We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Big Meadows Lodge Dining

$$ - $$$
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Mile 51.2, Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, VA
+1 540-999-2222
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

178 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 177: English reviews
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

We stayed in the lodge for the weekend. We had 2 breakfasts and one dinner in the lodge. The menu offers about 9 choices at reasonable prices. The quality of the food was top notch offering local and organic options and the portions were generous. The staff was courteous and attentive. Try to sit by the windows because the view... More 

Thank BuffyNoelle
Level Contributor
19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

We stopped here after visiting the Big Meadow visitors center. It was during low season so plenty of tables available. The waitress was friendly. To our surprise, the food were quite delicious unlike other establishments contracted by other national parks. The food reminded us of home-style cooking like grandma or mom would make. Warmed us from inside out. Notable mention... More 

Thank fay m
Frederick, Maryland
Level Contributor
213 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

We ate at both lodging dining areas and this was our second choice. The turkey dinner was good but the rolls were stiff cardboard The wait was too long

Thank jaxon27
Rolling Hills Estates, CA
Level Contributor
149 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

We were really excited about eating here after reading the menu, but were quite disappointed. The food just wasn't very good. I had the stew. It had an odd seasoning which neither of us cared for. Quantities were small. The service was very good. The people at the next tables had eaten at Skyland the night before and raved about... More 

Thank BillPom
Level Contributor
82 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

I ate five meals in the restaurant in the course of five days. Of the two dinners and three breakfasts, all but one of the dinners was cold. The first meal with a problem was stuffed rainbow trout. It was barely warm when I received it. I complained and the waiter took it back to warm it up. I also... More 

Thank C H
West Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
83 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

The burgers are expensive, nuked and ugly. Get a salad, the fruit salad and be happy. The food in this Park is not good. The views in the fall are specatular. You are camping in the lodges and the restaurants. It is what it is.

Thank KenFromIllinois
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
90 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016

We had dinner and breakfast at Big Meadows while visiting Shenandoah NP. The food was good but pricey and the service was somewhat slow. Restaurant choices are limited in Shenandoah; what they got is what you get because they are the only show in town. Hint: breakfast service ends at 10 am so don't sleep in!

Thank cathy0606
Arlington, Virginia
Level Contributor
72 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016

We walked in 5 minutes before they closed lunch (1:55 pm), but they seated us and served us with no problem. The burgers my son and I ordered were cooked to order and very tasty. My husband's chicken quesadillas were also very good. Dessert was very pricey ($6), so we skipped it and went to the gift store and bought... More 

Thank Leslie1957
Level Contributor
31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016

The main dining room is beautiful, day and night. The service was generally very good, regardless of capacity. The food is adequate, comforting, and decently priced. Keep it simple and you'll generally be satisfied.

Thank Elfma
Lynchburg, Virginia
Level Contributor
105 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

There are two venues in which to dine in the lodge. Being peak season, I feel the staff was unprepared for the influx of visitors. The length of dining hours needs to be extended to accommodate everyone. I was glad I bought a bounty of snacks to tide me over.

Thank Caroline72747

Travellers who viewed Big Meadows Lodge Dining also viewed

Shenandoah National Park, VA
Shenandoah National Park, VA

Been to Big Meadows Lodge Dining? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, View
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mile 51.2, Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, VA
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Shenandoah National Park
  • Phone Number: +1 540-999-2222

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Big Meadows Lodge Dining and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Big Meadows Lodge Dining staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?