5 Best Restaurants in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

National Park Inn Dining Room

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Meals are simple but tasty in this inn's large dining room, the only restaurant open year-round in the park: flat iron steak, bison meat loaf, rosemary grilled salmon, and blackberry cobbler à la mode. Photos of Mt. Rainier taken by top photographers adorn the walls—a bonus on the many days the mountain refuses to show itself.

Paradise Camp Deli

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Grilled meats, sandwiches, salads, and soft drinks are served daily from May through early October and on weekends and holidays the rest of the year.

Paradise Inn Dining Room

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Tall windows in this historic timber lodge provide terrific views of Rainier, and the warm glow of native wood permeates the large dining room, where hearty Pacific Northwest fare is served. The lunch menu is simple and healthy—burgers, sandwiches, salads, and the like; for dinner, the seasonal menu might include wild salmon, trout, red-wine braised short rib, and one or two meatless entrées. There's also a café in the inn that serves lighter fare all day.

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Summit House

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On top of Crystal Mountain at 6,872 feet is Washington's highest-elevation restaurant with stunning views of the northeastern face of Mt. Rainier. The Summit House is a popular stop for skiers, hikers, and summer tourists, with a menu featuring Northwest cuisine, including wild Pacific cod fish-and-chips in summer (halibut in winter), elk and bison chili, burgers, and huckleberry ice cream. Sit inside to stay warm by the fireplace, or sit outside on the patio and watch chipmunks run along the nearby rocks. The restaurant is reached by riding the scenic gondola from the base of the mountain; note that gondola tickets ($44 for adults; purchase in advance to save $9) must be purchased separately. There are no reservations, so there can be a wait.

On a clear day, photographers will find plenty of vantage points to capture Mt. Rainier (as well as Mt. Adams in the background). It's an epic view that still awes people who've seen it hundreds of times.

33914 Crystal Mountain Blvd., Mt. Rainier National Park, 98022, USA
360-663–3050
Known For
  • mountain views
  • leisurely dining experience
  • accessible only by gondola (tickets sold separately)
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Open seasonally during summer and ski season; check website or call for current hrs

Sunrise Day Lodge Food Service

$

A cafeteria and grill serve tasty hamburgers, chili, hot dogs, and soft-serve ice cream from July through mid-September.

Sunrise Rd., Ashford, 98304, USA
360-663–2425-visitor center
Known For
  • only food service in this part of the park, so it gets busy
  • grill favorites
  • million-dollar views right outside
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed mid-Sept.–June, Reservations not accepted