Majestic Yosemite Hotel Dining Room

Yosemite’s famous hotel offers food to match its world-class scenery.
By Jade Lang ,
Majestic Yosemite Hotel (previous called the Ahwanhee) Dining Room. Photo by John Buie via Flickr

When you walk into the dining room at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel, formerly known as the Ahwahnee Hotel, you will see how the lodge, which was built in the 1920s, got its namesake. Original gothic-style chandeliers, exposed stonework and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out to Glacier Point make this restaurant an icon of Yosemite National Park.

“The dining room at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel is really a destination of its own,” says Lisa Cesaro, Aramark's marketing manager at Yosemite National Park.

The menu is seasonal, but seafood and chicken cooked on the restaurant’s rotisserie are always available, as are options for those with dietary restrictions.

Make sure to save room for dessert because the most popular item at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel is the boysenberry pie.

“It’s been on the menu for more than 50 years and it’s a staple here at the hotel,” Cesaro says.

For more casual or quick dining options, grab a sandwich from Dengan’s Deli in Yosemite Village or stop at the park’s grocery store before hitting the trails.

After exploring the great outdoors, kick back with local beer on tap at Half Dome Village’s Pizza Deck

“A lot of times when you do that really long hike up to Half Dome it’s kind of a celebration to head over to the Pizza Deck and celebrate your big day,” Cesaro says.

The Majestic Yosemite Hotel Dining Room alcove seating allows for three tables, each below massive picture windows with views of the surrounding meadows and cliffs. In the center of the alcove is the "Queen's table", a designation it received after a visit from Queen Elizabeth II in 1983. Photo by Mark Miller via Wikimedia Commons

Built in 1927, the Majestic Yosemite Hotel was designed to attract wealthy visitors to the park. Its architectural style was inspired by Art Deco, Arts and Crafts Movement and Native American and Middle Eastern elements. Today, it remains a world-class venue to dine and stay. Located in the Yosemite Valley, there is a shuttle stop right there, which enables you to leave your car and explore the park without worrying about parking at busy trailheads.

Don’t miss out by showing up without reservations. Reservations are strongly recommended as this elegant dining room is extremely popular. You can book online through Open Table or call 209-372-1489. With the exception of Sundays, breakfast is served 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Learn more about lodging inside Yosemite National Park at www.travelyosemite.com/lodging/yosemite-lodging-experience/.