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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