About Kites Restaurant
Enjoy casual fireside dining with beautiful mountain views indoors or on the outdoor four- tiered terraces! Kites menu offers a great selection of everyone's all-American favorites.
Vernon, NJ 07462
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 11:30am
Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:30am
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Dinner: Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Kites offers Friday and Saturday evening entertainment. DJ starts after 10pm.
When entering the resort, parking is on the left. Enter through Minerals main doors and head up the stairs to the left.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Kites Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Disappointed we were there for dinner but they wouldn’t serve it at that time 4 o’clock my mistake. The hummus recipe was not classic and tasted bland, the marinara sauce is way too sweet , Pizza no better than frozen supermarket quality, the fries were soggy and the fish mushy (fish and chips). Service slow towards the end.
I was disappointed after my visit. I have taken my wife there for our anniversary for 3 years now because it was the resort we stayed at when we got married at ballyowen. We ordered a Mac and cheese appetizer and it came to the table as a bowl of curly pasta and cheesy water. And it was 12 dollars. The steaks we had were very good. The desert my wife had was the apple crisp and it was so chewy she could cut into it easily. I think it was microwaved instead of warmed in the oven. I haven't had any problems there before so this is why I am so disappointed. I only go there once a year and it's an hour away. Because of this I do not think I will be coming back.
Experience was just so-so. My husband and I stayed at the Minerals Hotel and came down around 930 - 10am for breakfast. We were seated immediately, and served beverages right away. They were out of crepes, so we were a little disappointed but found something else. My husband's order of pancakes was not that great (pretty tasteless) and the waitress disappeared for a considerable amount of time. Fortunately I had ordered eggs with bacon and they did give me a large portion so he shared mine. My order was fine, but it was a little aggravating waiting to get his fixed. By the time the waitress returned, we were just ready to get our day started. She was very apologetic and did kindly take his off the bill, and we noticed at the table next to us that they also had left their pancakes untouched. So just a note to avoid ordering pancakes. Overall I think if you keep it simple here and stick with breakfast basics you might be ok, and if you can carry conversation for a while you won't notice the service is slow. But there's room for improvement, at least for breakfast hours.
Dinner was good. We had great service and the food was served promptly. The morning buffet was not as good. The fruit was not fresh and the coffee was extremely strong. The power went out when we were eating but it was rebooted within 15 minutes. I would recommend it for a casual night out but not for any special occasions.
Husband got the short ribs which was a little fatty. I ordered the salmon which was overcooked and dry. Service was good even though there was only 1 waitress for way too many tables. I was impressed the general manager and hostess jumped in to help her any way possible.
We were a party of 8, who had a reservation for 8 pm. We waited 20 minutes to even be seated, once seated and ordered, 7 meals came out and the 8th did not. By the time the 8th meal came out everyone else was finished eating. Ordered drinks were never delivered. At 10pm on fridays and Saturday's there's entertainment and the noise level sky rockets. We waited over an hour for someone to bring our check after telling 4 people 4 separate times about it, and then it was not correct.
The quality of the food was terrible. The chicken on the pizza we ordered was dry and looked like the frozen grilled chicken strips. Our appetizer was a sampler which didn’t come with what was stated on the menu and we had to send it all back did not taste good and did not seem fresh but frozen quality. And the reason we were given that is wasn’t what was stated on the menu was a typo. The only good things were the drinks we got and the hostess was very sweet.
We arrived early at 8am and there was only one family with a young child in the restaurant. After a few minutes o chasing the child around, they settled in for breakfast. Excellent breakfast menu. Tasty, well prepared and enjoyed by our table. Coffee could be improved - generic! Server initially reserved (grumpy) but she warmed up! Could have been the early hour!
Food was well over priced, fish was dry, flatbread pizza was nothing even close to a flatbread pizza (more like a frozen pizza with a few tomatoes on top) The restaurant had 1 other table in it and we requested to sit by the window and the host gave us a bit of a hard time when we requested a window table.
The pictures we saw online and at the lodge looked great but pictures can do wonders. Don't waste your money at this place.
Enjoyed breakfast the following morning. Excellent crepes and blitzes! Some glitches during the evening meal on Sunday, spoiled the experience. No kale in the kale salad and no explanation or option to choose another item before the salad is was served and as I was with two children me, I did not want to reorder. My speciality coffee (a $10 item) as my children were finishing their dessert and the coffee was Luke warm. Service could have been better!
My husband and I had a kid free date night dinner at Kites. This was a disaster! We waited 1.5 hrs for our entrees. Appetizer and salad were average and when entrees finally came out, my husbands shrimp were overdone and my order was wrong. Waiter offered us a free round of drinks and bread because of the wait, but for the price of an entree I was not impressed and I'm not a picky diner.
