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The Forebay at Hershey Lodge
The Forebay at Hershey Lodge

The Forebay at Hershey Lodge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dininginhershey.com
  • Phone: (717) 520-5408
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner served daily beginning at 5:00 PM.

    Reservations are not available from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
    Large party reservations are not available online.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Richard Dingle
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining

Getting there

  • Cross Street: University Drive
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Complimentary on-site parking. Valet is available.
A word from The Forebay at Hershey Lodge
The Forebay serves up creative comfort food, including a variety of steaks, chops, and fresh seafood, in a friendly and inviting atmosphere. Enjoy our house-created favorites with a twist and our premium top-shelf bar featuring small-batch spirits and an extensive wine-by-the-glass list, in a relaxed, rustic setting. All of our steaks and chops are char-grilled to your liking, and look for our daily seafood chalkboard specials. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "I found the service to be fabulous, kid friendly for my 6 year old (I reserved early). The food a I ordered was memorably great, as was the Hershey themed martinis. I loved being able to go there and see the lodge afterwards which has a beautiful lobby. I would definitely recommend The Forebay."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Let me start by saying that the service here was wonderful. Immediately, they let us know that the next time we come, we should use the valet parking as it is complimentary. They sat us at a table by the window; which was nice. The server was very kind, attentive and knowledgeable. As for the food and the ambiance, it was good, but nothing to write home about. Was happy to try it, but probably wouldn't choose to go back with so many other great restaurants in the Harrisburg/Hershey area."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "my girlfriend both ordered bbq ribs and they were both fatty."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Food choices were standard American fare. Wine list was just OK. Service was fantastic though. I had the shepherds pie with lamb. Was not a traditional shepherds pie but passed on taste and presentation. The lamb was a bit fatty and there was not much of it. My wife had the filet mignon. Overcooked. The kale salad was done very nicely. Maybe I'll come back in the summer and have a beer and burger out on the patio."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We were really excited to try the Forebay after an experience at the Hershey Grill. Sadly, our server was being trained by a more experienced member of the staff and I think that's where our service level fell off. She forgot our appetizer (cheese plate that was delicious), until after our entrees arrived. My filet was delicious, but my boyfriend's short ribs were a little on the fatty side. I will say that our experienced server was impeccable, but I think he was held back by having to train someone new. The menu has a lot of high quality items that you'd expect would be amazing, but fell short in the execution."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The food is always excellent and the wait staff is very accommodating. We make this a part of our dining experience every year."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Great food & excellent service! Definetly recommend!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "This was our first time at the Forebay and I have to say it was amazing....the food especially was absolutely excellent. We both had seafood dishes!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The chocolate covered February small plate selections were my choice. French toast with foie gras butter, chocolate seared scallops, pork belly. and chocolate tart. Wow! My husband had roasted oysters and the seafood mixed grill followed by chocolate cake. All delightful! We enjoyed a beautiful New Zealand savingon blanc with dinner. With dessert, I had the most delicious white chocolate martini, and he chose the Forebay coffee. The service was great, too. A wonderful choice to celebrate my husband's birthday."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "I brought my fiancée here on V Day. We expected great food and great service. Food was okay, service was awful. I started out by ordering a bourbon and coke to which the server brought a bourbon and pepsi. The worst part was the server didn't tell me it was pepsi, she just brought it to me. Since she took 10 minutes to come back after bringing the drink, I just went ahead and drank it. I did ask her when she came back if it was pepsi. She said yes and she would have told me but she 'thought I knew', whatever that means. The service was bad from beginning to end. It wasn't very busy and we waited so long for everything. Management just stood around and stared while our drinks needed refilled and dishes needed removed. Not worth all the $$$."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The drinks and food were all very good, and the restaurant is very nice and roomy, set within the Hershey Lodge. All six of us were quite happy that we discovered Forebay. That happened because we were late making a reservation for Valentine's Day dinner, and OpenTable found this place for us. We are locals to the Hershey area, but did not know about this restaurant, and we are glad we found it. Daniel's service was excellent, and we enjoyed the experience. It is a bit pricey, but we will return."