About The Hawk's Nest at Mountain Creek Resort
Enjoy an intimate, table-served slopeside setting featuring a sophisticated menu. Adorned with custom furniture, an over-sized fireplace, private bar and patio fire pit, the Hawks Nest is Mountain Creek's premier dining experience.
The Hawks Nest is located on the 2nd floor of the Red Tail Lodge.
Vernon, NJ 07462
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner:Thursday: Friday , Saturdayn Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Hawk's Nest at Mountain Creek Resort Ratings and Reviews
Love the place , been there a few times . But service is always "off". Runner delivers wrong food (another tables food)twice . Missing some menu items.... no specials.... got drink order wrong .(they apologized often but it was still unacceptable)..but I still like eating there surprisingly..great view, of slopes .
The restaurant has beautiful interior space and is well appointed and you do feel like you are in a rustic mountain lodge. The service was ok, not great, but not terrible either. The food is ok and yet for the prices you feel like it should be superb. My salad was small and mediocre. Had the pork chop, very nice. Accompanied by veggies that were good too. Baked potato was brought and although it said on menu there was a choice of potato, no one asked me what I preferred or wanted and they just brought a a baked potato. Never asked if I wanted butter or sour cream for it...again at a high end, pricy restaurant you kind of expect it. Overall a great feeling restaurant but an average performing restaurant.
Very expensive. Well staffed, but they didn't seem to get things right. My second drink order was the wrong one. One of our dinner meals came out much later than the other even after we asked a bus gal (waitress couldn't be found) about the meal, it took a long time to get. However, it is a beautiful restaurant with good (overpriced) food.
Went this past weekend to the Hawk's Nest. I was not impressed. The service was poor. We waited 45 mins for our dinner. The menu is limited. The entree selection was poor. One choice for chicken( it was terrible), one choice for beef and no Fish on the menu. Do yourself a favor and take a ride down the road to the George Inn or Milano.
Was staying at another resort and Hawk's Nest was recommended to us. Made a reservation in Open Table and was shuttled to the restaurant. Sat at the window overlooking the slope. View was awesome! Menu selections were pretty good for a resort and everything was well executed. Would definitely recommend this to anyone.
The Hawk's Nest is a wonderful oasis from the craziness in the lodge, notably this past Saturday after the first real snow brought huge crowds to the mountain. The food is good, the service is great, the bartender is amazing, the ambiance with the cozy fireplace and view of the mountain are second to none. Lower marks for value reflect a breathtaking $18 price tag for a plate of pasta with marinara sauce, and up from there. It's the only game in town, though, and you are paying for the location and the view. This season, we tried both the ala carte menu on Saturdays and the Sunday brunch ($40 per person) and much prefer the former. We'll be back.
I read the reviews that the service was not great so I expected it. We were sitting down for 10-15 min before anyone came over. We asked several people if there was a children's menu and they never came back. The waiter finally told us it was a verbal menu. When the food came it was cold. The waiter was apologetic and heated if up for us. When heated up it did taste very good. The bill was much more than we expected it to be. It definitely was not worth it.
Second time we went almost 1 year apart when we were on a family ski weekend. Decor is terrific, view of the slopes great. Very good service. I had unfortunately similar experience both times, waiter comes to take out order and tells us what items on the menu they do not have. Of course 2 of them were choices that then had to be changed. Portions are very small for big price. Most disappointing was I tried the "Cauliflower Steak" which was described to me to be a wedge of cauliflower cooked like a steak. Told it was great so gave it a shot. Should have been told it would be like eating crudités which had been thrown on a grill for a minute and serviced with no dipping sauce. Very disappointing, was starving when I left.
