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Carlsbad Caverns Restaurant

727 Carlsbad Caverns Hwy, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM 88220
+1 505-785-2281
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  • Excellent8%
  • Very good30%
  • Average44%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible7%
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“sandwich” (11 reviews)
“quesadillas” (5 reviews)
“guacamole” (2 reviews)
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727 Carlsbad Caverns Hwy, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM 88220
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We were here near closing which made for limited meal choices. This is a typical buffet type attraction-restaurant. The food was mediocre but sufficed for a quick pre-bat flight meal.

Thank TouringTwoTimers
Reviewed 4 days ago

Not a lot of places to eat between the time you exit the caverns until the bats fly, so we tried the restaurant. The service was poor and slow. The food was a poor value for the money and was bland to the point of...More

Thank tridcod
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed late lunches here on 2 consecutive days. The food is delicious and reasonably priced. They aim for local, sustainable and organic. It is the only place for real food at the Caverns, as the snack bar down in the caverns really only has...More

Thank Donna T
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Four if us ate in the Caverns restaurant. The food was ok, but not great. I suggest the burger or hit dog. I had a pork in red chili sauce, served over seasoned rice; it was actually pretty tasty but somewhat tough. Given the location,...More

Thank John T
Reviewed 31 July 2017

We were starving after spending 3 hours in the cave (1 of which was a grueling hike out the natural entrance)! So, we would have given our right arm for food by the time we reached the restaurant in the gift shop. I got the...More

Thank Kelli H
Reviewed 27 July 2017

Most national parks have a least one pretty good place to eat. That would be a big plus for Carlsbad Caverns NP. Even though the overall set up for food service is good, and food choices sound good and staff is preparing/assembling the meals freshly,...More

Thank SacCath
Reviewed 23 July 2017

we had about 35 minutes between tours and thought about going out to our car and fix a sandwich ( had a cooler with all the stuff) but was very hot- so went to restaurant in the visitor center-- many choices of hot/cold foods- my...More

1  Thank barbiewalker72
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

We visited after our tour and while waiting for the bats experience. Our meal was basic but served with a smile in a clean environment and there was plenty of choice.

Thank Cesfi1
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

We had burgers here and i dont think they were beef. They were nasty. I think they were soybean. This restaurant needs to get rid of the flys. We paid 31 dollars for 2 burgers with 2 drinks. This restaurant was too expensive.

Thank Carol S
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised by the selection and quality of food items & refreshing cold fountain drinks available in the visitor center restaurant. We ordered the The Cave Dweller, a turkey sandwich with guacamole, and it was very good. Many hot items were available on...More

Thank krisranbay
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Donna J
8 July 2017|
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Response from bcreff | Reviewed this property |
They have salads and fruit as I recall.
Eileene K
12 June 2017|
Response from TeamBosquez | Reviewed this property |
I think it was like 9-5 for the restaurant. Of course it may be different entering a peak season. It was not busy at all when we went. So worth it!
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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
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Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 727 Carlsbad Caverns Hwy, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM 88220
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Carlsbad Caverns National Park
  • Phone Number: +1 505-785-2281
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