Dine at Yosemite – In the Park
The best and widest range of options for eating in Yosemite are in the valley. Don’t go to Yosemite specifically for a fine dining experience and you won’t be disappointed.
Even in the best and most expensive establishments the food will probably not match the gourmet experience you would expect for the same price back home, but if food is all you care about then you should stay home.
The less expensive options are all about getting enough calories. The most expensive offer spectacular settings and friendly service with tasty if not world-class dining. Every place is small child friendly except dinner at The Ahwahnee.
Here are the places where you can dine at Yosemite, or simply feed a hungry family. Note that many of these have shorter hours or are closed beyond the busy summer season.
The Ahwahnee Hotel to Truly Dine at Yosemite
Ahwahnee Dining Room – (209-372-1489) Breakfast (7am-10am) and Lunch (11:30am-3pm) – moderate, Sunday Brunch and Dinner (5:30pm-9pm: reservations recommended) – Expensive. If candle-lit dining with incredible scenery is your cup of tea and price is not an issue then this is where you want to dine at Yosemite. The brunch buffet is especially spectacular on Sundays. There is a dress code for dinner but this is the best food you will find in the area and the service is gracious and friendly. The room seats 400 but reservations are still generally required.
Ahwahnee Bar – 11am-11pm – moderate. Enjoy the atmosphere of The Ahwahnee without breaking the bank. Sandwiches, bar food, salads, cheese and fruit, are the typical fare. Throw in the live piano and this is a realistic alternative to the Dining Room.
Yosemite Lodge at the Falls
Yosemite Lodge Food Court – breakfast/lunch/dinner – inexpensive. Self-service cafeteria. Good selection, quality matches the price. Especially good for finicky children. But be careful because there are a lot of choices and the price can quickly add up if you start adding on desserts and side dishes.
Mountain Room Restaurant – dinner only (5:30pm-9pm) no reservations, just show up and get your name on the list if there is a wait – moderate to expensive way to dine in Yosemite. A very nice alternative when The Ahwahnee is full in a pleasant setting with nice food and good wine selections. Try to get a window seat during daylight hours for a spectacular view of Yosemite Falls.
Mountain Room Lounge – bar with snack options (4:30pm-11pm) moderate – near the Mountain Room Restaurant. A fun sports bar to watch the games on the many large televisions and drink and laugh with your friends.
Curry Village Store – inexpensive. A year-around option for snacks, beverages and gifts.
Curry Village Taqueria – 11am-5pm – inexpensive. What you would expect from a pseudo-Mexican, fast-food taco stand. A lot of food for the money.
Pizza Patio – Pizza, chili dogs and veggie bowls taste just fine after a long day on the hiking trail. Wash it down with a beer from the Terrace Bar next door
Terrace Bar – Next to Pizza Patio serves a couple of micro-brews and a full choices of cocktails to wet your whistle after a long day of hiking.
Curry Village Dining Pavilion – breakfast and dinner (7am-10am & 5:30-8pm) – All you can eat cafeteria to get a lot of calories for a hungry family cheaply.
Coffee Corner – Pastries, ice cream and espresso coffee drinks in the Curry Village Dining Pavilion.[sam id=1 codes=’false’]
Village Store – 8am-10pm summer and 8pm the rest of the year – A surprisingly complete grocery store with fresh meat and veggies and specialty items as well as snacks of all sorts, camping supplies and all right next the the best gift store in the park. Always worth a visit.
Degnan’s Deli – 7am-6pm – inexpensive – The best place for a custom made sandwich in the park. Lots of snacks and beverages as well as cheeses and other good stuff. Enjoy your meal on the tables outside. Always tasty and filling. Highly recommended.
Degnan’s Cafe – Espresso, smoothies and pastries.
Degnan’s Loft – CLOSED! – Once a great little, inexpensive Italian restaurant. I keep hoping they will reopen.
Village Grill – 11am-5pm – inexpensive – Greasy fast food of generally marginal quality at best. Go to Degnan’s Deli instead. Only the fries are worth eating.
Wawona Hotel Dining Room – (206-375-1425) Breakfast and lunch – moderate, dinner – somewhat expensive. If you stay here buffet breakfast is included. Generally open during high season: Easter to October and weekends the rest of the year. Lovely 1879 Victorian dining room has lots of charm and decent food when you want to dine at Yosemite. “Tasteful, casual attire” for dinner. During the summer they put on a popular barbecue on the lawn on Saturdays evenings as well as a fine Sunday brunch.
Wawona General Store – Near the Hotel this store sells a few outdoors items but mostly snacks and gifts.
Pine Tree Market – Just up the Chilnualna Falls Road from the Wawona Hotel is this tiny but divine market groceries, locally roasted coffee and flats of fruit from local farmers in season.
Snack Stand – 11am-4pm – inexpensive – About what you would expect of a minimal snack stand.
Slider’s Grab-N-Go – inexpensive – The usual fast food options of pizza, burgers and nachos in winter.
Snowflake Room – 11am-4pm – Pleasant setting and view offers beer, wine and grill foods in winter.
Tuolumne Meadows Store – 8am-8pm – Decent grocery store with beer, wine, chips, camping supplies, gifts and basic food items.
Tuolumne Meadows Grill – breakfast & lunch – 8am-5pm – inexpensive – Burgers, fries and self-serve ice cream are the stars of the show.
Tuolumne Meadows Lodge – breakfast & dinner – 7am-9am & 5:50pm-8pm – moderate – Eat a hearty breakfast at shared tables. Make a reservation for a surprisingly good dinner and have a classic Yosemite experience in a very basic setting. Snacks and drinks always available in the lobby.
White Wolf Lodge (off Tioga Road in the high-country)
Lodge Store – This is a tiny store with snacks, ice-cream, prepared sandwiches and coffee.
White Wolf Lodge Dining Room – Just off the Tioga Road you will find buffet breakfasts (inexpensive) and family-style dinners (expensive) in a small, rustic setting at the White Wolf Lodge. Reservations highly recommended for dinner.
Dine at Yosemite – Near the Park
Evergreen Lodge Restaurant – There are no places to get food in the Hetch Hetchy area in the park but the wonderful Everygreen Lodge offers excellent breakfasts, lunches and dinners at moderate prices and is just 1 mile outside the park boundary. You will also find a small general store with basic items as well as snacks and souvenirs. A very good choice for the end of a long day when you are ready to dine at Yosemite.