Frogs Leap Public House

4.8
1295 Reviews
$30 and under
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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vipAndylee4710
Western NC
26 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn’t been there in a few years, so when friends moved to Waynesville we decided to meet there. It was as good or better than we remembered. Great choices of locally sourced food. Everything was prepared for flavor and presentation. Will definitely be back again soon

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vipRedRooster
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Limited capacity and seating which I fully appreciate. We’re early by 30 minutes and they can’t seat us. She was going to send us back into the rain until I asked if we could sit at the bar.

When we get seated and the dining room is less than half full, why are you putting 3 full tables in a 10x10 square foot space? Asinine. The customers at the front didn’t have people within 20 feet of them.

The waitress we had previously and she did nicely then. Her performance tonight was disappointing. Tonight she was eager to tell my well behaved kids about a bunch of fruity soda drinks. However when we inquired about a kids menu options, her reply was poorly handled. She acted surprised that I asked. We were told fries or we could deconstruct an existing menu item. No other recommendations. Then she has some unnecessary comment about other kids eating well off the existing menu. Not helpful.

The kids shared a steak and the waitress brings it to my wife expecting her to cut and split it. Unbelievable. Good restaurants will split it before bringing out or help the kids.

Food was A+ as usual. But it’s not good enough service to make me want to come back.

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NedC
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around experience, we’ll definitely be back

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FrankS
Western NC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great wine list and food. Servers were really fantastic. The food was cooked perfectly with good portion size. I would recommend going for just an appetizer, full dinner, or just a nightcap and desert.

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JimW
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at Frog Leap many times and the food and atmosphere are always great. My wife had the Trout and I had the Leg of Lamb and both were outstanding.

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HenryW
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table of four had the daily catch, the pork chop, and the shrimp and grits. They were all excellent and everyone enjoyed their meal.

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vipRandolo
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Can usually rely on a nice experience here, also very loud and hard to hear during busy hours , over all very nice Farm to Table place

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PamelaP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The shrimp and grits were excellent, as was the grouper special. And, as always, the Devils on Horseback were beyond compare.

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DuncanG
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Wine List was great, offering pairings with entrees. Presentation and flavors of dishes was superb. Celebrated a family event over a meal. Enyoyed Boy all.

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Laura
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious. Excellent service. We are local and don’t eat here as often as we should.

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viplauriem
Orlando
16 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding on a challengingly busy Memorial Day weekend. Fascinating combinations of tastes, impeccably plated, gracefully served by our charming waitress with perfect wine pairings made for a lovely evening. Despite the number of tables, we were never rushed, and were attentively cared for. The wine choices were also excellent and I loved the chalkboard with the local farm sourced food. Highly recommend

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LouB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, food and service. The finest meal I have had since Covid. A wonderful experience

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MariaR
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff and great service. The food was excellent, fresh and delicious. Creative flavors and beautifully presented.

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Katie
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem of a culinary experience. From the lamb to the poke bowl to the flatbread, everything was outstanding. The service was on point, the staff seamlessly transitioned in between each other. We would return and recommend highly. Even with some of the top restaurants in the area down the road in Asheville, Frog Level Public House is worth a visit.

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VeronicaB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fine dining in flip flops - Frog's Leap Public House features thoughtful, inventive food that gives both conservative diners and adventurous ones something to enjoy. We were impressed by the quality of the food and its thoughtfulness. The smoked hazelnut chocolate cake with toffee was phenomenal. I've never had smoked hazelnuts before and now can't understand why not.

Likewise, the lamb on ash-charred potatoes with caper rosemary gremolata was fantastic, perfectly seasoned and tender. The hush puppies were well seasoned with a crisp exterior and light, fluffy interior; they were delicious with pimento cheese and hot pepper jelly. Every time mushrooms showed up in a dish, they were great.

Service was friendly, informative, and professional. This is unfussy fine dining that can be enjoyed by many.

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Kass
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem! Big flavor and great staff. Menu changes seasonally so always something different to try!

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MarcW
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kim, our server, was an absolute dream as was hostess. Food was extraordinary.

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RichardC
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service has always been a strong point. The food is outstanding.

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vipCJSM
Western NC
14 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our dinners of the Caesar Salad with its Stone grits with Parmesan, the Trout with asparagus and sweet potato slices was delicious. The daily special of Black Grouper with fingerling potatoes, asparagus and mushrooms was terrific. Most impressive was the waitstaff, cordial, friendly, gracious and so welcoming.

