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Roundwood Jun 24, 2011 10:33 AM

I'm visiting Lake Quainault the last few days of July and the first few days of August. Is there some restaurant in that area of the Olympics where I might bring ten people for a unusually good meal (it does not have to be fancy, only clean and good). Needless to say I am not a Northwest member but belong to the a Mid-Atlantic Chow Hounds.

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    Roundwood Jun 26, 2011 06:03 AM

    Has no members of ChowHounds been to Lake Quinault in Washington State. Have they not eaten while there?

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    1. re: Roundwood
      christy319 Jun 29, 2011 04:41 PM

      I've also been camping and hiking in the area, but I've never had to feed myself in area restaurants for four days. I think the lack of responses reflects how few options there are out there. I think also that the Quinault area typically might attract someone for an overnight stay while they circumnavigate the Olympic Peninsula, but that a longer stay is rarer, and so you don't get people trying many different restaurants and then posting reviews. The area is part Indian Reservation, part national forest, and part national park--a foodie destination it's definitely not. I don't mean to be a downer but I would set the bar very low. I notice trip advisor has 4 reviewed restaurants on its site--that might be your best bet. Hopefully you will have cooking facilities and can bring groceries. You might try Xihn's in Shelton on the way to or from.

      1. re: christy319
        paulj Jun 29, 2011 05:49 PM

        I've heard of people reserving the Lodge for wedding parties and other gatherings. I suspect that if people aren't camping and cooking for themselves, they are staying at a place the Lodge that provides meals.

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      lemons Jun 26, 2011 07:47 AM

      Been there; it's lovely. But we had dinner the single night of our stay at the hotel restaurant. Unmemorable, but the hotel itself was a delight after a night in the beautiful but (at least then) impoverished community of Neah Bay.

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      1. re: lemons
        Roundwood Jun 26, 2011 12:44 PM

        Thanks for the reply. Neah Bay is up in the Northwest corner of the state, about two hours from Lake Quinault. We are staying at the lake for four days and then we are going to Sekiu (about 30 miles from Neah Bay). Again I appreciate your comments. It is as I expected.

      2. paulj Jun 29, 2011 09:29 AM

        I have camped at the lake, but not dined in the area - except for burgers in Pacific Beach and Forks. To see if there is anything on the lake besides the well known lodge, I'd go to Google maps and do a 'restaurant' search in that area. Or go to an area business promotor

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          MyNextMeal Jul 11, 2011 02:39 PM

          Salmon House is a good restaurant - straightforward, nothing fancy. But there's not a lot of options in the area.


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