The Majestic Yosemite Hotel

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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.
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C
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

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.

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g
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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.

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DD
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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BV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very friendly and helpful. Beautiful snow out side. Good music.

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DD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

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.

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KV
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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:)

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LW
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great as usual. Enjoyed our time there even during the govt shutdown.

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FB
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

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ST
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bucket list must. Every or should experience this magical, or of a kind experience.

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SJ
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Service was super slow. Pasta was okay, but super small portion. I was still hungry after dinner! "The Majestic" is not what "The Awahnee" used to be. Sad . . .

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CC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Awanahee (alright they changed the name to the Majestic Yosemite... stupid) is an anniversary tradition for us. The location is great. What could be better than Yosemite in the winter? The room is impressive. Two (three) story high vaulted ceiling. Pianist playing old tunes. White linen tablecloths.

My husband got the filet mignon. Fantastic. If I hadn't been on my best anniversary behavior he might have lost his meal. I got the swordfish with fava beans. Well... I found out that I really don't like fava beans, and the swordfish was... meh. I would have been happy with it in a lesser restaurant, but I expected more from the Awanahee.

Overall, a great dining experience for special occasions.

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ML
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

Dress code different than what is on website. Not sure why there is even a dress code. After wearing jeans during the Winter or shorts during the Summer, where are you supposed to change clothes? You can't change in your car or in the bathroom, so unless you are hotel guest, you can't change. What if you are staying outside of the park like Tenaya lodge or visiting for the day, you are out of luck and can't make the dress code.

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JK
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The food wasn’t that great but the hotel is gorgeous.

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AS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our service was phenomenal! Can’t wait to go back!
Thank you!

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K
31 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very historic. The hotel just makes you feel famous. A bit like living back in simpler, more "classy" times.

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KR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good except for the mouse that ran through the dining room...

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TS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Overpriced, average food, SUPER slow service.
Lamb rack was chewy. Salmon barely had an accompaniment, $16 for some average tasting cauliflower. Service team was SO slow. Overall dining time for 4 people, 3 courses was over 2 1/4 hours. Beautiful place but no where worth the time or money

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KB
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are a family with children. Our children had multiple good options (one ate from the adult menu one from the children's menu). There were interesting drinks for children and adults. We were served quickly, as we did not want a long dinner. At the same time, the couple sitting near us celebrating a birthday told the server that they wanted a long, unhurried dinner, and the server accomodated them without problems. Service is attentive, and without having a huge menu, there are a wide range of options - Vegan, vegetarian, fish, meat. Very nice salads and appetizers also. Book as far in advance as possible to be sure to get a time you want. The dinner is very popular.

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MD
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

First of all, we have all been here over the years for many different occasions. All of us were disappointed that the name of the hotel and dining areas had been changed. We knew that this would be an expensive
Brunch, but we were celebrating my Mother’s 87th Birthday, so worth it for that reason alone. The food was good (not great), but they had many problems keeping the buffet stocked from the main dishes to the fruit and cold items. Service at the table was wonderful, attentive and friendly.

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S
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Beautiful dining setting - busy service.

High price point - birthday dinner fabulous.

Ms. Josie was quite nice!

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OT
San Joaquin
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday brunch

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L
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paul Baxter was the best he was so attentive!

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TD
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stayed at a lodge in the valley and went to the majestic for dinner and Sunday breakfast the following morning. It was an unforgettable experience. Beautiful interior, friendly staff, and the Accompanying piano made it a truly unique experience. Our stay was over Christmas break, and we relied on the shuttle service to get us to and from the Majestic. Not sure if this is common, I’m guessing not, but likely due to the government shut down there was nobody to regulate traffic. This created problems for the shuttle service, and hour wait at the bus stop was roughly 50 minutes. In the cold it was not much fun, but I’d gladly do it because it was well worth it. Arrive early and take time to wander around the majestic, there’s plenty to see inside and out.

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B
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always! A true treasure. We enjoy coming to Sunday Brunch every year.

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SO
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal together. It was good food and service and we loved the historic atmosphere.

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance.

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CC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 4

The hotel is really nice but the food and the service are not good at all.

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CO
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful dining room, great food and service. The Ahwahnee dining room is the best dining experience in the valley. Sorry, I don't call it "The Majestic." Over the years, the experience has been consistently excellent and worth the high price. I recommend everyone visiting Yosemite Valley to spend time in the Ahwahnee and dining here. The lounge makes excellent mixed drinks. Book your dinner reservation months in advance if you can.

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BP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and meal were fantastic in this one-of-a-kind spot. Nestled in the heart of Yosemite Valley, the Majestic Hotel's Grand Dining Room is not to be missed. Can't recommend enough. The apple bourbon cocktail and apple cheesecake are must-tries. You won't be disappointed, but make a reservation during busy times.

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EF
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Pretty sad that you get below average cafeteria food at the price of fancy restaurants. Good ambience, ok service, but food disappoints.

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SD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance but the food is mediocre at best. Selection for lunch is limited and not exceptional.

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AM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and vibe . The hotel is beautiful and the service was excellent. Incredible views ... indoors as well as outdoors!

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J
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love the Ahwahnee and its grand dining room. I worked there many years ago. Great to go back. But it is a beautiful venue for special occasions such as Christmas, which was when we were there. I had the prime rib and it was wonderful. Also the French onion soup. I deducted a star for food because, our second evening, the salmon portion was way too small, rather dry, and nothing special, whereas my husband's rack of lamb was gorgeous and huge - and the salmon was more expensive! --we shared, so I didn't go hungry.

But the dining room at the Ahwahnee is wonderful.

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EG
Hawaii
31 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Better vegetarian options would be nice in Yosemite. But the experience of dining here is out of the world. Worth the effort to book early and to get to Yosemite.

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RI
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service but the beautiful dining room steals the show.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a good meal in fantastic surroundings. The ambience is unbeatable, quiet, rustic elegance, and fits the majestic name. Service was attentive at all times.

We found the food good but not great, which is disappointing given the surroundings and price. Nothing was bad, but it wasn’t 5-star quality. We had 3 vegetarians and 5 regular eaters in our group. There are only a couple of vegetarian options. The quinoa/kale that I had was very tasty, but the vegetarian pasta didn’t elicit any raves. My son had a huge New York steak which he loved, daughter has swordfish which was ok. Desserts were excellent.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was just Ok for the amazing space. To be fair went for lunch though.

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OT
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience with our entire family!

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l
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Our waitress and her helper were outstanding. Both had a good sense of humor. I changed a Ruben to a pastrami sandwich and she took it without a bat of an eye. Both were very attentive to my wife and I.

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