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...
We had a fabulous dinner last year and so we returned with family and friends. Apparently , there was a different chef. The food was bland, uncreative, and overdone.... ultra generic, expensive and I did not even finish the entree... What happened? I love riding the Bachelor chairlift to look down upon Broken Top and the Three Sisters and enjoy the spectacular colors of the sunset. I might come up again but won't eat at the Pine Marten untiI I hear some good reviews. Get that ol' menu back.... The service was not as crisp and friendly like the prior year....
Ride the chairlift to the restaurant, which has been converted from a ski lodge to fine dining for the weekends in the summer. Ask for a window table or booth in advance. Sunset fantastic, but view blocked while dining when blinds lowered to avoid glare. Very friendly staff. Eat here at least once!
This dinner is a summer special held at a ski area that we have skied at since 1958. We love the ski area and enjoy the trip up the chair lift and the trip down after dark with the stars shining bright..Good food, good service in a place we love. We have been doing this sunset dinner for several years near our anniversary.
Dissapointed with the quality of the food. Steak and pork were both over cooked and not very flavorful.
A bit high priced for the quality of food.
Of course the view was fantastic even with the smoke from neighboring fires. However the food was marginal and terribly expensive. THey were out of many courses. We had to get our own wine from the bar since the waiter showed up later.
The main attractions for going to the Pine Marten Lodge are the chair lift ride and the panoramic sunset. The ambience is ok but not great. They kept the lights turned all the way up all evening and only lit our candle when we asked. The food was good, not excellent...except the crab bisque, which was outstanding. We would go there again just for the s' mores martini...yum. The chairlift ride down the mountain in the dark was awesome and the blankets were much appreciated.
Our group of 10 was wonderfully accommodated on a beautiful Cascades evening at Pine Marten Lodge. 45 minutes after leaving Bend we were riding a chairlift up Mt Bachelor on a clear, crisp night. The Pine Marten staff was at the ready all evening--after a stop at the bar and early pictures outside, they were ready for us early and seated us at a nice table with a view inside, where Walter worked hard to wait on our group. Menu options range from appetizer small plates, crisp salads with various protein add ons available, burgers, and pastas (same add ons) and larger entrees. A bite of marionberry cobbler was delicious after dinner. The 8:15 sunset was perfectly timed for our 7 pm rev, and the changing sky was beautiful. The ride down in the dark was pretty cool in every way (they even give you a blanket!)--seeing lights of Redmond, Bend and Sparks Lake campers. We had some first time "Sunset Dinner" guests and all enjoyed the experience and want to do it again!
We were excited to try the Sunset Diner at Pine Marten for the first time, but when we arrived the mountain was socked in with cloud. So laughing it off, we decided to enjoy a nice meal out anyway. Unfortunately, this was not to be either. So what do you get when the view is gone?
Ambiance: The area is little more than a cafeteria. Throwing a cloth table cloth and providing cloth napkins does not really cut it. Service: Our server was friendly, but other than the initial order and bill collecting, we saw very little of her. Upon a drink order I showed her the lipstick stain on my water glass and asked for another. Thirty minutes later I finally had to flag someone down to get another glass. My husband never did receive his drink. There was a huge wait between our starter and our main. I had to again chase someone down for a condiment. Food: The menu was safe. This tells me that at least they will cook these items well. I chose the Baked Stuffed Mushrooms ($16) and received 5 swiss brown mushrooms that were fairly bland and almost cold. I also had the Broken Top Burger ($18). The meat was bland and dry, and the bread tasted stale. The fries were cold and came with no sauce. The only nice thing on the plate was a thin sliver of a spicy pickle. My husband was equally unimpressed by the Bacon Wrapped Scallops ($22) --cold, and the Smoked Pork Tenderloin ($22) --sides cold. We didn't even bother to get dessert, but I did ask for a coffee. It was the level of coffee you'd get at the cafeteria. Value: Even if we had seen anything, we would have felt like we paid a ridiculous amount for terrible food and service. At least throw in the price of the lift ticket ($14) for people with dinner reservations.
