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Where to Eat and Drink in and Around Yellowstone National Park

From triple decker PBJs at an old bookstore to elk-topped pizzas near the Roosevelt Arch, here’s where to eat around America’s first national park

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America’s first national park, Yellowstone National Park is a national icon renowned for its explosive geysers, kaleidoscopic hot springs, and some of the most epic wildlife on the continent. At 3,500 square miles, larger than Rhode Island and Delaware put together, it’s as immense as its resident bison, grizzly bears, elk, and wolves. Yellowstone is a veritable Jurassic Park of Americana, drawing more than three million annual visitors to its corner of northwest Wyoming.

Gateway towns like West Yellowstone and tourist centers like Jackson Hole rise to the occasion of feeding the many travelers venturing into the park with stopover-worthy restaurants, bars, and bakeries. Wild game reigns supreme on restaurant menus in both high-end and low-key dining rooms, where diners can sample local products in dishes like buffalo sausage links, elk chili nachos, and Montana Moose Moss ice cream. Beyond game, chefs put their stamp on “mountain town” cuisine in all kinds of unexpected ways, from a Buffalo Bill-worthy plate of prime rib to a James Beard-approved scone skillet. Whether you’re dining inside the park or in nearby towns, here are some of the best places to eat in the Yellowstone area.

Note: A number of restaurants around Yellowstone National Park have resumed dine-in service, but their inclusion here should not be taken as an endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit your state’s coronavirus website. (Go here for Montana, and here for Wyoming.) Find a local vaccination site here.

An RV enthusiast and freelance travel writer, Matt Kirouac is the co-founder and co-host of Hello Ranger, a national parks community blog and podcast.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tumbleweed Bookstore & Cafe

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501 Scott St W
Gardiner, MT 59030
(406) 848-2225
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While you’re shopping for Yellowstone guide books, pull up a sofa and linger a while at Tumbleweed Bookstore & Cafe, a snug one-stop-shop for souvenirs, reading material, and sour cream coffee cake. Much more than your typical morning cafe, Tumbleweed rounds out its coffee and pastries with a full slate of breakfast and lunch fare, like breakfast burritos, hummus wraps flecked with sunflower seeds, falafel pita pockets, and triple-decker PB&Js with raspberry jam on whole wheat. The shop has an inviting living room for lounging and reading and an expansive wooden deck.

The exterior of a bookstore in Montana. The store’s facade is made with weathered wood, and there is a deck that leads to the entrance.
Head to tumbleweed for books and coffee cake
Tumbleweed Bookstore & Cafe/Official Website

2. Wonderland Cafe & Lodge

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206 Main St
Gardiner, MT 59030
(406) 223-1914
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Nestled in the town of Gardiner, Montana, the gateway to Yellowstone’s north entrance, the Wonderland Lodge houses guests in rooms with apt names like the Grizzly Den, Buffalo Suite, and Wapiti Room. Downstairs, the all-day cafe and restaurant is all about scratch cooking and local ingredients, doled out in dishes like elk chili with jalapeño cornbread and maple mascarpone, bison bolognese heaped over angel hair pasta, and poutine slathered in oxtail and rib-eye gravy from Montana ranches. To drink, there’s a full wine list, several local beers, and a surprising cocktail selection incorporating things like sake and kombucha.

A slice of chocolate cake sits atop a white plate, which is garnished with raspberries and a red, fruity drizzle.
Stop at Wonderland Cafe for a slice of cake before entering Yellowstone from the north
Wonderland Cafe & Lodge/Official Website

3. Yellowstone Pizza Company

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210 E Park St
Gardiner, MT 59030
(406) 848-9991
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Located just outside the iconic Roosevelt Arch that signals the northern entrance to Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone Pizza Company slings some of the best slices in the area. The relaxed dining room is pretty frills-free, with picnic tables and photos of the park’s famed wildlife, but the food exceeds expectations thanks largely to a stone-fired oven turning out thin-crust pies with a pleasant crackery crunch and toppings like roasted yellow tomatoes, elk, and chicken alfredo. One of the best house specialties is the Hayden Valley Bison pizza, strewn with crumbled bison sausage, caramelized onions, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, and fresh spinach. 

the facade of the pizza company.
Yellowstone Pizza Company
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4. Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel Dining Room

