Summit House Restaurant

The Summit House Restaurant sits near the top of the Mt. Rainier Gondola at 6,872 feet and offers beautiful mountain views out every window as well as from our outdoor patio.  The friendly staff serves great food in an alpine setting with unbelievable views that are both unique and breathtaking. Enjoy a glass of wine or cold beer as you dine. Relax, and soak it all in. 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.  Open daily for lunch and dinner on Saturdays during peak season. 

2018 Menu Changes: The summer menu has been streamlined to include a few classics and summer favorites to provide faster service for our guests which we’re hoping will result in shorter wait times during peak days.  In addition to the lunch menu, dinner specials will be offered on Saturdays starting at 4 p.m.  There will also no longer be a full bar available however we will continue to carry a great selection of beer and wine, along with a few specialty cocktails. 

2018 Summer Menu (download pdf)


Peak-Summer Season June 22-September 2, 2018
Sunday* to Friday 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (dinner seatings: 4-4:30 p.m. and 6-6:30 p.m.) 

*Open until 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 2nd, for Labor Day weekend.

Late-Summer Season September 3-September 16, 2018
Monday to Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

*The Summit House is scheduled to close at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 7th, for a private event.

Making A Reservation (360) 663-3085

Reservations are only accepted on Saturdays for dinner at 4-4:30 or 6-6:30 p.m. (during Peak Summer Season only).  Due to a high volume of walk-ins, reservations will no longer be 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 15 minutes before your reservation with a scenic gondola ticket in hand. Reservations can be placed by calling (360) 663-3085.  Reservations do not include a gondola ticket.  We do not accept reservations for the patio, that is available on a first come basis only and is weather permitting.  We cannot split checks for groups larger than 8 people.

Group Reservations (15+ People)

Summer Summit House Group Menu 2018

We are happy to accommodate large groups with advance reservations anytime Monday thru Thursday, and before noon on Fridays.  Groups of 15+ must contact Group Sales at least 5 days prior to the trip to finalize dining reservation (based on availability), and discounted group ticketing.  A credit card is required at the time of booking. All food and ticketing charges will be billed to one account.  We cannot split checks.  There is a 48 hour cancellation policy for groups. No-shows and last minute cancellations will be charged $75.

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.  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.


Helpful Tips

  • 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

Please call 360-663-3085 at least 24 hours in advance to cancel or reschedule your reservation. 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 or call us at (360) 663-3085 before you depart for your reservation. This only happens on rare occasions but it’s better to be aware.

Gift Cards

Gift Cards are available at Guest Services or by calling (360) 663-3050 – we will ship!