About Erna's Elderberry House
"I have the simplest of tastes, I only want the best." These words, compliments of Oscar Wilde, can be found over the kitchen door at Erna's Elderberry House Restaurant on the grounds of Château du Sureau. They seem to sum up the exquisite experience of dining at Erna's Elderberry House and the adjacent Château, where the vast culinary talents of Chef de Cuisine Jonathon Perkins now reign supreme.
The restaurant, with its European country-estate atmosphere, is divided into three lovely dining areas, each adorned with antique French provincial furnishings, magnificent tapestries and original oil paintings. A stately terrace with a commanding view of the Sierra Nevada Mountains adds to the fabulous ambiance.
Hours of Operation:
Annual Winter Break - closed from January 3rd - January 21st, 2016
Dinner: M-Su 5:30pm-8:30pm
Brunch: Su 11:00am-1:00pm
$31 to $50
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Whether it be a wedding, birthday, anniversary, or corporate gathering. Let us offer you our delectable cuisine, attentive service and expertise. Whether it be 50 guests or 500 guests, we will ensure you gathering is one of a kind.
From Fresno, take Highway 41 North towards Coarsegold/Oakhurst
We are 20 minutes from the South Entrance to Yosemite
4 Hours from San Francisco
4 Hours from Los Angeles
We are at a 3,000 foot elevation, snow is possible (but rare) in the winter months.
Private Party Facilities:
The three dining rooms of Erna's Elderberry House, the Escoffier, the Point or the Paul Bocuse can all be rented exclusively for your group. The Escoffier easily seats up to 55 guests, the Point seats up to 35 guests and the Paul Bocuse will easily accommodate a group of twelve.
Private Party Contact:
Carina Stephens: 5596836800x
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
"In The Spirit of St. Valentine" - Dinner and Concert - Friday, February 13th
* Concert and Champagne Service 6:30pm - $250.00 per person (all inclusive, alcoholic beverages are additional)
* Dinner ONLY from 5:30pm to 8:30pm - $112.00 per person
Annual Epicurean Dinner - Saturday, February 13th
* Seating from 5pm to 9pm - $135 per person
Valentine's Brunch and Dinner - Sunday, February 14th, 2016
* Sunday Brunch (1-hour only) from 11am to 12pm - $68 per person
* Dinner served from 5pm to 9pm - $125 per person
Erna's Elderberry House Ratings and Reviews
This is a most beautiful, thoughtful din ...
This is a most beautiful, thoughtful dining experience and everyone there is so professional and courteous and fun, especially Erna's daughter. We so enjoyed talking with her. AND the Shirley Temples made for my son by the most excellent drinks professional, son will not want another one anywhere else. We have enjoyed each and every time we go to the Elderberry and it gets better every time if that is possible.
Unfortunate dining experience. Thanksgi ...
Unfortunate dining experience. Thanksgiving dinner with family. The staff was disorganized and too many staff serving the table. Food was just OK, nothing spectacular. Presentation of the food was average. Could have split the main entree into two courses as the plate was crowded and the turkey breast dry. Had heard great things about this restaurant but it just didn't measure up to a fine dining experience.
My wife and I celebrated our anniversary ...
My wife and I celebrated our anniversary here and had the most amazing food experience of our lives. Each course was exceptionally beautiful and fresh and we both were in awe of the overall feel. We couldn't have asked for a better evening. Thank You!
I had read about Elderberry House for ye ...
I had read about Elderberry House for years, but when we ate there two nights ago I was not expecting such an outstanding experience. The restaurant is large, but the multiple rooms break it up so there is, despite its size, a feeling of intimacy and old world charm. Classical background music was, unlike most restaurants today, actually in the background, making conversation easy. Tables are set elegantly with fine china, candles, and flowers.
Our server and the maître d'hôtel were both extremely pleasant and knowledgeable, welcoming us warmly.
I won't go into the food specifics, as it is a price-fixe meal that changes regularly. Suffice it to say, each dish was beautifully and artfully prepared, highly creative with the freshest of ingredients, and tasted as good as they looked. An unending supply of house-made breads was so good I had trouble resisting making them my entire meal. Toward the end of the meal an unexpected table visit by the chef was both enjoyable and informative.
We indulged in the optional wine flight accompaniment, priced around $79 each for four different pours. Enjoyed all the wines, none of which are well known. They were excellent, but when I researched them for possible purchase at home I was surprised to see they were all in the $15-$20 per bottle category retail. Considering that each glass, which were small pours, was at least as expensive as the bottle, I would have to say they were vastly overpriced at the restaurant. That said, each was quite good and accompanied its dish perfectly.
Overall, this was a superb dining experience on a par with some of the great European Michelin starred restaurants we've enjoyed over the years. And who would have expected this level of cuisine in the little town of Oakhurst, CA? A marvelous evening of fine dining, fine friends, and outstanding service. Highly recommended
This is an amazing place. We have eaten ...
This is an amazing place. We have eaten here five times...everytime we do, I am amazed that the food can be so incredible. The culinary expertise of the chef and kitchen team is stellar. The cost is well worth it. My wife and I love this place.
Erna's is our area's Very Special Occasi ...
Erna's is our area's Very Special Occasion Place for many people. My husband and I have always had a positive experience. Even though a vegetarian entrée may not be on the menu, the chef has always accommodated my request. The food, with its presentation, is exquisite and memorable. The staff is exceptional in service. Our out of town friends, who are "foodies," have always been impressed. Erna herself is always gracious and welcoming.
Less than an hour from Fresno. Worth the ...
