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Dining

Keep savoring.

Dining at The Forest is an everyday treat. When you get right down to it, good food and great company can make any day better. We’ve got you covered with both!

Our community offers lots of tasty options. We work with top chefs and a registered dietitian to prepare wholesome, interesting food. Moreover, our offerings come from a wide variety of cultures and traditions.

Gather your friends and share a fun, lively meal in four distinct settings:

The Heartwood Café
Enjoy fresh-baked pizza, sandwiches, salad bar, desserts, and interesting items from around the world. The Heartwood Café offers meals with take-out options in a casual setting. Our state-of-the-art café features a HearthStone gas-fired pizza oven to prepare mouthwatering daily pizza specials, hearth baked casseroles, and fish of the day specials. A chef-attended cooking station featuring ethnic cuisine complements a sandwich and grill station, along with an overflowing salad bar and ever-satisfying dessert selections.

The Rosewood Room
Enjoy fine dining in a luxurious setting, complete with a cozy fireplace. Select a libation from our wine and beverage list, along with dinner selections that change daily, with delicious cuisine prepared by our culinary team. Reservations are strongly suggested and required for all holiday and special event meals, as well as for parties of 5 or more.

Greenwoods Fresh Cut Restaurant
Designed by our Executive Chef and Dining Services Director, Greenwoods offers the finest experience in the “eat local” dining scene with an open kitchen concept. The menu changes seasonally as local goods are produced and prepared with the greatest of care into mouthwatering dishes, just for you. Greenwoods is open for dinner on Thursday through Saturday, as well as for Sunday brunch. Reservations are required.

The Taproot Club
A spacious bar with casual dining awaits you. Feel free to enjoy a game of billiards or bridge, sip your favorite drink, or just sit and chat in front of the fireplace while enjoying an appetizer from the menu. The Taproot is full service and a comfortable place to meet friends and enjoy a meal, have a great cup of coffee, or watch your favorite sporting team on the flat screen TV.


If you desire something new and exciting off-campus, there are plenty of options around our community! Each month, many of our residents enjoy “Tasting the Triangle” meals, visiting local eateries and hot spots to taste the many unique and mouthwatering foods our area has to offer. We’re pretty proud of our town’s incredible dining scene; Southern Living magazine named Durham “the South’s tastiest town,” and we agree!

A group of residents dining at The Forest.