Tree Tops Restaurant
The Sunday before Thanksgiving, we drove from Pittsburgh to Acme for a 3 pm tour of the Polymath homes. We had made a dinner reservation for 5:15 not knowing how long the tour would take, but that morning we received a text from Linda at the restaurant to ask if we’d like to move our time up as there had been some cancellations. We agreed to dine just after our impressive tour, which took about an hour.
We drove to the Donegal exit of I-76 and, after a couple of wrong turns, arrived at Treetops on time for our tour. Once off the interstate and onto the roads close to Polymath, we were absolutely thrilled to be driving through a spectacular visual display of snow-covered tree trunks and branches. We were the only ones there for the 3 o’clock tour and, subsequently, for dinner! We had a brief wait before the previous tour returned, so we were offered a beverage and, being chilly, we opted for glasses of wine. After a few sips and a perusal of the dinner menu, our tour guide, Robert, was ready for us, and off we went.
Dinner afterward was wonderful. We first split a lovely beet and feta salad and then a mind-blowingly tender grass-fed filet. We ordered it medium rare, but it came out rare, making me wonder whether the chef had used a meat thermometer. Sent back, it soon came out perfectly done. The meat was accompanied by a lovely risotto and a vegetable. On a high shelf above the small bar, we noticed a significant array of wine bottles but were never offered a wine list. We stuck with the Malbec by the glass we had begun on arrival. As we were the sole diners, we were well taken care of by the staff and left with happy memories of a wonderful day in the country.
Great food and excellent service. Small and intimate with high-back chairs and soothing live guitarist. All made for a beautiful evening.
The food was awesome, service was excellent too. A perfect place for a special occasion. Would return and would recommend!
My boyfriend and I ate a Tree Tops for our anniversary celebration. It was wonderful! It was a very quiet night, with only one other table when we arrived. The server was excellent! We ordered drinks, the sagria was amazing, we shared the chicken entree and the mahi entree, both were delicious, fresh and very filling. We shared the lemon cream cake and it was wonderful!
Highly recommend this restaurant! Was just lovely!
excellent food. maybe a little too quiet. just a great experience, while staying at one of their houses, polymath.
Excellent food and drink selection. It was hard to select from the seasonal drink menu there were so many delicious choices. The dinner was outstanding from appetizer to dessert.
Very amazing location. Dining on the balcony is recommended if the weather permits. Food was very nice but a bit pricy. Wait staff was kind. Overall was a good experience.
Great special occasion venue. Nicely curated menu. Food was excellent.
My wife and I enjoyed our visit very much, we talked about returning when the weather is warmer so we can
Enjoy dining out on the deck!
Beautiful restaurant. Loved our second waiter Joe who went out of his way to make everything perfect for us! Would highly recommend this restaurant.
I believe this was our 4th visit to Tree Tops, exceptional as always. I ordered the filet, and asked the server for a steak knife, she smiled and politely replied " Sir, you will not be needing a steak knife" ...and she was correct, delicious!!
Escaping from the hustle and bustle of a work week, my date and I attended on a crisp fall evening expecting great things from this establishment but were met with a mediocre meal and lack luster service.
Being this is a tree/forest themed restaurant I EXPECTED a much more earthy menu since they change it weekly and could do different things with the different items available but I found a cross cross of Italian and French cuisisne and items I could have had made anywhere else around. This again was my expectation I I suppose that is my own downfall for expecting that.
Service on the other hand is controllable from the restaurant. Our server, when she appeared, didn’t do much to make us feel welcome or anything along the lines of comforting and hospitable. On her first visit she brought us water and took our drink order and I asked for a baked Brie appetizer at the same time as we did come there hungry and ready to eat. The drinks came about 7 minutes later and the lime garnish with my drink was browned and oxidized as if it was sitting all weekend, my dates glass of wine was very enjoyable so that was nice.
The Brie appetizer came out 15 minutes later by another member of the staff and was delicious, but no knife for it or plates so we ate off of the board it was brought on.
About 5 minutes after the appetizer our server came back and took our order. No explanation of the evenings starch and vegetable or if there were any specials of any sort, I went ahead and ordered the surf and turf and my date the chicken with a lemon sauce.
Server never asked for temperature of the steak or anything along the lines of normalcy for a steak order.
My dates chicken came out with a truffle oil on it and I asked if that was normal and she just said, “well I guess they did something different” didn’t offer to fix it or anything.
It was a very lack luster meal and experience and for the price, wouldn’t return. Sorry.
Polymath Park and Treetops are quickly becoming a favorite location of ours despite being 2 1/2 hours from home. Tom and Heather are terrific people with a spectacular restaurant.
What a wonderful way to end our day at Falling Waters and Polymath Park! We were graciously accommodated for a slightly earlier sitting , since we had a three hour drive back to Harrisburg that evening. The dinner was lovely, beautifully presented and served by a delightful waitress! My sister and I were celebrating both of our birthdays. It was a perfect gift to ourselves. We will return, next time we'll bring our husbands!
