Grand Canyon Caverns & Grotto
The Cavern Grotto: A Most Unique Dining Experience
Experience the unique atmosphere of our Grotto Restaurant, 210 feet below ground, in a 345-million-year-old cave system extending 60 miles to the Grand Canyon.
The four-seater eatery offers simple American comfort food that takes an incredible journey before it reaches your plate. It is cooked at ground level and then taken down by elevators before being hoisted 25 feet up to the dining area. As you enjoy your meal, you will be surrounded by 360-degree views of the largest chamber in the cave system, which has no sound interference apart from the conversations made by other diners.
As you enjoy your meal, you will be surrounded by 360-degree views of the largest chamber in the cave system, which has no sound interference apart from the conversations made by other diners.
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED
Experience the Cavern Grotto Dining & Great Tour for only $49.95 per person plus tax!
- Lunch reservations are available from 12:00 pm to 4:45 pm.
- You can redeem your tour anytime or any day during business hours.
- Each person 21 & older is allowed two drinks from the menu, including beer or wine (if you are in the caves, don't forget to drink responsibly).
- You will enjoy an all-day lunch entrée with a side of choice.
- All-you-can-eat dessert.
- Only dine-in portions, no "to-go" portions.
- Before or after lunch, you can opt to take a standard or short tour (Ghost walk is available at 6 pm only).
About the Caverns: A Natural Wonder in the Making
Explore the Chapel of the Ages, Snowball Palace, Devil's Den, Halls of Gold, and Mammoth Dome while learning about ancient waterfalls & fossils, Cave Coral, Grape Clusters, and Winter Crystal.
This incredible natural wonder began 345 million years ago at the bottom of an ancient sea during the Mississippian Period. Rainwater started seeping into these splits in the earth's crust, creating more than 5,000 feet above sea level - The Grand Canyon Caverns.
Millions of years ago, tiny sea animals left shells and skeletons on the ocean floor, forming a lime-rich oozy mud. Later, volcanic activity and earthquakes raised the ocean floor to create the mountaintops we have today, with the Caverns located at 5,000 feet elevation.
Rainwater started seeping into the limestone and created connecting passageways and cavities. Over time, the rainwater brought along a mild acid solution that dissolved away the soft parts of the limestone and created more pathways. As conditions changed and rain became less frequent, these cavities were left dry. Evaporation deposited calcium carbonate to develop beautiful formations in the Grand Canyon Caverns.