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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
  • 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: 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 (801) 559-5050
  • Entertainment: Piano player during dinner service nightly and Sundays during brunch service.
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Ambience was fantastic, the views breathtaking and the food was lovely!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "We make a point to go to the Awahnee at least once every time we visit Yosemite. Everything about it is special and festive. The food is not "haute cuisine" but it's good. The atmosphere is so lovely, relaxing and enjoyable and the service is excellent. It makes the evening a special event even if it wasn't one to start with!!!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "We were on the fence about whether we should make our three sons carry their "nice clothes" to go to dinner at the Ahwahnee. It was so worth it! We loved the dinner and the ambiance. It was a special time in Yosemite!!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "My husband and I went to the dining room for our first dinner as a married couple. Everything was great! Food was very tasty and wait staff very nice:) we will back again on our tenth:)"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Worth going through the rigamarole of dressing for dinner to enjoy this fabulous room and location. Service is a little too formal but don't let that put you off"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Beautiful space for enjoying a meal with family and friends. If you don't expect much from the service staff or expect top quality food, you'll enjoy it even more."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "In the last 30 years I've probably visited the Ahwahnee 6 times and each time I've always kicked myself for not planning to eat in the beautiful restaurant. I've finally done it and it was terrific. The food, the wine and the desserts were all on par with such a magnificent place in such a gorgeous setting."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "In spite of locating in the Mountain area, food quality is superb and service is excellent as well. I strongly recommend friends to try this restaurant."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The Ahwahnee Dining Room is visually spectacular space, but neither the food nor the service makes it to same level. The food was OK traditional American grub. It was pretty good for what it is--prime rib, well done fish, etc--but nothing special and also pricey. The service was less uniform. My party ate there for 3 dinners and 2 breakfasts, and the service oscillated between very good and lackluster. Some of the wait staff could barely be bothered to help us. Others were friendly and attentive--just luck of the draw who you got for that meal."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We were a group of 8 people. Our main entree came after 1 1/2 hours. Every dish was cold or cooked wrong. The shrimp was tough and flavorless. The steak was well done when it was ordered rare! The broccoli cheddar soup had no flavor. Then there is the service, or lack thereof. No drink refills and with 2 waiters no one ever checked on how the meal came out. Huge disappointment. Would never go back."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Lifelong fan of the Ahwahnee Hotel and Hotel Dining Room. Its unique views, unsurpassed architecture and gracious ambience make it a national treasure."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Great way to start off Yosemite vacation. Waiter was awesome and food was tasty. Stuck with the salads."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I took my children and four grandchildren (ages 7, 11, 11, 12) to the Ahwahnee dining room for a "formal" dining experience. I was called a few days prior to our dinner date by a personable young man who asked if I had any special requests. I told him about Jessica's birthday. Our birthday girl was thrilled when presented with a candled birthday cupcake after our delicious dinner.(no charge for the cupcake!) We each were extremely pleased with our respective dinner choices. Our seven year old ordered from the kid's menu and thoroughly enjoyed a lovely portion of Prime Rib. I appreciated the kitchen making a special vegetarian plate for me. The service was excellent! Both servers were patient and loving with the children. OUTSTANDING!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "To celebrate our 35th we went to Yosemite. The Ahwahnee certainly delivered. The signature El Capitani martini was superb. Crab cakes and Shrimp/scallop appetizers were excellent. The steelhead was perfect and well presented. Creme Brûlée was one of the best ever. And the "Happy Anniversary" cup cake was a cute touch."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The Ahwahnee is not a cheap place to eat but you get what you pay for in terms of the unbeatable setting, excellent food and great service."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Wonderful staff especially Sarah what a great experience food was very good kudos"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Service at the Ahwahnee dining room was exceptional as was the food and the entire dining experience. Saturday night dining including a wonderful pianist, that made the large room feel more intimate (and romantic). Just a wonderful and enjoyable meal. Thank you."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "It was beautiful and the menu was nice, and they were flexible with substitutions. When my 'special of the day' fish entree arrived, it was cold, but the plate was hot. I didn't want to complain, but there was really no heat to it at all, not even warm, and it was a $36 item. I told the server, and he said he would heat it up. I just said to please not overcook it. It came back slightly warmer, but totally overcooked. When he asked me how it was, I was honest. He didn't do anything about it - didn't offer to replace it or adjust the bill. I just ate cold, overcooked fish."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Must do to complete your Yosemite visit. Good food, friendly staff, spectacular setting."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Just the name should invoke a smile... I made a reservation for 6...for lunch. We arrived early and asked if we could be seated early as well...the front desk staff was FANTASTIC! They accommodated us and were very friendly yet professional. The main dining room is...well...AMAZING! OK, the service...to be honest...it was LESS THAN fantastic. We had to wait for everything...we needed to ask for bread...oh the assist. waiter kept refilling our water glasses! Soft drinks were slow and the food...while it tasted GREAT, it was a VERY slow service. I'm going back in a month with my gf and this time we're having dinner...I can't wait!