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Erna's Elderberry House
Erna's Elderberry House

Erna's Elderberry House Details

  • 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 (559) 683-6800
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Celebrated our 40th - very happy that we chose this restaurant."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "This was wonderful dining and an amazing evening. Five stars does not do justice for this restaurant!!!!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Really enjoyed being treated by both the wonderful food and service. This restaurant makes you feel special."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "One of my top five dinners ever anywhere. The quality of the food was exceeded only by service that one rarely finds anymore."
    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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The evening was perfect. Great food, a wonderful wine list and impeccable service."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I was extremely sceptical of a 5 star yelp rating. My expectations were blown away. Had a spectacular evening!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "My husband brought me to dinner here for my birthday and it was amazing! Very inventive and flavorful paired with excellent wines. I come back again in a heartbeat if it were closer. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We choose this restaurant because of its seclusion and reputation. It lived up to our expectation and exceeded our wildest dreams in taste, grace and pure excitement of flavors. In one Word, PERFECTION !!!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "1st visit although we are local. Celebrated our 50th Anniversary with a fantastic dinner! Will definitely return for lunches and brunches!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "From beginning to end a truly unique and thoroughly delightful experience. Every course was perfectly prepared and delicious; the service was both professional and friendly; the intimate atmosphere added beautifully to the total experience. Then..... We were given a departing gift of yummy sugar cookies, which we enjoyed several days later! Great value here as well."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I had been wanting to dine at the Elderberry house for 20 years. I had high expectations, and I was not disappointed. The service was beyond excellent, I would have given more than 5 stars if allowable! The food was exceptional....not one flaw. The restaurant was beautiful, but not stuffy or pretentious.... absolutely loved the entire experience! Only one note, be prepared to spend 4 hours for the full course meal. This dining experience was meant to be savored, not rushed."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "I'd not eaten at The Elderberry House for about 15 years and only for lunch in the past. While the food quality was excellent and the service superb, my date wished he'd had more than two pieces of the lamb, each the size of his thumbs together, for the $108 fixed dinner price. The meal took over 3 hours even though each course was eaten in less than 5 minutes. We opted out of the wine with each course that was an additional cost of $73 and the cheese course that was $18. The bill with tip was $273 making this the most expensive meal I'd ever had. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Erna's is an amazing treasure in an obscure hideaway. We stayed at the Chateau as well, and have never been so pampered. A lovely, lovely, expensive, pricey, worthy every bit of it...did I say VERY expensive???? "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Dinner with matching wines is over $200 per person. Food was good, but not exceptional and there are no choices, they only serve the prix fix menu. Dinner alone is $108 ++"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Earna's is always a wonderful experience. i wish i had taken my cell phone or camara, because the presentation is fantastic. The dishes are so beautiful you don't want to touch them... We ate them anyway."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "With the days being longer - we decided to try local's night. So glad we did - it was phenomenal. We would do this more often - but I have to go to City Council Meetings every other Tuesday. However, we WILL be back. We savored every bite!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Not a long jaunt up the hill from Fresno, but the perfect once-in-a-lifetime (or with any luck, more than once) spot to celebrate a special occasion with a special someone."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Loved it loved it loved it. Great service and great people. Very friendly and helpful. Outstanding food quality. Highly recommended!!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Such a lovely hidden gem. Amazing food, amazing service, great ambience."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Unbelievable food and service. Five delicious courses of exquisitely prepared food. Each course is presented simultaneously by servers, one for each person at the table. The menu changes daily and, in fact, may vary slightly from that posted on the website. We were expecting vennison, but instead, had lamb for the meat course. The accompaniments with each dish are a culinary delight, adding to both the presentation and taste. Our party of four shared one wine pairing, and found it both interesting and a good value. Erna's has an extensive wine list with many choices as well as many wines by the glass. We chose to bring our own well-aged red wine and paid a $30 corkage. Overall, a very satisfying experience for what we paid."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Erna has created an unique place with outstanding food, service and attention to details. The fixed menu with wine pairing is very well thought out across a broad range of ingredients, flavors and colors. Even vegetarian will be able to adapt their fixed menu as they will substitute some of the dishes as needed (impressive!). Obviously the price is matching this level of culinary experience but it is not extreme like a 3 stars restaurant in Paris like the Grand Vefour etc..."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "everything, by that I mean EVERYTHING, at Erna's Elderberry House is so carefully designed and taken care of! one cannot find a place, or a single food item, where care and thought are less given. the food are superb, from beginning to finish. the first course (note this restaurant have a set menu which changes from day to day, with very carefully chosen wine pairing) was stunning, it was black cod with garlic gnocchi, broccoli, sweet potato. everything in it was so perfected cooked. everything follows were no less impressive. even the cookies given to us as good wishes are so good!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Eating at Erna's Elderberry House was like dining formally at a castle, from the moment you stepped from your car to the moment you stepped back in. The ambience was amazing, the service impeccable, the food divine. I've eaten here twice, the second time driving four hours out of my way just for the restaurant (it's that good!) Both times I had my three children in tow, and while I wouldn't call the restaurant "family friendly" (no crayons on the table) everyone from the head chef down worked to accommodate my children and give them a pleasant dining experience. Be warned if you are bringing the kids along; this is not a quick in-and-out place. Be prepared to keep them quiet for at least 2-3 hours."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Dining at this restaurant exceeded our expectations.We were a little nervous about there being a set menu & worried we would not like the food. Everything served was delicious & amazing. The ambiance was so relaxing & cozy. The service is beyond excellent. We felt like royalty throughout the entire dinner. It was the best birthday dinner ever!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "This is the 3rd time we have visited Elderberry House and we have been taken by the amazing food every time! The ambience goes without saying. Service is top notch! Thank you to everyone at Erna's Elderberry House!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014