10 Best Restaurants in or near Grand Canyon National Park

Offering gourmet meals just yards from the wilderness of the Grand Canyon is a daunting task, but the restaurants within the park offer menus that will please and surprise everyone in your family. From an ice cream cone from the Bright Angel Fountain to four-course meals at El Tovar, all culinary bases are covered. Most visitors want a quick, hearty breakfast before heading out and exploring. The Canyon Café at Yavapai Lodge and the Maswik Cafeteria are buffet-style restaurants where you can choose as big as a breakfast as you’d like. At the Bright Angel Coffee House, starting at 5:30 a.m. you can grab items to go so you don’t miss a second of sunrise. For those seeking a more leisurely breakfast, the El Tovar Dining Room offers table service and serves breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., as does the Bright Angel Restaurant and the Kaibab Lodge Restaurant on the North Rim. Box lunches are available from the Canyon Café at Yavapai Lodge, and lunch counters are found at Desert View and Hermits Rest, Bright Angel Fountain for those on the go.  For dinner, indulge in the menus offered at El Tovar Dining Room and the Arizona Room. Here you’ll find chef’s specials including hand-cut steaks, seafood, poultry, vegetarian and gluten-free meals.

10 Red Garter Bed and Bakery
Historic charm is in abundance at this bed and breakfast, set in a Romanesque structure that was once a saloon and bordello. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Garter features high ceilings and hardwood floors. Upstairs, four bedrooms with private baths can be leased by guests who fall in love with the history of the place. Simple but spacious guest rooms feature Victorian furnishings and Southwestern accents. Downstairs, high ceilings and hardwood floors provide an apt setting for the bakery, which turns out each morning such delicacies as croissants, scones, cinnamon rolls, and other tempting pastries. Fresh-ground coffee adds to the aroma and the allure, and juices are available as well. (928-635-1484, 800-328-1484)

9 Pine Country Restaurant
Checked tablecloths, wall-hung memorabilia, and windows dressed with lace cafe curtains add charm to this casual diner. A strong following of locals can't say enough about Pine Country's homemade pies, luscious with fruit and cream, but main courses are terrific too. Pork chops, roast beef, fried shrimp, baked chicken, and T-bones hint at the hearty options, and all are served with soup or salad and potato or beans. Salads, sandwiches, and burgers also figure into the menu and are a perfect prelude to a piece of that incredible pie. The gift shop is fun, with trinkets for the kids and souvenirs. (928-635-9718)

8 Cruisers Cafe 66
This Williams cafe along Route 66 celebrates the Mother Road and features all sorts of memorabilia from the heyday of the 1950s. Sit amid restored gas pumps, road signs, and other period artifacts, and take in the fantastic aromas of classic comfort foods. The extensive menu offers everything from steaks, ribs, and burgers to seafood, salads, and chicken. A full bar is available as well, as are TVs tuned to sports competitions. Live music breaks out occasionally. Breakfast is served Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. (928-635-2445)

7 Pancho McGillicuddy's
Set in a former 19th-century saloon, this lively cantina has come a long way from the era of gun fights and brothels. These days, it delivers flavorful Mexican cuisine to an appreciative crowd. They gather to munch on classics like fajitas, enchiladas, and burritos or to try out American pub fare like juicy burgers. Outdoor dining is available seasonally, and the margaritas are not-to-be-missed, according to locals. At times, you may even catch live entertainment, which kicks up the energy level another notch. Fun and friendly. (928-635-4150)

6 Bright Angel Fountain
When the sun gets to be too much or you just need a break from the physicality that Grand Canyon sightseeing demands, head over to this appealing little spot and give yourself a treat. The Fountain offers a variety of snack foods to get your energy back up, not least of which is its rich, cold ice creams. If that's not enough, add in a sandwich and a refreshing drink, and you're good to go again. Hot coffee drinks step in when the weather's chilly. (928-638-2631)

5 Maswik Cafeteria
It's not intended to be a fancy, sit-down restaurant, but if you're looking for quick, no-frills dining, you'll find this cafeteria a satisfying alternative to fast food. A varied selection of dishes is available throughout the day, and options are meant to appeal to a diverse crowd of patrons. Sandwiches are available for light eaters, and Mexican entrées and pastas suit folks with more substantial appetites. Hamburgers, full meals, and vegetarian fare can also be had. An adjacent sports bar accommodates folks in need of relaxation and camaraderie with TVs and pool tables. (928-638-2631)

4 Canyon Café at Yavapai Lodge
As with many Grand Canyon restaurants, Yavapai seeks more to serve its patrons quick, filling foods than to offer a true dining experience. And for most diners, that's plenty. Lots of folks come here to dine, munching on sandwiches, salads, hot entrees, hamburgers, pizza, and pastas. All-American fried chicken is also popular, and desserts always satisfy. Dine in or pick up a few temptations to go, and get back to the sights at hand. Groups and families are welcomed. (928-638-2631)

3 Bright Angel Restaurant
Punctuated by tree-log posts and beams and hovering, glass-globed chandeliers, this expansive restaurant makes for good eating any time of day. Come early for buckwheat pancakes or eggs, or break up a day of sight-seeing with a delicious adobo chicken sandwich. Dinner entrees also prove filling, whether you choose poultry, pork, beef, or even something vegetarian. Prices are affordable, and full bar service is available. Nearby, the lodge's lounge welcomes folks for a nightcap and live music. (928-638-2631)

2 Arizona Room
Located next to Bright Angel Lodge, the Arizona Room is widely acclaimed for incredible sunset views of the canyon (it sits right on the South Rim). Arizona Room also satiates hungry appetites with well-prepared cuisine. An open kitchen makes the experience that much more immediate, and you'll be hard-pressed to resist a savory steak, thick cut of prime rib, or morsel of sage-scented, grilled chicken. Pork, seafood, and barbecue also appear, and many dishes have a Southwestern flair (tequila marinades, prickly pear syrups, chiles), so you can be assured of food that fits the setting. Since reservations aren't accepted, waits can be long later in the evening -- come early. Full bar. (928-638-2631)

1 El Tovar Dining Room
Dining at this historic, character-laden hotel is a must for many Grand Canyon visitors; as a result, getting reservations can be tough, especially in peak season. The rustic restaurant boasts elegant details, and tables overlooking the canyon are especially coveted. The cuisine, widely reputed to be the park's finest, meshes Continental and Southwestern sensibilities, and the menu features such delicacies as grilled filet mignon, pan-seared duck, fresh salmon with red-pepper marmalade, seared scallops, and wild game. Service is attentive, and although prices can be steep, the experience is a wonderful vacation treat. Full bar available. (928-638-2631, x6432)


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Red Garter Bed and Bakery 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery
Dining Options: Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: WILLIAMS
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Pine Country Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental, Southern
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: WILLIAMS
COST: $$
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Cruisers Cafe 66 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Family Friendly
Neighborhood: Williams
COST: $
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Pancho McGillicuddy's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Latin, Mexican, Southwestern
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Family Friendly, Smoking (outdoor area)
Neighborhood: WILLIAMS
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Bright Angel Fountain 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: South Rim
COST: $
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Maswik Cafeteria 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Latin, Mexican
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: South Rim
COST: $
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Canyon Café at Yavapai Lodge 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: South Rim
COST: $
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Bright Angel Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Dining Options: Family Friendly
Neighborhood: South Rim
COST: $
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Arizona Room 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental, Southwestern
Dining Options: Family Friendly
Neighborhood: South Rim
COST: $$
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El Tovar Dining Room 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental, Southwestern
Neighborhood: South Rim
COST: $$
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