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Dining at The Forest

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:

Heartwood Café Sample menu
Enjoy fresh-baked pizza, sandwiches, salad bar, desserts, and interesting items from around the world. 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 — Sample menu
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.

Greenwood’s Fresh Cut Sample menu
With a menu comprised of fresh, made-to-order selections that change seasonally, Greenwood’s offers daily lunch take-out options Monday through Friday. In early 2023, The Forest’s Dining Services team began offering a variety of meal night “pop-up” events in Greenwood’s, with a popular Retro Steakhouse theme kicking off the series. Greenwood’s can be also be used for private events, based upon availability.

The Taproot Club Sample menu
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 once named Durham “the South’s tastiest town,” and we agree!

A group of residents dining at The Forest.