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Mountain View at Penn National Race Course

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684 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Scenic View
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion

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About

"Local, Sustainable, & Seasonal"
We believe in fresh, locally sourced ingredients that are simply prepared from scratch. We take classic dishes, add modern twists, and develop our menu around each month's best produce, meats, and products from local farms

Our Executive Chef Allan Rupert, and Chef de Cuisine Jason Clark hand select all of the partner farms to provide a wide range of the area's best harvests. We are a certified PA Preferred Restaurant because we believe in quality ingredients grown right here in our Commonwealth.

We want to create a memorable dining experience complimented by the thriling sport of live thoroughbred racing.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Prime Rib
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Hours of operation
January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016: Dinner: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday (Open Live Race Days Only) 5:30pm - Close
(Kitchen closes at 9pm)
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Phone number
(717) 469-3555
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jason Clark
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
I-81, Exit 80
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Parking details
Valet, public parking and covered garage.
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Entertainment
Catch all the horse racing action from your trackside table while chef Jason Clark and his staff prepare sandwiches, appetizers, and entrees featuring grilled steaks, seafood and more, for your dining pleasure.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0based on all time ratings
3.8
food
4.0
service
4.1
ambience
3.7
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Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent Thanksgiving buffet. Food was delicious and view wonderful.

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

My husband and I wanted to do something different for our anniversary of 28 years. We heard the food was good and decided to try it . it was fun watching the horses race while we ate our meal. The staff was very nice and the food was delicious. We had a great time.

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4.0Dined on November 9, 2017

Pleasant atmosphere with more than adequate room between tables. Friendly and competent wait staff. Good selection of regular and smaller dinner selections. Good food at a reasonable price. Great way to have a relaxing dinner and enjoy live horse racing.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

We are regulars at the restaurant and my wife and I like to play the horses. We never had a bad meal, and the service is always excellent. We usually bring another couple along with us and they are always impressed with the food, service, and the horses. Keep up the good work.
BKSR

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Fun night with friends for food drink and horse betting.

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Outstanding experience! Food was magnificent, service stellar, prices were very reasonable and a wonderful evening experience with a great view!

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4.0Dined on October 27, 2017

We enjoyed ourselves, food and service was very good, great views.
We will come again.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

We were seated at the window and had a great view of the races. Service was attentive and we didn't feel like they were trying to turn over the table. I had the clam chowder and I think any New Englander would approve with 5 stars as I did. My prime rib was cooked as ordered and great. The mashed potatoes were a disappointment. Dessert and coffee finished off the meal. Mountain View at Penn National Race Course provided a fantastic evening. Great food and the added feature of thoroughbred racing can't be beat.

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2017

Great view and great service. Waitress was great and gave good info about menu.

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4.0Dined on October 20, 2017

We had such a good time! We were able to have good food and watch the races. We were right on the finish line.
Wait staff was attentive. The prices were reasonable. I thought everything was going to be much more.
The crab cakes were wonderful. We are all ready planning to go back.

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3.0Dined on October 14, 2017

The waitress was excellent. The hostess was less than welcoming. Questioning going back due to the front desk staff.

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4.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Went to this restaurant to watch the horse races and have dinner. The food was okay, nothing to write home about. The waitress was awesome.

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4.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Saved by the Ponies! This was our first time (group of 4) to Mountain View and the horse races.
We had a new server and was noticeable. We didn't know how to use the betting machine at the table and neither did she, let alone some of the dishes, try them all so you know! The ribeye steak was fantastic but cold as were the sides so guessing our server left it to die in the window. Thankfully they know how to heat it up without changing the temp too much-- thank you to the one server with the long braid was hustling around that helped us as well. Ours didn't clear dirty plates or check on empty wine and beer glasses, i would have drank more if she just asked; hubby's cocktail was weak though. Horse races were awesome, we'll be back but a definite change in server.

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4.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Overall, decent for the venue. Blake, our server, was really efficient and pleasant. The food was just fine but not memorable. But to watch the races, a really good value.

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4.0Dined on September 14, 2017

we were there to celebrate our birthdays and play the horses. we had a good time and will come back at a later date.

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4.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Enjoyed the food, although it was a long wait after ordering. The view of the race track was exceptional. There is plenty of space between tables, so you don't feel crammed in.

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4.0Dined on September 8, 2017

They need more waitress staff. Everything was great ,but the slow service. Our waitress did not come back to check on us for refills, we had to flag her down if we needed something. Overall great experience. Just that one area was lacking, which will make or break the whole experience for some .