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had reservations for 2 on Valentines day at 8 PM. We arrived about a half hour early and asked to be seated and they obliged (great). The only problem was it was supposed to be romantic and they sat at us a large table in the middle of the seating area ( a table that was meant for 6). After that, we were not attended to for nearly 15 minutes and it was only moderately busy. I really try my best to treat restaurant employees fairly, but ours really seemed to be having an off night. I am not that wealthy so when I go to a restaurant that charges 25 dollars for a meal I do expect the service to be better then lets say McDonalds, but unfortunately it was not. Food was terrific, ambiance was nice (touristy)"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Did not appreciate waiter suggesting wine two to three times the price of the one I ordered. Also, waiters should be trained to ask "May I take your plate?" not "Are you finished""
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We celebrated Valentine's Day at the Forebay. Food was great and service was outstanding. A great restaurant located the the Hershey Lodge. They have an innovative Small Plates menu that incorporated Hershey chocolate within savory dishes."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The noise level was loud and the waiter acted like he was uninterested in serving us until tip time came."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "service was great...food was very salty and expensive for the quality and quantity."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Atmosphere was very pleasant and server was Jim was very accommodating. Appetizers were Oysters, Shrimp Cocktail and Mussels in broth and we all acceptable but not outstanding. My party of three had the Filet Mignon which was a bit overcooked and did not have much seasoning, Baby Back Ribs with a very weak barbecue sauce, and the star was the NC Tile Fish which was very flavorful and cooked perfectly. All told the meal was very nice in an inviting atmosphere and I would go back next visit to the area."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I visited the Forebay with a group. From the start, it was very difficult to book a group of 16, all of which were people attending a conference and looking to bond over a nice dinner. The server offered to split our bill individually (or even by tables) to make it easier to figure out the bill. However, a manager came over and told the server that she was not able to split the bill. This is ironic because the server was more than willing (because she knew it would make her life easier). We were told "not to complain" because the Forebay manager felt he went above and beyond by putting large tables together. At the end of the night, we had trouble with the bill (because it was for so many people). The manager was rude and unhelpful!"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Just above the grande lobby of the Hershey Lodge...great ambience. Complimentary pretzel bread & honey mustard started things off nicely...white chocolate scallop appetizer exceptional...filet mignons perfect...white chocolate raspberry martinis YUM...molten lava chocolate cake...out of this world! Service was wonderful. Yes pricey...but you are at the Hershey Lodge...one of the two finest hotels in Hershey...expect a hefty bill but in my opinion worth it. Huge wine list...loved the Jellybean Moscoto. After dinner the great lobby area has a bar, coffee shop and lots of comfy oversize chairs by the HUGE four sided fireplace. The lodge also offers a dining plan...if you are staying overnight check out the details on their website."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Went on Jan. 18th with family to celebrate my entrance into a new decade. Service was excellent and food exceeded our expectations! It was our first visit to the restaurant. Loved the combination of flavors in each dish."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "This is our second time eating there, we were not disappointed. The food was wonderful and the servcie was excellent. Nice atmosphere, quiet, although they were not crowed. Very good wine list."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "Prices are a bit high for the food and drink, which are good but not spectacular. Wines by the glass are especially expensive. Atmosphere can be noisy at times. Staff is very pleasant. Service is average."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Great Chocolate Martinis and Oyster Appetizer was amazing."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Love this gem. I made reservations for New Years Eve to try something different. It was still decorated for Christmas which made it really romantic and changed the whole idea of the day. The service was amazing and more than accommodating. I will recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice and romantic place to eat."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Our service was slow and our waitress forgot our drinks. After sitting at our table for about ten minutes a manager came over and asked if the waitress had been over yet and she hadn't.... Overall the food was good but not worth the price for the small portions. Bonus was free pretzel bread to start with."