The Majestic Yosemite Hotel
It was an awesome experience in an unbelievable setting.
I like the blueberry pancakes very much. The service is consistently excellent. They are very attentive and accommodating to make our experience a pleasant one. What can I say about the ambiance? You couldn't ask for a better view while eating your food! Love eating breakfast at the Majestic Hotel!!! Highly recommend it!
Marty our waiter was first class; the setting very special; the piano is critical to making the place come alive; when so so many tables are empty I suggest making sure that guests get to seat where they wish; your rack of lamb dish is so surprising at the portions of the rack of lamb...say thank you to your buyer and the farm ! and the blue berry cobbler pie .....yes, a must regardless whether one has room or not.
The room is cold or was last week, so I suggest you suggest that your guests bring a sweater otherwise it will be a debbie downer to sit there and be too cold to settle in and enjoy.
Consider letting guests stage and cue up in the front the grand fire place just by reservations desk and offer to serve vino or have a small totally cool wine bar staged there such that your guests can come early and sit by the fire place on either side and have a cocktail before dinner. I think this way your guests can visit with each other about their day and create a nice vibe before dinner.
now we're talking !
really really overpriced, very tiny portions, tasteless, and really bad bread. The only redeeming quality was the courteous staff. Unfortunately, there are very limited options for dining in Yosemite. Probably why it's still going on, though very empty. Feels like this place is just there to gouge people.
If in Yosemite Valley, you must visit the Majestic Hotel for its historical value as well as the elegance of its bones.
Excellent food, great service, historic architectural ambiance, beautiful dining room in the evening, live piano music
The Majestic really needs to work on its food. The dining room is still beautiful and the service was helpful and friendly, but the rack of lamb and steak were both dry. Even my 11-year-old child thought the salmon was bland.
We had a great meal at the Majestic. They are very accommodating to folks bringing their own wine ($20 corkage fee is reasonable) which is a popular thing to do. Food was excellent and the service was too. Needless to say, the dining room is spectacular. The piano player during dinner did a nice job of playing pleasant music but staying in the background so we could talk easily. A wonderful night out.
Very few people in this magnificent room. Our table was in between 2 serving stations. Maybe in warm weather it’s nice to sit next to a window but not in 20 degree temperatures. Again the restaurant was only 25 % full if that The waiter tried his best but the food he recommended was not good not fantastic it was mediocre at best The wine was the best part of the evening
Food was good but a bit bland. Due to the weather staff from different areas were being used. Meal was extremely slow. Took 2 hours to eat
Everyone was extremely friendly
The views are still as good as always, the service is still great, but the food is not as good as it used to be. They quality and variety of the food has gone downhill. It would be nice if they could go back to the quality of the food they had 3 years ago.
We love staying at the Ahwahnee as we have since all those 20 years ago when I asked my wife to marry me. I proposed above tunnel view where we met in 1995. We went to a Galen Rowell photo seminary and took photos for the next several days. She came from Fresno and I from Sacramento. We always stay there and enjoy ourselves each time. It is truly a magical place for young and older lovers alike.
A great place to eat when you’re in the valley and want something more than overpriced low quality burgers and pizza. This place is a bit pricey but the food is the best you’ll find in the valley. Portions are decently sized, was able to share an appetizer, entree, and desert with my fiancé. We loved the duck gnocchi, New York steak, and creme brûlée for desert. Although according to yelp, google, TripAdvisor, they say you’re supposed to be dressed up but plenty of people were in jeans and t shirts or casual clothing.
Yosemite's inconic restaurant. Absolutely memorable ambiance and service, food was good but nothing pushing the envelope anywhere. Cocktails are VERY overpriced and only so-so, wine offerings were fine by the glass but again much more expensive than the food proportionately. Beet salad and French onion soup were both fine. The setting and the service and live pianist made for a memorable evening, and I would not hesitate to go back the first chance I have.
The dining room is amazing. Wonderful views of the outdoors and wildlife. The beet salad was great as well as the pasta pomodoro.
Our server, Stevie, has been a member of the dining room staff for over 40 years. We have had the honor of being seated at one of her tables in the past and she was just as pleasant, efficient and professional during this visit as she has been in the past. The young man (sorry, I don't have his name even though he introduced himself) who assisted her was also very pleasant.
