We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Carlsbad Caverns Restaurant

727 Carlsbad Caverns Hwy, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM 88220
+1 505-785-2281
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent8%
  • Very good29%
  • Average45%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“sandwich” (11 reviews)
“quesadillas” (5 reviews)
“guacamole” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
$$ - $$$
727 Carlsbad Caverns Hwy, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM 88220
All Details
Write a Review
Reviews (157)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 156 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Four if us ate in the Caverns restaurant. The food was ok, but not great. I suggest the burger or hit dog. I had a pork in red chili sauce, served over seasoned rice; it was actually pretty tasty but somewhat tough. Given the location,...More

Thank John T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were starving after spending 3 hours in the cave (1 of which was a grueling hike out the natural entrance)! So, we would have given our right arm for food by the time we reached the restaurant in the gift shop. I got the...More

Thank Kelli H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Most national parks have a least one pretty good place to eat. That would be a big plus for Carlsbad Caverns NP. Even though the overall set up for food service is good, and food choices sound good and staff is preparing/assembling the meals freshly,...More

Thank SacCath
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we had about 35 minutes between tours and thought about going out to our car and fix a sandwich ( had a cooler with all the stuff) but was very hot- so went to restaurant in the visitor center-- many choices of hot/cold foods- my...More

1  Thank barbiewalker72
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited after our tour and while waiting for the bats experience. Our meal was basic but served with a smile in a clean environment and there was plenty of choice.

Thank Cesfi1
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

We had burgers here and i dont think they were beef. They were nasty. I think they were soybean. This restaurant needs to get rid of the flys. We paid 31 dollars for 2 burgers with 2 drinks. This restaurant was too expensive.

Thank Carol S
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised by the selection and quality of food items & refreshing cold fountain drinks available in the visitor center restaurant. We ordered the The Cave Dweller, a turkey sandwich with guacamole, and it was very good. Many hot items were available on...More

Thank krisranbay
Reviewed 20 June 2017

I'm only giving them three stars because the food was decent for a snack bar, but their stated hours were that they were open until 7pm. Our group got there about 6:30 and they were "out" of almost everything. I don't know how they could...More

Thank g w
Reviewed 8 June 2017

The selection was pretty good considering where you are. We had chicken nachos and they were very tasty and had ample toppings. The bad part of the experience was the cleaning staff decided that the floor around our table needed to be cleaned with a...More

2  Thank Norm_Nice_Guy
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

Quick and Easy food. Average cafe taste, but it works when you come up from the cave with a hungry group. There was no line, and it was quick. I ordered the 1923 sandwich. It was thin but tasted fine.

Thank 2016AB
Nearby Restaurants
Cactus Cafe
128 reviews
6.69 km away
The Flume
15 reviews
33.06 km away
91 reviews
33.07 km away
Nearby Attractions
Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour
1,339 reviews
.67 km away
Big Room
718 reviews
.65 km away
Spider Cave
15 reviews
.00 km away
Lower Cave Tour
57 reviews
.31 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Donna J
8 July 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from bcreff | Reviewed this property |
They have salads and fruit as I recall.
Eileene K
12 June 2017|
Response from TeamBosquez | Reviewed this property |
I think it was like 9-5 for the restaurant. Of course it may be different entering a peak season. It was not busy at all when we went. So worth it!
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
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
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing