Dining at Riderwood cover the gamut from the upscale such as the Fireside Restaurant, located by the grand fireplace in the Village Square Clubhouse, the Seasons Restaurant with its seasonal menus and the Overlook Restaurant with its pasta/seafood/steak-oriented offerings, to the midscale buffet-oriented Windsor Room and the more casual Potomac Café, the Wye Oak Bistro with its open kitchen and outdoor seating and the Blue Heron Pub, also featuring outdoor dining with a patio and firepit. Breakfast options like croissants, bagels and sandwiches as well as coffee, tea and espresso drinks can be had mornings at Village Nook and morning snacks and beverages from the Lakeside Market/Coffee Bar. Finally, the Season Restaurant has an adjacent casual area called Seasons Lounge that offers small plates and drinks.
Shell Point embraces the Farm to Table concept at its community restaurants, with each dining venues incorporating fresh Florida ingredients and locally sourced produce into their menus. While the Banyan Grille is temporarily shuttered and Breezeway Café open only between November and April, other community dining venues are fully open. They include The Blend with its breakfast and lunch menus, the casual Crystal, the Island Café and Palm Grill, with a lakefront setting and daily chef specials. Of note is Shell Point’s opening earlier this year of the $25 million Tribby Arts Center that incorporates a café as well as an art gallery, a gift shop, a sculpture garden, a theater with state-of-the-art lighting and sound, practice rooms for musicians and dancers and artist studios for activities like photography, pottery, quilting and painting.
Oak Crest offers eight unique dining experiences, from the sit-down Oak Room and Fireside restaurants and the 1812 tapas restaurant/bar to McHenry’s buffet restaurant and the Quarry Grille with its open kitchen and outdoor dining. Other venues include the Acorn Pub with its beer selection and pub fare, the casual sit-down Terrapin Cove and Lakeside Café with its grill, pizzeria, deli stations and stunning lake view.
Charlestown offers six dining locations on its campus, including the full-service Fireside Restaurant with its expansive bar; the recently renovated full-service Chesapeake Restaurant & Pub; the casual Shortline Café, named for a historic railroad stop and notable for its milkshakes, pizza, and other short-order favorites; the intimate Atrium Restaurant dinner venue with its gallery seating that overlooks the main dining room and its new outdoor patio for alfresco dining; the casual Terrace Café with its expansive patio for outdoor dining and its brick pizza oven; and the casual small plate restaurant [email protected]
Greenspring Village residents can choose from six dining venues, including The Fireside, a dinner destination specializing in meat and seafood dishes; Cork & Fork with its global cuisine menu; the full-service Woodland Skies; the Jefferson buffet restaurant with its wide variety of American and international dishes, daily soups and desserts; the Mixing Bowl Bistro, featuring a full bar and a menu of American classics like meatloaf and roast turkey with stuffing; and the Potomac Cafe with its homemade pizzas, signature sandwiches and salads.
Ann's Choice features five dining experiences. Three are full-service, sit-down venues, including Fireside Restaurant; Garden Room and Signatures. In addition, there’s the newly renovated Banner’s Café, a casual eatery serving short-order favorites all day, and Acorn Pub, with its causal, neighborhood hangout vibe and serving classic pub fare.
Named to the Top Workplaces in New Jersey listing for the second straight year this last summer, Cedar Crest operates seven dining venues. The Fireside Grill & Pub and the Overlook Restaurant offer upscale full-service dining while the Oak Room, while still full-service, is more casual, and the all-day Mountainside Cafe is counter service and known for its brunch special held the last Saturday of each month. Rounding out the options are two newer venues:
Oak Room Pizza, an extension of the established Oak Room offering New York-style pies made to order with its own special Cedar Crest sauce, and Belmont Beans, a coffee shop concept serving freshly brewed Starbucks branded coffee drinks and bakery items.
