The Majestic Yosemite Hotel
56 dollars for a sunday brunch. No other options. 25 bucks for kids 5-12. Really?
Tastefully rustic ambiance, timely attentive staff from the warm welcome, to the final "thank-you" departure, and helpful bell attendents with accurate directions. For a birthday or special occasion, I would highly recommend this venue for a momentous activity. Finish it off with an easy hike to Mirror Lake for a marvelous day.
Sunday Brunch was magnificent! Such a beautiful spread of everything sweet and savory, with an omelet bar, carving station, fresh seafood and a lovely pianist. The best part is always simply the experience of dining in this gorgeous historic hall with incredible scenery outside the towering windows. Favorite place ever.
Yosemite National Park, Ranger, Kara Stella was professional ASL interpreter, and was able to provide us wonderful tour program, as well as she placed an extra certified ASL interpreter, Peter Moreno as her great team.
We really enjoyed sightseeing with them! We never forget about the histories and great stories of Yosemite National Park.
Delicious meals...duck gnocchi were amazing, salmon with corn compote, swordfish with tomato and fava beans (which were actually edamame but still delicious), steak and lamb were all wonderful. Desserts, especially the fig and almond tart and the caramel apple cheesecake, were incredible! And if you are a gin-lover, the Yosemite gimlet is great. Lovely piano music and the lodge atmosphere is warm and grand.
A great day trip to see the valley. By far the best time of the year to go.
I was giving 2 young 18 year old students from Germany a whirlwind tour of Yosemite and I always like to include eating lunch at the hotel in the tour when ever I do this. It really helps making reservations ahead of time so I am assured of a table. The students loved the food and the architecture of the dining hall. Thank you for the prompt service and on time reservation.
The restaurant in The Majestic Hotel (formerly The Awahnee) is simply gorgeous to look at. The Yosemite Valley can be viewed from every window.
The service was delightful, with a special nod to Frank and Rene. They remembered us each night and we were well taken care. Food portions are large. Loved everything except the pasta pomadoro - pasta was thick and gummy and just covered in prosaic red sauce.
Everything else was fresh and tasty.
The Majestic is a spectacular huge historic hotel in Yosemite. The view both inside and outside was amazing. The dining room is over 100 feet long and 30 feet high and yet each table feels intimate and well taken care of. The food is traditional but very well done. Even the vegetables, often a throw away in many other restaurants were tender and delicious. The brussel sprouts one of my least favorite were excellent with a honey sweetened sauce. Crisp but not hard or burnt they were happily consumed! Our 12 oz prime rib was superb, DEFINITELY NOT your normal "corporate" slab of poorly cooked beef. It was perfectly done with a slight crunch on the outside and a warm pink center. Everything was warm on the plate so unlike many other places. The wine list was very good even the wines by the glass. We finished our meal with a rich strong coffee and a trio of house made sorbet. It was all excellent. The waiter Andrei and his assistant presented me with a very nice and tasty birthday cupcake prepared by the kitche and they were very gracious. They timed our food presentation to our pacing, again much nicer than most restaurants we have dined at. It is not cheap but very much worth the cost and your time.
Fabulous. Fantastic. Phenomenal. I look forward to coming back in the Future.
Everything about this place is magical... until you actually get your food/ service.
1) we were never told how long our wait would be, so we could have enjoyed some time at the bar and relaxed but we were worried we’d miss our seating time. It ended up being 30 minutes after our reservation.
2) Our hostess & busser/ runner were excellent. Very attentive and kind. But our server was spread so thin and we weren’t as rich as other tables I guess so she basically ignored us, didn’t really check on us or ask us how we were doing. Thank goodness for said runner who did do an excellent job and maybe wasn’t stretched so thin. With how much were paying we expected excellent service
3) All of the appetizers were good, we enjoyed the drinks and then our dinner came out, half chicken. Breast was cooked, sauce was good but then...
4) Our thigh and leg were raw, blood in the middle, pink soft raw meat, RAW. All of our veggies on the plate: raw, and not in an intentional way, just so undercooked they were inedible.
5) Potatoes on the plate were so raw that when I went to push my fork into one it shot off my plate and onto my brand new dress, so a waste of $40 for the plate, and a new dress ruined.
