The Ahwahnee Hotel Dining Room - Ahwahnee Hotel
The Ahwahnee Hotel Dining Room - Ahwahnee Hotel

The Ahwahnee Hotel Dining Room - Ahwahnee Hotel

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.yosemitepark.com/
  • Phone: 2093721489x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Buffet Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 7:00am - 10:00am; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday-Sunday: 5:30pm - 8:30pm; Brunch Buffet: Sunday: 7:00am - 2:00pm


    For Dinner, We respectfully ask Gentlemen to wear long pants and a collared shirt. We ask Ladies to wear a Dress, Skirt, or Long Pants with a Blouse. For One and All: Please NO Shorts, T-Shirts, or Tank Tops.


    Casual Dress for Breakfast, Lunch and Brunch.



    For dinner, reservations are strongly recommended. For breakfast, lunch, and brunch, reservations for are recommended for all parties. Walk-ins will be accepted based on table availability.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Percy Whatley
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For regular dining reservations of 25 guests or more, please contact Dining Room Management at (209) 372-1276.

    Onsite hotel catering available for up to 200 guests. Please contact our experienced special function managers, Kevin Anderson & Lori Lancaster, for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Onsite hotel catering available for up to 200 guests. Please contact our experienced special function managers, Kevin Anderson & Lori Lancaster, for more information.


    For regular dining reservations of 25 guests or more, please contact Dining Room Management at (209) 372-1276.
  • Private Party Contact: Kevin Anderson 8015595050x
  • Entertainment: Piano player during dinner service nightly and Sundays during brunch service.
  • Special Events: Reserve Thanksgiving Dinner (11/27/14) through our Fresno Reservations Office by calling (801) 559-4935.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Village Drive
  • Public Transit: Stop #3 on complimentary Yosemite Valley Shuttle route.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Hotel parking lots and complimentary Valet service available. Parking at The Ahwahnee is limited. Day use parking in Yosemite Village is encouraged. Free shuttles run regularly for transportation to and from all lodgings within Yosemite Valley.
A word from The Ahwahnee Hotel Dining Room - Ahwahnee Hotel

Over the years, The Ahwahnee Dining Room has played host to presidents, royalty and celebrities, in addition to countless visitors, and it continues to be regarded as one of the most impressive dining rooms in the United States.


The Ahwahnee Dining Room conveys a feeling of elegance and refinement while maintaining a comfortable, natural atmosphere. The logs of stripped and polished sugar pine, which support the 34-foot-high beamed ceilings, reinforce the rustic ambiance that is reflective of The Ahwahnee’s mountain surroundings. Wrought iron candelabras suspended from the sugar pine timbers, together with iron candelabras on the tables, create a medieval atmosphere.


