After a busy day of watersports, hiking and fishing, hungry families have five choices right on the lake where they can eat and recharge. Those willing to take a 15 minute drive can also head to the restaurants in nearby Oakhurst and North Fork.
This longtime Bass Lake establishment offers diners a picturesque view as they choose from a variety of steak, seafood and pastas on the menu. Remember that part of what you’re paying for is the view of the lake while you eat. You can also grab a burger and catch a game at the bar and grill inside.
Did you know? The historic Bass Lake Lodge was built in the early 1940s, and became a well-known fixture on the lake, visited each year by returning tourists and locals alike. But a kitchen fire burned down the lodge in 1988 and it took three years for it to be rebuilt. The opening of the new lodge, Ducey’s On the Lake, was celebrated by a ceremonial dance from the Mono indians, who have lived in this area for many years.
The Forks provides families a more affordable option for a hearty meal. They are known for the “Forks Burger,” their shakes, and the 1950s atmosphere of the restaurant. Come hungry.
This all-in-one establishment has lodging, boat rentals and a general store, as well as a small ice cream parlor and grill. Guests looking to top off their burger, sandwich or fish and chips with something sweet, can choose from Miller Landing’s wide variety of ice cream specialties.
Casa Velasco has a nice casual atmosphere, solid Mexican food and great margaritas. They also have patio seating if you want a view of the lake while you eat.
Yet another more affordable option for those looking to feed some hungry youngsters. This pizzeria has pizzas, calzones and sandwiches.
Note: Their burger is very tasty too, but it has both pork and beef, so stay away if you do not eat pork.
This hidden gem is just a 15 minute drive from Bass Lake, and worth the short trip if you like authentic Mexican cuisine. We recommend the specials (they change every week and are always delicious), the tacos, burritos and the Miguel Burger… and anything else on the menu, especially if it comes with their signature black beans.
Note: They get pretty busy during the dinner hour, so you will want to call ahead and make reservations. They only accept cash.
If you are looking for a European-style fine dining experience, Erna’s Elderberry House is the place for you. Erna’s was reviewed by a New York Times food critic, and many guests have compared it favorably with Michelin star restaurants (and its prix-fixe menu certainly comes with Michelin star prices). The menu changes every day, but when you call to make reservations (which are close to a must), you can let them know of any dietary restrictions you have and they will happily accommodate you.
Note: If you are coming from a day of fishing on the lake or hiking in Yosemite, please don’t forget about their dress code.
This cafe is best known for its amazing coffee (no surprise), but don’t sleep on their breakfast items, either. A popular lounging spot for locals and fueling station for tourists looking to load up on caffeine before heading to the lake or Yosemite.
Note: This cafe is located behind McDonald’s and their sign is easy to miss, so make sure you don’t pass them by! If you like coffee, or if you like food, do yourself a favor and skip McDonald’s and head to Cool Bean Cafe instead.
This is a great breakfast spot. They have organic coffee. They have the Shak Bagel and the Lumber Shak Bagel, which you need to try. Slim’s has locations in North Fork and Oakhurst.
If you want reasonable prices and don’t expect fast service, Oka’s is not a bad option. If you have very particular tastes when it comes to Sushi, this place may not be up to your standards. For a sushi joint in a small, inland town, Oka’s does a nice job of getting fresh ingredients and making good rolls, but make sure your expectations are tailored to the circumstances.
A lot of what we said about Oka’s goes for Kyoto Kafe too, although Kyoto is a little less popular and the prices are a little higher.
South Gate Brewing Company
Sugar Pine Gourmet Pizza
Crab Cakes Restaurant
Ahwahnee Dining Room (Located in the historic Ahwahnee Hotel)
Mountain Room Restaurant (Located in Yosemite Lodge)
Wawona Dining Room (Wawona Hotel)