Pizza Alternative to Yosemite’s Food Offerings


DNC has raised the prices at many of the restaurants they operate at Yosemite National Park. The Curry Buffet is no longer a buffet. It is a sit down restaurant but you still have to get your food cafeteria style. As in pre-cooked pans of grub.

Many never liked the food, but it was great for me  – all you can eat for about $13.00.  So my eyes now shift to the Pizza Place there. For about the same price as a Curry dinner, you can get a decent size pizza that will serve 2. Post-hike it is “the place” to be seen. Count on a 15-minute line just to order and another 20 for it to cook. Pay for a soft drink and you can get free refills inside by the ice-cream shop.

Some of my hike mates even wrap pieces in foil and take it on their Half Dome hike. Pizza is full of carbohydrates and you need that shot of energy on the hike. I still like my trail mix, beef jerky and Power Bars, but admit to begging for a piece from a buddy on my last hike. Ah, some flavor, rather than prison food.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore.” – Dean Martin 

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8 Responses to Pizza Alternative to Yosemite’s Food Offerings

  1. Travis Taylor says:

    The Pizza Deck is a regular stop for my family of five after our Yosemite Backpacking adventures. After waiting in line for 20-30 minutes and then another 20 for the pizza, I’ve often thought how nice it would be to have a separate line for those with HD or wilderness permits, valid only on the day of use (for Half Dome) or exit (for wilderness permits).

  2. Maureen Lahiff says:

    Pick up one of the pizza place’s salads to go, and you might partially compensate for the damage you’ll do yourself from all that processed meat and fat.

    Depending what you add to your pizza, it’s not exactly bargain prices either.

    They give you those annoying beepers to carry that start buzzing and flashing lights and vibrating when your order is ready for pick up, in case you’re hanging out on the steps of the community center (my favorite) or inside the dining pavilion.

    About the only benefit from the demise of the breakfast and buffets is that all the seating inside the pavilion is open.

    Watch out for the by-the-ounce salad bar in the new dining pavilion. It’s something like .47 per ounce and it’s easy to create a $7.00 salad. Last time I was there, the “composed salads” looked like potato salad or cole slaw, not green salad at all.

    (Rick is fondly remembering the geezer’s prices for the dinner buffet and neglecting the governor’s share; we got a sizeable discount for being over 60.)

    • My friend,

      After burning up 3,000 to 4,000 calories over the 16-mile RT Half Dome hike…it’s OK to gobble processed meat and fat. In fact, a double dose is recommended.


      • Dean says:

        And Margaritas! :o)

      • Maureen L says:

        The time to eat heartily is the night before and on the journey, not after the hike!

        It’s true that pizza once in a while is not lethal, so maybe Half Dome could be an exception.

        But nitrates and nitrites are never good.

        • Welllll I don’t like to pork out the night before…a balanced meal is good for me. I don’t do pepperoni or anything that might upset my tummy on the hike. I say gobble all you want and worry about cholesterol and blood pressure later. Grease is a good reward for making to the top of Half Dome.

  3. Dean says:

    Pizza deck is great, met some lovely folk, everyone has their own Yosemite tale to tell. I remember my first ever night in Yosemite, a group turned up at pizza deck, covered in trail dust but with huge grins, having just got back from Half Dome.

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