Dinner was excellent
Breakfast left a little to be desired: We ordered bacon, eggs over medium with crisp hash brown potatoes. The eggs were cooked on too hot a pan and the potatoes seemed to be cooked dehydrated potatoes. Would I eat breakfast there again, the answer is yes: it can just be done a little better.
Dinner was excellent and the ambiance of the dining room is beyond comparison.
The food at dinner was a disappointment. This was my seventh consecutive trip to the Majestic (formerly Ahwahnee) and I believe the dinner entrees have gone downhill. The chicken I ordered was underspiced and boring. The swordfish, in my opinion, was ruined by serving it in a gloppy sauce, which made it overcooked and soggy. What a waste!
Breakfasts were good!
We had several outstanding food servers.
Yosemite is my favorite place on the planet, and we went to celebrate my birthday. The Ahwahnee (really, let's get over the naming nonsense) is a national treasure. I have had dinner there maybe 10 or 12 times in my life. The room never ceases to amaze, and the service is usually very good and it was this time, too. The only failure was the food. I ordered the rack of lamb with Cowgirl Creamery cheesy polenta and "modern" ratatouille, and I asked for it to be medium rare. What the waiter brought me was a plate of lamb that was concrete grey colored. I sent it back immediately. The next plate had very nice looking, albeit huge for one serving, lamb. It was good, and well seasoned. But the polenta? I'd guess there was maybe two tablespoons of it. Considering the Fred Flintstone sized portion of meat, I would have expected a little more in the way of the sides. The ratatouille was just ok - I think the vegetables were chopped hastily and without care to match the sizes. Some pieces were chunky and some slender - no uniformity at all. I was pretty disappointed overall in the main dish. My husband and daughter liked their meals (duck pasta special and pasta pomodoro). The desserts were great - especially the boysenberry pie - always a standout. Given the grandeur of the setting and the reputation of the dining room, and the price, I expected a bit more. Will I go back? In a heartbeat!
It's unfortunate that such an iconic Lodge and spectacular scenery could be so undermined by an incredibly lackluster level of service and quality of food. What should be an amazing experience in an beautiful, iconic hotel fell far short of our expectations. The management should raise the bar, reinvent the menu with creative fare, and increase the level of service to match the setting as well as the prices.
My husband and I enjoyed dinner at the beautiful restaurant. We enjoyed the food: the duck gnocchi was out of this world, the ceased salad was delicious, and the French onion soup was my absolute favorite! For an entree my husband had the pasta which he wasn’t thrilled with, it was good but not $29 good and I had the steak which was huge, we could have split it, and it was pretty tasty too. I would say the entrees are really high priced ad I probably wouldn’t get them again but I would absolutely go back for appetizers and starters. Also the hotel is beautiful, the live piano music was great, and the beautiful views makes it such a special experience!
Set in an old historic building from the 20's with great views during the daylight. Limited menu items as you would expect from an upscale restaurant which included the usual selections. Menu items are a bit pricey. Food presentation was average. Soup was a bit cold. Main course was average in quality (flavor and taste). Salmon was substituted for swordfish with the accompaniments for the swordfish. Did they really think we wouldn't notice. Nothing was said to us and we didn't complain until the bill came for the more expensive Salmon. For some reason swordfish was about four dollars less. Service was poor. The place was about 20% full but there seemed to be a half a dozen wait staff. Service was a bit slow and not very attentive. Had to flag down someone a few times when we needed something. Drinks, bread and soup arrived in normal time but main course didn't come for another 30 minutes. Since they were not that busy that seemed way too long to wait. It was a little disturbing when the staff started to put things away for the night a half hour before closing even if it had reach the last sitting time. I am glad I went so I can say I was there but it was nothing that special. It is all about the location not the food and service. Therefore, I can't recommend unless I explain what my experience was.
Came up for breakfast and loved it! Very friendly staff and we got seated by the window so we could see the snow outside, such a beautiful venue!
You go for the views. It's spectacular. The dining room itself is grand, the views outside is beautiful. For the amount they charge, the food isn't really that great. I don't find the selection or taste to be outstanding. I did hear lots of compliments from other tables though, so maybe my taste is just different. Coming from the Bay Area where food can be phenomenal, it's a hard compare. We went for dinner when we weren't hungry, so that didn't help. We also went for Sunday brunch, where the selection was ok and the quality was just ok too. We went a 3rd time for regular breakfast and the items off the menu was fine while the buffet was scant. We were just too lazy to go elsewhere since we were staying there.
