The Ahwahnee Hotel

4.3
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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.
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JenniferS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A simply stunning dinner - the building feels like something out of a movie. Live pianist was the cherry on top!

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frank
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Ambience and service were excellent. We expected more from the food.

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vipLynda
Los Angeles
106 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Ahwahnee dining room never fails to impress. The room is so grand and the setting unforgettable. The pianist adds another elegant touch to the evening. Our waiters were great - taking care of us, but never being intrusive. The food was delicious. My husband had the onion soup as a starter, while I had the beet salad. Both were perfectly prepared. For the main course, we ordered ono and salmon. Both dishes were very good. Since I also enjoyed the bread at the beginning of the evening, I didn't save room for dessert, but the choices looked good. Dinner is pricey, but worth it for that special evening in Yosemite. There is a dress code so be sure to ask ahead for details (it's fairly lenient - collared shirts for men, for example) and you'll need to show I.D. if you want to order alcohol. We really enjoyed our evening, an experience we won't soon forget.

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DAVIDD
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service, worth the experience, beautiful, good food

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JERRYW
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magnificent setting, food and service...truly special.

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Kkslider
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience5

Honestly the behavior of the wait staff guarantee we won't return. We were the only ones in dress code but were consistently served dead last because we weren't guests of the hotel. Our server walked by multiple times without looking at us until we stopped them. Normally I would excuse this behavior...but there were only 3 other active tables in the whole room. They stood around talking to each other more than they did serving us. The man at the front desk was probably the worst host staff I've ever encountered. He was condescending, rude, and kept walking into the coat room where he had a glass of wine hidden in a cabinet. Super disappointing for a splurge meal on a milestone birthday.

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DebraK
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful place; friendly and helpful staff. Pianist was wonderful and had a wide repertoire of songs. They were out of an entrée and two wines we wanted. Otherwise our meal was delicious.

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luncher231
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

There is nothing like eating at the Ahwahnee for an amazing ambience. The food was also delicious and service outstanding. We had a wonderful time. My only complaint would be the costs!

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Bryan
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a once in a lifetime experience. You will not be disappointing

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food and great atmosphere. We always make it a point to have lunch here when we visit the park.

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HeidiM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always lovely. We go for lunch after a nice hike in the valley. Never disappoints

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DawnB
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The food was fantastic as was the service. Given the COVID-19 status, the patrons should have been placed farther apart in the dining areas

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TonyM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place to add to your day in Yosemite National Park.

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MarkT
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience5

Room is exquisite! Food mediocre and service mediocre! Much better food and service at The Yosemite Lodge!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The host was a bit rude. We arrived 8 min. early, and were told that we would be seated at our reservation time. I didn’t think much about it but while I waited 8 min to be seated on time in an almost empty dining area I couldn’t help but notice that he didn’t say that to any other party. Weird... I didn’t want to let that ruin our meal. This was the only dinner I planed for our family of 5 vacation. The dining area is stunning! The views are soooo pretty, but hard to capture on film.

The Food....
hmm. It all looks really good, but falls short on flavor. The meat was all tough, and hard to cut with the “steak knife”. I would recommend that they invest in some new ones.
Husband had the porterhouse steak, cooked medium rare. It’s was ok but not tender. Mashed potatoes were good and asparagus were under cooked.(most restaurants are doing this now.)
16 year old son had the pork chop. This looked amazing but again fell short on flavor. The meat was hard to cut and chew. The salad on top looked so good but tasted like nothing.
I had the prime rib cooked medium. I couldn’t cut it and some bites were ok others found their way back to my plate. The waiter added extra horseradish sauce to my plate and that helped me get it down. (His recommendation said it was his favorite dish.)
The littles had a cheese burger and chicken tenders. They didn’t have any complaints. At 15 bucks each they shouldn’t!
Dessert.
The famous boysenberry pie... it is served cold and it’s not sweet at all. The crust was really good but would think it should taste better if it’s been around so long.
The cheese cake with Bacon... was just that
The rosemary cream was yuck!
But the kids liked the ice cream. I was under impressed all around.

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DebbieL
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

It was Mom's 93 BD, Sandie & Grace were exceptional servers, even great singers when the everyone sang Happy Birthday to her. The soups were good, the scallop appetizer was very good (wished that was on the entree selection) I had the Ono, the fish was okay but didn't care for anything else on the plate, Mom had ordered from the kids menu and loved the salmon , I didn't think there was a good selection of items.

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Char
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The food was horrible, especially considering the price. There is not a lot of fine dining options in the area, but I'm not that desperate to come here again for my wedding.

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BondGirl
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The Ahwanee Bar and Restaurant are both very good. Depends on whether you want a more formal sit down dinner or you simple want a bite with a beer or wine/cocktails.

