Erna's Elderberry House
Erna's Elderberry House

Erna's Elderberry House

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.elderberryhouse.com/
  • Phone: (559) 683-6800
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: M-Su 5:30pm-8:30pm

    Brunch: Su 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: Gunnar Thompson
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Whether it be a wedding, birthday, anniversary, or corporate gathering. Let us offer you our delectable cuisine, attentive service and expertise. Whether it be 50 guests or 500 guests, we will ensure you gathering is one of a kind.
  • Private Party Facilities: The three dining rooms of Erna"s Elderberry House, the Escoffier, the Point or the Paul Bocuse can all be rented exclusively for your group. The Escoffier easily seats up to 55 guests, the Point seats up to 35 guests and the Paul Bocuse will easily accommodate a group of twelve.
  • Private Party Contact: Molly Berg 5596836800
  • Special Events: Sunday, September 30th - Una Notte a Venezia


    Saturday, October 20th - Estate by the Elderberries 28th Anniversary


    Fall 3 Day Cooking School
    Wednesday, Thursday, Friday ~ November 7th, 8th and 9th


    Thursday, November 22nd - Thanksgiving Dinner

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highway 41
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: From Fresno, take Highway 41 North towards Coarsegold/Oakhurst
    We are 20 minutes from the South Entrance to Yosemite

    4 Hours from San Francisco
    4 Hours from Los Angeles

    We are at a 3,000 foot elevation, snow is possible (but rare) in the winter months.
A word from Erna's Elderberry House
"I have the simplest of tastes, I only want the best." These words, compliments of Oscar Wilde, can be found over the kitchen door at Erna's Elderberry House Restaurant on the grounds of Château du Sureau. They seem to sum up the exquisite experience of dining at Erna's Elderberry House and the adjacent Château, where the vast culinary talents of Executive Chef Gunnar Thompson now reign supreme.