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We were able to reserve a table for our Anniversary. The waiters were very kind and knowledgeable. The food was great as well as the decor. The only issue was that the room was cold - not only for us but for most of the guests that we could see. The pianist was exceptional - he added a bit of sophistication to an already elegant room. The room itself is just awesome in size, so it can accommodate just about anything. Kids that we could see were good, but for the crowd that would normally be at the Ahwahnee, you would sort of expect that. Overall an exceptional experience."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We had a fabulous meal for 7 people. It was a special occasion and the service was fabulous"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "These people know how to treat their guests Very polite and helpful and in an elegant environment. They provided a memorable experience for our family reunion after 3 days hiking hut to hut. Like that they have dress code."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Food was very average if not slightly below, waiters were clueless n not properly trained, not much option to dine in nice place @ yosemite anyway"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We loved dining at the Ahwahnee dining room. it was a great experience, beautiful and memorable. The food was very good. It was a bit too pricey to do more than one night in a row for us on top of the pricey rooms, but well worth it for a once in a lifetime experience."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We were late for our reservation and arrived at 2:45 because of traffic delays due to road work. We were seated and received the best service even though the restaurant stopped seating at 3pm. We never felt like we had to rush. The food was excellent too!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "This was some of the worse food I've ever had in a restaurant. We ordered the most expensive dish on the menu ( the trout). The fried fish was very greasy and paper thin. The rice was also greasy maybe from the fish that was put on top of the rice. This dish supposedly included vegetables but there were almost none to be found. A cheap greasy spoon would serve better food than this restaurant . The service was slow and to get bread we had to request it to be brought to the table. It is a shame that a hotel like the Ahwahnee is serving this kind of food at the prices they are charging. We were taking friends from another country to eat there and we are very sorry that we took them there. We will never go back there."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We had dinner there two evenings n a row. First evening the food was excellent with a price associated at a certain level, but acceptable due the quality. Second evening, food was unfortunately not at the same level. Chiche was not cooked for the kids, as well as the vegetables for exactly the same plate as day before. One menu was however not chargesdto us. Regarding service, it is clear that there is a will to provide an outstanding service with many waiters, however most of them act not in a friendly way especially with the children. You don't feal being taken care off, you feal you are at they home and you have limited freedom."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Food was okay , service was okay, portions small and over priced."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Service was slow, and a strange system with different staff showing to table, different staff taking order, different staff topping up water...One member of staff was so rude and insincere, it was actually creating an atmosphere - and not just on our table. Starters were great - very promising - but the main meals were uninspiring, plain and disappointing. Room and surroundings are stunning - this is what you are really paying for."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "I never expect much from large dining rooms at large hotels, but the Ahwahnee delivered a very nice dining experience. Food was excellent, service was friendly and competent, and the space is beautiful. It made for a memorable night."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Beautiful hotel and had a gorgeous breakfast in the main dining room. Grumpy waiter but the food was tasty!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Remember you are eating in a National Park. For a National Park, the food is very good, but pricey. If you compared that to a meal in a normal city, the food is overpriced and not that great. For a full meal, you are looking at about $200 bucks with wine. Again, best meal for a 100 miles, but comparing it to similar priced meals in other locations, it is average."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We had a spectacular dinner crabcake, lobster soup and great steaks. Super wine and a fantastic environment world class."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Lunch was much better than last time we were thee about 6-8 months ago, New chef?"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "First time having brunch here, after hearing family members and friends speak highly of The Ahwahnee culinary experience. The prime-rib was amazing! The seafood was fresh and delicious. The small kids AND the big kids totally enjoyed the mac-n-cheese. Loved the arugula salad with fresh strawberries. Those panna cotta shooters... had to have more than one... same goes for the crème brulee. What were those tasty chocolate bites filled with tart raspberries... bon-bons? Delish! We were also treated to live piano music... bonus! This all happens in a spectacular setting... hand-craftsmanship is incredible for this nearly 100-year-old building. Brunch at The Ahwahnee... a must-do and definite highlight to any Yosemite visit."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "A beautiful room in a magnificent setting. But the food does not match the place or the prices. The hosts are snobbish and the dress code obsessiveness is ridiculous in this setting. There is a written policy (yes) at the entrance that does not match the policy on the website. I am all for traditional dining, but the policies should match. Their good fortune is that it is a monopoly..."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The breakfast brunch was good but dinner was overpriced for the quality. The service was excellent. The place smelled sort of musty during dinner but not during breakfast. I'm not sure why. I would recommend this place for the breakfast brunch for the food and dinner for the ambience"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We stayed at the hotel and enjoyed dinner so much we went back again the next evening even after stuffing ourselves at Brunch. Brunch was a buffet offering oysters, shrimp, Eggs Benedict, waffles and more. I'm not usually a fan of any buffet, but I would eat brunch again at the Ahwahnee. Formal dinning without feeling stuffy with a lovely grand piano playing softly in the dinning room. The lobster soup and the smoked duck pasta were two stand out dishes."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "They provided a special touch of the 34th Anniversary message on the desert plate. And the pianist was wonderful. We had excellent service and awesome food. Well Done"
    Dined on 7/26/2014