Under the culinary leadership of Executive Chef Percy Whatley, The Ahwahnee Dining Room offers traditional California cuisine for breakfast and dinner daily. An array of excellent California wines are also featured on the menu.
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The Ahwahnee Hotel Dining Room - Ahwahnee Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
521 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (365)special occasion (334)romantic (263)great for brunch (134)fit for foodies (119)great for lunch (112)good for groups (83)kid-friendly (71)notable wine list (66)neighborhood gem (40)great for outdoor dining (24)hot spot (12)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Ahwahnee Hotel dining
    Debi
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This was a special dinner with family and friends and even tho it was definitely pricey it was well worth the money. Food was spot on. My steak was done perfectly, the duck was extremely tasty, as was the lamb. The only thing was the Brussels sprouts were a tad under done. Noise level was great. We could hear the piano player at all times. Of course how could you beat Yosemite Park for views. Overall everything was perfect, and as long as you know before going that it is pricey I would recommend this restaurnt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The food and selection are as good as ever. The price is for special occasions but is still reasonable. We enjoyed the romantic atmosphere the most. We will recommend to other people and we will be back too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    There is no competition in the area re restaurants so the hotel is very busy. The building is stunning but the dining room was very cold & the food expensive for the quality provided. Dining room service was quick & charming. Worth a visit for the buding alone.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This is an excellent place to have a great meal. We loved our experience. An accomplished pianist entertained us without the music being overbearing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cakes
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The Awahnee has lost it's edge. They advertise a dress code they do not enforce. I drove several hundred miles just for lunch and managed a collared shirt and long pants out of my motorcycle and sat next to a table of four in t-shirts and shorts. I had to ask for ground pepper for my salad and pasta. Although the fettucine was cooked correctly and presented well it was so bland. Not enough garlic much less any spice. The restaurant will have to come a long way before I pay another visit.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a delight
    HalfMoonBayConsumer
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We love Sunday brunch at the Ahwahnee dinning room. A most special place for dinning anytime.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ahwanee
    Gacnurse
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    These guys, and this place completely dropped the ball on our experience there. The host was rude, the food was just ok, the service was unattentive for instance; We sat with our finished cold plates for a full 15 minutes waiting to have them picked up and recieve a desert menu. We werent seated at the table we were promised, they didnt read the notes that accompanied our reservation at all. Very very disappointing experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth a visit!
    FoodFan1
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner...the watermelon salad and burrata appetizers were excellent. The pasta and pork chop dishes were also quite good. The steaks were a bit on the "charred" side - not burnt, but with char-broiled bits on the sides. I'd order medium-rare if you like medium. The Ahwahnee Cabernet was very nice. All in all, a memorable evening - and a very special place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stale breakfast buffet
    mlgb2
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Recommend not having the hot items on the buffet. They were allowed to sit for far too long, dried out pancakes. broken Hollandaise and hard toast on the Benedict. Nearly an hour before they were replaced.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Ahwahnee is fabulous every time
    trailmo
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The dining room at the Ahwahnee hotel in Yosemite is first-rate every time. The surroundings, ambience, and experience can't be topped. It is gorgeous and historic and perfectly appointed. The food is excellent from start to finish and the staff is attentive and friendly. It is always a memorable time. Don't miss it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • southcoastdiner
    southcoastdiner
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I had been looking forward to dining at the Ahwahnee but unfortunately it did not live up to my expectations. Our first server asked how we were, which was nice, but when I politely asked him the same, he told us how tired he was and how he had been working since 7:00 that morning. A bit inappropriate and not a good sign for the rest of the evening. The food was fairly pedestrian except for the brussel sprout side dish, which was delicious. The pot o' creme dessert was cold and almost inedible. Go to the Ahwahnee for a drink and to soak in the history of the place, maybe have breakfast before hitting the trails.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique dining in an historic venue
    cdlewaloha1
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Food, ambiance, and service was excellent. It is in a historic venue and lives up to it's reputation. Admittedly it is expensive. Originally, our reservation was for 8:30pm, but came early and were able to be seated by 7:30pm. Enjoyed the historic hotel. It is very difficult to get seating between 7-8pm definitely need reservations weeks ahead of time. Staying at hotel is also difficult unless you are with tour or book a year in advance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Step Back in Time
    Satiated
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My wife and I were staying at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls and wanted a change for dinner. The atmosphere of the dining room was subdued and the room itself was beautiful. We enjoyed our dinner; the food was excellent. The service was adequate and reminiscent of upscale restaurant service in the 1960's. My only complaint is the food is overpriced. However, so is the food at The Mountain Room at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food with a View
    LifeisWonderful
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Not at all what you would expect in a park. Food choices are many, plenty of variety for different tastes. Great for sunset views of the meadow and mountains. this was our third visit in two years and the food quality is very consistent. If you enjoy fine dining, then you will enjoy this. The cost is equal to the experience. Make sure to pack the proper clothes to dress for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • John40207
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The Ahwahnee Restaurant is a beautiful room with amazing architecture. The service was great and the food was very good. The surroundings are the greatest being located in Yosemite National Park. Make sure to reservations in advance of your arriving.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food in a beautiful place
    HighMaintenance
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Outstanding brunch, good dinner, but the food is not the highlight of this restaurant, the setting and the architecture are. Great place to celebrate a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining
    birdsnbees
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The Ahwahnee dining room is a gorgeous space, beautifully appointed. The staff are superb - friendly, knowledgeable, attentive and very professional without being stuffy. The food is great. The total experience is terrific. It's what "going out to dinner" should be. It is expensive, but for first rate food and service in the heart of one of the nation's premier National Parks it is worth what you'll pay.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary celebration
    Michael
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    After a day hiking in the wilderness, a night in the Ahwahnee dining room is a perfect ending. The staff was very attentive and had great stories to tell when we engaged them. The menu wassn't huge, but everything we had was fresh and tasty. Best of all, they had a Turley Zinfandel on the wine list. We don't see those very often and love it when we do.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Enjoyed a fantastic dinner with a great atmosphere in a historic setting...who could ask for more?