Masonic Village Elizabethtown residents and their guests have a wide range of onsite dining choices, from the fine dining Eisenlohr that features Masonic Village’s own beef on its menu as well as lobster tail, seasonal specialties and chef’s specials, to a host of more casual outlets, including the century-old Cornerstone with its beautiful wood finishes and towering ceilings providing elegant ambiance for its daily rotating menus, and Café 1911 with its dazzling stained glass windows and outdoor seating overlooking the Village’s formal gardens. Other casual options include the Courtyard Café with indoor and outdoor seating, the Clubhouse in the community’s Buchanan Clubhouse, the Orchard View Café featuring hand dipped and locally made ice cream, the Village Café buffet restaurant, the Goose & Gridiron Tavern with its sports bar and live entertainment events and the Franklin’s Press upscale coffee shop offering homemade pastries as well as coffee and tea drinks, made-to-order smoothies and freshly-packaged salads, sandwiches, sides and ice cream pints.
Brooksby Village features five foodservice venues, ranging from upscale dining options at The Windsor Restaurant and the full-service, exposition-style Overlook Restaurant to more casual options at Harvest Grill, Greentree Café and Cider House Pub.
John Knox has seven onsite dining options: Metropolitan, featuring a menu of flavors from around the world in an environment inspired by the Kansas City Country Club Plaza; the full-service Places Restaurant & Café, a traditional dining room with all-day service and special events like Friday night dinner dances, Sunday brunch and festive holiday buffets; Courtyard Café, another full-service restaurant with seasonally tailored menu options ranging from salad, pizza and sandwiches to full entrees, a full-service bar and patio seating; Fireside Dining, offering homestyle comfort food choices rotated daily in a cafeteria-style setting; Lakeside Grille, menuing grill and deli-style favorites with a view of the community golf course and lake; the casual Coffee Shoppe, featuring specialty coffee drinks, malts and a variety of sandwiches, soups and salads; and the newest venue, the casual Stories Public house, offering a wide variety of appetizers and pub favorites with an international flare.
The six dining outlets at Maris Grove include three with upscale sit-down style dining and three more casual options. The upscale venues are Millstone—the community’s largest dining establishment, including a private dining room—the Blue Sky Restaurant and the Woodside Grill. On the more casual side are the Grove Pub & Bistro, Tavern 1789 and Coeburn Café.
The five community dining options for Fox Run residents and their guests include dinner destinations Fireside Restaurant with its menu of entrée salads and meat and seafood dishes, and Signatures Bistro & restaurant with its more casual but still full-service selection of soups, salads and entrees. Hunt Club Café with its menu of house-made pizzas, burgers, grilled sandwiches and custom-made salads offers an even more casual environment, as does the Jockey Pub, where cold beer, juicy burgers, pizza, salads and other classic pub fare are the offerings.
The most recent addition to the dining environment at Seabrook Village is The Princeton Restaurant, which serves dinner and drinks in multiple small seating areas. Existing venues include the formal, sit-down Fireside Restaurant with its made-to-order entrees; the casual Tides Café with its menu of hot dinner options, freshly baked pizza and selections from its full grill and deli; and the Essex Pub, an upscale, casual eatery with a full bar, fireplace and eclectic menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, etc.
Onsite eateries at Linden Ponds include the flagship, full-service Fireside Restaurant with its classic American cuisine and regional favorites; Overlook with its casual neighborhood restaurant vibe; Acorn Pub & Tavern, a casual, modern bistro with a menu of burgers, sandwiches, soups, and a variety of hot entrees; and the all-day Harbor Café with its menu of fresh salads, sandwiches and the made-to-order Signature Burger.
Turning 95 years old in 2021, Asbury has half a dozen dining venues to serve residents and their guests. They include the trendy Blue Note Bistro, with full alcohol and coffee bars and a pub fare lunch and dinner menu served seven days a week; the full-service Crawford Dining Room that offers a Sunday brunch; the Hefner Dining Room, offering a buffet lunch with salad bar and full-service dinners Monday through Saturday, plus a Sunday brunch; Park View Dining Room, serving full-service dinners Monday through Friday and a Sunday breakfast buffet; The Shoppe
Stop in the community fitness center with a menu of to-go sandwiches, snacks, and drinks; and Russell Avenue Café, a delicatessen-style venue serving breakfast and lunch seven days a week with a wide range of deli and grill fare, daily specials and a salad bar.