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Yellowstone National Park, 2 Mammoth Hotel Ave
Mammoth, WY 82190
(307) 344-7311
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Located near the park’s northern entrance, the historic Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel in the Mammoth Hot Springs area is as iconic as the epic wildlife roving the streets. The elk are so common on the hotel lawn they essentially double as dinner entertainment from the restaurant windows. From within the ornate Art Moderne-style all-day dining room, you can savor regional specialties like bison sirloin steaks, smoked trout, and elk sliders with porter-caramelized onions and tarragon aioli — if the notion of eating elk while watching live elk outside your window isn’t too taboo. Emphasizing local sourcing and sustainable practices, the Mammoth Hotel Dining Room is also the first Wyoming restaurant (and first in the National Park System) certified with four stars from the Green Restaurant Association. 

An empty hotel dining room, with white tabletops, brown chairs, and brown and beige carpets.
The dining room at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel
Yellowstone National Park Lodges/Official Website

5. The Buffalo Bar

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335 US-20
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
(406) 646-1176
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In case you didn’t see enough wildlife in the park, the Buffalo Bar delivers on its namesake with hulking taxidermy decor and a menu to match.There’s buffalo in the tacos, burritos, chili, meatballs, and meatloaf. The convivial lounge is anchored by a central bar and casino machines, and there’s a pool table and dart board. To drink, the bar has a broad selection of local beers and a whiskey-centric drink list, including pours from nearby distilleries like Wyoming Whiskey.

A barroom with wooden plank walls, decorated with deer head trophies and a pool table in the middle of the floor.
The most Montana tableau of Montana tableaus
Buffalo Bar/Official Website

6. Firehole Bar-B-Que Co.

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120 Firehole Ave
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
(406) 641-0020
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To find some of the best smoked meats near Yellowstone National Park, just follow the aroma of brisket and buffalo sausage. This popular go-to in charming West Yellowstone, Montana, is the kind of place that slings meat until they sell out for the day, which happens often. Show up early to sample the goods: smoked brisket platters with marshmallow-soft white bread, pickles, and onions; pulled pork sandwiches; plump pork ribs; white cheddar mac and cheese; and snappy buffalo sausage links, ideally with a side of creamy chilled corn salad. With picnic tables inside and out, the homey counter-service joint has a farmhouse feel that matches the meaty menu perfectly.  

7. Bullwinkle’s Saloon & Eatery

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115 N Canyon St
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
(406) 646-7630
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Part liquor store, part casino, part family-friendly restaurant, Bullwinkles is an impossible-to-miss West Yellowstone mainstay that takes up the bulk of an entire block in the heart of town. A majority of the property is the multi-room restaurant, featuring a model train chugging along a track near the ceiling. The lunch and dinner menus tick all the boxes for a family vacation, with things like onion rings and potato skins, but the kitchen is full of unexpected surprises too. Fried chicken salad gets sweetened up with a toss in huckleberry dressing, chicken subs for beef in a flaky Wellington glazed with hollandaise, and the coal miner’s pasty is a gravy-splashed pastry pocket stuffed with beef, potatoes, and onions. For dessert, don’t sleep on the fluffy huckleberry bread pudding. 

A tall slice of blueberry pie on a white plate, topped with whipped cream
Bullwinkle’s is the spot for dessert near Yellowstone
Bullwinkle’s Saloon & Eatery/Official Website

8. Beartooth Barbecue

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111 N Canyon St
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
(406) 646-0227

West Yellowstone’s Beartooth BBQ isn’t just another barbecue destination with a saloon-like facade and antler-clad dining room. It’s the quintessential mountain town restaurant, where you can tackle burly plates of ribs, chopped beef brisket, and heady sausages. Check out the Mad Dog, a smoked hot link smothered with chopped brisket on a hoagie; sliced turkey dinners served with pickles, onions, and thick-cut wheat bread; and atypical barbecue sides like green chili creamed corn, baked cheese grits, tabouli, and cowboy caviar: a lemony chilled salad of black-eyed peas, black beans, and corn.

