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Restaurant Name: THE AHWAHNEE

(at Yosemite National Park in
The Ahwahnee Hotel)

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Phone Number: (209) 372-1489
Type of Food: Traditional American Cuisine
Dress: Casual OK - Breakfast & Lunch
Dinner is dressy/preferred jackets and ties for men
Reservations: A must for dinner and usually well in advance
Description of Restaurant:

Walking into the dining room at night gives the appearance of walking onto a movie set. Romantic 34 ft. high ceiling, long tapers flickering on every table replete with linen tablecloths and views of the great Yosemite outdoors.

Over the years, The Ahwahnee Dining Room has played host to presidents, royalty and celebrities, in addition to countless visitors, and it continues to be regarded as one of the most impressive dining rooms in the United States.

The word “Ahwahnee” translates to “valley of the gaping mouth”, and was derived from the earliest Miwok Indian tribe in Yosemite – the Ahwahnees. The Native American theme is incorporated into the hotel’s decor and furnishings, and can be seen on its china, which was created exclusively for the AAA four-diamond hotel. The motif on the china has become the hotel’s emblem – a delightful roly-poly figure known as “the three-legged Indian”.

The Ahwahnee Dining Room 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 Ahwahnee’s mountain surroundings. Wrought iron candelabra suspended from the sugar pine timbers, together with iron candelabra on the tables, create a medieval atmosphere.

Piano music is offered every night, including The Ahwahnee Sunday Brunch (worth planning your trip around).

This is truly a dining experience to savor every moment, with many lingering memories.

Cocktails also can be enjoyed pre-dinner at the rollicking Ahwahnee bar.

Dinner Entree Price Range: $24.75 to 42.25.

Lunch Entree Price Range: $11.00 to $14.50.

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