Ashby Ponds has been expanding over the past year, adding a third clubhouse this past spring and a new independent living residential building a few months later, both including new dining outlets. The new Hamilton Way residential facility is home to the community’s newest onsite restaurant, Black Rock Bistro, while the Blue Ridge Clubhouse has two new eateries: the casual Skyline Grille and the more formal Potomac steakhouse. They join the existing array that includes the formal, Asian themed 1912 Restaurant and its international menu; the fine dining Blue Sky, the community’s largest restaurant, featuring high ceilings, tablecloths and a private dining room that can accommodate up to 20 people; Windows Restaurant, intimate fine dining venue with a seated bar area for cocktails before or after dinner; the all-day, cafeteria-style Robin's Nest Café; Acorn Deli, serving both classic and modern deli fare such as salads, sandwiches, and grain bowls; Dogwood Pub, featuring classic pub fare and a full bar; and the View, serving beer, cocktails and a menu of classic pub favorites. One other prepared food option is the community’s Cardinal Market onsite c-store.
Allegria Village, formerly Henry Ford Village, was purchased by Sage Healthcare Partners and its HFV OPCO affiliate this past May filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late last year. Sage renamed the community and has retained the three community restaurants: the casual style Windows Café, the more formal Great Lakes Restaurant and the St. Clair Restaurant with its buffet-style dinners.
Hebrew Home at Riverdale in the Bronx currently operates an elegant dining room overlooking the Hudson River and a casual dining spot.
The only new addition to the 2021 Senior Power Players listing, the 89-acre Highland Springs offers a network of onsite dining options ranging from the flagship Chisholm’s and upscale Reunion Grille to the more casual Fireside Grille, the Lonestar Pub, the Marketplace/Bistro and, opened just this year, the White Rock Bistro casual restaurant with its menu of house-made flatbreads, pastas, and healthy bowls.
Cross Keys Village operates two restaurants in its Harmony Ridge independent living complex, each with its own atmosphere and menu. The Harmony Café features hot breakfast dishes and baked goods, as well as a lunch menu of burgers, salads, hot and cold sandwiches, wraps, pizza, and freshly baked cookies and scones. By contrast, The Campus Inn is a full-service restaurant, with a dinner menu featuring chicken, seafood, pasta and other hot entrees. Daily specials include familiar comfort food as well as more adventurous fare.
Willow Valley Lakes Manor is one of a group of Willow Valley Communities properties located in close proximity to each other and collectively offer a dozen restaurant choices, of which four are at the Lakes Manor complex. They include the Local Table with its seasonal, farm-to-table menu emphasis; the poolside Clubhouse Café, serving a wide selection of casual snacks, sandwiches, salads, hand-dipped ice cream and even novelty candy; the Corner Sweets Bakery on-site demonstration bakery; and the Overlook artisanal coffeehouse & wine bar, a creative coffee lounge that features a selection of organic, fair trade Grounds for Change branded coffees and coffee drinks along with fresh-baked pastry items from Corner Sweets Bakery, grab-and-go sandwiches and salads and a selection of wines.
Panorama’s single on-campus restaurant, Seventeen51 Restaurant & Bistro, features a full-service bar, coffee bistro and catering services. Its menu includes original cuisine with seasonal flavors, homemade soups and dressings and products from local vendors, with daily lunch, dinner, happy hour, dessert and drink specials available. The restaurant also has two private rooms for hosting community meetings, celebrations, and social gatherings.
The Lakeside Dining Room at John Knox of Florida offers dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, with selections ranging from fun, casual fare to elegant classics.
Friendship Village has an array of dining options that include full-service, fine dining outlets as well as more informal spaces crowned by the latest addition, Mosaic, which offers a multifaceted selection of authentic dishes representing the best of regional American and world cuisines crafted from premium fresh ingredients. It includes an open kitchen, chef’s table and tiled, wood-burning pizza oven. The other five locations are the full-service Seasons with its exhibition kitchen and prime locations right off the community’s stunning Wintergarden Atrium; Herman’s Bar & Grill with its casual sports bar ambiance and hand-picked selection of beers, wines and spirits; the Bluestone contemporary bar/lounge; Friends coffee shop; and the Casual Market & Café.
Kissimmee Good Sam residents can enjoy dining service at the community center cafeteria and at the onsite Fairway Café and the Heritage Creekside restaurants.