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Curry Village: pizza anyone?
Yosemite National Park probably has one of the most elaborate conglomerations of eating options of any in the park system. The hotels all have restaurants of various calibers depending on the type hotel it is but the real find is Curry Village with a near boardwalk feeling to its open air food court. There is Mexican food, pizza, and a full grocery store. Yosemite Village is similar though lacks the rag tag carnival flair. Whatever your preference, you will not starve and they seem to keep the prices at bay considering they have you at their mercy in what is a remote area.
Favorite Dish: The Burrito stand has strange hours and it not open for dinner so only we ate there only once. It was $10 for two burritos and they were just okay and not filling enough for the price. Luckily, there was a pizza place and this is perhaps the perfect food for carb-starved backpackers. We ate there twice, always right after a multi-day trip and were quite satisfied. This place was always packed and at dinner time positively slammed. They serve beer and getting a table looked to be a nightmare. We took advantage of the burrito stand being closed as there were tables in front it it as well. We would grab a table and a six-pack of beer from the grocery store right along side it. Doreen would wait with the table and beer while I went to order the pizza. There was always a big line for this but it moved quickly enough. The best part was after paying for the pie, they gave you a buzzer so you could go back to wherever you were hanging out and once you heard it go off, you could go and retrieve your goodies. A large pizza with a few toppings was about $20 but we saved quite a bit by eating right around the corner as a six-pack was about the price of two beers at the pizza place. It was great for people watching and had a real buzzing feel to it.
Curry Taqueria: Skip this one
There's a little taqueria stand on the patio just outside the small grocery store at Curry Village, but I'd suggest skipping it. Either bring your own food (being cautious with food storage, of course) or buy a sandwich in the grocery store here, because the taqueria was very disappointing. The refried beans were dry and the overall food quality was low.
Curry Village: Skip It!
Do your best to avoid the buffet at Curry Village. It was awful! $12.00 for a bunch of food that was really not even edible. The pans were either empty, looked like they had been sitting for hours, or were so over cooked that you couldn't choke it down. Even the soda machines did not have the proper mix...straight syrup with no fizz - yuck!
Favorite Dish: The french fries were the best thing happening at this place.
Several options: Curry village
Pizza Deck... Fresh-baked pizza, salads and cold frosty beverages are all served on a deck in the heart of Curry Village
Ice Cream & Coffee Corner ... Inside the Pavilion at Curry Village, the Ice Cream & Coffee Corner serves hot coffee, espresso, pastries, hand-dipped ice cream and specialty drinks. Open late March to November and weekends/holidays December through March.
Ice cream is served mid-May through mid-September
The Ski Buffet
Curry Village Pavilion ... this is the restaurant inside the lodge or pavilion next to the coffee corner... menu prices per 2008 are below and it change every week
Adult $16.99 (13 years old and older)
Senior (55 and older) $12.99
Youth (6 to 12 years old) $12.99
Child (4 and 5 years old) $8.75
I tasted the pizza... the large one is a extra large one.. better for 2 people not just for one person... and take one because pizza is so good !!!
Curry Village buffet: All you can eat
The quality of food at the Curry Village buffet really isn't very good, but after hiking a day, anything tastes good; for $12, you can have all you can eat, with a good variety of dishes. In general, food here is rather salty and greasy; also, after 6:00, lines start forming. Best to come at 5:30, get all that you want, then sit down and eat. Their soda machines basically dispense water and high fructose corn syrup (uncarbonated). Still, there were enough acceptable items to eat a meal here.
Favorite Dish: Hard call... probably their baked potato bar, wasn't that bad... the menu changes every day, you can find it at the entrance to the buffet.
Curry Village Pizza Deck: Pizza and more
I've heard that the pizza at Degnan's (at Yosemite Village) is better than Curry Village, but I didn't bother taking a shuttle bus halfway across the valley and instead ate at Curry Village. Curry Village's pizzas aren't very special, but aren't too bad either. At the least the prices here were somewhat lower than Yosemite Village and the Curry Village buffet.
