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Mountain Gate Family Restaurant

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133 Frederick Road, Thurmont, MD 21788
+1 301-271-4373
05:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 05:00 - 22:00
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have eaten at MountainGate several times. Living in the area, we know it's a popular place to eat for travelers. Every time we go there, it's usually because I get a hankering for a buffet. Every time we go out here Quality of the food seems to get worse and worse. The presentation of the food is not a... More 

Thank S P
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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154 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've been here before, on bus trips, but it's been many years. We were very glad to find it still in business, and the array of choices is nearly mind-boggling. We were delayed by lousy weather, so arrived after 3 pm for a late lunch. The salad bar was pretty good, the veggies were terrific, and these were kept refreshed.... More 

Thank Soars37
Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our group of 10 had dinner here. Most people ,including me, had the buffet and a few, including my wife, ordered from the menu. The buffet was just okay - not much meat. The big issue were the ordered meals, esp-especially my wife's. The order meals came u a little late, except for my wife's. When most of the people... More 

Thank Bob R
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

I remember when all the food was made from scratch. My wife and I visited it today and it was terrible. Almost everything came from a can or a box. To be fair the meat was good. They need to get those great Amish cooks to cook from scratch the way they used to. Fake potatoes and gravy. YUCK!

Thank Roy T
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Went with our family, 8 of total. Food was fresh on the buffet and a great variety. The shrimp and fish (Cod) was hot and moist. The salad bar was plentiful. The carved ham and steaks and chicken so good. Many homemade desserts and also delicious. They have a small store with local items, among other things. Fun place, great... More 

Thank Laura S
Fairfield, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

We went with friends for dinner on a weeknight. As soon as we were seated, we were advised by the server to get our food as two buses were pulling up. The food was fairly good for buffet food. There was homemade soup, several meat dishes, sides and desserts.

Thank Bonnie J
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

The food is very low quality and served just warm at best. The buffet food has an after taste probably because it is processed food "just add water" out of a box. My daughter could not even eat her "mashed" potatoes. The Beef Vegetable soup was without flavor and a big disappointment . We were also very disappointed with the... More 

Thank plbaldwin
Frederick, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Wholesome atmosphere. Good, wholesome food and plentiful servings. Attentive, fast service. Prices are family-friendly. Neat little gift shop too!

Thank wanderlust82016
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Not bad overall- has a nice family atmosphere.. Its a little dated, but not run-down...$15.99 includes all items on the buffet. The spread is the typical items you find at a buffet: Fried Chicken, Roast Beef, Ham, Turkey Breast, Canned Vegetables, Mashed Potatoes, Macaroni and Cheese, Soup, Salad and Dessert Bar. Its a good value for the price..

Thank MrLongLegs
Emmitsburg, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We eat at the Mountain Gate often as we hike at the Catoctin Mountains regularly, so this place is just right up our alley, good food, good price, they give big portions, staff is freindly, need some updating and or reapirs on the building, restroom needs a little more cleaning, but the amount of people shows.

Thank Horrormoviesandmore

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
05:00 - 22:00
05:00 - 22:00
05:00 - 22:00
05:00 - 22:00
05:00 - 22:00
05:00 - 22:00
05:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 133 Frederick Road, Thurmont, MD 21788
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Thurmont
  • Phone Number: +1 301-271-4373

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?