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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.
Oakhurst, CA 93644
European, Vegetarian, Vegan
Hours of Operation:
Annual Winter Break - closed from Monday, January 2nd through Thursday, January 19th, 2017.
Winter Hours - January through April
Dinner: Tue-Su 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Brunch: Su 11:00am - 1:00pm
Please know the Restaurant will be closed each Monday in observance of the Winter months - from now through the end of March.
Regular Hours of Operation - April through December
Dinner: M-Su 5:30pm-8:30pm
Brunch: Su 11:00am-1:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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: (559) 683-6800
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Annual Epicurean Dinner - Sunday, February 12th, 2017
* Seating from 5pm to 9pm - $135 per person
(spirits, wine, tax and gratuity are additional)
Valentine's Dinner - Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
* Seating from 5pm to 9pm - Dinner $125 per person
(spirits, wine, tax and gratuity are additional)
Easter Brunch - Sunday, April 17th, 2017
* seating from 10am to 3pm
Mother's Day Brunch - Sunday, May 14th, 2017
* seating from 10am to 3pm
Father's Day - Sunday, June 18th, 2017
* Sunday Brunch and Dinner will be served at our regular hours
Elderberry Harvest Dinner - Sunday, July 23rd, 2017
"An Evening in Vienna" - Sunday, August 20th, 2017
Thanksgiving Dinner - Thursday, November 23rd, 2017
Christmas Eve Dinner - Sunday, December 24th, 2017
Christmas Day Dinner - Monday, December 25th, 2017
New Year's Eve Gala - Sunday, December 31st, 2017
Erna's Elderberry House Ratings and Reviews
I have been there three times now, absolutely love the atmosphere. The whole 5 course meal is just an experience. I feel like I am in a fairy tale when I go there. Have stayed at the Chateau twice and that is a dream come true in my opinion. We did not stay this time, and the place we chose instead was just awful. Will never do that again, already looking into next trip in a few months. Thank you. Also the change to menu that you can choose another item instead of pre-set dishes I really liked. The halibut was fabulous.
Very disappointed in the food and selection. Seems there are several menus, one of which
we were not privy too - called a "local" menu, which as it turns out, I would have been much
happier with. Just happened to be seated next to two people who had that choice.
Very strange evening and forget the jacket and tie recommendation!!! My husband, being
a serious follower of "recommendations" was dressed nicely in his sport coat, shirt and
dark pants, looking the perfect gentleman that he is. Unfortunately, we stuck out among
the other diners, who apparently didn't read the "recs". I did not feel very well after eating
the duck (didn't eat much of it - very, very rare) and the cherry "shooter"-yuk! Not as
we remembered it from 3 years ago - we dropped $325 for this not-so-great evening and food!!!
Our evening started with a delicious champagne cocktail served by Shane, the restaurant's mixologist. The bar area is cozy and much like a European castle room.
We then moved to the beautifully decorated dining room to begin our sumptuous meal. Every course was delicious and the service was outstanding. Our waiter/mixologist Shane perfectly described each course as it was served. Our taste buds were delighted with every bite. We were treated royally as were all the guests.
We had the pleasure of meeting the owner, Erna, as well as her daughter, Renee-Nicole who is the wine director. Lucky us!!
Choose Erna's Elderberry House if you are looking for dining perfection.
Fabulous food! Very creative and yet extremely flavourful. One of the best meals in the U.S. Maitre d'hotel and wine specialist was fantastic. She really knows public service and her wines. The waiter Nicholas was a little off-putting. He was rather strange and not very approachable and rushed through things when the restaurant wasn't that busy. All the other staff were exceptional.
Years ago I took my mother and some family to Erna's for Mother's Day and this year, my mother returned the favor by taking my wife and our small family to dinner for my 49th birthday.
Looking back, I cannot remember ever having such amazing service anywhere in the world. The staff entered our private dining room and placed each dish of our five course dinner, in front of us with a touch of elegance. Their attention to detail was impeccable.
The presentation of each dish wowed us all, as did its spectacular flavor and uniqueness.
To cap off a exceptional dinner, we had the pleasure of a visit from Erna herself as well as her daughter. Together they make a great team and we all look forward to visiting again and will graciously brag to our friends in days to come, about our outstanding and wonderful experience at Erna's Elderberry House.
My 86 year old mother wanted to take her children and their spouses out to Sunday Brunch and chose Erna's Elderberry House. She and my Dad stayed at the Chateau and had a meal many years ago and wanted to take us there. We were 7 adults and in a lovely private room. The service was attentive, friendly and helpful. The food was delicious and elegantly presented.
We had so much fun we stayed for 2 1/2 hours. We recommend Erna's for any occasion. You won't be disappointed.
Loved the new menu and all the choices. It was hard to choose. I ordered 3 courses ($75) and my husband had the traditional 5 course menu. We shared everything and that was fun. The cheese course (I LOVE cheese) and the wine pairings were well thought out and above average. Highly recommend dessert and coffee outside after dinner (even though I didn't order dessert but ate most of my husband's). Go early so you can catch the sunset on the patio.
Erna's is like going to the opera or a Broadway play. It is otherworldly, especially to an average guy like me. It was spectacular, very unusual, exotic, and new.
I loved trying all the new items, and they were all new to me!
Criticisms? The quail was "lightly smoked," which I interpreted to me that it was not cooked per se but smoked for a while. Its texture was leaning toward raw to me, which I do not prefer. The snickerdoodle at the end was dry. I prefer them to have a bit of moisture in the center giving them a slightly chewy texture.
You can't beat Erna's Elderberry House for that once-in-a-lifetime experience, but you have to be rich or a foodie to go there often.
I'm a foodie, my husband is not. Have heard that this place is wonderful and wanted to try, but it wasn't hubby's type of place. Posted online and gathered a group of locals through Facebook to try it -- generated a dinner club and had an awesome time together. Several met in advance of our reservation in the warm, friendly bar for a pre-dinner cocktail. Shane did a superb job taking care of everyone's orders and making us welcome. We then moved to a private dining room where 10 of us were elegantly seated for a dining experience, par excellance! We ordered from a "locals only" menu, making the three course offering more affordable but no skimping on five star service, quality of presentation or deliciousness! It was outstanding in every special way possible. Erna herself stopped in to make sure we were happy. For a special occasion, I will definitely return and bring my out of town company to be impressed. Might even drop by the bar "of an evening" to say hello again to Shane and have another spectacular cocktail.
As The Culinary instructor, I frequent as many top restaurants as possible in order to take back stories to my class. This restaurant by far met every expectation for the highest standards possible. The food had exquisite flavor and beautiful presentation, the staff was professional attentive and approachable. The decor was elegant, romantic yet festive. The chefs ability to combine flavors and textures made my mouth simply dance with the delight. I consider myself a pretty good chef but there was one occasion that I turned my son and said, "Yep, that one I cannot make that course at home." Trust me.... I can't remember the last time I ate at a restaurant and could say that :) It simply was an exceptional experience. My compliments to the chef and staff!
We reserved for Christmas eve, but due to inclement weather, we had to cancel & rebooked for Dec 26 without any problem. A very quiet night, about 1/2 the tables filled in the main dining room. Very relaxed, comfortable. Had a table right by the log fire, which was very nice on a cold, snowy night. All food was tasty, very creative, some over seasoned to my taste. The bread was spectacular. Service was impeccable and friendly. A very memorable & delicious holiday dinner.
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. 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.
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
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