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Peaks of Otter Lodge Restaurant

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85554 Blue Ridge Parkway, Bedford, VA 24523
+1 540-586-1081
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Baytown, Texas
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38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The wait staff is extra friendly and the view of the lake from the dining room is truly delightful but, that said, the food is WAY overpriced and definitely nothing to write home about. They don't know how to season! I gave it two stars for the view, the friendly staff and the proximity to the lodge. You'd have to... More 

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Thank KatLSU
amather2016, General Manager at Peaks of Otter Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

KatLSU, I do appreciate your feedback and will pass it along to our chef. We are working on a new menu that is his menu which should be out soon. Thank you. More 

Woodbury, Connecticut
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Family oriented. Could use more staff. Everyone was friendly. The restaurant bathrooms needed toilet paper and soap refills. The food was good but sat in the kitchen. I believe if the 1 server I saw standing around helped deliver food things would have gone smoother at dinner. We liked the place and we shall definately come back.

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Thank KarenR86
amather2016, General Manager at Peaks of Otter Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Karen, thank you for your review. You are right on the staffing, we cant seem to get them in here quick enough but our HR is working on filling many positions. Not sure who the person was that was standing around but that is not teamwork. Please do come back. Andrew More 

2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

17 years had passed since I last visited and this lovely setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains did not disappoint. The Lodge and View are spectacular: rooms clean and spacious, lake in full view from dining room. The convenience of the buffet made up for average-quality food; food kept coming even after-hours as our large crowd filtered in. The Friday... More 

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Thank Laura Ladrigan C
amather2016, General Manager at Peaks of Otter Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Laura, we appreciate you coming to Peaks. sorry about the average food, we are working on that. do come see us in 2018. Andrew More 

Virginia Beach, Virginia
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Sunday Brunch was advertised as 11:30-3:30, and that it would have breakfast items, as well as fried chicken, 2 protein choices, sides, etc. We were staying at the lodge, so we arrived at 2:30, for our 3:00 checkin. The view was beautiful, our waiter was nice, the fresh made omelette bar was good, and so were the desserts. However,... More 

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Thank laurag12345425
Sam M, Manager at Peaks of Otter Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Laura G., I do apologies for your experience with our buffet. We strive to have the buffet as fresh at the end as it is in the beginning. I will review your comments with the General Manager and we will make appropriate changes in procedure do this does not happen in the future. Thank you for your time to... More 

Bedford, Virginia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed food well worth the drive and the lake is beautiful. The buffet was very appetising and had a good variety.

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Thank Patricia B
Sam M, Manager at Peaks of Otter Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Patricia B., Thank you for your nice review. We appreciate your business and look forward to having you as a guest again. Best, Sam Mumper More 

Bedford, Virginia
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116 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

The Peaks of Otter Lodge has a great view of the Peaks of Otter, and is surrounded by magnificent nature. With that said the food is just average. There is nothing exceptional about it, but then again it is not bad. The service is excellent, and staff is very friendly and helpful. Relaxing place to eat, and worth visiting when... More 

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Thank Eric T
amather2016, General Manager at Peaks of Otter Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Eric, thanks for your review. Though we are really trying to be much better than average. I have a new chef that just started and am excited about what is to come with the menu. Gotta get better than average so thanks for your honest opinion, come back again and let us know what you think. Thank you. Andrew Mather More 

Lynchburg, Virginia
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

beautiful view... check... great atmosphere.... check... fireplace.... check... This restaurant has everything you would want for a nice breakfast, lunch, or dinner in the mountains. The service is fantastic, but can be a bit slow. I have nothing bad to say about this place besides the fact that chef has only 2 versions of streak.... Living and well done, and... More 

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Thank RJ M
amather2016, General Manager at Peaks of Otter Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

RJM, Thanks for the input on the steaks. Its a funny yet telling description and I promise we will fix this. I apologize for how well done they were, nothing like a steak that is too done. Glad you enjoyed your visit otherwise and come back soon and we will give you more than 2 options on steaks! Thank you,... More 

Gardiner
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41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Food, service,and accompanying music was a wonderful experience. I loved all the choices. My only regret was I did not have room for the Irish bread pudding.

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Thank Kim D
Sam M, Manager at Peaks of Otter Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello Kim D., Thank you for your nice comment. I will pass on your comments to my staff who were on this last weekend. They are a great crew! Best, Sam Mumper Executive Chef More 

Nathalie
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76 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

we went on a date here looking for something quiet and different. that's what we found. it certainly is a quiet relaxing atmosphere although there isn't much privacy at the tables. the food was overall good. the entertainment outside on the porch was probably the most enjoyable part of the night other than the lake walk and beautiful mountain.

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Thank 24gregoryd
amather2016, General Manager at Peaks of Otter Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

24Gregoryd, Glad your time here was relaxing. I am sure Root 2 was out on the porch playing, they are great! Thanks for the review and come see us again. Andrew Mather More 

Midlothian, Virginia
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

We visited while we stayed at the lodge. The food is country. So not fancy but prepared well. The service was great! Though for breakfast, there was a technical issue in the kitchen and our food was very late. The restaurant completely comped the meal! And that was the only issue in the 3 days we were there. The view... More 

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Thank EdG321
amather2016, General Manager at Peaks of Otter Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

EdG321, Thank you for the review, so glad you had a good time here at Peaks. Sorry about the issue for breakfast but glad they took care of you. Come back again! Regards, Andrew Mather More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American
Meals
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 85554 Blue Ridge Parkway, Bedford, VA 24523
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Bedford
  • Phone Number: +1 540-586-1081
  • This restaurant is at Peaks of Otter Lodge
Description
As old as the hills . . . The Peaks of Otter have drawn settlers and travelers to the region for more than 8,000 years. The community whose vestiges remain to be explored today had its beginning in 1766 when Thomas Wood arrived from Pennsylvania.The wife of one of Wood’s descendants would open her home as the area’s first lodging for travelers in 1834. By the late 1800s, Peaks of Otter would be home to some 20 families, a school, a church, and a resort hotel. In the mid 1900s, the location was selected for special attention as the National Parks Service developed recreation and service areas along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Abbott Lake was constructed and the Peaks of Otter Lodge opened in 1964.Today, we invite you to be part of the future of this storied natural and cultural destination as it continues to attract visitors and travelers in the 21st century.

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