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Thunderbird Lodge Cafeteria

Canyon De Chelly, Chinle, AZ 86503
+1 800-679-2473
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  • Excellent15%
  • Very good32%
  • Average34%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“fry bread” (19 reviews)
“mutton stew” (9 reviews)
“tacos” (7 reviews)
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American, Native American
Canyon De Chelly, Chinle, AZ 86503
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Reviews (175)
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1 - 10 of 175 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and i both ate dinner and breakfast here. The small taco on fry bread was excellent. Plain fried bread is marvelous. We also had the canyon burger and french fries. They were also very good there blueberry pancakes for breakfast in the morning...More

Thank Larry M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant is adjacent to the Thunderbird Lodge at the entrance to Canyon de Chelly. After driving through Chinle and seeing no other restaurant that appealed to us, we ate dinner at the Lodge. It is cafeteria style so the food is pretty basic but...More

Thank Jay S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food was just ok, service was very slow, waited forever for drinks and we were so thirsty. No refills offered. Coffee served with powdered creamer. They don't get much business and it shows.

1  Thank Tricia G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was staying overnight at the Thunderbird Lodge, so the cafeteria next door was convenient. It is open 7 AM to 9 PM. I had dinner there around 7:30 PM after driving the south rim. Restaurant is retro-style. I found that appealing. Food is served...More

1  Thank Larry R
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

The sign of a good restaurant, the food smells good, the staff is friendly and hard working. Theutton stew and fry bread, authentic and yummy! They were doing some deep cleaning and we appreciate the effort. The accommodations were quiet, clean and comfortable. They called...More

Thank magsdestiny
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Perhaps because it was fairly late, the food seemed like it had been sitting for a while. Our server was somewhat disorganized, giving one of us a fairly smaller portion of the ribs we requested, only because her roast pan was empty. She had a...More

Thank Len D
Reviewed 5 April 2017

The food is good basic food. The cafeteria food in the pans is not so good. The prices are reasonable and the location is fairly remote.

Thank phxfox48
Reviewed 31 March 2017

The pickings for food in Chinle are very limited. If you look at the reviews of other TA contributors, you will see the problems in vivid detail. We chose to accept the obvious and simply decided to stay close to the Lodge. That decision left...More

2  Thank 1234texas
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

Large portions at reasonable prices. Our group loved the Navajo taco and fry bread. The mutton, not so much. Breakfast was good, with omelets made to order, biscuits and fresh fruit salad. Efficient and pleasant. We noticed many locals stopping there on the way to...More

Thank omay45
Reviewed 28 March 2017

Out of state workers for IHS my spouse and I frequented cafeteria because of the wonderful strawberry cake, in/out hot food, nice atmosphere, native style, and friendly staff. Enjoyed short drive down through canyon. Recommend to travelers and sight seerers.

Thank HSKS2011
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I want to download a menu but cannot find one anywhere. Did anyone happen to take pictures of it? I would love to see it. Thanks.
1 April 2017|
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Response from 1234texas | Reviewed this property |
The 2 other answers are good ones. I think they "fly by seat of the pants" when it cones to making plans for what to serve! Remember, you do not have any other decent choices from what we were able to uncover. They will... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Native American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Canyon De Chelly, Chinle, AZ 86503
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Chinle
  • Phone Number: +1 800-679-2473
  • E-mail