Mountain View at Penn National Race Course
Mountain View at Penn National Race Course

Mountain View at Penn National Race Course

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hollywoodpnrc.com/Dining/Mountainview
  • Phone: (717) 469-3555
  • Hours of Operation:
    January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014: Dinner: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday (Open Live Race Days Only) 530pm - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Prime Rib, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Ken Shapiro
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Catch all the horse racing action from your trackside table while chef Ken Shapiro and his staff prepare sandwiches, appetizers, and entrees featuring grilled steaks, seafood and more, for your dining pleasure.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: I-81, Exit 80
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet, public parking and covered garage.
A word from Mountain View at Penn National Race Course
There's no better way to enjoy the thrills and excitement of live thoroughbred racing than watching the horses run from your own trackside table in Mountain View Dining. A complete menu from sandwiches, appetizers and entrees, along with nightly specials, are prepared by chef Ken Shapiro and staff. Or a drink at the Mountain View Lounge Bar makes this a winning experience from start to finish. (Mountain View Dining is only open on live racing nights).
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Mountain View at Penn National Race Course reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (39)good for groups (27)special occasion (20)kid-friendly (9)late-night find (6)fit for foodies (5)notable wine list (4)great for lunch (3)romantic (3)hot spot (3)neighborhood gem (3)great for outdoor dining (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Decent!
    K123
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I dined here as part of a small group to celebrate a birthday. I ordered the $24 pasta (it was recommended by the waitress) and the French Onion soup. The soup was great, but the pasta, however, was terrible. The crab meat and prosciutto did not mix well together, nor did they mix well with the provided sauce. The pasta itself was also swimming in the sauce. I took three small bites. The waitress only asked me if I wanted a box, because I, clearly, had barely touched my plate. I didn't want to make a scene so I didn't ask for another order. However, I was surprised the waitress did not ask my opinion of the food. If she would have, I would have provided my opinion. It was very frustrating to have to pay $24 for a meal I didn't eat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    All about the horse races. Great view of the track. Food's ok. Service was good.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Be prepared to wait
    Funtodo
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Enjoyed watching the races, reservation a must have, waiter informed us immediately there was a long wait for food, so ordered a bottle of wine and food came just before we finished wine food was fair to good two dinners with wine and tip around $90 no appetizers or desert, only go if you enjoy noise and like horse racing
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Time for a Fun Night
    love2come
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Taking your guests for an enjoyable evening by visiting Penn National and also the casino. The food, service and ambiance was fantastic--couldn't be better. You don't even have to leave your table to bet on the horse races. Just put money on a card before you enter Mountainview Restaurant and you can place your bets on your table machine. It is a very relaxing evening. We go quite often. A good way to celebrate a birthday or anniversary too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing as usual
    RobinZohner
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I have been a long timer visiting the old building weekly and to be honest I thought I would miss the old building but to my surprise I love it the food was amazing the server was amazing and the drinks were right up there as well. Our server Joe was always eager to get anything we needed or wanted (he is a keeper) although our meal was comped we would have been more then happy to pay ourselves because everything was outstanding 5 star treatment it was nice for us as business owners to relax eat great amazing food have a few drinks and wind it was much needed time to relax and all was perfect thanks to all the amazing staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service
    messytable
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Our waiter was attentive. Our meal and drink orders were correct. However, I would have liked if our table of eight had been completely cleared after our meal. We stayed until after the last race and there were utensils, some food plates, etc. still cluttering the table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Declined my open table points
    legaleagle
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The waitress/manager did NOT acknowledge the 100 Open Table points I was rewarded. They had no idea what the email was talking about.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great steak special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Had the rib-eye and shrimp special and was very pleased. Have always had good food and service.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Race-track surprise
    LancasterBill
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    You would not expect to get fine food at a race-track. But this restaurant delighted all four of us our appetizers and entrees. Service was excellent, with drinks, appetizers and main course served at the pace we requested. The bonus is window-side seating near the finish line of the Penn National track, with nearby access to easy-to-use wagering kiosks. But you don't have to bet to be entertained with races every 25 minutes.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible service. Below par food.
    Hbgdiner
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Dinner for 2 was 90 dollars and inedible. Sent 2 things back, prime rib and crab dip. Waiter argued with us when we politely told him the issues. Kitchen and chef not up to par for the prices. More like old country buffet food.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    GOOD FOOD,CLEAN AND WELL ORGANIZED.ALYSSA,our server,WAS EXCELLENT
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love2race
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I absolutely love to come to Mountain View. I love the food and how easy it is to place bets on the horses. Everyone is always nice to us. I have brought several people with us an everyone has had a good time and want so come back when we come again. Busy for the rest of the fall and winter but we will be back in the Spring. Keep up the good work and Kudos to the Chef, have not had a bad meal yet.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Paula
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Overall it was a fun great time, service was great. Prime rib, very good, Porterhouse a little tough and tasteless, kind of disapointed in that, desert excellant drinks v. Good. We all had a fun time, just wish steaks were better/tastey
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday nite at the raced
    nmw922
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I've been here numerous times over the years so I recommended it to a few friends and they absolutely loved it. We will be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Time!!
