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Thunderbird Lodge Cafeteria

Canyon de Chelly, Chinle, AZ 86503
+1 800-679-2473
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  • Excellent15%
  • Very good30%
  • Average37%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“fry bread” (23 reviews)
“mutton stew” (10 reviews)
“potatoes” (4 reviews)
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American, Native American
Canyon de Chelly, Chinle, AZ 86503
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1 - 10 of 185 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

With very limited choices in Chinle, we think the Junction Restaurant served better lunch and dinner but the breakfast at Thunderbird is quick, good, and reasonable.

Thank Savannah2010
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To be fair ... we arrived late maybe 10 minutes before closing. Ordered two burgers ... They tried to cook them fast to get them done, so a little over cooked on the outside and done in the inside. The staff was very helpful and...More

Thank J R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This cafeteria style restaurant is great to meet the locals. It doesn't have a lot of variety but does have good local foods. The Navajo taco is huge!

Thank Chris M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are not a lot of food options in Chinle, so we tried this place and I wonder, where all the good reviews come from. We had the posole stew and the Hawaiian chicken. Both were rather tasteless and the chicken was not hot either...More

1  Thank Erwin W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at the Thunderbird Lodge which was wonderful, so we were truly disappointed at the Thunderbird Cafeteria. Our food was cold. There were three of us. The only one who liked her food ordered Posole Stew. I had a pork chop with cold mashed...More

Thank FrontierJ
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Take time for some good local food prepared by staff who are mostly Navajo. They work hard to be sure you are served promptly and the food is hot off the grill. We ate there 3 times and had a chance to meet Chavez, a...More

Thank Kirwinite
Reviewed 15 August 2017

The restaurant is set up in a cafeteria style. You can select from the hot meals ready to serve or order off the menu. For dinner we had hamburger, which are about 1/2 pound and had a pile of french fries...we couldn't eat everything. For...More

Thank aerete
Reviewed 4 August 2017

Enjoyed finding this cafeteria hidden in the back of our hotel. Many locals eating with us is a good sign! Inexpensive, good native peoples home style comfort food.... best fry bread ever, corn pancakes, Indian beef, mutton stew, ...

Thank cgowdey
Reviewed 30 July 2017

Had a quick dinner at closing time. Staff was friendly and asked us to relax even we came 15 min before they closed. Nothing special but their Navajo taco was good.

Thank OleL
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

I love Chinle and have been coming here since 1977. With the influx of tourists, there are many more options. The T-Bird cafeteria is a place for food a step or two below Denny's. The staff is friendly, but the "cafeteria" style service is less...More

Thank Pltidwell
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2 April 2017|
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Response from 1234texas | Reviewed this property |
The 2 other answers are good ones. I think they "fly by seat of the pants" when it cones to making plans for what to serve! Remember, you do not have any other decent choices from what we were able to uncover. They will... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Native American
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
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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