never disappointed here!!
Amazing ambience and service. Food also exceptional. save your money and go for a special treat.
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was sumptuous, the service top shelf and the company caused butterfiles inside me. Only minor complaint was the wine we selected was not available. First 3 hour dinner we have had in a long time.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
We found this stunning restaurant via Trip Advisor. We spent the weekend hiking Yosemite in May when the falls were overflowing. Since Yosemite is both a physical and meditative experience, I was looking for ambiance and gourmet food which were in abundance at Erna's. The service was impeccable. The subtle way every course was served and every need was met was so appreciated. Always there but never interfering with an evening of conversation. Portions were just right for being able to taste all the fine courses. The decor was so unique and tastefully done, I wish I could have stayed at the Chateau.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding food and service!
Outstanding food and service! A "five star" restaurant near Yosemite.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best in Yosemite area
Clearly the best in the area. If you are staying in Yosemite Valley, reserve here in advance and see the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias on the way. Lovely room with great ambience. Superb presentation and service.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Exclusive and Impressive
We enjoyed the 5 Course Chet's Tasting Menu of 3 hour duration which included the delightful optional cheeses selection following the Salad. One could also include a special compliment of wine paired with each course for a truly extravagant evening. The serving style was well choreographed and lacked nothing. The owner swooped by our table for a brief hello / thank you visit toward the conclusion. It was expensive but very exclusive and impressive.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Once in Blue Moon
A special occasion dining experience beautifully done in every way, the food was out of this world, as good as The French Laundry in Yountville Ca. we are from Napa, the staff & service was great, Loved It, I would Love to stay there sometime too!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mother's Day Brunch
When we arrived at Erna's the hostess greeted us before we entered! Then we were seated under a lovely mural of chefs (and Erna) making strudel. The brunch menu was perfect, service impeccable, The dessert was a trio of gelato terrine, flourless chocolate cake, ice cream and cookies to go! It was a special Mother's Day treat!
5/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
From the moment you step through the door, until you leave and are presented with a "travel gift," the entire experience is what one would demand from a five-star establishment with prices to match. Worth the price, and most satisfying.
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Erna's is the gem of the Sierras. Everything is exquisite from the decor to the outstanding service to the wonderful food! Our table next to the window, overlooking the garden was so perfect. We were treated to a beautiful appetizer and meal ending confections, both gratis. Such a beautiful place for a special occasion!
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Very Special Brunch Near Yosemite
We took our favorite foodies to brunch to celebrate a special birthday. Had a wonderful experience. Tasteful decor. Beautiful setting with mountain view. Very attentive and friendly service. Wonderful brunch with interesting courses artfully presented. A great visit.
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Erna's Elderberry House
This restaurant is fabulous. Would never expect something like this in Oakhurst, had heard about it, and we are so glad we made the decision to include Erna's Elderberry and a stay at Chateau du Sureau.
6/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Erna's had been on my bucket list and it was a wonderful experience. Delicious food and flawless service.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous Elderberry House
Elderberry House provides a fabulous dining experience.
6/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
For a birthday dinner and
For a birthday dinner and a treat for my daughters the evening was great.
The food was well balanced and full of flavors. The wines paired nicely throughout the meal.
For special occasions or as a special treat or a romantic evening if you like very good service, excellent food and wine Erna's Elderberry House is an occasion.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gourmet & Charming
Impeccable service during the entire evening (over 3 hours)....Expensive, but a wonderful dining experience. In the manner of great European restaurants, it's a price fix meal, with about 7 or 8 courses, all beautifully and deliciously prepared, for about $100 per person, plus tip. We brought our own wine and paid a corkage fee. Servers guided us through this exquisite culinary experience. I will say the $28 charge for 1 plain bottled water for 4 is ridiculous:(
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's the Ballerest place in CA
No doubt the best restaurant in CA and possibly on the west coast. Erna is a dear and treats all diners very well. The price is very reasonable for the quality of the offerings and the wine pairings are top notch. I highly recommend the optional cheese and wine course as it's a nice complement to the meal and has some of the finest cheese I've ever tasted, plan on spending $200 a head and enjoying every moment of your 3 hour meal. Love you Erna, keep up the good work!
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A wonderful dining experience!
Perfect spot to celebrate our anniversary --wonderful! Attentive service, delicious food, lovely grounds. Erna greeted us and we just had an all around lovely evening!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good food but not the best.
The food was very good but not comparable to the best $500 meals (for 2) that I've had. I understand that there was a recent change in chefs and this might account, in part, for it falling short of my expectations.
In one course the fish was slightly overcooked. It would have benefitted from fume or some other form of moisture, even had it not been overcooked. This may sound overly critical, but, then, this was trying to be an exceed-your-expectations meal.