Best restaurant I’ve been to in a very long time. Wow!
Both the food and the service were beyond excellent. The restaurant is a little remote but is well worth the trip. I highly recommend it!
My friends and I had a wonderful experience at Tree Tops. It's location is really neat as you feel as if it is a part of its natural surroundings. Our Server was friendly and gave us impeccable service. And the food was absolutely divinely delicious! Go if you can!
Absolutely! I celebrated my 60th birthday here, and dined again the next evening. Both visits we perfect in every way.
Excellent service and outstanding food. The view of the woods was also terrific! We will be back!
We had a wonderful time celtgranddaughters engagement. Music was wonderful addition.
We will be back.
Everything was wonderful! The view was lovely and our table was ideally located. Sydney, our server, could not have been more attentive and accommodating. She made us feel like the most important guests in the restaurant. There was enjoyable guitar music, played at just the right level to provide ambiance without being intrusive. The bread arrived straight from the oven along with the excellent salads, Pear/Gorgonzola and Apple, Walnut and Feta which were served on rustic wood boards for a charming touch. Our entrees were fantastic, both the Seafood Ardor with shrimp, scallops and lump crabmeat and the Cabernet Filet (extra delicious!). They were served with fingerling potatoes and summer squash spears. We shared a generous piece of Lemon Mascarpone Cake which was a prefect sweet ending to the meal, not too rich or heavy. We highly recommend TreeTops and plan to return to enjoy the outdoor seating in warmer weather.
Enjoyed our lunch at Tree Top. Service was great as was the food. I recommend the Italian Lemon Cake.
Having dinner at Tree Tops rounded out a visit to Polymath Park. The selection of entrees was broad and we enjoyed a nice dinner.
Very straightforward steakhouse menu. The execution of preparation was fine. The presentations on wood planks was beautiful. The portions were small and very moderately spiced/dressed for the prices, but the location is exceptional! The architecture of the former private home turned restaurant makes the tree tops of the laurel highlands your constant companion during the meal. Seated at the mouth of Polymath Park, Treetops is a well positioned beginning or end to some great examples of Frank Lloyd Wright’s residential work. We would go back.
We went for lunch prior to attending a tour in the park. The menu looked pretty amazing for a dinner but perhaps a bit over the top for lunch so we just opted for two burgers, an appetizer of brie and two glasses of wine. $67.00 prior to tip but seems a bit nuts for what we had.
Don't get me wrong; the burgers were huge (maybe 12 oz, server did not know) and did come with potatoes (2 fingerlings cut in half). They were dry and overcooked. If we weren't in a bit of a time crunch due to our tour we'd have called a do-over. The brie was good; the wine pours were small. Service was good as well.
About to begin our tour and we hear they are having someone else give this particular tour because the scheduled tour guide is helping out in the kitchen. Tour guide - kitchen - maybe not the best combo.
Bad food, high prices, nice ambience. Do a little research on the area and go somewhere else.
Outdoor dining was very relaxing, and the food was fresh, tastey with beautiful presentation.
Indoor dining looked very clean, with a homey feel. My friend and I had a wonderful experience.
The food was fantastic. The experience is THE best.. celebrated 5 year Anniversary on deck hearing the sounds of rhe forest.. Very relaxing. Staff is superb.. so nice and I cant wait to go back!
The food was delicious and the waitress was excellent. The hostess left a lot to be desired. We arrived 15 minutes early for our reservation. (First time and we didn’t want to be late). If the tables we could see only about 1/3 were full. The hostess told us to sit and wait. She immediately placed menus and silverware on a table. We sat for 10 minutes and looked st our empty table before she decided to seat us. She wasn’t busy...just hanging out st the hostess station. I really don’t need that kind of attitude when dining out. Because of that I’m not sure we f coming back
Tree Tops deck is perfect for a special occasion dinner. The guitarist, sylvan setting, friendly and accommodating staff, food and libations blend for a memorable evening every time.
I was disappointed in the whole experience at the Tree Tops restaurant. The food was bland and had no flavor and the restaurant really just is a restaurant in the woods with a deck close to the trees. Our table was lopsided and moved anytime someone walked by it and the tablecloth was dirty. There are few choices on the menu and they were completely out of one item all together so that left approx. 13 choices for your main course. For the price, I expected WAY more.
It was a perfect evening to enjoy their outdoor seating among the trees although the indoor seating was very inviting as well. We all enjoyed everything we ordered to eat. My husband and son said their steaks were literally the best they had ever eaten! Our server was friendly and efficient and we dined to the gentle tunes of a local guitarist. It was a wonderful experience.
We were there for lunch, and the scallops were excellent. It was really nice. The only downside was that despite not being particularly busy, it took quite a while to be served after ordering.
Already gave referrals to many different people and will continue to do so! My husband even wants to renew our vowels there! Thanks for the lovely date night!
