Forestry Camp Bar & Restaurant

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Forestry Camp Bar & Restaurant is now Open and accepting online reservations!
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Western NC
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere, huge beer selection, nice wine list, fun craft cocktails. Food menu is very eclectic and nice variety, although execution was only moderately successful. Some items were excellent, i.e. little gems salad and mushroom dish, while others were just okay. Service was outstanding! I wish I could remember our server's name, but she was incredibly knowledgeable, professional, checked in the right amount, but not overbearing. The atmosphere and service win out over the food. We will definitely return though. This is a welcome unique addition to the Asheville food scene.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Interesting flavors and textures. A bit pricey.

M
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Food, cocktails, service are amazing! Definitely going back to have the chef cook for us. And, the downstairs bar is just awesome.

PH
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to the camp and certainly not our last. We love the atmosphere, the drink selection and the food. The only slight improvement we could see was on the ratio of a few of the plates. Since they’re meant to be shared it’s hard to split 3 pieces of bread 4 ways and with the yumminess of dish we would have liked more bread for soaking it all up. And, a radicchio dish had plenty of leaves but not enough filling for us each to have a taste. We don’t mind the price points as long as everyone (meaning a party of 4) gets to have a taste.
Otherwise bravo!! We’re fans!!

LP
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughters and I celebrated a birthday with brunch at Forestry Camp. It was perfect! We loved the atmosphere, and the staff were attentive and friendly. The food was awesome as well! Overall, it was a wonderful experience!!

B
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was mediocre. Beer selection was great. The food at Burial in town better and with a better selection.

M
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the menu, the service and the interesting and delicious food. The evening was a fun experience and the building is so interesting and warm.

BJ
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our sever was great. The trout was one of the most tasty and interesting that we’d had in years. And a bonus is that the noise level was modest—allowing us to converse. Maybe all that exposed wood is a great sound absorber.

m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Before deciding to eat here, look at the menu. If you want $10 worth of carrots or turnips(two of the choices of small plates, then decide if you want $16 worth of the medium plates that are offered. There are only 5 entrees and I didn't really want any of them. This might be just the thing for other people, but I would have skipped it had I read the menu first.

AB
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall very good; a few points discounted for attempting to pass-off scrabbled eggs & potatoes covered with greens as a tortilla...aah, no!

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner and service

RD
Western NC
14 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second experience was as unique as our first. We brought a guest and she was equally impressed with the entire package: location, environment, food and service.

MR
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had the chefs selection for dinner with a nice bottle of wine, I really enjoyed it and it was plenty of food for two. My better half had not the best experience with two of the dishes as she is not a fan of anchovies but I really liked everything, it was well prepared and presented.

T
Western NC
19 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very neat place. Second visit for Sun brunch. Would like to see a special or two as menu does not changes much. Also I’m old...kind of...and wasn’t sure the choice in music was great for early Sun afternoon...all said I will continue to support!!

MM
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Waiter was very knowledgeable
Ambience is very cool.

MF
Washington DC
100 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

On the positive side, the restaurant has an incredible ambiance - updated but they still managed to keep the feel or what the original building must have looked like. The service was also extremely good, our server was friendly, attentive but not over-bearing. We had a drink at the bar while waiting and the bartender delighted in explaining and recommending beverages. In contrast, the menu was somewhat limited and heavily laden with pork and seafood/fish. I resorted to the chicken. I suggest before going you look online at the menu. I am hoping they expand the menu, and if they do we will probably give them a second try.

CH
Western NC
18 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit to Forestry Camp and a wonderful surprise walking into a beautifully redone vintage building on the grounds of a 1930's Civilian Conservation Corps work camp. The converted lodge reeks of history with beautiful woodwork and wide open spaces. Food was excellent and a variety of choices on beer, wine and cocktails. Perhaps a little pricey across the board but a fun and unique experience.

TN
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect, ambiance, beer, service, and the food was fantastic. I can’t wait to go back.