Bottom line: If this restaurant was in town, it would not survive. Save your money. Forget the restaurant. Pack a nice picnic. Bundle up. Buy a lift ticket and have your own sunset dinner.
Never done a dinner like this and cannot think of another one like it. It was a fantastic evening capped off with a bundle of blankets, excellent hot cocoa, and a peaceful ride down the dark mountain with the woman I love.
Very lucky to have this mountain restaurant in our mountains! Great food and scenery. Dessert to die for!
The food has always been good, we have been going for over ten years, but this year it was the best overall. We really enjoy the food, atmosphere and the killer views as the sunsets! We will continue come back every year. Thank you.
This is the 3rd time we've done the Mt Bachelor Sunset Dinner in the last 8 years and by far the worst yet. In fact, the waitress was the worst I have ever experienced. Wrong, drink, then forget to get the new one for 20 minutes, never comes by, took forever to order food, had to flag down other wait staff to ask for water, and on and on. It was that bad. My wife finally went to the bar to order her 2nd drink because the waitress did not come back for over 20 minutes again, and when she did, she asked about the signature drink and the bartender asked "which one is that" and then could not tell her what's in it. Food was the same menu as last year and was pretty good. view as always is exceptional, but the lodge was freezing! Everyone ad their jackets on, and I don't get cold, but had to do the same by mid meal. It was our anniversary, so we were just happy to be out together enjoying a nice view, but it will be harder for me to recommend this one again to someone else (it will come with a story) or to get us up there again too soon. Hope they can do better with their staff and get some new menu items soon.
Fantastic experience from beginning to end. Quiet ride up the Mountain on the lift, wonderful dinner, great service and then a quite ride down. Mt. views are out of this world. We arrive early, had a drink and were seated by the window with a great view of the surrounding mountain.
When making our reservation there was no place to reserve window seating or was there a menu on line.
We went early for dinner to get a good table with a view, they put in a booth against the wall. said we hadn't reserved early enough..there was NO one at the restaurant when we got there. We did not see anything when making reservation to request window seating.
Dinner entrée was dry and not warm, could tell it had been prepared earlier then kinda heated.
Menu this year compared to last year was very disappointing, not a lot of steak selections, which is why we went back for our birthday dinner.
For the price that is being charged between lift ticket, drinks, and dinner It was not worth the price.
We would not recommend going here to our friends and family,We will NOT be back unless major changes in the menu.
This place seems to have gotten some bad rap on reviews. We decided to chance it anyway, and we were not the least bit disappointed. The ride up on the chair lift is serene, and if you remember that you are in the MOUNTAINS, and bring a jacket, just in case, it'll be that much more enjoyable. Dinner was excellent! (I had the New York steak) The food was well prepared, and presentation was equal to that of any upscale restaurant. One thing I noticed that was a huge plus is they are very GENEROUS on their wine pours, pouring almost a full glass on each of my wife's two pours. Definitely makes for a more courageous ride DOWN the mountain.
The sunset was amazing, and the serenity and solitude this place offers cannot be beat. You mingle with others on the patio while watching the sunset, taking photos, but it's still very peaceful.
I'd recommend it to anyone. Be advised though that the chairlift ride may not be for those of you that are extremely height conscious, but there's a safety bar that pulls down in front of the chair to give you an added feeling of security, Go check this place out! You own't regret it.
This was the first time my husband had been to Pine Marten Lodge because he doesn't ski. I had been to the restaurant a couple times during ski season, and it was interesting to see how they transition the lodge into a fine dining restaurant. My husband enjoyed the chairlift ride up the mountain and was quite impressed with the beautiful scenery . We had heard that the food was so-so, but we were pleasantly surprised. The salmon and petite tenders were very good, our server was very attentive, and it was a great location to celebrate our anniversary. Would we go there again? Maybe not because there are other restaurants in Bend that have much better food, but it's definitely worth doing at least one time.
View and sunset makes the experience very special. We took out of town (out of country) guests up Mt. B which was very special. Food and drink was very enjoyable.
