Pine Marten Lodge, in Bend, serves a vibrant array of contemporary, continentally-inspired dishes in its stunning restaurant at the summit of Mt. Bachelor. The red curry barbecue steamed mussels moules frites with cilantro and aioli and the Spanish-style gazpacho soup with San Marzano tomatoes, avocado and grilled brioche make sensational starters. Some of Pine Marten Lodge's specialty entrée dishes include the surf and turf with grilled bavette steak and pan roasted scallops, the hazelnut smoked pork chop with maple yam puree and the vegetarian-friendly garden plate laden with local and seasonal roasted veggies, all of which are excellent with a glass of wine. Save room for dessert, when you can savor the trio of ice cream sliders sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.
Keep in mind that Pine Marten Lodge serves lunch and early dinner Monday through Thursday, but full dinner service only Friday through Sunday.
It's fun to take the lift up the mountain and even more fun to come down in the dark. The sunset was spectacular and went on for about 90 minutes changing constantly with the clouds (dress for the cold so that you can watch from outside!). for us the food was a bit of a disappointment, we were at the last sitting on the last day this year and they had run out of about 50% of the things on the menu and mainly the cheaper menu items. Since we did not want a $50 steak we had to make do with hamburgers which is not quite what we had in mind for a fine dining experience. The hamburgers were OK, not that special, the appetizers and bread were good. At our request they did give us a substantial discount so all credit due for that although I would rather have had the missing menu items. It's expensive when judged solely by the quality of food and wine but overall (assuming the full menu is available) it can be a really great experience. I will probably go back.
Service was great, a very friendly and attentive staff including the lift operators. We were greeted warmly upon arrival. You can't beat the view and beauty of this spot. The scenic ride up on the chairlift adds to the charm of the whole experience. The food was well prepared and delicious. The only negative I have is that before the meal the waiter brought us a (huge) loaf of warm crusty sourdough bread. The problem was it was served on a round,undersized dish with knife so you could slice it at your table. The bread far outsized the dish and slicing the bread was nearly impossible to do without crumbs going everywhere. it was very awkward. Also the oil and balsamic vinegar to accompany the bread was served in small square bowls which we were supposed to pour into our bread plates. The bowls were not conducive to this process and oil and vinegar just dribbled down the sides and into the table which was full of crumbs from the bread we attempted to slice. I think small pitchers would have worked better. But these are little things that can be remedied and they did not detract from our pleasant evening.
We have been here 3 times before, once earlier this season. We realize that it was the last night for this season's "Twilight Dinners", and that it was a holiday weekend, but normally we give the food 4-5 stars and the service 5 stars. The service was definitely off tonight; our server seemed inexperienced, and didn't perform some of the touches we have experienced before: e.g., one of our 2 guests ordered wine with her meal, and the server took the order but had to be reminded later, and our guest was half-way through her meal before the wine arrived. Also, my husband and I decided to split a house salad, and normally our servers have gone ahead and split the order for us into 2 salad dishes, whereas this one merely gave us a 2nd dish. I had ordered "beef tenders" to be medium to medium-well, and it came out very well done. My husband said his cut of prime rib was also overdone, and not as tasty as he has experienced in the past. I also thought it was odd that our bread was served with 2 small serving dishes containing olive oil and balsamic, but the serving dishes were definitely not designed for pouring, and were a bit messy to use. Our guest didn't complain about the meal, but neither did they rave. Given that we were entertaining out-of-town guests who had not been here before, I was disappointed that the food didn't appear up to its normal standards, and that the service was not up to its normal level. Certainly we will be back, because you can't beat the view, but I hope the consistency of the food quality and service will be better next time.
The smoked pork tenderloin with spicy chutney was fabulous. Dining partners meals were gourmet quality and beautifully presented. The chairlift ride down under an inky black sky filled with millions of stars including the Milky Way was spectacular!
Great time with out of town friends. Quite the WOW factor including the lift ride and the views from Pine Martin Lodge. Was surprised they ran out of chowder so early in the evening. Generous sized salad portions. A definite must do for out of town guests
Our original reservations were cancelled due to high winds, so we took the first reservation we could the very next weekend. It was cold at the top, but the ride up was great! Our server was excellent. The food was good, but lacked a bit of salt. Overall, we had a great time, highly recommend it and look forward to doing it again!!!!!
We were so frustrated because all we wanted to do was have dinner on the mountain but the weather was bad and the lift was down. It would've been no big deal but nobody contacted us or even emailed us to let us know it was canceled. So we drove all the way out there to have it canceled.
The Ride to the lodge was very pretty, as we sat on the chair lift we loved looking at the surrounding mts. Our waiter Walt was terrific, great service but not to much attention. Our food was horrific. The prime rib was extremely tough, over cooked and under seasoned. The kale salad was extremely disappointing, the chopped leaves were tossed in a light oil and no other items. Would have been much better had it had flavor and other items mixed into it. Next trip we will bring our own picnic items and enjoy the view from the outside deck.
My husband and I came here a year ago for our anniversary and had an amazing experience. Best food ever and amazing service. Both got free dessert offered when we had to wait a little longer for our table. We decided at least once a year we had to take friends up to enjoy the experience with. We went up last weekend and were so disappointed. We were bummed to find they changed the bread which you could barely cut through, and a basic Caesar salad rather than an amazing grilled romaine one from last year. Our server was great in the beginning. Super nice lady. Although she didn't ask how we wanted our steak cooked and it came out mooing, had it cooked a little longer and it was pure charcoal and fully cooked like pot roast. Nothing was offered to help mend the bad food. Our server dropped the check then disappeared for over 30 minutes, we were the only ones left in the restaurant. No one could find our server for us to pay our bill. She had to ride the lift down after a customer which I understand but she should have told someone. We needed to split the check half and half, we had cash they had a card, someone else ran the card and they told us to just leave the cash on the table. She came back as we were walking out, plenty to cover the check plus tip. We were almost out the door as she came running after us and seemed very confused about the cash we had left. Very awkward since she had just been gone a long time. Our friends did not enjoy the experience at all and won't be back, and we are bummed because we don't feel like it was worth the money for us to bring friends up. Very disappointed compared to our last experience.
Even with the haze from the fire our sun set view was still very stunning, I wish I could say the same for everything else.
Service was good, slightly slow but we didn't mind, we were there for our one year wedding anniversary...which was not acknowledged...which make me wonder why open table asks?
The food wasn't all that great either. I got the surf and turf. The shrimp and asparagus were the best part. The steak and ball of I think rice were not good. My husband got the New York...he as well enjoyed the asparagus. Both steaks just weren't right.
I wanted this to be a great night but it just wasn't there. It could be great if they were more geared toward fine dining. ..better menu, people to execute the dishes the way they are ordered, mood lighting, and making you feel special on your one year wedding anniversary, ie complimentary glasses of champagne or mini desert.
We did though enjoy the view and the ski lift up and down. The blankets were the only nice touch...