6) I had told them it was our 7 year anniversary and we were celebrating & nothing, no nicesities about happy anniversary even. I had seen celebratory plates and I was fine that we didn’t get one but it just felt unspecial from the moment we got our server until the end when dinner took 2.5 hours because we had to wait so long for our server/ check.
7) This place is beautiful, historical, and incredible, but I’d rather eat in the bar any day. I would never recommend any waste their money in the dining room no matter the occasion! Pack a stargazers picnic, go to the lodge for dinner or go to the bar like I said.
Wish they would have asked us how things were sincerely so I could have asked for my money back. It was such a disappointing experience.
When you're staying in the valley, it can be tough to find a good meal. I've been to the Majestic now two times, for a dinner and for Sunday brunch, and both times I thought the food stood out. Of course the value could be better, but the service staff does a great job of spending time with you and catering to your requests. Overall, I'd recommend stopping by. My personal preference is one meal per visit to the park due to price.
It's truly magical eating at the Ahwahnee (Majestic) dinning room. They do a lovely job and the food is really quite good. It's a must experience if you go to Yosemite. You don't have to be staying at the hotel to eat there.
We have dined in the Majestic Dining Room every other year during visits to the park and the ambiance has always been great with the food being average at best. News flash -!things have changed! Our most recent visit and dinner provided the same great ambiance and service but this time around the food was amazing. We had a small group and every aspect of our meal across the entire table was perfect. I would highly recommend this spot to any visiting fine diner who would appreciate a great meal in a pristine and truly “majestic” place.
I would recommend a visit to the Ahwanee Dining Room for the sheer beauty of the room. Lunch is our usual choice and a reasonable value for the ambiance and the lighting is good during the day. My wife and I agree that lunch was better under Delaware North and other previous operators. Our Seafood Cobb salad of years past used to come with a good portion of crab and shrimp. On a recent visit the salad was overdressed and vinegary and the salad showed up with no shrimp. We had to ask for the shrimp and crab is no longer included with this menu item. Still worth a visit as the building is a national treasure. I still won't call it the Majestic Yosemite Hotel - it's the Ahwanee Hotel. My wife and I go to Yosemite at least once a year and were married at the Wawona Hotel 25 years ago. I'm not impressed with Aramark, the current concessionaire at Yosemite National Park.
There is only one Ahwahnee Hotel! Our food and service were both very good. Our server was knowledgeable about the wine list. Food arrived quickly and was the right temperature. Portions were large. Except for Open Table notifying me that we missed our reservation, which we did not, it was great. It is hard to make a reservation on the phone, so using Open Table is a great alternative.
While the Ahwahnee dining room speaks for itself in ambiance - the piano acopmaniment was not what it used to be
Always enjoy dinner in the dining room!
We visited the restaurant twice during our stay. The room is magnificent and wait staff attentive and fun. Menu was good and everything we chose delicious. We learnt the first night that the mains ( called entree in the US) were very large! I had ordered the French onion soup followed by lamb rack and barely made a dent in the rack so we boxed it for lunch for two of us the next day. The lamb was cooked just as I ordered (medium rare) and was delicious as was the accompanying ratatouille. My husband ordered the Roasted Cauliflower and the Prime Rib. His steak was also enormous but cooked to perfection (med). Both our first courses were also good.
The second visit we stuck to smaller choices. We had the Majestic Salad and the 3 Beet salad which we enjoyed as they were fresh and full of flavour. We followed the salad with the crab cakes and the Duck Gnocchi. Just the right sizes and both excellent. This left room to share the famous boysenberry pie which capped it off nicely. We paired single glasses of wine with each course. The ambience was made even more beautiful by the piano players on both nights. It is very expensive experience with tips and taxes but one we will treasure.
Gorgeous setting. Lovely staff. Tasteless lamb. Took two tries to find the wine we ordered. It’s the only place in town.
i’ll never forget this lovely place ever. thank you for everything.
Food & service disappointing, piano very nice. Chicken OK, Lamb bad.
Wonderful! Perfect end to a beautiful day in the park!
Considering the architecture and location, it is disappointing that the food does not match. Don't get me wrong, the food was good, but it should be outstanding.
