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

    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


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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Vineyard House
    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)
  • Ponderosa RV Resort
    Cabins available nightly or weekly. RV and tent camping on 22 acres of river frontage. 30 and 50 AMP services and full hook-ups available. Open year-round. (877) 570-CAMP (2267)
  • Bella Vista Bed & Breakfast
    Relax and enjoy your stay at this Estate Property with panoramic views of the Coloma Valley and river. Mediterranean landscape with countless water features, along with art and antique decor.  10% discount with code “VIEW2021” 530-622-3456
  • 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
  • Coloma Cottages
    Gated and intimate Coloma Cottages are on riverfront property and conveniently located near Marshall Gold Discovery State park, guided rafting tours, wine tasting and more. Reserve one or all !
  • American River Inn
    Originally built as a private residence in 1853, the historic American River Inn is an elegant and welcoming Bed and Breakfast offering old-fashioned hospitality in a charming setting! 530-333-4499
  • 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
  • Affordable RV Rental and Repairs
    Rentals, Repairs, Sales and Parts. Family owned and operated since 1996 530-889-8174