Less than an hour from Fresno. Worth the trip for a very special meal. You will always feel pampered. Exceptional service and relaxed ambiance. We took a party of twelve for an anniversary brunch. It went smoothly. Courses were well timed and we never felt rushed. We met Erna herself and her most gracious daughter was our hostess. Perfect!
My husband and I took our son, his wife ...
My husband and I took our son, his wife and our young granddaughter to Erna's for dinner as a special treat to cap off our visit to Yosemite, Among us we have multiple dietary restrictions and could not partake in the full 5 course tasting menu. Randy, the chef and the staff could not be more welcoming and accommodating in meeting our various requests. The food, service and entire ambiance of Erna's were outstanding. Even though we live in NY and have dined in most of the top restaurants in NYC and frequent many excellent restaurants in the Bay Area, Erna's will be one of my family's most memorable and special dining experiences.
We went to celebrate my sister's 65th bi ...
We went to celebrate my sister's 65th birthday. Very special place with a decidedly European feel. The 5 course meal was exceptional from start to finish. The dining room was beautiful and very quiet. Service was impeccable and overseen by Erna herself! Not cheap, but for a special occasion, a real treat.
We took my mother -in-lin-law for her 85 ...
We took my mother -in-lin-law for her 85th birthday. It was the annual Vienna evening , celebrating the owner's home country of Austria. As my mother-in-law is from Germany, she was delighted. Food, ambiance, attentiveness of staff made for such a special night.
In our 52 years of marriage, I have had ...
In our 52 years of marriage, I have had the opportunity to wine and dine my wife in many fine places . Erna's Elderberry is clearly the finest of them all.
It is a hidden gem in the relatively small mountain town of Oakhurst, CA about 45 miles from Fresno. And then, it is on a small street and not visable to the tourists driving by. Our daughter found it through friends and, knowing we were spending a week at nearby Bass Lake, she gave us a gift certificate.
Elderberry features a five course prix fixe dinner and they suggest wine pairings for each course. Each course presents well and the tastes are far above the fine dinning average. The wine list is quite extensive from several countries and while most bottles are under $100, many are several hundred to a few under $2,000 and one for $5,800.
Erna is from Austria so we enjoyed a European evening we remember from my military days long ago. Elderberry also has a number of rooms and a spa. Both are clearly for the well to do.
We thoroughly enjoyed our most expensive dinner, but that's what happens when we have shared a life time of love.
We went to Erna's Elderberry House to ce ...
We went to Erna's Elderberry House to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary. We had a great experience. The food was excellent and presented well. The wait staff were very knowledgeable and very attentive but not obtrusive. We could not have had a better experience.
Ernas Elderberry house is a fantastic ge ...
Ernas Elderberry house is a fantastic gem just minutes from Fresno and the Yosemite Valley. The cuisine is ever changing showcasing seasonal fruits and vegetables. The food is delicately prepared and served with great care. The wait staff is professional and courteous. California's central valley is lucky to have a place like Erna's. Erna is a delightful host and deserves every great review. You will not be disappointed!
Having become weary of hotel buffet food ...
Having become weary of hotel buffet food we were looking forward to 'home-style' cooking. We were pleasantly surprised to discover the restaurant was a Relais & Chateaux establishment and five courses later we emerged with our faith in food fully restored. Quite simply, one of the best restaurants in the US.
Exquisite!! Our dining experience was lo ...
Exquisite!! Our dining experience was lovely. From the moment we walked in and throughout the evening we felt welcomed and well attended too. Erna herself, was not only there to greet, but came to each table to say hello and chat briefly. The wait staff was friendly, informative, and invisible while we were dining. Never disrupting conversation during our meal. Each and every dish was prepared with ultimate and careful detail with perfection in mind. My husband had never experienced oysters or duck, yet he enjoy both dishes. We had the wine pairings suggested with each course, as well as the cheese platter. Considering the amount of food we ate over a three hour dinner, we were not uncomfortable. The time in between each course was well planned and portions were generous. My only regret is having waited so many years to enjoy this incredible experience.
The food and service at Erna's is always ...
The food and service at Erna's is always outstanding. We always have the set price dinner menu. The chef will alter the menu for any special dietary needs you may have. We have never been disappointed !
For years, we've wanted to dine at the E ...
For years, we've wanted to dine at the Elderberry House. It is a local gem, and we know that. It really came down to finding the right reason because the experience is a pricey one. We opted for the 5 course meal (omitted the optional cheese plate). The portions are small, but when all combined, we were quite full by the end.
There were some items that I'd never eaten, but I'm so glad that I tried. My wife has severe limitations on alcohol used in preparation (or general consumption). I let the chef know ahead of time, and a menu specific for her was designed ahead of time. Such class!
Brought my husband and his parents here ...
Brought my husband and his parents here for my husband's birthday while we were visiting Yosemite. It was a great excuse to look nice for a night. The atmosphere was authentic and I felt like I was dining in the home of French royalty. The service was great and I really appreciated their noting my allergy and adjusting the menu as needed. The chef's menu was great and it changes all the time. We did the wine pairing as well and I was very impressed by each of the wines and how well they were paired. This is not a place you'd expect to find on the outskirts of Yosemite, but I am so very glad we did. I would definitely go back!
From the time we walked in the door, we felt like we were the most important people. The waiter and chief were just outstanding, and the dinner, what can I say? It was excellently, just excellent! Thank you for an outstanding experience!
Go for it
Perhaps not for a casual meal but a fine dining experience for those that do. Attentive service at a leisurely pace in a comfortable, quiet dining room. 5 course daily prix fixe menus offer a variety of delicious taste treats along with several surprises as the meal progresses. My only regret is that I was not staying the night as a pleasant walk to a room would have been perfect. I'll make that correction next time.
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