Very disappointing from beginning to end. The restaurant was almost empty. They led us to our reserved table, which was set for 5 even though the reservation was for 4. Limited, expensive menu. Type-o's on the menu (which is unacceptable for a supposedly high end restaurant). The waitress clearly had not tasted any of the items on the menu, and was not versed in the wines available. Although the plates were hot, the food was cold. One of the 4 entrees ordered by our party was inedible. The only bright spot of the restaurant was our view of the slopes. Our waitress was good natured, but despite our complaining throughout the meal, no manager came over to speak with us; they left it all to her. This is restaurant is a must-miss.
The ambience is lovely. The menu does not do a good job in describing what the items are. Both the pork and the filet mignon made the people that ordered it sick and they remained sick the following day. The kid's menu is non existent - it's just food from the main lodge cafeteria put on a nice plate. They were out of all the desserts on the menu - very disappointing. Overall, found the meal and value very disappointing and would not go back.
Stayed at adjacent Appalachian hotel so stopped by in afternoon and were given the dinner menu to look over and we decided to dine there that evening. When we sat down we were informed that a number of items on the menu that we looked at just a few hours earlier were not available as they were currently under a soft opening, as they apparently just reopened in the last week. We decided to make the best of it and went on to order a nice bottle of wine, soup appetizer and a $68 and $42 steak entrees. The ambiance was nice as we were sitting by the fireplace with the backdrop of the ski slope behind us. The restaurant was extremely overstaffed as at times there were 9 staffers just standing and looking like they were not sure what to do. I noticed this only because after the first pour I refilled my wine glass the next 3 times and wondered why none of the staff asked to refill. Long wait for entrees but steak and sides were fine. Dessert choices were limited as well and coffee was weak. Overall we probably visited a month too soon as hopefully by then they are past their soft opening and ready to be the fine dining experience they advertise to be, because they are clearly not there right now. Save your money until then or try at your own risk!
We had a reservation for dinner last night. Party of 3. While I cannot review the food, I can review the service. When we arrived we were sat right away. Once sat, not one server came over to greet us or even give us water. We sat there for 25-30 minutes without being greeted. It was at that time that we decided we were tired of waiting. It was almost like we were invisible. We got up and left. On our way out, a passing server said "have a good night", and we replied "we never even got to eat..." and kept walking. I will never try this restaurant again, nor will I recommend it to anyone. The management staff should be embarrassed to receive this type of review.
Really bad. Significantly overpriced. They ran out of half the menu which should have been advised as soon as we arrived. Served us the wrong steak 2 times, replaced side dishes without telling us they were out of what we had ordered, overcooked filet mignion to well asked for medium $65 steak. There were 5 of us and they offered us 2 free deserts and a glass of wine. Never again.
Went here with my wife for Valentine's Day. As large as the space is they have done a wonderful job making the restaurant warm and inviting. The food was very good and worth the money. The service was outstanding. I especially appreciated the manager being so attentive and professional. It's rare nowadays to find a place that's full of employees that take pride in their jobs. I would definitely visit again.
Food at Mountain Creek Ski Resort comes in layers. First there is BYO, then there is the cafeteria, then there is the sports bar. At the top is Hawks Nest, a by-reservation restaurant with a wine list. It still has to deal with clientele clunking around in ski boots, but it is trying to be nice. The room is nice, with a good view of the base area. Tables and chairs are oversized, and there are very few two-person tables. They will seat two couples at a large table for four, even on Valentine's Day.
Some of the choices were a little bland, and attempted to make up for quality with quantity.
Overall, a welcome change of pace from the overcrowded and noisy (and over-priced) alternatives.
Thought it was a great place - especially for a mountain resort- the pa resorts do not have anything like this - the atmosphere was awesome- great decor- beautiful fireplace with comfy leather chairs- we had two kids meals of chicken fingers - neither child finished them bc there were so many- i had the roast beef sandwich which was quite large - could have had more seasoning. my husband had the filet mignon- which was not a $40 steak but you are paying for the location also- the next day i went back and had a glass of wine in front of the fireplace while my family was skiing.. great place to hang out- definitely would recommend and go back
The Hawk's Nest is a wonderful restaurant located at Mountain Creek Ski Resort in Vernon, NJ. Such a beautiful area. With the ski slopes as one of your viewpoints, the large stone fireplace and all the rustic charm in-between, it makes me happy just thinking about it. It really feels like we could be at a resort in Killington, VT. I read previous reviews that state the service was average/poor. For us, it was stellar. We couldn't have been more pleased. Maybe this was addressed? And the food was awesome! Cozy comfort on a plate. French onion soup was an absolute winner!