9. Mountain Mama’s Coffee House & Bakery

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17 Madison Ave
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
(406) 641-0089
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The straightforward Starbucks coffee selection at this bucolic daytime cafe belies the fact that Mountain Mama’s has some of the most interesting breakfast items in the region. Wild game breakfast burritos are the specialty, featuring ground elk or bison rolled inside tarp-sized tortillas, but you can also opt for pheasant pot pies, elk bratwursts, and bison pasties. The sweets are equally impressive: blackberry-rosemary turnovers, huckleberry scones, and lemon-blueberry cookies. Whether you’re fueling up for a day on the trails or winding down with an afternoon treat, this place fires on all cylinders.

10. Espresso West

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12 N Canyon St
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
(406) 640-1906
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Located a stone’s throw from the northwest entrance to Yellowstone National Park, this tiny coffee cabin is a morning staple for many park-goers. A simple setup with a simple menu, this takeout-only window offers a bevy of pick-me-ups, from coffee and Americanos to caramel macchiatos and chai tea. For snacks, there are thick wedges of banana bread, bagels, and jammy huckleberry bars with buttery crumble topping. Later in the day, they introduce ice cream and milkshakes in Yellowstone-appropriate flavors like huckleberry, Moose Tracks (vanilla ice cream with peanut butter cups and chocolate fudge), and Montana Moose Moss (mint ice cream with chocolate swirls and Peppermint Patties).

A wooden cabin with a walk-up window selling coffee, ice cream, pastries, and other snacks. A small crowd of three is gathered outside, and the shop is backdropped by a bright blue sky.
Head to Espresso West for coffee and sweet treats
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11. Irma Restaurant Grill

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1192 Sheridan Ave
Cody, WY 82414
(307) 587-4221

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more Wyoming restaurant than Irma Restaurant Grill, an old-timey saloon and dining room on the ground floor of Cody’s longstanding Irma Hotel, built by Buffalo Bill in 1902. Flanked by a flashy neon sign, the property is on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s easy to see the appeal with the slick cherrywood bar, antler chandeliers, wildlife-filled oil paintings, and taxidermy moose heads looming over you while you slurp a Buffalo Bill Cocktail (rye whiskey with apple juice) and savor the restaurant’s signature prime rib. Open morning, noon, and night, the restaurant is also renowned for its all-day buffets and other hefty standouts like chicken fried steak and Rocky Mountain oysters, aka deep-fried bull testicles, said to be a Buffalo Bill favorite.

An old-time western-style exterior with signage for the Irma Hotel.
The Irma Hotel, home of the Irma Restaurant Grill
Irma Hotel official

12. Proprietress Market + Bar

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1128 12th St
Cody, WY 82414
(307) 587-4472
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An hour east of Yellowstone National Park, the town of Cody, Wyoming, encapsulates the Wild West with the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, the annual Cody Rodeo, and a downtown dotted with saloons and chicken-fried steakhouses. Proprietress Market + Bar, however, is a creature all its own. Part shop and part cocktail bar, this boutique watering hole stocks its shelves with housewares and a dizzying array of esoteric spirits, local beers, and wines. Make your way to the rear of the space for bar snacks — smoked salmon bruschetta, pickled deviled eggs — and a cocktail program that’d feel right at home in a far more metropolitan setting. In addition to vibrant seasonal drinks, like a bourbon sour enlivened with stone pine liqueur, the barkeeps are adept at going off-menu for classic cocktails or dealer’s choice libations.

13. Bear Pit Lounge at Old Faithful Inn

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3200 Old Faithful Inn Rd
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
(307) 344-7311
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The most popular lodge in the park, overlooking its namesake star attraction, the Old Faithful Inn is a national historic landmark dating back to the early 1900s. A hulking marvel of immense logs and stone, it’s a great place to linger with coffee, snacks, a meal, or a drink in one of the hotel’s dining spaces. The bustling Old Faithful Inn Dining Room is a something-for-everyone people-pleaser, but it also gets pretty crowded. Skip it, and head for the adorably cozy Bear Pit Lounge, a comfy, wooden nook in which to snack and sip on things like huckleberry margaritas, trout cakes, and smoked bison bratwurst.

