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Thunderbird Lodge Cafeteria

American, Native American
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Canyon De Chelly, Chinle, AZ 86503
+1 800-679-2473
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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had two meals there. They had a delicious BBQ rib dinner and jalapeno chicken stew that was to die for.

Thank Jan J
Muncy, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are looking for a gourmet experience this isn't your place. But to get some basic food stuffs to get you thru the day this will do the trick. The Blue corn pancakes were nice. Nothing fancy....but a good value for the price

Thank photollew
Los Angeles
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45 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Although it's located inside the Canyon park and is cafeteria-style, we were impressed with the variety of fruits, vegetables and entrees available here. (They even had veggie burgers!). Great setting as well-very charming historic dining room. Definitely the best restaurant in the area.

Thank fmtrv
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44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

We had two breakfasts and two dinners here, as we were staying at the Thunderbird Lodge next door, and we very pleased with all four meals. It's simple "slow" food at its best: the eggs are cooked to order, as are the pancakes and even the tortillas. The posole (pork and hominy in red chile) and the green chile stew... More 

Thank Deborah D
Oxnard, California
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120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

As another reviewer said, you are not here for fine dining. Most of the places to eat in Chinle had disappointing reviews. We chose this cafeteria because we felt that at least we could see the food before we ordered. The ladies behind the counter were nice and there were several food options. We chose some traditional Navajo food and... More 

Thank Sea_Squared
Mesquite, Nevada
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293 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

A quaint comfortable eatery that serves warm food and beverages at amazing prices. This cafetaria is right on the grounds of Thunderbird Lodge where we stay for the night as we have planned to tour Canyon De Chelly. The staff here are helpful friendly and are cheery all the time. Even the food in the warmers at the food counters... More 

Thank NyonyaLady
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

You will not be going to Chinle, AZ for a fine dining experience, so you might as well eat at this charming cafeteria. It is fast and convenient and the food is much better than you would expect from a cafeteria. Breakfast is especially good with various choices. Dinner choices vary but are usually pretty good and the green chili... More 

Thank PattiBi
West Lafayette, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

We passed this place up for dinner, as my husband would rather avoid dinner in places where dishes are presented covered with plastic wrap, which indicates a lack of freshness. But they served up excellent eggs and bacon and coffee and the service could not have been more cheery. Very nice!

Thank Eleanor G
Ontario, Canada
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

friendly and helpful staff, good food great price, cafeteria style, had the thursday night pork roast ( mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables ) for $8.15, great food great price. A little out of the way, but if your staying at the thunderbird lodge, very short walk, and very close to the entrance to de chilley national park. thunderbird lodge excellent... More 

Thank norman h
Wantirna, Australia
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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Good food, buffet style, could have been a bit warmer. Navajo specialities catered for. Waiter service to the table. Some a la carte available.

Thank rhayden2016

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Native American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Canyon De Chelly, Chinle, AZ 86503
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Chinle
  • Phone Number: +1 800-679-2473

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?