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Trail Days Cafe & Museum

803 W Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846-1716
+1 620-767-7986
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Overview
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good22%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Cafe, International, Native American, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
803 W Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846-1716
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We were doing the Santa Fe Trail and stopped in for 2 reason. 1 because of the historical meaning of the building and 2 to get some food. We were more than delighted with the food we got PLUS we got to meet Ken. Ken...More

Thank 63impala
Shirley M, Manager at Trail Days Cafe & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for the kind words! We enjoyed having you as visitors! We learn a lot of history from our visitors, which we often pass on to others. Recently a couple from Newburgh, IN, told us about their town's unfortunate capture by Confederates (July 18, 1862)...More

Reviewed March 23, 2018

This is a follow-up to my earlier 11-11-17 review. Presentations are also given periodically, making this an even more amazing attraction. After a fabulous meal, I had the honor of giving a Fred Harvey-Harvey Girls-William Allen White presentation -- in case you’re wondering, all of...More

Thank Pierre S
Shirley M, Manager at Trail Days Cafe & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2018

Thank you Pierre! You did such a wonderful presentation. People were talking about it afterwards, expressing how much they enjoyed the event and your part in making it great!

Reviewed January 22, 2018 via mobile

We stopped in for an early dinner - the only ones there. The chef/curator provided an eclectic menu with many options - went with the buffalo roast - nice and tender! Side dishes were just right - applesauce tasted like apple pie without the crust....More

Thank carolynBelAire_KS
Shirley M, Manager at Trail Days Cafe & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2018

We are glad that you stopped by to share a meal with us, and take in some of the history of this house and the area! Thank you for your kind words!

Reviewed November 14, 2017 via mobile

Wonderful couple, served an authentic home cooked meal. The Elk, and applesauce were my favorite. I also had a great Indian salad, that had green lettuces with none of the white heart of the lettuce, like you see in some salads. Great place to eat,...More

1  Thank robcmeek17
Shirley M, Manager at Trail Days Cafe & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2018

Thank you so much for your kind remarks! We enjoyed sharing our food and our history with you!

Reviewed November 11, 2017

Then Trail Days Café and Museum is unique in that it’s a living museum with era food served. The stone house built in 1861 has gone through various renovations before being restored to its original configuration. It was the last house freighters passed going west...More

Thank Pierre S
Shirley M, Manager at Trail Days Cafe & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2017

Thank you so much for your wonderful review of Trail Days Cafe & Museum! It was fun having you come and such a joy to meet you two delightful people!!

Reviewed November 1, 2017 via mobile

It's a great historical site, the people are friendly, and give a great history lesson. The iced cherry tea is amazing, no sugar and you can taste the cherry well but not overpowering.

Thank Lauren W
Shirley M, Manager at Trail Days Cafe & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2017

Thank you Lauren and we want you to know that it was our pleasure to have you come and be a part of the experience we hope to provide travelers on the Santa Fe Trail who enter this 1861 stone home!!!

Reviewed October 16, 2017 via mobile

Although this place is rated at the top of restaurants in Council Grove I am at a loss for how it got there. We had heard that the food was warmed over, so we ordered burgers that would have to be cooked fresh. They were...More

Thank Deb B
Shirley M, Manager at Trail Days Cafe & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2017

Sorry your experience turned out this way for you. We do not do grease and if you are accustomed to the flavor of grease, our hamburgers may seem tasteless. Our ground beef is grass fed-free range and thus has less fat and we use a...More

Reviewed October 16, 2017

what a great experience! Not only is the Terwilliger Home the 2nd oldest building at the Sante Fe Trail in Kansas its full with bits of history about the Trail, Kanza Indians, Civil War and and and. The owners who rebuild this house to its...More

Thank eva1500
Shirley M, Manager at Trail Days Cafe & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2017

Thank you! We love doing what we do because of people like you! You brought joy to our day by your coming to see us and sharing your self with us!

Reviewed September 11, 2017

Enjoyed a wonderful slice of cake along with a slice of local history. The owners are friendly and well-informed on local historical happenings, with lots of interesting stories to share. HIghly recommend stopping by!

Thank Pilimbe
Shirley M, Manager at Trail Days Cafe & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2017

Thank you for your review of Trail Days Cafe & Museum! It was such a delight having you visit us! Please come again when you are this way!

Reviewed August 15, 2017

This wonderful café and Museum on the Santa Fe Trail not only provides an amazing meal with a diverse selection of foods from different nationalities that settled in the Council Grove area, but you also get a history lesson or, lessons, of local, Kansas and...More

Thank KSNE66846
Shirley M, Manager at Trail Days Cafe & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2017

Thank you for coming to see us and for your kind review! It was our delight to have you stop by and enjoy your time with us!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$9 - US$15
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 803 W Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846-1716
  • Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Council Grove
  • Phone Number: +1 620-767-7986
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Description
Enjoy museum surroundings and a dining experience with history at the Trail Days Cafe & Museum located in the 1861 stone Terwilliger Home in Council Grove, KS. Guests are transported back to a time when homes along the Santa Fe Trail served as eating places. Delicious American Indian, Old world, Early American and 20th Century foods are served in a beautiful and cozy victorian setting.
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