Array

Restaurant

Rush Creek Executive Chef Lemens (Kim Carroll Photography)

Wood Oven Baked Goat CheeseRush Creek Hearth (Kim Carroll Photography)Rush Creek Restaurant (Kim Carroll)Rush Creek General Store Barista (Kim Carroll)Happy Hour in the Tavern (Kim Carroll)Rush Creek Private Dining Room Entrance (Kim Carroll)Rush Creek Private Dining Room (Kim Carroll)Private Dining Room Dinner Event (Kim Carroll)Chef Lemens with Sous Chef Joe Tracey & Sous Chef Peter Boylan (Kim Carroll)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 – 4:00pm 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

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.

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, plus a late night menu in the tavern 10:00pm – 11:00pm

Dinner at the 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.

Dinner reservations

For parties of up to 15 guests, it’s best to use our new online reservation system below.

For parties greater than 15 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.  

To give you the full flavor of what’s available here is our 2019 Summer Menu:

BOARDS

CALIFORNIA CHEESE    19

california artisan cheeses, fig jam, crackers, crostini

CHARCUTERIE  21

california cured meats, whole grain mustard, olives, cornichons, crostini

GARDEN    18

artichokes, peppadews, oven roasted tomatoes, country olives, hummus, flatbread


FLATBREAD

TOMATO BASIL    18

garden tomatoes, basil pesto, fresh mozzarella, balsamic reduction

WILD MUSHROOM    18

white wine cream sauce, kale, smoked gouda, caramelized onion

BAJA SHRIMP  19

black bean, tomato, scallion, cotija cheese, guajillo pepper sauce, cilantro-lime crema

TUSCAN  19

salami, red onion, pepperoncini, pecorino, tomato sauce

BBQ CHICKEN  19

bacon, crispy onions, ranch, scallions, cheddar, BBQ sauce

HEARTH BREAD BASKET    8

three varieties of housemade bread served with sundried tomato tapenade & honey butter

Small plates

BAKED GOAT CHEESE    13

tomato sauce, olive oil, baguette

SMOKED SALMON RILLETTE  14

sour cream, chives, arugula, endive, radish, mustard vinaigrette, country toast

GREEN BEANS   8

pistachio pesto

GRILLED ASPARAGUS   8

charred scallion aioli

FINGERLING POTATOES   8

pearl onions, chive butter

POLENTA 13

sweet corn, cotija cheese, tajin, pickled peppers, scallion

BURRATA 14

grilled artichoke, roasted tomato, basil, fig balsamic, olive oil, country toast


LARGE plates

CURRY VEGETABLE TAGINE  23

potato, squash, eggplant, red pepper, carrot, naan, garam masala curry sauce

KING SALMON 25

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

CIOPPINO  25

scallops, halibut, shrimp, mussels, white wine tomato broth, baguette

KOREAN BBQ CHICKEN  24

napa cabbage, carrots, snap peas, scallion, shiitake mushrooms

PASTA BOLOGNESE   24

slow cooked pork ragu, orrechiette, parmesan, olive oil

STEAK FRITES 32

new york strip,  wedge fries, bourbon steak sauce

Soup & Salad

TOMATO KALE SOUP    10

white beans, olive oil, sourdough baguette

GREEN SALAD   10

cherry tomato, cucumber, radish, champagne vinaigrette

CAESAR SALAD   13

romaine, parmesan, croutons, creamy peppercorn dressing, grilled artichokes

CAPRESE SALAD   14

tomato, fresh mozzarella, arugula, basil pesto, fig balsamic, olive oil

BIBB SALAD   14

cherry tomato, bacon, egg, blue cheese, croutons, chive vinaigrette

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


Shared plates

BUTTERMILK FRIED CAULIFLOWER   14

sweet chili sauce

BUFFALO WINGS  16

red hot sauce, celery, blue cheese dressing

TUNA POKE   18

ahi tuna, avocado, edamame, pickled ginger, cilantro, sambal, fried wontons

MINI BRISKET TACOS   17

chipotle BBQ sauce, cilantro slaw, corn tortillas

BLACK BEAN DIP   14

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

PULLED PORK MAC’N CHEESE    17

slow cooked pork, elbow noodles, american cheese sauce

STEAMED MUSSELS  17
fennel sausage, pepperonata, white wine, grilled baguette


Sandwich & Entrée

RUSH BURGER*  16

aged cheddar, brioche bun, lettuce, tomato, onion, fries

add: avocado 2, bacon 2, egg 2

AVOCADO TOAST  16

sun-dried tomato, basil, grilled artichoke, arugula, onion, lemon oil, kettle chips

TURKEY SANDWICH  17

lettuce, tomato, bacon, provolone, pesto mayo, wheat bread, kettle chips

LAMB PITA 18

tomato, onion, pepperoncini, tzatziki sauce, fries

SMOKED TROUT MELT 18

giardiniera, havarti, rye bread, fries

PHILLY CHEESE STEAK  17

sautéed onions & peppers, american cheese, fries

FISH & CHIPS  24

beer battered haddock, wedge fries, tartar sauce, lemon

= vegetarian       = vegan       = gluten free

Check out our Kids Dinner Menu here.

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.