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Frogs Leap Public House
Frogs Leap Public House

Frogs Leap Public House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://frogsleappublichouse.com
  • Phone: (828) 456-1930
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch Served Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner Served Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Closed on Sunday & Monday
    Will be closed Christmas Day & New Year's Day

    Please note, when reserving for parties larger than 6 people, you must call the restaurant directly.
  • Payment Options: Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Kaighn Raymond
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We are developing the FLPH catering menu, give us a call to discuss your event!
  • Private Party Facilities: FLPH has a large dining room which can be divided into smaller rooms using portable walls made from tin and oak boards from a local barn. These heavy, solid walls can create a private space for your event. We can accommodate parties from 10 to 40 and the entire restaurant can be rented for larger events.
  • Private Party Contact: Tonia Raymond (828) 456-1945

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Montgomery
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: FLPH has four spaces in a lot on Montgomery Street across from the entry to Nico"s Cafe. We apologize for our lack of exclusive parking but we will try very hard to make your experience worth the short walk from the ample street parking around downtown Waynesville.
A word from Frogs Leap Public House
Just off Main Street in historic Downtown Waynesville: Frogs Leap Public House is a farm to table country pub celebrating the food, culture, beer and art of Western North Carolina.
The Frogs Leap kitchen, under Chef Kaighn B. Raymond prepares a new, seasonal menu every few days featuring local, sustainable, natural and organic foods. We strive to offer an exciting, diverse, ingredient focused menu combining Southern flavors with modern techniques and the best American products.
Sample the best local craft brews or a unique beverage from our seasonal drink list in a relaxed but elegant setting surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains. Come in to Frogs Leap Public House to see why no one wants to leave Western North Carolina once they get here!

Please note, when reserving for parties larger than 6 people, you must call the restaurant directly.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Always a great meal and good service. One of our favorite restaurants in western NC and we return often."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Food and wine was fabulous! Only regret was to not have enough room for dessert! Didn't love that they made us wait for a table even though we had a reservation and there were open tables the whole time we were there, but worth it for the food."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "This is the #1 restaurant in Waynesville. The quality of the food, the presentation, the taste, the service - everything was impeccable. I had the beef filet - tender, delicious. My friend had the meat loaf - he thought it was great, I tasted it and thought mine was better - hee hee. All in all, it was a pleasure to dine here. Reservations should definitely be made for dinner."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "My husband and I really enjoyed our evening at Frogs Leap Public House. We visited Waynesville for a weekend getaway and stayed at the Prospect Hill B&B. This restaurant was within walking distance of the inn and was recommended by our innkeeper. What an enjoyable dinner! Service was excellent and all of our food selections were incredible. I enjoyed a tomato bisque with portobello mushrooms/goat cheese and a small plate of scallops/crab meat with risotto. Both were incredible! We will definitely be returning!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I am never disappointed in this restaurant. The food is always fresh and local."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We've eaten here a dozen times or more and keep coming back. The pork chop is a gift from above. The place is so great that we drive 35 mins from Asheville regularly."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Went to Frog's Leap Public House after theatre at HART. As always - they made our entire group feel like we were the most important people they were serving that night. The table started out with fried pickles and they disappeared quickly. Myself and two of my companions ate the seared grouper with yellow tomato foam. It was phenomenal. My husband opted for filet with crab topping and lyonnaise potatoes. He states that the filet was nothing less than "Perfect". At the end, we all shared one dessert (Jackie Blevins' toffee crunch) and we did everything but lick the plate. The place never disappoints."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The smell of a great BBQ is enticing, but there are many delicious other options, so many it's hard to choose. We thoroughly enjoyed the creative cocktails. Prices are very reasonable!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Very nice setting and beautiful food, but the food doesn't taste as good as it looks"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "This restaurant quietly sits on a side street, but the presentation of lunch was anything but. Each dish (and our family of four sampled many) burst deliciousness from every nibble. My personal favorite is the goat chees bon bons set on a plate of local honey and pistachios. Pretty sure I'd go the distance to have another one of those babies on my plate."