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Therma Drive, Eagle Nest, NM 87718
+1 575-377-3424
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good22%
  • Average16%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“ice cream” (23 reviews)
“fries” (13 reviews)
“burger” (20 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Mexican
$$ - $$$
Therma Drive, Eagle Nest, NM 87718
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1 - 10 of 68 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In this little town there aren't many places to dine at night. Kaw Lijas is a diner that has your typical diner food. I had a BLT and they were a little skimpy on the bacon. Boyfriend had pulled pork sliders… They were OK. The...More

Thank Tlynn C
Reviewed July 13, 2017

Great stop to grab some ice cream and walk around Eagle Nest. The food and service is average. We have stopped twice for lunch but several times for ice cream.

Thank TheOCfromBigD
Reviewed July 12, 2017

Very friendly staff and a menu of very well prepared food classics. As mentioned by others - the burger with home made fries (crisp wedges) is really good! My family had other dishes and we all sat back and agreed it to be a super...More

Thank Peter_DK2970
Linda H, Owner at Kaw-Lija's, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2017

Thank you for your business! Please stop in again!

Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

We had breakfast at this place, the dining area was slightly understaffed and they handled it with professional grace. The food tastes great and the prices are reasonable! Good little place to eat with your family.

Thank Claytony565
Linda H, Owner at Kaw-Lija's, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2017

Thank you for eating with us. Please stop in again!

Reviewed July 7, 2017 via mobile

Great burgers and homemade fries. Don't forget the cherry chocolate chunk ice cream. We go every vacation in enchanted circle area

Thank Kyle T
Reviewed July 6, 2017

We love to drive over Bobcat from Red River and shop the stores in Eagle Nest, go to the Farmers Market when open, and eat at Kaw-Lija's! My son love the Green Chili Burger and I love the Green Chili Chicken Quesadillas. Live music on...More

Thank texsquaredancers
Linda H, Owner at Kaw-Lija's, responded to this reviewResponded July 7, 2017

We love having you in our businesses. Thanks so much for the kind words! Look forward to next time!

Reviewed July 4, 2017 via mobile

The Food and service was excellent. Very highly recommended. An added bonus was their courtesy to folks in need that poked their heads in from the street.

Thank Colleen R
Linda H, Owner at Kaw-Lija's, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2017

Thank you for taking time to review our restaurant. It is our busiest holiday of the summer! Happy your experience was great!

Reviewed July 1, 2017

Very charming place. The food is wonderful. Hand cut fries, what could be better, ice cream , coffee, pastries. The decor is 50's & 60's. The menus on on vinyl records. The staff was great, treated us like family. Sit out on the patio if...More

Thank Joe G
Reviewed June 30, 2017 via mobile

I was spending a few days in the area, so i dropped in for lunch. The steak fingers were really good, so I graduated to the chicken fried steak for dinner the next day. I really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere on the patio. The side...More

Thank Mark M
Reviewed June 21, 2017

My wife and I ate at Kaw-Lija's, both getting hamburger and fries. Fabulous "home cooked" hamburger...large and filling. Fries were very good as well. Service was excellent. There was a very talented gentleman who was singing out front...he was great and everyone enjoyed. Great place...More

Thank Ron F
Linda H, Owner at Kaw-Lija's, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2017

Thanks for eating with us. Glad your experience was great!!!

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September 13, 2015|
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Response from Patrick B | Reviewed this property |
I'm not positive, but I believe they open for lunch around 11 AM and stay open till around 8 PM. They do close early sometimes if it is slow. I think they close for the season on the 27th of Sept.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $15
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Therma Drive, Eagle Nest, NM 87718
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Eagle Nest
  • Phone Number: +1 575-377-3424
  • E-mail
Kaw-Lija's is located downtown in beautiful Eagle Nest, New Mexico. We are a 50s-60s diner and also offer a complete old-fashioned ice cream parlor and specialty coffee bar. We have been in business for 31 years! Currently our schedule is Monday - Sunday 8am to 8pm. We have been written up in Sunset Magazine on three different occasions!!! Checkout our quality food!
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