A grand dining room appointed in the style of the wealthy Old West, the restaurant at El Tovar is perfect for that something special experience you’re hoping for in Grand Canyon Village. With its location right off the Rim Trail and easy access to canyon vistas, you’ll enjoy tasty fare alongside unbeatable views. Dine in elegance for reasonable prices, too!
El Tovar Dining Room Ambiance
The love and care that went into designing this dining room is evident the moment you set foot inside. Luxuriously decorated with indigenous stone and exposed pine beams, El Tovar Dining Room conveys a sense of easy southwestern elegance. Expertly painted murals covering the walls represent the culture and history of four local Native American Tribes: the Apache, the Mojave, the Hopi, and the Navajo.
Having welcomed prestigious guests from all walks of life, from Teddy Roosevelt to Paul McCartney, El Tovar Dining Room is no stranger to the luxe life. That said, the ambiance is also comfortable and reassuring – no need to be a Kennedy to dine here! You’ll enjoy the rustic and welcoming nature of the décor and feel at home regardless of where you’re coming from.
El Tovar Dining Room Food
El Tovar Dining Room serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also has an adjacent lounge that’s open later for drinks. Their traditional menu is inspired primarily by southwestern cuisine and culture, but you will also find some classic American fare, too. As many ingredients are possible are sourced locally, so you’re getting a distinctive meal you truly won’t find elsewhere.
Breakfast fare is delicious and inspired, including basics like bagels and coffee but also including delicious dishes like Peach Melba Belgian waffles. As you might expect, lunch is less expensive than dinner and a bit more casual in fare. Look for hot sandwiches, their popular Navajo tacos, and the house made quiche. Dinner options span the gamut from soups and salads (including the fun Whittlesey Salad, a Mexican-inspired offering) to steak, fish, and creative vegetarian dishes.
They also have a delightful wine program that features over 100 varieties of wine, all produced by well-regarded domestic wineries. More than 70% of the vineyards are organic and sustainable, too, so you’re sure to discover a delightful new wine during your dinner.
It may also be helpful for families to know that you can request a half portion of any entrée for your children at a reduced price, so they don’t need to order kid-only fare.
El Tovar Dining Room Details
One important thing to keep in mind when considering El Tovar Dining Room is the dress code. While you don’t have to show up in formal attire, flip-flops and shorts are discouraged and most guests really will dress in something approaching business casual. Pricing is consistent with a fine dining restaurant outside of a major urban center, with some vegetarian options costing less and certain cuts of meat and fish going at market price.
Because this restaurant is so renowned and popular, reservations are recommended for dinner – and do make sure to make them as far in advance as possible during the busy season. Guests who aren’t staying in the hotel can make reservations up to 30 days in advance, so if you know you want to dine here consider solidifying your plans that early!
As part of the grand El Tovar hotel, the El Tovar Dining Room is very conveniently located within Grand Canyon Village. You’re just steps from the Rim Trail and the historic Hopi House, which is a truly impressive sight. A bit further east you’ll find the Yavapai Geological Museum & Bookstore, and much closest to the west you’ll have easy access to Lookout Studio and Kolb Studio & Park Store. The Grand Canyon Rail Depot is within easy walking distance, too!