This little valley offers surprisingly diverse culinary choices, including outdoor cafés, fine restaurants, Mexican and Italian menus, and a bakery with pastries and coffee to die for. Keep in mind that many of these dining establishments are seasonal, with peak operating times in the summer months, so check their websites or call ahead if you’re visiting in the off-season.

  • Sierra Rizing Bakery, Catering & Coffee House

    Cafe with locally roasted coffee-espresso drinks. Freshly baked pastries, eggs & more. For lunch try pasty’s or cheeseburgers. We also offer large verities of desserts & local hard ciders.    

  • Camp Lotus Deli
    Deli with great coffee, fresh baked goods and sandwiches, and outstanding drink selections. Open 8-5 daily from Memorial Day-Labor Day. 530-622-8672
  • The Lotus Pub
    Open Wednesday-Saturday at 4pm. Outdoor setting in the spring/summer. Beer and Wine. No reservations needed. 530-642-2114
  • Argonaut Farm to Fork Café
    A cozy, riverfront restaurant located right in the gold discovery park. Open everyday for breakfast & lunch, featuring an organic and locally sourced menu. Full espresso bar serving Sacramento’s own Temple coffee! Catering available. 530-626-7345
  • Gorilla Rock Tacos
    Open for lunch and dinners, family-oriented with a large outside patio and inside dining area. Fresh locally sourced ingredients with gift shop and snack items. Local wines and 48 beers on tap. 530-334-3514
  • Whitewater Pizza Co.
    Pizza, salad, BBQ and Live Music on the river. 530-457-4992
  • Marco's Café
    7221 CA-49, Lotus, CA 95651  – 530-863-8505
  • River Shack
     7170 CA-49 #10, Lotus, CA 95651  –   530-626-1334