The views here never get old. I’ve lived in Jackson Hole for 17 years and still find myself awed—fully stopped in the middle of whatever I’m doing—by the surrounding landscape at least once a day. Most days, it’s more often. Jackson Hole isn’t just a feast for the eyes though. You can feed your soul and stomach simultaneously: some of the valley’s best views come from a seat inside a restaurant. With Mt. Moran, the Cathedral Group, and Sleeping Indian just outside, it’d be easy for kitchens to relax. Who’s going to notice or care if their elk tenderloin medallions are a tad overcooked or the accompanying demi glace is slightly washed out when they’ve got the Grand Teton in their face? My favorite restaurants-with-a-view don’t relax though. These five work hard to ensure what’s on the plate is as engaging as what’s outside the windows.
When you order your pizza or pasta and drinks at this iconic bar/restaurant in Moose by Grand Teton National Park’s southern entrance, ask to borrow binoculars. Whether it’s summer and the rooftop deck is open or the snow is deep and you’ve got a table in front of the river rock fireplace, you can spot adventure athletes—climbers or skiers—playing in the Tetons from here.
Set into the side of East Gros Ventre Butte, 1,000 feet above the valley floor, The Granary’s food—seared Hudson Valley foie gras, Cajun Spiced Elk Tenderloin—is the equal of the expansive views, even of those from the tables set against floor-to-ceiling windows on the northwestern side of the dining room.
Its season is short—late June – early September—but Bridger Deck makes the most of it. People pack its patio at 9,000-some feet at the top of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s Bridger Gondola for views of Sleeping Indian in the Gros Ventre Mountains on the valley’s eastern side, the best margaritas in town, and bites like tempura portobello fries.
A five-course prix fixe menu highlighting locally sourced ingredients compliments the views down onto the valley and over to Corbet’s Couloir and the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort tram from this restaurant at the top of an 8-passenger gondola. In winter, lift attendants give you Pendleton blankets to make sure you stay warm on the ride up and down.
Jackson Lake Lodge
From Jackson Lake Lodge’s Mural Room, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner all summer long, Mt. Moran dominates the views. Keep an eye out for moose or grizzly in the willows just outside though. Inside, 10 panels of murals depicting fur trappers and mountain men commissioned by John D. Rockefeller give the restaurant its name.