Places to Eat Near the South Fork

hamburger from Take-a-Bite deli in LotusThe Coloma-Lotus valley offers 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
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner fare with locally roasted coffee, fresh baked goods, soups, salads, panini’s, pot pies and more. Enjoy daily dinner specials, fine desserts and espresso well into the evening.  Open daily year round. 530-642-1308
  • American River Pizza and Grill
    Family friendly dining, Patio-Pet Friendly-seating. Always fresh salad bar. Original Cool Deli menu “Baked Goods”. Longtime popular destination for hungry visitors. Serving Lunch & Dinner 7 days a week 11am – 8:30pm and  Breakfast Friday-Monday 7am – 11:00am. 530-887-1969
  • Cool Beerwerks

    A unique fusion of Hawaiian and Japanese cuisine, cocktails and craft beer brewed on site. Everything handcrafted from the best ingredients. Live music, comedy, karaoke and more! 5020 Ellinghouse Drive, Cool, CA 95614

    (530) 885-5866
  • Squallys on the River
    Where you are family. Pizza, BBQ, Salads and more. Large groups/events welcomed. Located in River Park Village next to the 49 bridge. Open Noon-10pm/7 days a week 530-622-1213
  • 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
  • Argonaut Farm to Fork Cafe
    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
  • River Park Village & Mini Storage
    ARRA, Bookkeepers, Bakery-Cafe, Coloma Shuttle, Garden Center, Gym, Hotshots Images, Mini Storage, Post Office, Rafting, Restaurants, Salon and Yogurt. Retail space available. 530-320-8856
  • Coloma Club Café
    Café open 6:30 a.m. Full bar, live music every weekend. Garden available for private parties 530-626-6390
  • Riyo Yogurt - (530) 919-4793
  • Rise Up General Store & Deli
    Wholesome breakfast and lunches, freshly made to order. Ice Cream, Smoothies and Coffee. Pre-orders welcomed. 530-852-7898
  • Take A Bite Deli - (530) 642-8482
  • River Shack - 530-626-1334
  • Marco's Café - 530-642-2025


Accommodations Near the South Fork

cabin near the riverLodging in the Coloma-Lotus area ranges from rustic campgrounds to luxury bed and breakfast inns. Many campgrounds and cabins are located along South Fork of the American River.

Please contact the businesses directly to make reservations. You may want to book your activities first as many rafting companies include accommodations in their packages. Sign up for a two-day trip and you’ll likely have camping and great food included. Some companies even offer upgrades to tent cabins or cottages.

  • Casa Bella Verde
    Casa Bella Verde
    Experience one of California’s most private and romantic luxury retreats.  Revel in the spaciousness of your own secluded 1,500 square foot luxury home while enjoying the breathtaking panoramic views. (916) 358-5600
  • Ponderosa RV Resort
    River view cabins and trailers available nightly or weekly. RV and tent camping on 22 acres on river frontage. 30 and 50 AMP services and full hook-ups available. Open year-round. 877) 570-CAMP (2267)
  • Eden Vale Inn
    A luxury B&B, Resort & Spa. Named one of “America’s Top 10 Most Romantic Inns”! Enjoy modern guest rooms, lush gardens & ponds, on-site spa and a fabulous gourmet breakfast. #1 on Trip Advisor. 530-621-0901
  • Bella Vista Bed & Breakfast
    Five-acre Estate with ponds, streams, waterfalls, rock lagoon and beach.  Magnificent view of Coloma-Lotus Valley and  river. Interior is graced with columns, art & antiques.  Wineries within ½ mile! 530-622-3456
  • American River Resort
    Premier lodging along the American River. Riverfront cabins, campsites, RV hook-ups, pool, fishing pond, store. Reception center and ceremony sites for your special occasion. Walk to Marshall Gold Discovery Park. 530-622-6700
  • Camp Lotus
    Friendly and beautifully maintained, natural setting with lodging & camping. Deli, store, 1/2 mile of riverfront. Wonderful for weddings, reunions and special events. 530-622-8672
  • Everhart Cellars & Hart 2 Hart Vineyards
    Hart 2 Hart Vineyards Estate: Indulge in the authentic California wine & vineyard experience! Stay at this spacious, newly renovated, an luxuriously furnished home.  Enjoy 120 acres of beautiful rolling hills and vineyards along the American River in the Coloma Valley.  Lodging, Weddings & Events. 530-885-WINE (9463)
  • Coloma Cottages

    Best location! Beautifully appointed riverfront cabins located on the South Fork of the American River! Perfectly placed below famous “Troublemaker” rapids, also within walking distance to the Marshall Gold Discovery State Park. 

  • Coloma Resort
    A Family Camping Adventure! Offering RV and tent sites, RV rentals, cabins, bunkhouses and tent cabins. Amenities include: river access, swimming pool, playground, ropes-challenge course with zip line and on-site catering services. 530-621-2267
  • Enchanted April Inn
    Country Estate.  Deluxe accomodations-private balconies-fireplace-gardens & vineyard. 916-939-9144
  • Affordable RV Rental and Repairs
    Rentals, Repairs, Sales and Parts. Family owned and operated since 1996 530-889-8174
  • American River Inn
    Historic 1853 Mansion B&B within close proximity to rafting. A special and memorable experience! 530-333-4499