On a cold June afternoon, we decided to take a lunch break at Roosevelt Lodge. We had read that it was one of the better eating places in the park. However, given that all the eating establishments are run by Xanterra, I couldn't see why it would be better than Canyon Lodge (which was poor). Nonetheless, while in the park, there aren't a lot of choices, so we headed in to avoid the rain. Well, so did everyone else. We received a buzzer for the wait and found a small table near the fireplace which was burning. The restaurant was packed, but turnover was fairly rapid, so all the tables where people were waiting kept getting rearranged.
When we finally got seated - 20 minutes,as promised - I got a nice, warming cup of hot chocolate and my husband got a cup of coffee. The waitress was pleasant and efficient and took our orders after we perused the menu. Afterwards, we heard the waitress at the next table telling them about the specials. No specials for us! Not that we minded, the specials didn't appeal, but I guess our waitress made an executive decision based on the crowded nature of the place. Similarly, once we finished our meal, she cleared our plates and placed our bill on the table. The table next to us was asked whether they were interested in dessert - no offer for us - that pesky, decision-making waitress again. Again, we were not interested - maybe she was just psychic.
The food was good - I had a taco salad, without any meat, although that was an option. I got my veggies for the day and it's been a long time since I had one of those. Overall, I enjoyed the lodge and would recommend it.