Highland Avenue
Highland Avenue

Highland Avenue

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.highlandavenuerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 8282679800x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Kyle Lee McKnight
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Farm to Table, Full Bar, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lenoir-Rhyne Blvd
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Highland Avenue
Highland Avenue is a "farm to table" restaurant housed in the East building of the historic Hollar Hosiery Mill. With a focus on sourcing local ingredients, Chef Kyle McKnight brings local fare to the table.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Highland Avenue reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (28)fit for foodies (25)neighborhood gem (22)good for groups (12)romantic (10)hot spot (10)notable wine list (9)scenic view (7)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (5)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Pleasantly surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food was excellent. Our server seemed new as she couldn't answer some questions we had on certain alcohol selections but did a decent job. The food was the real star here. My friends raved about the scallops. Another was impressed with the hanger steak and I absolutely loved the trout. The dessert selection was probably the only disappointment to me as I'm a cheesecake lover and was really hoping to top a delicious meal with a great piece of cheesecake.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Food in Hickory
    hard2please
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I am very please with overall. The food was good. I am planning a ladies night out. There are plenty of space for everyone. I love the openness of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    HickoryLocal
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The restaurant is a Hickory Gem with wonderful food and atmosphere. We had a large group and the wait staff was timely and courteous. The only issue I have is the noise level but that is to be expected with a beautifully renovated mill. The food was wonderful and met our expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A perfect gem!!!
    luv2dinealways
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    A spectacular ambiance along with excellent service and great local dishes! Portions are small and a bit pricey but very good. We have a very romantic 2-top table by the window in the bar that we booked thru Open Table which held "our table" ahead of time as this is a very popular table for most couples as we are told. So we recommend booking this way if you want a specific table as we do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy restaurant
    tubs
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Tried this restaurant out for the first time on a Friday evening for a special occasion. I was very impressed with the atmosphere, service, and food. A little pricey for a regular place to eat, but perfect for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative Preparation
    1curiousdiner
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I recently had a business meeting over dinner at Highland Avenue. Kathryn our waitress was very helpful in helping us navigate amongst the different choices to allow us to select two amazing entrees. I had the flounder special , lightly "fried" but surrounded by an amazing succotash and sauce. My associate had the chicken from the menu and it he said it was exceptional
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great New Spot in Hickory
    PaulY
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    In a refurbished hosiery mill, the decor is consistent with the industrial look. As a real test, my wife asked the server if the chef could prepare a vegan plate for her. Plus she wanted no tomatoes, eggplant or potatoes. The server said the chef would be able to do that "no problem". I'm not sure what all was on her plate other than Crowder Peas, but my wife is still raving about her meal as the best she's ever had. My ribeye, a special for the night, was perfectly done (medium rare). Desserts were fresh and tasty. The service was attentive without being obtrusive. We'll definitely return.l
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • En-lightning!
    Kwhityer
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This is a lovely gem in Hickory. The service was attentive and the waitstaff informed, our dinners were a great blend of flavors. The atmosphere is so great with all the windows in the old mill building. There was a crazy lightning storm and the viewing was spectacular. Thank you for an enjoyable evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Highland Avenue, Hickory, NC
    FoodieFamily
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Overall the food was OK. The shrimp and grits were more like a soup - way too much sauce. The burger, mussels and salads were all really good. The service was just OK.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    Mikey
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was a great dining experience, from the coffee and bett butter to the pan sired fish, super great experience. Great service, and a fantastic wine list. I would highly recommend, me and my guests had a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, SLOW service
    SMTC
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Highland Ave has great food but seems to always struggle to get it out. Waited 1hr 25 minutes from ordering to delivery of meal. Manager comped the entire entree cost which was very nice but we would prefer they figure out how to handle the volume. This is the second time in a row we experienced a long delay in being served. The wait staff is great and no reflection on them.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This is the best all around place in Hickory. My wife and are close friends go every two months or so and have never had a bad experience there.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Every aspect was good!
