National Park grub is often sort of expensive and nothing to write home about but that's OK - it's not why you're there, right?
We had breakfast at Zion Lodge's Red Rock Grill one morning and found it so crowded, noisy and pricey that we skipped it the rest of our time there.
The Castle Dome Cafe (next to the lodge giftshop) had a decent selection of quick food (sandwiches and soups) and beverages, including beer). Eat inside or on the big, sunny patio: you'll have a better chance of getting a good seat during off-peak hours. Better yet, pack your sandwich for a picnic on the trail. Open April - Oct.
Otherwise, drive into Springdale for more options.
After a long, hot day of outdoor activities, we were looking forward to a nice lunch at the Zion Lodge. However, we were sadly disappointed to find out that the two items Hal and I were considering ordering were all out - the BLT and another kind of sandwich (don't recall which now) ran out. Ultimately, I went with the soup and half sandwich ($7.25) and Hal ordered the Zion Burger ($7.75) along with their suggested beer pairing of Wasatch, Polygamy Porter. The food was mediocre and service wasn't that great either. Needless to say, our dining experience was less than par.
A great experience dinning there... there is 3 lounges.. one on the back yard, the main where you order with tables and stools and the best outside lookingat the boulevard, nice shelter terrace shape. the pizza is large and really good after a long day hiking or just driving.. its 4 min away from the main campground towards Springdale on the right side.. Open from 4pm till close !!
Try to go there!
The restaurant was large and airy. We enjoyed fresh sea-bass fillets and vegetables. The service and atmosphere were pleasant. With still half a bottle of red wine left, we requested a cheese board, which was not on the menu. The waiter informed that it was not the season for cheese, disappeared and reappeared with a fabulous selection of cheese.
This is a classic national park restaurant with huge timbers, high ceilings and a beautiful view of the canyon. The food is reasonably priced and substantial. In the evening, be sure to get a table on the deck and watch the deer come to the front lawn to feed.
Favorite Dish: The buttermilk biscuits at breakfast are absolutely the best I have ever had.
The only place I know of to get food inside the park is at the Zion Lodge. I had a decent breakfast there and they also serve lunch and dinner. There are a number of dining options in the nearby town of Springdale. I have tried Pioneer Restaurant, and Amigo's. Both were okay.
Favorite Dish: I had a basic breakfast (eggs and bacon). It was okay.
On our first night in Sprindale (gateway to Zion NP), we opted for something quick and convenient. Hence, we ended up at this deli / ice cream parlor / gift shop. Hal and I ordered sandwiches, both of which were pretty decent. They use thick slices of home baked bread and don't skimp on the deli meats. In addition to their sandwiches, they also feature several flavors of handmade fudge and 24 flavors of ice cream. They're open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is also a gift shop on-site.
In need of something fast and to go, we headed to the town's supermarket. Sol Foods carries a full line of groceries, to-go food items, as well camping supplies, souvenirs, and clothing, etc.
Favorite Dish: I purchased a small container of pasta, a medium-size cup of chicken and rice soup, and an eclair. Hal bought two different types of pasta dishes. We happily ate our to-go meals in our hotel room and had no complaints. :)
Since our accommodation (Novel House Inn) didn’t actually provide on-site dining, we were handed breakfast vouchers to eat at Wildcat Willies Ranch Grill and Saloon for our first morning.
Just a few minutes walk from the Novel House, Wildcat Willies' fun Western theme, great service, and satisfying food made for an awesome start to our long day. I ordered the house special, Bumbleberry Cakes (pancakes with bumbleberry on top) while Hal chose the hearty Mile-High 3-egg Omelet accompanied with taters and toast, along with a side of two sausage patties. My pancakes woulda normally cost $7.99 and Hal's omelet was $8.99, but because they were comp’d by our Inn (included in the price of our stay), all we paid was a tip.
Wildcat Willies is a family-style restaurant open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
On our second morning at the Novel House, we were instructed to use our breakfast voucher at Oscar's Cafe and Deli, which was just a few minutes away on foot from our Inn.
Unlike Wildcat Willies, Oscar's has a Mexican theme and is a smaller restaurant. But like Willies, Oscar's served up a reliably good breakfast. I ordered their version off Eggs Benedict (poached eggs over a thin slice of pork chop and croissant) along with potatoes, and Hal chose their burrito pancakes (scrambled eggs with thick pieces of bacon strip pieces rolled inside a thin pancake with melted cheddar cheese on top). We were both very happy with our choices though the meal was just a heart attack waiting to happen.
After hiking all day at Zion National Park, we were starving for a burger. We stumbled upon Blondie's while gawking at the Elk and Buffalo in the pasture next door. We sat on the front porch and were quickly waited on. The staff was very friendly and the food was good, no frills, diner type food. I highly recommend it because it was fast, affordable and delicious.
Part of the charm of National Park stays is the evening cookout. When the weather is right and that is the case in Zion most of the time, you can't beat it. The setting is stunning so even a fancy restaurant would have a tough time beating the view and there's something about sitting outside as the day cools off into night and enjoying a hearty meal, especially after a day of hiking. Though we have a small backpacking stove, we also brought our three burner stove for our car camping meals which makes preparation a lot easier and quicker.
Favorite Dish: Though we mixed it up more on this trip than on prior ones due to the six month length, we did a fair amount of pasta meals. I am half of Italian descent and I like cooking. I try to make it healthy (whole wheat pasta, olive oil, tuna or beans) but Doreen seems to think it's pretty tasty too. Tuna fra diavlo is a favorite at home and camp. Saute some garlic, basil, and hot chillies in olive oil. Add a can of tuna and a can of crushed tomatoes. Let it simmer while the water boils for the pasta. Add it and sprinkle with good pecorino cheese. Oh, good luck finding that in Utah!
Friendly host and waiting staff. Large amounts of food. Vegetarian options. Wine and alcoholic drinks available. Slightly on the expensive side - paid $42 pp for shared appetizer and main course each with 1 bottle of wine. Convenient location. Zion shuttle bus stops right outside. Opens at 5:00pm, as other restaurants in the area do. Some interesting art all around, including the bathroom.
My coffee, internet and breakfast time place.. just next to Pizza and noodles restaurant.. a tiny place with a lodge on the 1st floor.. internet is quite cheap..about average and its very useful if u dont bring with u a laptop !!
OK so it's not IN the park but you could throw a baseball from here and hit the park entrance! All I can say is that this is a fabulous place to spend your dinnertime when visiting Zion. it is the palce most recommended by locals. A little pricey but features local fare - I had trout (to die for). There's a great cheese plate and the wine list is very good. Great ambience too - western US designed dining room. Get there early or make reservations.
Favorite Dish: Trout