This place is a bit over-rated. I went to Sunday brunch out on the courtyard complete with wobbly chairs and rough breeze (which couldn't have been prevented). The hollandaise for the eggs benedict was completely bland - I wouldn't mind offering up my own recipe to the chef which is good enough to drink out of the blender. I'm sure the outdoor entertainment during the summer would be a nice experience but morning brunch is too overpriced to make a return experience. And the mimosas were limited to one or two? Too bad Mallard's in Stockton fell through - their unlimited champagne brunch was superb years ago.
This place is way to good for manteca. I hope the chef/owner stick around but they could easily make it in San Francisco. I'm not sure, but i think the chef is Cordon Bleu trained. The Sunday brunches are spectacular. Had all i could drink refills of Mammosas and his take on eggs benedict which was HUGE like it was on steriods. Exellent. I've also had the combo meal where you pick from a few dishes in starter/entrie/dessert. Very cool. Reasonably priced, and i love the courtyard seating. You dont feel like you;re in Manteca anymore when you sit there. Well done.
The first time we ate at this sweet restaurant my husband said the food was better than anything he'd eaten in San Francisco. My favorite dish is the Ciabatta Steak sandwich with gorgonzola cheese and grilled onions. And the sweet potato fries...oh my gosh, they are to DIE for!! Our grandson has eaten here once last summer and he said the cheeseburger was the best he'd ever eaten. We have eaten the brunch there once and it was great too, had the french toast with creme fraiche. Ummm. The owner Bobby is great, she puts her heart and soul into everything she cooks here. We have also become friends with Marilyn their head waitress. She has an extensive knowledge of wine and is very attentive. The ambience in this place is second to none, you feel like you're in a European courtyard with water features, vines, dahlias and vintage brick walls.
This place may not have the quantity of people like some of the other larger eateries in Manteca, ie Steak and Mexican restaurants, but the quality of food is fantastic. Very creative upscale menu. Give it a whirl, take your time and enjoy this great place.
This was by far the best meal my husband and I have had in Manteca. Everything was perfect. The food was outstanding, from the appetizer to the dessert, everything was a seasoned and cooked to perfection. I highly recommend the chocolate mouse, words alone cannot do this dessert justice.
Their wine selection is very nice and more importantly when we asked our server about their wine she was very knowledgeable about each wine and made great suggestions.
The atmosphere was perfect. We sat outside on their lovely patio listening to wonderful jazz music surrounded by beautiful flowers and water fountains.
The service was impeccable. Our waitress was wonderful, her timing on service was perfect and she was friendly and charming.
We plan to go back again very soon. I highly recommend the Yosemite Cafe, those who have not been are truly missing out.
Yosemite Cafe is an absolute gem. The food is fantastic, not overly salted, spiced to perfection, and cooked to melt in your mouth. The first time I went there I got the cheapest entree on the menu because I figured I would be disappointed with the food as I was with all the restaurants in Manteca. I got the salad first. The croutons, wow, so garlicy and crunchy. The dressing (ranch) well that's so delicious I buy it from the chef by the quart now. All they had was minestrone soup at the time. I can't stand the stuff but I figured I'd share it with my mom. OK, that's not just any minestrone soup. It's creamy tomatoe base that is fantastic. Oh, and the bread, it's homemade as everything else, but it's like a cibatta bread just better. Obviously so gooooood so far. The meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and gravy came. The meatloaf is made of sausage, ground beaf, and some italian spice that is so fresh tasting. The mashed potatoes are actually real potatoes with homemade gravy from dripping off of tri-tip steaks. Can you believe that? Never had gravy that tasted so good.
Now, I never order desert but I was wildly curious after that meal. So, I got the cheesecake. As you guessed, it has got to be the best cheesecake in the valley.
I've been back 6 or 7 times since then. Ohhh, you have to try the spicey honey chicken wings. They're a meal in themselves. The tri-tip melts in your mouth.
The breakfast's are outstanding. Definately have to try breakfast there. Very fresh food cooked to perfection.
The chef and her sidekick (the waitress) are the sweetest women you'd ever come across. Service is 5 stars. And it's so nice to sit outside and eat amidst beautiful flowers and water fountains.
If you want fine dining for a reasonable price, Yosemite Cafe is where to go.
We sat in this dream like secret garden, and had the best food that I have had in this area in a long time. It's just a small store front, so a little deceptive about whats inside. I felt like I was dining at a freinds resturant, the ladys were so nice.
The rib-eye steak is extremely tender like butter, and the scampi is out of this world. Can't wait until it gets warmer outside so we can sit in the courtyard and eat. Definately will eat there again!
Lisa S. - Manteca,ca
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