Summit House Restaurant

Washington’s Highest Elevation Dining

NOW OPEN! See Early Season Operating Schedule HERE
Getting here is half the fun!  Perched at 6,872 feet, the Summit House offers breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier and the surrounding Cascades!  We’re located just steps from the top of the scenic Mt. Rainier Gondola.  Skiers can also access the restaurant using the Rainier Express lift.

Enjoy a savory meal in a beautiful alpine setting with views that are both unique and breathtaking.  Sip on a glass of wine, specialty hot drink or a cold beer as you dine and take in the views. On a clear day you can see the Northwest’s most famous volcanic peaks such at Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Baker and Glacier Peak. The lower level houses ski patrol and public restrooms. The upper level restaurant seats approximately 100 people.

Winter 2015-16 Summit House Menu (Currently Limited Due to Early Season Operations)

Winter Hours

Early Season Hours: 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Regular Season Hours: 10:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.


Reservations are strongly recommended weekdays and can be placed online using Open Table or by calling (360) 663-3085. We no longer accept reservations on Saturdays or Sundays, walk-ins are welcome, subject to availability. Please arrive at the resort at least 30 minutes before your reservation. Allow 15 minutes for the gondola ride. Reservations do not include a gondola ticket. Tickets can be purchased from the kiosk at the base of the gondola.  If you are skiing or snowboarding the gondola is included in your lift ticket or season pass.


Helpful Tips

  • Dress warm and 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 and the reflection of the snow can intensify the effects.
  • Bring your camera!

Group Reservations

We are happy to accommodate large groups midweek with advance reservations. Groups of 15+ must call Group Sales at (360) 663-3015 to make ticket and lunch arrangements. A credit card is required at the time of booking, and one check will be presented to the group with a single form of payment required. There is a 48 hour cancellations policy for groups and no-shows and last minute cancellations will be charged $30 per person.

Cancellations & Severe Weather Notice

Please cancel online or 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, such as strong winds, and thus 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

Would you like to purchase a Gift Card for someone special? They can be purchased online and used at the Summit House or any of our other facilities anytime. Purchase in-person at Guest Services or Online. Gift Cards are available in $25 increments from $25 to $200. If you would like a different amount please call Guest Services at (360) 663-3050 and we’d be happy to mail one to you.