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“Lunch at Happy hour at El Tavor”

El Tovar Lodge Dining Room
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

I wanted very much to stay at El Tavor. But anticipation for reservations are around 1 year.
As we were visiting the South Rim we went for lunch.

Very good options and prices and a very nice atmosphere. The hotel is 100 years old and preserved since than.

We had a table by the window with view over the canyon.

And at the end of the day we returned to the bar for a beer and wine waiting for sunset.

Recommend a visit to El Tavor.


Thank AnettePegas
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Reviewed July 26, 2014

Food at the dinner was average, with some dishes better than others. We usually go with pastas when in doubt and the pastas here weren't disappointing. The fish (trout and salmon) were also good. However the next evening we felt a little more adventurous and went for the quail which turned out to be too salty. The desserts although looked very good tasted just ok. The server was friendly and the overall ambiance was good. We didn't regret dining here and will do it again, but will stick to pastas and fish next time and will skip desserts.

I must mention that breakfasts are great value. The portion was huge and keep us full all the way to Las Vegas on our departure day ;)

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Thank NPFanCA
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Reviewed July 24, 2014

Feels a bit like a government run dinning room or other monopoly.... don't like it, go to the other cliff top olde-worlde Grand Canyon hotel restaurant that Clinton dined at.

First the parking, what parking? We came for dinner and were staying elsewhere (couldn't get in 5 months out!) and circled for 10 minutes to find parking.

Dining room was impressive, hunting lodge decor and all the trimmings but web site etc says dress code is trousers, collared shirts and no thongs. Yet, we're surrounded by small kids and adults in whatever holiday gear.

Our family of 4 included 2 adult boys over 21 and it was our last nights dinner in US. Waiter would not accept our Australian drivers license for liquor service, first time in 14 days and 3 states. So much for a special evening.

I ask to talk to the manager who comes over looking drawn and "over it all" carrying a standard laminated form showing the 7 US state licenses they do accept as proof or your passport. Sure, we always have dinner with our passports. Said it was state, council, federal (whatever) policy or law so.... "I'll have 3 glasses or wine for the 4 of us then..."

Anyway, our waiter was great and helpful, gave him his own tip in hand at the end of the night. Food was good but touristy, not that special for the price and unadventurous for the hype.

Overall, some of the service was ordinary, the ambience spoilt a little with cafeteria like guest but otherwise OK. Spectacular location so....

as I said, if you don't like it, go to the other El Tovar at Grand Canyon.

(BTW. Asked the hotel manager at their sister hotel in Tusayan where we were staying and he said no problem for any photo driver license ID - go figure)

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Thank Kto Z
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Reviewed July 24, 2014

This is my favorite place to come for a drink and watch the sunset. Its a small, warm, and welcoming place, with a sunset view of the canyon. In the summer there is outdoor seating. The only problem, they play the radio outside - and really - why? Wouldn't you rather just hear the ravens calling out over the canyon?

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Reviewed July 23, 2014

My family and I ate lunch after touring the Grand Canyon. We were greeted by the staff and lucky enough to be seated by a window for a partial view. The table we were seated at is pictured in one of the old postcards we saw in a book we have about the Grand Canyon. The food was fresh and homemade!!!! Very delicious!! Our waiter Rusty Griswald( no joke) was superb!! He helped make our 14 year old's birthday memorable. He had the kitchen prepare a slice of apple pie with the trimmings for a birthday treat. The pie slice had a candle in it for him to blow out and written in chocolate cursive around the rim of the plate was Happy Birthday! It was a family memory we will never forget and one our 14 year old will talk about for generations to come.

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