Our Top Restaurants in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Restaurants in Jackson Hole – Tried & Tested
Although Jackson Hole is considered to be a small town, this place is packed with fantastic eateries from fine dining restaurants, take-aways to cafés. There are numerous restaurants in Jackson Hole catering for all cuisines such as Italian, Thai, Chinese, European etc.
Mango Moose is located in Teton Village, an ideal spot for a quick bite and après ski. This had a very relaxed vibe compared to other restaurants, more of a Saloon, serving local brews whilst everyone was enjoying the live music, large screen TV’s or swapping stories of what happened on the slopes, as they waited for their food. We stopped in here for lunch a few times and ordered the salad and the sodbuster (chicken and salad served on top of the pita, with fries hidden underneath the pitta!) and the chili soup is souper YUMMY 😉
The service was super fast and the staff were very friendly and courteous.
Craving for fondue? The Alpenhof Bistro is the best for fondue in Jackson Hole (honest!). The Bistro is located inside the boutique Alpenhof Hotel in Teton Village, next to the Aerial tram. As you step inside, you immediately notice the cosyness and the Austrian style décor, as compared to the other restaurants; red and white chequered tablecloths and the alpine wooden tables and chairs. There was also a live band playing when we arrived and they were excellent!
The roaring fire kept us warm throughout our meal. The staff here were very welcoming and happy, which made us feel content and relaxed – just what we needed after a day on the slopes.
And don’t forget to save room for desserts. The apple strudel and the huckleberry cheesecake were truly scrummy and the perfect instagrammable food photos!
Moos ice-cream parlour is located in downtown Jackson Hole, although not really a restaurant, we included it because – hey, who doesn’t really like ice-cream, no matter the time of year 😉 Here you’ll find natural, organic, homemade creamy ice-cream to satisfy your tastebuds. The ice-creams and sorbets are even diabetic and dietetic friendly and the sorbets are made from 99% pure organic fruit and 1% cane sugar. The selection of flavours was huuuge, but my favourite was the huckleberry. They also sell delicious cakes here too. We decided to taste the four layered red velvet cake; it was moist and fluffy – great choice.
Yeehaw! Well, I wouldn’t call this ‘light bites’ but had to add this to the list if you wanted a quick bite to eat. Bubba’s restaurant sits right next door to the Elk Country Inn, at the intersection of Broadway, Pearl and Flat Creek in Jackson Hole. Stated as ‘one of Jackson Hole’s longest running and favourite local BBQ restaurants’.
One of Jackson Hole’s longest running and favourite local BBQ restaurants - Bubba's
The restaurant is styled like in the Old West with old style booth seating and serving wholesome food (specialising in BBQ and homemade pies) throughout the day – hearty breakfasts, lunch and dinner. Browsing the menu and trying to decide what to choose was proving to be difficult. Steaks, burgers, BBQ platters … choices, choices, choices. I finally decided on the pulled chicken sandwich and Ian chose the BBQ pulled pork sandwich, both served with french fries. Definitely filled that space in my tummy. The smoked turkey with the BBQ sauce and the tender beef brisket are also good too.
Just beware that the portions for the BBQ platters are quite big. Staff were friendly, service was prompt and was great value for money.
Full Steam Subs
Somedays I just want to sink my teeth into a hot dog! Located in downtown Jackson Hole near the town square, you’ll find this little sandwich shop. Selling not just sandwiches, but also hot dogs, steamed subs, salads and soup. The steamed sub was not anything I had sampled before and different from the subs you would find in ‘Subway’ in the UK and USA. First you choose either a 4″ (half) or 8″ (full) sub in white or wheat bread. Then choose between the ingredients for your sub or the combos from the menu. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. There were so many combos it was really tricky to choose. We eventually narrowed it down to ‘The Italian’ and the ‘Chicago style’ hot dogs.
Having the subs steamed, retains the juiciness and the flavours of the fresh ingredients. Totally delish!
Of all the restaurants in Jackson Hole the Blue Lion is by far our No.1. Located in a charming historic house downtown this elegant restaurant serves an array of fine dining delicacies including the elk tenderloin, rack of lamb, fresh seafood and vegetarian dishes.
Every dish served was fantastic; the elk tenderloin was tender, scallops cooked to perfection and the trout and the king salmon flaked away perfectly. Even the basil and peppercorn dressing accompanying the crisp, fresh salad leaves was really tasty. Leave room for dessert though – the mud pie and the lemon and raspberry pie were scrumptious. The live acoustic guitar in the lounge gave the restaurant an informal and relaxed setting. In the summer, you can enjoy food and drinks on the outdoor decking.
Tip: There’s usually an ‘Early Bed Special’ of 20% off the food bill if you dine within the first half hour of opening and mention their local advertisement. Reservations recommended.