Still deserving of its reputation as a romantic spot to dine. The food was good - however, not as outstanding as we've found in previous visits. We had the chicken (fine, but nothing special) and the swordfish (very good.) The dressing on the beet salad was a bit bitter, but the dish is still a nice assortment of beets, tomatoes, burrata cheese. The french onion soup was fine. The eggnog creme brûlée was a big disappointment - didn't taste like egg nog and just tasted extremely salty. Kudos to our server for recognizing we didn't like it and not charging for the dessert. Choose the boysenberry pie instead! By the way, the service was excellent, as always. The atmosphere of this grand room at the Majestic (Ahwahnee) is really special - tall candles on every table, great space, and beautiful music by the pianist. If you are looking for a place to spend a romantic evening, don't miss dining here. You'll find it pricey, but you can check out the prices and menu beforehand. Thanks, Open Table, for making the reservations process even easier!
Memorable stay!! Recommend to any one to experience this magnificent place that lives to its name “ THE MAGESTIC HOTEL”.
The food quality and selection for the sunday brunch was outstanding! A bit pricey, but worth it for the quality and ambiance.
We appreciated having Paul and Frank serve us. They made the trip memorable for sure.
Beautiful scenery. The buffet is good but expensive.
The dining room is quite impressive. The food and service was excellent. And the pianist was great
Very nice lunch, good service. This is not a place to grab a quick meal. Plan on a leisurely experience.
Nice place to have a fancy dinner. We had the salmon and prime rib. Food was excellent and service was great. Live piano player and chandelier ambiance.
We had a very nice dining experience. The staff was super friendly and attentive. The food was very good and plentiful. The wife and I split the 12oz prime rib and the house salad which was enough for both of us. For desert the boysenberry tart was spectacular.
Dinner was such a treat that we returned for breakfast the next morning and once again we were quite pleased with our meal.
Keep in mind this was during winter and there were very few people in the park.
We went to the Majestic Yosemite Hotel for our wedding anniversary and was disappointed. The food wasn’t bad, but the chicken was a bit dry and the medium rare steak was VERY bloody. Everything was pretty bland and mediocre. Not terrible, but definitely not worth the price.
The ambience was wonderful and romantic with candles and a pianist. The dining room itself is beautiful and historic, but it’s almost better for breakfast because you can see the views outside - maybe an early dinner before sunset would’ve had the same effect.
Wait staff was pleasant but nothing outstanding. We added to the notes when we made the reservation that it was for our anniversary and no one acknowledged it. Again, not terrible, but for the price I would expect at least a “happy anniversary” when we arrived and they saw the reservation. Otherwise, what’s the point of asking for an occasion.
We had breakfast both nights we stayed at the hotel and had a much better experience. The wait staff was very friendly, helpful, and attentive, the food was good (little over priced for what it was, but that’s to be expected), and the views were stunning.
I would suggest the bar instead of the dining room for dinner.
Everything was perfect. The food was all well prepared and flavorful. Service was exceptional.
Nancy our waitress and her assistant were incredibly helpful in so many ways. From dietary recommendations and pairings, to things to see in The Park. They are invaluable assets to the dinning experience here at the Ahwahnee Dining Room.
The hotel and the service were excellent, I couldn't have asked for more. The food was less than average. For breakfast I had a vegetarian omelet. The omelet looked like it had been cooked in a shallow pan and was no more than 1/2 high. The omelet was then folded in half. I couldn't identify the vegetables in the omelet by sight or taste. The hash brown potatoes were average. There was one sad strawberry on the plate as garnish. There was no toast offered nor was it available as an add on. The wait staff kept my coffee cup filled and the orange juice was delicious. I was hoping that the food would be as interesting as the view out the windows. So, yes I would recommend the hotel to a friend, but, from my experience, I would have to tell them not to expect much from the dining room breakfast. And don't get me started on the Sunday buffet.
The total experience at Majestic has declined seriously since the concession change. The staff is demoralized but working hard. It is just not the same experience in the hotel environment. The shuttle service is terrible and most dining places have suffered tremendously.
We fell in love with the ambiance of the restaurant and the pianist as soon as we saw the candle on each table and heard the pianist playing. Our waiter, Gerry really made the experience one step beyond that with his charisma and genuine love of Yosemite. Every time we visit Yosemite, this will be a go-to place for us!
This place has had a steady decline over the past few years. Menu offers very few selections. The ambience of the dinning has declined as well. Dress code is not inforced and that takes away from the magic of seeing everybody dressed up and keeping it a classy atmosphere. Ever since Aramark took over it became a below average dinning experience in a place that is worth so much more.