Glacier National Park Restaurants

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    Great Northern Steak & Rib House: Dining in Glacier Park Lodge

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Mar 8, 2007

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    After a long drive from West Glacier back over the Continental Divide, followed by another drive along the southeast side of Glacier NP, we finally arrived at our first accommodations stop of the trip - Glacier Park Lodge. This was the 'flagship of the fleet' when Great Northern Railways built its network of hotels to serve the National Park, and its prime eating location is in the Great Northern Steak & Rib House pictured here. It was past 5 PM by the time we arrived, after a full day of driving and sightseeing, so we had a settling in drink in their bar before we went down for Dinner at about 8 PM.

    It did not take us long to notice that most of the restaurant staff were very healthy looking youngsters and seemed to be speaking with an Eastern European accent. Our waitress soon filled us in - they were part of a regular exchange program in which university students from Slovakia, Ukraine, Russia and other countries come over to work for the summer at various locations in the Park. I don't know why, maybe it is difficult to get American student help in 'remote' locations like northern Montana?

    Favorite Dish: We both decided that it was time for a serious meal, so we ordered Pan-Seared Mountain Trout with fried Red Potatos, Brocolli, Califlower, Red Peppers, Yellow & Green Zuchinni and Red Onions served with slices of Lemon (US$18 each). We also had side dishes, with mine being Garden Salad with Blue Cheese dressing (a bit weak for my taste), and ordered a glass of wine each to accompany the meal. The Trout was delicious and we both enjoyed our meals as we took in the atmosphere and reflected back on a successful first day in Glacier NP! With a tip, the total cost of Dinner came to US$53.

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    West Glacier Restaurant: Drove through the Park for this one!

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Dec 10, 2006

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    Front view of the restaurant

    Our first day in Glacier NP was spent on a 'mission' - when we left Canada's Waterton Lakes NP for Glacier, we needed more DVD discs for our video camera, after spending two and a half weeks shooting away in Alberta. This part of southern Alberta and northern Montana does not have a lot of specialized shopping spots and it turned out that the quickest place to get supplies was over the Rocky Mountains continental divide, just outside the West Entrance of Glacier. So it was that we took our first drive on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, from which we emerged into the little town of West Glacier at about 2 PM, four hours after crossing into the USA. We were quite hungry by then and the West Glacier Restaurant, located right across the street from where our shopping needs were met, looked like an inviting spot.

    Favorite Dish: The interior was spacious and the lunchtime crowd was thinning by the time we walked in and were ushered to a table. Because we had to turn around and now drive back over GTTS Road to the east side of the NP, we decided to keeps thing simple with their Lunch special of a Tuna Melt sandwich with a cup of Clam Chowder (US$6), washed down by water. The food was tasty, but it took some time for the bill to arrive so we could get underway again. Still, we were happy as we left to hit the trail again!

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    Whistle Stop Restaurant: A Quirky Little Spot

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Nov 23, 2008

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    Located on the outskirts of East Glacier Park

    We did not really want an expensive buffet breakfast at Glacier Park Lodge, so after we checked out, we backtracked to the north again, heading for the spectacular Many Glacier area of the NP. However, in our explorations of East Glacier Park the evening before, we had spotted a likely looking spot for breakfast on the edge of town. The Whistle Stop Restaurant is housed in a ramshackle building, with a covered outside front seating area from which you can access the inside of the restaurant by stepping through a long open window! Further seating is available just inside the restaurant or in a separate attachment along the side (where we sat). The place specializes in omelettes and French toast and has a real 'homey' atmosphere.

    Favorite Dish: I figured it would be a while before we had another decent meal, so I opted for their 3 rashers of Bacon, one Egg over easy, Toast and black coffee (US$5.75). Sue decided she would try the French Toast (US$5.50) to go with her herbal tea. My meal was very good but Sue's serving was much larger and 'richer' than we are used to - they did say the portions are generous! We could not say that we did not have enough to eat for our US$13 as we left!

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    Ptarmigan Dining Room: In the heart of Glacier National Park

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Dec 10, 2006

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    The Ptarmigan Dining Room for breakfast
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    After a couple of small to medium hikes (in the Two Medicine Lake and Many Glacier areas) on the morning and early afternoon of our second day in the National Park, we were able to check into our accommodations at the Many Glacier Hotel. This hotel was built with a Swiss theme to it, including the Interlaken Lounge and its adjoining main restaurant, the Ptarmigan Dining Room. Like the restaurant itself, the nice lounge area has big windows overlooking Swiftcurrent Lake at the front of the hotel (2nd photo). We spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the hotel and sitting in the lounge having a few cold beers and glasses of wine as we discussed our adventures to date! The waiter service there was a bit slow (a mixture of American and European staff) but it was no problem to walk into the next door bar area to order and retrieve your own drinks. Eventually we arose for dinner, and entered the Ptarmigan (open from 5-9:30 PM).

    Favorite Dish: For this evening meal, we decided to share some appetizer plates. I liked the look of the Bruschetta Bernadette, consisting of grilled baguettes garnished with cucumber, tomato, garlic & fresh herbs marinated balsamic vinegar ($6.50) while Sue ordered Seafood & Spinach Dip - a flavourful blend of seafood with spinach, garlic, Romano cheese and onions served with warm Tortilla chips ($7.95). We really enjoyed the mixture of these two dishes and retired to the outside deck at about 8 PM, where the sun was shining in the cloudless sky and a fairly strong but warm breeze was blowing. We actually stayed there until the sun set and then it was off to bed in preparation for our major hike to Grinnell Glacier in the morning!

    The Dining Room also offered a buffet breakfast or you can order individual items like toast, bacon, coffee, etc. We had a quick breakfast there in the morning before heading down to the dock to catch the 'Chief Two Guns' boat ride for the first part of our hike.

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    Two Dog Flats Grill: The best of Saint Mary Lake

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Dec 10, 2006

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    Eastern edge of the Rockies across the lake
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    After driving the Going-to-the-Sun Road for the fourth time, and stopping for a hike on top of the Continental Divide at Logan Pass Visitor Centre while passing by, it was half-way between lunch and dinner by the time we turned up at our final accommodations in the Park, on Saint Mary Lake at the eastern edge. The small building in the pic serves as both the Rising Sun Motor Inn office and restaurant, so we were soon ushered to our table by one of the tallest and lankiest guys (looked like 6 ft. 6 in. to me) I have seen in a while (this time a Russian exchange worker). The focus at Two Dog Flats is on typical Montana type food but with a Tex-Mex slant on it.

    Favorite Dish: Sue chose a Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap which consisted of grilled chicken, Parmesan cheese, croutons and lettuce tossed with Caesar dressing wrapped in a flavoured Tortilla, with chips and a pickle spear (US$7). After having had some in Belize earlier in the year, I thought I would give the Jerk Chicken Breast sandwich a try. This came with peppers & onions and was served on a bun with lettuce and tomato as well as an order of Fries ($7.75). I had to have a pint of draft Fat Tire beer ($4) to wash it down while Sue stuck with her standby glass of Chardonnay ($4.25). It had been a while between meals, so both dishes went down very well.

    We came back for breakfast before hitting the road back to Calgary, Alberta to turn in our rental car and head home. We each had a standard breakfast of egg, bacon or sausage, hash brown potatos, toast and coffee ($6.25) and it did the trick much better than the previous morning at the Lake McDonald Lodge!

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    Russell's Fireside Dining Room: On the shores of Lake McDonald

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Aug 30, 2006

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    Landing on the Pacific side of the continental divide for the second time in our trip, this time to spend a night at the Lake McDonald Lodge, we had a chance to sample the fare at its Russell's Fireside Dining Room. With its wood beam construction, large windows fronting onto the lake and various stuffed animal heads mounted on the walls, the decor of the large room evokes images of the early days of the Park. We had some phone calls to make after an early evening arrival at the Lodge, so when we finally made it down to dinner around 8 PM on a Sunday night the place was really hopping. However, after only a short wait next door in the adjoining overflow bar area, we soon had a window seat.

    Favorite Dish: Once again, neither of us was famished, so we decided to keep our order down to a dull roar. Sue had Crab Cakes sauteed with a spicy remoulade and topped with fried leeks (US$7.50) and a side Caesar Salad (US$5). I like my bright colours, so ordered Baby Tomatos and fresh Mozzarella balls with a relish of basil, garlic, olive oil and balsamic vinegar served with grilled baguettes (US$7). The total dinner cost was US$28. We both enjoyed this meal but were not quite so lucky with breakfast in the morning. I had one egg with ham, hash brown potatos, whole grain toast and coffee (US$5.25). However, the potatos were very soggy and the toast was so slow in coming that we had our meals almost finished (rather than let them go cold) before it arrived. The waitress said that their toaster was backed up with orders, but that is the first time I have ever seen a bottleneck for something as simple as that - the place was nowhere near full of people.

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    Two Sisters Cafe: Don't Miss this Place!

    by Camping_Girl Written Mar 6, 2006

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    This eclectic restaurant has a laid-back ambience that is very welcoming. It has been featured in several well-known publications, including the New York Times. The food is awesome and the margaritas are to die for!

    This is a seasonal operation, open May 25 - Sept 15, from 8:00am - 10:00pm daily.

    Reservations, while not required, are recommended for larger groups.

    I'm told that they also have a year-round restaurant in Missoula, although I have never been there.

    Favorite Dish: I love their burgers.

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    The Italian Garden Ristorante: a surprise for the very deserving D

    by richiecdisc Updated Dec 10, 2009

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    I am at heart a budget traveler. It doesn't take any effort. Born of Depression-era parents, it was instilled in me at an early age. Of course, I like my splurges and when it comes to exotic beer, I will think nothing of spending more than most would think necessary. That said, I rarely break down and buy things when they are over-priced due to location. National parks as a rule are out of the way, remote and hence tend to charge more for most items, especially cooked food.

    My wife and I had been camping for over five months and though we had hit some cities and had some meals out, this was a long trip that required us do without more often than with. The payoff was well worth it, seeing hundreds of amazing places and stockpiling more memories than most have in a lifetime. After three nights of awful weather camping at Many Glacier Campground followed by four days of backpacking in Glacier National Park's vast wilderness, I finally succumbed. I woke up Doreen and said I had a surprise for her. Rather than huddle behind the little wind screen I had erected to keep us out of the wind/rain while eating, I walked her across the parking lot to the Swift Current Motor Inn's restaurant. There was a short wait but we were soon seated in a nice warm dining room.

    Favorite Dish: We both ordered make your own three-egg omelets filled with mushrooms, bacon, and cheddar cheese. It came with home fries and two slices of toast. Everything was excellent quality. Just like a diner, coffee was all-you-can-drink and we added new meaning to this concept as we wanted to stay in this warm oasis as long as possible, downing cup after cup, looking out the window as the rain drops ran down. I am not big on going out to breakfast. To me, it's an easy meal to make and I'm happy to whip it up, but though this was pricey, the look on D's face was worth every cent.

    We paid $24 for the two omelets, two coffees, and tip.

    That night I surprised myself by suggesting we head back to the same restaurant for pizza. We had spent many hours hanging out in the Swift Current Lobby, smelling the pizza every time the restaurant door opened. After the breakfast turned out so well, we had to quench our curiosity about the pizza too. It came out piping hot, loaded with cheese and not a bad crust either. It was huge. Well, not quite as big as it looks in the picture, thanks to my wide angle lens but we could just about finish it. We took our time, enjoying it with a couple of local micro brews. There was no reason to rush. We'd be heading back to the cold tent after we left. In fact, we might have closed the place!

    We paid $28 for a large cheese pie, two pints of beer, and tip.

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    Serrano's Mexican Restaurant: Great Mexican Food!

    by Camping_Girl Written Mar 6, 2006

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    This restaurant is located in East Glacier. It's in a renovated historic house, and the food is great! The cervezas are ice cold, with plenty of choices. And the margaritas are out of this world!

    They have a good selection of vegan dishes. The menu is posted on their website, if you want to check it out before you go.

    Try to get there early for dinner (5:00 pm) as this place really fills up fast.

    Favorite Dish: The Indian Taco and the Carne Asada.

