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updated safety protocols

The Restaurant at Rush Creek Lodge will reopen for dinner services beginning on June 12th from 5pm – 9pm. After June 12th, we will be offering breakfast from 7am – 11am, lunch from 12pm – 3pm and dinner from 5pm – 10pm. We will also be offering a limited beverage and dessert menu for you to enjoy with your meal. Walk-ins are welcome but we strongly encourage you to make an advanced reservation. Check out our Thanksgiving Menu here!

New table layouts will allow guests to maintain separation and spread out around our various indoor and outdoor dining areas. We’re also implementing a host of best practices in the restaurant and our kitchens including appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to ensure a clean, safe dining experience for all.

Read more about our Enhanced Clean & Safe Plan and direct any questions to our restaurant manager at .

Scroll down for online dining reservations…

Rush Creek Lodge Dining

The Restaurant at Rush Creek is the main place for you to relax and enjoy an authentic mountain lodge style breakfast or dinner in an atmosphere that is relaxed and friendly, vibrant and sophisticated.  Lunch, Dinner and a Late Night Menu are also available in Rush Creek’s lively Tavern.

The Restaurant offers an expansive dining area with a variety of seating, including intimate booths and areas for larger groups, as well as a spacious outdoor terrace, where you can take in the beauty of the surrounding forest and glorious sunsets.  Dinner reservations are highly recommended during our busier times, so if you plan to have dinner with us please be sure to scroll down this page for the link to reserve your table online.

For special occasions and small group functions, there is also a lovely 750 square foot private dining room with a private terrace. Groups of 15 or more can work with our on-site event specialist to craft a custom menu with expert wine pairings for a spectacular event.

The kitchen is buzzing with energy, putting out amazing dishes and having a fantastic time trying out all sorts of new items in our new wood-burning oven.  Restaurant menu items change seasonally to incorporate the finest available local, organic and sustainable ingredients.

We also offer vegetarian selections, gluten-free and vegan alternatives, and we will happily accommodate special food needs to the best of our ability. If you don’t see what you want on the menu, just talk with your server and we’ll figure something out for you.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the quality of our wine list, in which we focus on affordable, yet superb California wines and select choices from other wine regions around the world. Many wines are available by the glass, and our reserve selection will satisfy more demanding palates.

BREAKFAST

Served 7:00am – 10:30am during the winter and 7:00am – 11:00am during the summer.

Get your day started with our scrumptious full-service breakfast and a freshly brewed cup of custom brewed coffee available in the main dining room. We’ve got everything from Challah French Toast to classics like Ham & Egg Benedict. Check out our full breakfast menu. You can also book a Bed & Breakfast package for convenience and value.

If you’re in more of a rush, you can just pop into our General Store for latte’s, freshly made breakfast items and trail supplies.

LUNCH

Served 12:00pm – 3:00pm daily.

Lunch is available in the tavern and open-air covered patio. Whether you want to keep it light and simple with a homemade Caprese salad or try something new and hearty like our Smoked Trout BLT, you will find something to satisfy every taste on our lunch menu.

On the run to your next adventure? Trail-ready sandwiches, salads, and desserts are made fresh daily for pick up at the General Store. Plenty of snacks and drinks are also ready to throw in your backpack on your way out to explore.

Poolside you will find a fun drink menu, complete with frozen beverages for all ages to enjoy.

SUMMER BARBECUE – unavailable summer 2020

Summer in the Sierra Nevada is not complete without a friendly barbecue, and it’s even more fun barbecuing at Rush Creek’s Pool Bar. Our poolside barbecue includes fresh flairs of timeless classics like Blackened Catfish, Grilled Chili Salmon, Seared Tri-Tip and Smoked Marinated Turkey Legs. Our Poolside Barbeque including the All American BBQ and Taco Truck menus rotate nightly so you always have something new to try throughout your stay. Adding to the fun, our custom-crafted Rush Creek Lodge libations are available during the barbecue. Please call our front desk for inquiries about our Summer Barbecue.