Being the only dining option, we really had no choice. Salmon and steak were both way over cooked, 1 single mushroom in the mushroom risotto and the potatoes with the steak were burnt and soggy at the same time (?) The server and manager were both very nice and attentive and it seemed not worth complaining as we were starving and tired. DJ and bar were a lot of fun afterwards, though the bartenders could take a personality lesson from the servers and manager.
Terrible food. Server was great. Felt bad his talent was wasted. Seriously the food was awful, very fishy shrimp pasta, was unsure if it was a sauce they used or if it was bad shrimp, salmon entree was overcooked and very dry, and another pasta dish was all stuck together is a giant lump of noodles. Awful.
Quite honestly, I never ever leave reviews, but by far the worst meal I have ever eaten. We called ahead to make sure they were serving their "full menu" and when we got there, the menu was not what was on their website. In fact, it was limited, as the server confirmed, which was not what was told over the phone. All the food tasted like it was cooked weeks ago and reheated in the same pan as they cook their burgers in for 3 weeks without cleaning. Everything was burnt, dried out, over salted and made you wonder, what was that "interesting" flavor in their? We all had a good laugh at least taste testing eachother's plates and to see who won worst dish and why (while barely able to swallow the food). My father asked the waiter for cocktail sauce for shrimp and what ended up on the table was no way that (we don't know what it was, which pretty much was the theme of our plates as well)! We drove there to enjoy the view but unfortunately they never bothered to clean the windows from last spring so we looked out the window and admired the thick layer on the glass of who knows what. The place was dirty and probably should be the next ambush on "Restaurant Impossible". Crystal Springs should be embarrassed that this is a part of their restaurant group. The food, ambiance and everything that makes a restaurant a good experience was a complete miss, and that is putting it nicely.
Honestly the place "looks" nice, but I would not recommend this place for date night out. For starters there seemed to be a shortage on staff which put a delay on orders. Tables were constantly looking around for their waitress. Understaffed issues reflected on waitress's face, we definitely did not receive a welcoming vibe. There are up scale prices for low quality food. My sons side of fruit seemed to be canned fruit (not fresh), our hummus most likely packaged hummus which was served with carrot bits instead of the pita chips that was listed on the menu, and the personal pie reminded me of microwave pizza I had as a kid, can not be compared to a bar pie at your favorite bar or pub. Our drinks tasted watered down but very strong. Needless to say we only got as far as trying appetizers and did not order anything else from the small menu. We left soon after we took the check from the bartender who had to leave the bar and come to our table to close us out. The only reason I gave this place an overall 2 stars was because the girl who greeted us was very nice and smiled the whole time, and the view was nice. Folks, this is supposed to be a "resort and spa".
Typical resort restaurant. The service was very good but food was pricey and some things were great (calamari and salmon) and some were just average (caesar salad and veggie pizza). We went out of convenience since we were staying at the resort but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it.
Overall a very disappointing experience. While our server was very nice, everything else about this meal was terrible. After waiting about an hour and a half for our entrees, my meal & my friend's meal came out at just about room temperature. We both ordered the hanger steak entree, but to different done-ness (med & med rare), and the server (not our waitress), just looked blankly at us and asked us which one we wanted of the two (as in, "I have no idea which is which, so you choose"). Really?? In the end, it didn't really matter because both steaks tasted "off", and had to be sent back (and I never do that). Our waitress handled it graciously, I do have to say, and the restaurant took it off our bill ( but not the burgers we ordered instead) & bought us a round of drinks, but it just was too little too late, unfortunately. My other friend's salmon entree was bland & tasteless...zero seasoning! This is not what you expect when you're paying around $30 for an entree. Their prices are way out of scale for the quality & experience, and we all will not be back. Do yourself a favor and eat at one of the restaurants in Grand Cascades, or the George Inn nearby!!
Having lived in the area for many years we finally gave Kites a try. I would equate it to an over priced diner at best. The choice of food is very lacking. The quality and preparation of the food is horrible. For instance I ordered the Crab Cake appetizers. I eat this often at restaurants. Kites' was very fishy smelling to the point of being unappetizing. I also ordered the Bison Burger. Having had Bison burgers at many places I usually order it medium rare because it is so lean. This came out medium well or worse. Way over cooked and dry. For the price we paid we could have gone to many other places for a much better meal. For 1/3 of the price we could have gone to a diner and had the same quality food. I would never recommend anyone eat there.
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