Two bar seats sit in front of a wooden bar, which is backdropped by windows adorned with frosty etchings of anthropomorphized bears and moose.
The cute, cozy bar at the Bear Pit
Yellowstone National Park Lodges/Official Website

14. The Handle Bar

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7680 Granite Loop Rd
Teton Village, WY 83025
(307) 732-5157
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A short drive from downtown Jackson, Teton Village is a posh alcove of high-end resorts at the foot of the Teton Range. A haven for hikers and skiers, the all-season town boasts a cluster of destination-worthy restaurants and bars, providing upscale sanctuary after a day exploring Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Parks. The Handle Bar, located inside the Four Seasons Jackson Hole and owned by celebrity chef Michael Mina, does a great job capturing that relaxing lodge atmosphere while offering a contemporary take on mountain lodge flavors. Elk chili nachos, plump duck wings, elk meatball parmesan sandwiches, and chicken roti with mushroom bread pudding are all on offer at this glossy pub, alongside craft cocktails and a deep wine list. The sprawling space is also ideal for outdoor dining, with its massive stone patio, roaring fire pits, and incredible mountain views.

15. The Kitchen

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155 Glenwood St
Jackson, WY 83001
(307) 734-1633
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You can’t go wrong with any restaurants from the Fine Dining Restaurant Group, a local collective headed by chef Gavin Fine, who helped put the region on the national dining map when he opened Rendezvous Bistro in 2001. The Kitchen is one of his most dynamic endeavors, with stunning contemporary architecture that serves as an apt backdrop to Fine’s modern cuisine, which is decidedly different from the bison and elk-laden menus that populate the area. Plates include whitefish ceviche with sweet potato puree, purple onion-cilantro criolla, and plantain chips; diver scallop crudo with caviar, puffed rice, and yuzu; sticky rice tamales with braised short ribs and mole rojo; and red deer with smoked sweet potato puree, cherry agrodolce, and pistachio breadcrumbs.

From above, a decorative platter with four slices of crudo dyed pink with matchstick radishes and wasabi paste for garnish
Beet cured yellowtail crudo
Kendra Alessandro

16. Million Dollar Cowboy Bar

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25 N Cache St
Jackson, WY 83001
(307) 733-2207
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Serving as the primary hub for Yellowstone National Park, Jackson Hole is a Wyoming town just over an hour south of the park, world-famous for its ski slopes and chic lodges. It’s also a hub for restaurants and bars, like Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, which sits across the street from the Instagram-famous Jackson Town Square. Marked by a revolving neon cowboy sign, the festive bar is the kind of touristy staple that lives up to the hype, with its saddle bar stools, pool tables, larger-than-life taxidermy, and antlers that double as decoration and door handles. The main floor is the place to listen to live music while sipping whiskey-centric cocktails. Downstairs you’ll find a full-service restaurant called Paulie’s (formerly Million Dollar Cowboy Steakhouse), a more refined, upscale space where the bill of fare skews Italian with hearty portions of chicken cacciatore, herbed pork braciole, and wild game charcuterie boards.

17. Persephone Bakery

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145 E Broadway Ave
Jackson, WY 83001
(307) 200-6708
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With two cafes in Jackson Hole, Ali and Kevin Cohane — 2020 James Beard semi-finalists for Outstanding Pastry Chef — have earned high esteem among locals and visitors for their beautiful pastries, hearty breads, and wholesome brunch plates. The original location of Persephone, a block away from Town Square, looks like a swanky cottage, with a polished white motif, comfy seating nooks, and an al fresco deck. It’s a relatively small space, so you’ll want to arrive early to snag a table and tuck into warm quinoa porridge, everything-spiced avocado bowls, and scone skillets: cheddar-black pepper scones piled with fried egg, bacon-pine nut crumble, and red-eye sausage gravy. Whatever you do, don’t skip the pastries, which run the gamut from chewy ginger-molasses cookies and plum ricotta bread, to frangipane tarts and coconut-carrot cake.

From above, a table laid with several items. There’s a plate with a sampler dish of breakfast grains, avocado, pickles, greens, and sweet potato. There’s also a skillet with cheesy vegetables and a fried egg
Dishes at Persephone
Lindley Rust

18. Snake River Grill

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84 E Broadway Ave
Jackson, WY 83001
(307) 733-0557
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A pioneering restaurant for the Jackson Hole dining scene, Snake River Grill feels as fresh and exciting as the day it opened in 1993. The fine dining mainstay exudes mountain-town elegance with its massive stone fireplace, log walls, regal animal murals, and mighty antler fixtures strung up with lights. Menu-wise, the kitchen pairs quintessential Wyoming ingredients with unique accompaniments, like elk chops with grilled sweet potato and salsa macha, seared salmon with bok choy and kumquat, and frisbee-sized onion rings spiced with green chiles and stacked on a towering branding iron. Snake River Grill also sports a colossal wine selection, rounding out any special occasion at the timeworn institution. 

