After many visits to Yellowstone National Park and West Yellowstone, I have sampled the best breakfast in West Yellowstone. It’s difficult work, but someone has to do it.
Whether you’re starting your day early for a long day of hiking or exploring the park, or you’re just looking for a delicious breakfast, I’ve got you covered. Here are some of the best breakfast places in West Yellowstone that are worth trying out.
Best Breakfast in West Yellowstone
Running Bear Pancake House
If you’re looking for a long-standing West Yellowstone favorite, Running Bear Pancake House is the place to be. The restaurant serves delicious pancakes that are made fresh and to order and they are the only place in West Yellowstone that serves breakfast all day, though they do serve lunch, too.
The restaurant is also known for its friendly staff and fast-friendly service. Try the Grizzly Bear —chicken-fried steak covered with homemade sausage gravy, along with two eggs, hashbrowns and toast with jelly. It’s enough to get the hungriest tourist through a morning of geyser gazing in Yellowstone National Park.
Another breakfast favorite is the Cinnamon Roll Cakes. Two fluffy buttermilk pancakes are filled with cinnamon roll filling and topped with frosting.
The prices at Running Bear Pancake House are reasonable, making it one of the most affordable spots in the area. Look for the brown bear perched in the rafters! Running Bear Pancake House,
See this article from my visit to the Running Bear Pancake House in West Yellowstone.
The Buffalo Bar is a great place to start your day with a hearty breakfast. This restaurant is a local favorite and has a 5-star rating system. You can enjoy breakfast burritos, breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal, and house-made blueberry muffins.
The restaurant also has a lunch menu that includes juicy burgers and sandwiches, making it a great spot for brunch as well. The Buffalo Bar features pool tables and live music, creating a fun atmosphere for all visitors. Watch out for the bison head! Buffalo Bar and Casino, 335 Highway 20
The Outpost Restaurant is a family-owned restaurant that is open in summer. This restaurant has a great breakfast menu that includes blueberry pancakes and biscuits and gravy. It’s Western-themed and family-friendly.
The lunch and dinner menu include stuffed pork chops, homemade soups, and saucy ribs. For those who prefer lighter options, the restaurant also has a salad bar. The Outpost Restaurant is also known for its prime rib and is a great place to go for a special occasion. Outpost Restaurant, 115 Yellowstone Ave.
Mountain Mama’s Coffee House & Bakery
For those who prefer a quieter location, Mountain Mama’s Coffee House & Bakery is the perfect spot. This coffee shop has a great selection of breakfast options, including sandwich wraps and delicious pastries. An unusual, and very Montana, option is the wild game breakfast burrito.
The coffee house also serves oatmeal sunflower loaves, making it a great spot for those who are health conscious. The outdoor seating area provides a unique experience to enjoy your breakfast while taking in the view of the Madison River. They are open in summer only. Mountain Mama’s Cafe, 17 Madison Ave.
Three Bear Restaurant
Three Bear Restaurant is a great spot for breakfast and is located just a few blocks away from the West Entrance of Yellowstone National Park in the Three Bears Lodge.
The restaurant has a diner-style breakfast menu that includes pancakes, omelets, bison sausage and eggs, and homestyle breakfast. Dinner includes bison nachos, shredded beef quesadilla, and chicken alfredo. The restaurant also offers a box lunch for those who are looking to explore the park for the day.
The Three Bear Restaurant also has a private entrance, making it a great spot for those who want to avoid the crowd. Three Bear Restaurant, 217 Yellowstone Ave.
The Embers at Bar N Ranch Restaurant
If you’re looking for a great atmosphere outside of town, The Embers is the place to go. Located at the Bar N Guest Ranch, this restaurant has an outdoor seating area that provides a great view of the surrounding mountains.
The restaurant is known for its delicious breakfast menu that includes a range of menu items from egg sandwiches and steel-cut oatmeal to honey vanilla french toast and the pork belly breakfast.
The dinner menu offers a charcuterie platter, stuffed pork chops, and a juicy pulled pork sandwich among other items. The restaurant also has a seasonal menu that includes items like a grilled salmon salad. The Embers in Bar N Ranch, 890 Buttermilk Creek Road
Old Town Cafe
Old Town Cafe is a Western/American-style diner and a local favorite. It is family owned and operated since 1950. The cafe has a great breakfast menu that includes delicious pancakes and breakfast burritos.
The cafe also offers brunch takeaway, making it a great option for those who want to enjoy breakfast in their hotel room. The cafe also has ice cream for those who want a sweet treat after their meal. Old Town Cafe, 126 Madison Ave.
Euro Cafe is a great place to enjoy breakfast with friends and family. This is one of our go-to cafes, especially in winter or the off-season when so many places are closed. Fortunately, the food and coffee drinks are delicious.
The cafe has a great breakfast menu that includes unique items like a Mediterranean omelet and a breakfast panini. The cafe also offers house-made blueberry muffins that are a must-try. Euro Cafe has a great atmosphere and friendly staff that will make your breakfast experience even better. Euro Cafe, 237 Firehole Ave.
Las Palmitas Taco Bus
Las Palmitas is a Mexican restaurant that serves a great breakfast menu if you are looking for Mexican comfort food. The restaurant has a breakfast burrito that is a must-try and a delicious breakfast quesadilla. Las Palmitas also has a great lunch menu that includes tacos and enchiladas. They are open in summer only. Las Palmitas, 21 N. Canyon St.
Campfire Lodge Cafe
If you’re looking for a unique breakfast experience, Campfire Lodge is the place to be. The cafe overlooks the Madison River and has a great breakfast menu that includes delicious pastries and breakfast sandwiches. Campfire Lodge also has a guest ranch where you can stay and enjoy the great outdoors. They are open in summer only. Campfire Lodge Cafe, 155 Campfire Ln.
Since the early 1900s, the Timberline Cafe has been a great spot for meals near Yellowstone National Park. The cafe has a great breakfast menu that includes breakfast burritos, banana bread French toast, and biscuits and gravy. The cafe has a robust selection of coffee and tea. They also serve lunch and dinner with specialties such as shredded beef quesadilla and chicken Alfredo. Don’t miss their homemade pies. Timberline Cafe, 135 Yellowstone Ave.
Bear Country Bake Shop
Bear Country Bake Shop is a fun place to stop for breakfast on your way to Yellowstone National Park. The bakery has a great selection of pastries and breakfast sandwiches. Bear Country Bake Shop also has a delicious selection of baked goods that you can take with you on your trip. They are only open in summer. Bear Country Bake Shop, 29 Canyon St.