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

great time, lots of fun, great food, A fun evening that didn't break the budget. would and will do this again.

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2017

We really enjoyed the experience... Casual dining and watching the horse races... I would recommend for anyone to try...

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2.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Server was nice and fairly attentive. Food subpar. Won't go back again.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Ashlee and Brittney (If I spelled incorrectly slap me next time we are there) are the biggest reasons my wife and I keep coming back. These two ladies need a huge bonus and/or a huge increase in wages. We always enjoy the food and atmosphere. The rest of the staff seems to be very nice but Ashlee and Brittney is the best of the best! THANK YOU again!! Jeff

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Good food, good service; slow horses but had a great time

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3.0Dined on August 16, 2017

Many of the staff are subpar at best

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2017

Always great service. Staff is friendly and accommodating. Enjoy always getting seating we prefer. Highly recommend if you want to watch live racing.

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2017

We went to have dinner and watch the races for my moms belated birthday. Good food, races were fun.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2017

Great time with friends. Good food great view of the horse track.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2017

The food and the service was excellent. Will definitely return again.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2017

We had a great time. Food an service were very good. We will definitely do date night there again.

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2017

We ate here for the first time and wanted to go,to the races. The food was good, very fresh and we enjoyed our casual meal of a large salad with an added protein. I chose the salmon and my husband picked the crispy chicken. Both of us said we thought these were both quite good. The wine list offered plenty, a wide range and varied price point. We would return if we pass through this area of PA again.

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2.0Dined on July 1, 2017

This was our first time at the restaurant and at the races.
* the restaurant was half empty but they made us wait 25 minutes( we were 30 min
early for our reservation but there were more than 50% of the tables open)
*there was no drink or wine list( they said it was being redone because the prices were wrong) the server was friendly but had no clue about what type of wine or beverages were available.
*the crab soup was tasty but not hot
*my club sandwich was just OK for the price
*my wife's baby back ribs were sloppy and overdone.
*the betting machine at the table was not working correctly

Overall the quality of the experience was not real positive. For the money we spent we were disappointed. The food was not as good as at a mid level chain restaurant. No disasters..but not worth coming back.

Our server was extremely pleasant and did a nice job checking on us.

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2.0Dined on July 1, 2017

Food had gone progressively downhill. My wife and I used to be 3x a month diners here. Unfortunately I can no longer recommend this restaurant. Ordered the NY strip steak on Saturday night which was a special feature on the menu. Ordered it medium rare. First attempt was medium well to almost well. Second attempt wasn't much better. Our waitress tried but was working short staffed. After the second time of messing up the steak it should have been taken off our bill without even asking. I am not one who pushes for such things, instead I would expect the waitress to take it to the manager. It never happened. The quality of the "locally sourced" steak was poor on par with Texas Roadhouse. It's a shame because they have a beautiful view, a nice draw (the races) and could truly be something special if they upped the food quality. Pricing isn't out of line for most items but the quality simply isn't there anymore.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2017

We enjoyed our getting together at the track.The food I felt was a little overpriced for $15.00 for a cheeseburger that was barely warm when served.Chicken corn chowder was excellent! I will

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3.0Dined on June 28, 2017

An ok place to sit and eat while the races are going on. A bit overpriced for the casual atmosphere but your paying to eat while watching the races. Not a place I'd go to for any reason other than as part of a day/night at the races.

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2017

Very enjoyable evening with friends, atmosphere was very nice. Service was very friendly and professional.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2017

Food was good and atmosphere was nice, but the portions were a bit small, especially the veggies/sides, and it took a little longer than expected to get our food. Overall, it was a good experience.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2017

Wonderful,great,everybody had a great time.Food and service were the best.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2017

Excellent food and quality service especially considering this restaurant overlooks the Penn National race track. Tables are well spaced for ease of access to place bets. Although the restaurant was very crowded, service was attentive and accurate,

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2017

On a scale of 1 -5. Food was a 3 service was a 2. Our server was serving more tables than he could handle. Trackside seating was nice.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2017

This was dinner trackside at Penn National Racetrack. Their biggest racing night of the year.
Our waiter was outstanding, actually, asking us of we needed anything quite often. The had a limited menu that deviated from their expanded menu because the restaurant was sold out.
We had the prime rib. Large portion and done as ordered. Excellent! Being a racetrack it was loud during the running of the races. A nice place to have dinner and watch horseracing.

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