Charlotte Bistro & Bar

Charlotte Bistro & Bar, the historic Hotel Charlotte’s restaurant, is located in the center of the authentic Gold Rush era town of Groveland near Yosemite National Park. The Bistro enjoys a popular reputation for good food, served in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere. A complete renovation has just been completed including a new large bar which used all reclaimed materials including original siding from the hotel.

We feature all local wine and produce in order to support our local farmers - and the quality is amazing! 

At the Charlotte Bistro & Bar our approach to food is very simple: we cook what we like to eat which includes food that highlights the natural flavors of the ingredients, low amounts of butter and cream and integration of local ingredients. We prefer creating sauces with vegetable juice bases and vinaigrette, light emulsified stocks and purees as well as delicate broths, and herb-infused meat and fish essences rather than ones with butter and cream. We do not want the our guests walking out the restaurant feeling as if they over-indulged because of excessive cream, butter and alcohol. We want them to feel stimulated and alert, knowing that they will be able to look forward a great outing to Yosemite the next day!

In taking the time to seek out the best that the Sierra Foothills have to offer, we’ve found a different kind of bounty here in Gold Country. From the vineyards to the farmers, it’s a story of great people producing exciting products. It’s from these fields and cellars that we’ve combined the best raw products together to create a fun and tasteful menu. We believe that supporting farmers who are directly connected to the land near our restaurant can create food that is naturally indigenous to this part of California and unfold with the changing of the seasons.

With a relaxed and casual service experience, we invite you to take your time and savior the experience. We’re excited for you to join us on your trip here to the Gateway of Yosemite, and enjoy in the bounty that the region has on offer.

Cafe Charlotte offers a full bar, as well as an extensive wine list, which features local wines from the Sierra foothills, and around California.  A daily wine tasting menu spotlights these wines.           

Hotel & Café Charlotte hosts a number of unique dinners during the year, including its Quaffing the Coastal Counties of California, a series of sommelier hosted wine dinners over the winter months, and the Cabaret Charlotte Dinner Theatre. It also provides catering for private events, such as receptions, weddings, reunions, and anniversaries. The Café's Murder Mysteries and themed parties from the Toga-Italian dinners to the Cowboy BBQ's, provide guests with both dining and entertainment.

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Latitude: 37.8391231 Longitude: -120.2302873 Elevation: 2806 ft

Hours Open

Dinner 5:30 to Close

Seasons Open

April 15th - December 31st

Price Style for this Establishment

Average Dinner $15 - Bottle House Wine $15 - Parties of 6 or more add 18% Gratuity

Eco-Friendly Notes

Green items in both hotel and restaurant: New bar is being constructed with all reclaimed materials.  Wine and produce is all sourced locally.  Floors laid with bamboo, a sustainable resource.   Florecent bulbs in most areas.  Fuel economy car specifically for housekeeping use.  Exterior lighting on timers.  Room notices posted to guests suggesting the option of reusing towels and linens on multi-night stays.  Recycle paper for internal memos and note paper.  Live plants in order to improve indoor air quality & promote restful environment.  Cardboard and ink cartridge recycled.  Neutered dog.  Housekeeping runs laundry only during low energy hours.  Use of 100% recycled toilet and tissue paper.  Outdoor plants watered via drip system.  Waste oil and grease from the kitchen donated to a Biodiesel fuel company.  New double pained windows with insulation and noise reduction throughout.  New energy efficient ice machine.  New energy efficient refrigerators.  New micro freezer.  New low-flow toilets.  Installed separate HVAC units for each floor of hotel, to balance heating and cooling.  Use restaurant products that can be reused or recycled.  Installed instant hot water heater for special use in kitchen.   Subscribe to "green" websites and newsletters to get the latest information on new products.  Set up accessible recycling bins for staff and guests, which raise funds for the high school basketball team. 

Many more plans in the works.  

Locally or Family Owned Business Notes

Doug & Jenn Edwards puchased the Hotel Charlotte in March 2012.

On the one year anniversary of their meeting, they went to a small B&B in Arlington, WA and learned that they both had always dreamed of owning a B&B. They spent the weekend picking the brains of the Innkeepers and left determined to find a place of their own. Two and a half years of searching later, they stayed at the Hotel Charlotte and knew immediately that this was the one for them. They couldn't be happier to live in the Sierra Foothills and set down some roots.

Together, Doug and Jenn make the perfect team for the Hotel Charlotte. Doug brings the artistic and culinary background, having run kitchens since he was 16, from boutique hotels to large, high-end athletic clubs to cheffing on private yachts. Jenn, on the other hand, has a background in business management that will help elevate the Charlotte as a destination in its own right.

ADA Accessibility Notes

The dining room is wheel chair accessible

Pet Friendly Notes

The restaurant does not allow pets in the dining room except as allowed for by law with service dogs.

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