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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.
Regular Hours of Operation - April through December
Dinner: M-Su 5:30pm-8:30pm
Brunch: Su 11:00am-1:00pm
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.
$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 ten.
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
Our waiter was Nicholas. We were the only customers while we dined. Other diners came in as we were leaving. Everything was outstanding. I had a 5 course tasting menu with matching wine which they customized for me because I am diabetic. They brought extra wines for me to taste. Modern French menu using the freshest local ingredients. I was really impressed.
We had the 3-course price fix dinner and made the mistake of adding the wine pairing. The 3-course dinner is $75 per person (very small portions, but adequate if you don't have a large appetite) and the wine pairing is $78 per person (very small pours) and is the same price of the wine pairing for the 5-course price fix dinner.
I called the restaurant a few days after we were there and questioned why the prices were the same, but 2 glasses of wine less. I spoke with a very sweet woman that assured me she would speak to the Wine Director and get back to me, that was several days ago and I haven't heard back.
I probably should have said something at the time of being served such a small portion of wine for the appetizer, but thought it was a taste, and would then be followed by an adequate glass when the appetizer was served, but that was not the case.. Again this happened with the main course. The only adequate pour was the dessert wine. Hindsight we should have brought our own bottle ($45 corkage) and had two nice glass each or ordered a bottle off of their list.
I will say that the food was delicious and beautifully plated. The service was excellent and the ambiance is just beautiful inside and out. I was very excited to celebrate my birthday at this beautiful restaurant. I do feel, however, that the wine pairing needs to be reviewed by the person that sets the prices. I was very dissatisfied with the amount of wine poured for the price!!
This restaurant is part of a Relais & Chateaux property, and as such, we would have expected a combination of a spectacular setting, excellent service, and creative cuisine. We were happy with the setting and the service, but somewhat disappointed with the cuisine. The dishes were simple and well-presented but lacked the imagination that raises good cuisine to the next level. My starter was nothing more than sliced heirloom tomatoes with an uninspiring vinaigrette, and my entree three small pan-seared scallops with a few vegetables on the side (same vegetables were served with my husband's salmon entree). Kudos to the pastry chef, though, for a very tasty and creative apple, caramel and chocolate dessert. Overall, a pleasant setting but not a gourmet destination.
Everything here was perfect. It was quiet and romantic. Very comfortable seating. Every bite was delicious and the service was excellent. It was clear that this was a very nice restaurant as soon as we walked in. And the service, food and ambiance proved it.
Dining in this restaurant is an absolute privilege and for a couple of hours, one feels as if they were in Europe. The restaurant staff is as professional as any fine dining establishment I've ever been to and they pay a great deal of attention to etiquette. The food is incredibly unique with different flavors and pairings that bring nothing but delight. This is a very special place, with a very special owner and staff. I look forward to a return visit someday.
We decided that our family trip to Yosemite Valley might be one of the last family trips we would have together In the near future-our older son graduated and is looking for a job. We decided to revisit Erna's after our prior visit close to 20 years prior. The chateau was homey, the service of Erica and Nicole was outstanding, and our boys were truly impressed with the food- no easy task. It made for a great conclusion of a memorable weekend.
We had the 5-course dinner, with wine pairing. The food was excellent; we were however dissapointed with the wine pairing: we would have expected more local wines (we made the remark to the sommelier at the beginning of the meal, where he offered to make some substitutions; we accepted to keep with the original choices); the wines selected were fine but not perfect. Nonetheless, Erna's is in a class by itself; a nice find on our California trip through, among others, San Francisco and the Napa valley. The best evening we had of all.
What an amazing find! We had been in Yosemite for long weekend and were heading home and hoping for something fun to end our trip with. Checked open table and found this and booked it. When we arrived we were so happy to find this beautiful dining room, next to a beautiful European Chateau. The service was top notch and the food heaven! We hope to come back soon! Thank you for being such gracious hosts and hats off to the chef!
