Kennicott Glacier Lodge Restaurant: Delightful Dining Amidst Breathtaking Scenery

Whether touring the Kennecott Mill or hiking on Root Glacier, you will likely work up an appetite. But unless you bring your food or return to McCarthy, your meal choices are limited to the Meatza Wagon food truck or the Kennicott Glacier Lodge Restaurant.

Tables in front of the Kennicott Glacier Lodge Restaurant on a covered porch.
Outdoor Dining in Front of the Restaurant

The Kennicott Glacier Lodge is a stone’s throw away from Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark, part of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

We opted to eat our meals in the restaurant.

Tables and chairs inside the Kennicott Glacier Lodge restaurant
Inside the Kennicott Glacier Lodge Restaurant Dining Room


Breakfast in the Kennicott Glacier Lodge is buffet-style from 7 am until 10 am. The buffet includes typical breakfast meats like bacon and sausage.

Buffet with sausage, bacon, and pancakes

Other options include eggs, potatoes, pancakes, fruit, and pastries. 

Buffet with breakfast potatoes and scrambled eggs.

Juices, coffee, hot tea, and hot chocolate are also on the buffet.

Breakfast breads on a buffet with fruit.


The Kennicott Glacier Lodge Restaurant serves lunch in the dining room from 12 pm until 3 pm. Another option is to order a sack lunch.

2 brown sack lunches
Sack lunches at the front desk ready for pickup.

Guests who want a sack lunch fill out an order form the night before for pickup in the morning.

Form that says “Sack Lunch Order Form” at the top and has choices for sandwich and sides.
Order form for the sack lunches.

We ordered sack lunches for our glacier hike. Honestly, I didn’t expect much from a basic sandwich. But I was surprised.

A sandwich in the foreground with a glacial blue pool in the back ground.
Lunch overlooking a blue pool. VERY delicious bread!

The bread was fantastic, and so was the cookie. The bread was so delicious that I asked about it in the restaurant and discovered that the lodge makes its own bread. YUM!

Close up of a chocolate cookie.
Chocolate cookie. YUM!!!

In the dining room, the restaurant offers a variety of menu options along with a special of the day.

Photo of a lunch menu
Lunch menu at the Kennicott Glacier Lodge Restaurant

We ate lunch once in the dining room. That day, the lunch special was the Wagon Road Burger.

Hamburger with cheese, bacon, and bbq sauce.
Wagon Road Burger

I had the Sizzling Salmon Caesar Salad.

Salmon on a plate with Caesar Salad with bread.
Salmon and Salad

Soup was included with lunch. I chose the beef and barley.

Beef and barley soup in a bowl with a slice of bread.
Beef and Barley Soup

Dessert is also available for an extra charge.

Piece of key lime pie with whipped cream on top, slice of lime, and a strawberry.
Key Lime Pie


Dinner is a fixed menu and is served at 7 pm. Reservations are required. Each night, the menu is different. It includes a salad, entree, and dessert.

Dinner menu at the Kennicott Glacier Lodge Restaurant.
Dinner Menu

We ate dinner twice at the Kennicott Glacier Lodge restaurant. 

On our first night at the lodge, they served filets with sauteed mushrooms, roasted vegetables, and twice-baked potatoes. It was incredible. The best meal of our trip!

Tender and juicy filet with veggies and twice baked potato on a plate.
Tender and juicy filet with veggies and twice baked potato.

Dessert was a delectable chocolate torte.

Chocolate Torte​ on a plate. Tore has blueberries, a strawberry, and whipped cream on top.
Chocolate Torte

Our second dinner included chicken florentine alfredo, roasted vegetables, and tiramisu.

Chicken Florentine with Pasta Alfredo and Roasted Veggies
Chicken Florentine with Pasta Alfredo and Roasted Veggies

This meal was also quite good.

Tiramisu on a plate with blue flowers and a strawberry on top.

Kennicott Glacier Lodge Restaurant Meal Package

We stayed 2 nights and purchased the Kennicott Glacier Lodge Meal Package for convenience.

The meal package includes one breakfast, lunch, and dinner per night. The price is calculated per person per night.

View of the Kennicott Glacier Lodge from below. It is a red wooden building with white trim.
Front of the lodge with the restaurant on the main floor.

Here, you have no car. Guests must park on the west side of the footbridge and bring luggage across the river to catch the shuttle. Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark is 4 miles from McCarthy and 5 miles from the footbridge. Since we were staying in the lodge, eating there was a more efficient use of time, and the meal plan was more cost-effective than purchasing all three meals separately.

View of the side of the main lodge building surrounded by trees and blue sky with clouds. A white shuttle van is parked beside the red lodge building.
Side view of the main lodge building

The Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark is a captivating destination with a rich history and breathtaking panoramic vistas. Despite the limited food choices, there’s no need to forgo a great dining experience. The Kennicott Glacier Lodge restaurant is a wonderful place to savor both spectacular scenery and delicious food.

View from the porch of the Kennicott Glacier Lodge Restaurant. View includes trees, glacier, and mountains.
View from the front porch at the restaurant.

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