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Russell's Fireside Dining Room at Lake McDonald Lodge

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Going-To-The-Sun Road, Lake McDonald Lodge, Glacier National Park, MT 59936
+1 855-733-4522
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Kalispell, Montana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 803 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We felt that the meal we had was too expensive for what we got. But you have to remember where you are as well. The dining room is cozy and has that historic lodge look...it fits with the park experience. Window seats are better as there is a pretty nice view out toward the boat dock. Truth be told, we... More 

Thank MaryEllenM27
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

We ate dinner there twice and then gave up. The menu was varied, but each of the two nights a large number of the entrees were not available. This was close to end of the season so I guess if they ran out, they ran out. That's OK, but ... The first night one of the meals was very well... More 

Thank Fables
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

We were very impressed with the quality of food and service in the dining room. Wide range of options and a good wine/beer selection, including local brews. The room is located inside Lake McDonald Lodge and has great views of the lake through the windows. We arrived early because we did not have a reservation, but the room filled up... More 

Thank Cara S
Knoxville, Tennessee
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290 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

Our food was very good and recommend arriving either at the beginning of their serving or toward the end.

Thank DNvisitors
Bend, Oregon
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112 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016

We put our name in and asked for a table by the window. The host said it would be another 20 minutes for a window, and we said we would wait. There was a woman playing the piano. I think it is supposed to be a quaint lodge type feel, but the dining room just seems like a big cafeteria.... More 

Thank Cruisers58
Dallas, Texas
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128 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Our visit to the Dining room at Lake McDonald Lodge was a good experience. The service is excellent and the food is very good. We felt that the dinner and the breakfast buffet were over-priced although of good quality. The dining room has beautiful ambiance and a lovely view of the Lake.

Thank Texanbybirth
Cottonwood Idaho
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61 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

Very popular. Had to wait 45 minutes or so but enjoyed the lake view from comfortable patio seating. Wait staff a bit stuff-shirt but food quite good. Menu options interesting. Loved the deviled eggs appetizer!

Thank FrancesinIdaho
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102 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

Firstly, if you have decided to eat here, put your name down quickly. We waited 45 mins to get in. Once you are seated, please have a look around the taxidermy on display , which only add to the whole experience. You will be spoilt for choice, so many things to eat. Everyone is catered for, do try the chocolate... More 

Thank purplebackpack
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

We had lunch here after a morning Going to the Sun Road drive. The service and atmosphere were terrific the food was just average. I would still recommend eating here and just looking around. There are windows you can look out while you eat which makes it nice. Recommended.

Thank Tomcat48
Bigfork, Montana
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 29 September 2016

Always a popular spot... go early or late. Wonderful food in a magnificent setting! So much available nearby....

Thank Farf395

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$35
American, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Going-To-The-Sun Road, Lake McDonald Lodge, Glacier National Park, MT 59936
  • Location: United States  >  Montana (MT)  >  Glacier National Park
  • Phone Number: +1 855-733-4522

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