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Carlsbad Caverns Restaurant

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727 Carlsbad Cavern Hwy, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM 88220-9463
+1 505-785-2281
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Avon, Ohio
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1,191 reviews
299 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2,345 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This cafeteria style restaurant is located within the Carlsbad Caverns Visitor Center and we found that it was adequate for getting a lunch during our visit to the caverns. We had the Mexican selection and it was reasonably good and the price was not too inflated like some other National Parks. Unfortunately, the line can get quite long and move... More 

Thank Steve1362
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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90 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This cafe is the 'only game in town' and it's pretty basic. Sandwiches, paninis, salads and soup - all cafeteria-style. There was nothing really special on the menu.

Thank Greg B
Hamden, Connecticut
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322 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

This is the usual NPS (national Park Service) food. It keeps body and soul together and is relatively expensive. Regards, OldeBear

Thank OldeBear
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113 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

It's underground, in the cave. That is the draw. The fare is easy, only a couple of choices. Should be super fast to get order and receive food...but...the credit card machine slows the line down considerably. They desperately need two cash drawers. One for cash only and one for credit card (during the busy season). Probably not necessary for slower... More 

1 Thank Ebazinam
Harlingen, Texas
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101 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I was there visiting the caverns and it was lunch time, I was hoping when I bought lunch that it was supporting the National Park system. I do not believe it was, after reading some of the signs around the restaurant. Not sure why I am calling it a restaurant. It is more cafeteria style, you order food and take... More 

Thank Scott S
San Juan Capistrano, California
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We had read the reviews and had reasonable expectations. The prices makes sense given the context of the location being distant from civilization. It's fast-enough, though could be faster if the franchise were run by Chipotle or a similar business. Food is a little pedestrian but edible, with pre-packaged ice cream bars in a freezer that you can grab. If... More 

Thank SanJuanCapoMom
Rochester, New York
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

Nothing good. Dont eat there if you have other options. The quality of food and service is cheap but the food it NOT! We didnt care for it. Avoid it if you can

Thank nikunj t
Kerrville, Texas
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133 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

For a National Park visitor center, we found the food to be very good and reasonably priced. I had the Pork Adovado with rice and enjoyed it very much. SWMBO had the tacos which were very tasty. This was the second time we've eaten there and both times the service and the food were very good.

1 Thank Philbytx
Cincinnati, OH
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56 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

This was a large cafeteria connected to a large, nice gift shop. Perfect place to wait on someone taking a cavern tour. The food was average, but a lot was offered. Hot food, cold food, live cafeteria line. Something for everyone.

Thank Nancy2225
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82 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

There are two snack bars serving hot andpm cold food . It is mostly Mexican food and my food wasn't very hot. More like tepid. But, the convenience made it worthwhile.

Thank icatlady

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Parking Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 727 Carlsbad Cavern Hwy, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM 88220-9463
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Carlsbad Caverns National Park
  • Phone Number: +1 505-785-2281

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?