Million Dollar Cowboy
A favourite for the steak lovers. Upon entering, head downstairs for the restaurant or straight ahead for live music and drinks at the bar. The Million Dollar Cowboy is situated in the heart of Jackson Hole (you can’t miss the neon sign) and is Wyoming’s famous watering hole. You definitely feel that you’re in the wild wild west when you’re here with the rustic Western vibe; saddle bar stools, Western memorabilia, cowboy murals and animal mounts. Important note, there’s happy hour everyday from 5.30pm-6.30pm.
Downstairs in the restaurant area is a different atmosphere – more upmarket and relaxed. We recommend to be seated in the booths. The ingredients are sourced locally and the current chef reinvented the menu with a Mediterranean/Italian influence. Big, succulent, juicy steaks were served and of course we ordered sides of fries, creamed spinach and green beans. I found the fries a touch too salty, but otherwise the food was very good. When visiting Jackson Hole, we definitely recommend trying the elk – the meat is so tender and soft.
I’m not going to lie, but the food here was fairly expensive and made a slight dent in the wallet. The steaks were worth the money though!
Bored of steak? Then read on! Of all the Asian restaurants in Jackson Hole the food at the Thai Plate was our favourite, serving authentic Thai cuisine. A hidden gem tucked away down a pedestrian only alley. I couldn’t believe how cheap it was to eat here. Look past the magnolia walls and the box of Kleenex for napkins, as you’ll discover that the locals and tourists come here only for one thing – the FOOD. We dined here a few times during our stay in Jackson and ordered the Massaman curry, Pad Thai and the Chicken Yellow curry.
The Pad Thai noodles are piled high on the plate and they don’t hold back on the meat or veggies, oh no, every mouthful is fragrant, fresh, full-flavoured. The curries are served in big soup bowls with a side of rice. And don’t worry, you’ll have enough sauce to soak your rice. The portions were huge for the curries alone. Let’s just say that you won’t need a starter. If you do decide on a starter, I recommend the mouth-watering, scrumptious, steamed dumplings. The Thai iced tea was great to wash it all down. If you can’t finish your food, then take it away in a doggy bag to snack on later. Service was efficient and the staff were accommodating.
The first time dining here in 2014, we couldn’t get over how the the food was excellent and the staff were very friendly and not intrusive. Sweetwater had a very informal setting with a relaxed ambience; rustic wooden tables and chairs with hand picked flowers in the dainty vases and hand stitched floral place mats. Returning to Sweetwater seemed like a no-brainer. Ian had been craving for buffalo sliders and these were packed full of flavour, which left you feeling wanting more. I chose the catfish popcorn (sounded intriguing); morsels of soft white fish with a crisp coating dipped in creamy tartare sauce. Mmmmmmm. The house salads came with a choice of dressings – the raspberry and poppy seed dressing was delicious served alongside the basket of homemade bread with honey butter. It was difficult not to overindulge on the soft homemade slices of bread.
Next on the menu were the 16oz cowboy rib-eye steaks served with roasted garlic mash. I know what you’re thinking … there’s no way I could eat the entire steak. Well, I did! With the first plate of steaks brought out, the mash was cold and the steaks were luke warm – it seemed as though our food was left on the side for some time in the kitchen, hence the luke warm/cold food. The second round of steaks was an immense improvement – medium rare just the way we like it and the steaks were juicy and succulent from the marbling. I found the mash a wee bit overpowered by the garlic and unfortunately, slightly lumpy.
I really don’t enjoy writing negative reviews, but I’d rather give an honest opinion. On this occasion, we were left feeling fairly disappointed by the end of the evening. There was only one waitress attending the tables and she seemed to be running around like a headless chicken. There was such a difference with the service compared to our first visit here. Such a shame and she was so apologetic too.
Located downtown in a quaint log cabin, Cafe Genevieve offers classic American cooking. Interior of the restaurant was very homely, casual and informal with a bustling atmosphere (but not noisy), serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Such a popular spot for the locals. Wooden tables and chairs on the outside decking would be great during the summer months, especially during ‘Happy Hour’ from 3.00-5.30pm daily.
“Neighbourhood Gem” and “Best Service” - Opentable
Upon reading the menu, one starter immediately leapt out to us. French onion soup! The ooziness from the melted cheese when you take the first spoonful and the sweetness from the onion – D I V I N E. For the main course, Ian decided on the buffalo tenderloin and I was drawn to the braised lamb shank. The beautifully cooked juicy buffalo tenderloin served with smooth sweet potato mash and lightly cooked brussel sprouts – well seasoned and luscious. Now let me tell you about the lamb; the meat fell straight off the bone and there was plenty of potatoes and carrots in red wine placed underneath the lamb shank.
All I can say is if you’re looking for real comfort food, then dine here.
Tip: Reservations recommended.
All the restaurants mentioned are easily accessible from the log cabins where we stayed.
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