Big Bend National Park Restaurants


Chisos Mountains Lodge Restaurant

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Chisos Mountains Lodge Restaurant Review

The decor of this comfy and casual eatery is unassuming, maybe because the star attraction is the signature view through a wall of windows that brings the craggy Chisos Mountains to your table. Breakfast offers the locally inspired Santa Elena Huevos Rancheros and Emory Peak Omelet. Later, choose from dishes like the Poco Caliente Burger, Rio Grande Chicken-Fried Steak, or Pine Canyon Mango Spinach Salad. There's a soup of the day, and if you're lucky, it'll be the thick and silky Cream of Potato. Each table has an informational booklet about the Big Bend region. Arrive around sunset to catch the fading rust-color rays through the Window rock formation at the opposite end of the basin.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 7 miles southwest of Chisos Basin Junction and 9 miles southwest of Panther Junction, Big Bend National Park, TX 79834
  • Phone: 432/477–2292; 855/584–5295
  • Website:
  • Location: Big Bend National Park

    Restaurant Details

  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 10-21-2013

Fodorite Reviews

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    The only game in town…

    To understand this restaurant, one must understand that this is the only restaurant in a very large isolated park. The view is good. The food is very simple and plain, and costs more than you might expect. Many items are food that probably arrives at site frozen and prepared, and the kitchen does basic heating only.

    The hiker’s lunch is a sandwich wrap or PBJ sandwich, apple or orange, potato chips, and cookies. It is almost $10. The wraps were pretty good. The cookies were Oreos, and the potato chips were just dumped into a sandwich bag.

    Things to plan around:
    • They open for breakfast at 7:00. We wanted to get an early start to avoid the worst summer heat, but were limited by the restaurant opening time.
    • They close at 8:00. During the summer, this is before it gets dark, and before the much-celebrated sunset.

    If you are staying at the lodge, the only viable alternative is to bring your own food.

    by StLouisGal, 9/13/12

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