    bowler7
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Penn National's Mountain View was just great! Grand experience, everything was beyond expections. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just OK
    Great
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Nothing to special here. But it is a great place to have a bite and watch the ponies. The last two times we were there we waited a very long time for drinks. This time our appetizer came before we even had water.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mountain View
    temm
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great place to watch the races and have a very good meal.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Party
    TinaTigerof74
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    THe set up of our tables for 24 in our own section was perfect! Everything was so high class and the food choices were vast. Yet it was a casual, relaxed atmosphere if you chose or a fun time betting and watching the races!! Thank you for a great class reunion venue. Having the casino and other activities available gave us all options for the entire evening. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    ENJOYED OURSELVES, AND EVERYTHING WAS TO OUR LIKING--WILL RETURN
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cold
    MrsG
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The table we were seated at was so cold I had to get up throughout dinner and stand out of the way of the air conditioner vents. The food was good though and the waitress pleasant. Prices were average for dining but menu is very limited however it does have a nice selection.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Had the Snow crab special could not believe the amount of food for the price. Will go back again before the summer is over to get it again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food - Good Time
    dinef
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food and the atmosphere at the Mountain View are great. I only have two suggestions. The seats/tables closet to the windows should be a little higher to provide a better view of the track. In addition, the menu is limited and should be expanded.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Casey
    DSC2DAC
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We enjoy coming down & watch the Horse's race, & have a nice Dinner. The food was good & racing was great. We had a great time. We plan to come back in the near future. We're from the 'Lehigh Valley'.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horse races make for a fun evening
    Marc
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The prime rib was an excellent choice. Although baked potatoes were basic and vegetables were very small serving. Apple pie was worth the calories.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun night out
    love2come
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food at Penn National is great, the service was wonderful and it was a fun night. Nice place to take guests too. It is a very relaxing atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Horse racing venue.
    ktownden
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    It's great to dine and bet on the horses at the same time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always fun
    2ofUs
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Staff needs traing on serving wine. Otherwise, good service, polite and timely
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exciting night at Mountain View
    hammertime
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The combination of excellent food with excellent service along with the Horse racing right outside your window along with the Casino downstairs made for a very exciting and enjoyable evening in the mountains of PA.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great service
    2727h
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    our server, Antonia, was fabulous. She was friendly and very efficient. we have found the food to be inconsistent, and management to be very "unhelpful" in making things right. Usually a fun night out with the added adventure of betting on the ponies.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 388 reviews are from the Mountain View at Penn National Race Course reviews archive.
  • Gipper
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Jasmine was our server........great job as she was very attentive to meet our needs. The only negative comment is that I ordered a blackberry brandy and in two sips, it was gone......it measured about a tablespoon of liquid. The reservation to be seated at the finish line was followed and appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • incredibly disappointed
    susiejazz
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    we thought that this would be a fun anniversary night out and booked a table. it was kinda fun having the ability to watch the races during dinner but the dinner itself weas very disappointing. the food itself was okay if overpriced with the exception of the clams which were incredibly overcooked. we ordered an appetizer and soup and both came together, before we could finish either our meal was served. no one came and took away the dirty soup and appetizer dishes throughout almost the entire meal. no one came and asked if we would like a refill on our drinks. it was more like we got seated, our food was all served almost together and we were forgotten until it was time to get rid of us.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Evening!
    Minions
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    What a great night! Everything was great. Food, service and location was fabulous! Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I recommend the Mountain View
    Gtrplyr55
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great food and service in a cadual atmosphere. Had fun watching the races while eating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Four for Dinner.
    Atthefinishline
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had a good time 7/11/14. The food was pretty good, two prime rib specials and two loaded salads. Won a few races, drank a little wine...life is good. We have not been here for years and now wonder why. For a fun night out and something different this would be the place to go. I thought the service was pretty good and we did not have any issues. Prices are not bad and if you win a few races who cares. We'll be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First expperience
    mamzi
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This was our first visit to your restaurant. Overall, it was disappointing. Apparently there was a sudden influx of people/orders so the service to our table was very slow. The food was just OK. It was poor quality. The wait staff was pleasant but they seemed a bit scattered and rushed. It would have been nice if we could have been made aware of the seating options. We would have liked to be seated at a table with an interactive screen. Our request to have a table at the finish line was honored and appreciated. Hopefully our next experience will be better. Patty and Ty
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining at Penn National Mt View
    outwfriends
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The food and service were mediocre at best. It is overpriced for the food and service quality. Prime rib was tougher than a cheap well done steak. The Nacho appetizers were ice cold and watery from the salsa. Although the waitress was friendly enough. She disappeared for long periods of time. It took over 30 minutes from the time we requested our check to the point where we actually paid. The environment is great for watching the races and having a drink but not for the food or service.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    A nice place to eat and watch the horses race . The menu is limited and a little on the high side. The crab cakes are very delicious !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Review MountainView Restaurant
    Sue79
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We found this restaurant to be very enjoyable and will definitely visit again. The service was outstanding! My only critique would be to have a larger menu. We found the menu to be a little limited compared to other similar restaurants such as at Pocono Downs in Wilkes Barre.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mountainview is delicious and fun
    love2come
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This is a great place to take guests or just to go out to have fun--the food is delicious and fun to watch and bet on horse racing. There are betting machines at the table so you don't even have to leave your seat. We just love coming out o the track and eating at Mountain view. If you like the casino, it is a great evening out. We have been coming here for many years and find it a very enjoyable evening to be there.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    Dinner
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The service was great very friendly and continually checking to be sure we were okay
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate