Guide to a Stellar Grand Canyon South Rim Dining Experience

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Tacos at the Bright Angel Lodge

Southwestern fare at the Bright Angel Lodge

What's for dinner?

From fine dining to sack lunches, you may be surprised by the array of tasty options on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Overlooking the South Rim sits El Tovar Dining Room, a world-class restaurant with outstanding canyon views that serves continental European food with a Southwestern flair. Guests have included former Presidents Teddy Roosevelt and Bill Clinton.

The menu contains locally sourced items within 400 miles of the Grand Canyon, sustainable or organic foods and includes items like salmon tostada, filet mignon and dishes spotlighting the regional prickly pear.

Opened in 1905, the iconic El Tovar Dining Room is the South Rim's oldest restaurant. Advanced reservations are highly recommended.

For cuisine inspired by the region, the Arizona Room in the Bright Angel Lodge offers Southwestern fare in a casual environment. Dishes feature ingredients native to the region, like bison, squash and tepary beans.

Also located in the Bright Angel Lodge is the Harvey House Cafe, which is really family friendly. Some dishes have been on the menu since 1935. But unlike then, today’s menu displays the nutritional information of its dishes for the health-conscious diner.

Eager to hit the trails? Head to Maswick Food Court for burgers, soups, salads or pasta or Canyon Village Market for grab-and-go items. 


Dining room in the Grand Canyon Lodge at the North Rim.

Dining on the North Rim

The Grand Canyon Lodge's restaurant tries to stay as regional as possible both in the ingredients and the names of the dishes. Both the trout and beef are locally sourced.

Dinner for four at the El Tovar Restaurant in the Grand Canyon

South Rim | El Tovar Dining Room Restaurant

Dine in sophistication at the El Tovar Hotel just like Teddy Roosevelt did in 1906. Today, it remains a world-class destination with food to match the spectacular sandstone scenery.

Maswik Lodge. Courtesy photo

South Rim | Maswik Lodge

Spread over several acres of Ponderosa Pine forest, with cafeteria, sports bar with a wide screen TV, curio shop, and a transportation/activities desk.

The view from the deck at the Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim.

Grand Canyon Lodge and Cabins at the North Rim

The only lodging on the Grand Canyon's North Rim, the renowned Grand Canyon Lodge is located at Bright Angel Point.

A bull elk at the Grand Canyon

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El Tovar Hotel and Restaurant at the Grand Canyon's South Rim.

South Rim | El Tovar Hotel

The premier lodging facility at the Grand Canyon. The Hotel has hosted such luminaries as Theodore Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, and Western author Zane Grey.

Kachina Lodge. Courtesy photo

South Rim | Kachina Lodge

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Bright Angel Lodge in the Grand Canyon. NPS photo by Micheal Quinn.

South Rim | Bright Angel Lodge & Cabins

A National Historic Landmark. Designed by famed architect Mary Jane Colter. Just a few feet from the Canyon rim, it's the check-in point for mule rides.

Bright Angel Campground in the Grand Canyon. Photo by NPS Michael Quinn

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