The building is quite nice, the view is quite good (not as spectacular as the walks you can take on the trails not far away), and the tricky balance of a modern,cozy restaurant with minimal impact to the wilderness is basically found here at the Peaks. The food is quite good, but don't expect top-quality preparation as you might find in SF or Berkeley. The locally sourced ingredients are well-prepared, given the constraints of being run by Delaware North on a budget. It doesn't seem more expensive than the Mountain Room in Yosemite. Given the location, quite nice. Have I had better food in a National Park? Yes, both in Yosemite and at Mesa Verde! I'm not sure if the latter was anomaly, but spectacular food/chefs do sometimes pop up!
We have ended up enjoying the soups, salads and appetizers very much. If we have a full dinner, we usually split it because they tend to be heavier and costlier. Smaller meals work better for me at night.
We most recently ate there at 6:30pm on both Saturday night and Sunday night (Jan 19, 20, 2013), MLK weekend. Saturday night, we were waiting almost 30 minutes past our reservation. On Sunday, we were shown right in on time and there were open tables. We have seen this in the past, and had prepared by eating a decent snack after our full day of snowshoeing before heading to dinner both nights. This also helps curb the desire to order too much food! :)
Service was very courteous and generally prompt, but our water glasses did run dry a few times between refills. Often, the wait-staff are interesting folks who love enjoying the outdoors - quite fun to talk to!
In the past we have had breakfast there, and I prefer going when the buffet is running in order to have options. Lately, I prefer greek yogurt, so we packed our own breakfasts and ate in the room instead.
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