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "On vacation in Waynesville and called some local friends to meet us for dinner here. We had picked the place based on reviews. Was a little taken aback when they arrived and said they had been there two nights before. I was surprised they hadn't mentioned it earlier but they said this is one of their favorites...and we soon found out why. Wife got the trout...it was amazing and I got the meatloaf--very tasty...and huge portions. Friends got the pork chop and the encrusted chicken. Seasonal veggies--everything was fresh. The air was a bit smoky but we loved dining here."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Loved the different foods on the menu. Unique and different. Great service would go again"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I have eaten at Frog's Leap every time I have been in the NC mountains, and I have yet to be disappointed. The food, presentation, and service are spectacular! Can't say enough about the quality of the food!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "3rd visit for my wife and I, 1st visit for our 3 guests. We all found the dining experience outstanding. We all had different entrees making our table a visual feast. Everyone seemed completely satisfied with their choice. My wife and I would recommend that anyone make the effort to seek out this Waynesville gem."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Lunch was good and the food was creative and presented well. The atmosphere was neat except that my eyes were burning from all the smoke coming from the wood burning stove in the kitchen. By the time we left we smelled like we had been sitting inside a camp fire. Not good if you have somewhere to go after and don't want a lingering smell on your hair and clothes. The service was just so-so. I have a pet peeve about a server not telling us their name so that was just a little issue. We waited at the front door for 5 full minutes before we were greated. Even though several servers saw us standing there. So overall not the worst experience ever but not good enough for us to drive over from Asheville again."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "As regular customers of a restaurant, you soon get to know a menu and sometimes get into a routine of ordering the same dish. This is not easily achieved at FLPH where a creative, (a previous visit included bacon cheesecake, that tasted far better than it sounds) ) and frequently changing selection of food ensures that the menu is never predictable. Our most frequent visit coincided with a greater revamp of the menu than usual, but the choice of food made from fresh, locally sourced, ingredients, was as eclectic, and as good, as ever. The only (occasional) negative is that the wood burning oven can sometimes create a smoky atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I have visited Frog's Leap many times. This visit equalled or surpassed my previous visits. My out of town quests were imoressed with the atmosphere, service and food. I would always be glad to recommend this restaurant to anyone who asked."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Our reservation was at 2:15, which is when we arrived in downtown Waynesville. Parking was difficult. Got a horrible stare when we walked in the door, then we were scolded for arriving late. I thought it was close to 2:15, but no, "it is 2:26", she said with a hiss. I asked her if she wanted us to go elsewhere and she said, no but please order quickly the kitchen closes at 2:30. We hurried with decisions and placed our order. Two of us ordered a side dish of collards that were so hot we could not eat them. Too bad, kitchen's closed. We won't be back. Haven't felt that unwelcome in a restaurant in quite some time."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "My husband and I always make reservations here when we're in the area. The menu changed from our last visit. I wasn't very hungry so I got a Caesar salad. My husband commented on me getting 'just a salad' at this restaurant. Well, this wasn't just a salad. The grit cake croutons, crispy onions, and buttermilk Caesar dressing set this salad apart. I was very pleased. I also ordered the 'smoked' Mac and cheese but was disappointed. There was little 'smoke' and it wasn't creamy. My husband had the Cajun pasta and raved about how it was the best pasta dish he's had in quite a while. The spiciness of the shrimp, chicken, and sausage melded with the creaminess of the sauce was wonderful. The brownie dessert was a chocolate lovers dream."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "One hopes to find that "special place" where the food is always good and the service always comes with a smile. A place that does not have to be the cheapest place or the most expensive, but a place where you are almost grateful to pay the bill and tips are a pleasure to add. Frogs Leap Public House is such a place for me and everyone I have taken there. Whether it is one of their regular items or one of the seasonal specials, there just don't seem to be any disappointments. It has the atmosphere for romance and for a get together with an old friend. It is a place to go and celebrate good news and to ease the shock of bad news. A truly fabulous find in Waynesville, NC."