Summer is high-time in Yosemite National Park, with visitors drawn to the spectacular outdoors boasting ancient sequoias, soaring rock formations, wildflower-filled meadows, and gushing waterfalls. All that hiking, backpacking, and exploring—not to mention traveling by car—can leave one famished. Here are four places to recharge.
Majestic Yosemite Hotel Dining Room, Yosemite National Park
The Dining Room is the grand dame of Yosemite restaurants, a showstopper with floor-to-ceiling windows and chandeliers galore. What’s more, in 2017 the restaurant welcomed its first female head chef in its 90-year history. Executive Chef Ryan Messina is updating all of the hotel menus. For dinner, she’s added duck confit with lentils and seasoned greens, roasted cauliflower with curry yogurt, and olive-oil poached calamari. But don’t worry, long-time favorites such as the prime rib, and half-pound burger remain. “Coming to Yosemite is an opportunity of a lifetime,’’ Messina says. “I feel so honored to be here.’’