite National Park Dining: Where to Eat in Yosemite


By: Barbara Steinberg



The Ahwahnee Dining Room is a gourmet dining experience, with the heart of the menu steeped in California cuisine. Whenever possible, dishes feature both organic and sustainably-harvested, locally-grown ingredients. Ceiling-to-floor windows bring the beauty of Yosemite to your table. Reservations are recommended and proper attire for dinner is requested.


Within easy striking distance of Yosemite Lodge at the Falls is the Food Court, Mountain Room Restaurant, and Mountain Room Lounge.  The Food Court offers a cafeteria-styled selection of dining options. Kids will be happy to pick and choose their food favorites, and pre-packaged items are perfect for backpacking or hiking. After a day of sightseeing, unwind next to the Swedish-style fireplace at the Mountain Room Lounge where libations and lite-fare are available for lunch and dinner. The stylish Mountain Room Restaurant features more of Yosemite’s epicurean cuisine and provides a children’s menu for those under-developed taste buds. 


The Wawona Hotel serves more of the Park’s exceptional fare. End a day of exploration with Wawona’s Signature Flat Iron Steak and a piece of Big Trees Pine Nut Pie. It’s worth the drive to see this 1880s beauty who housed such celebrated guests as Ulysses S. Grant, Lily Langtry and President Theodore Roosevelt. The hotel is closed in January.


Built in 1921, the main lodge at Evergreen houses their restaurant and historic tavern.  Three meals-a-day are served or you can “grab-and-go” if you’re anxious to hit the trail.  Other snacks, freshly-made sandwiches, ice cream, and sodas are available at the General Store. If weather permits, dine al fresco on the front porch or outdoor dining area.  Kid-friendly food is served!


There are endless feasting opportunities within Yosemite Valley. The Village has the largest collection of “fast food” from tacos and burritos to deli sandwiches, burgers, and drinks. Picnic lunches can also be arranged through your hotel.  Other snacking options are available at Glacier Point and the Wawona Golf Shop. Some places are open seasonally, so check online or ask at your front desk before heading out.