Favorite Dish: Cheese pizza... didn't have too much choice about that. A bit on the greasy side, but it wasn't too bad, especially after a day of hiking.
The Paviollion buffet at Curry Village: Buffet is a great value
The food is good, great selection and a very good value unless you are a super light eater. It's open for breakfast and dinner. We had a big breakfast at the buffet, and snacked during the day on trail mix and other stuff, then had dinner. There are lots of tables and the line was pretty short.
Open from 7-10a for breakfast, 5:30-8:30p for dinner. Get there at least 30 minutes before closing time for the best selection.
Favorite Dish: Lots to choose from...make your own tacos, etc. Something for everyone.
Pizza Deck: Good pizza and draft beer
Very good pizza. It takes a while to get your pizza once you order. They had some good fresh fruit and salads too, and cold draft beer. Try and avoid the usual lunch and dinner hours so the line won't be so long. If you go early before 5, it shouldn't be too bad. Grab a table before you even order if you can, they are somewhat limited.
Favorite Dish: Pizza
Don't go here!
I had dinner at the restaurant in the Curry Village Pavilion... bweh! I really couldn't eat any of it, it tasted aweful! I wish I picked another (more expensive) restaurant in the park. I really can't recommend going here!
The picture is from the Yosemite website : http://www.yosemitepark.com/
Curry Village Pavilion: Reasonable price and relaxed atmosphere
Curry Village is the biggest tourist accommodation in Yosemite Valley (in terms of number of guests) with hundreds of camps, tent cabins, and hotel rooms. It also has several restaurants, including a pizza shop, a cafe, and this buffet place Pavilion, to keep all the hungry guests fed.
My experience with the Pavilion was great. The price was reasonable compared with other diners in the Valley (dinner buffet was $11 plus tax in 2002). And the food was decent (American style buffet). Since it's buffet you are not bothered by the servers. After a long day's hike, I just picked a quiet table by the window and sat for an hour or two. It's a great place to let my legs rest, my stomach digest all the food it needs, and my brain plan for next day's great hikes. I felt recharged afterwards.
Given the number of guests staying in Curry Village, the Pavilion gets crowded fast. So come early. I didn't take a photo of the restaurant. The attached photo was taken from National Park's official site.
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Curry Village: Curry Village Pizza and Patio Bar
We ate at the pizza place at Curry Village a few times. The food was good and I don't think it was too expensive as well.
Other places to eat at Curry village include:
Curry Pavillion- buffet style meals breakfst dinner March-October.
Curry Village Taqueria- burritos, soft tacos, nachos
Favorite Dish: Pizza and beer
Curry Village: Decent buffet breakfast
Man... I have the worst timing... even though it was our last day in Yosemite and no hiking, we still had a 5hr drive back to the city of smog and so I had to restrain myself from loading my plate with crispy, oily, salty, scrumptious bacon... mmm.... bacon. Needless to say my heart and arteries breathed a huge sigh of relief... bastards!!!
Favorite Dish: Just the standard breakfast items... but if you are hungry, it tastes great!
Curry Pavillion: Breakfast buffet
This thread has not been updated some entries from 2006. The food was more than acceptable. Al you can eat with a great selection. Not a finer place for breakfast in Yosemite Valley and perfect for families with kids. If you can't find something you like here your not hungry.
Favorite Dish: Make your own breakfast tacos.
Curry Village Food: Bring your own food.
Imagine giant cans opened by college students with no interest or particular fondness for cooking or campers and you have the buffet at curry village. It didn't even taste good after 10 hours of half dome.
Favorite Dish: The pizza is edible.
Curry Village Buffet: Food was great!
I don't know what everyone is talking about. The food at Curry Village was great! Tasted good and the cooks were constantly refilling near-empty entrees. I'm looking forward to eating there the next time we go!
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