The drinks were great and servers seems inexperienced but friendly and welcoming. The table behind us said they're dinner was sub-par with meat not cooked correctly but our food was good and cooked as ordered and properly seasoned. So maybe the kitchen is a little inconsistent. Send it back if it isn't right the servers want you to be happy.
It wasn't anything amazing and maybe not worth the price you pay for the food, but it was more about the adventure. The lift ride up was fun. A little cold but they provided blankets. It was beautiful mid mountain and unlike any dinning experience. The restaurant is an area of the ski lodge so not an actual restaurant but it looked nice for what it was. Not crowded at 6:00 but it did get busy as the night went on. Earlier is better if you want to be at the windows with a view.
They do have amazing deserts with everything made in house. I recommend the flourless chocolate cake. It was incredible. And for the desert drink the s'mores in a cup was great before riding the lift back down the mountain.
It was allot of fun! I did make a reservation and was seated about 45 minutes after my reservation time but still made sunset. I forgot my jacket in my car, would have bought a sweatshirt if they had a gift store think about the extra $$ overall I had a good time
Unfortunately the quality of the food doesn't match the price or the hype/expectation. They try to make the cafeteria area feel a bit more upscale but in the end, it feels like a cafeteria with only decent food trying to be fancy.
Try taking the chairlift up to see the sunset- skip the food.
There were only a handful of tables being served, and ample wait staff, yet we were constantly overlooked. We had to ask 3 different people for things ("can we get water for the table?" "can we order food now?" "can we get our check?") No one ever came to check on us except the bus staff, who did a great job filling in for our waitress.
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here. We opted for appetizers and salads, which provided a generous meal at a very reasonable price. The views are exceptional, of course, and the service was cheerful and prompt. We wouldn't hesitate to return with guests to show off our beautiful area.
This is one of our favorite places for a special occasion treat , or to take friends and relatives who are visiting Central Oregon. The location is unbeatable for scenic beauty. The steaks and prime rib are perhaps not of the quality you might get downtown or at Crossings, but they are good, and you won't leave hungry. My husband had the smaller 8 oz. prime rib, and I had the "tenders", which was really just a single, top cut of beef. My husband's prime rib was humongous, but we think there was close to 8 oz. of actual meat, not including the fat he sliced off. The waitress was very accommodating, and tried to keep us informed about the progress of our entrees. We had mentioned that we would want to get one of the marionberry crisps for 2 for dessert, and she said that she would hold one back, as there were only 6 left. The dessert was more than enough for 2, after the very filling meal. One surprise was that when we asked about the possibility of getting more bread as we finished it, we were then told another loaf was $2. While not be unreasonable , it would have been nice to have known this upfront. One downer was the overly intrusive non-waitress staff; e.g., if I set my fork down for a moment, she was swooping in to ask if she could take my plate, when there was still food on it. We became a bit irritated at the frequent interruptions, as we were trying to have a conversation, which kept getting interrupted unnecessarily. Additionally, call us "old-fashioned" but we both found the nasal piercing of our "bus-girl" a bit appetite-killing. Granted, piercings are more generally acceptable overall these days, but as a former waitress myself, I find tongue and facial piercings to be distasteful around food, and think those working in a dining area should not be allowed to have visible facial piercings. Furthermore, as a Human Resources professional, I am unaware of any "reasonably held religious belief" that requires facial piercings.
We all ordered the gazpacho, which was the worst I'd ever had. None of us ate it. This, after we had to wait for our reservation and the bar made an old-fashioned drink which was awful.
We're not generally restaurant snobs, but this place doesn't understand its market or how to prepare good food and drinks. Plus, it's very poor value. We had ordered salads, but after the awful soup, hearing Michael Jackson on the loudspeakers and poor service, we canceled our salad orders, paid for our wine and left. We ate in town.
Don't go, except for the view.
