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

The Ahwahnee Hotel Dining Room - Ahwahnee Hotel Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.yosemitepark.com
  • Email: bhammill@dncinc.com
  • Phone: (209) 372-1489
  • 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.



    Reservations are accepted from all diners for dinner service. For breakfast, lunch, and brunch, reservations for 7 or larger are recommended.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Percy Whatley
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For regular dining reservations of 25 guests or more, please contact Jessica Brown (209) 372-1474.

    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 Debbie Hoffman (209) 372-1358.
  • Private Party Contact: Kevin Anderson (801) 559-5050
  • Entertainment: Piano player during dinner service nightly and Sundays during brunch service.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Reserve Thanksgiving Dinner (11/28/13); Mother's Day Brunch (5/12/13 and 5/11/14) only 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We have been going to the A dining room for many years mostly for the ambiance, and usually for the food. Once in a while it has a hiccup like this last weekend with a very blah Caesar Salad. It is pricey but we find it worth the money."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We had five people on vacation in Yosemite National Park. We wanted to experience the Ahwahnee Lodge, so we made breakfast reservations. The Ahwahnee Dining Room was a classic lodge-type environment, with excellent, cheerful wait staff and well-placed tables. We all chose the breakfast buffet. The bacon and sausage were good, but the real stars were both the scrambled eggs and the pancakes. And the coffee was strong and tasty. We were all glad for our experience in the classic Ahwahnee Dining Room. I hope we get a chance to go back soon."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We spent 3 1/2 days at Ahwahnee, eating 3 breakfasts and and 3 dinners in the main dining room. The service was excellent. The dinner menu, presentation, taste and ambience were outstanding. For breakfast there was a great variety of choices, but some of the ordered dishes were too heavy. The food in the bar was wonderful for lunch and light dinners. Lovely wines, beers and mixed drinks were available to accompany and meal."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The service was by individuals that have clearly been there to long no passion in their work. You need new blood. The meal was luke warm, overly salty and serving size varied so, from small to genormous hard to tell what you were in store for. In general yositmite needs new happy to be there people staffing all park services."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Great family dinner with the Grand Dining Room experience"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "my husband and i ordered the mahi-mahi. the portions were so tiny in about 5 bites we were done with the fish. luckily i ordered a side of cauliflower and we shared that and a dessert. we noticed the lady next to us ordered the same and got an additional entree. portions were too small after an active day hiking and biking. you might want to rethink portion size. the sauce and bird's nest potatoes were tasty and dessert was nice."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We had to laugh and make light of it all or we would have cried!! Terrible experience - poor service and poorly trained wait staff, a limited menu with all offerings over priced for the quality and portion size, and a dress code not enforced all made this anything but a fine dining experience. When I spoke with the dining manager upon checkout, he appeared somewhat interested in our experience, but did not offer to make any amends to ensure our satisfaction and continued business."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Nothing beats the ambiance of the Ahwahnee- except the food."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The room and the view take first place. Food is outstanding for a "camping" experience. Ate at several other restaurants in the park and this is head and shoulders above the rest."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Dinner in paradise and being treated as you would expect. In a way, I wish there were an evening jackets dress code to bring back a little of the old flair. Really enjoyed our experience and the wait staff were excellent and very professional."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "When I eat at an expensive restaurant, I expect food and service excellence. The Awahanee has a great reputation but we were disappointed. The lobster bisque was wonderful. The ahi was very good, but not better than most restaurants. Same for the prime rib dinner. What was most disappointing was slow service. They never refilled our bread basket, we sat for a long time with empty wine glasses. My husband even turned his empty glass upside down! We were drinking by the glass and didn't get our second glass until our main course was served. The wait staff didn't come close to our table much of the time so we couldn't call them over. There was a long wait between our salad course and main dish. Empty wine glasses and dirty dishes for too long."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "My family enjoyed our brunch at The Ahwahnee. Fabulous food and friendly people."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Such a special place!! You can't dine in a lovlier place than this. The food is good, but not great. If you select a split at $6, two people can get enough to eat and have a nice bottle of wine. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "EVERYTHING WAS GREAT. GOOD FOOD, GREAT SERVICE. BOTH DENNIS AND SANDY WERE GREAT HOSTS. MAYBE A LITTLE PRICY, BUT WORTH IT."