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.
The dining room is spectacular. Live piano music. Service and food were excellent.
Food was excellent in a beautiful setting. However, Dining Room was only 1/2 full and it was 20-25 minutes before waitress took our order. Service was adequate after that.
We loved everything. Were celebrating an anniversary and your team exemplified excellence in every aspect of customer service. I'd especially like to recognize:
--Dakota for the exuberance and knowledge he shared on our hotel tour. He is a real asset to your organization.
--Nancy (our server for dinner - Tuesday evening @6:45 for Tyler party). She made the evening special for us).
--Chad (wine steward??). A pleasant and helpful gentleman.
--Brett (restaurant manager??) - went out of his way to see that we could do a slight menu substitution.
These people were delightful and ever so helpful. My apologies for not getting the name of the gentleman who assisted at check -in at the front desk. He was ever so pleasant and helpful. The best I can do is mention that he was working the front desk during our check in @ 1:45PM on Tuesday the 13th & was olive complexioned (Hispanic perhaps??) but ever so pleasant.
You have put together an outstanding staff. This was the first stay at the Ahwahnee (sorry but I have been visiting Yosemite since the 1970's and am a bit stubborn on name changes - or maybe I'm just older & crankier these days so the Ahwahnee it is to me).
Wonderful dinner with the family. Surrounded by grand Yosemite history.
The dining room at the Majestic often gets negative reviews based on service or price and sometimes quality. Don't believe.
First- if you go in the summer you will be there with a million other tourists. Do i Ineed to say more? If you are patient you will be treated to the main attraction. The View. And you will get some really well prepared food as well. And don't forget to order a bottle of wine tro make the other million people seem a bit fuzzy so they don't disturb your view..
Second - Go in winter or early spring. The hotel is clear of the hords. You can actually walk into the bar an get a seat whithout a wait. Then make your way to the dining room. Book an early reservation 6 to 6:45 (you need to be there at sunset). Now sit back and enjoy the view, a half-full room, attentive staff and food that has had time for the chef to prepare it with care. And don't foprget the wine.
We booked the dining room 3 nights in a row and this allowed us to get to know the staff and talk shop. They second our view that late winter early spring is best. We would also point out that this is when the falls are most active in the park, making for amazing photos of falling water next to snowy peaks.
Regarding price.... it is very fair for the food you get. The wine list is small but competent and also fairly priced. Add in the ambiance, great staff and THE VIEW and there is no way to not enjoy this place. Unless you come in summer and bring your me first, I can buy this cheaper in civilization attitude.
Wonderful place to spend a special evening. Our server was friendly and competent. The meals were excellent. I had the sturgeon which was delicious - cooked perfectly and the sauce was wonderfully tasty. (Especially appreciate that they serve sustainable and locally sourced foods!!) My husband had the prime rib and was really pleased with the meal - the meat was moist and tender. The setting is stunning with its high ceilings and expansive room. Having the pianist playing at the grand piano adds a special touch. Yes, it's pricey, but how often do you get to dine in such a grand setting and enjoy a good, relaxing meal? Definitely recommend for a special evening while enjoying time in incredible Yosemite.
The Ahwahnee is such a beautiful hotel but the food was very disappointing, especially for the high prices. They really need to step up their game. We love coming here but will think twice about spending so much on mediocre meals. In fact, we were not impressed with any of the Yosemite Valley restaurants open in the month of March. For such a famous spot we expect more.
There is an incredible lunch buffet; if you can for a long Sunday meal, do so. It's excellent!
Good vegetarian burger but overpriced for the size/amount food. I do realize one is paying for the ambiance at this restaurant, but still this considered, overpriced for lunch meal. Other than that, beautiful location and hotel, was worth going.
Food is good. Our waiter was awesome. The only down side is the host and hostess, who met us at the entrance. The young man did not make eye contact after asking if we had a reservation. He was just looking at the screen and kept whispering to the other hostess. This made me uncomfortable and irritated. Was there an issue? Could they have not found our reservation? To make customers feel uneasy is the least thing you want to do in a ‘fancy’ restaurant.