Mt. Bachelor is trying to pretend it is a fine dining establishment. I do expect to pay more for my dining experience when it is at 7,500 ft., but I also expect the wait staff to be knowledgeable and not have to return to the kitchen every time we ask a question. Granted, ones dining experience can change based on your waitress or waiter. That being said, when you spend an extra $16 to add meat to your pasta and not only does your dish come w/out the meat, but with the wrong type of pasta and missing some of the veggies it doesn’t necessary sit well w/ your customers. All would had been fine……..but to have our waitress argue w/ us regarding what she thought we ordered……..well unfortunately that will cause your customers not to return. The chef was kind enough to comp a dessert for us, which was unnecessary but greatly appreciated. Cocktails were very tasty and the bartender was super friendly. Not the type of atmosphere for a romantic dinner, since they don’t take into consideration the placement of large groups w/ kids. If I wanted a dinner with kids sitting on top of us, we could had stayed home and ate w/ our own children. Will we return for dinner again? Probably not. A couple of tweaks and I think this restaurant defiantly has potential.
I highly recommend kayaking at Sparks Lake prior to dining, since you will be able to view the lake at dinner.
Let's face it, dining at Pine Marten is all about the venue. It's a special experience just to ride the lift to the lodge. It is surreal to view the mountain without snow and seems odd to hop on and off without skis. It's worth it to take the time to ride up, explore the mountain a little before you dine. The views are priceless. We went on opening day for the 2015 season and I think the staff and kitchen have a few kinks to work out. I have to give them 5 stars for enthusiasm and attention.
There are a wide variety of cocktails from the bar, a broad selection of wines (some not available.) The number of choices on the menu is probably too broad for a restaurant that is 7,775 ft mid mountain and serves only 3 days a week for the summer to prepare perfectly every time.
The kale and roasted vegetable salad was excellent and the gazpacho soup was fantastic. The dried herbs sprinkled on the butter for the bread was a nice touch. Our entrees were a little less outstanding. My surf and turf (Scallop and grilled beef tenders) were delicious. The scallops were cooked just enough to be nicely flavorful and tender. (The loud and large group next to us, had someone complain that their scallops were underdone...I find over cooked scallops rubbery and tough...to each his own) The pork tenderloin seemed a touch over done but was very tasty paired with their mango chutney. My sister's prime rib was good but far from the best she'd ever had. The vegetable side (?steamed broccolini) was a little plain and the pilaf okay. I found their garlic potatoes yummy because I don't like being overwhelmed by the amount of garlic some places put in their potatoes.
For dessert, we mistakenly expected a trio of mini-cookie ice cream sandwiches, but they were full size cookies and ice cream. Needless to say, despite how yummy they were, we were way too full to eat all three of them.
Next time I hope to sneak in the dog sled (cart ) ride before going up the mountain.
We loved the lift ride to and from the restaurant. The wool blanket for the ride down was a welcome addition. The view from the restaurant (ski lodge) is awesome which is good because the lodge has no decorations or homey feel. We went opening night and they definitely have some bugs to work out. Service was good but the food was not. The prime rib and horseradish were flavorless and scallops mushy. We may return but not because of the food.
We dined here on the first day it was open. The setting and view are drop dead gorgeous. The menu selection was very limited. With the exception of the hamburger, the food was pretty ordinary. The very best part was riding the chairlift, especially going down as there was an extraordinary view of the Three Sisters and Broken Top.
the view is absolutely amazing but the food, service, decor & environment are not what I'm used to in bend. I really wish they would put more effort into the food etc. to match with your surroundings. I ordered a $44 steak and it did not taste nearly as good as the ones from Costco that I make myself. Like I said, your paying for the view.....
Our group of 7 was there on opening night.
The evening started out by waiting a half an hour for a bottle of wine that the server could not find but then did offer a more expensive bottle at the same price.
Our appetizer came out promptly however then we sat for almost an hour before the salads and entrees (all coming out at the same time) arrived.
We again tried to order wine only to be told they were out of them.
The steaks and pork entrees were over cooked and served luke warm and the scallops were under cooked.
Our server started to get very nervous about coming to our table so he just stayed away for most of the rest of the meal.
We were compted two out of the six meals and not charged for one of the bottles of wine.
The view is spectacular but they need to improve the food and wine and service.
The wait staff was all very nice but under trained.