A refreshing escape, world-famous natural scenery, and many options for restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner – these are all the ingredients for a memorable, satisfying, and easy Thanksgiving in Yosemite Mariposa County.
Cook up memories that you’ll remember for the rest of your lives. Start with the world-famous scenery of Yosemite National Park to stimulate wonder and gratitude in this season of thankfulness. Mix in a wide variety of activities that you can do together to get the laughter and good times flowing. Allow everyone to steep in the calm and refreshing atmosphere of the perfect place to stay. Choose accommodations with plenty of space to spread out, and enough room to gather together. Season the adventure to taste with some of the best deals and offers of the year. Then sit down to a sumptuous Thanksgiving Dinner to celebrate each other and the stories you’ve created.
You’ll get your fill with many options in the Yosemite area to help you reduce the amount of time spent in the kitchen, and maximize your time with friends and family in Mariposa County’s incredible natural beauty.
Tempt your taste buds with the Thanksgiving Dinner Menu at June Bug Cafe. (Click to see a larger version)
The June Bug Café at the Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Retreat is one of those secret gems. Located close to Mariposa, June Bug Café is popular with locals and visitors alike. Their standard fare is filled with delicious, local, and organic ingredients. For Thanksgiving, they are preparing a special menu so that you can enjoy all of the season’s goodness with menu items like Free Range Turkey, Saffron Bouillabaisse with Scallops, and Osso Buco with Orange & Herb Gremoulande with Gravy.
Reservations are required for the dine-in option to be sure there is enough space. Plus, you can also order in advance to get your Thanksgiving meal as a takeout option.
Prepare to be delighted with a Thanksgiving feast set in the historic Ahwahnee Dining Room.
The Ahwahnee Dining Room is a traditional favorite for the holidays. Located in Yosemite Valley, the high ceiling and chandeliers create the perfect backdrop for a special occasion. Stop by for an unforgettable Thanksgiving feast. This year, The Ahwahnee is offering a touchless buffet and delicious dishes you would expect from The Ahwahnee such as Cider Brined Diestel Turkey or a Dijon-Herbed Filet of Wild Salmon.
You can also expect a hearty and delicious Thanksgiving meal at The River Restaurant and Lounge at Yosemite View Lodge. Turkey, prime rib, salmon, pasta, and more are all on the special Thanksgiving menu this year, so be sure to swing by. Indoor seating will depend on COVID-19-related considerations, but you can definitely order your Thanksgiving dinner to take with you.
Thanksgiving Dinner at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite will be served in the Grand Ballroom. (Lodge guests only.)
Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite always puts on a good show for the holidays. This year, only lodging guests can make reservations for Thanksgiving dinner served in the Grand Ballroom. With menu items like Roasted Tom Turkey with Giblet Gravy & Cranberry Sauce, and Whiskey Glazed Ham with Pineapple & Whole Grain Mustard Jus, plus a wide assortment of salads, side dishes, and desserts you know you’re in for a treat.
While most people will opt for a Thanksgiving meal at their sister property, River Restaurant and Lounge, the restaurant at Yosemite Cedar Lodge is also open for dinner. If turkey and all the fixings aren’t a priority, here’s another option for a relaxing dinner out.
Combine restaurant service with some home cooking at a vacation rental cabin with a full kitchen.
Another great Thanksgiving Dinner option in Yosemite is to combine a little restaurant love with some family time in the kitchen at one of the many vacation rental cabins in the area. If you love to cook, you don’t have to give up that time in the kitchen with loved ones to enjoy some away time in the mountains. Simply rent a cabin with plenty of kitchen space. Order a few dishes as takeout from a local restaurant, and then whip up some of your favorite dishes to add to the menu. It’s Thanksgiving, after all, so you can have your pumpkin pie and eat it too.
The elevations of foothill towns like Mariposa, Catheys Valley and Coulterville means the family can have a safe, relaxed and easy holiday experience without the snowpack of the High Sierra. Plus, Yosemite Valley is just a short drive away on the low-elevation Highway 140, historically referred to as the “All-Weather Highway”.
Explore these local Yosemite restaurants serving Thanksgiving Dinner. Get out of the house, enjoy a savory traditional meal, and take in all that the Yosemite region has to offer over the holiday season.
Mariposa County offers a full complement of unique places and distinctive things to do in and around Yosemite. From soaring above Half Dome to sipping estate-pressed olive oil and riding into the sequoias on horseback, here’s an insider’s list of unique places to visit in California.