BW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food/service in a really cool rusticly restored historical building!

NM
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place for a fancy night out! My husband and I went there for our anniversary and it was excellent. We did the Chef's choice option and asked for our meals to be pescatarian and they were very accommodating and brought out some really delicious meals. Would definitely recommend this for anyone wanting to celebrate a special occasion!

BD
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal! The food was delicious and we had outstanding service. Thank you!

JD
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved food service and atmosphere

b
Western NC
53 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This was our second visit and we brought along 5 family members. We had a delightful evening and the food was delicious.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful dining experience. Atmosphere is amazing and the food is even better. We will be back.

W
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience5

I would highly recommend the downstairs bar at Forestry Camp. I would not however, ever eat in the upstairs dining room again. The food is pretentious and unflavorful. The menu DOES NOT reflect what you will actually be served. Both my table and the table beside us had the same issues. Both disappointed. The good reviews you see likely came from an "influencer" night where they offered free food to those who frequently write reviews. Ignore those reviews. You can tell them apart because they will be some of the first reviews and will all be posted within a day or two of each other.

L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is everything. Went first to the bar downstairs for drinks and an app. Great atmosphere, great beer, amazing wine list, great apps (cod tater tots - yes please). Upstairs dinner even better. Great setting, tables perfectly spaced, service friendly and enjoyable and the food was amazing. Had delicious cauliflower app; unbelievably and surprisingly delicious gem salad with pickled shrimp (I believe in jerez sherry vinegar - to die for) and tuna conserva - amazing combination that dressed the lettuce perfectly; an amazing swordfish dish from the bar menu; and a great desert. Were told they do not have a freezer and freshness of everything attests to this. Combination of atmosphere, great service and exceptional food is hard to beat. In a town with exceptional food, this is a stand out. Cannot wait to go back.

AA
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A friend and I went to Forestry Camp for the 1st time this past week on Wednesday evening. Just before Halloween. It was raining like mad out! My friend was late due to the weather and the hostess was very kind. When we were finally seated upstairs in the dining room, which was a bit quieter than the downstairs. We both settled in and ordered. I would've given the wait staff 5 stars except she didnt seem to know as much about the difference between Basque food and Spanish food. And the menu features Basque cuisine. However, everything was exceptional. Even the Basque Chorizos. Which are made right here! I've shipped 4lbs. of authentic Chorizos just recently from the Basque country. These I tasted at Forestry Camp were very similar and tasty! I highly recommend this place. I'm also told they have Croquettas! Although I didnt have a chance to try them. We also had the Whole Grilled Trout with Brown Butter and Pedro Ximenez Vinegar. It adds a sauce to the fish that's Devine! After we were done the rain was unrelenting and some waitstaff offered to walk us to our vehicles with umbrellas! So nice of them❣

JS
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great atmosphere in restored depression-era CCC camp dormitory. Huge beer list (study it in advance online!); extensive small plates; few but very appealing larger plates. Our group dined upstairs and had pork, chicken, tuna and charcuterie among the larger offerings, plus croquetas, radicchio leaves, bacalao tater tots, and chicory salad. All were distinctive and perfectly prepared. But the kitchen did take quite a long time to put all of this together. Serving staff did a great job of keeping us happy while waiting. Growing pains, we all decided. We'll be back to this very welcoming new Asheville dining option.

