Photo courtesy of Yosemite Hospitality
Majestic Yosemite Dining Room
The ambience alone is worth a splurge at the dining room of the Majestic Yosemite Hotel, the stopover of presidents, queens, celebrities, and moguls since it opened in 1927 (and, allegedly, one of Stanley Kubrick’s inspirations for the hotel in The Shining). The formal dining room—there’s a dress code at dinnertime—serves such Continental classics as French onion soup, duck leg confit, and rack of lamb Provençale under 34-foot, chandelier-studded ceilings. The Sunday brunch buffet is especially popular, as are the annual Renaissance-themed Christmas dinners in December. For a more casual option, the bar serves sandwiches, salads, and soups and, maybe best of all, offers outdoor tables so you can eat and enjoy a craft cocktail or glass of wine surrounded by glorious views. Note: This restaurant is open year-round.
By Deb Hopewell, AFAR Contributor
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Dine like Royalty at the Ahwanhnee, an Unofficial Yosemite Landmark
Over the years, the Ahwahnee inn has become as much of a Yosemite icon as the landmarks the hotel overlooks. Built in 1927 with views of Glacier Point, Yosemite Falls, and Half Dome, the property underwent a renovation in 2010, updating its 99 rooms and 24 cottages with handwoven throws and original artwork. Just one-and-a-half miles from Yosemite Village, the lodge offers easy access to trails that lead to popular spots such as Mirror Lake. Meals at the Dining Room are a formal affair (think Fiscalini cheddar and black truffle macaroni and cheese, or California swordfish with beluga lentils and blood orange) served beneath 34-foot-high ceilings and stained glass windows. From $299.
By Jen Murphy, AFAR Contributor
1 Ahwahnee Drive, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA 95389, USA
Sun 7am - 2pm
Sun - Sat 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Mon - Sat 7am - 10am, 11:30am - 2pm