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JonG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite treat each year eating in the amazing dining room of an amazing hotel.

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EverNest
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner ! Large portions and excellent service. Thank you for honoring our request for a beautiful window table too.

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V8Celica
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We visit the Ahwanhee about six times per year. The new vendor, as of about 2 years ago is not nearly as good as the present vendor. The food is a little bit embarrassing in comparison to the locale and service what a shame.

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AllyS
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

All in all, a great experience! They are very strict about reservation times and yet our table wasn’t set for the appropriate number of people which seems silly. My bf and I both agree that if you’re going to treat it like a high end experience with high end prices then the service should reflect that. Anyway...our server Judy was a vet here at the Ahwahnee and provided excellent service throughout the meal! although we wish she would have had a little more wine knowledge (or maybe they should have a Sommelier? ). The food was GREAT the French onion soup was fantastic and I absolutely LOVED the duck carbonara. Wine prices are obviously quite inflated but we wound up with a great Cab for dinner. Overall ambience is quite lovely too. it has that cozy cabin feel with a classier, high end touch.

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MichaelC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall we loved our dinner at the Ahwahnee! The service was outstanding. Judy our server and her partner were extremely attentive but not overly, just perfect. We both loved our meals, our only complaint being the fish entree and accompanying sides were a bit stingy for the price. But that will not keep us from returning.

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PMB2
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Ahwahnee was recommended to us as a "must" when visiting the Park. Now we know why & we're passing along the recommendation to our friends & family.

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JeremyF
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really Happy overall. Food was good, service was excellent. Ambience was quality..loved the old feel and the candlelight. Very happy with our time spent at the Ahwanee. Made our
Anniversary special.

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JohnD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Room was nice. Quiet with an adequate size TV and a small refrigerator. There was no writing desk, but the chairs were comfortable. Restaurant was outstanding for its ambience and service, but food was just average is quality and way overpriced. Bar was average, but once again, items were way overpriced.

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vipitsonlyfood
Portland
26 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience4

it's all about the place, beautiful room in a spectacular setting. it's absolutely not about the food which is barely palatable and very expensive. But hey, moon over Half Dome!

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WilliamF
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary here and had a wonderful evening. When we had finished dinner we were surprised by a surprise “Anniversary “ dessert. The entire experience was perfect. Thanks, gentlemen.

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JanetBev
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The room is awe inspiring to begin with! The service, piano music, drinks and food were amazing also!

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vipJohn
Tahoe
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent venue to enjoy a quiet, charming dinner. Service was superb!

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RichardD
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A “must do” splurge if you are staying in Yosemite. The atmosphere, service, and food were simply outstanding. Tip: ask to sit in the alcove when making reservations. Also, bring a good bottle of wine from your home cellar. Even with the $19.50 corkage fee, you’ll still come out ahead.

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vipRose
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed everything about the buffet brunch.

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SusanM
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at the Ahwahnee Hotel. Food was fabulous and the service spectacular.

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vipRose
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around!

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vipAviM
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Excellent food and service. The Ahwahnee dining room never disappoints. The room is amazing itself and the live piano playing is a great touch.

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Dogdr
Sacramento
17 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance and dining room. Food 95% excellent

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sharonb
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As we have been going here for 40+ years, we have had many experiences... this dinner was wonderful! Advantages of going in the Winter is less people, wait staff has time to spend with you as well as the “older”wait staff know when to leave you alone !
Food is always changing and was once again fantastic.

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Kristine
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The room is gorgeous and the service excellent. We found the food to be tasty, but overly rich and sweet. We stayed for 3 nights, and would have liked more variety in the menus, perhaps with daily specials, and more healthful options. That said, we loved eating in the dining room, and look forward to returning, especially if a few lighter options are added.

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OpenTable Diner
Tokyo
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

It’s an iconic place and an amazing room but everything else is very average.

Given that they have an enforced dress code, candles on every table and a grand piano (actually being played), the expectation was pretty high.

The earliest we could get a reservation on our first night (when booking a week out) was 8.15, and the next 2 nights were full. It’s seems that full is full capacity for the staff employed not the seating capacity. When we finally sat at 8.15 there was probably 30 pax seated in a room that has a capacity of over 400?? We looked inside the next night, that was apparently full, and less that half the tables were seated.

The food is very average. The wine list is good. The waitstaff are very helpful.

The only alternative to the “Dining Room” is the bar that has an extremely limited list of food options.

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BarbaraS
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As Always, the atmosphere here is AMAZING! There is no where else like it!! The service is impeccable. The food is delicious though very pricey - as is everything in Yosemite.
We will be back!!

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