After a very long day of hiking, we were excited to get to Phantom Ranch Lodge, have some time to relax and refresh ourselves, and then come to Phantom Ranch Canteen for a nice steak dinner.
You should plan in advance if you want steak. Other options are meat chili and vegetarian stew. All of these things sell out well in advance, so check out the Xanterra website and call the right number to book ahead. You will be assigned a dinner time and you should take care to be there on time.
After they confirm your prepaid reservation you go to a large table and find a seat. We were served family-style; steaks come out on a stack on a big plate that you pass around the table, same with salad, potatoes and some steamed greens. Do not expect your steak to be made to order for you (rare, medium, well). Iced tea and water are on the table, coffee is served at the end. If you want wine or beer, you go to the bar and pay extra. It was nice to not have to worry about cooking or clean-up after our long hike, so I'd say it was worth it.