My wife and I attended Tree Tops Restaurant 9/27/19 to kick off our anniversary weekend. We wanted to check out a new local restaurant that was a bit "fancier" and more "upscale" than the tradition restaurants we typically frequent. We did some research online and found Tree Tops and decided to dine there. As we drove up to the restaurant, we were surrounded by a lovely wooded landscape. The restaurant was situated back in from the road, quietly tucked away but very warm and inviting. We had to walk a little bit from the parking area to the restaurant, so we recommend wearing comfortable shoe wear (ladies, watch the heels! Just a suggestion!). We walked into the restaurant where a hostess greeted us, checked our reservation, and promptly seated us. Our table was in the back corner and we had a lovely view of the "tree tops" and outdoor scenery. The chairs were very comfortable and we highly recommend requesting the padded seating bench in the back corner. Our server greeted us and took our beverage orders and we also requested to try the Filet Red Pepper appetizer and Salad (both very appetizing for sure!). I ordered a Chicken entree and my wife ordered the Filet, flambe-styled. Both were exquisite along with the sides that were included. The owner Tom came over and chatted with us in between our courses and shared the history of the establishment and how he and his wife started Tree Tops. Very nice man! We appreciated him welcoming us and inviting us to come back. The pricing of the meal was fair; a bit more expensive than your traditional restaurant. Be prepared to spend at least $100 for two people (that includes drinks, two appetizers and two meals). We may not be able to come back often, but my wife thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would like to come back at some point. Definitely recommend for an anniversary or celebration dinner! Thank you Tom and Heather for a wonderful dining experience!
While attending a conference at Seven Springs with a friend form Chicago, we decided to treat ourselves to dinner at Tree Tops. I had been there before, loved it & raved about it to her. It was a beautiful evening & we were seated outdoors. We enjoyed the lovely atmosphere while waiting for our server. It was a a bit of a long wait so we had plenty of time to review the menu & ordered our drinks, salads entrees at her first arrival. Drinks were delivered, then salads. All good. Gorgonzola & pear salad outstanding! When clearing the table, my friend's knife was removed with her salad plate. When our entrees were delivered she did not get a knife with her filet & had no knife at all. We waited & waited for the server to check back then finally flagged down another server & asked to please send her over. She came to the table, my friend asked for a knife & the server delivered a butter knife. Fortunately the steak was very tender & delicious. We had finished our meal when a VERY casually dressed man approached a neighboring table, introducing himself as the chef's husband. I did not hear or see him. He came from behind me. We received no introduction & I thought he asked how our meals were. I answered that everything was delicious. But he actually said to my friend, "Are you still complaining?" WHAT THE HELL?! Is it considered complaining to order everything at once after a 15-20 minute wait? Or to ask for a knife for your steak? He moved on to the next table without giving her a chance to say anything. Within a minute, our server arrived with the check. No asking if we were finished. No coffee or dessert offered. Tree Tops is a beautiful place with amazing food, exceptionally prepared from the best ingredients. It was really a shame to have our evening tainted by a rude owner! (I looked up afterward the man is Tom Papinchak, co-owner. Tom needs to stick to building & architecture. Let his wife run the restaurant.)
If I have to rate noise level, I suppose our party might have contributed (sorry). This is a great place to eat for any occasion or no occasion.
Great service and great food.
Had heard about Treetops from our son and we have been wanting to try it out for some time now. It didn’t disappoint. Our server, Joe, was very friendly and helpful. I chose the steak salad, which was delicious and my husband had the filet tips. Both were excellent. We shared a chocolate volcano cake for dessert, which was also very good. We had wanted to dine on the deck, but it was raining that afternoon, so we had to eat inside. Very comfortable and cozy. I can’t wait to go back in the evening when the trees are all lit up!
We were able to sit outside on a lovely early autumn day. The surroundings are magnificent. My filet was overdone and was replaced as requested.
On a slightly different topic, we had dinner at Mantyla House and were disappointed, especially considering the $120 cost. The menu was the same as Treetops, the mahi mahi and filet were overcooked, we were served bottled water, and we were rushed because Polymath had a busy day. We had to carry out our dessert. There is no cooking at Mantyla, so everything has to be carried from Treetops. So there's no coffee or anything else that you didn't request ahead of time. There was a tour of the house before dinner. Save your money - take a separate tour of the Polymath houses and eat at Treetops (once!).
We drove an hour to choose from the 3 vegetarian dishes that are featured on the menu to find out they do NOT make them anymore! They do not carry any tofu at all. I was so excited to try one of the dishes but was let down! The chief came out and explained that we must have seen the menu on social media and she gets tired of making the same thing and that menu is out of date! We were only offered a pepper stuffed with some kind of rice and vegetables on the side! The dish sounded ok because I wasn’t in the mood for a salad but the pepper was $30! Who pays $30 for a pepper . I got the menu off of this site when they sent me the message to confirm my reservation. The seats were dirty like with stained food on the material and our waitress didn’t check on us once.
The dinner was great and the service was great and nice to talk about the place