The Most Delish Restaurants Around Glacier, WA

Rolling up to Glacier, Washington you’ve reached the end of the line. The last food, the last lodging, the last civilization — if you can call this small mountain hamlet civilization, that is.

From here, there’s nothing but evergreen forest and Mount Baker until the paved road disappears completely.

Glacier is a popular tourist destination for those who want to shed the human distractions of the city and relax in nature. With a year-round population of just 610, the hikers, skiers, snowboarders, and river rafters that flood this town seasonally far outnumber the locals, which is why there is just a small number of restaurants to choose from.

Post-covid, many of the local favorites have changed. The historic Graham’s Restaurant and The Frosty Inn are no more, Milano’s has moved to the bustling streets of Bellingham, and new favorites have taken their place.

The Glacier restaurants on this list are broken into two categories. The first handful are actually in Glacier. The second group is near Glacier, spread from the town of Deming to the ski slopes of Mount Baker itself. As each is on the Scenic Mt Baker Hwy, you won’t have to drive more than 30 minutes to reach any foodie spot on this list if you’re staying in Glacier.

Best Restaurants in Mt. Baker Ski Area

All of these restaurants are within Whatcom County and a 30-min drive from Glacier, WA.

Heather Meadows Cafe ($$)

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Located on the second floor of the Heather Meadows Ski Lodge, this is the best place if you want unrivaled views of Mount Shuksan while you eat. With incredible panoramic windows facing some of the best mountain scenery, it just can’t be beaten. Although the food is quite expensive for what you’re actually getting, it’s to be expected when served mountainside with a view.

Heather Meadows Cafe pair up with local farms to get the freshest and most sustainable produce for their soups, salads, and sandwiches. Some of their partners include Kragnes Family Farm, Williams Blueberry Farm, Dandelion Organics, Avenue Bread, Tony’s Coffee, Acme Ice Cream, and more.

The homemade blueberry lemonade and pre-packed lunches for day hikers come highly recommended and there are lots of options available for vegans and vegetarians.

Only open during the ski and hiking seasons only, usually from 11 AM to 5:30 PM, it’s important you check the hours of operation before you visit.

Raven Hut Mid-Mountain Day Lodge ($$)

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  • Mt Baker Ski Area, Mt Baker Hwy, Deming, WA
  • Located mid-mountain and only accessible by ski or snowboard
  • Open during ski season only

Built in the classic Cascadia style of the 1920s, this cabin-esque lunch fill-up spot is great for skiers and hikers looking for a quick bite. Serving International and American classics like burgers, pulled-pork sandwiches, salmon chowder, sushi rolls, and Thai noodle salad it’s got a little bite for everyone. The fries are also top-notch.

You can also nab some pre-packed snacks, baked goods, and lunches in case you forgot to pack them this morning for a full day of adventuring on the mountain.

Starting at 11 AM, you can also imbibe some mountainside beer and wine.

Best Restaurants in Glacier, WA

Chair 9 Woodstone Pizza & Bar ($$)

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  • 10459 Mt. Baker Hwy, Glacier
  • Hours: Sun-Thurs 12pm – 8pm, Fri & Sat 12pm – 9pm

Come take a seat at Chair 9 after enjoying the 8 chairlifts at Mount Baker Ski Area this winter. Hugely popular during the powder season, there’s no better place to refuel than Chair 9 Woodstone Pizza.

They have a huge selection of delicious gourmet pizza and plenty of beer to wash it all down. While the wood-fired pizza is what the bar is known for, they also serve high-quality burgers, steak, salmon, crab cakes, baby back ribs, and an array of tasty appetizers.

Opening at noon the bar stays open as long as there are customers in the seats enjoying the live sports, live music, and game room. There are also areas designated for family dining if you’re traveling with children.

The Heliotrope

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  • 9990 Mt Baker Hwy, Glacier
  • Hours: Thurs-Sun 4 pm – 8pm

For those craving international cuisine, you can’t do better than Heliotrope. Owned by locals with a love for travel, they’ve combined their favorite flavors abroad with locally caught and grown ingredients.

The perfect meal for after a day spent on the mountain, Heliotrope combines great food with an extensive beer and wine list. While we’re sure you’ll enjoy your meal here, you’ll most likely want to come back day after day for the laid back atmosphere and welcoming staff.

Wake ‘n Bakery ($)

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  • 6903 Bourne St, Glacier, WA
  • 360-599-1658
  • Sumer and Winter Hours: 7am – 5pm
  • Fall and Spring Hours: 7am – 2pm

Wake up to the rich intoxicating smell of Wake n’ Bakery’s organic and fair-trade bean brew and $7 brunch mimosas. This community staple makes an effort to support sustainability by utilizing lots of locally sourced products for their handmade baked goods.