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "My husband has taken me several times to the Awahnee Dining Room for my Birthday dinner. I've heard it said that this dining room is the most beautiful in America! I passionately agree! But please leave the children at home or in the lodge with a sitter. This is a very special and romantic dining room that deserves adult respect and peacefulness. Also, the pianist plays the grand piano all throughout the evening. For birthdays, you may be presented with a special dessert. We highly recommend this dining room for any meal. There is also a dress code (thank goodness). I love it!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The dining room oozes with charm. It was a great place to go after hours hiking and playing in the Park. My children were excited to get "dressed up" for dinner and were even more entranced by the wonderful piano player who took requests. The food was very good too. It's a must do dinner for a trip into Yosemite. Make sure to book rez far in advance."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "The Ahwahnee dining room is one of the truly spectacular places to eat in the world. We were a party of 7, and we enjoyed 5 meals there over two days. The service was excellent at 3 of our meals, but painfully slow the other 2 - they failed to recognize that we had two active boys in our party, and a leisurely pace of service was not what we wanted. The food is mostly very good, sometimes excellent, but always expensive. You pay for the location, the view, and the incredibly beautiful and impressive dining room. If that is of no value to you, then go eat at the food court in the Yosemite Lodge."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The food servers and their helpers are always perfect here but the main fault of this dining room is the staff that make/keep the reservations! I had made reservations for both nights there and Sunday brunch. When we called down on the second day to confirm our dinner reservations they said we didn't have any!!! It was cancelled for NO reason! I was livid, being that it was our anniversary and wanted to celebrate - why would they cancel? The dining room was not full - there were empty tables and if they were short of servers, they should have called and told us without canceling!!! Eventually, they got us back on the schedule but not without making us feel unwelcomed."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Our group of four adults dined at the Ahwahnee three times(two dinners and one breakfast) during our visit. The dinner meals were absolutely wonderful -- all of us enjoyed our selections each night. Be prepared for a very, very leisurely experience. I appreciate the time to enjoy the food and ambiance but for both of the dinners we thought we had been forgotten. Breakfast is also excellent but if you don't chose the buffet breakfast and elect to order off of the menu, it will add another 45 minutes to your experience."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Made the hotel reservations months ago and looked forward to experiencing the hotel and all its attributes. The dining room was beautiful, the service attentive and informed, the food was extremely disappointing and over-priced. We will not return."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "My Husband and I love the Ahwahnee and have been fortunate to stay on several occasions. Our last visit we traveled with family members that had never been to Yosemite. Our first meal in the dining room was lunch, the Caesar Salad & Cheeseburgers were great. The home fries served with the burgers were to die for, the perfect crisp outside and very fluffy interior. Craving them since we came home! Our dinner treat was the Prime Rib, Pork Chop & Lamb Shank. All Yummy and cooked to perfection. We all shared the Boysenberry Cheesecake, simplicity at it;s best! Can you tell we love to eat! DO NOT SKIP THE SUNDAY BRUNCH! Anything and everything you could ask for! Can't wait to go back. One of my favorite places in the world!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "My sister and I had a great time. Your staff was exceptional. Sandy, Steven, Lucas were all great, there were others I don't have all the names, sorry. The pianist was great, it helped set the wonderful atmosphere. His music is beautiful to listen too."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Some of the dishes were great; some uneatable. Service was slow, especially after dinner and before dessert."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Quite possibly the most beautiful restaurant you'll ever set foot in. Of course, the atmosphere is spectacular. The staff is professional, but not pretentious. And the food...the cream of vegetable soup was to die for. The pasta was pure perfection. And the cheesecake topped with boysenberry was exquisite. Can't wait to go back again."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Mushroom ravioli delicious Prime rib tough and under cooked rare not medium rare Breakfasts ere very nice."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "I took my wife and two other family members here to celebrate my wife's birthday. The ambiance and food was outstanding. A special birthday dessert was included. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who was visiting Yosemite."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The food was amazing! And we had the nicest, most efficient servers both nights we had dinner there! They were wonderful!!