The Windlass is open year-round but is closed these select days:
New Year's Day
Tuesday after Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
The Windlass has a seasonal reservation policy. Contact us to reserve a table.
The Windlass, a historic Lake Hopatcong restaurant, operates year-round and accepts reservations and walk-in guests. Parties of eight or more should always make reservations.
During peak season we may ask guests who remain at their table for two hours or longer to leave their table to continue their experience at the bar, or at our cocktail gliders.
The Windlass, one of the best restaurants on Lake Hopatcong, has a rich cultural history. Our restaurant sits on Nolan’s Point and was built in the 1800s as tourism to Lake Hopatcong was booming. The restaurant was once part of an amusement park, a roller rink, and was finally renovated into a restaurant with lake history and culture in mind. Today, the Windlass honors the past throughout its decor and offers guests indoor seating, a waterfront pavilion, and outdoor cocktail gliders to enjoy the beauty of the lake and the surrounding region.
Ronald O’Rourke started his culinary career at the age of 12 and has worked in various restaurants in the Manhattan and New York Metropolitan area. During his long and well-established career, he has worked under Italian, French, German, and Spanish Executive Chefs and by age 25, had earned the title of Executive Chef himself.
Ronald’s professional highlights include working as the Executive Chef for ABC Studios in Manhattan, having a spread in People magazine featuring his creations, and his time as the Executive Chef at a casino where he oversaw 125 culinary employees within six different venues.
Ronald has also received high praise from publications such as The New York Times for his Eclectic and Italian cuisines, and from boxing legend Muhammad Ali himself, who entered the kitchen and thanked him personally for his meal.
He's excited to bring his culinary expertise to the Windlass, one of the most beloved restaurants on Lake Hopatcong.
Live the Lake NJ is a family of businesses located on Lake Hopatcong offering residents and visitors endless opportunities for fun. Live the Lake NJ includes: two restaurants, a bar, an adventure company, a mini-golf course, a cruise boat, a water taxi, and a market. These companies combine together to create Nolan's Point Events, offering fully customizable, multi-venue group events on Lake Hopatcong.