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“Great View, Very Well Prepared Tho Limited Menu, GREAT Service”

Glacier Bay Lodge Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 7 Restaurants in Gustavus
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 20 July 2017

The interior of the restaurant is quite pleasant, but the views of Barlett Cove are what dominate the eye upon entry to the restaurant at the Glacier Bay Lodge Restaurant. One should try to get a table at the windows or, if the weather permits, a table on the expansive deck.

Unfortunately, once one looks at the menu, the glow from the view might fade a bit. We found the choices on the menu to be very limited and, worse, remarkably uninspired. For instance, we found it amazing that there was NO "rice" dish available for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Are you kidding? No rice, at all? In fact, there is no "grain" dish. Oh, and NO pasta, either. Just a lot of mashed potatoes!

Sadly, this is true despite the fact that the restaurant has a talented chef.

Fortunately, the talent of that chef and the quality of the kitchen staff is evident in the quality of the meals that can be ordered. During our four-day stay, we enjoyed the Fish & Chips, the Rib-eye Steak, the Steak Sandwich, the Cheeseburger, the oatmeal and three-egg omelettes. (Yes, it did get boring, but each of these meals were well prepared and we would recommend each of them!)

There is a breakfast buffet, but we generally felt that we were not hungry enough to justify the price.

Speaking of price, it is NOT low. But it is probably not that different than elsewhere in remote Alaska. In fact the two better restaurants in the area charge significantly higher prices. But then, the meals there are inspired and well executed. One of those restaurants has a James Beard nominated chef.

Unfortunately, in speaking with others staying at the Glacier Bay Lodge, we found that many of them were actually eating in their cabins with food that they had brought from elsewhere.

Too bad that menu choice and price combined to keep them from eating at this restaurant.

You need to know that the wait staff and the kitchen staff will do all that they can to meet your needs. For instance, it is not always evident that there is a menu for children. Just ask for it. If you do not want a large breakfast, and a bagel with cream cheese might meet the need, ask for it. We found that they are available. Do you want a bowl of fresh fruit to go with that bagel, just ask. We found that it was available. If you want a sandwich instead of a large meal from the dinner menu, ask for it. We found them to be available.

I have left the best for last. The wait staff at this restaurant are FANTASTIC! Without exception, over our five day stay, we found them to be personable, informed and intent on meeting the needs of the customer. The service that they provided was far better than that we have received at much higher ranked restaurants.

It is truly unfortunate that the National Park Service and/or Aramark corporate are restricting the chef and restaurant management on questions of menu choice and price.

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Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

The Glacier bay lodge restaurant is the only place to eat while at the lodge. The menu was varied with a special every night.
The food was very good, if you ask for the bar menus the food is cheaper for some reason. We had Burgers, steak, chowder all excellent.

Thank phyllis a
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

There were four of us and two had halibut while the other two had steak. We were all very happy. It was the best halibut I've had. Very moist and tender. The vegetables were good also. I'm sure it was all sauted in butter, but hey, I was on vacation. Our waitress Donna was very good also. Very attentive, helpful and informative. And just plain nice on top of it.

Thank Adrienne F
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

food was very good and service was very good except for one night (waiter more interested in talking to friends than waiting on us); recommend combining breakfast with your reservation ... this will be a buffet with coffee, juice, eggs, fruit, bacon, sausage, pancakes and biscuits available ... and will allow you to get to tour very quickly ... just remember to get the breakfast vouchers when you check into the Inn; recommend anything on the menu

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Thank Mark K
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Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Good operating hours and a wide menu variety. Food was exceptional. Staff was great - very talkative, fun and engaging. Steak, fish & chips, halibut, fish & chips were all wonderful. Breakfast was very good as well.

Thank LSUTraveller
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