Forsthaus Restaurant


Hotels, Restaurants

Price Range : $31-60 ($$$)

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    Yelp rating
    4 stars


Adress: 805 Oliverea Rd, Big Indian, NY 12410

Phone: (845) 254-5365

Work Hours

Fri 5:00 pm-8:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm-8:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm-8:00 pm

Business info

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    Takes Reservations
  • directions_car
  • move_to_inbox
  • credit_card
    Accepts Credit Cards
  • accessibility
    Good for Kids
  • group
    Good for Groups
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    Noise Level
  • local_bar
    Full Bar
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    Outdoor Seating
  • wifi
  • tv
    Has TV
  • fastfood


  • Billy C.

    star star star star star_border 19 June 2021

    What a beautiful place to have dinner! You have a great view of the yard and it's also so serene !
    I would also recommend to stay at the on site lodging if you're around the area for a trip!
    Let's talk about the food:

    German Fare! And it was really good! I ordered the following:

    French onion soup - tasty soup! With a slice of pumpernickel bread in it.

    Homemade rabbit and duck pate - comes with pumpernickel bread and pickles. It was spiced just right and it was creamy and delicious.

    Veal jagersnitzel - love the sauce with the mushrooms over the big veal cutlet! The string beans were cooked just right and the small sliced pieces of bread? That looks like pork goes well as a carb with the sauce. I recommend !

    Potato hash - excellent ! Perfectly fried and a great carb side!

    The dessert was the 2nd one on the list that starts with a "B" and it was delicious !! Get it!! Show them the picture if anything!

    Overall, very impressed with the food here considering you're in the middle of the mountains!

  • Adam M.

    star star star star star_border 12 June 2021

    My wife and I were staying down the street from this cozy little place and decided to walk down here for some dinner and wine in the midst of a heavy thunderstorm. It was actually a lovely time. We walked in and were literally the only customers there, right around dinner time. We were seated and ordered a bottle of wine, enjoyed some French onion soup, and we each had an entree that was quite tasty, I had the sauerbraten and Lena had the weinershnitzel, both were great but I liked Lena's dish better, it has a wonderful mushroom sauce on it that must have had Madeira wine in it. By the time we were done eating the place had gotten very busy, and the service was a bit slow, as they only had two waiters in the small dining room, but it was an all-around very nice experience, felt like I had been taken back to a time before I was alive, in possibly the 70's or so, which is how much of the Catskills is anyways. I would enjoy this place in the winter time!

  • Wendell T.

    star star star star star 30 May 2021

    Excellent. Incredible quality. You cannot eat like this in NYC.  They do not hold back. The prices are cheap for the high quality.

    Trouthead neck appetizer - the head guts were cleaned out neatly so only the fatty part was left on the skin and bones, grilled perfectly, easy to eat. For true fish lovers.

    Monkfish chowder. A subtle cream based soup. Perfect. Better than the Oyster Bar.

    Beet salad. Roasted and sliced thin with a mandolin. Tasted better than any previous beets in my life.

    Homemade spaetzle noodles. Better than what I had in Potsdam, Germany.

    Rostle. These are like latke or potato pancakes. Except buttery and ungreasy and extremely tasty. With a light curry sauce.

    Sauerbrauten. Very nice sliced beef.

    My regret is we had no room for dessert.

    Completely unexpected flavor and quality. A little hard to find but worth the journey.

  • Tom B.

    star star star star star 29 May 2021

    Nestled deep in the woods a few miles off Route 28 in Big Indian, near Slide Mountain, the charming Forsthaus serves up old-fashioned food, quality, and service.  All the dishes my family and I have ordered are delicious.  Classic German dishes like sauerbraten, rouladen, and jaegerschnitzel are particular standouts.  Delicious sides of creamy red cabbage and rosti complete the perfect Old-World meal.  The menu varies with many specials, but so far all I've tasted were excellent.  Finish it off with some of the best cakes you've ever had--I recommend the Linzer torte, and the almondy bienenstich, and your brief trip to Bavaria is complete.

  • Justin L.

    star star_border star_border star_border star_border 26 May 2021

    Our party of 5 made a reservation for 7:30 and arrived at 7:20.  The place itself is very charming.  As mentioned in the other reviews, it is like stepping back in time.  The lounge is adorable, and the restaurant itself is bright.  The older former owner greeted us, checked on us, and made us feel welcome.  

    Unfortunately, the charm wore off rather quickly.  We were seated right away, but we waited twenty minutes to place our order for drinks, appetizers and entrees.  Another fifteen minutes elapsed until we got our drinks.  A half hour after that, our first appetizers emerged, which were OK.  

    I ordered the signature dish, the Forsthaus Schnitzel, which was billed as a delicately sauteed chicken schnitzel.  When my dish arrived after everyone else's (and about 1:30 since our arrival), I was disappointed to see that there was some sad shaved corn, and maybe 1/4 lb of chicken in 3 sad looking chicken fingers on my plate, for $17.50.

    My fellow diners described their pork schnitzel as "rubbery."  The veal schnitzel seemed to be the winner, however at $27.50 wasn't a generous portion or a great value.

    The service, overall, was awful, with only one drink refill offered, constantly empty water glasses, bread brought with no butter, and a largely invisible waiter.

    If you want overpriced kitsch, go to the Forsthaus.  If you want a satisfying meal served in a timely manner, go elsewhere.

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