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Carlsbad Caverns Restaurant

727 Carlsbad Caverns Hwy, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM 88220
+1 505-785-2281
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  • Excellent9%
  • Very good31%
  • Average40%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible8%
1 week ago
“Good value for your money”
2 weeks ago
“Good Selection with Average Quality”
Restaurant Hours
$$ - $$$
727 Carlsbad Caverns Hwy, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM 88220
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This little resturant offers quick food sandwiches and hot items also. We got the taco meal for seniors for $5.98, which was a taco, rice and beans... good deal. The nachos and cheese were too salty for us to eat so, avoid if your on...More

Thank Donna B
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I ate lunch here after we hiked through Carlsbad Caverns. We were hungry and not expecting much. We were prepared to spend a lot of money for not much food. The food was reasonably tasty, the prices were very fair for the...More

Thank bcreff
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our group ate lunch at the cafe located by the parking and visitor's center. There was a greater variety of food than I expected. The value was good. The taste was average. Worth eating there if you can't pack your own food.

Thank tshadday
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were hungry after spending 3 hours in the caverns, and chose to eat at the restaurant in the visitor center. I had the large salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing, and my husband had the turkey bacon sandwich. I was surprised at how good both...More

Thank Seas0ned-Traveler_58
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

We spent most of our day here and did not bring food with us. They have decent food and the prices are reasonable. I was able to feed four people lunch for $25. Totally worth it.

1  Thank Carla R
Reviewed 27 March 2017

We ate one day in the underground lunch room, one day in the visitor's center café. Both were better than we had expected from previous reviews. If your schedule allows time to ride the elevators up, then back down for lunch, that's probably your best...More

Thank Duncan M
Reviewed 15 March 2017

You'll likely be hungry when you finish your cavern adventure. My chicken tacos were average (nothing special) and my husband's turkey sandwich was fine. Convenience is great and the place to sit, rest and rehydrate was worth a million. The gift shop is really nice...More

Thank sheri754
Reviewed 13 March 2017

My wife, son, and I had lunch here while visiting the caves. The food was just okay but the service was horrific. There were 3 people working and were not at all coordinated. Although there were only a few people in front of us, it...More

Thank sdavi
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

Eat here only if you have no other choice. Selection is poor. When we were there, there were only a few people but it took 15 minutes for them to figure out who was preparing what and where it was and this was cafeteria style.

Thank caparadis
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Had a barbeque beef sandwich after our tour of the cave. Generous serving of shredded brisket, including potato salad & pickle or pepper. Quite tasty and no more expensive than anywhere in town. Drink refills included. Decent variety on menu, including tilapia for about $10....More

Thank Janet B
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Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
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Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 727 Carlsbad Caverns Hwy, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM 88220
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Carlsbad Caverns National Park
  • Phone Number: +1 505-785-2281
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