The Majestic Yosemite Hotel

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6839 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
The Majestic Yosemite Hotel 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 Majestic’s mountain surroundings.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: 7:00am - 10:00am
Lunch: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Sunday Brunch: 7:00am - 2:00pm 
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Phone number
(209) 372-1489
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
None
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Private party facilities
Onsite hotel catering available for up to 200 guests. Please contact our experienced special function managers, Kevin Anderson & Deanna Anderson, for more information.

For regular dining reservations of 15 guests or less, please contact the Dining Room directly at (209) 372-1276.
If your party’s plans change, we ask that AT LEAST 48 hours notice be provided to the dining room if you are altering the reservation.
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Catering
For regular dining reservations of 15 guests or less, please contact The Dining Room at (209) 372-1276.

Onsite hotel catering available for up to 200 guests. Please contact our experienced special function managers, Kevin Anderson & Deanna Anderson, for more information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Village Drive
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Parking details
Hotel parking lots and complimentary Valet service available. Parking at The Majestic is limited. Day use parking in Yosemite Village is encouraged. Free shuttles run regularly for transportation to and from all lodgings within Yosemite Valley.
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Public transit
Stop #3 on complimentary Yosemite Valley Shuttle route.
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Entertainment
Piano player during dinner service nightly and Sundays during brunch service.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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MD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our only disappointment was that we had requested the Queen’s table and they had us scheduled for it. In the meantime they let another family sit there.

We plan on visiting on Saturday, October 20 with more family coming from Italy and I hope that they will accommodate us with a very nice table for four.

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JC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Overpriced for rooms and meals. Being in the park the Majestic believes it is OK to charge unreasonable prices for a sub par product. I would not recommend the hotel nor the restaurant.

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KY
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The only fine dining experience on the floor of the Yosemite Valley. It is of an era gone bye. I wish that they would actually enforce the dress code. It would make the experience even more special.

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YS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Foods were so delicious but slightly soltly for hypertension.

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FE
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal in this historic hotel to cap off a visit with friends to Yosemite. Drinks outside prior to dinner with excellent service from both the bar and restaurant. The dinner was good and plentiful, well prepared. The wine list is solid. The cost is a little high, but not out of line for a historic property in a national park. The views from our table in the Queens room were perfect.

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FC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We go to the Majestic every year for our anniversary. The staff is typically wonderful and helpful. The menu is small and overpriced, but you're in Yosemite Valley and you're not there for the food. You're there for the natural beauty of the national park.

Dinner and Sunday brunch features a piano player who will take your request if he knows the song. My wife and I will ask for our wedding song and it makes our meal that much better. There is a dress code, but it's not outrageous. No jeans and a collared shirt.

Leave a decent tip, because the staff is hit hard when there is a wild fire or the government is shut down.

Enjoy the atmosphere and try and sit in the alcove. That's where the Queen sat is 1983.

On your way out ask for Evan the porter, he's very friendly and knows a lot about the park.

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RD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dale Hansell is terrific with children and adults! Thanks!

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CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The room is well known for its historical significance, but is somewhat gymnasium like because it is so big. Actually enjoyed the Mountain Room more. The food is good, hearty mountain food, so do some hiking to deserve it.

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RB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Restaurant was beautiful. Food was below average for the price $$

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A
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The whole reason for dining here is the Majestic itself (formerly The Ahwahnee), hence the overall 4 stars. The food is the reason I did not give 5 stars. I had the Caesar salad and French onion soup only; I was not hungry enough for a $50 prime rib.

I judge many restaurants by their Caesar salad and French onion soup. If they can get these right, chances are they know what they're doing. I was a bit disappointed.

The Caesar salad consisted of about 8 medium size romaine leaves, whole, drenched in dressing, not tossed. You could pick up a lettuce leaf and let the dressing run off. However, the dressing was delicious. I had the Parmesan cheese and bacon bits on the side, which I did not eat. I don't think bacon should be on a Caesar. The croutons were home made and very crunchy and plentiful. I would have liked more salad, less dressing.

The French onion soup had good flavor but did not come as hot as I like. The portion was small and not very many onions. Plenty of melted cheese (a bit too much for me) and crouton.

