Visitors definitely have some great options for romantic restaurants in Yosemite. Check out the brief romantic shore leave in the film, "The Caine Mutiny" wherein the young officer sweet-talks his lady over breakfast on an Ahwahnee dining patio - the beauty of the park's cliffs, waterfalls and forests speaks to the romantic in all of us. The Ahwahnee is a grand place to start; even if you're not staying here, making dinner reservations in the massive dining room is an excellent bonding activity. The Ahwahnee lunch, breakfast or famed Sunday brunch are right behind in the romance factor, and even a simpler meal at the Ahwahnee Lounge can fan the flames. The Mountain Room over at Yosemite Lodge also strikes an intimate ambience for the dining couple, where the rush of Yosemite Falls can be seen out the tall windows.
In another vein, the Iron Door Saloon in Groveland delivers a different kind of romance: that of the hard working Forty-Niners who sought hearty repast and a relaxing beverage after a rough spell of toil. Modern visitors appreciate the honest history at the Iron Door where a partnership is cemented in jeans, boots and t-shirt. Tradition is also upheld at mountain hostelries like the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge and White Wolf Lodge. These small summer operations cater to those in love with the trail, with family-style dining. You'll get to meet fellow outdoorspeople and compare notes using the napkins that are printed with trail maps.
A Book of Verses underneath the Bough, A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread-and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness- O, Wilderness were Paradise enow! Don't neglect the concept of a romantic picnic in a pretty place along the trail. You can pick up great supplies at Degnan's Deli. Then we recommend Mirror Lake, El Capitan Meadow or Columbia Point part-way up the Yosemite Falls Trail for views you'll always love.
East end of Ahwahnee Road
Yosemite Lodge Drive & Northside Drive
Hearty family style dining in a mountain tent...
Tioga Pass, 30 miles east of valley
White Wolf Lodge
Yosemite National Park
9015 Village Drive
New and deluxe dining at Tenaya Lodge... read more
Hwy 140 and 7th St
Californian and American cuisine... read more