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“Enjoyed breakfast better than Dinner” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mammoth Hot Springs Dining Room

Mammoth Hot Springs Dining Room
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Scenic view, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Cumbria
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Enjoyed breakfast better than Dinner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013

We stayed at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel for two nights having pre-booked via the front desk at the Snow Lodge. The dining room building is across the car park from the hotel building with no covered walkway so if the weather is inclement the prospective diner suffers! We found the staff very pleasant apart from one waiter in the morning at breakfast who was particularly dour! The breakfast was very good and tasty. We only had one dinner here due to the fact that we arrived at ten minutes past eight on our first night after a really difficult journey through horrendous weather from the Snow Lodge [ who had informed the Mammoth Hotel that we would be a late check-in] and the dining room/kitchen said we were too late to eat and yet the following evening they were taking people in after 9.00pm! We had dinner the second night courtesy of the hotel as we had complained about our accommodation. The food was quite tasty but we had been seated under an air conditioning outlet/fan so there was a slight chill and the food got cold quickly so we didn't eat it all. The menu looked good and what we ate was very good but it was overpriced but then Xanterra have a captive audience unless you want the five mile drive back to Gardiner [which we had to the first night] to eat in the town. The dining room building was erected in 1937 and has some really lovely architectural design.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Martinsville, Virginia
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229 reviews
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“Best Winter Dinner in Yellowstone”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

We ate dinner and lunch at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel dining room during our one night stay at the hotel in the middle of our Trail of the Wolf snowmobile tour from Old Faithful Snow Lodge and back. While we liked the lodging at the Snow Lodge better than at Mammoth, we liked the meals better at Mammoth. The dinner entrees were Pistachio parmesan crusted trout (deliciouse & cooked perfectly!), Lasagna, smoked bison bratwursts (very tasty) and prime rib. We had a quick lunch the next day before we had to hop back on our snowmobile for a 50-mile tour back to the Snow Lodge. The grilled parmesan crusted turkey and Italian Panini sandwiches were good, but the roasted Red Pepper with Smoked Gouda soup was even better. We had a fun and interesting conversation with the Assistant Manager over dinner and then again during lunch the next day. His knowledge of the area and wit really made this part of the trip special. We thought the prices were reasonable, especially since there was nowhere else for us to eat and they could have charged whatever they wanted.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ashland, Illinois
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Hope you are hungry”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

While staying at the Mammoth Hotel across the street, we ate quite a few meals at the Hot Springs Dining Room. We were very pleased with the quality and variety of the food. While not an inexpensive restaurant, we didn't feel Xantera (the managing company) gouged you considering you were somewhat of a captive customer. The portions were plentiful and most of the appetizers would make a complete meal or be shared with the entire table.
Overall, the dining experience helped make our winter get away in Yellowstone a very memorable week.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Greg and Diane L
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Helena, Montana
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“An oasis for winter visitors to Yellowstone”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013

During certain winter months (check for open dates), the dining room at Mammoth Hot Springs offers an oasis of style, comfort, attentive service and excellent food for those who come to Yellowstone to cross-country ski, snowshoe, view wildlife or just soak up the winter experience. Just a very short walk from the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel (and also from the visitor center, post office, shops and such), the dining room has maintained an "old school" dignity. It's spacious and bright, and the service is just about flawless. Note: dinner reservations are mandatory during the winter, but the dining room is also open for breakfast and lunch. The menu includes items that range from light and inexpensive to full and fairly expensive. Some feature local specialties: trout, bison, lamb, huckleberries, etc. The menu also highlights vegan, sustainable, low calorie and gluten free options. Among the items we enjoyed were: bison chili, eggs benedict with trout and lamb stew. Views from the spacious windows are of mountains, hot springs, historic buildings and (often) elk. The cafe/soda fountain next door is open only in the summer season, so the dining room is the only food option in this part of the park during the winter. The dining room service crew tends to be a little more mature than the typical summer crew working in national park facilities, and seems experienced and well trained. Come visit Yellowstone in the "quiet season," avoid the crowds and enjoy a fine meal. Just outside the park about five miles away is the town of Gardiner, Montana. Avoid it, it's a tacky tourist trap. Eat at Mammoth and enjoy the genuine park experience.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Rehoboth5
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Seattle, Washington
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39 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Try one meal, if it isn't great, complain, but don't go back.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

Service is good, kids do a great job. But food quality was not good and some options for service aren't thought out. Food is high $$. Eat in town, for better food and less $.

Visited December 2012
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Thank Nimbostratusdweller
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