Overall, the meal a certain "wow" factor.
My wife and I were originally planning additional dinners, as we spent 3 nights at the Chateau du Sureau (outstanding!); after this dinner, however, we decided not to revisit.
The service did exceed our expectations!
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was amazing. This
The food was amazing. This is my second time going here and worth every penny. I recommend the wine pairing it really enhances the food.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
A exquisite gem
Elderberry House is a gem in the Sierras. Located in Oakhurst--a small town near Yosemite--it is a beautiful restaurant with a fantastic kitchen! I am not sure why Erna Kubin-Clanin elected to start her restaurant here in the 1980s but I am very glad she did. Besides a beautiful setting, brilliant kitchen, fine wait staff, Elderberry House is close to the food--meaning the golden valley of California where she gets only the best organic produce and meats. Here the words "farm fresh" make sense!
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Erna never fails to impress . . .
This was our 2nd time dining here and we had another amazing experience. You just can't beat the food, ambiance, and service.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Was a great experience for
Was a great experience for a girl's night out. What girl doesn't love to be pampered. The staff was excellent, friendly and enjoyed a good laugh or two with us. The meal exqusite.... one dish was even served by the Chef. The best was dessert... we were able to sit outside to enjoy the lovely evening. Fabulous views of the grounds plus a personal vist by Erna herself. So very charming.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
erna elderberry's exceded
erna elderberry's exceded our expectations on every level. being asked when making reservation of any allergies, food likes/dislikes, &/or preferences, eased any concerns. the evenings several courses listed were those that the chef made using fresh produce & ingredients purchased at a local farmers market. portions are not big but certainly adequate as well as deliciously & artfully prepared. at the time of dinner, alternate suggestions/changes were made, including to our 14 y.o. daughters, based on the chef's recommendations. waitstaff are extremely knowledgeable, friendly, & professional. fluid extensions of the chef
baked 'goodies' to take with us at the end of the evening added more to our already wonderful and personal experience.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Erna's Elderberry House - Special
After reading several reviews for Erna's Elderberry House and realizing it was very close to Yosemite we decided to go and find out how good it really was. We were not disappointed. The facility is beautiful and the staff very professional and friendly. The staff made us feel comfortable which is not always the case for high end restaurants. The atmosphere was wonderful. We had our first several courses in the dinning room and then moved to the patio for desert. This was a nice touch since both the dinning room and patio are very nice spaces. The food was excellent. The service was excellent. The Wine Pairing was excellent. A perfect place for a special occasion.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was as good as I expected, based on everything I've heard throughout the years about this place. It is expensive, but worth it, yet, on the other hand, not terribly expensive considering all the food you get (which included dessert with the fixed price meal). The staff was formal, professional, competent, and perfect. They knew when to come to the table and when to leave us alone. They weren't uppity, which can happen at nicer restaurants.. When it was time for dessert, they offered us a table outside, which was a nice change in scenery after going through so many courses inside. Erna came by and greeted us during dessert, which was a nice touch. Overall: awesome. I'll be back soon.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Exquisite in all respects: food, service, ambiance. Truly deserving of four stars!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was outstanding. Appropriat
Service was outstanding. Appropriate time between courses, no long wait, but no intrusion either, 'are you through'. Food was very good, and the wine pairing was excellent. Wait staff as courtious and friendly.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
The various courses were great. They were all different and surprising! Loved the salmon. It went well with the wine . Elegant atmosphere and the best service I have ever experienced at any restaurant.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chef Jonathan is a God!
Erna, you have truly created a place of exquisite beauty, peace and charm. The Chateau is gorgeous, the staff are impeccably well groomed, well mannered and appropriately attentive. Chef Jonathan is a young prodigious talent with enthusiasm and charm to spare. I simply did not want to leave. I cannot thank you all enough for making brunch an occasion.
In life you get what you pay for and this is an experience worth every penny, nothing compares!!
God Bless You and may everyone who serves with a smile know that it does not go unnoticed!
Bravo Chef and special commendation to Shelby!
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is one of the best restaurant
This is one of the best restaurant I have ever eaten in. The food was great as well as the service. I intend to return soon.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great find!
We visited Erna's for our 5th Anniversary and decided to come back for our 33rd. We were not disappointed. We were treated like Kings and Queens. The food was wonderful. The service superb. We highly recommend for anyone who likes multiple course meals and is experimental. The menu is decided for you, but you can't go wrong.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food, which has always
The food, which has always been great, was up several notches this year. Every dish was outstanding. The musicians were also fine.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
THE BEST BRUNCH OF MY LIFE!
This was a birthday brunch for my mother, but now I am looking for another special occasion to return. While it is an expensive meal from what I would normally spend going out, it is worth every penny. I am eager to try a dinner with wine pairing. I have already recommended it to many of the people I work with. While there were offerings that normally would not appeal to me, I tried everything and found it exquisite. The food was so attractive on the plate, I almost hated to disturb it with my fork. The ambiance made the meal the special event for my mother that I had hoped. She also agreed it was the best meal she had ever had.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
A special evening
It was all I had hoped it would be. When you want to convey to your special someone that she is worthy of the best, I recommend Erna's Elderberry House. It is top of the line for ambiance and food quality. It was slightly over a three hour experience that is well worth the expense. We will do it again next year and will spend the night in what I would expect would be equally special.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We recently celebrated my mother's 50th birthday here and we were all blown away by the service, the food and the ambiance. Everybody should dine here at least once in their life! This is not somewhere you just go to eat, this is a whole dining experience and it is worth every penny. :-)
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing cuisine in Oakhurst!
While I had a wee bit of trouble finding the restaurant, once I arrived, it was a first class experience all evening. Some of the best service anywhere! Very good food. Diversity of flavors. Excellent wine pairings. Eagerness to answer my myriad questions, and to discuss my abundant comments. I hope everyone who visits Oakhurst, or who lives in this general area, has the opportunity to dine at this unexpected gem.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not just for special occasions
We are local to Oakhurst and tried Erna's for the first time the other night. Wonderful food and service..Not too over the top fancy..but very well executed...and although the plates were small, the overall price fixe meal was quite satisfying. There is a bar to the left of the entrance, that is a cellar type setting and has great cocktails and wines by the glass plus bar appetizers, not overly fancy or expensive, but a cut above your typical bar food.. Great way to try the place out rather than waiting for the special occasion. We had reservations given it was a Friday night 6:30, but there were quite a few empty tables until about 7:30 so I think they can take a few "walk ins". They also have a "locals night" which we plan to try soon!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Restaurant in Yosemite Area
Great place for a special occasion. Very attentive staff greets you by name and Erna herself comes to your table and welcomes you. Wonderful food beautifully presented. Decor is a little old fashioned but it fits the setting and doesn't distract from the experience.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have traveled extensively in the US, Europe and the South Pacific, and I usually seek out good restaurants when on the road. Erna's would compare with the best experiences I've had anywhere.
The place is lovely. The wait staff was well trained. There are little personal touches, such as your name printed on the menu, that contribute to your feeling special. The meal is set menu, prix fixe, at $95 pp, with an optional wine pairing with each course at $69 pp. There is also an optional cheese course, with or without wine, served between the salad and dessert. The menu lists six courses, but a little pre-dinner freebie was also included, along with a packaged home-made cookie and a small bag of elderberry tea to take home.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Erna's is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. From the moment you walk in, someone is warmly welcoming you and seeing to your every desire. The chef was so accommodating of my fish allergy by asking me what he could substitute, I requested chicken and it was the best I have ever eaten. The five courses were really seven and all tasted Devine. I would recommend Erna's Elderberry House to even the most discriminating food critic. Make sure you stay at the Chateau while there!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is the place to go for
This is the place to go for a very special occasion. The presentation and the food is about the best you will find anywhere. Service is beyond any expectations.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Birthday dinner for wife
Erna's is always outstanding in every way. The portions are not too big and then flavors of each course excites then palate. It is worth every bit of the expense.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a memorable brunch!
My three friends and I ended our weekend trip to Yosemite with a wonderful Sunday brunch at Erna's Elderberry House.
Everything exceeded our expectations from the food to the ambiance. The service was attentive, cordial, and prompt.
The entree of beef was so tender that it hardly needed a knife. There is no doubt that we will return to Erna's.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I didn't realize Erna's had a fixed prixe menu, but they offered us as many of the courses as we wanted. Each course was exceptional as was the wine pairing. The sommalier let us taste each wine before pouring, and asked what size pour we wanted. All in all, exceptional dining and service.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I came up for our 35th wedding anniversary. The staff treated us like royalty and the small personalized touches that the staff, chef and even Erna herself gave to us made it an evening we will not soon forget. Thank you to everyone for the great evening and the great dining experience.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Dining Near Yosemite
Our dinner menu was very well organized and prepared except for the fish course. Wine parings were too structured and didn't offer choices which would have made for a more pleasurable experience. Service was outstanding. Ambiance was perfect.
Not quite the French Laundry but worth a return visit.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was my girlfriend's birthday and we had a great time. The food was superb.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Never a disappointment!
It's always a pleasure dining at Erna's. The food is absolutely divine.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM