11 Yummy Restaurants Near Yosemite National Park [2023]

From Base Camp Kitchens to Top-Tier Pizza, We’ve Got Some of the Best Grub Near Yosemite for All You Travelers Out There

Yosemite National Park is one of our country's most beloved national parks and it’s easy to see why. It’s famous for its towing waterfalls, its breathtaking valleys, and its beautiful Sequoia trees. So if you are planning a visit to see this beautiful park then you will want to be sure to see all the beautiful natural landscape that you can, but while you are on your trip to the park you may need to find a great place to eat. So today I have something that can help. I have a list of 7 great restaurants you can find around Yosemite National Park.

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1 -  White Wolf Lodge Dining Room

Casual Dining Near Yosemite’s White Wolf Campground

Tioga Rd | White Wolf Campground | travelyosemite.com/dining/white-wolf-lodge

Open from spring until fall, the White Wolf Lodge is the go-to eatery for adventurers staying at the White Wolf Campground. Located in gorgeous Apple Valley, CA, there’s no shortage of beautiful views to soak in as you eat.

The simple, no-nonsense menu includes a breakfast buffet with all your favorites and family-style dinners that are sure to fill you up after a long day in the park.

“I am in love with this campground, and am glad that I took a chance to camp here.Right outside of the campground is the White Wolf Lodge, which is a very small lodge that is quaint. It does not interfere with your camping experience since it's just outside of the actual campground, so there are no worries. ” – Yelp Review

2 - Evergreen Lodge Restaurant and Tavern

A Beautiful Lodge With Great American Style Cuisine Served All Day

33160 Evergreen Rd | Groveland | evergreenlodge.com

Evergreen Lodge is now celebrating their 100th year. Which is an incredibly long time, and there’s no way they could have been open for so long if they didn’t take pride in what they are doing. And that is how the lodge has expanded to now feature a restaurant in the main lodge, a poolside bar, and an authentic old-west tavern. So you can expect to get some great food or drinks while you are here.

The Main Lodge is a great place to get breakfast, lunch, or dinner in a few different settings. There’s the warm and cozy dining room, the outdoor porch, the classic tavern, or open air covered patio. They serve breakfast everyday from 7:00AM - 10:30AM everyday. Lunch is served 12:00PM - 3:00PM. And dinner is served from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM in the winter and 5:30PM - 10:00PM in the summer.

But no matter when you go there you can expect to get fantastic American style cuisine all day long. They have plenty of soup, salad, fish, ribs, sandwiches and burgers. But for any concerned parents, don’t worry, they also have a full kids menu available all day as well. I think the Evergreen Lodge Restaurant and Tavern is great for a night out with that special someone, or even just a quick lunch with the family one day before you hit the trails.

“Love this place so much. The restaurant on site is excellent and having the general store for last minute snacks was so helpful. Highly recommend!” - Yelp Review

3 - Mountain Room

A Great Restaurant at the Yosemite Valley Lodge!

9006 Yosemite Lodge Dr | Yosemite Valley | travelyosemite.com/yosemite-valley-lodge

The Mountain Room is open from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM for dinner every night. And while you are enjoying your dinner you can enjoy the view of a nearly 2500 ft waterfall. The only real issue with this restaurant is that it is in the park itself. So you will have to pay for a pass into the park for the day at least. But if you are already in the park anyways you can just swing by the Yosemite Valley Lodge at dinner time and get a table. I will warn you that like with most of the restaurants around Yosemite, you will want to make a reservation well in advance if you are there during the busy season. There’s just so much foot traffic and population density around Yosemite in the summer time that everywhere tends to get a little crowded.

But once you get your table you can enjoy a great meal of perfectly cooked steaks, sustainably caught seafood, and even incredible vegetarian dinner options as well. You are going to get a great meal with a breathtaking view of the natural beauty of the Yosemite Valley. If you are already spending the day in the park, then this would be my number one choice of restaurant around Yosemite National Park for you.

“Good service, good food and good ambiance.   Glad its  open again after several year hiatus. Best place in the Valley to eat.  Now they take reservations on Open Table so no longer long waits to get in.” - Yelp Review

4 - Pizza Deck

Best Pizza You Can Find in Yosemite National Park

Image courtesy of Katherine M. on Yelp.