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T
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

Setting was one of a kind! The dinning room was elegant and unique. Food was not very good and way overpriced. Would recommend to others but I, myself would never return.

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OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We were guests at the Ahwahnee Hotel (Majestic) and I had made reservations on Opentable before we arrived. Our reservation was for a birthday celebration for a party of four. I had requested a table in the middle of this beautiful dining room so that we could enjoy the ambience of this historic venue. Instead, we were seated right next to the front entrance by a serving station. I asked for another table but was denied. So three empty tables in the middle of the dining room were unoccupied while we sat at a table next to the wall at the front entrance. We stay at the Ahwahnee (Majestic) every year, but this is no way to treat loyal, faithful customers!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our wait staff (Matthew and Cydney) were extremely professional and wonderfully kind and personal. The Majestic Yosemite Hotel Restaruant is fortunate to have them!

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PM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We arrived just at the end of the lunch hour and were seated at the far end of the dining room from the good views and other patrons. Felt like we were being penalized and put very close to the working area where dishes were clanking and orders were being relayed for setting up the dinner. Food was 'OK' and not worth the price paid. However, the dining room is spectacular and the setting beautiful.

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M
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jerry our waiter was awesome! We have been to the Alwahnee dinning room many times and Jerry is always great. Food was excellent as well.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Terrible host at the door, who told us to wait for 20 min then 15 min more. She has the inability to apologize for the waiting and probably not competent enough to host guests.

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AV
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the dinning experience!
Really unique place with old world charm in an unbelievable setting.

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PW
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A national historic landmark, the hotel (formerly the Ahwahnee) and its restaurant are truly a special place. The dining room's architecture is extraordinary. The wait staff are helpful and accommodating, and the food selection is excellent.

My one negative is that I felt the price relative to the quality of food was too high. At a 5-star restaurant, you expect superb food quality. The prime rib had too much fat and was not a tender cut; the salmon, while flakey, lacked the flavor of a true Atlantic salmon.

However the breakfast and dessert selection was excellent, and a good value. And having dined there previously for lunch, that also is a good value and selection.

And we greatly appreciated the staff, upon hearing we were celebrating an anniversary, surprising us with a decorated cupcake and congratulatory plate.

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P
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The ambiance of the Majestic Ahwahnee dining room can't be beat. It is a special place. We recently had four meals there. The service was top drawer. Every server we had was friendly , hard working and on top of things. Very pleasant having live piano music at dinner.
The food there used to be outstanding. Now I would call it mediocre. I would recommend splitting the prime rib or steak entre. The beef was high quality. The quinoa dish I had was terrible. The breakfast buffet was so-so.

Even though I don't think the food is up to speed, I will definitely go back for the service and atmosphere.

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OT
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The room is one of the great experiences anywhere. They could - like most hotels - serve at best average food and get away with it because of the stunning location. But they don’t. Very well prepared and presented.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I was referred here by a friend. When I made my reservation in June/July I noted that this trip was celebrating our 60th birthdays and 32 wedding anniversary. I was hoping for some mention or a more private table but none was offered or even asked when we arrived.

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b
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Overall a wonderful experience but My Prime Rib was awful and excessively fatty--really bad. Sent it back to get a strip steak that was a bit tough. The young man that was I believe the Matre di was wonderful and a pleasure to talk to. Very knowledgeable and very prompt to replace my meal.

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PS
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding experience, leisurely, relaxing well-played piano, outstanding meticulously prepared dishes, fantastic service, beautiful setting. A true gem!

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B
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I love coming here each year for our anniversary. The menu is almost the same each time. But the price is a bit expensive for what you get. For example the pasta does not come with any sides or a salad. I feel that you are paying more for the location. Though it’s expensive I would recommend coming.

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ES
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant in theme of large park hotels—-large, high ceiling, wood beams, etc. piano player. Excellent food with some local grown, seasonal options. Staff was excellent and friendly.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!

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AG
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Stunning candlelit dining room in lovely Yosemite hotel. Service was excellent.