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "During our stay (March 20-21), the food was, well, ATROCIOUS. Shockingly so. A split order of prime rib was served, weirdly, cut horizontally. Huh? Who cuts a prime rib horizontally? The ridiculously thin portions were way overcooked. The broccoli was rubbery, the whipped potatoes way over salted, and the Yorkshire pudding unrecognizable and inedible. The service was friendly and personable, which made experiencing the truly lousy food all the more poignant. For breakfast, the large dining hall had just one person at the egg station. The line was stupidly long, I'm sure partly because the rest of the buffet was so bad. The coffee was almost undrinkably bitter. Does no one there nowadays know what decent food and drink should taste like?"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Family of 4 had a delicious dinner in a beautiful dining room. Service was excellent and the piano player added to the elegant setting. Scallop appetizer was really good and my salmon was cooked perfectly. Kids ate all of their mushroom ravioli and husband enjoyed his steak. We shared a cheesecake for dessert, also very good. The El Capitan Martini was strong, just the way I like it. Expect to pay about $50 - 60 a person, but it's worth it."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Keep in mind you are in a national park and outside is one of the most spectacular views on earth. You might not expect much for food, but the Ahwahnee isn't serving your ordinary park food. Make an early reservation and enjoy the view before dark. The food is fresh, well prepared, and true to its inspiration. For example, Moroccan lamb shank and the swordfish had the right spices and accompaniments. There is killer chocolate cake for two, that easily could be shared by four, and which we took a pass on. The boysenberry pie with vanilla ice cream was excellent and didn't leave us wishing we had gone for the chocolate cake. The wine list is extensive with some hard to fine California wines, such as Stoney Hill. Good service and great room."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Bob and I were at the Ahwahnee with Bob's sister and her husband to celebrate the short, wonderful life of our daughter, Lana, whose birthday was on 03/25/70. Everyone ordered something different, and each of us loved our personal choices. The piano music was beautiful, at just the right sound level. Our service was personal, attentive and efficient. We enjoyed our dining time so much, and we had beautiful views wherever we looked. It was a special way for us to remember our daughter, Lana's, life. Thank you."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Beautiful ambiance but over rate. Food was horrible, service not very good and food was greasy"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "The Ahwahnee is one of the great western historic lodges. Frankly, that is the primary reason to dine here. But given the choices in Yosemite, as long as price is not a deal- breaker, I wouldn't recommend anywhere else. The dining room is a monument of 1920s rustic elegance, with huge windows framing great views of the valley. The food is good, though not great, and over-priced for its quality. Service is attentive, friendly, un-stuffy, and timely. Piano at dinner. The best value is the breakfast buffet, if you want to load up on breakfast before a long day of hiking. In the off- season (March), there is a B&B deal that makes the overall rates a little closer to affordable."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Excellent food, service and ambience. A great meal and experience!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "It was my husbands Birthday and we had never been to Yosemite. My daughter in law has grown up there and raves about it. We had a lovely 3 days in the park. The dinner at the Ahwahnee was our only disappointment, and we are pretty easy to please. My daughter in-law was also so distraught with our service. Tables around the 4 of us came and went, we waited! We ordered nothing out of the ordinary. My daughter in law and I both had the prime rib,which was very fatty. She told it it was not like this when she ate there before. So all in all we love Yosemite but probably wont eat the the Ahwahnee again. Maybe try a breakfast."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Restaurant resting on past reputation. Food was just fair. Waiter tried to upsell wine twice. Waiter was not up to speed on menu selections and couldn't answer simple questions. Expensive for the food offered but the room and the location were spectacular. . Restaurant selections in Yosemite are very limited but the evening reminded me of "cruise ship" formal"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "The historic Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite Valley, build in 1927, is beautiful on the grandest scale. Thirty-foot ceilings with whole tree trunks as the structure, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the grandest National Park I know. And the FOOD! Spectacular is the only way to describe it!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "A great room. Good atmosphere. Wonderful view. Solid service. Really mediocre food. For all the price and hype of the Ahwanhee, I would choose to eat in the bar if I ever was here again."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "...and a very friendly, helpful staff. We had breakfast and dinner at the Awahanee Dining Room. The staff is very attentive and the food was interesting and good. The highlight of our dinner was watching a bobcat lounging around not far from the window at our table. The french onion soup and the crispy duck with mashed sweet potatoes were very good. The weekday breakfast buffet was quite nice. Everything is served in small portions, so you can taste it all."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "The restaurant is charming and the staff excellent. The food however, is horrible. The restaurant is not purchasing high quality food and then, not preparing it well. It is unfortunate."
    Dined on 3/17/2014