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The first time I went to the Grand Canyon, I didn’t think I’d need to buy a meal. I thought I could get some snacks and be fine. Boy, was I wrong! I was starving within a few hours.
So trust me, you’ll need to fuel up to make it through the day. Luckily, the West Rim has fantastic restaurants with excellent food. And some will even have you dining overlooking the canyon.
In this guide, I’ll show you where to go for the best meals and views. And I’ll also give you a sneak peek at the menus.
Where To Eat At The West Rim
At Grand Canyon West, you’ll go on a self-guided tour and take a shuttle to the viewpoints and attractions. And depending on where you get off the bus, you’ll have different eateries to choose from.
- Eagle Point: Sky View & Skywalk Cafe
- Guano Point: Guano Point Cafe
- Hualapai Point: Gwe Ma’jo
Below I’ve included descriptions, photos, and menus from these restaurants.
1. Sky View Restaurant
- Location: 2nd floor of Skywalk Building
- Open Daily: 9:00 am – 4:15 pm
- Cuisine: American & Vegetarian
Skyview is inside the big rust-colored building at Eagle Point. The restaurant overlooks the Grand Canyon, and you can even see people on the glass bridge from here.
It features floor-to-ceiling windows and full-service sit-down meals for adults and kids. Sky View is all indoors, too, so if you’re coming during the summer, this is a great spot to beat the heat.
But if you want to go here, I recommend requesting a window seat as these offer the most incredible canyon views. Just take a look at the photo below – this was the scenery from my table:
There may be a wait for a window table if you’re going during peak hours. But it usually doesn’t take too long. The last two times we were there, it took us about 15 minutes to get seated.
Also, there’s a 30-minute time limit for window seats. Don’t worry, though; the chefs get your meal out fast, so you’ll have plenty of time to eat and enjoy the view.
Sky View offers American favorites like burgers, chicken bowls, and fries. There are salads, too, and a kid’s menu featuring classics like grilled cheese sandwiches.
Please keep in mind that although this is the current menu, Sky View often updates its offerings. So items listed below may be subject to change.
All meals include a complimentary soft drink. Or you can substitute your soft drink for lemonade, coffee, tea, or hot cocoa.
2. Skywalk Cafe
- Location: 1st floor of Skywalk Building
- Open Daily: 9:00 am – 4:15 pm
- Cuisine: American
If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, the Skywalk Cafe offers a variety of grab-and-go options. You’ll find this walk-up eatery on the first floor of the Skywalk building, next to the gift shop.
The cafe features American favorites like hot dogs, nachos, and chili fries. And there are usually muffins and ice cream as well.
There aren’t any tables, though, so you won’t be able to sit down. But Grand Canyon West has picnic tables outside. You’ll find these near the Native American village and performance area.
Skywalk Cafe Menu
Below is the current menu for the cafe. Offerings may be subject to change.
3. Guano Point Cafe
- Location: Guano Point (outside)
- Open Daily: 9:00 am – 4:15 pm
- Cuisine: BBQ & Vegetarian
Guano Point Cafe is another walk-up eatery. And you’ll find this dining option at Guano Point, which is the last stop on the tour.
The cafe offers BBQ meals of pulled pork and chicken. There are also curry vegetables for vegetarians. And à la carte lunch selections like mashed potatoes and corn on the cobb.
Although there are fewer choices here than at Skyview, the plates come with a lot of food! For instance, you’ll get one main course, three sides, and bottled water.
Also, Guano Point Cafe does not offer indoor seating. But once you get your food, you can sit down at any of the outside tables next to the cafe.
They even have some tables under an awning, so you’ll have a place to sit with shade. Of course, all the tables look out over the Grand Canyon, offering a stunning view for an afternoon picnic.
In my opinion, the awning tables offer the best vantage point of the Grand Canyon. So I recommend sitting here if you can. Take a look at this:
Guano Point Cafe Menu
Below is the current lunch and dinner menu for Guano Point Cafe. Like the other menus, offerings and prices are subject to change.
4. Gwe Ma’jo at Hualapai Point
- Location: Hualapai Point
- Open Daily: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
- Cuisine: Hualapai Tribe recipes
Gwe Ma’jo is located at Hualapai Point in the old western town. It’s your first stop on the self-guided tour. And a great place to go if you’re doing the Grand Canyon zipline, as it’s right next door.
Here, lunch selections include tacos with either chicken or beef. Or you can try a traditional Hualapai pinion stew. There are also burritos and quesadillas for kids.
Additionally, on Wednesdays through Saturdays, you can stop in for breakfast between 8:00 and 10:30 am. I’m a big fan of their breakfast burrito!
Gwe Ma’jo is indoors (although there are a few tables outside) and features a wild west theme. And some days, you may even see live music performed by local cowboys.
Gwe Ma’jo Food Menu
Below are the current menus for the Gwe Ma’jo restaurant. Here again, meals are subject to change.
Breakfast Menu at Gwe Ma’jo
The breakfast plate listed below includes your choice of meat, egg, and toast.
Grand Canyon West Meal Tickets
The Western Rim has a “meal ticket” system. So you can choose where you want to eat and use your ticket for a meal there. Meal tickets can be redeemed at Sky View, Guano Point Cafe, or Gwe Ma’jo.
Right now, an adult meal ticket is $25, while children’s meals are $19 (ages 12 and younger). Adult meal tickets are available for pre-purchase online. Or, if you prefer, you can pay at any of the restaurants, too.
Can you bring food into Grand Canyon West Rim?
Unfortunately, you can’t bring any outside food or beverages into the West Rim with you. But there are plenty of places to get snacks and drinks once you’re inside.
What’s the best restaurant at Grand Canyon West?
My favorite place to eat is Skyview. If you sit at a window table, the backdrop of the canyon is amazing. And I like that it’s all indoors, too – it’s a nice change from being outside all day.
I’ve also enjoyed the meal both times I’ve eaten there and the staff has always been kind and helpful. Our waitress even helped us find hidden rock formations in the canyon.
Do I need to make a reservation at Sky View?
The restaurants at the West Rim are all first come, first served, so they don’t take reservations. But you won’t wait long for a non-window table at Sky View, as they typically seat guests within a few minutes. If you want to sit next to a window, though, it could take up to 15 to 30 minutes during peak hours.
Restaurants Near Peach Springs
If you’re going on the one or two-day rafting adventure, the above restaurants won’t work for you. And that’s because the white water rafting experience is over two hours from the sky bridge.
So instead, the eateries you’ll want to visit are in Peach Springs, AZ. The first place I recommend going to in Peach Springs is Diamond Creek Restaurant. It’s conveniently located inside the Hualapai Lodge.
And the second place is the nearby Walapai Market. You can stop in for groceries, have a sandwich at the deli, or even get an iced latte.
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My Final Thoughts
There are several restaurants at the West Rim to choose from, and the food is good, too. I’ve enjoyed eating there every time I’ve gone. And I also appreciate that the Hualapai Reservation has many dietary and cuisine options.
I especially love that they offer restaurants overlooking the Grand Canyon. To say that you’ve had dinner at one of the world’s natural wonders is quite something! And I think it’s worth the price of admission alone.