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14900 Forest, Forest, VA
434-534-6077
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Today
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 35
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  • 18
    Very good
  • 10
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  • 2
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Food

I went with a group of ladies for lunch. The burgers were delicious. We ate outside and had a wonderful afternoon.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 18, 2015
Marie H
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Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, United States
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Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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Virginia, United States
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Benjamin's is my favorite place to eat in the area. I have never had a bad meal there. I highly recommend the Fish on a Pier and Chicken Caprese Wrap. If there is a table open, sit out on the deck and enjoy the gorgeous view of the mountains.

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Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I went with a group of ladies for lunch. The burgers were delicious. We ate outside and had a wonderful afternoon.

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Virginia
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273 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Benjamin's is consistently the best restaurant in the greater Lynchburg area... by quite a margin too. Seafood is good. Burgers are good. Steak is good. Brunch is good/heavenly. Lunch is good. Dinner is good. It's all good. Great outdoor deck to boot.

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BenjaminMcGehee, Owner at Benjamin's, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the awesome review. We really appreciate your kind words and support. We look forward to seeing you soon. Ben More 

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46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We've had the barbeque nachos -- oh my! It's big, so plan to share. The burgers are good, the oysters are good, the crab cakes are good! Nice wait staff, good beer list, intimate setting. We really like Benjamin's.

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BenjaminMcGehee, Owner at Benjamin's, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the great review! We look forward to serving you again soon. Ben More 

Christiansburg
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Two of us went for lunch during the week and being our first visit we asked for recommendations from our server and we were astonished at the taste of the food, presentation, outdoor eating area and service. We had fried green tomatoes to start, we shared a bowl of jalapeno beer cheese soup and then decided on sharing the bbq... More 

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BenjaminMcGehee, Owner at Benjamin's, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping in, and for the great review. We look forward to your return! Ben More 

Lynchburg, Virginia
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62 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I've been told, and can affirm, that Forest and Lynchburg are "relational" towns, meaning it's great for raising a family, and that the streets roll up at around 7:30. The restaurant's population also reflects this, with a huge crush between, say, 6:00 and 7:30PM, and then it loosens up considerably afterward. The wait staff is running around like madmen during... More 

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BenjaminMcGehee, Owner at Benjamin's, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the feedback, and the suggestions. I agree that most diners like to eat between 6:00 and 7:30. I wish we could spread out the volume over a 5 hour period to insure the best service and food quality possible. We will continue to improve everyday, so please come back to see us soon. Ben More 

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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015 via mobile

We visited the restaurant recently after only one other visit. Skeptical to return, the food, service and ambiance was superb. Wait staff recommendations were perfect to include a local IPA selection - Chocolate Beer....Awesome! Will be a regular for our business luncheons and events!

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BenjaminMcGehee, Owner at Benjamin's, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the great review and support. We look forward to serving you again soon. Ben More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

While on a mini vacation & visiting wineries and antique stores in the area, my husband & I stumbled upon Crab & Cows. We had left another establishment and found this one, wasn't sure at first but once we entered and saw the specials, we were intrigued. Decided to order calamari, SUPER, won't be able to order it anywhere else.... More 

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BenjaminMcGehee, Owner at Benjamin's, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words. It was a pleasure meeting you, and having you as our guests. Please come back to visit soon Ben More 

Forest, Virginia
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

At first glance, Benjamin's may seem a little rough around the edges, there are what appears to be skinny tree trunks used to support the roof inside the building. The main dining room is relatively small, however they now have extra seating in a closed in deck. One look at the menu tells you that this place is special. Their... More 

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BenjaminMcGehee, Owner at Benjamin's, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the kind words and support. I'll be sure to share your comments with the team. We hope to see you soon. Ben More 

Goode, Virginia
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Three of us went to Benjamin's for the St. Patrick's Day dinner. We have been going there for this occasion for the past 3-4 years and loved it. However, tonight, we were very disappointed. The outside menu stated Corned Beef and Cabbage, onions, carrots and mashed potatoes. While the Corned Beef was tasty, over half of it was fat. The... More 

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BenjaminMcGehee, Owner at Benjamin's, responded to this review

Thank you for the feedback. Please accept my apologies for your less than perfect dining experience. We take great pride in our food and service, as well as our special events like St. Patty's Day. Although volume can be increased during those special events, that is no reason you should not have had the experience you have had in the... More 

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Additional Information about Benjamin's

Address: 14900 Forest, Forest, VA
Phone Number: 434-534-6077
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Forest
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Bar, Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 14900 Forest, Forest, VA
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Forest
  • Phone Number: 434-534-6077

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Bar, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Entertaining clients, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?