The Cedar Grove Snack Bar is located on the first floor of the Cedar Grove Lodge and serves light meals and snacks, and offers both indoor and outdoor seating. The Cedar Grove Lodge is located in Cedar Grove Village. Cedar Grove is at the end of the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway, about 30 miles east of Grant Grove and next to the Sentinel Campground. This is the only restaurant at the eastern end of Kings Canyon. There are no other restaurants nearer than Grants Grove, which is a winding, 1+ hour climb/drive away.
I went with my wife in mid-July to eat lunch before we started hiking. We got there are about 1:45 PM and they stopped serving lunch at about 2:00 PM. We were real happy that we made it before they shut it down (since we had not eaten lunch yet and the only other alternative was snacks from the gift shop). We both had a hamburger and chips and thought they were good (much better than expected – although it is hard to mess up a hamburger).
The snack bar is like a small cafeteria where you order and pay at the counter. The young man running the counter was friendly and helpful. The menu is limited, so you will be repeating your choices if you stay here more than a few days. We sat at one of the outdoor tables and enjoyed great views of the Kings River while eating. We also enjoyed watching Blue Jays playing in the trees and on the deck railings of the restaurant. They had a big storm the night before and lost power for a while and still could not get the credit card machines to work so we had to use cash.
Overall I thought the food was good and was happy they built a snack bar down in the Canyon. We were glad this place was here as we were spending the entire day in Kings Canyon and if this place was not open we would not have eaten much (other than snacks).
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