The Old World charm of Erna's Elderberry House is evident from the time you enter the grounds with chateau inspired construction. You are greeted warmly as you enter the front door. The five-star awards the restaurant is continually earning will continue as the table service is warm but professional and each course elicits an "ah" for presentation and "so delicious" responses as you taste to identify all of the tantalizing flavors. We enjoyed a wonderful 45th wedding anniversary dinner with a view of the gardens and patio.
Had a truly exquisite meal here. Superbly prepared dinner made of fresh local fare. Friendly knowledgable staff gave attentive service without being intrusive. Every course was excellent yet the halibut stood out as the most moist and flavorful I have ever eaten. The Elderberry would be a stand-out in any city, but it was certainly a lovely surprise in the outlands of Yosemite!
This restaurant was just fabulous, great food, lovely décor, attentive but not fussy staff. Just as I remembered it from a visit a couple of year ago which was a very pleasant surprise. We had a set menu with wine pairings, dessert outside in a lovely courtyard.
This is one the finest restaurants in the United States. I do believe that Erna's rivals French laundry which is my all-time favorite.
The difference is you are Tucktaway in a château which makes you feel like you were in another world . The five course tasting menu and wine pairing were delectable .
For starters, thank you for an incredible experience. Our reservation was for 8:15pm Saturday June 3rd, (my wife B-day) and it was to be a surprise!! we're running late. Coming from Yosemite where we had hiked all day(It was my wife subtle hint a few days earlier to go to Yosemite for a day. we live in long Beach). Had it all figured out, we would be back in Oakhurst by 6:30pm, have time to get cleaned up/suited up and make it to Elderberry.
We got too the Yosemite floor at 6:30am and headed up too Vernal falls, from Vernal we headed up to Nevada Falls(what beauty). From there she thought, let's try lllilouette Falls(it's about 11am. thinking time wise its cool, she doesn't know about the restaurant date ). so we headed out and as we walked the conversation turned too, if we go that far, it's closer to just head up
to Glacier Point, grab the shuttle bus there and cruise back down to valley floor. Enjoy more incredible beauty,(I'm thinking we still have plenty of time). We headed up to Glacier Point, totally filled with the beauty of the day. On a few occasions,Hikers passed us and asked us if there was a shuttle at Glacier? Made me wonder.
Got to Glacier Point, saw some tour buses and figured, we're good, went to the shop there and asked the lady behind the counter if we could jump on the shuttle. She said, "there is no shuttle. Its a tour bus, tickets are sold out, you'll have to hike the 4 mile trail down to the valley floor, next!!". Guess what, time problem. We downed a Gatorade and headed down, got down and realized are car is about 2 miles away. Because of a couple bears, shuttle stuck in traffic, got to our car at 7:30pm. Your restaurant is 1 1/2 hours away. Yikes!! Had to tell my wife to call you and say were running really late, she wants to cancel, but because of your kindness, we got there at 8:45 with our hiking clothes and you allowed us to have best meal and service ever. Thank you for understanding and making my wife's B-day so cool..
This hidden gem in the Sierra's is a fantastic experience with incredible food. Amazing service compliments the cuisine, and the chef is creative and focused on delighting the customers, not proving some culinary point. We go here every time we are in the area, and will continue to do so.
We had the BEST time here! The staff was attentive but not hovering. They were also extremely nice. Not at all snooty. The food was amazing. I especially loved the Foie Gras parfait and the Duck was the best I've ever had. I don't understand why other reviewer's have called this place expensive. With drinks it was less than $90 a person and an amazing experience. Don't think, just st go!
Gosh--we had dinner here three separate times years ago, and always enjoyed it. This time, I am sad to say, the taste of the food was just not that exceptional. It was just OK for this type of restaurant. The potato/leek soup was very good, but the berry/foie gras parfait appetizer was not, could not taste the foie gras. The desserts had overly complicated and fussy plating which was pretty to look at, but just not delicious--kind of bland actually, and some of the decorative droplets of sauce tasted spoiled. We were all generally disappointed with the food, and all the more so when the cost of the meal was considered. The staff is very kind and well trained, and the atmosphere, decor, and gardens are lovely. They try very hard to make it a special evening, and it is a genuinely welcoming and elegant place. Based on the past, we would have only imagined it was going to be a 5 star evening all around, but regretfully that was not the case this time.
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