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The Best Places To Eat in the Park

The park's restaurants aren’t as much about five-star dining (with one notable exception) as they are about kicking back in a friendly, one-of-a-kind atmosphere to enjoy hearty fare. 

The Old Faithful Inn (tel. 1-866-599-6674): Don’t miss a chance to linger over a meal under the soaring stone-and-timber architecture of the park’s best hotel. The menu leans toward steak, seafood, and local favorites like bison. 

  • The Lake Yellowstone Hotel (tel. 307/344-7311): A tinkling piano, Victorian details, and large picture windows over the lake give this restaurant Yellowstone’s most elegant air. 

The Best Places to Eat Outside the Parks

You might be practically in the wilderness out here, but the park’s gateway towns boast some mighty fine dining choices. 

  • In Jackson, Wyoming: It’s tough to pick just one favorite in the culinary capital of Wyoming, but Snake River Grill (tel. 307/733-0557;) has long been the preferred stop of locals and guests alike for its inventive, genre-blending dishes ranging from Asian-style noodles to quail. It’s a splurge, but a worthy one.
  • In Cody, Wyoming: Cassie’s Supper Club (tel. 307/527-5500) is a brothel turned cowboy eatery, plating up some of the best steaks in the Rockies. After dinner, country bands hold court over the bustling dance floor. 
  • Near Gardiner, Montana: Chico Dining Room (tel. 406/333-4933), the restaurant at a beloved hot springs resort, offers a refined dining experience in the middle of nowhere. There’s no better way to finish a day (or kick off an evening) of thermal relaxation than with a superb meal and a glass of wine from the extensive list here. 
 

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.