It's only open during the winter/ski season so check it out. Even if it's just to have a beer at the bar, you'll LOVE the space. Trust me!
The Hawk's Nest is a beautiful, cozy, restaurant tucked into the Red Tail Lodge at Mountain Creek. I love the atmosphere of the room with it's floor to ceiling stone fireplace, antler chandeliers, ski-backed bar stools, and oversized leather seating, you get the feeling you are eating at a high end restaurant in Aspen! Since the restaurant is only open on weekends for dinner during ski season, it doesn't seem that they have enough time to work through the kinks of providing exceptional service. Wouldn't keep me from going back or recommending to friends, just understand you will wait for service and drink/food delivery. The food is very good, but comes in smaller portions than you'd expect for the price. Stay away from unusual foods; one friend ordered octopus and was highly disappointed, and restaurant ran out of bread by 8:30 pm. My salmon was great, and 2 friends loved the mushroom-stuffed ravioli.
This is the second time going to the hawks nest. Despite being in located in the lodge of a ski resort this is a very beautiful and high end restaurant. The service is incredible and I had the best piece of prime rib I've had there and I have been to many 5 star steakhouses such as Peter Luger's, Morton's, Ruth Chris etc... I highly recommend The Hawk's Nest to anyone staying at Mountain Creek or the surrounding areas. I rarely write reviews but the food and service as well as the ambiance were so incredible I felt compelled to.
The servers are very friendly but there are some negatives that don't make up for the good service.
Ordered a substitute of potato gratin instead of mashed potatoes. They brought mashed potatoes with some panko on top. Asked for the potato gratin and after server returned to kitchen told me that it was potato gratin. Asked for a side of mashed potatoes to see the difference - and got the same mashed potatoes. They charged me for the extra mashed potatoes.
Asked for a glass of wine and it was about one quarter full (half a pour). Asked the server if I could have a normal pour but was told this was the normal size - and that many customers complained about it.
The food is only adequate.
Maybe these are minor issues to some, but the servers clearly are not permitted to resolve issues.
We ordered the chateu mixed up our med n medium rare orders and did not realize until we had a few bites. You can certainly do away with that big salad and replace it with a small salad on a flat square plate. Greens were so fresh. Overall it scored very high with us. The atmosphere was outstanding and the red delicious drink was excellent. We will definitely bring our kids next time since we noticed many families with kids and how we'll you accommodating them.
Our meal was mediocre at best. I can’t say much for the appetizers because they ran out of both items we chose. We shared a table cafeteria style with another couple. To make matters worse we had to share salt and pepper with a person who clearly had a horrible cold. Instead of salt and pepper a box of tissues in the middle of the table would have been a better idea. Sometimes trendy isn’t always rational, I don’t want to sit 5 feet across from my dinner date but right next to typhoid Mary.
6 oz stuffed lobster tail ...for 32.00.....rediculus price
lamb shank ask for well done and even the 2nd time was not right by that time i and finished my dinner.
martini glass to small not a good value
infact not a good value or quallity all around
The saving grace was the pleasentness of the waitress
We were very disappointed with the service. We asked our waitress what the soup of the day was, a perfect opportunity for her to tell us the other food specials. We didn't know there were any specials until we overheard her telling a nearby table... after our order had already been placed. And when we asked to wrap up the rest of our entrees right away she put our bill down. Didn't even ask if we had saved room for dessert. And before we even put our coats on, the maitre d was waving someone over to clear our table to seat the next party. Could have been a great experience if the service was better.
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