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My boyfriend and went out of our way to get lunch here at a recommendation from his parents, and we were not disappointed. He got shrimp and grits, which was a bit more stew-like than either of us expected, but he absolutely raved. I had the 7 cheese grilled cheese, which was a scrumptious blend of local cheeses. We shared Parmesan truffle fries, which were the best fries I have ever eaten and highly recommend. FLPH really emphasizes using local/fresh ingredients and you can tell by the flavors and quality of food. It was absolutely delicious, and not too pricey either!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great food. Locally sourced and fresh. Excellent atmosphere and service. Reasonable pricing. We loved this place!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The food and service was excellent. We were a little shocked when there wasn't enough menus available for our party of 4, since the restaurant was not filled to capacity. The menus were printed, it seems, daily and in house and attached to a clip board. We will come back again the next time we are in Waynesville to try more of this exceptional dining experience."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Excellent food and service, surprisingly so in a small, "Southern" town. Every item we had was superb, from the appetizer to the entree. I highly recommend the Goat cheese puffs, the filet sliders, and the Shrimp & Gtits. Reaonably priced, quality wines as well."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "this place totally exceeded all of our expectations... from the shrimp and grits to the rhubarbatini, awesome to say the least and our waitress was amazing, can't wait to dine here again, a little pricey for your average dinner but worth every penny. Running an organic farm myself, I'm a big fan of the farm to table concept."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The filet was the best I've ever had. So long as it is on the menu, I won't have to peruse it for my choice."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "On this visit to FLPH, I found the experience much less satisfying than my prior one. The service was just fine as it had been before, but the food was not at all as good. Perhaps it was that I mistakenly tried a new special, the lobster and monkfish americaine. The sauce was decent; otherwise the potatoes were way undercooked, the amount of fennel was excessive, the monkfish lacked taste and the lobster portion was skimpy. As I have seen in other reviews, there is a disconnect between the reputation of Frogs Leap Public House and what it actually delivers. There are more rewarding options in the area."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Food was great as was the service. I wished our wait staff had been a little more descriptive when we asked about sharing appetizers. We ended up with an all fried collection of items. The noise level is always a little high but not enough to keep me from going back."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We invited another couple to dine with us at Frogs Leap Public House. Our guests came separately and were 20 minutes late arriving. In addition, they had a tight timeline and needed to be finished eating in just over an hour. The staff and kitchen at Frogs Leap were very accommodating and met all our requirements. The food was great, to boot!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The best part about dining at Frog's Leap Public House is that most of the food they serve comes from local farmers and business...and the food is wonderful!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Our first time at this resturant, but will definitely make it a point to return when we are in the area! Love love love it!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great food, great service and great venue. Nice to have a place like this in Waynesville."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "...from arrival through dessert. A definite addition to downtown Waynesville!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Really enjoyed it very much. The food was great and very innovative. It is a definite on our list to visit when we are back in the area."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Toni and Kaign provide memorable food and service. We will go there regularly."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Superb dining in Waynesville. From the time we walked in the door the staff was friendly and very accommodating."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The food was amazing and the service impeccable! This was by far the best restaurant in this area. We had a late dinner reservation at 7:45 and was able to spend ample time enjoying many courses and asked to split an item from the supper menu and it was done so nicely and with no hesitation. I would come back and will because there is so many wonderful menu items that I want to experience them all. The libations were also unique and well done. We are foodies and have eaten in many a nice restaurant from Charleston, SC to Asheville, NC and this restaurant and experience is by far in the top 3!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I tried the Sunday brunch menu for the first time this past weekend - the quail egg & sausage sliders (recommended to me by the server) were excellent! The sweet potato fries that came with them were delicious and a nice flavor counterpoint. Great service as always!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "This place is our favorite date night dinner. We are always surprised by the variety in the menu and the kind and fun staff."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This restaurant is the very best I've ever eaten at. The food is farm to table and there are SO many options. Go quickly:-)"
    Dined on 5/31/2014