Summit House Restaurant


The Summit House Restaurant sits near the top of the Mt. Rainier Gondola at 6,872 feet.  The friendly staff serves great food in an alpine setting with unbelievable views that are both unique and breathtaking. On a clear day take in the best views of the Northwest’s most famous volcanic peaks such at Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Baker, and Glacier Peak.  Relax, and soak it all in. 

Summit House Menu

Kids Menu


Enjoy lunch in a relaxed setting with indoor and outdoor seating.  No reservations needed, walk-ins are welcome and will be seated on a first-come basis.  Groups of 15 or more should make prior arrangements with our Group Sales Coordinator.  Learn more about Group Dining


We welcome you to wine and dine with us this summer in a unique and special mountain setting.  The Summit House is a great place to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays or just get together with family and friends. Dinner is served Fridays and Saturdays (see schedule below).  Dinner specials will be offered nightly and reservations are strongly recommended.  


Outdoor Dining 

The outdoor patio is surrounded by colorful flowers and stunning views of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Range. Enjoy the fresh mountain air as you dine.  We do not accept dinner reservations for the patio since it’s weather permitting but will be available on a first come basis if you choose to sit outside.  Please be aware it does get cool in the evenings.  The patio also includes a “paw-tio” section for those dining with their 4-legged friends. Paw-tio seating is limited and available on a first-come basis.

Summer 2019 Schedule

Peak-Summer Season: June 21-September 1, 2019

Sunday-Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fridays & Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (dinner reservations accepted from 5-7 p.m.)

*Please note that the restaurant will be closed for dinner on Friday, Aug. 2nd for a private event.

Late-Summer Season: September 2-15, 2019

Sunday-Friday 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (dinner reservations accepted from 5-7 p.m.)

Reservations & Helpful Info

Reservations are only accepted for dinner. Due to a high volume of walk-ins, reservations are not accepted for lunch. Availability will be first come, first serve. The restaurant is busiest after 1:00 p.m. If you have a dinner reservation please arrive at the base of the gondola at least 30 minutes before your reservation. Reservations do not include a gondola ticket. Gondola tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth 1-hour before your reservation at a discounted rate of 50%. Ikon Pass holders receive free lift tickets anytime, our ticket agents can look you up in the system so no need to have your Ikon Pass on you.

  • Please do not feed the wildlife, it is harmful to their health
  • Bring a warm layer. It can get cold at night, even on the hot days
  • Wear comfortable footwear with good traction
  • We recommend that you use the restroom at the bottom of the gondola before you head up. Restrooms are available at the top, however outdoor stairs are required
  • Wear sunscreen. Remember, you’re at a much higher elevation
  • Bring your camera!
  • We cannot split checks for groups larger than 8 people.

Cancellations & Severe Weather Notice

The gondola may close without notice due to severe weather and in this case access to the Summit House would not be available.

Please check the website before you depart for your reservation. This only happens on rare occasions but it’s better to be aware.


The route on and off the Gondola and to the Summit House Restaurant is a gently sloping path uphill. 

Gondola to Summit House Path




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