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • what a view
    live2eat
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    spent 5 days @ Ahwahnee (4 dinners), very good wine list, unbelievable setting, beautiful dining room and great service. The food was only ok, so that was disappointing. In this setting the meal (no matter what the style) should be memorable, not just ok.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    A wonderful place to get away on a romantic occasion...Just being in the valley is always special.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A memorable experience
    KMarieChristie
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    You can't beat dining at the Ahwahnee. From the gorgeous arts and crafts decor to the stunning views to the fantastic food, there's no competition for this place. We ate two breakfasts and two dinners there when we stayed recently. All were fabulous. I highly recommend eating here, but make a reservation!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice location, average food
    Liv2dine
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    After being told that this was fine dining and having a dress code I had expected big things. Setting is lovely but food average. Though don't imagine there is much choice in Yosemite.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible lunch! Great ambiance!
    Westfaliamonk
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Maybe the ambiance made me think the food would be better but it reminded me of cafeteria food. I will not recommend anyone to eat here.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonder of the World
    Tommythetraveller
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    If the timeless beauty of Half Dome and El Capitan weren't enough, the man-made marvel of the Ahwahnee Hotel would be a tourist attraction of its own. The green salad with portobello mushroom was superb and Omar cared for our every desire. A great way to break up a trip South. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • large amount of gristle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We ordered a filet to share as we are older and cannot eat the large portions. The meat was of a poor quality and involved lots of chewing. The following night we ordered the same entree at the Mountain Broiler restaurant and the meat was a better quality. Disappointing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unhappy
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had reservations for over a month, many tables were available but we were seated close to the kitchen, behind a screen difficult to see the piano being played. Children were encouraged to run, yell, and jump around on the dance floor disturbing most people in the area. Food was average, service below average. View was stunning, but not worth the overall cost.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • soup was served cold.
    DeNeceBVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Lamb chops were room temperature the Food temperature entrees were served at room temperature. food portions are very small.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food in unique atmosphere
    twogermans
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    we were very satisfied with our dinner, good food, acceptable price for this location, pleasant live piano-music
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service so slow, it was comical
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We were a party of 7 with 3 children ages 5-10. We were seated at 6:30 and got our check at 8:35. Salads came around 7:20, took forever to order wine. Waiter and waitress told us 3 times that they would be back as soon as they found a pencil. She asked us if we had any questions and then let out a big "you do" when we had one. Children's food came around 7:40, ours at 8. We were a party of two the previous night, arrived at 8:15 service was on spot, food was wonderful, enjoyed piano player we did not even hear next night and were out in a little over an hour.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list
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  • Dining at a Historic Hotel
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Wonderful dining experience. On my wish list for the Chef's dining dinner & tour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nevada Neighbors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Staff was very professional, but friendly. Ready to accomodate our needs. Ambiance wonderful as ever.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • memorable
    dwa118
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    A beautiful and romantic setting. Food is overpriced, but I guess that is for the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful service and setting.
    1goodexperience
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Jeanie, our server, was outstanding. She helped us feel comfortable, at home and was genuinely in tune with our needs. The rest of the staff were competent and rounded out a truly enjoyable experience. The restaurant itself is a grand place, full of the history and largeness of the Yosemite Valley.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unparalleled ambiance...
    KimF
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This is where we go to celebrate special occasions as much as possible -- including this, my 60th birthday. I can't imagine anyplace better! A lot of memories here... Fabulous ambiance, food, and service. The staff are clearly passionate about the place. Tip the piano player and ask him to play your favorite song... and learn a bit about the history and design of the building to make your visit even more wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful dinner and next brunch
    PattiesVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Dinner was special at the Ahwahnee. Spectular room all lit up. History all over the walls. Food was tasty and able to accomodate our vegan lifestyle
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Generally QuiteGood
    BFBSDVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We ate at the Awahnee dining room three nights in a row. The first night the "Mary's Chicken" main course was very good. The second night, the Steelhead was disappointing because despite the fancy description, the dish basically had no real flavor, and the third night, the rack of lamb special was very good. Prices are moderately high as you might expect in a resort in a National Park but not as egregious as the prices for sandwiches in the bar. For a party of two, they try to seat you at a table for two by the window. On the surface, that seems desirable but a number of those locations are next to air-conditioning vents and very cold. One night, the server put cloths over the vent, another night, we asked for a non-window table.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful Space
    Randy
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Such a beautiful space in such a beautiful location; however the Ahwahnee is not what it was 15 years ago. The food is still very good, but used to be exceptional with a more extensive menu. In general the current management has downgraded the old World Class Ahwahnee to that of a normal hotel. Disappointed. The staff was gracious and attentive.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to eat with in Yosemite
    Mkmw
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    While we were dining there was a bear outside the window. Where else can that happen!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Msgardener
    Msgardener
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We took our oldest granddaughter to Yosemite in late August. We had been to Ahwahnee for lunch in May for the first time and found it enchanting. This time the host gave us the "queens table". Wow!! The views out the 3 windows in that alcove were unbelievable. He said it is the most requested table in the restaurant and the Queen of England had been in that seat in the 1980's I believe. The food was great we had the deviled egg appetizers with Pesto. Very good. Hubby and granddaughter had salads, Caesar chicken and Cobb without the shrimp but with extra avocado. Big salads. I had the blue burger and split it with my hubby. It was a delight. Hope to eat there several times a year. What a beautiful location and park.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.