The restaurant, with its European country-estate atmosphere, is divided into three lovely dining areas, each adorned with antique French provincial furnishings, magnificent tapestries and original oil paintings. A stately terrace with a commanding view of the Sierra Nevada Mountains adds to the fabulous ambiance.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Erna's Elderberry House reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelQuiet
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (43)special occasion (43)fit for foodies (30)notable wine list (25)scenic view (13)neighborhood gem (10)great for outdoor dining (9)great for brunch (7)good for groups (4)great for lunch (2)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Fixed price menu, so a bit pricey, but the food and service are the best you'll ever have! Food is exquisite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    LisaM
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We've heard a lot about this restaurant and we're glad we went. The dining room was beautifully appointed, the staff very kind and attentive. It was a quiet atmosphere so conversation was easy. Each course was beautifully presented. The food itself was good but for us, perhaps a little too "sophisticated." Portions were moderate which was nice because it was a 6 course meal (appetizer, soup, dinner, salad, cheese plate, dessert). All-in-all, a very nice and romantic evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 40th anniversary
    PattyNorman
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The staff was very friendly and very informative about the food and wine. The presentation of the food was unbelievable and simply delicious. The whole evening at Erna's was truly memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Place
    luckymee
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Great food, ambiance and service. Chateau is a must see if possible, décor is beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best!
    psysaint
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The entrance is beautiful and and very inviiting. The dining areas are tasteful decoranted. It is obvious that a great deal of time and energy was spent down to the last detail. The waiter acknowledged the parties who were celebrating their birthdays. The waiter also inquired if anyone had allergies or special diet requirements. The service was impecable. The dinner included six courses. The food was seasonal and local to the area. Each course was personally crafted and delightful to the eye. Each course presented textures, colors and delectable levels of tastes. I have experienced a number of celebrated restaurants around the world and I must say this is and always has been one of my favorites.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very special evening!
    SueLup
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had heard about Erna's for many years and finally decided to go. It definitely lived up to our expectations! The service was impeccable, all restaurants should aspire to achieve this level of service. The pacing of the courses was perfect, had enough time in between to relax a bit and finish each glass of wine. The food was fabulous, fresh, inventive and seasonal. Each course was well prepared and beautifully presented. The combinations of flavors, ingredients and textures was delicious. We were impressed to see Erna circulating in the dining room, she stopped to ask how everything was and at a busy moment even helped the staff clear dishes from a table. Total teamwork! We"ll remember this experience for a very long time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    basslaketravelers
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We have dined at Erna Elderberry's before, however only on special occasions, such as this evening, which was our anniversary #48. The ambiance, decor, and menu are exquisite. The palate of the food is always delectable, to include an extensive wine list. We have a vacation home in Bass Lake, and also enjoy visiting their wine bar for pairing a nice wine to a delicious cheese plate.. We don't come as often as we would like, as the faire is a bit on the expensive side for a retired couple.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Treat
    SanJoseHappyTraveler
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We hadn't been to 12-years and it is still one of the best restaurants I've been too. It is a lovely experience - no being hurried and every request honored. We had brunch last Sunday - five courses and a glass of very good champagne or sparkling juice. I would recommend that you view the most current menus as they change. There were several vegetarians and vegans and the main course was beef, scallops, or chicken (allof which were outstanding). They did accommodate them though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yosemite's Culinary Outpost
    blissfield1949VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    It has been years since my wife and I last dined at Erna's but we were not disappointed. The reasuarant is drop dead gorgeous and the service second to none. Some might find the setting and service a bit "old school" but the fixed course presentation is superb and the food and wine top quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A pleasant surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We came to Fresno from the Bay are with my husband insisting that "there was no good food in Fresno". While this is technically not in Fresno, we were quite surprised. The food was very sophisticated and not over seasoned. The amuse bouche, a carrot panna cotta was rich and not at all sweet. They even added scallops to our menu in honor of my husband's birthday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Excellent
    joy2luv
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We love coming back to Elderberry whenever we visit Yosemite. It makes the vacation more exciting.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superbly Outstanding
    TamLuvsDining
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food was exquisite, the pairings were thoughtful and bold, the ambience gave a feeling of privacy in a public dining room, and the servers were exceptionally gracious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaraunt around the globe!
    klmneedtruth
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    This was the most amazing meal I ever had. I have eaten all around the globe from Italy to Thailand and am a big foodie but WOW!!! The chef made a special vegetarian meal for both my husband and myself that was to die for! It was superb! The staff are so attentive-they never miss a beat! This was the most amazing dining experience ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Night
    highperf
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Erna's is the sort of restaurant to caters to the special night - big occasion, anniversary, and the like. It is warm and welcoming, with fine service and food to go with the lovely location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Great food & great ambiance! A 5 course meal that was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely
    pixie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    It was a wonderful evening with great service in a serene atmosphere. The food was beautifully served but way too much salt in every dish.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing experience
    SonomalocalVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Unfortunately, the restaurant accepted our reservation for 7:00 but never told us that our only option would be to join a wine dinner already in progress, sitting at communal tables, prix fixe with wines not of our choosing. This was not of interest to us and we would not have driven the considerable distance from Yosemite if we were not anticipating a more sophisticated dinner than available in Yosemite, a greater choice of wines, and a more formal setting. Their event for the evening was never mentioned in their confirmation emails or phone calls. This was very disappointing and inexplicable.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Memorable!
    Kaitlin
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Dinner at Erna's is always a memorable experience! The food is unique and delicious - artfully presented (being your camera!) with many subtle and delicate touches. The atmosphere is elegant and the service is impeccable. Erna is a gracious hostess and makes you feel welcome and at home.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as usual!
    YosemiteDine
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Erna is the best! We've been here more than 5 times. It's always outstanding. We asked for a vegetarian option and they came up with an entire special menu and dinner. Unbelievable! Everything was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden Gem
    FOODe
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My family and I had a lovely dinner at Erna's while vacationing in Yosemite. The staff were very attentive and extremely professional, and the food was absolutely delicious. I would highly recommend this wonderful gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Celebrated our 40th - very happy that we chose this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best
    NeilP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    One of the best dinning experiences we have ever had! Service was the utmost, beyond expectations! Food was exceptional in variety on your plate and presentation exquisite! Desert on patio was a chocolate delight! The anniversary plate was an extra bonus! The only surprise beyond the bill ( but worth the $) was the $5 charge for additional sauce for the main dish! Neil and Janet
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as always.
    eatout2nite
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Erna's never disappoints. The food is over-the-top fabulous, the service superbly attentive, and the atmosphere divine. It is our favorite place for those special occasions.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Our food was fair. It took a very long time to be served. I asked at hotel if we could order other items. We were told yes. We were only given two choices. Scallops and pork. Not what we wanted.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • unexpected gem in remote area
    diningduo
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Can't say enough about the exceptional service - what a welcoming, accommodating staff. Our food was very, very good with a beautiful presentation and wonderful wine to accompany it. Erna was very gracious and friendly as well. A very memorable evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Bovard
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This was wonderful dining and an amazing evening. Five stars does not do justice for this restaurant!!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 145 reviews are from the Erna's Elderberry House reviews archive.
  • Delicious and memorable
    Yosemitefoodie
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    After a day spent hiking in yosemite, this was a completely different, but wonderful, addition to our family vacation. Each of the 5 courses was perfect. The restaurant is lovely and dessert on the terrace was a gorgeous ending to a delicious meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great special occasion
    Mell
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Really enjoyed being treated by both the wonderful food and service. This restaurant makes you feel special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    One of my top five dinners ever anywhere. The quality of the food was exceeded only by service that one rarely finds anymore.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elderberry Birthday Brunch
    SeanA
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I enjoyed a good meal at a nice looking place. We were late for our reservation, but they accommodated us. We selected our courses from a menu that we got to keep while we were eating. I liked everything I ate and drank and was full and satisfied at the end of the meal. I felt the price was worth the experience for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A perfect dinner.
    BHFoodie90210
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The evening was perfect. Great food, a wonderful wine list and impeccable service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome!
    Turtle
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    So much thought was put into every aspect of the food, service, ambiance, etc. the owner was even checking in with each table to be sure it was perfect and make us feel special.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Find
    Keepingitreal
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The food was very good but the stumbling service had much to be desired. Gorgeous setting. Food and wine pairing while expensive were right on point.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing find in the foothills!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I was extremely sceptical of a 5 star yelp rating. My expectations were blown away. Had a spectacular evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing experience
    Practicaltraveler4
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Food was excellent, service wonderful, and a slice of Europe nestled in the California foothills. We're just sorry we waited so long to visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected Gem
    TBMDVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Erna's was recommended to us by some neighbors back in MD. A little over an hours drove from El Portal, we were in Yosmite, it was worth every twist and corner on the windy roads. Food was spectacular and the wine pairing did not disappoint. Erna was there to greet and check in with all her guests. Would highly recommend Erna's to anyone looking for a special occasion restaurant or some place extraordinary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive
    Bakersfieldvisitor
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Not for the faint of heart, bring pile of cash or deep pocket. A simple dinner meal for one person can set you back $150 easily. A cheap red wine serving costed $25. However , would go back again for the ambient.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unforgettable.
    BonniesmomVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    An amazing experience; from the moment we were greeted at the Chateau we received service that was second to none. Having dined at some of the finest restaurants in SF, LA, NY, DC, Paris, Istanbul, I can honestly say that this meal topped them all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unique experience
    GreatlittlespotVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Thought the place was wonderful, Erna came out and spoke with us and every other guest for that matter. The head chef also came out a bit later and talked with us a bit, both seem very nice. Food was excellent ( we had the pre fixe menu). Be prepared to spend some time there as our dinner lasted about 3 hrs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very accommodating
    SKJsilivalleyVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I was nervous about our reservation for six because of the cost and fixed menu, unknown until the day of dining. What if one of us didn't like the menu? Would there be enough food on those artfully prepared plates? I'm pleased to say that our evening was delightful. The chef suggested an alternate starter course when one of our group balked at seared Ahi tuna, offering a fully cooked artic char in miso broth instead, which we all ordered. One of us was allergic to shellfish, so the chef provided an alternative to scallops for her. And for the person who preferred no mushrooms, none were in sight. And yes, we had plenty of food, thanks to an extra course and several surprise treats. Lastly, the service was impeccable! Outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet