Annie Creek Restaurant: Buffet in the Park
Right after the turnoff from Oregon Highway 62 for Crater Lake National Park you will find Mazama Village. Mazama Village has 40 rooms at The Cabins at Mazama Village; a restaurant and a store. The Annie Creek Restaurant serves a buffet consisting of different entrees, pizza, soups, salads and deserts. You can also order a la carte and get pizza to go. They also serve a buffet breakfast. You can opt to eat on the patio and there is a lounge serving cocktails. The restaurant is closed during the late fall to early spring so check the website to see if it will be open during your visit (It wasn‘t open when I was there).
Favorite Dish: I did not get to eat here but wanted to let you know it is available (except in winter).
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Picnic at the lake
We arrived at Crater Lake in the early afternoon after a long day of driving. After stopping at the lodge and restrooms at the south side of the lake, we drove around the west side of the rim looking for a good picnic spot. We found a parking area overlooking Wizard Island, then packed a lunch of tuna fish, beer, coke, beans, and granola bars then went on a short hike on the rough trail that follows the rim. Seated on an old log, we enjoyed a nice little lunch overlooking the lake, while watching the local wildlife. Can't be beat!
Crater Lake Lodge Dining Room: Fine Dining with a Lake View
The Dining Room at Crater Lake Lodge utilizes locally produced ingredients of the best quality and freshness. You'd be hard pressed to find better food at any of the other National Parks. Food is thoughtfully prepared and pleasantly presented. The Northwest Clam Chowder was incredibly flavorful with bits of apple bacon and chunks of not only clams but salmon as well. For a main course the lamb kabobs are tender and marinated to a tasty perfection. The ahi tuna roll which was stuffed with salmon and cream cheese and then deep fried. Very creative and well done taste-wise. Having had dinner their twice we also had the Pacific Halibut Filet with a roasted hazelnut crust and served with a shaved pear and fennel salsa, and a seafood risotto which was light on the risotto but heavy on the scallops, salmon, and shrimp.
Breakfasts are also very well done. Extra sourdough pancakes have a tasty twist and are more than filling. The granola, homemade, is also well done and toasty. My favorite is the Crater Lake Benedict which adds smoked trout to the poached egg on toasted english muffin. The hollandiase sauce was light and surprisingly and pleasingly not overpowering.
HINT No. 1: Reservations for dinner are a must. If you go in the summertime you're better off calling BEFORE you arrive at the park.
HINT No. 2: Get a reservation during an early seating time and make your preference known that you'd like a window table so you can catch glimpses of the lake. No guarantees but it can help you get one of the few coveted such tables.
Favorite Dish: Crater Lake Benedict, lamb kabobs, ahi tuna roll, extra sourdough pancakes
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Snack Stall: Snacktime
If you're hungry from all the lake-pbserving and if you don't wanna wait ages for a table at the Crater Lake Lodge, just have a snack at the food-stall close to the Visitor's center. You can buy snacks like Hot Dogs, Soup, etc. there for reasonable prices. There are some picknick tables for resting as well.
The Watchman Restaurant: Good Buffet after a long day
The views are the best part of this place, overlooking the parking lot and the lake, but also the fact that it's open until 10 pm. There are two levels of buffet - soup and salad for $8 and s/s plus hot dishes, meats, etc for about $12. Drinks and desserts are included with either. After a long day of hiking, it's a great deal - for once, I ate my money's worth at a buffet! Service was also very attentive.
Favorite Dish: The chocolate brownie cake. Mmm.
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Mazama Village: Prices not too outrageous for a national park
Mazama Village is a vendor facility. It's adjacent to the store which means you can spend even more money once you're done eating ;-). It's the only place to eat inside the park. Prices are not too awful, considering it's a monopoly. Drinks are refillable. Hot dogs are $2.50 apiece. Burgers are near $5.00, but they are decent sized. There is plenty of seating, though you may have to wait for a table on weekends. The staff was friendly and helpful.
Favorite Dish: Pizza slices are only $1.75, which is a pretty good bargain for a national park vendor.