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“It's hard to find a great meal when you're outside of what you know, but the Lighthouse exceeded expectations so much that we ha”

Lighthouse Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 34 Restaurants in Gardiner
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $16
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Description: The Lighthouse Restaurant is located in a large 6000 Square foot structure that was built in the 1920's. The main dining room is constructed with wood and logs and has a nice, warm and casual atmosphere.We are located 7 miles north of Gardiner off of highway 89 and the restaurant is surrounded by beautiful mountains and is located 1 mile away from the historic natural wonder (The Devil's Slide). We are open May 21 through September 21 each season.
Reviewed October 2, 2012

Yellowstone is known for it's pristine beauty, nearly undisturbed wildlife, and terrible food. While dining in a sub-par establishment, we happened upon diners who were similarly underwhelmed with the food on their plates. They had been in the Gardiner area for a bit, and mentioned how they'd enjoyed their supper at Lighthouse. We thought we should give it a try, so reservations were made. What a treat! It was nearing the end of their season, and though they were short-staffed, the service did not lack in professionalism, kindness, slight sass (which was appropriate for our group), and happiness to accommodate those of us with menu questions. From the first bite of the appetizer, to the last of the dessert, we were more than pleased with all that filled our over-stuffed selves. Without hesitation, we were set on celebrating our last meal on vacation with Lighthouse. Again, we were overjoyed and over-filled with our experience (including a couple of us who had vegan dietary needs). If we find ourselves heading to Yellowstone again, we are sure to be dining at Lighthouse Restaurant as often as we are able.

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Thank katemooredesigns
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

The owners are a family from Seattle who had a place at Pike Place Mkt. Their friendliness made up for the kitchen's slowness the night we were there.

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Reviewed September 25, 2012

This restaurant is exactly what Gardiner needed: a great place to eat for a very reasonable price! The restaurant is located 7 miles north of Gardiner, in Corwin Springs. The staff is very friendly and helpful and, most importantly: they serve really great food!

We ate here 3 times during our 10-day visit to Yellowstone National Park. The menu isn’t very extensive but there’s something to everyone’s liking. We had the pasta with creamy tomato sauce (once with shrimp, once with chicken: both were excellent!), the New York Steak (cooked to perfection!) and the Thai lime tilapia fish with rice. All meals were delicious!

Since the wildlife in Yellowstone National Park got us delayed a bit, we arrived later than expected for dinner twice. But that was no problem at all: the Lighthouse is open till 11 p.m. and they gladly serve you a delicious meal at 10.30 p.m. And they didn’t rush us at all to finish our meals.

The desserts are great too: the hot chocolate fudge cake is even yummie without the rich cream cheese frosting.

The beverages are served in cans, which is actually a good thing. It means you get the real thing and that your Coke or Sprite doesn’t have that chlorine taste which we have encountered in other places in the U.S.A.
Other guests at the hotel we stayed at in Gardiner, also ate at the Lighthouse. We compared notes and they were equally impressed with the great food and very reasonable prices.

Too bad the Lighthouse is only open part of the year: from May 21st till September 21st (I guess that’s the peak season for visiting Yellowstone National Park). They’re closed on Tuesdays as well, but hey: everyone deserves a break! It’s a joy to eat at the Lighthouse and when we return to Yellowstone, we’ll definitely eat there again.

By the way: they deliver too! Good job guys and looking forward to seeing you again in the future!

Marian & Nico – Eindhoven, the Netherlands

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Thank Marian E
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

We just ate here last night which was their last night before closing for the season (which may be part of the problem). The waiter was very pleasant, but we never received the sodas or salads that we ordered. My husband and I both ordered pasta, but my marinara and his cream sauce were exactly the same. When I told our waiter there was a mistake, he insisted I had never had homemade marinara. He also recommended we have beef with our pasta rather than chicken or shrimp. The beef was tough and not very good. When we received our check we were charged for the sodas and salads. The waiter had no idea we didn't receive them, but he graciously removed them from our bill.
I am surprised so many people rated this restaurant highly.

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Thank Tim C
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

Loved this little restaurant in the middle of nowhere. Great quality, unexpectedly. creative dishes at unbelievable prices. Friendly waitstaff. Dessert was delicious...try the chocolate or carrot cake.

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Thank Deb6554
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