The dining room is stunning and gives you a sense of peace and well being. The service during the second breakfast of our stay was not up to par. A guest mentioned that it was because the new concessionaire was probably trying to cut corners.
Top quality food, locally sourced and creative, coupled with great service in an incredible dining space. We’ll worth it!
The Magestic dining room was a nice place to dine on a special occasion. It’s a beautiful big room and we had a window table which was nice. They had a piano player playing which was nice. The food was expensive but good and considering the beautiful location, it was an overall treat to dine there. My mom had the lamb and it was amazing. Thanks Magestic!!
Visited in early March for a midweek get away with another couple. We had a wonderful dinner. Two of us has the Prime Rib and the other two had the Salmon and the Sturgeon. The food was great the service was non rushed and they did an excellent job with the wine we had brought. The Boyesnberry pie was to die for.
This restaurant is especially remarkable for its setting and atmosphere. The gastronomy itself probably does not deserve the trip. It was, however, a very pleasant meal.
Service was fabulous , food was just okay. We ate three meals in the hotel dining room. service was always great - if you like bell peppers this is the place to go - they appear EVERYWHERE
Food for both of us was served cold and needed to be re-heated. Food quality was only average, which was disappointing given the "rave reviews". Seating was poor given request for "special table".
The restaurant at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel is one of the most gorgeous places to dine. The room has so much history and is so, so beautiful. And this time around the food was excellent. We will return.
Wonderful surroundings, of course, in the midst of Yosemite Valley. I have been here several times throughout the years and it has always been a disappontment as far the actual food— but one does not go here for the food, right?
The service was wonderful, oddly surpassing the quality of the food!
"It's not about the dining menu, it's about where you are!" We dine in the Ahwahnee dining room about 6+ times a year and love it for the ambiance and charm. The waiters are great, the busgirl Nicola barely paid attention and I had to ask 3 times for coffee. Normally the service is above excellent. We will continue celebrating every special occasion there. The hotel and dining room will always be the Ahwahnee to us!
Although I'll miss the Ahwanhee name, the new concessionaire has it right when they decided to call it 'Majestic'. The hotel and the dining hall are indeed Majestic.
The staff were very friendly and attentive. We felt more like they were old friends than a wait staff.
The food was excellent for our breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Sunday brunch was one of the best I've ever seen.
Fantastic food in a beautiful dramatic room served by very nice and capable staff worth every dollar for this bucket list experience
This restaurant used to be good a few years ago, but now the food is below average at best. We had a party of seven for lunch which cost about $250 for basically sandwiches and no liquor!!! Also, everyone’s food was served cold. We had ordered the deviled eggs for an appetizer and they were practically inedible! DO NOT go there for the food-it is a beautiful place, so go for the ambience ONLY. Service was slow, although the servers were friendly. Suggestion- go to the Majestic Bar instead for a drink and small plates instead. ALL the food in the park now is supplied by the same vendor and is substandard quality!!!
The Majestic dining room is a unique and extraordinary place with a lovely ambience and exceptional staff. Dinner was expensive but the rack of lamb was fabulous, however my wife had a disappointingly small piece of sturgeon which was cold and a little chewy and served with virtually no vegetables. We had to ask for extra potato. The staff apologised and gave us a free starter and desert which was positive but it was a shame.
The prime rib and service was excellent. We went to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday, and they mistakenly placed the complimentary cupcake in front of me not him. He ordered the macaroom for dessert and said it was fantastic.
The Majestic Yosemite dining room (the Ahwahnee) is a very special place; beautiful, romantic, uplifting. The quality of the food is good to very good, the portions pathetically small; so, overall, a very poor value. This is consistent with dining throughout Yosemite National Park, you almost want to starve yourself to death. It has always been this way, but noticeably worse at the Ahwahnee.
Nothing can beat the setting of the Majestic Yosemite Hotel and the magical dining room with its towering stone pillars holding up an amazingly high ceiling. The windows match the soaring height of the redwoods outside. The food is elegant but not fussy and tasted fresh and flavorful. Service is high caliber from veteran servers who create a calm experience. The pianist at dinner adds to the first-class experience. We were sorry the new operators had to change the name from the Awanhee and lost the gorgeous china with the emblem, but we enjoyed dinner just the same.
