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.
The Restaurant offers an expansive dining area with a variety of seating, including intimate booths and areas for larger groups.
The Restaurant also offers the quintessential High Sierra dining experience on our spacious outdoor terrace, where you can take in the beauty of the surrounding forest and glorious sunsets.
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.
LUNCH & HAPPY HOUR
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.
Lunch and happy hour snacks are also served seasonally at our Pool Bar. Our poolside menu offers plenty of options for adults and kids alike. Naturally, we round it out with a fun poolside 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 summer barbecue 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 – 11:00 pm in summer.
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 are available for parties of all sizes, to reserve ahead of time email our restaurant team at or stop by the host stand upon arrival.
To give you the full flavor of what’s available here is our 2019 Winter Menu:
CALIFORNIA CHEESE 19
california artisanal cheeses, dried apricots, fig jam, pistachios, crostini
california cured meats, whole grain mustard, olives, cornichons, pretzel bread
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
BLACKENED SHRIMP 19
white wine cream sauce, pickled sweet peppers, scallion, cheddar, cajun remoulade
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
house tomato sauce, baguette
DUCK HASH 13
duck confit, sweet potato, bacon, sage
BRUSSELS SPROUTS 8
pistachio pesto, pumpkin seed oil
ROOT VEGETABLES 8
parsnip, carrot, rutabaga, spiced granola, brown butter
FINGERLING POTATOES 8
pearl onions, chive butter
LOADED MASH POTATO 10
cheddar, bacon, scallion, sour cream
CURRY VEGETABLE TAGINE 21
potato, squash, eggplant, red pepper, carrot, garam masala curry sauce
KING SALMON 24
bok choy, soy glazed shiitake mushrooms, yuzu-ginger butter, sesame seeds
scallops, haddock, shrimp, mussels, white wine tomato broth, grilled baguette
SLOW COOKED HALF CHICKEN 23
swiss chard, mushrooms, onions, lemon chicken jus
PASTA BOLOGNESE 23
pork ragu, orrechietti, parmesan, EVOO
BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIB 26
onion, carrot, parsnip, rutabaga, cabernet demi-glaze
Soup & Salad
TOMATO KALE SOUP 10
white beans, EVOO, sourdough baguette
GREEN SALAD 10
cherry tomato, cucumber, radish, champagne vinaigrette
CAESAR SALAD 12
romaine, parmesan, croutons, creamy peppercorn dressing, grilled artichokes
SPINACH SALAD 14
quinoa, sweet potato, cranberry, almond, blue cheese, cranberry vinaigrette
BEET SALAD 14
dried figs, red onion, pistachio, goat cheese, mixed greens, fig 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
CRAB CAKES 16
poblano aioli, arugula, pickled sweet peppers, lemon vinaigrette
MINI DUCK TACOS 16
korean BBQ sauce, kimchi slaw, corn tortillas
SALMON RILLETTE 12
radish, endive, arugula, grain mustard vinaigrette, country toast
AVOCADO TOAST 14
sun-dried tomato, basil, grilled artichoke, EVOO
STEAMED MUSSELS 16
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
TURKEY SANDWICH 16
spinach, provolone, cranberry mostarda, grain mustard, aioli, wheat bread, kettle chips
SMOKED TROUT SALAD SANDWICH 16
pepperoncini, lettuce, tomato, rye toast, fries
BISON PATTY MELT 18
rye bread, caramelized onions, grain mustard, aioli, smoked gouda, fries
PHILLY CHEESE STEAK 17
sautéed onions & peppers, american cheese, fries
FISH & CHIPS 23
beer battered haddock, wedge fries, tartar sauce
STEAK FRITES* 30
12 oz new york strip, wedge fries, bourbon steak sauce
= 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.