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We spend nearly $200 for a family of 4. The food was OK, nothing special for the price. I should have known given that this is a hotel restaurant. I just thought the food would be better for the prices they charged. My husband's steak was OK, but my son said his was fatty. My chicken was dry and I had to ask for au jus. It came with some sort of bread pudding which was kind of hard and tasteless. I liked the Ceasar salad though and it was plentiful for $10. Overall, save your money and venture off property."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "The staff was amazing from the politeness at which they took our order to them asking what they occasion was. They also took into account the comment that I had attached to the reservation through open table. The food had such rich flavors and where plated very carefully. I also got Oyster Stew and found that the oysters melted in my mouth."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "The atmosphere was perfect and waiter Jim was Awesome!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Relaxed atmosphere, great menu and food, outstanding service. A place for the family and friends alike."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "From the time we walked in the door to the time we left the Forebay Restaraunt helped to make our Christmas Eve a specual one. The staff accomadated my mothers special diet, they were fun and pleasent especially our waitress Danielle. Would highly recommentthe restarant the food was AMAZING, we are still raving about it!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "The Forebay Lounge is the perfect spot for an intimate dinner for two, or a business dinner for 12. Wonderful ambiance, great food, and service that puts bigger restaurants to shame. Whether you are staying at the Hershey Lodge, or just looking for a nice nite out, Forebay is the place to go."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "The food was very good and the service fantastic. Our waiter genuinly cared about us. The atmosphere was perfect for a special meal."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "I couldn't wait to take my friend to the Forbay. The Forbay atmosphere was calm, and beautiful. The staff were attentive to our every need, including taking extra precautions when I mentioned that I was gluten- free! Fabulous service and wonderful food. I have dined there many times...and have never been disappointed!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Hadn't dined at the Hershey Lodge for years. Expected basic convention hotel restaurant fare. The Forebay was nowhere on our radar, but we ended up there because it was the only place where we could get a dinner reservation that would get us to the show on time. Was wildly surprised! The entrees were definitely a cut above. Ordered the evening's "special" and was treated to possibly the best piece of Ahi tuna I have ever had. My husband ordered the seared scallops and that too was exceptional. Would recommend the Forebay to anyone for just about any occasion ."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "Service was excellent!!! Loved our server and food was great too"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "The service was great as well as the food, Prompt service and not disturbed by wait staff while eating. The presentation was just a little above general but was off set by the great taste. Though the place has a wonderful atmosphere, there was a great distraction of a screaming, and I mean screaming, child. We will return over the upcoming holidays."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "This is a perfect place for a late dinner. Obviously a restaurant located within a hotel in Hershey will always have children present but this restaurant does a great job finding a balance between accommodating the hotel guests and those couples who are looking for a romantic evening. I would recommend coming around 7:00 pm if you are looking for a dining experience minus children. The wine list is expansive and the desserts were beautiful."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Wonderful diverse menu at very reasonable prices for the quality and the presentation of the meal. Terrific wine list again fairly priced. Our waiter Steven was delightful and presented everything perfectly. A fine evening indeed!"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "In a family friendly hotel, you don't expect to find a restaurant that goes beyond hamburgers and pizza. While the ambience is still a bright lights family resort restaurant, the menu does go off in very interesting directions and with food that does have some subleties to the flavor. Surprised us quite pleasantly. Our wait staff was terrific; very knowledgable about the new fall menu, but also very outgoing and personable. She warranted an extra tip"
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "I met with a friend I had not seen in 25 years on a Sat evening. I used the online registration process, it was flawless. When we arrived ( my brother came with me, and my friends signicant other), I spoke with our waiter and asked if there would be any issue with utilizing our table for around 3-4 hours - was told it should not be an issue. It was not. The food was superb and the service second to none. We were made comfortable by all staff - this is the first time in my 50 years that I spent 4 hours at a meal and wished there had been more time! Keep up the excellent service!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013