Frogs Leap Public House

4.8
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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!


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PeggynTn
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, farm to table with mostly local ingredients.

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AnneC
Greensboro
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place for our birthday celebration. Our waitress was fantastic! The food was superb! We will definitely be back when in Western NC!!

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NatalieB
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef here has put his time during lockdown to good use! The new summer menu features new and creative dishes, served with flair.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! This was our anniversary dinner and Kim was our server. She was exceptional! We will definitely eat here again when we are in Waynesville.

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TerryK
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not just because it was our first outing in 3 months, and our expectations were very high; they succeeded in exceeding our expectations. Very good practice of social distancing. The service was friendly and our server didn't need reminding about anything we asked. My first and BEST succotash with seared scallops. They had run out of our first choice for dessert, but the substitute that we weren't told of until we learned the first choice was not available, was beautiful and wonderful. How did they whip that up so fast?

Waynesville is so fortunate to have good restaurants to choose from.

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Sandyfeets
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the food and service was superb. FLPH is my favorite restaurant...ever!

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vipMariaM
Savannah
33 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, as always!

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AlkS
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The food was ok and our server was attentive. However, the lady at the front desk was rude and ruined our experience. We had reservations and arrived early. Even though they clearly had several tables open, she asked us to wait outside and come back at the reservation time. I requested her to call or text when our table was ready, but she said she has not way of doing that (even though there was a phone right there at the desk which could be used to make calls, I assume!) When we returned, she was not at the desk but inside the restaurant (with a clear line of sight), saw that we had returned but didn't come to seat us for several minutes. Just rude. The restaurant itself is very noisy and doesn't make for a relaxed dining experience.

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PierreP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The chef is talented and creative. He has the best culinary instinct in the county. I do not understand why he does not do lunch anymore, and open more than 3 days a week right now. He needs to cash in on his talent.

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ChucktownS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem...When near a Waynesville a must for some fine dining in a relaxed setting...Great food!!! Cannot go wrong and will not be disappointed...

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mattheww
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambiance were perfect. Every meal we have eaten here was a memorable experience!

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PatriciaC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad we were able to eat here on a recent visit to Waynesville. Second time we’ve been there and absolutely had a wonderful meal. We are foodies so from beginning to end Everything was great. I had the trout and my husband the shrimp and grits. Started out splitting a Salad with Topped with pastachio encrusted goat cheese. Wanted dessert but too full. Next time. We also sad at the bar and watched all the meals being prepared which was fun. Last of all the wait stuff were attentive, friendly and knew the menu. Can’t wait to go back!

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DawnH
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant. The food is always extraordinary. The staff was very aware of keeping all of the diners safe.

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TravelingLombie
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good experience for a grand opening night. Service was attentive, but food was slow to come out. 3 hour dinner. Beats being rushed, though. Food was very good in general. Pork chops were overly salted, perhaps over brined. Great ambiance. We’ll be back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! We have been several times and have always enjoyed our food! My favorite waiter is Nevil! He is extremely knowledgeable with the menu and wine choice! He has never steered us wrong!!!

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Bill
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a really pleasant evening at the Leap, much like previous visits. Neville was “smoovah” as per usual helping us with menu and drink suggestions. The strawberry semifreddo consommé was a memorable dessert. The Leap is a local treasure.

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PaulG
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ditch the frying pans. Poor presentation. Can’t distinguish the food. Too dark.

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ChristopherM
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing farm to table fresh local food, crafted and put together perfectly from Chef Kaighn and staff! Wonderful wait staff, catered to all of our needs above and beyond. Pristine environment for a nice intimate culinary experience. Whether Republicans it’s a first date, anniversary, or just a night out on the town. Will return when I can many more time!!!

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vipRandolo
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good, unusual menu, great service , fairly expensive , very loud

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viplizb
Miami
48 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it nice cozy atmosphere. Service was good. Good Martini though the run out of the Tito’s . Good other choices.
We got 2 starters salad with goat cheese. Delicious. And the pork belly in a bun Asian style presentation was beautiful and flavors fabulous. Dinner was the chop which we shared and served with collard greens again wonderful flavors .would definitely visit again they also have a beautiful bar in a separate area .

