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

Mountain View at Penn National Race Course Details

  • 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: Contemporary American, Prime Rib
  • 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).Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "What a great night! Everything was great. Food, service and location was fabulous! Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great food and service in a cadual atmosphere. Had fun watching the races while eating."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    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 !"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The service was great very friendly and continually checking to be sure we were okay"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This was our second dining experience at Mountain View. We had another excellent diner. We both ordered the prime rib which was excellently done. The cheesecake and deep dish apple pie were yummy. Our server checked in with us often and was very friendly. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "As far as restaurants go associated with a horse race track environment, Mountain View does a very good job at keeping the menu varied enough to suit a wide audience and there wait staff is attentive and considerate. From steaks to sandwiches, the food was good and priced reasonably for the area."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I had a reservation with my husband for 6:30, and we did not get our food until 8:10. That was too long in my opinion."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I have dined here several times and have always been very please, but the service was slow and our server was hard to find. Hopefully this was just a result of a busy evening and will not happen again."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Saturday our group of 5 ordered dinner at 6:50. By 8:10 we still had no food. After asking our server Alyson how much longer it was going to be she said she just didn't know. The kitchen was understaffed. The evening special of 20 oz. $25 porterhouse steaks wasn't a good idea. Since they still couldn't give us a time for our meal we cancelled and asked the serer to bring us a check for the items we had to that point. Food and Beverage manager came over apologize to us and offered us to eat somewhere else - all of which he took care of. Part of group did that part of group left. What was a bad experience turned out well. We will visit again, just won't order the special :-) Thanks Alyson for great service in bad situation."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I've eaten here a few times before, and the food is always very good. I had the top sirloin this time, but I probably should have got the strip steak.. I consider that my mistake, though. Service was excellent, wait staff was very attentive to all my needs. Very good place for a group of friends who also enjoy horse racing. Excellent view of the track (I was seated right at the finish line). Overall, a good dining experience. Definitely recommend getting reservations, though. I even made one, and I was eating alone."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Love the food, love the view!! Everything is always so tasty and beautifully prepared. You have the best sweet potato fries around."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Mountainview is a great place for watching the horse races. Beautiful views of the race track with the hills in the background. Each table has a view screen to see the details of the races, and the race track has easy access to the betting booths to place your bets. Food was well-prepared and tasty, and the service was excellent."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Our 10 yr old requested her "birthday" party at Mountain View @ Penn National Racetrack. She loves to watch the horses and try to see if she can pick the fastest horses. We dropped off flowers and balloons earlier in the day. Everyone was most accommodating to us! She had a great evening!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Disappointed would like more seafood & steps weren't the greatest for carrying food. Plus 20% tip is way too much for a buffet where all they do is fill drinks & take dishes. Not worth the price."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Service is always excellent. Kids love the chocolate fountain. Excellent selection of food that is always great quality. We look forward to it every year for Mother's Day. Mimosa's for 4.00 was a treat as well."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I have been here often, but Saturday I Took my parent's for the First time. Thyey loved it!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "View and atmosphere were great. We were seated at 6:35 - meal did not arrive until 8:24. Food was not great. Our groups rating was - baby back ribs - awesome / great, beef short rib - too much salt to enjoy, Mountain view special burger - was cold. We were hungry and did not complain because waitress apologized at least 6 times for delay. next time we decided just to eat the cheaper food at the races as we do not believe there is a chef checking the food - the prices were high. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Mountain View at Penn National Race Course has good food and of course the scene (viewing horse races) is spectacular? Grand-kids (age 8 & 11) loved the whole experience. Although a kids menu is not 'printed' they have one, and our waitress was great with the kids! We got a 'window' table (which I requested) and we all had an excellent 'pre-Mother's Day' evening! "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "They met most of my requests except for a betting computer at one of the 2 tables, which was rather important. They should consider putting these at all tables near the finish line. The food was good but the service could be better, especially since they add a 20% gratuity for large parties(we had 2 tables of 6). Our waiter was not very attentive. Would not have left 20%, which I normally do for good service. It is a fun night out, having dinner, betting on the horses and having a bird's eye view of the finish line. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This was my third visit to Mountainview restaurant I did not have a bad experience my first two visits however this visit resulted in being my last.... My appetizer was margarita pizza that was dripping with pesto... I looked like the contents of a baby's diaper. Our server got her hands on training at a local drive-thru. We were seated at the lower level of the restaurant so we were right at the window ....at one point we had a visit from a spider that came strolling up the windowsill from the table behind us. The highlight of our night was my girlfriend did win 4 of the 5 races she bet on. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "This is an excellent place to go to enjoy the racing and have a decent meal at the same time. The prices on alcohol and desserts are very reasonable. I do find the prices on other food to be a bit overpriced, but it's not cost prohibitive. I had the prime rib, which I thought was OK, but nothing spectacular. I believe I was the only one at the table that thought their entree was just OK, as everyone else seemed to really enjoy theirs. Be forewarned if you bring a group over 6 you will be split into two tables (though our tables were next to one another), based on the design of the restaurant to be able to see the track. You will also be charged a default 20% gratuity, which we were happy to pay as the service was quite excellent."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We went with four couples. I was disappointed that we had to sit at two tables but there wasn't anyone around so we moved around in order to chat with everyone. $5 martini menu was a huge hit. It was fun rooting for each race too. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I noticed most of the people who were in wheel chairs and had walkers were seated so far from the buffet. I even specifically stated in my request that we had one persone person in the party that was in a wheel chair. The tables were so close together and the buffet was located in the center isle which was very narrow so it made it difficult to walk or roll a wheel chair through without backing people up. The food was good, but it just made the whole experience, especially on Easter Sunday, unpleasant."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "View of Blue Mountain was great. Service was attentive. Food selections were limited & quality was acceptable but not exceptional. Beef brisket was not very good. Our 1st visit to Penn National's dining facility. Didn't like having to walk through smoke filled casino to get to restaurant!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Ken and his kitchen staff know their way around a meal. Great view of the races too if you're into that, I go for the food and service."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Mountain view dinning is great! You reserve your table for the full night of racing. We started with drinks, then appetizers, then dinner, and after dinner drinks. The food was excellent! They do not rush you between courses. You dine at your own rate. It is wonderful to be able to bet and watch the races without even leaving your table."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "My Husband and I have been here several times. This time we took my Father for a fun Family night out. He had a blast!! The food each time we go is better than the last. My Husband and I have tried several different entries each time we come , they are always amazing. My Father had such a wonderful time betting on the ponies that he wants us to take him back again... Love to see him smile and have a wonderful time. Thank you to the staff and cooks for an amazing night out.. Put this on your list of places to go.. "
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Service was excellent. Our waitress was attentive and very accommodating. Salads were not as fresh as we expect. Chowder was excellent."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Went there for appetizers and watch the horse races..nice..relaxing and fun....all ages!!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We have been to this restaurant a number of times. We always try to stop here on our travels (we live about 6 hours away) and have never been disappointed. The food is good and the prices are very reasonable and a great way to watch the races."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We were celebrating my husbands birthday, the staff was great and attentive. The food was good and seeing the horses run was a great experience. Would recommend for any special occasion."
    Dined on 4/5/2014