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Where to Dine Near Great Basin National Park

Eat here after hiking Wheeler Peak or staying in Baker or Ely, Nevada

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Given that more than 75 percent of the state’s population resides in Las Vegas, Nevada looks a lot less crowded on the other side of the Clark County line. For those craving the kind of stark desert wilderness that only the Silver State can provide, Great Basin National Park is a worthy destination. Located about 300 miles from Las Vegas, the 77,180-acre park features ancient bristlecones, limestone caves, the second highest mountain in Nevada, the state’s only glacier, and most importantly, solitude. When one compares Zion National Park’s visitation numbers (almost 4.3 million people in 2016) to Great Basin’s (only 144,846 that same year), it’s easy to see why the isolated high desert locale is worth the longer drive.

And while the remote location might mean fewer dining options, it also results in rustic cafes and the kind of quirky roadside diners that define rural Nevada. Whether Great Basin travelers are camping in the park or staying in nearby Baker or Ely, these restaurants are worth checking out.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mr. Ginos Restaurant & Bar

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484 E Aultman St
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-3540
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Western spirit meets Italian comfort food at this Ely outpost. The menu here includes stuffed chicken Florentine, chicken Parmesan panini, chicken Vesuvio, and a small selection of Italian wine. There’s also classic American dive bar fare — curly cheese fries, jalapeño poppers, and burgers.

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Mr. Ginos Restaurant & Bar
Mr. Ginos Restaurant & Bar

2. Cellblock Steakhouse

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211 5th St
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-3033
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Cellblock Steakhouse offers fine dining with an Old Western twist. Located inside the Jailhouse Casino, this steakhouse is a kitschy experience that serves some seriously good steaks. Diners can settle in for wine, a shrimp cocktail, and prime rib with au jus all from behind bars.

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3. Racks Bar & Grill

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753 Aultman St
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-3131
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This locally loved bar and grill, which self identifies as the only smoke-free bar in Ely, serves an extensive menu of tavern specialties. Diners can stop in for a cold beer and a plate of honey garlic wings or sit down for a hearty dinner of grilled swordfish, lamb chops, or rib-eye steak with a baked potato. On sunny days, an inviting patio makes for an excellent post-adventure watering hole.

4. Margarita’s

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1501 E Aultman St
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-6296
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True to its name, this Mexican restaurant and steakhouse serves frozen mango margaritas (along with other varieties) that are perfect after a day of hiking. The restaurant also serves sizzling fajitas, burritos, enchiladas, and Mexican-influenced steak specialties including diced rib-eye grilled with jalapeños and onions. Early risers can swing by for steak and eggs, Tex-Mex skillets, and biscuits and gravy starting at 5:30 a.m.

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5. Great Basin Cafe

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100 NF-448
Baker, NV 89311
(775) 234-7200
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This cafe located at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center inside Great Basin National Park allows hungry hikers to enjoy a casual meal among pine trees. Visitors can fuel up with three-egg breakfast burritos stuffed with cheddar, hash browns, and salsa before hitting the trail. At the end of the day, they can return for hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, nachos, salads, soup, and caramel apple ice cream floats.

6. 487 Grill

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120 Baker Ave
Baker, NV 89311
(775) 234-9900
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This assuming (and easy to miss) takeout spot in Baker is known for its build-your-own burgers. Diners can start with a simple beef patty and customize the bun, cheese, toppings, sauces, and even add on unique items such as grilled pineapple, cranberry sauce, and bacon relish. The menu also includes breakfast sandwiches, cheesesteaks, and berry breakfast toast.

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487 Grill
487 Grill

7. Sugar, Salt & Malt Restaurant

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70 Baker Ave
Baker, NV 89311
(719) 237-5726
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Run by a pair of longtime chefs — one who formerly worked for Wolfgang Puck in Las Vegas — Sugar, Salt, and Malt serves breakfast panini, mushroom Swiss tarts with egg custard, braised lamb, and, true to its name, sugary treats such as berry pie, brownies, and cheesecake.

8. Kerouac’s Restaurant

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115 S. Baker Ave
Baker, NV 89311
(775) 234-7323
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The Stargazer Inn’s on-site restaurant is both rustic and hip — it’s the kind of place where travelers listen to live music on the porch and drink craft cocktails out of Mason jars. Open seasonally (typically May through October), Kerouac’s serves cocktails, wine, and beer and upscale bar snacks. The menu is subject to change seasonally. Opens May 21 in 2021.

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9. The Border Inn

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U.S. 6, Utah
Baker, NV 89311
(775) 234-7300
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Located on the border of Nevada and Utah, Border Inn is more than just a place to stay — it’s also a place to gamble, play arcade games, do laundry, take a shower, gas up, or grab a meal. The Border Inn’s restaurant serves diner staples — burgers, fries — plus specialties such as fried chicken.

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Border Inn
Border Inn

1. Mr. Ginos Restaurant & Bar

484 E Aultman St, Ely, NV 89301
Exterior of a green restaurant with the words Mr. G’s on the front
Mr. Ginos Restaurant & Bar
Mr. Ginos Restaurant & Bar

Western spirit meets Italian comfort food at this Ely outpost. The menu here includes stuffed chicken Florentine, chicken Parmesan panini, chicken Vesuvio, and a small selection of Italian wine. There’s also classic American dive bar fare — curly cheese fries, jalapeño poppers, and burgers.

484 E Aultman St
Ely, NV 89301

2. Cellblock Steakhouse

211 5th St, Ely, NV 89301
Several restaurant tables inside a jail cell
Cellblock Steakhouse
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Cellblock Steakhouse offers fine dining with an Old Western twist. Located inside the Jailhouse Casino, this steakhouse is a kitschy experience that serves some seriously good steaks. Diners can settle in for wine, a shrimp cocktail, and prime rib with au jus all from behind bars.

211 5th St
Ely, NV 89301

3. Racks Bar & Grill

753 Aultman St, Ely, NV 89301

This locally loved bar and grill, which self identifies as the only smoke-free bar in Ely, serves an extensive menu of tavern specialties. Diners can stop in for a cold beer and a plate of honey garlic wings or sit down for a hearty dinner of grilled swordfish, lamb chops, or rib-eye steak with a baked potato. On sunny days, an inviting patio makes for an excellent post-adventure watering hole.

753 Aultman St
Ely, NV 89301

4. Margarita’s

1501 E Aultman St, Ely, NV 89301
Interior bar with red lighting
Margarita’s
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True to its name, this Mexican restaurant and steakhouse serves frozen mango margaritas (along with other varieties) that are perfect after a day of hiking. The restaurant also serves sizzling fajitas, burritos, enchiladas, and Mexican-influenced steak specialties including diced rib-eye grilled with jalapeños and onions. Early risers can swing by for steak and eggs, Tex-Mex skillets, and biscuits and gravy starting at 5:30 a.m.

1501 E Aultman St
Ely, NV 89301

5. Great Basin Cafe

100 NF-448, Baker, NV 89311

This cafe located at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center inside Great Basin National Park allows hungry hikers to enjoy a casual meal among pine trees. Visitors can fuel up with three-egg breakfast burritos stuffed with cheddar, hash browns, and salsa before hitting the trail. At the end of the day, they can return for hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, nachos, salads, soup, and caramel apple ice cream floats.

100 NF-448
Baker, NV 89311

6. 487 Grill

120 Baker Ave, Baker, NV 89311
Exterior of small, drive-through restaurant
487 Grill
487 Grill

This assuming (and easy to miss) takeout spot in Baker is known for its build-your-own burgers. Diners can start with a simple beef patty and customize the bun, cheese, toppings, sauces, and even add on unique items such as grilled pineapple, cranberry sauce, and bacon relish. The menu also includes breakfast sandwiches, cheesesteaks, and berry breakfast toast.

120 Baker Ave
Baker, NV 89311

7. Sugar, Salt & Malt Restaurant

70 Baker Ave, Baker, NV 89311

Run by a pair of longtime chefs — one who formerly worked for Wolfgang Puck in Las Vegas — Sugar, Salt, and Malt serves breakfast panini, mushroom Swiss tarts with egg custard, braised lamb, and, true to its name, sugary treats such as berry pie, brownies, and cheesecake.

70 Baker Ave
Baker, NV 89311

8. Kerouac’s Restaurant

115 S. Baker Ave, Baker, NV 89311
Restaurant exterior at night with people sitting on the front porch
Kerouac’s Restaurant
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The Stargazer Inn’s on-site restaurant is both rustic and hip — it’s the kind of place where travelers listen to live music on the porch and drink craft cocktails out of Mason jars. Open seasonally (typically May through October), Kerouac’s serves cocktails, wine, and beer and upscale bar snacks. The menu is subject to change seasonally. Opens May 21 in 2021.

115 S. Baker Ave
Baker, NV 89311

9. The Border Inn

U.S. 6, Utah, Baker, NV 89311
Interior of convenience store with snacks and drinks on display
Border Inn
Border Inn

Located on the border of Nevada and Utah, Border Inn is more than just a place to stay — it’s also a place to gamble, play arcade games, do laundry, take a shower, gas up, or grab a meal. The Border Inn’s restaurant serves diner staples — burgers, fries — plus specialties such as fried chicken.

U.S. 6, Utah
Baker, NV 89311

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