117 Warren St Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
Lot 12 Public House is a cozy restaurant located in the heart of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. The restaurant is known for its farm-to-table cuisine, using locally sourced ingredients to create dishes that are both delicious and sustainable.
The menu at Lot 12 Public House changes frequently to reflect the freshest ingredients available. Dishes may include artisanal cheese plates, locally raised meats, and creative vegetarian options. The restaurant also has an extensive wine list featuring bottles from around the world.
The restaurant itself is housed in a beautifully restored 1902 building with original brick walls, hardwood floors, and a cozy fireplace. There is plenty of seating available, including a charming outdoor patio that is open in the warmer months.
Lot 12 Public House is committed to sustainability and community involvement. They partner with local farms and producers to source their ingredients, and they donate a portion of their proceeds to local charities and organizations.
Overall, Lot 12 Public House is a must-visit for foodies in Berkeley Springs. With its creative farm-to-table cuisine, excellent wine list, and charming ambiance, it’s no wonder that the restaurant has become a local favorite.
Reservations: Highly Encouraged for Saturday and holiday weekends.
About Damian & Betsy
Damian Heath grew up in Berkeley Springs, the son of award-winning artists Jonathan and Jan Heath. His love of food began at an early age, steeped in a flavorful melange of large Italian family dinners with lots of laughter and more food than they could ever eat, much of it gathered from their garden and pantry shelves.
His career began not at a culinary institute, but at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he studied philosophy and art history.
After two years of undergraduate studies, he went to the renowned Baltimore International Culinary College. While in culinary school, he trained in Europe under Executive Chef Peter Timmins.
When he returned from Europe, he worked at the Yellow Brick Bank Restaurant in Shepherdstown, WV as sous chef when he met his future wife, Betsy. Betsy also grew up in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, in Berkeley County. She was attending Shepherd College, pursuing a BA in Fine Arts, when she and Damian met.
Upon leaving Shepherdstown, they moved to Charleston, South Carolina. Damian worked in several upscale restaurants further developing a love of southern cuisine and local fare. Betsy worked closely with the opening of an upscale restaurant in Mount Pleasant and they both were employed by caterers in the downtown Battery area.
The two were approached to open and manage an upscale bistro on the Outer Banks in North Carolina and in December 1997 they moved to Buxton, NC. In April 1998, the bistro opened with rave revues. Damian’s menu was revolutionary for the area, business was wonderful and they had a great first season.
But Damian’s vision for his ideal restaurant remained in his hometown of Berkeley Springs, knowing that it would be a great environment for a small, upscale and eclectic restaurant.
In January of 1998, an old house on Warren Street in Berkeley Springs (where Lot 12 is now) went up for sale. The Heaths had been discussing their future and knew that Berkeley Springs was their destiny. Once they saw how perfect the house was, it was settled.
In November of 1998, when their obligation to the bistro was fulfilled, they moved back to Berkeley Springs and after getting married in November of 1998, dove head first into the business and haven’t looked back!
Lot 12 Public House opened for business on August 12, 1999.
Restie C. May 25, 2017
I’m a major foodie, and honestly, this place exceeded expectations.
If you have a taste for unique comfort dining, with an artistic view of both natural outdoor and indoor scenery, this place is for you.
Fantastic hybrid of meat/seafood/veggies that are normally only found in $$$$$ restaurants on both coasts, WV is lucky to this dining so close and affordable in such an adorable and historic location.
Always take advantage of The chef’s specials, as they are always made to order with perfection, at least every order I’ve made to date….
Crab dip is a must, duck rolls are a perfect crisp and flavorful taste at every bite. See pictures to become instantly hungry….and enjoy!
Amazingly friendly and helpful staff, smiles to brighten you day upon entering and leaving each time! 11 stars rating…
From: Yelp review
Amanda Joiner May 29, 2017
My husband and I stayed in a cabin in nearby Great Cacapon for our anniversary weekend and decided to dine at Lot 12 Public House. We were so impressed from the beginning of the meal to the very end. The food was fantastic and service was good. We live in the DC area and have eaten at several great restaurants and rank Lot 12 Public House at the very top of our dining experiences. Try the buttermilk fried quail appetizer and you won’t regret it. Thanks Lot 12 Public House!
Review From Google Reviews
Google User May 29, 2017
My wife and i have heard nothing but great things about this place all week as the place to go….so finally we were able to go tonight.. we both agreed the business had a nice atmosphere and the service was very good. (Justin was our server). We started with alexander valley chardonay which with justins help matched our entrees nicely.. our appetiser a crab and phyllo with a grain mustard sauce (although not as mustardy as i would have liked..personnal taste) was very nice. I ordered the swordfish entree with risotto and a caper and olive relish which was cooked perfectly (i do believe there was chicken stock in the risotto though and should be mentioned for vegetarians). My wife got the mixed greens salad which was nice and the toasted pecans were great. We decided on homemade cream puffs for desert and i ordered an espresso both were great. I wont say everything was perfect, the dinning room is a touch cramped, tables very close together, and the bar was very loud for a nice quiet dinner in the dinning room, but we did love it alot. Although we heard the head chef was not working tonight, the sous chef did wonderfully and a hats off for the whole night. Thanks to lot 12 we will be back. By the way im a chef and can be very darn picky.
From: Google Review
Stephen F. May 29, 2017
Sets the bar for fine dining in Berkeley Springs. Visited with a group of 7 over Thanksgiving weekend. We had the best time! The atmosphere is upscale comfortable, not stuffy. The staff was all amazing. Our waitress was just the best, hands down amazing sense of humor and very patient with our annoying table full of non stop jokes and quips. She told us she was a school teacher and well equipped to deal with our kind, we roared laughing at this! I want to say I remember her name as Becky, but I could be wrong. Anyway, she’s the best! Her menu recommendations were spot on, each one of us loved our dish. We got two if not three rounds of drinks, Lemon Drop was spot on. We started by sharing several of the appetizers, including the Fried Quail, Seared Rare Tuna, Crab Dip, and Toasted Gnocchi. I can tell you, for a group of 7 we should have ordered three crab dips cause we devoured them, just as family does, each going all in fighting each other off the dish ! I had the Filet Mignon, perfectly prepared and delicious, perfectly paired with the brussel sprouts side dish. Highly recommended on every level, ambiance, service, food quality. Top notch guys, kudos !
From: Yelp Review
Megan H. May 29, 2017
This place is AMAZING. It’s situated in a cute little house on a hill. We started with soup; I had the french onion and my husband had the gazpacho. Both were delicious. Then we had the special app which was grilled bread with mascarpone cheese, figs and blueberry’s. Sounds weird, tastes DELICIOUS! We then shared the filet with mashed potatoes, and then added the fried green tomatoes and the mac and cheese. I’m so glad we decided to share an entree because we were stuffed after all that food. When you go here be prepared to spend money. It isn’t your run of the mill restaurant. It was seriously to die for and we will definitely be back when we are in town! It really made this trip over the top!
From: Yelp review