A wood-paneled interior with tall windows, large paper-covered pendant lights, and white tablecloth-covered tables
The dining room at Snake River Grill
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1. Tumbleweed Bookstore & Cafe

501 Scott St W, Gardiner, MT 59030
The exterior of a bookstore in Montana. The store’s facade is made with weathered wood, and there is a deck that leads to the entrance.
Head to tumbleweed for books and coffee cake
Tumbleweed Bookstore & Cafe/Official Website

While you’re shopping for Yellowstone guide books, pull up a sofa and linger a while at Tumbleweed Bookstore & Cafe, a snug one-stop-shop for souvenirs, reading material, and sour cream coffee cake. Much more than your typical morning cafe, Tumbleweed rounds out its coffee and pastries with a full slate of breakfast and lunch fare, like breakfast burritos, hummus wraps flecked with sunflower seeds, falafel pita pockets, and triple-decker PB&Js with raspberry jam on whole wheat. The shop has an inviting living room for lounging and reading and an expansive wooden deck.

501 Scott St W
Gardiner, MT 59030

2. Wonderland Cafe & Lodge

206 Main St, Gardiner, MT 59030
A slice of chocolate cake sits atop a white plate, which is garnished with raspberries and a red, fruity drizzle.
Stop at Wonderland Cafe for a slice of cake before entering Yellowstone from the north
Wonderland Cafe & Lodge/Official Website

Nestled in the town of Gardiner, Montana, the gateway to Yellowstone’s north entrance, the Wonderland Lodge houses guests in rooms with apt names like the Grizzly Den, Buffalo Suite, and Wapiti Room. Downstairs, the all-day cafe and restaurant is all about scratch cooking and local ingredients, doled out in dishes like elk chili with jalapeño cornbread and maple mascarpone, bison bolognese heaped over angel hair pasta, and poutine slathered in oxtail and rib-eye gravy from Montana ranches. To drink, there’s a full wine list, several local beers, and a surprising cocktail selection incorporating things like sake and kombucha.

206 Main St
Gardiner, MT 59030

3. Yellowstone Pizza Company

210 E Park St, Gardiner, MT 59030
the facade of the pizza company.
Yellowstone Pizza Company
Yellowstone Pizza Company / Facebook

Located just outside the iconic Roosevelt Arch that signals the northern entrance to Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone Pizza Company slings some of the best slices in the area. The relaxed dining room is pretty frills-free, with picnic tables and photos of the park’s famed wildlife, but the food exceeds expectations thanks largely to a stone-fired oven turning out thin-crust pies with a pleasant crackery crunch and toppings like roasted yellow tomatoes, elk, and chicken alfredo. One of the best house specialties is the Hayden Valley Bison pizza, strewn with crumbled bison sausage, caramelized onions, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, and fresh spinach. 

210 E Park St
Gardiner, MT 59030

4. Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel Dining Room

Yellowstone National Park, 2 Mammoth Hotel Ave, Mammoth, WY 82190
An empty hotel dining room, with white tabletops, brown chairs, and brown and beige carpets.
The dining room at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel
Yellowstone National Park Lodges/Official Website

Located near the park’s northern entrance, the historic Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel in the Mammoth Hot Springs area is as iconic as the epic wildlife roving the streets. The elk are so common on the hotel lawn they essentially double as dinner entertainment from the restaurant windows. From within the ornate Art Moderne-style all-day dining room, you can savor regional specialties like bison sirloin steaks, smoked trout, and elk sliders with porter-caramelized onions and tarragon aioli — if the notion of eating elk while watching live elk outside your window isn’t too taboo. Emphasizing local sourcing and sustainable practices, the Mammoth Hotel Dining Room is also the first Wyoming restaurant (and first in the National Park System) certified with four stars from the Green Restaurant Association. 