Here’s hoping Rush Creek earns a top spot on your list of favorite Yosemite restaurants…

DINNER

Served 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm in winter, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm in summer.

Dinner at Rush Creek is available in the main dining room, tavern and seasonally on the lodge porch. Crowd pleasers such as burgers, steaks, and seafood share the stage with some of the Chef’s innovative seasonal items. Our wine list focuses on affordable yet superb wines from California as well as select choices from other areas of the world. Many wines are available by the glass and our reserve list is strong enough to satisfy more demanding palates. Check out our Thanksgiving Menu here!

Dinner reservations

For parties of up to 8 guests, it’s best to use our new online reservation system below.

For parties greater than 8 guests, our Restaurant Manager would love to speak with you personally to help make the ideal arrangements that are best for your group. You can email P.J. directly at , or call (209) 379-2373, extension 1551.

You’re also welcome to stop by the host stand upon arrival, or email our restaurant team at if you’d like some help with advanced planning.  

dinner specials

THAI COCONUT CURRY VEGETABLES   25

ginger, carrot, red pepper, squash, cauliflower, chili peppers, scallion, steamed rice

KING SALMON   26

bok choy, soy-glazed shiitake mushrooms, yuzu ginger butter, sesame seeds

CIOPPINNO   26

scallops, halibut, shrimp, mussels, white wine tomato broth, grilled bread

KOREAN CHICKEN   25

napa cabbage, carrots, snap peas, shiitake mushrooms, korean BBQ sauce

SIDES

GREEN BEANS with kimchi pearl onions   9

FINGERLING POTATOES with chive butter   9


featured dessert

Key Lime Cheesecake served with strawberry margarita sauce   11

Soup & Salad

GREEN SALAD   12

cherry tomato, cucumber, radish, red onion, citrus vinaigrette

CAESAR SALAD   14

romaine, parmesan, sourdough croutons, anchovy-parmesan dressing, grilled artichokes

CAPRESE SALAD   15 

garden tomatoes, fresh mozzarella basil pesto arugula, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic reduction

BLACK BEAN SOUP   10

cilantro-lime crema, flatbread

ADD TO ANY SALAD:
avocado 3, chicken 8, steak 13, shrimp 12, salmon 13


small plates

CRISPY FRIED CAULIFLOWER   16

sweet chili sauce, sesame seeds

BUFFALO WINGS  17

hot sauce, celery, blue cheese dressing

TUNA POKE   20

ahi tuna, avocado, edamame, pickled ginger, cucumber, seaweed salad, sambal dressing, fried wontons

MINI CHILI-LIME SHRIMP TACOS   18

chili-lime shrimp, fresh cilantro-lime slaw, pickled red onion, corn tortillas

QUESO DIP   15

cotija cheese, chili-lime salt, scallion, tortilla chips

SMOKED SALMON RILLETTE    15

country toast, arugula, radish, whole grain mustard vinaigrette


Sandwich & Entrée

RUSH BURGER*  19

sharp cheddar, brioche bun, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, fries

add: avocado 2, bacon 2, egg 2

GRILLED CHEESE  17

havarti, grilled onion, tomato, country bread, fries

SMOKED TROUT MELT 19

trout salad, harvarti, pepperoncini, rye bread, fries

PHILLY CHEESE STEAK  19

prime rib, onions, peppers, american cheese, fries

FISH & CHIPS  25

beer battered haddock, wedge fries, tartar sauce, lemon

BBQ BRISKET MAC’N CHEESE   20

bacon, onions, poblano peppers, sweet corn, smoked gouda, cavatappi noodles

CARNITAS RICE BOWL   21

slow-cooked pork shoulder, guajillo, pepper sauce, cotija cheese, pico di gallo, chipotle-lime cerma

AVOCADO TOAST   18

avocado, cherry tomato, red onion, grilled artichoke, country toast, kettle chips

Note: our menus change often to incorporate the finest available seasonal, local, organic and sustainable ingredients, so check with the restaurant to see what’s on the menu during your visit!

*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.