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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.



    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: 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
  • "Wonderfully excellent. A very special place. Thank you The Ahwahnee Dinning Room is a beautiful temple built into a wonderful cathedral... We really appreciate the Hotel trying to maintain a dress standard. We remembered as children we were in suit and ties as were the other guest. Understandably that is hardly possible in today's world however the Ahwahnee is a very special place where fine dining and a touch of class should be the order of the day. Thank you, at least, for the attempt to maintain a protocal of charm. please don't think me as a snob for I am not; I just appreciate the people that appreciates the Ahwahnee and it excellent staff."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I HATE most Sunday brunches!! This one is a notable exception. High quality food, quick turn around on dishes so they stay fresh. omlettes, blitzes, prime rib, ham station. There is shellfish: shrimp, clams, oysters. Lox and bagels, pastries, pancakes, waffles, bacon, sausage then by 10:30 desserts and a few lunch items rotated in salmon etc. Highly recommend. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Both of our dinner main courses were a disappointment. The swordfish was especially poor. The pork chop had a section that was blood red. When it was pointed out to the waiter, we received a nod of acknowledgement but no attempt to remedy."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Some dishes were not well thought. Sweet potato served with rack of lamb was more like a runny purée and turned the plate very messy when cutting the lamb. Food was nicely presented and well prepared."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "You feel as though you've stepped back in time. the room is breathtaking, the food is fresh and you feel like the wait staff really knows their history."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Excellent food and service, nice wine list that has a good variety and reasonable pricing, though the corkage fee at $30 is unrealistic for the menu."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "When i reservated a table at the Ahwahnee Hotel, i told them that my brother just finished Medschool and we do this journey as a graduation trip. After the absolutely great dinner they brought my brother a congratulation cupcake. It was so nice. I really recommend this place. It was a fantastic evening which we will never forget."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "The setting is majestic- outside the tall pines partly shield the high sierra sights of Yosemite and inside the massive beams high ceilings and tall candlelit tapers speak to an earlier grander time. The ambience is warm, and the service is authoritative but not at all stuffy. The wine list was large and understandably Californian in emphasis. The food was remarkably good- the best I've ever had in a National Park. Cuts of beef were cooked to perfection, the fish was fresh. Appetizer scallops in deliciously creamy "grits"(polenta) were enough for a meal. The menu was just contemporary enough, with nods to current trends- kale salad, for example. Our dessert of red velvet cake was a massively decadent 4 layer fudge cake in deep red."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We returned for our 5th wedding anniversary. They greeted us and seated us at the Honeymoon table. It offers a beautiful view and is tucked away near the window. Our waiter, George, while soft spoken, was excellent. We truly enjoyed our anniversary dinner. We plan to return again! "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Incredible place to celebrate a birthday. The food and the service was amazing. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "This was a family event and we all had an awesome time. The piano music was perfect and set the perfect tone. We had a 2 month old with us and staff was helpful and friendly. The hotel is rustic yet beautiful and views are stunning. One of our family members is a chef and he was pleased with the food and the service. We had an amazing time."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The ahwahnee dining room is special- lovely piano music, fabulous food, and a view to make the spirit soar. Our waiter was attentive but down to earth. Onion soup and lobster bisque highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Beautiful dining room in the historic lodge. Each dish was served elegantly and the service was outstanding. Thank you Chef Bob for a great experience."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Our waiters, Eric & Dustin, were superb! There when we needed them and enough times to check on us but not hovering. My brother got the salmon & said it was delicious. My sister-in-law & I both got the prime rib-it was melt-in-your-mouth excellent. This was the second time I had brought someone to Yosemite and the Ahwahnee to impress them and both times it worked beautifully. Elizabeth Behrens/Nagle, Pacific Grove, California"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "We had fun going out for a nice dinner after a day of hiking. The food and service was great, especially considering you are basically in the middle of no where. Would definitely return on our next trip to Yosemite."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The excellent service, spectacular architecture, beautiful views would make the food delicious even if it wasn't -but it was! Not having visited for a number of years, the food was far better than the last visit. From the lamb shank to the fish, it was well prepared, presented-- and very tasty. It is pricey (about $10 each more than the Lodge) -and worth every cent. Be sure to make dinner reservations well in advance. "
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "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