9010 Curry Village Dr | Yosemite National Park | travelyosemite.com/curry-village-dining

If you are looking for a great pizza while you are in the park then you are going to want to check out Pizza Deck. You can get great homemade and hand-tossed pizza and tons of fresh salad as well. You can even enjoy a nice cold drink on the outdoor deck. And I know a lot of restaurants have an outdoor deck but you are going to be hard pressed to find one with a better view than the one at Pizza Deck.

You can see famous Yosemite landmarks like Glacier Point and Royal Arches. So not only can you soak in the natural beauty of Yosemite while you are out exploring the park, you won’t even miss out on seeing them when you stop to eat. And the thing I like best about the Pizza Deck is that they are open from 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM everyday. Which I think makes them the best spot around Yosemite to grab lunch for the day. Now you’ll obviously have to have entrance to the park for the day to get there, but if you are already out exploring the park for the day, then I think this makes the perfect spot for lunch.

And you don’t even have to worry about possibly leaving a mess behind if you brought a packed lunch. And of course, I think Pizza Deck is a great choice for any families who are visiting the park who just need to find something all their kids will eat. It’s hard to go wrong with pizza right?

“Sooo yummy! Tried the cheese garlic bread (which was just ok), a pepperoni pizza, and the caramel apple pizza (which were both amazing!). Definitely recommend when at Yosemite with the family.” - Yelp Review

5 - The Ahwahnee Dining Room

A Luxurious Dining Room In One of Yosemite’s Oldest Hotels

9005 Ahwahnee Dr | Yosemite National Park | travelyosemite.com/ahwahnee-dining-room

The Aheahnee is a National Historic Landmark located right in the Yosemite Valley. And this hotel features a dining room that is the height of luxury. It has over 30 ft high ceilings with wide sweeping windows that offer you a view of the surrounding natural beauty. Their aim is to create a feeling of grandness and opulence while you are dining and the breathtaking views definitely succeed in that.

And while you revel in that opulence you can enjoy a fantastic breakfast, lunch, or dinner which are served all year long. And of course on Sunday you can also enjoy their famous brunch menu. This is probably the finest dining you can find anywhere inside of Yosemite National Park.

But just know that the fine dining does come with a dress code at dinner time. So be sure to pack something more than your hiking shorts if you are planning on stopping in. And I think it’s worth mentioning they recommend you make a reservation for dinner. It's pretty easy to see why, with this level of luxury you can be sure that they get busy. If you are planning to visit in the summer time I would highly recommend you make a reservation well in advance just in case.

“The Ahwahnee Dining Room is first class, the setting and dining is exceptional!  You'll enjoy both breakfast and dinner at the Ahwahnee.” - Yelp Review

6 - Degnan’s Kitchen

A Delicatessen In Yosemite Valley That’s Great for Lunch

9015 Village Dr | Yosemite Village | travelyosemite.com/dining/yosemite-village

Degnan’s Kitchen is going to be the best place you can find around Yosemite Valley if you are looking for a great lunch at a low key kind of place. They serve all kinds of fantastic delicatessen subs and sandwiches along with plenty of fresh-made salads. They also have plenty of great espresso and coffee drinks as well. I don’t think there’s anybody out there who couldn’t use a great sandwich and a hot cup of coffee after a long morning of hiking.

“Simple deli that has great prices and is solid for its location. Would go again but be aware of the crowds near lunch time.” - Yelp Review

7 - Base Camp Eatery

You Can Get A Grab-And-Go Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner to Take On the Hiking Trail With You!

9006 Village Drive | Yosemite Valley | yosemite.com/restaurants-dining/base-camp-eatery

Base Camp Eatery used to just be called the Yosemite Valley food court. But when they added a whole Starbucks coffee bar to it I guess they decided it needed a fancier name. But regardless of what it’s called you can get great breakfast, lunch, and dinner here that are made using local and seasonal ingredients.

The nicest thing though is that they have plenty of grab-and-go options in case you are just looking for something you can put in your backpack for a lunch out on the trails. While they aren’t going to be as upscale as some of the restaurants further up the list, you will be able to get good food at a pretty reasonable price. And hey, you can’t really beat the convenience.

“I have been here 3 days in a row. Every time the staff was so friendly and it truly make our experience wonderful. They are closed at certain hours of the day, but the food is great and I would definitely recommend!” - Yelp Review

8 - Virginia Creek Settlement Restaurant

A Great Place for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner for Families and Adventurers Alike!

