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.
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.
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 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…
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.
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:
CALIFORNIA CHEESE 19
california artisan cheeses, fig jam, crackers, crostini
california cured meats, whole grain mustard, olives, cornichons, crostini
artichokes, peppadews, oven roasted tomatoes, country olives, hummus, 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
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
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
GRILLED ASPARAGUS 8
charred scallion aioli
FINGERLING POTATOES 8
pearl onions, chive butter
sweet corn, cotija cheese, tajin, pickled peppers, scallion
grilled artichoke, roasted tomato, basil, fig balsamic, olive oil, country toast
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
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
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.