The Forebay at Hershey Lodge
The Forebay at Hershey Lodge

The Forebay at Hershey Lodge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dininginhershey.com/
  • Phone: 7175205408
  • 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: Steak, Seafood, Contemporary American
  • 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.
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The Forebay at Hershey Lodge reviews from OpenTable diners
4 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
50% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (3)great for outdoor dining (1)notable wine list (1)fit for foodies (1)Show More
  • Good Food & Atmosphere
    British5
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was a nice place to go if you do not want to travel from the Hershey Lodge for a meal. We did book the table in advance since they have not had open tables in the past on the weekends. The atmosphere is best for adults; children were there (and also with us) but it seemed a more adult atmosphere, despite the kids menus. The food was quite good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent service and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great menu choices and wonderful service. We ate there two nights in a row. Portions are perfect and everything was delicious
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Anniversary Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We enjoyed dining at the Forebay for the first time. Our reservation was on the list. We expected a more quiet location for our Anniversary; instead we were seated a the first table of the entrance to the restaurant. We requested a table to a window location which was granted. Jacob, our waiter, was very knowledgeable of the food preparation techniques. The glass of wine we ordered was the more expensive of the two pinot noir's on the list, although we ordered the less expensive one. didn't noticed this issue until time to pay the bill. We chalked this error to an inadvertent misunderstanding, and did not make an issue of it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 1 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating5
    • Food5
    • Ambiance4
    • Service5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 283 reviews are from the The Forebay at Hershey Lodge reviews archive.
  • We love The Forebay Lounge
    TraceyFox
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    After a long day at Hershey Park, we like to treat ourselves to a delicious dinner at The Forebay Lounge. The atmosphere is always quiet and calm - exactly what we need to unwind after a busy day.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very impressive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The food was amazing, and Steve our wait staff was very knowledgable knowledgable about specific wines and recommended proper food preperation when ordering
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    DOCSOL
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Every single item we had was made with the freshest ingredients and exceeded our expectations in every way possible. Fine dining and kid friendly. Perfect.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    pleasant atmosphere , great food. outdoor seating was a bonus
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasted great!
    camper4everVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We loved eating at the Forebay for dinner. The food was great. The servers need to check on drinks more often. There were some loud children in there. We had a reservation and asked for a window table. We were seated where we couldn't see out the windows.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dinner
    biffsmith
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    We were in Harrisburg last week for a conference that fell on my husband's birthday. I booked his birthday dinner here and was really glad I did. The food was excellent, the pricing was in-line (not over-priced), and our server, Jim, was TERRIFIC! We were a party of 7 and fit very comfortably. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Retirement dinner
    Tapero
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We had booked for 8 and had one last minute cancellation. The staff immediately changed us to another table with a smile and took great care of us all evening. The food was excellent but what made our evening was the service. There is a large terrace (upstairs) which looks inviting for warm weather dining too.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magic26601
    Magic26601
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Oysters were the size of a dime (smallest I have ever seen). Sever was prompt and polite. Our salads were ok but nothing special. Entrees were poorly seasoned and overpriced. Too many other nice restaurants in the area to waste a trip to Forebay.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • KathyB visit
    KathyB
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, not great
    LeahY
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fatty meat
    bigmike
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    my girlfriend both ordered bbq ribs and they were both fatty.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Americana
    getinmybelly
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hits and Misses
    HersheyFoodie
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining
    Tammy
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    The food is always excellent and the wait staff is very accommodating. We make this a part of our dining experience every year.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!!!!!
    nadine825
    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!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food!!!
    happydiner
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Great food & excellent service! Definetly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Waiter with attitude
    RoBo
    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"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food: Bad service
    JoEi
    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)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentine's Day massacre
    DisappointedFoodie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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 $$$.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Forebay Valentines Day evening 2014
    KenB
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Experience
    drsh
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food too salty
    Lutz
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    service was great...food was very salty and expensive for the quality and quantity.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • loud and uninterested
    bigmike
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    The noise level was loud and the waiter acted like he was uninterested in serving us until tip time came.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food, Poor Management
    DougW
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    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!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey but worth it
    MSLKF
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Celebration
    Deblou
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad for a Hotel Restaurant
    GavinVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Standard restaurant fare
    Jofe
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is our second time eating
    KfromCarlisle
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dining experience
    Kate
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Romantic New Years
    Kole
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Chocolate Martinis and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Great Chocolate Martinis and Oyster Appetizer was amazing.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary dinner
    matthew
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waiter was great!
    FunnyfamilyVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    The atmosphere was perfect and waiter Jim was Awesome!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive and mediocre
    icook
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Christmas Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Relaxed atmosphere, great menu and food, outstanding service. A place for the family and friends alike.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.