About the Windlass

The Windlass in 2017

The Windlass offers customers 100% of a great dining experience - delicious food, great atmosphere, terrific views and a dedicated staff.  The Windlass menu features Italian and International Cuisine featuring pasta, meat, seafood, fish, wood oven pizza and sushi.  Daily specials are always tempting.  Our large bar is a fine spot to enjoy friends, the game or some live music.  Three areas for dining - main dining room, party room and outdoor patio.  All airy, clean and offer views of Lake Hopatcong.  Windlass is a family friendly establishment where customers celebrating a special event or those just off their boats can enjoy a great meal.  Windlass also Off-Site Catering and On-Premise Private Events.

General Manager: Robert ("RJ") Przybylinsky

Kitchen Team: Eduardo Santos, Abel Tangarife & Katherine Spratt

The Windlass is a member of a Family of businesses for more information go to: The Live the Lake NJ website


The Windlass site is one of Lake Hopatcong's first tourist establishments

A brief History of our Location: Lake Hopatcong was a happening place in the turn of the century (1900s).  Nolan's Point was a central part of the Lake Experience.  In fact, where the Windlass sits today - The Lake Pavilion once stood.  Built in the 1880s for the booming summer tourist trade - it featured a dance hall, restaurant, picnic grounds, amusements, and hotel. In 1928 the property became a part of Nolan's Point Amusement Park which had facilities to thrill guests with roller coasters and rides. Frank Crater took over the property when the park closed during The Depression. He converted the large ballroom into a roller rink which later collapsed in 1948. Crater's Tavern was established in a salvaged portion of the building. In 1963, the Spinelli family took ownership and named their new luncheonette the Windlass. The Spinelli family grew the business into a full-service Italian restaurant. In August 2014, Alice Szigethy purchased the property which has since been renovated with the history and tradition of the Windlass in mind.  During the construction - many artifacts were unearthed and discovered.  Some are on display in our dining room.



45 Nolans Point Park Rd
Jefferson Township
Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849
NOTE: NOTE: Sunday Mornings from 9 am - 11:30 am May 1 - Oct 31st Breakfast Buffet - Nov 1st - April 30th Breakfast Table Service