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THYA
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a variety of dishes ordered at our table. From tenderloin, to lamb and shrimp and grits. It was all excellent tasting and properly cooked.

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RyanT
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is amazing. Not only is the flavors impeccable, but the are gorgeously presented as well. I'd recommend anyone to eat here. I will be back and experience the food here again.

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BigRep
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Not the experience I was looking for on my wife's birthday. They were understaffed so service was poor. My trout was good, but my wife's scallops were almost raw. My wife was supposed to get a complimentary desert for her birthday, but that never happened. Very disappointed.

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vipGO24
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was superb and artistically presented. Service was excellent.

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RhondaG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good, always special.

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WanderingWulfs
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit to Frogs Leap Public House, and everything was delicious! I ordered the fish special (crispy skin Black Bass with a beautiful mix of roasted mushrooms, onions, peppers, asparagus, potatoes on a parsnip puree). We have been traveling full time since September, most recently along the southern and SE coast, and have not had a fish entree prepared so beautifully! We also ordered the duck pate appetizer and the Boa bun with short ribs. Hand-crafted cocktails that were equally as impressive.

Host was wonderfully engaging. Staff adhered to all Covid protocol, which we appreciated. Very cozy atmosphere.

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MaryA
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant in Waynesville and Asheville. NEVER disappoints. The wine pairings are amazing and have never had a bad server there.

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NCShoppingBag
Western NC
11 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice to be able to go out again without fear! Enjoyed our meals. The service was very good. Had a couple of nice bottles of wine, appetizers and entrees. Tried the pigs ears - interesting. Hubby loved the hush puppies. Fish selections were tasty. Presentation is always nice. Menu is very interesting and extensive. Enjoy your visit!

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EdCo
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt like we were on a gourmet Food Channel episode. Wonderful food and service.

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JamesG
Guanajuato
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Frogs Leap seems to get better and better. We have dined their 2-3 times per year while in Waynesville since 2018. They never disappoint.

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VickiB
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places! Delicious food and wonderful atmosphere. Kim C was a superior server.

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ShannonR
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, delicious food, worth the 40 minute drive without question.

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NatalieR
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service . Very nice elegant restaurant we will be back soon .

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Pb0815
Western NC
15 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative menu, knowledgeable service, delicious preparation. Well worth the visit.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

It was our 34th anniversary and was so looking forward to eating here. They were so busy our reservation was 7:30. I totally understand that COVID has been cruel to the restaurant industry as it is hard to get help. Our server was new and we realized she was having a hard time and they sent another person to help that was knowledgeable. We really thank them for that. The food was beyond amazing! Not enough room to say what should be said. We both had the pork chops and were the best we have ever had. It was closing time and our waitress disappeared. Lol we were ready to leave and it seemed to take forever to get the check. We would definitely go back but earlier. Again the atmosphere and food were 5 star and the service we would at least give a four star under the circumstances they had to work.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome everything as always! - I try to stop by at least once whenever I go up up to my house in nearby.

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CharlesB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time and certainly not our last. We were surprised at the array of interesting small plates and meals to share. I have dined in restaurants up and down the eastern seaboard, this little spot stands out. Be adventurous and try something daring. You will be glad

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vipgreatwith3
Western NC
38 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great overall food and atmosphere. Grateful to have a place to gather with friends in our small town to celebrate.

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NatalieB
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best food in Waynesville! Add the friendly service and ambience and FLPH is a winner in my book!

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vipSreece
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jake did a wonderful job making spectacular recommendations from the menu to make our 15th anniversary very memorable!

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NancyA
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We were in the Waynesville area for just a few days so felt lucky to get a reservation on the Frog Leap's first day of reopening after a several month's closure. Indeed it turned out that we were, along with another couple, the very first in the door when they opened a bit later than our reservation time. Perhaps we should have been concerned when told that the menus were only just being printed. The chef was clearly trying new things. And though imaginative, the very strongly flavored items we selected seemed to clash with each other. Midway through the meal I was feeling slightly unwell but the Crème Brule brought on a strong sinus reaction. (I have no known food allergies.) I drove back to our cottage feeling very unwell. This was disappointing as we'd been looking forward to a special meal. We'd visited a few years ago and really enjoyed it then. The staff was pleasant and we felt well treated. Perhaps a little less culinary experimentation?

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Frogs Leap Public House is rated 4.8 stars by 1295 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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