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.


  • 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
  • Sierra Rizing Bakery, Catering & Coffee House
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner fare with locally roasted coffee, fresh baked goods, soups, salads, pastas, pot pies and more. Enjoy daily dinner specials, fine desserts and espresso well into the evening.  Open daily year round. 530-642-1308
  • Café Mahjaic
    Dinners at Café Mahjaic are New American, a mixture of all ethnic backgrounds. All foods, sauces and breads made from scratch using naturally raised organic meats and grains. Daily specials. Restaurant now open Wed. – Sun. 530-622-9587
  • Coloma Club Café
    Café open 6:30 a.m. Full bar, live music every weekend. Garden available for private parties 530-626-6390
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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    Taqueria Aguas Blancas & General Store
    Authentic Taqueria and store with fresh produce, local beer and wine, camp supplies and river gear.
  • Take A Bite of Coloma Deli
    Burgers, cheesesteaks, sandwiches and daily specials. Located inside the Chevron Gas Station. (530) 642-8482
  • Riyo Yogurt - (530) 919-4793
  • Marco's Café - 530-642-2025
  • River Shack - 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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • The Vineyard House at 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)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Villa Florentina bed & breakfast
    Villa Florentina
    An unparalleled Luxury B&B. Magnificent Tuscan Villas surrounded by grand plazas, stone terraces, a picturesque olive orchard and sweeping views. Ample on-site parking and luxurious inn rooms. (916)778-0109
  • Enchanted April Inn
    Enchanted April Inn
    Country Estate.  Deluxe accomodations-private balconies-fireplace-gardens & vineyard. 916-939-9144
  • 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
  • Beyond Limits Adventures
    River Park Resort - Beyond Limits Adventures
    Our beautiful riverfront group camping resort is available for large groups from May through October. River put-ins are not allowed for private boaters but you may sign up for rafting at our camp store. 530-622-0553
  • Rome Valley Vineyards
    “Be Our Guest” In addition to the private wine tasting, we offer a weeding and events center as well as over night accommodations to enhance your experience. 530-295-9260
  • Rivers Bend Resort
    Large private riverfront picnic, camp, event site for up to fifty people.  Sleeping rooms for up to eight people.  Now open to the public for tent camping. (530) 626-5104
  • The Lotus Inn
    On the American River, we have three separate units for 2 to 6 people with private bathrooms, 7 days a week. Coffee and tea provided. Please call for more information. 530-622-9587
  • Affordable RV Rental and Repairs
    Rentals, Repairs, Sales and Parts. Family owned and operated since 1996 530-889-8174
  • Coloma Cottages
    Private riverfront cottages on the South Fork American River. 530-334-3479