Yellowstone National Park, 2 Mammoth Hotel Ave
Mammoth, WY 82190

5. The Buffalo Bar

335 US-20, West Yellowstone, MT 59758
A barroom with wooden plank walls, decorated with deer head trophies and a pool table in the middle of the floor.
The most Montana tableau of Montana tableaus
Buffalo Bar/Official Website

In case you didn’t see enough wildlife in the park, the Buffalo Bar delivers on its namesake with hulking taxidermy decor and a menu to match.There’s buffalo in the tacos, burritos, chili, meatballs, and meatloaf. The convivial lounge is anchored by a central bar and casino machines, and there’s a pool table and dart board. To drink, the bar has a broad selection of local beers and a whiskey-centric drink list, including pours from nearby distilleries like Wyoming Whiskey.

335 US-20
West Yellowstone, MT 59758

6. Firehole Bar-B-Que Co.

120 Firehole Ave, West Yellowstone, MT 59758

To find some of the best smoked meats near Yellowstone National Park, just follow the aroma of brisket and buffalo sausage. This popular go-to in charming West Yellowstone, Montana, is the kind of place that slings meat until they sell out for the day, which happens often. Show up early to sample the goods: smoked brisket platters with marshmallow-soft white bread, pickles, and onions; pulled pork sandwiches; plump pork ribs; white cheddar mac and cheese; and snappy buffalo sausage links, ideally with a side of creamy chilled corn salad. With picnic tables inside and out, the homey counter-service joint has a farmhouse feel that matches the meaty menu perfectly.  

120 Firehole Ave
West Yellowstone, MT 59758

7. Bullwinkle’s Saloon & Eatery

115 N Canyon St, West Yellowstone, MT 59758
A tall slice of blueberry pie on a white plate, topped with whipped cream
Bullwinkle’s is the spot for dessert near Yellowstone
Bullwinkle’s Saloon & Eatery/Official Website

Part liquor store, part casino, part family-friendly restaurant, Bullwinkles is an impossible-to-miss West Yellowstone mainstay that takes up the bulk of an entire block in the heart of town. A majority of the property is the multi-room restaurant, featuring a model train chugging along a track near the ceiling. The lunch and dinner menus tick all the boxes for a family vacation, with things like onion rings and potato skins, but the kitchen is full of unexpected surprises too. Fried chicken salad gets sweetened up with a toss in huckleberry dressing, chicken subs for beef in a flaky Wellington glazed with hollandaise, and the coal miner’s pasty is a gravy-splashed pastry pocket stuffed with beef, potatoes, and onions. For dessert, don’t sleep on the fluffy huckleberry bread pudding. 

115 N Canyon St
West Yellowstone, MT 59758

8. Beartooth Barbecue

111 N Canyon St, West Yellowstone, MT 59758

West Yellowstone’s Beartooth BBQ isn’t just another barbecue destination with a saloon-like facade and antler-clad dining room. It’s the quintessential mountain town restaurant, where you can tackle burly plates of ribs, chopped beef brisket, and heady sausages. Check out the Mad Dog, a smoked hot link smothered with chopped brisket on a hoagie; sliced turkey dinners served with pickles, onions, and thick-cut wheat bread; and atypical barbecue sides like green chili creamed corn, baked cheese grits, tabouli, and cowboy caviar: a lemony chilled salad of black-eyed peas, black beans, and corn.

111 N Canyon St
West Yellowstone, MT 59758

9. Mountain Mama’s Coffee House & Bakery

17 Madison Ave, West Yellowstone, MT 59758

The straightforward Starbucks coffee selection at this bucolic daytime cafe belies the fact that Mountain Mama’s has some of the most interesting breakfast items in the region. Wild game breakfast burritos are the specialty, featuring ground elk or bison rolled inside tarp-sized tortillas, but you can also opt for pheasant pot pies, elk bratwursts, and bison pasties. The sweets are equally impressive: blackberry-rosemary turnovers, huckleberry scones, and lemon-blueberry cookies. Whether you’re fueling up for a day on the trails or winding down with an afternoon treat, this place fires on all cylinders.