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    Charlie's Family Restaurant and Pizzeria: You can't miss it!

    by lauriejeanne Updated Apr 24, 2003

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    ..at the end of the road, you come to Lake MacDonald. There's a great restaurant there where you can order your food to take out and enjoy on the picnic tables in front. You can't miss it.

    Favorite Dish: A nice hot calzone hit the spot! It wasn't cheap though!

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    Park Cafe: Pie, pie, pie!

    by Hopkid Written Aug 10, 2005

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    Do not miss getting pie here!

    The Park Cafe is an institution to visitors to Glacier National Park. The small cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner but the star here are the homemade pies! We ate here twice during our trip...once for lunch and another time for breakfast. Both meals were served with smiles and friendly service. Food is outstanding cafe fare. I had a wonderful grilled ham and cheese sandwich with fries for lunch and for breakfast had the pancakes which are huge that I challenge anyone to eat more than three!

    The strawberry-rhubarb pie is to die for! Had a piece at lunch and then got a piece to go and had it as a reward after doing the hike to Piegan Pass. And anything that is made with fresh fruit in season is especially good. And the fresh strawberry pie is just about the best you'll ever eat!

    Favorite Dish: Pie, pie, pie! Oh and that grilled ham and cheese? Mmmmmmmmm!

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    Ptarmigan Dining Room, Many Glacier Hotel: Lodge Dining with a View

    by Hopkid Written Aug 10, 2005

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    There are only two choices for restaurants in the Many Glacier area of the park, both of which are at the two lodging facilities: the Many Glacier Hotel and the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn. The Ptarmigan Dining room is in the wonderful old (1913) lodge and has a high ceiling with flags of old Swiss coats of arms. The big attraction are the tables next to the big windows that look out onto Swiftcurrent Lake and the magnificent peaks beyond.

    We had breakfast there nearly every morning and if you get there before 7:00am you're pretty much guaranteed to get a coveted window table. Breakfast is a buffet with fresh fruits, homemade oatmeal, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits & gravy, pancakes, french toast, and waffles. I always snagged an apple to go for the hike to come that day. Cost: $8.95

    The one time we had dinner there I had the bison beef stroganoff which was a bit disappointing in the small quantity of meat and overally blandness. The fish dishes were much better and are highly recommended.

    Serivce is by the multinational college-age staffers employed by Glacier Park Inc., who supplies many of the seasonal employees throughout the park.

    Favorite Dish: Breakfast buffet; nice selection of local brewed beers; Red Jammer root beer...yummy!

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    Italian Gardens Ristorante: Italian in Many Glacier

    by Hopkid Updated Dec 3, 2006

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    The restaurant at the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn has basic Italian dishes such as pastas, pizza, calzones, etc. along with soups and salads. The food isn't stunning but is adequate after a long day of hiking or if you're in a big family group. The student staffers are friendly and fun. It's definitely conveniently located if you're staying in the Many Glacier area and is a nice alternative to the Ptarmigan Dining Room or Swiss Lounge at the Many Glacier Hotel.

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    Italian Ristorante: A Taste of Old Italy

    by mrclay2000 Updated May 9, 2003

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    Quiet ambiance, views of the surrounding mountains (but actually more viewing of those outside viewing the surrounding mountains), friendly service from kids across America working part-time, pizza served to your table and great lasagna and desserts.

    Favorite Dish: Lasagna

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    Serrano's Mexican Restaurant: East Glacier's place to be

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Nov 4, 2008

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    Serranos

    If you read any guidebook or website about East Glacier, the number one place you'll hear about is Serrano's. I was excited to try it, but the first night I arrived, the place was packed, with a long line on the front porch, so I moved on. The second night, I made sure I got there right after it opened and was able to score a table on the back patio. Service was very good - drinks were refilled quickly. You get a bowl of chips and salsa, though if you run out of salsa, the next bowl costs extra :( Sadness because it was so good! The entrees ran in the low - mid teens. I went with the seafood enchiladas - crab, scallops, and shrimp covered in a creamy tomato sauce. Fantastic! The seafood was fresh, plentiful, and in good sized pieces. I would have come back the first night and waited in line had I known what I was in for. Don't be put off by the crowds (which were there again as I left) - you won't be sorry you waited. Highly recommended.

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