We ate here our first night staying at the Lodge. Honestly, one meal was quite enough.

SERVICE: Actually, the service was the best part of the restaurant experience. The waitstaff were cheerful and willing to help, and if I’d actually drank all the water they gave me I would have been water-logged. Positive and attentive servers are one positive point for this restaurant.

ATMOSPHERE: The lodge had recently been remodeled such that you couldn’t tell it had been remodeled, and the atmosphere was that of a gigantic log cabin. I felt dwarfed by the large dinning hall, which was scaled to seat something like two hundred people.

PRESENTATION: Elegant and simple. Really, the food looked better than it tasted.

FOOD: Not unpleasant, but unimaginative. Not worth the exorbitant prices being charged for it. The main problem I had with both of the restaurants on the mountain that we tried, was that, since they have a monopoly on all food eaten in the park, they didn’t feel any reason to improve their standards. $20 for a Coq au Vin that more closely resembles a chicken casserole made with cream of mushroom soup than the chicken breast baked with dry local Riesling, fresh vegetables, and creme fraiche that the menu describes? Not something I’ll do twice.

GLUTEN FREE NOTE: Neither of the Inns on the mountain really could supply anything safely gluten free. If you’re celiac, or wheat intolerant, it’s advisable that you bring your own food rather than rely on the National Park Service to help you. That is, unless you really like having spinach salad and ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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