70847 US Hwy 395 | Bridgeport | virginiacreeksettlement.net

The Virginia Creek Settlement Restaurant is going to be one of the best restaurants you can find in the area. They are one of the best because they offer a full breakfast and brunch menu with all the classics like pancakes, french toast, and breakfast sandwiches. 

But on top of their full breakfast menu they also offer a great lunch and dinner menu of traditional Italian food. You can get all kinds of great pasta, salads, steaks and sandwiches. But the thing they are most famous for is definitely their pizza. You can build your own from all the excellent sauces and toppings they offer, or you can order one of their fantastic speciality pizzas. 

Virginia Creek Settlement Restaurant has been open since 2006 and in that time they have quickly grown to one of the most popular restaurants in the area. They really have a pretty deep menu so, check it out for yourself if you are a little unsure so that way you can see everything they have to offer. 

But for any families out there, they offer a family sized dinner that consists of spaghetti and a medium one topping pizza served up with plenty of salad and breadsticks. And to top it off you even get ice cream for dessert. Which makes them a really great option if you are on a trip to Yosemite with the kiddos and are just trying to find something for dinner that will make everybody happy. I mean, how many kids don’t like pizza and ice cream?

“This place is a hidden gem. The apple dumpling was absolutely amazing. The best we've had in our lives. I would highly recommend this place if you're looking for a peaceful rest-stop.” - Yelp Review

9 - June Bug Café

Rustic Mountain Resort Cafe Serving Breakfast, Brunch, and New American

Fresh, local fruit and oatmeal breakfast plate from June Bug Cafe near Yosemite
June Bug Cafe has fresh, local options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Image courtesy June Bug Cafe.

6979A Hwy 140 | Midpines | yosemitebug.com

Open for over two decades, the folks at June Bug Cafe know a thing or two about perfecting the classics. No matter what kind of comfort food you’re craving – vegan buddha bowls, juicy New York strip steak, or even a breakfast burrito – you’re sure to find it on the menu here.

June Bug Cafe uses regionally sourced ingredients, so you can be sure that you’re supporting the local economy with your meal choice. The casual family-style seating is sure to introduce you to some new friends, too!

“Can I give them 12 stars? The food is fresh, different and delicious. The menu changes with the season. I love the family style seating. You often get to make new friends and then exchange stories of the adventures in Yosemite. I've been going to the June Bug most every visit to the area and it is always a highlight. ” – Yelp Review

10 - Taqueria @ Meadow Grill

Tacos, Salad, Coffee & Tea to Fuel Your Trip to Yosemite

Authentic carne asada tacos from the Taquera at Meadow Grill restaurant near Yosemite National Park
Carne Asada Tacos are just one of the tasty Mexican treats you can find at the Taqueria @ Meadow Valley restaurant around Yosemite National Park. Image courtesy Yelp.

9010 Curry Village Dr | Yosemite Valley | travelyosemite.com/dining/curry-village-dining

Too tired for tacos? Never!

The Taqueria @ Meadow Grill has all your favorite authentic Mexican cuisine. Grab your food, and then grab a seat! Will dazzling views around Curry Village, a dinner at Taqueria @ Meadow Valley is dinner and a show – Yosemite style!

“These tacos hit the spot after a long day of exploring Yosemite. We had all three types and they were all delicious. I recommend grabbing some beers from..the convenience store right next door, get some tacos from here, and grab a seat to enjoy the gorgeous surroundings.” – Yelp Review

11 - Bar 1899

Kick Back and Watch the Game as You Recover from a Day on the Trails

Cauliflower bites are a popular menu item at Bar 1899. Image courtesy Yelp.

9010 Curry Village Dr | Yosemite Valley  | travelyosemite.com/dining/curry-village-dining

Need to unwind after a long day on the trails? Bar 1899 has you covered. With tons of local and national beers on tap, they have everything you need for a lowkey evening. Want to extend your adventure to after-dinner drinks? Try a creative cocktail like Bar 1899’s popular Agave Smash.

Much on small plates like wings, smash burger sliders, or fish tacos. Bar 1899 gets rave reviews, so you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu!

“Let's face it--you're not at Yosemite for the food. Bar 1899, however, would actually be worth going out of your way for though. Bar 1899 is raising the bar (pun intended) for National Park food. I'll definitely return on my next visit to Yosemite.” –  Yelp Review

There are so many great restaurants near Yosemite National Park.

And that concludes our tour of the greatest restaurants you can find around Yosemite National Park. So if you’re planning a trip to the area, refuel for your adventure at one of these spots!

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