Service food and ambience was great, pianist was a fantastic addition to the evening!
The food was fabulous, service fantastic, and the ambience excellent. The piano player was also a nice touch. Highly recommend.
The service was incredible!!!
Was a great place and food was great. Our only issue is we thought we were making breakfast reservations and got there and had to wait til exactly our reservation time when they re opened for lunch. Was still great food, just some miscommunication.
We love the Awahnee Hotel (aka the Majestic Yosemite Hotel) so the ambiance was wonderful. I had the rack of lamb, and it was excellent, my husband had the prime rib and said it was only "fair". Wine was good. Overall we give it a 3.8 out of 5. We had younger servers, and we miss the old timers who used to give us a version of the hotel's history as we were being served. We miss that. We are local residents of Mariposa County, and frequent the hotel and park. Still our favorite, the lunches served at the Awahnee - my favorite is the breaded trout.
Food at Yosemite has been hit or miss, mostly the latter. Not so, at the Ahwahnee Dining Room on our most recent trip. The meal was great, the best we’ve had in a national park, and the room itself manages to feel grand and intimate at the same time. We shared a terrific beet and burrata salad and had swordfish with fava beans and rack of lamb with Cowgirl Creamery polenta, both excellent. I only wish we’d eaten there every night during our stay. A few more choices on the menu would been a welcome change from the indifferent bar food.
Dinner there on two nights. Service on the first was overly familiar, and "jerky". Way too much food (altho' well prepared and tasty), with little advice from the server. Second night was beautifully served, nicely plated, and very tasty... we learned and ordered every thing: appetizer, salad, entree, and dessert for two. Portions were perfect. Server was helpful.
We''ll go back to the Majestic Yosemite, dine in the elegant dining room, and only order one for two.
Good primarily for the ambience of the hotel previously known as the Awahnee Historic Hotel. Hotel was very lovely, everything clean and warm in winter. One of the most picturesque places on the planet. Room was clean with nice views. All staff were very friendly and accommodating . Wonderful waiter named Malcolm. Probably the best service ever. Food is struggling. Lamb was very good, prime rib was also very good. Norwegian Salmon was good. All breads made there were lacking and pedantic. Fig Tart was good but the pastry was a shortening pastry and would have been better as a butter based pastry. Croissants were tasty but a little heavy and doughy. Quinoa was below par, Ceasar Salad below par, root vegetables were good but very few with main courses. Honestly, for the price this should not be the case. This dining room could really shine but seem to be stuck in the past. A good pastry chef is in order here. Breakfast was just not good. Scorched and dried out vegetable omelet, bad hash browns and toast is extra for 21.00? These are very basic cooking skills that are lacking. I wish I could re write the menu and give them a skill boost to really draw in foodies. Restaurant needs a big jump but otherwise so much to do and see at Yosemite.
Stay and eat here if you visit Yosemite. Its the best of both in the park and the beauty, history and overall vibe are great.
The staff was very friendly and helpful. Beautiful snow out side. Good music.
Food is inconsistent. Wish there were more vegan entree options. One great kale salad. They are trying hard to make it a good experience. One of a kind ambiance at this historic hotel. We stayed during the government shutdown when there was some understaffing. Yosemite is so gorgeous and the overall experience is so lovely that we'll be back.
This was our first time staying at The Ahwahnee and we had such a wonderful time!! We came here for my birthday and we love Yosemite. The food was fantastic. Everything was delicious. The ambience was charming and romantic. The staff were so kind and welcoming. We also came in for the Sunday brunch which was also excellent. They kept my coffee cup full and warm and our server even offered to take a picture at the end. Just a wonderful experience. Although it was out of my usual budget, my positive experience here and the beautiful scenery made it worth it. Thank you:)
Food and service were great as usual. Enjoyed our time there even during the govt shutdown.
We really enjoyed our meal, however the overall experience was a little tarnished due to our waiter being somewhat disinterested and impatient. This could have been due to the fact that he was too busy.
Thank you the service was the best. The atmosphere was perfect and the food was delicious. Except - You might want to take the Butterscotch Rum cake off the menu. It was not good.
Thank you mostly for the service. Your staff made the most delightful experience.
A bucket list must. Every or should experience this magical, or of a kind experience.