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c
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

The Ahwahnee hotel(now renamed the Majestic Hotel) dining experience was a great disappointment. The concessionaire that owns this beautiful historic hotel seems to believe it is acceptable to charge San Francisco prices for a very mediocre and very overpriced dining experience. The best thing about the experience was that we were able to bring our own wine(for a corkage fee) and it was wonderful. Very boring entrees--vegetarian, pasta that was one step up from Chef Boyardee(with lots of spices), Norwegian salmon, strip steak that was somewhat fatty(with 2 small potatoes and a broiled half tomato for $49) rack of lamb and an unimpressive chicken dish.

Also, most restaurants accept business casual attire, but I saw men who were well dressed asked if they had a nice collared shirt to put on, and then given a jacket. Very pretentious and off putting. Also, children over 4 must be dressed "appropriately" as well.

I was familiar with the reviews which were similarly poor, but I wanted my family members to see this wonderful venue. The only redeeming feature was the piano player. Perhaps it would be better to come in the daytime when one could see the hotel and the grounds and the magnificent granite cliffs surrounding the hotel, but brunch is $56 and probably equally univiting. Having eaten at all three dining places in the Valley, I would recommend the cafe as having the best food for the price.

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f
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful Venue- my husband had Lamb- and loved it
I had the swordfish- which was prepared perfect
our waiter was excellent and had worked there as i recall 22 years and he knew the menu
wonderful evening

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B
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I love coming here each year for our anniversary. The menu is almost the same each time. But the price is a bit expensive for what you get. For example the pasta does not come with any sides or a salad. I feel that you are paying more for the location. Though it’s expensive I would recommend coming.

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PL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful spot, very good food---nothing super creative but our meal was well crafted and delicious.

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M
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

I had rack of lamb. It was tough and tasteless. This restaurant has really declined since it was taken over by aramark. Maybe they think most people will eat and never come back because they are one time visitors to Yosemite. I have been coming to Yosemite since I was 7 years old and am now 76 and visit at least once a year. Please improve the food. Why has the quality gone down so much? Our waiter, Malcom, was delightful. Sorry George has retired.

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EM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our bucket list items was staying at the Majestic Hotel, or the Ahwahnee. We were staying just outside the park and travelled here for touring the Valley, then brought a change of clothes for dinner. The service was amazing, Sue was our waiter and very friendly, not disappointed when we ordered very little and no drinks, unfortunately I was on a pretty strict diet this trip. We split the chicken dish, I had the French onion soup (not on the diet) and my wife had the beet salad. Everything was great, the view was great, the service was attentive and everyone treated us amazing, even though we were not staying at the hotel.
We also took the 3:00 tour of the hotel to get some history.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Food was not great. I had a Manhattan that was undrinkable but the setting was unbelievably beautiful. Would recommend a less expensive dinner in the bar instead.

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JW
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Majestic Lodge is precisely that, majestic and beautiful. The service was excellent, the piano music was perfect for setting the mood, but not too loud which was nice not to have to yell to talk to each other, and of course the food was delicious. Make reservations and be prepared to spend some money.

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CM
Adelaide / SA
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can't beat dinner at the Majestic after a hard day of hiking in Yosemite. Absolutely delicious food in the most beautiful lodge restaurant imaginable.

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j
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I eat here a few time a year. The food is okay, but predictably overpriced. The service is excellent. But they always seem to be out of things. On our most recent visit their espresso machine wasn't working, they didn't have whole milk, they ran out of French fries, and they ran out of oranges. Each time I've been there they have been out of basic ingredients. The ambiance and service make it worth return visits - but don't expect much from the food, which will be expensive.

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MM
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We arrived for our dinner reservation 15 minutes early and were told that they were seating on schedule. Then we walked around and saw the beautiful hotel space, and went back right at the reservation time. We were told they were running "a little" behind, and we ended up waiting over 30 minutes to be seated. There were 10-12 people also waiting. It was awful. Our waiter was nice, but the food was not good and very expensive. So you're upset that you've waited so long and told repeatedly they're almost ready for us, and then the food was subpar. A real disappointment for a restaurant that is so highly rated in Fodor's and Moon travel books.

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PC
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Worst server service ever!

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RL
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

My wife ordered the rack of lamb, cooked medium, but it arrived ‘rare’ so it was sent back and arrived the second time no more than ‘medium rare’ at which point it was despatched for good

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