Some restaurants go to great lengths for a scenic view, such as the coffee shop onboard the International Space Station and the diner balancing atop the Washington Monument. Dine with a splendid view and no threat of tipping with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of farm fresh fare at Panorama at the Peak in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.
The windows at Panorama at the Peak provide picturesque mountaintop views of Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania, and the weekly changing menu provides tastyesque dishes constructed from organic produce and produce from local farms. Start your square meal on a round note with an order of lamb meatballs served with feta-dill dipping sauce ($8.99). If you'd like to keep your meal as light as a globetrotting eccentric's hot-air balloon, try a crunchy toasted-walnut watercress salad in a Pennsylvania Dutch–inspired bacon-and-onion dressing ($7.29). Roll Thanksgiving into a conveniently portable sphere with turkey croquettes, three pan-fried cakes served over local apple-cranberry compote ($18.99). Panorama offers vegetarian and gluten-free dishes, and its efforts to provide cruelty-free meats have earned it the Certified Humane label from Humane Farm Animal Care.
The west-facing main dining room at Panorama at the Peak is bathed in the glow of the sunset each evening, making colors come alive and diners linger. The original part of the building dates from 1929 and was made of stone and timber from nearby land; the art deco sunburst over the fireplace was assembled using 17 types of wood and a piece of beef jerky that was available at the time. Panorama does its part to care for the breathtaking views outside its windows by working to protect Panorama Overlook's place on the Washington Heritage Trail through conservation, awareness efforts, and Yeti hunting. The restaurant recycles whenever possible and even composts organic waste.
TripAdvisors named Panorama at the Peak the number-one restaurant in Berkeley Springs and give it a 4.5-owl-eye average. The Morgan Messenger recently featured the restaurant. Four Yelpers give it an average of four stars.
- Panorama was an enjoyable restaurant with it's [sic] organic, vegetarian and locally-grown food. We had delicous [sic] meals with beautiful views of the valley. – HollisCross621, TripAdvisor
- A very lovely little restaurant with some of the best views through picture windows ever. The views were grand, and the food was even better. – Jay M., Yelp