17 Madison Ave
West Yellowstone, MT 59758

10. Espresso West

12 N Canyon St, West Yellowstone, MT 59758
A wooden cabin with a walk-up window selling coffee, ice cream, pastries, and other snacks. A small crowd of three is gathered outside, and the shop is backdropped by a bright blue sky.
Head to Espresso West for coffee and sweet treats
Matt Kirouac/Eater

Located a stone’s throw from the northwest entrance to Yellowstone National Park, this tiny coffee cabin is a morning staple for many park-goers. A simple setup with a simple menu, this takeout-only window offers a bevy of pick-me-ups, from coffee and Americanos to caramel macchiatos and chai tea. For snacks, there are thick wedges of banana bread, bagels, and jammy huckleberry bars with buttery crumble topping. Later in the day, they introduce ice cream and milkshakes in Yellowstone-appropriate flavors like huckleberry, Moose Tracks (vanilla ice cream with peanut butter cups and chocolate fudge), and Montana Moose Moss (mint ice cream with chocolate swirls and Peppermint Patties).

12 N Canyon St
West Yellowstone, MT 59758

11. Irma Restaurant Grill

1192 Sheridan Ave, Cody, WY 82414
An old-time western-style exterior with signage for the Irma Hotel.
The Irma Hotel, home of the Irma Restaurant Grill
Irma Hotel official

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more Wyoming restaurant than Irma Restaurant Grill, an old-timey saloon and dining room on the ground floor of Cody’s longstanding Irma Hotel, built by Buffalo Bill in 1902. Flanked by a flashy neon sign, the property is on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s easy to see the appeal with the slick cherrywood bar, antler chandeliers, wildlife-filled oil paintings, and taxidermy moose heads looming over you while you slurp a Buffalo Bill Cocktail (rye whiskey with apple juice) and savor the restaurant’s signature prime rib. Open morning, noon, and night, the restaurant is also renowned for its all-day buffets and other hefty standouts like chicken fried steak and Rocky Mountain oysters, aka deep-fried bull testicles, said to be a Buffalo Bill favorite.

1192 Sheridan Ave
Cody, WY 82414

12. Proprietress Market + Bar

1128 12th St, Cody, WY 82414

An hour east of Yellowstone National Park, the town of Cody, Wyoming, encapsulates the Wild West with the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, the annual Cody Rodeo, and a downtown dotted with saloons and chicken-fried steakhouses. Proprietress Market + Bar, however, is a creature all its own. Part shop and part cocktail bar, this boutique watering hole stocks its shelves with housewares and a dizzying array of esoteric spirits, local beers, and wines. Make your way to the rear of the space for bar snacks — smoked salmon bruschetta, pickled deviled eggs — and a cocktail program that’d feel right at home in a far more metropolitan setting. In addition to vibrant seasonal drinks, like a bourbon sour enlivened with stone pine liqueur, the barkeeps are adept at going off-menu for classic cocktails or dealer’s choice libations.

1128 12th St
Cody, WY 82414

13. Bear Pit Lounge at Old Faithful Inn

3200 Old Faithful Inn Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
Two bar seats sit in front of a wooden bar, which is backdropped by windows adorned with frosty etchings of anthropomorphized bears and moose.
The cute, cozy bar at the Bear Pit
Yellowstone National Park Lodges/Official Website

The most popular lodge in the park, overlooking its namesake star attraction, the Old Faithful Inn is a national historic landmark dating back to the early 1900s. A hulking marvel of immense logs and stone, it’s a great place to linger with coffee, snacks, a meal, or a drink in one of the hotel’s dining spaces. The bustling Old Faithful Inn Dining Room is a something-for-everyone people-pleaser, but it also gets pretty crowded. Skip it, and head for the adorably cozy Bear Pit Lounge, a comfy, wooden nook in which to snack and sip on things like huckleberry margaritas, trout cakes, and smoked bison bratwurst.

3200 Old Faithful Inn Rd
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190

14. The Handle Bar

7680 Granite Loop Rd, Teton Village, WY 83025

A short drive from downtown Jackson, Teton Village is a posh alcove of high-end resorts at the foot of the Teton Range. A haven for hikers and skiers, the all-season town boasts a cluster of destination-worthy restaurants and bars, providing upscale sanctuary after a day exploring Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Parks. The Handle Bar, located inside the Four Seasons Jackson Hole and owned by celebrity chef Michael Mina, does a great job capturing that relaxing lodge atmosphere while offering a contemporary take on mountain lodge flavors. Elk chili nachos, plump duck wings, elk meatball parmesan sandwiches, and chicken roti with mushroom bread pudding are all on offer at this glossy pub, alongside craft cocktails and a deep wine list. The sprawling space is also ideal for outdoor dining, with its massive stone patio, roaring fire pits, and incredible mountain views.

