After exploring some of the most romantic spots in Yosemite, you’ll be hungry for an equally enchanting and memorable meal with your loved one. Mariposa County has many tasty dining options for a wide variety of budgets, but here are some of the area’s best romantic restaurants to top off your dreamy getaway with a marvelous and satisfying meal.
Visiting the dining room at The Ahwahnee hotel in Yosemite Valley is the ultimate treat for a romantic dinner. Located within the National Historic Landmark hotel, The Ahwahnee Dining Room features soaring ceilings and massive windows that look out across Yosemite’s splendid scenery and is considered one of the best restaurants in Yosemite.
Tip: Try to request the Queen’s table. This is a small table at the far end of the dining room surrounded by windows where Queen Elizabeth sat during her visit to the park in 1983. It is the most-requested table in the dining room, so it may not be possible to seat you there, but it’s worth an ask.
Like The Ahwahnee Dining Room, the Mountain Room Restaurant is one of the area’s most romantic dinner restaurants and boasts an enviable location with tall windows showcasing a majestic view of Yosemite Falls. The restaurant is conveniently located at Yosemite Valley Lodge, which makes it an easy place to stop after exploring Yosemite Valley. Enjoy a perfectly cooked steak, sustainably caught seafood or delicious vegetarian options.
Once you’re done with dinner, consider retiring to the nearby Mountain Room Lounge for after dinner drinks (and romantic vibes).
Savoury’s Restaurant is a local favorite for fine dining and special events. Located in downtown Mariposa, outside Yosemite National Park on Highway 140, visitors can expect a casual elegance and impeccable service from the staff along with delicious classic American meals.
This is a perfect option if you are planning to stay in the Mariposa or El Portal areas.
Seating area in CostaLivos La Cuchina Italia
Looking for a quiet and cozy bistro with delicious authentic Italian dining? Look no further than CostaLivos La Cuchina Italia – another hidden gem in the town of Mariposa. The staff at CostaLivos produces their own exquisitely flavorful olive oils from fresh, locally-grown olives and the menu options are inspired by traditional family recipes.
Established back in 1856, the Wawona Hotel exudes old-world Victorian charm, including the delightful dining area with hand-painted lamps and walls of windows overlooking the grounds. With deliciously crafted American fare, the Wawona Dining Room provides couples the time and ambiance for an unhurried romantic dining experience. During the warmer months, seating is also available outdoors on the wide whitewashed veranda.
Located close to the southern entrance gate, the Wawona Dining Room makes a great stop after visiting the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.
Just a little further south of Wawona, you can enjoy Embers Restaurant at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, known for excellent food and a warm and welcoming staff. The menu focuses on locally sourced and organic ingredients for the freshest and healthiest flavors.
In the warmer months, choose the outdoor seating with beautiful views of the forest and hotel grounds.
And while you’re there, sign up for a romantic couple’s massage or one of the other spa treatments at Ascent Spa. It’s a perfectly relaxing way to round out an evening.
Speaking of spa and dinner options, the June Bug Café at the Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort is another great place to combine a romantic restaurant experience with a relaxing soak in a hot tub or sauna. Well-known for their delicious, fresh, local and organic ingredients, the June Bug Café has an easygoing and friendly atmosphere in a rustic mountain environment. Stop in to see what is on the menu (there is always something fresh and new), and then unwind with a massage, a soaking bath, or a yoga session.
Introduce your sweetheart to The Charles Street Dinner House. It is another local Mariposa favorite, remarkable for both the delicious, perfectly cooked dishes and the friendly and professional service. The restaurant’s understated old town ambiance includes a wide-ranging menu with arguably the best steaks in the region, along with flavorful vegan and gluten-free options.
Do you love to cook? Create your own ravishingly romantic meal at a home away from home. Discover options for cozy one-bedroom cabins or apartments with full kitchens so you can craft your own favorite meal together. These vacation rentals encourage you to let your hair down and allow the rest of the world to disappear for an evening. Enjoy your culinary masterpiece in the privacy of your own space, and then curl up together in front of a flickering fire with a glass of wine to reminisce about your day in Yosemite.
There are many other amazing restaurants in Mariposa County where romance is what you make it!
Try The Original Bon Ton for creatively prepared Cajun and creole cooking or Woody’s Outdoor Bar-B-Que for a casual date night. Mariposa also has top-rated Mexican restaurants like Don Rubens Restaurant Authentic Mexican Food or Castillo’s Fine Mexican Food, as well as many great places to sink your teeth into a gourmet burger. Mariposa County’s unique style and friendly and attentive local service make any restaurant experience a special night out for two.
El Portal may seem to be a sleepy little town along Highway 140 just outside the Yosemite National Park gate, but there are loads of fun activities and surprises for all ages to be found on and off the beaten track.
Snowcapped seasonal scenery and a wide variety of recreational activities make Yosemite a spectacular winter escape. Yosemite “reboots” with winter, transforming into a winter sports paradise.
There are many places to pop the question, but none are more expansive, enduring and memorable than Yosemite.