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Trail Days Cafe & Museum

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803 W Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846-1716
+1 620-767-7986
11:00 - 20:00
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226 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

This is definitely not fast food restaurant. Take your time and look around while your meal is beginning prepared. Lot's of history. The money made from the meals helps keep the museum open. A unique menu of tasty food and a history of the dish. I enjoyed Croque monsieur. Ham and Swiss with cheddar and walnuts on the top. Tasty... More 

Thank Doug E
Shirley M, Manager at Trail Days Cafe & Museum, responded to this review

It was a pleasure to have you come to see us! Thank you for your kind review! Do drop in again, for we would love to have you return! More 

Fort Collins, Colorado
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110 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

I decided to stop here because I'm camping at it has been raining for days. Looked on Trip Advisor and the place seemed interesting. All I can say is, how cool!!! It was an experience more than a meal. I travel a lot and have never come across anywhere like this place. Simply fantastic food and history lessons. If you're... More 

Thank eedoonan
Shirley M, Manager at Trail Days Cafe & Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments about us! We enjoyed having you as our guest! People like you, are why we keep doing this labor of love! More 

Whitewater, Kansas
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68 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We just had ice cream so can't comment on the food much. They run the cafe to help support the museum. Very well restored.

Thank DB67154
Shirley M, Manager at Trail Days Cafe & Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping by and for your comments! Please come back and try our food! More 

Lawrence, Kansas
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

This café has far better food than the famous Hays House. You can get native American food such as buffalo and elk; French and Swedish food; and early American (ham and beans and cornbread). The Buffalo Sloppy Joes are very tasty. Great desserts as well. Plus, the "proprietor" will tell you the history of the 1861 stone building and Council... More 

Thank Clark C
Shirley M, Manager at Trail Days Cafe & Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind remarks! More 

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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

This historic building was saved and restored for posterity by the current owners who also are wonderful hosts. We were given a delightful and most interesting tour from basement to 2nd story 1800's cozy bedroom. Mr. McClintock himself is a great reason to stop here. We will go back to eat there when we pass this way again.

Thank Lynn45tyler
Shirley M, Manager at Trail Days Cafe & Museum, responded to this review

Thank you Lynn! It was our pleasure to have you come and we will look forward to seeing you again one day! More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

What an unexpected jewel in Council Grove, KS! The food was excellent, the house truly took us back in time & the owner was so knowledgeable on the history of the town!! Truly impressive & very memorable . Thank you so much!

1 Thank Terri L
Shirley M, Manager at Trail Days Cafe & Museum, responded to this review

Thank you Terri! It was such a joy to have you come! We love to take you on a trip back in time and are delighted that you enjoyed it! More 

Park City, Kansas
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52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

This restaurant and museum is in a restored house along the Santa Fe trail. The proprietors dress in period clothes and tell stories about the history of the place and area. The food was ok (the iced tea was not). After you Earp, you can go upstairs to see the rest of the Ouse.

2 Thank Linda W
Shirley M, assistant manager at Trail Days Cafe & Museum, responded to this review

This visitor described the tea as "not" ok. The iced tea we serve contains a portion of black cherry berry herbal tea, so we call it "iced cherry tea". It is not cherry flavored, like a cherry Coke, or sweet, but it does have a distinctive taste, which draws many compliments from our diners. But we acknowledge that there are... More 

Kansas City, Kansas
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97 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

At the end of our visit to Council Grove, we stopped at Trail Days Cafe and Museum for a late lunch.. When we arrived, the restaurant had two other parties eating lunch and a large table of dirty dishes greeted us before we were able to be seated. The room was cozy and our table was cleared quickly and thoroughly... More 

2 Thank Lou P
Midway, Kentucky, United States
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2016

My wife and I had dinner at Trail Days. The menu is not extensive, but features local historically themed dishes (I had roast elk, succotash, and Indian baked bread). Our food was quite good, although heated in a microwave.

2 Thank 294Mike
Madison, South Dakota
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016

My husband stays away from anything that has "cafe" in the name, so when he suggested we try this place I jumped at the chance. It is a circa 1860's historical home on the residential side of town (on Main Street). Upon walking in the door, I thought it was going to be more formal (and expensive) than we were... More 

4 Thank clarkrvlife

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$15
American, International, Native American, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
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Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
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
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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