7680 Granite Loop Rd
Teton Village, WY 83025

15. The Kitchen

155 Glenwood St, Jackson, WY 83001
From above, a decorative platter with four slices of crudo dyed pink with matchstick radishes and wasabi paste for garnish
Beet cured yellowtail crudo
Kendra Alessandro

You can’t go wrong with any restaurants from the Fine Dining Restaurant Group, a local collective headed by chef Gavin Fine, who helped put the region on the national dining map when he opened Rendezvous Bistro in 2001. The Kitchen is one of his most dynamic endeavors, with stunning contemporary architecture that serves as an apt backdrop to Fine’s modern cuisine, which is decidedly different from the bison and elk-laden menus that populate the area. Plates include whitefish ceviche with sweet potato puree, purple onion-cilantro criolla, and plantain chips; diver scallop crudo with caviar, puffed rice, and yuzu; sticky rice tamales with braised short ribs and mole rojo; and red deer with smoked sweet potato puree, cherry agrodolce, and pistachio breadcrumbs.

155 Glenwood St
Jackson, WY 83001

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16. Million Dollar Cowboy Bar

25 N Cache St, Jackson, WY 83001

Serving as the primary hub for Yellowstone National Park, Jackson Hole is a Wyoming town just over an hour south of the park, world-famous for its ski slopes and chic lodges. It’s also a hub for restaurants and bars, like Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, which sits across the street from the Instagram-famous Jackson Town Square. Marked by a revolving neon cowboy sign, the festive bar is the kind of touristy staple that lives up to the hype, with its saddle bar stools, pool tables, larger-than-life taxidermy, and antlers that double as decoration and door handles. The main floor is the place to listen to live music while sipping whiskey-centric cocktails. Downstairs you’ll find a full-service restaurant called Paulie’s (formerly Million Dollar Cowboy Steakhouse), a more refined, upscale space where the bill of fare skews Italian with hearty portions of chicken cacciatore, herbed pork braciole, and wild game charcuterie boards.

25 N Cache St
Jackson, WY 83001

17. Persephone Bakery

145 E Broadway Ave, Jackson, WY 83001
From above, a table laid with several items. There’s a plate with a sampler dish of breakfast grains, avocado, pickles, greens, and sweet potato. There’s also a skillet with cheesy vegetables and a fried egg
Dishes at Persephone
Lindley Rust

With two cafes in Jackson Hole, Ali and Kevin Cohane — 2020 James Beard semi-finalists for Outstanding Pastry Chef — have earned high esteem among locals and visitors for their beautiful pastries, hearty breads, and wholesome brunch plates. The original location of Persephone, a block away from Town Square, looks like a swanky cottage, with a polished white motif, comfy seating nooks, and an al fresco deck. It’s a relatively small space, so you’ll want to arrive early to snag a table and tuck into warm quinoa porridge, everything-spiced avocado bowls, and scone skillets: cheddar-black pepper scones piled with fried egg, bacon-pine nut crumble, and red-eye sausage gravy. Whatever you do, don’t skip the pastries, which run the gamut from chewy ginger-molasses cookies and plum ricotta bread, to frangipane tarts and coconut-carrot cake.

145 E Broadway Ave
Jackson, WY 83001

18. Snake River Grill

84 E Broadway Ave, Jackson, WY 83001
A wood-paneled interior with tall windows, large paper-covered pendant lights, and white tablecloth-covered tables
The dining room at Snake River Grill
Snake River Grill [Official]

A pioneering restaurant for the Jackson Hole dining scene, Snake River Grill feels as fresh and exciting as the day it opened in 1993. The fine dining mainstay exudes mountain-town elegance with its massive stone fireplace, log walls, regal animal murals, and mighty antler fixtures strung up with lights. Menu-wise, the kitchen pairs quintessential Wyoming ingredients with unique accompaniments, like elk chops with grilled sweet potato and salsa macha, seared salmon with bok choy and kumquat, and frisbee-sized onion rings spiced with green chiles and stacked on a towering branding iron. Snake River Grill also sports a colossal wine selection, rounding out any special occasion at the timeworn institution. 

84 E Broadway Ave
Jackson, WY 83001

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