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Russell's Fireside Dining Room at Lake McDonald Lodge

Going-To-The-Sun Road, Lake McDonald Lodge, Glacier National Park, MT 59936
+1 855-733-4522
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good43%
  • Average14%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible2%
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“pollock” (6 reviews)
“lamb chops” (4 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Going-To-The-Sun Road, Lake McDonald Lodge, Glacier National Park, MT 59936
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Reviewed 1 week ago

On our first night at Lake McDonald we decided to dine in Russell's Fireside Dining Room. Or server was polite and attentive Our meals we served hot and were very good. The experience was excellent and the room was not noisy, and so we enjoyed...More

Thank 1victor
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went in the lodge for a quick lunch and it was really good food. It was quite affordable and service was the fastest we had ever seen!!! Staff was super friendly with a high quality service. Incredible experience.

Thank BarkShadeau
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped for lunch on the Red Bus Tour. The food was excellent along with the service. It is a really nice area to stop and the food was probably the best we had on the trip.

Thank Laura P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here for lunch after a morning hike at Avalanche Lake. Thought the service was friendly, and the food was pretty good for a park lodge. The beautiful dining room doesn't hurt - give it a try!

Thank Gomez22
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ended up having lunch here quite by chance. We drove out to the Lake to take a boat tour, but the first several after we arrived were already sold out. We bought tickets for the first available tour-- and looked for some place to...More

Thank 416edb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First diner at Russel dining room. A little to wait but lobby and/or the terrace on the lake are good options for that. The room in itself is clean, with large room between tables. There is a piano player and sometimes the restaurant's manager song...More

Thank Monpetit
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The dining room is situated too afford a nice view of Lake McDonald. The food and service are fine. During our meal, a piano player entertained the diners with a variety of old standards and newer pop songs.

Thank 874dlb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ate at many locations in the park. This was my favorite meal from the week. The trout was very good. It was the pink trout and was cooked perfectly. It had a crust of Panko crumbs and nuts. I highly recommend it. It came...More

Thank Steph T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We go way back with Xanterra and their food service, and this was not their worst food, but still. Why does everything have to be so half-hearted: either too ambitious for the setting or just poorly prepared. Stick with the simplest menu items. Service was...More

Thank Edward G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped there for lunch and were pleased with our choices. They had Bison burgers and bison stew that were vey good Also tried the organic tomato soup and the cavatelli pasta.

Thank Linda F
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22 April 2017|
Response from MaryEllenM27 | Reviewed this property |
Lake Mc Donald Lodge and the Russell's Fireside Dining. 2017 Dates – Opens: May 19, 2017 | Closes: September 27, 2017 *All properties open at 12 p.m. on opening day and close at 12 p.m. closing day. No services are... More
6 July 2016|
Response from Rebecca H | Reviewed this property |
They do serve breakfast. They have 2 buffet options and several menu items if you don't want a buffet for breakfast. If you're not starving or wanting a bunch of options, I'd recommend something like the huckleberry muffin... More
9 June 2016|
Response from Glacier_FoodandBev | Property representative |
We do not take reservations, we welcome all guests on first come, first serve basis.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$35
Restaurant features
Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
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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