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Portal Peak Lodge Store & Cafe

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$$ - $$$
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2358 S Rock House Rd, Portal, AZ 85632-9950
+1 520-558-2223
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were just rolling through didn't have a lot of time. However it was nice "stretch my legs" stop. I bought a couple beers from the General Store and sat outside next to the band shell u under the trees. It w as quiet, peaceful and just perfect for a little R&R. Don't miss this little gem if you're traveling... More 

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Rhode Island
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

Portal is a very small town and can't support big establishments. That said the cafe is a small country affair with good food at reasonable prices. The staff is efficient and friendly. If you prefer you can eat at the outside patio. Be sure to try the cobbler with a scoop of ice cream. The store carries a small variety... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

We ate here as part of a group of 24. We were served a large portion of smoked chicken, beans and cole slaw, followed by a nice square of carrot cake. Our friends told us the food was better when they visited with fewer people.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

Portal is like going back in time - the town consists of a library, a post office and the Portal Peak Lodge Store and Café. We were served a hearty breakfast and loved the atmosphere. After breakfast we walked up a path and enjoyed the mountain air and scenery.

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Rimrock, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

While on a recent trip through the spectacular Chiricahua Mountains on our way to visit the Geronimo Surrender Site, we happened to stop at a wonderful backroad Arizona destination called the Portal Peak Lodge Store & Cafe. This is truly a slice of Arizona history with the type of hospitality that used to be so common here and is now... More 

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Silver City, New Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

I never had food served on a small aluminum tray before but that was ok! Fries are thick and hot and the sandwich not too bad. The menu is limited but they do have an awful lot of beer and wine! Just a bit too pricey for my wallet.

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Thank Merry G
Walla Walla, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Lucky for all the birders and naturalists that visit the Portal area, this little cafe is a great spot to have lunch or diinner. Really good burgers, fresh salads and yummy paninis, as well as cold draft beer. It sure saved our rears several times after a long hot day of birding and hiking. And the option to dine outside... More 

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Thank Sue P
Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

Portal is a mecca for birders, naturalists and others who appreciate nature The mall cafe reminds you of a time warp...where locals might ride their horses up to the hitching post to grab a meal and local gossip. They even still have a Phone Booth...for those of us who remember them

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Thank Marc W
California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

I love stopping into Portal and if you are in the area be sure to try the store and Café. The tomato basil panini was exceptional. The staff is friendly and helpful. Don't let the appearance deceive you. It is an old building but well worth a visit.

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Boston, MA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2016

While birding in the Chiricahuas recently I stopped in at the Portal Peak Lodge Cafe for a late lunch. I had eaten here before with a birding group but that was a number of years ago. I was happy to discover it's the same funky and fun place that I recall. I had a vegetarian bean and rice burrito with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $25
Cuisine
Mexican, American, Cafe
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2358 S Rock House Rd, Portal, AZ 85632-9950
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Portal
  • Phone Number: +1 520-558-2223

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?