JS
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic place. Our brunch was really great. It was served family style, so our party of five had lots of different plates. Each was better then the last. Our server Sarah, was extremely friendly, and was really enthusiastic about what she was serving. Excellent beer menu, featuring beers from all over the world. Just an overall wonderful experience that hopefully we will be back for again very soon. Make sure you make a reservation if you want to eat upstairs!

l
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was nicely prepared but not over the top - it is a small menu and actually the brunch would be better with slightly more appropriate one person servings with some side with it rather than encouraging multiple dishes be purchased - there were only 2 of us. Sugar container did not pour well - aesthetically cute but non-functional. Same for serving milk for the coffee in a little cordial glass - looks elegant ( too much for the rusticity of the place ( which I liked) but is a mess to pour. Probably will try dinner or just have a beer or drinks on a return visit, just not an out of the park experience

M
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We're AVL natives & Burial customers since they opened in 2013, so we're intimately familiar w/ its origins & evolution. F-Camp is great atmosphere, well made, very good food options and overpriced beers now - clearly catering to the Biltmore Village / tourist crowd, so won't be a go-to for us.

Unlike the original brewery, a huge selection of Burial & guest beers (5/8/12/16 oz), mixed & other drinks, but overpriced...$6-9 for a 12 oz pours is standard, w/ an occasional $6 16-oz beer. Four 12-oz beers & tater tots was $45, no joke.

Arrived 1 hour early to get a couple beers & waited about 10 mins (without a line) and zero server acknowledgement - the biggest server mistake that can be made. Server 101: look at customers and offer a simple "I'll get you in a minute" or similar...otherwise you're in the wrong job.

There are only 6-7 seats at the main bar, and the picnic-table style setup is counter-intuitive to what could be more intimate and nooked space or at least in part. Community seating can be OK but on a date w/ shouting tourists, not ideal for talking.

Food was mix of excellent to WTH...squid, cauliflower, and chorizo were amazing. The white pork was little more than 2 oz actual meat surrounded by the most fat I've ever seen on pork or a plate...75% is fat & bones. Asked the server for a to-go box, noting we'd use the bones & fat for stews but instead, she tossed the whole thing and when we noted that she apologized & walked off. Can't say we have much reason to return.

Forestry Camp Bar & Restaurant
Responded on November 1, 2019

Thanks for the feedback! On the topic of beer pricing, 95% of our draft offerings are otherwise unavailable anywhere else in the state. We've leaned on personal relationships with brewers to ship in exclusive beers so that we can offer something different for the Asheville community. This is not a cheap or easy venture but we believe in it. I'm sorry that you were not acknowledged - I will talk to the team. For intimate seating, the entire 2nd floor is a dining room with plenty of 2 tops.

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L
Western NC
23 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lots of vegetarian selections. Vermouth cocktail was well done. Rugged woodsy building.

M
Western NC
39 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Very dark environment. I looked around and almost everyone needed their phones to read the menu.
Menu? Very limited food choices. It’s almost as if the chef built it to his own tastes and forgot about the customer. 3 fish choices, 1 pork and 1 chicken. That’s it.
Maybe they will expand the menu later but for now don’t expect much. Table next to us got up and left because of the limited choices.
Turn the lights up and give the diners more choices.

Forestry Camp Bar & Restaurant
Responded on October 28, 2019

Thanks for the feedback! We've made great efforts to thoughtfully represent the cuisine of the Basque Country using carefully selected local ingredients. I'm curious what food options you'd like to see. Let me know!

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food very good. Excellent service. Parking needs some work. Not enough And it’s a muddy walk.

TM
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greet beer and wine selection. Great food at a very reasonable price for the quality and portion size.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the “Let us cook for you” experience where the chef chose multiple courses for us to enjoy. Every bit was delicious and it was a fun way to enjoy the evening together!

d
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Eh, needed more passion in the food
Had to salt food which I never do

MM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was outstanding - our waitress was very nice. Only issue was it took too long get our main course, but they were busy and fairly new, so all is forgiven. We'll go back for sure.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The parking lot is so dark, crowded & uneven that it’s dangerous unless you’re a panther.

w
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Unfortunately, Forestry Camp is an expensive tourist place.. I was hoping for more of a neighborhood bar with good salads/ sandwiches with a twist , since Brian C is the e ecutive chef but what I got was expensive food and small portions... tourist fare....it is too bad... locals need a place like this that is affordable for every Friday night...the food was good but small..