Savor the breakfast sandwiches, wraps, paninis, and house-favorite soups inside, on their outdoor patio, or their upstairs seating with epic views of Mount Baker on a clear day. They also offer both gluten-free quiche and vegan-friendly Thai Peanut Wraps in an effort to cater to all kinds of dietary restrictions.

During the high seasons of summer and winter, you can expect the bakery to be open and busy from 7 AM to 5 PM. Enjoy their summertime weekend BBQs to bring all the outdoor adventurers together. They are open during the off-season but you should check their hours online before you visit.

Best Restaurants in Maple Falls

All of these restaurants are within Whatcom County and a 10-min drive from Glacier, WA.

Joe’s Fine Coffee ($)

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  • 7463 Mt. Baker Hwy, Deming, WA
  • Hours: Mon-Thurs 8am – 2 pm, Fri 7:30am – 2pm, Sat-Sun 8am – 4pm

There’s no shortage of coffee and cafes on Mt. Baker Highway. This cute coffee & tea shop is budget-friendly and offers a cozy atmosphere to visitors looking for its infamous cinnamon roll cookies, pumpkin loaf, and bacon waffles. They also have a variety of pastries, burritos, sandwiches, and house-made granola if you’re looking for a slightly more healthy breakfast option.

The coffee here is known to be some of the best in the area, so if you’re a coffee snob you’ve come to the right place. Come in for your coffee or grab it on-the-go at their drive-thru. You can also swipe some of their neat in-store merch.

Best Restaurants in Deming

All of these restaurants are within Whatcom County and a 20-min drive from Glacier, WA.

North Fork Brewery ($$)

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  • 6186 Mt. Baker Highway Deming, WA 98244
  • Phone: 360-599-2337
  • Hours: Every day Noon to 9:00 PM
  • Happy Hour: Monday through Friday Noon to 5:00 PM

They call this place the local beer shrine. A little log cabin off the scenic Mt. Baker Highway, just a short drive from Bellingham, this is probably the most well-known and busy joint on this list.

Known for ice-cold beer and piping hot pizza, the dining room of this dive bar is filled with beer-centric antiques and memorabilia including an entire wall of unique vintage bottles. It’s worth a stop to pay homage at the beer shrine even if you don’t stay for the beer-themed apps like beer cheese dip, stout French onion soup, and spicy ale steamer clams.

Even the pizza here is made with beer inside the dough. The crusts are handmade daily with fresh cheeses, veggies, and meats on top and are meant to be paired with the British Ales and barrel-aged Belgian-style sours and lagers inside the taproom.

There’s outdoor seating for sunny PNW days and as it’s super close to Glacier they serve slices of peanut butter pie fresh from Wake n’ Bakery for dessert.

Open every weekday from 1 PM- 9 PM and Noon – 9 PM on the weekends.

Welcome Store ($$)

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  • 5565 Mt Baker Hwy, Deming, WA
  • Hours: 6am – 10pm (kitchen opens at 10am)

While you might initially mistake the Welcome Store as only a neighborhood convenience shop, there’s a whole lot more going on here than just a place to pick up the essentials.

Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner from their deli and grill alongside a full bar, the Welcome Store is the perfect spot for you to grab a delicious bite to eat and pick up some snacks and groceries to bring back to your vacation rental home or to pack a picnic for your day exploring Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest.

From burgers to ribs and plenty in between, we’re sure you and your family will enjoying grabbing a bite at the Welcome Store.

Rifugio’s Country Italian Cuisine ($$$)

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  • 5415 Mt. Baker Hwy, Deming, WA
  • Hours: Thurs-Fri 4pm – 9pm, Sat 10am – 3pm, 4pm – 9pm, Sun 10am – 3pm, 4pm – 8pm, Mon- Wed Closed

If you’ve enjoyed a full day in the mountains you might find that the best way to refuel is with a slightly upscale Italian meal home-made with locally sourced ingredients and a large glass of wine. At Refugio’s, you’ll sit at wooden tables great for large groups and savor the rotating seasonal menu and some year-round favorites.

Ricardo’s Slaw (named after the chef), the nutty fresh-baked bread made from grains grown in the Skagit valley, carefully crafted lasagna, meatloaf, and spaghetti are just a few of the menu items that keep bringing patrons back. There are also some less traditional items on the menu like filet mignon, balsamic-glazed double-chocolate tiramisu, and a seafood stew paying homage to the PNW coast. Eggs Benedict, stuffed pancakes, and potato cakes with corned beef join the menu for breakfast.

You can also pre-order a family-size lasagna for takeout to heat at your accommodation in Glacier if a sit-down meal sounds like a little too much to handle.

Eat Up While Visiting Mt. Baker and Glacier, WA

Although a small town, Glacier, and the surrounding area, have plenty of great restaurants for you to choose from. We’re certain you and your family will enjoy these restaurants as much as we do. There’s nothing better than eating local while on vacation and these restaurants in Glacier are the perfect examples!