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For us, the best restaurant in Waynesville area. Great food and service, good wine selection

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MerryE
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Truly innovative and delicious every single time we've gone. This time I had scallops on truffle cauliflower puree with a hash of roasted butternut squash, brussel sprouts and cauliflower. Just yum.

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vipgreatwith3
Western NC
29 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Double date. Devils on Horseback always a favorite of mine. Brussel sprout appetizer was different and delicious. Fries always extra crispy and amazing with truffle oil and Parmesan. Tuna small plate perfect dinner for me. Scallops were the table favorite entree. Service was great. Wine recommendations perfectly paired with food. Thank you!

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JulieR
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FLPH is always a wonderful experience as food and service are exceptional. Alittle pricey so save visiting there for special occasions. Highly recommend!

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vipSandy
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We continue to love Frogs Leap. Food is excellent, service perfect and we’re always treated kindly and with respect.

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vipPhilip
Western NC
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always!! Our favorite place to dine in WAYNESVILLE!!

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Jeffk
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Twice being served by Kara, she completed a great meal and will always ask for her.

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vipchickadee
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious. Wonderful staff.

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vipNFBastro
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We discovered this gem last autumn and had a wonderful meal at the bar because the restaurant was full. Tonight we had a wonderful meal again.
Kim was a wonderful waitress with great enthusiasm, attention and recommendations.
Although a good drive from Hendersonville it is worth the trip!

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vipBobblewood
Savannah
64 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy this restaurant. Wait staff are excellent and good is great and the menu regularly changes so you don’t get bored with the choices. Great cocktails and wine list. We love the devils in horseback and they have the best truffle fries I have ever had. Seafood is great. Also the pork chop but you can’t go wrong with any of the entrees.

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vipBobblewood
Savannah
64 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant!

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vipDjmc
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a pleasure dining here! The food is consistently excellent (nice range of choices) and the service is impeccable! (Especially N - as professional a server as we have ever encountered and have eaten in a lot of restaurants throughout the U.S. and Europe over the years). We drive 40 minutes one way just to eat here!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
27 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good, creative food. Excellent presentation. Service was a tad slow, waitress may have been new.
Would dine there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible NYE dinner. Have dined here numerous times and always loved this place but this meal was the best yet hands down. Perfect last meal of 2019.

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vipCs1streview
Western NC
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Although we made our New Year's reservation quite far in advance, we only received notice 4 days ahead of the date telling us that the menu was now prix fixe and would be $75 per person. Since it was too late by that time to make a reservation anywhere else, we didn't say anything about cancelling. The $75 included 5 courses for $65 and a glass of champagne for $10 (which I don't drink because it makes me ill and which we neither ordered nor wanted). We didn't realize that the champagne was included in the fixed price until after my husband ordered a glass of wine which he promptly cancelled when the champagne arrived - our waiter brought the wine anyway....
The food was good although both entrees were overcooked - basically, the evening wasn't up to their usual standards.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, tastfully decorated, clean and exceptional service. Kim was an exceptional server. She knew the menu and food was helpful in choosing dishes and wine pairings.

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vipPhilip
Western NC
14 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always very nice. We all ordered differently and were really satisfied. Wonderful!!!

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vipenjoythejourney
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the more creative menus in the area and the food is really well done, plated and presented. The restaurant's interior is rustic but refined. There is a solid wine list both by the bottle and by the glass. The topper is the local sourcing and a large sign that shows all of the different ingredients and the local producer.

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GGman
Western NC
46 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Took out of town guests for dinner. Showed them the online menu before going from which we all selected our entree. When we got there none of the items we wanted were on the "current" menu. We checked with the hostess and discovered the online menu was dated 2017 and the one handed to us was dated Dec. 2019. After making our new selections for dinner we did enjoy very good food. However, we were there for a little over two hours and decided the very slow service was the main cause. The noise level was so high one of the four of us did not hear most of our conversations. The menu prices were quit high for the experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
12 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS AMAZING!!

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