The Walpack Inn Restaurant - Wallpack Center, NJ
"We feed the deer and people too."
The Walpack Inn is a rustic country restaurant located in the heart of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Walpack, New Jersey. The Walpack Inn was established in 1949 and has been family owned and operated for over 65 years.
The Walpack Inn is well known for its incredible views, famous Brown Bread, rustic atmosphere, fresh salad bar, prime rib, teriyaki steak, fresh seafood, delicious oysters, and homemade, seasonal fruit pies. The Walpack Inn still serves many favorite dishes from the '40s!
Guests love to watch the deer outside the windows while enjoying dinner in the greenhouse dining room. In the winter, visitors enjoy sitting by the fire and taking in the wonderful ambiance, and the smell of freshly baked Brown Bread. The food is delicious, and the Inn's atmosphere and rustic charm make it an enjoyable dining experience for all generations.
We have a cabin for rent just steps away from the Walpack Inn. With 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and simple kitchen facilities it can accommodate up to six guests comfortably. Located on the famous Walpack Inn grounds, the cabin offers a perfect getaway for a secluded vacation or a long weekend retreat!
The Walpack Inn is located in the heart of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and is surrounded by 70,000 acres of natural beauty. Deer and other wildlife are often seen grazing outside the windows of the Inn while guests enjoy dinner.
Family and Kid-Friendly Dining Notes
Families and kids love the Walpack Inn! Guests of all ages enjoy watching the deer outside the dining room windows during dinner. We offer kids' cut prime rib, homestyle macaroni and cheese, and other delicious options for children. Kids always love the homemade pies on our dessert menu. In the warmer months, families enjoy walking around outside the Inn and taking photos of the scenic atmosphere. Many families have been coming to the Walpack Inn for generations and we love welcoming them back for anniversaries, graduations, reunions, and other special occasions.
Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes
The Walpack Inn has been owned and operated by the Heigis family for over 65 years.
In 1949 neither Louise nor Adam Heigis would ever have guessed they would end up in the restaurant business. But when health problems dictated that Adam needed to retire, these two Bergen County residents looked to family ties in Sussex County. News of a little restaurant for sale in Walpack seemed like a perfect solution. Voila! Louise brought her great cooking skills and Adam his expertise at the bar (more often on the other side of it!). The Inn had been established four years earlier by the Lombardi and Zichella families, and was originally housed in that beautiful stone house just a half-mile down Route 615. How often Louise lamented that Joe Lombardi chose instead to build the small wooden structure on 40 acres nearby that is today's Walpack Inn!
The original building consisted of the top entry level with a bar and two dining rooms that hosted a vast array of regulars … the locals who never missed a chance to stop on the way home from work, hungry hunters and fishermen at five in the morning, and those beloved weekenders who ate, drank, and kept the juke box going into the wee hours of the morning.
The Lombardis had established the Inn as a good steak and spaghetti place. Louise followed that lead and added many creative dishes of her own including those great glazed fresh fruit pies. But what really put The Walpack Inn on the diner’s map was Lobster!! Just $1.25 with french fries and cole slaw! They came from all over and lined up for hours to be served.
By 1960, son Jim had graduated from Hotel and Restaurant School and was ready to put his creative ideas to work. The influence of his many trips to Aspen, Colorado can be seen in the first addition, the lower bar, where people are treated to the sight of huge beamed ceilings, slab tables, a magnificent stone fireplace (built by Jim) and the smell of the wonderful, freshly baked brown bread. The Greenhouse dining room was added in 1975 to enhance the views of the Kittatinny Mountain Range and nearby fields with walking paths and deer who feed there daily. Adam found the renovation of his beloved bar into the foyer and restrooms a bit disconcerting, but acquiesced in the name of progress. Adam died in 1981 at age 80 and Louise in 1997 at age 85. Jim’s last addition of the Wildlife Room (is it really the LAST, Jim?) with Louise’s paintings etched in the glass entry doors pays tribute to them both.
The Heigis Family continues to welcome guests to their comfortable establishment with the same enthusiasm that Louise and Adam did over 65 years ago. Driving into the beautiful Walpack Valley, one is not surprised that they chose to settle here. While sitting in front of the fireplace, dining on wonderfully hearty food, watching the deer in the fields, it becomes very clear why people return again and again to The Walpack Inn.
5-10pm (Friday & Saturday) 1-8pm (Sunday) — bar opens one hour before dining room
Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Price Style for this Establishment
$$$ - $30 to $60