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Portal Peak Lodge Store & Cafe

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2358 Rock House Rd, Portal, AZ 85632
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Limited variety, good food, good service

I've enjoyed many meals here--bkfst., lunch, supper, on several visits for about 20 years. Yes, the menu is limited. Yes the prices are more than you'd pay at Denny's (see any Denny's in town?). Just getting the supplies here is more expensive than for most places. Yes, it is small and basic... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 12, 2014
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Columbia, Missouri
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Seattle
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136 reviews 136 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

I had lunch here two days in a row while staying at Rusty's RV ranch and birding Cave Creek. Their green chili burger is outstanding. My second lunch I had the grilled chicken sandwich with swiss cheese and bacon. It was EXCELLENT. It was a BIG chicken sandwich, enough so that lunch filled me up for the rest of the... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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53 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

DH and I had the dogs (2) with us, so we were lucky it was a beautiful day. We sat outside,among the sycamore trees and bird feeders with the pups on leash. We both decided to get a panini, so we split 1 of 2 different kinds. We ordered the swiss cheese and mushroom panini and the tomato with basil... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

On a recent trip to Tucson my husband & I took a detour to Portal for lunch. We usually take I-10 & make the mad dash to visit friends and family. This time we took the back roads, had a very leisurely drive across New Mexico and made the stop in Portal. I was surprised to find such a quirky... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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225 restaurant reviews
240 helpful votes 240 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I've enjoyed many meals here--bkfst., lunch, supper, on several visits for about 20 years. Yes, the menu is limited. Yes the prices are more than you'd pay at Denny's (see any Denny's in town?). Just getting the supplies here is more expensive than for most places. Yes, it is small and basic, but that's the charm--still, it has some pluses--wine,... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

There is simply no other place to eat in Portal. During their busy times the restaurant can be crowded but they try mightily to please. I particularly like that when you are with a group you can order ahead making their service more efficient. The food, with a Mexican emphasis is good.

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Morro Bay, CA
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

As folks have said, it is the only place to eat in Portal. So ratings shouldn't be compared to a "4" in more urban environments. It is simple in a sense, but I think that is what makes it taste so good. I do love subtle sauces and the like, but these are basic burgers. And very tasty! A little... More 

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New Mexico
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

quaint store with surprises like Himalayan salt, good beer, good wine, and chili cheese fritos.... seriously though, they have the little things you may have forgotten and a decent cafe when you dont feel like cooking or are tired of sandwiches.

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Richmond CA
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

This is the only place one can eat in Portal. Thank goodness the food is excellent. Very casual. Lots of birders.

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Bristol
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Terrific friendly service, simple but delicious food, great place to eat - the cobblers are the best!

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Bowling Green, Ohio, United States
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We've birded the Chiricahua's several times and usually stay at one of the cottages with kitchens and prepare our own meals. But this trip we ate one night at the Portal Store. My wife had the BLT, my son and I had the Santa Fe sandwich. All were very good. We all had the excellent peach cobbler. The prices in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2358 Rock House Rd, Portal, AZ 85632
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Portal

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 25

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