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The Ahwahnee Hotel Dining Room - Ahwahnee Hotel

1 Ahwahnee Way, Wawona, CA 95389
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  • The Ahwahnee Hotel Dining Room - Ahwahnee Hotel
    neil c
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    5 Jun 02, 2014

    A bastion of luxury in the bastion of natural splendor that is Yosemite Valley. Spend plenty if time enjoying the scenic outdoors, but treat yourself to a delicious brunch at this historic hotel.

    Recommended for:FoodiesAdventure TravelersOutdoor Enthusiasts
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  • The Ahwahnee Hotel Dining Room - Ahwahnee HotelPro 2014
    Jaak Treiman
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    5 Jan 03, 2014

    The Ahwahnee Dining Room is where the annual Yuletide Bracebridge Dinner takes place - a seven course dinner that requires a year in advance reservations. The dining room is transformed into a 17th Century British manor house where over the course of four hours fine food is served while more than 100 players take on the roles of the manor's squire and supporting staff. The script for the pageant is substantially the same as originally written by Ansel Adams, who also performed and sang for many years.

    Recommended for:Art & Design LoversFamily TravelersHistory BuffsLocal Culture
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  • The Ahwahnee Hotel Dining Room - Ahwahnee HotelPro 2014
    Sara Benson
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    3 Oct 19, 2013

    Yosemite National Park's grandest lodge, the Ahwahnee, echoes the grandeur of early 20th century visits by heads of state and Hollywood celebs. The dining room, which enforces a dress code at dinner, lets you luxuriate in the ambience without paying the $450 price tag to sleep here overnight. The food is overpriced, but a table by the windows looking out at Half Dome in the sunshine is still an incredible experience. Sunday brunch is an all-you-can-eat spread for $40/adult. Tip: Make your brunch reservations for 10:30 a.m. so you'll get to try both the breakfast and lunch dishes.

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  • The Ahwahnee Hotel Dining Room - Ahwahnee HotelPro 2014
    Eric Brink
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    4 Apr 06, 2013

    The Ahwahnee Hotel was first opened in 1927. Its stone, concrete, wood, and glass construction is a premiere example of National Park Service Rustic architecture and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. The building itself is designed to blend harmoniously with the nearby Yosemite Valley cliffs. Prices per night range from around $400-1000.

    I have never stayed at the Ahwahnee, but I make it a point of stopping by every time I come to Yosemite. Sometimes just drinking in the main Lobby, Bar, and other common areas is enough. One year I treated my brother and his wife to the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner here and another time my ex-wife. It's great to dress up for Dinner, regardless of what others are doing. And of course I love the room, which almost makes up for any lapses in service or the cuisine. For me, experiencing the Ahwahnee is one of those "Bucket List" experiences that I'm glad I didn't miss.

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  • The Ahwahnee Hotel Dining Room - Ahwahnee Hotel
    Laura S
    3 Jul 05, 2012

    Saturday night dinner... :D

    NOTES:
    * DRESS Code... dress proper. Girls - no jeans, flip flops or sweaters... men: no tshirts and sandals

    SERVICE:
    Excellent Service. We had Marty as our waiter and Kelley as our other guy who helps. They were great. Kelley looks like an older Zack Gallafinakis. Why do I mention that... because he seriously does. Does that have to do with his service? Nope. I just found it funny. Epic beard.

    The food is kinda slow.

    The awesome thing about service tho is they separate the checks for you. So you don't need to do this math (write which credit card charges this much, etc). It's pretty awesome.

    FOOD:
    You get free bread and crackers! Unlimited. Just ask.

    I ordered the pork rack and sides of cream of spinach and mash potatoes.
    * Pork was small for $26... I've had bigger (That's what she said) for the same price. It was cooked pretty well. It wasn't dry and came with a great Bearnaise sauce (The Demi sauce is veal sauce).
    * Mash potatoes were good but nothing fantastic about it.
    * Cream of Spinach... I asked for less creamy and it was still creamy... and kinda too rich for my liking.

    My friends ordered:
    * Prime Rib Eye - they said it was alright. Nothing too special.

    * Caesar Salad - she said typical.

    * Corn off the cob - this was good. She ate the whole thing.

    * French fries on the side - I had some and it was good. Really good and seasoned well.

    * Thai Curry Soup - pretty good. Not spicy at all but the curry taste reminded me of Japanese curry mixed with some thai spices.

    * Asparagus Mille-Feuille - eh... could go without it.

    * Free Range Chicken - he said he was good. not too dry.

    * Beef Short Rib - he made no comments on it so I'm guessing a no.

    * Pan Seared Trout - she said it was ok. eh.

    Overall food: Eh... overpriced for what you get.

    AMBIANCE:
    Beautiful place. There was a guy playing the piano and he was amazing. He didn't have sheet music and played some know pieces - Forest Gump, Let it Be.. and even Tupac's Changes. Yeah, I tipped the guy.

    When you enter the dining area - which everyone says is gorgeous and it's true - you look up and you feel like you're in Harry Potter's dining room. Candles in the air (fake lights) and wood area. Very pretty.

    LOCATION:
    There is valet and park yourself room.
    This place is located deep inside the hotel because there are two dining areas in that hotel - one where you can wear whatever (the bar) and the nice clothes one (this one).
    Ladies bathroom is upstairs (ugh)

    Overall: You come here for the ambiance.

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  • The Ahwahnee Hotel Dining Room - Ahwahnee Hotel
    Jin Kim
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Coat and tie for dinner. The room is over-scale and formal rustic. Great b'fast buffet - tho expensive.

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    5 May 18, 2013
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    Joseph C
    5 Apr 26, 2013
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  • The Ahwahnee Hotel Dining Room - Ahwahnee Hotel
    Ori Zaltzman
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    5 Oct 15, 2011
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4.5 out of 5
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29 people visited The Ahwahnee Hotel Dining Room - Ahwahnee Hotel
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  • Open Hours:

    Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 7:00am - 10:30am; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 7:00am - 3:00pm
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    (209) 372-1489

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