Most likely when you arrive at Ruby's Inn, you have been driving for some time. You are ready for a break. Why? Because, the road ahead is filled with "hoodoos" in Bryce Canyon National Park and you will want to be fresh and ready to absorb the hundreds of "hoodoos" that will be before you. Take the break by going to the Cowboys Buffet & Steak House. You can order from the menu or better yet, taste a little of everything from the down home cowboy buffet.
You feel right at home in this huge room with other tourists that come in by car or bus. If you are lucky, you will be inside before the buses arrive. It can get crowded in the food lines when 40-50 hungry people show up at once. This is going to be the only food location around for miles, so stop and visit this unique Inn. Even a tourist trinket store is inside the main building as well as a motel office.
Favorite Dish: I tried the buffet as I had been driving from Salt Lake City and I was hungry as a bear. We beat the tour buses by about a half hour, so we were able to pick and choose without a lot of cutting in and out of food lines. Let tell you, it does get a little like a stampede of a herd of cattle when the tour buses unload and those tourists (I'm a tourist too, but not a bus tour tourist) get to walk off the aches and pains of sitting in a bus for maybe 4-5 hours and in need of not only a stretch but a little refreshing with liquid quenchers and solid food.
The offerings were typical buffet foods, some good, some okay and some I just looked at. Why is it at a buffet the soft serve ice cream cone machine looks so appealing? Refreshing, cool and satisfying, that's why. So, If you are a hankering to mosey on over to Bryce Canyon National Park to see the "hoodoos" then say "yoohoo" at Ruby's for a bite to eat or to buy a souvenir to bring home else you may be saying "boohoo". Oh, I know that was corny, but hey, so is Ruby's Inn.
Luckily Clark's in Tropic, UT was open for the winter festival weekend outside of Bryce Canyon. It was quick, and better than expected for burgers and fries after a long day of hiking in the canyon. Nice employees and old family pictures on the wall too.
Favorite Dish: Western Burger
If you are visiting Bryce in the winter you should make plans to cook your own food. The only option we had was the Cowboy Buffet @ Ruby's Inn, big mistake. First we waited over 30 minutes to be seated, even though there were over ten tables open at all times. Once we ordered, it was an hour and 45 minutes before we got our food - Ribs and a bowl of Chili. After no explanation or sign from the waitress, she finally brought out the most sparse ribs I've ever seen and told us that the kitchen lost most of the orders. Although we saw two groups come and eat between the time we ordered and even saw food.
I highly recommend doing what I saw others in the hotel doing, using a crock pot to cook up some tasty, quicker and surely healthier food! I'll know for next time.
It is good even though the menu may be somewhat limited. They do not serve food all the time, and some depends on the volume of overnight stays. The ope hearth grill over hot coals is really tasty, though. Side dishes are worth the extra to eat.
Favorite Dish: A steak at $17 was great. They grill it on the huge grill right in the restaurant and the smells permeate all around the
It was a place overrated for its sit down quality, with full service meals. It is the only place that serves a mixed menu in the little town, so they have that monopoly. It is next to the Clarks grocery store, gift shops, gas station and whatever else you may want.
Favorite Dish: The trout was good, but it was a small fish, and the extras that came with it not too much.
It was average, at best. They made some good looking meals of Italian coming out of the kitchen while I was there.
Favorite Dish: The pizza I guess would the favorite since that is all I had. It was somewhat authentic, and they are trying to attract tour buses for volume.
We were trying to stick to our budget so did not seek out any places to eat while at the National Park or the nearby tourist town of Bryce. But since we were doing a lot of hiking and it was pretty hot in the afternoons, we were really in the mood for ice cream. Bryce had a cool little general store that had a nice old-fashioned porch which provided a shady spot to while away an hour or two. The plus was it had free WiFi.
Favorite Dish: They sold Haagen Dazs ice cream. We discovered a new flavor with English Toffee that was a perfect reward for all the ups and downs on the Bryce trails.
The only Lodge and accommodation inside the Park is Bryce Canyon Lodge. the restaurant is good with typical wholesome American food.
We had to book...yes theres not much choice in that neck of the woods so gets pretty full.....had to wait 20minutes before our table was ready an altho our waitress was charming and friendly, she mixed our order up with the next table so they got ours and theirs and we didnt get anything !..so had another 30 minute wait. Must admit she was very apologetic and said she had tried to get our meals back from the next table...but they were obviously as hungry as we were and ate them!!
Still when the food did arrive it was good.
Restaurant times are Breakfast: 6.30am-10.30am. Lunch: 11am-15.30pm. Dinner: 17.30pm-21.30pm.
This lodge is seasonal and is open from 1st April to 31st October.
Favorite Dish: Pork chops, mash and gravy.
This lovely old wooden lodge in the heart of the Canyon has a great restaurant with a wide selection of tasty meals and wines. Its 1930 charm adds to the evening.
You definitely need to book in advance as it can get very busy especially in summer
Favorite Dish: Huge pork chops with mashed potatoes and gravy ..mmmm!
Unfortunately, this placed served overpriced, greasy American fast food. We had burgers and fries. Both were very greasy and the fries were soggy. They offer other foods like pizza and chicken sandwiches but from judging from other customer's reactions these choices weren't much better. There is also a sit down resaurant next door that is more formal but prices also seemed a bit high for what was on the menu.
Now when planning this trip I was wise enough not to book us a room in the giant enterprise that hogs up most of the entrance road into Bryce. But on the overcast morning that awarded us no good pictures, we were hungry and weak so we stopped in for breakfast. Big mistake. Oh yuck, just yuck. Everything was dreadful. The eggs were rubbery, as was the french toast...actually I think that was the theme, "Ruby's Rubber Buffet" Not to mention the place was packed with every single tour bus tourist imaginable.
For the next morning we bought cereal, yogurts and juices to have on our patio at the cabin. MUCH BETTER!!!
After a two hour hike in the rain, we decided to find shelter at the lovely Bryce Canyon Lodge. Here we enjoyed a hot lunch and a hot cup of tea while drying off from the rain.
Favorite Dish: They had a tempting soup and salad bar, but I opted for my favourite, Rueben Sandwich. It tasted wonderful with fries and was a good value.
The restaurant had a nice western rustic appeal to it. The food here was very good for a hotel. A nice western menu with a little Tex/Mex flavor to it.
Favorite Dish: Steak (You got to have some cow in ranch country).
There is a restaurant available at the Bryce Canyon Lodge. I ate at the restaurant associated with Harold's Place Inn in Panguitch which had great food.
They have a pizza place, and gift shop combined. The gifts is what they want to sell, I am pretty sure.
Favorite Dish: I got a slice to go to try it. The taste was okay-but nothing to savor