Our 52nd anniversary dinner and we got 2 cupcakes delivered to our table 10 minutes after dinner was over and we were starting to leave.
Staggeringly beautiful. Quiet, able to hold conversation. The views are, well, it's Yosemite. Food is very good. Drinks are excellent. We had lunch and breakfast there, as well. Lunch was very good, breakfast, not so much. Not imaginative, food came out cold.
Wonderful setting, great service. It was Sunday, so the main event was the $54 brunch. We didn’t feel like the full brunch, so we ordered off of the limited al-la-carte menu. Wish we were there on another day without the brunch.
The Ahwahnee dining room has always worked its magic. Once again it did not disappoint. We had requested the Queen's table and it was awaiting us upon arrival. I was concerned when I noticed that the piano had been moved to the entrance of the dining room, and though we couldn't view the pianist playing, amazingly enough you could hear him clearly across the cavernous space. Acoustically a mystery, because you couldn't hear the conversations around you only the beautiful music. We love hearing the waiter singing Louie Armstrong's hit, What a Wonderful World. We had a wonderful view, food and friendly service.
My wife and I have visited t he Ahwahnee just about every winter for the past 18 years. A dinner in the spectacular dining room is a highlight. The food is always very good. We have noticed that, in the past two years since Aramark has become the concessionaire, the dinner menu has been trimmed significantly with many fewer choices. Those that remain are still good options.
Reservations are essential for dinner. Over the years the dress code has become, regrettably, less formal. Nevertheless, most make the effort to maintain the tradition.
We stopped in for lunch and discovered there would be an hour wait for a table. There appeared to be many empty tables. it was our assumption that the dining room was not adequately staffed for the volumes of business. Perhaps, Aramark has not accumulated sufficient history to predict the traffic.
Considering I had booked a few months in advance I thought I would get a table better positioned. We were first offered a table right at the entrance and away from the piano etc. Service and food was okay but the dinner hall and hotel itself was amazing. Nice and warm inside considering the cold weather outside (below freezing).
I am embarrassed to have to write this but I was soooo disppointed in my dining experience. We had not started out well because there's were all sorts of problems with our room. We wait to the restaurant with hopes of rescuing our romantic get away. Told they were giving us a romantic table by the window they sat us between two absolutely filthy wait stations and we got to hear the clanging of dirty dishes being drop onto the dish buckets. To say nothing about some of the wait staff talk about costumers. Our service was quick and efficient. Almost too quick, it took maybe 5-10 minutes to get our entires after ordering. That was a clue right there that th evening was not going to end well. One bite confirmed that we were were going to bed hungry. Asked for our check, yes we were going to leave without complaining. We were tired of complaining. We wanted to leave. Yet to the staff credit they asked about the uneaten meals and when we told them they comp is our meals. Sad to think foreign visitors to this beautiful place have to eat something worse then banquet food. I do not recommend any one eat in the restaurant.
We have been to the Ahwahnee, now Majestic Hotel, dining room once a year for over a decade.
The food was notably better this visit, the ambiance a little more formal, but waitstaff was fun and the piano player terrific. We are already looking forward to our 2019 visit.
The servers (unfortunately didn’t get her and his name) are awesome, very kind, excellent customer service , they made sure that we are comfortable and always ask if we need something else.
Excellent ambience and definitely will come back and will recommend to friends and family.
The dining room and the piano music are worth the price. The food is not memorable, but adequate.
Appetizers were reasonable, though the duck gnocchi and the lamb chops were almost inedible
Steak was awful. Too tough to cut and chew. Servers had a bad attitude.
For the prices and the venue, I would expect the food to be very special. It was just okay and was overpriced for what was served. Waited a long time to have our order taken, and over 15 minutes to receive our bill at the end. Waitress was very friendly, but overly chatty at all tables around us. As much as the Ahwahnee is a landmark and beautiful, I don't think we would eat there again.