    Alison
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The food was delicious, the service was excellent, and the atmosphere was funky cool! Try this place if you find yourself in Hickory.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Event
    Loveit
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Our party of four celebrated three birthdays. Everything from the food to the service was OUTSTANDING and we will be returning and recommending to our friends and family.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ok but not worth the money
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Me and some out of town guest decided to check this new restaurant. We sat outside because the weather was great. Everything was just ok. The food was expensive for what you got. I dont mind paying 20+ for a meal but it needs to be worth it. The food was pretty bland and the menu was very limited. Additionally the service was horrible, again, if paying more for a meal the service should be more upscale, our server seemed like she didnt want to be there. She did mention it had been very slow so perhaps she was ready to be cut. Overall i would say I see what the they are trying to do but they are failing, my guests said we should have just went to texas roadhouse. I personally hate chain restaurants but would have to agree
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Great interior of an old textile mill. Good service. Foodie menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner
    pmk1
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The menu should include something plain for people not wanting something with any spice/sauce.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice change for Hickory
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Highland Ave is a wonderful restaurant for several reasons, one is the atmosphere, 2nd is the local supplied foods and 3rd is the meals themselves (fantastic diversity and very flavorful). Best calamari in the world.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 146 reviews are from the Highland Avenue reviews archive.
  • Fresh and creative food
    Weekender
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great food. Be prepared to have new taste sensations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    nclandman
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary by going out for dinner at one of the nicest restaurants in Hickory. Highland Avenue is located in a beautifully renovated brick mill building. Upon arrival the staff set up a special table for us right by the large window. The food was excellent and our waiter, Ricardo, was very attentive without being overly so. Pretty well done especially since it was his first night working there. He even surprised us by picking out a delicious strawberry mousse with chocolate shavings for dessert to top off our celebration. Everything about dinner was perfect. Our only negative comment would be that the restaurant is fairly noisy, but perhaps that cannot be helped given the building's brick walls.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • let down
    HKY2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Had hoped for more. Made reservations for Sat. night...clearly not needed because empty tables were everywhere. Server came across poorly trained and nervous although very nice. He seemed to have female server flirting with him which was uncomfortable for him and annoying for us. She kept making immature comments to us as a way to get his attention. I will say he tried to ignore her. Food was well prepared although over priced. Very limited menu. Beautiful place. Would love to see this place make a few changes and make it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great dining experience!
    krisdcaz
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    What a great restaurant that fills a void in Hickory! We have been several times and have had a top notch experience each time. The ambiance is amazing and the creative cuisine as a cut above. The server was great and took a lot of time with us to steer our selections. We hope to come back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We loved it!
    Table4Two
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We had a wonderful dining experience at Highland Ave. They did a great job renovating the old mill, maintaining the character of the building while giving the restaurant a sophisticated atmosphere. The service was fantastic and the staff works seamlessly as a team. They have an excellent selection of local wine and craft beer. The mixed drinks are very creative (you have to try the Rusty Gear)! Last but not least, the food was sensational. We started with a meat and cheese tray followed by a mixed green salad. We split the hangar steak, which was perfect, to save room for dessert. We split a piece of peanut butter cheesecake that was amazing! Highland Ave gets our highest recommendation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just perfect
    HappyEater
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We have been to H.Ave three times, and each time was great. Our first visit, we sat at the bar, where the bartender and cocktail/wine expert served us our beverages and dinner. He was amazing. This past time was my husband's bday and we had a crowd. Every detail was amazing, from the calamari appetizer to everyone's cocktails and entrees. Our food came out together, with a group of servers serving simultaneously,which was a nice touch. Our server was informative and patient with our crowd of 10. Thanks, H.Ave, for another memorable evening. Most especially, thanks for your farm to table offerings. We love to eat fresh and local. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NICE
    local1
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    GREAT PLACE FOOD WAS GREAT EXCELLENT SERVICE SPOT ON
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • On her birthday
    FABIII
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Took my wife on her birthday. Go back in a heart beat - Service and Food / Great
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Soft Shell Heaven
    Chuck
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Best preparation of NC Soft Shell Crab ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Found on the internet Menu not as advertised -Very limited menu- Only appetizer salads -- no main course salads or choices of add. chicken or meat on menu to add to the salad. party of 7 people. 2 orders of Shrimp & grits which was OK. 5 orders of omelette Frittate which was barely warm & very rubbery. The restaurant was not busy, however, we had to wait 50 mins. for this. It was a special occasion for our family - 3 people drove from Charlotte-we were all very disappointed. Decor is upscale -- but you can't eat it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dining Experience
    Pierna
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I took my wife for dinner this Mother's Day. It was a great meal, the appetizer was delicious and main courses were even better. I would highly recommend this restaurant for special occasions; since it can get pricey.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will try again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I will say that the food was very good. The atmosphere was great and is a beautiful restaurant. The only problem I felt was the staff, They seemed very unsure about what they were doing. Also we had about 3 different wait staff attending to our table. It was just me and my girlfriend. We will try again another time and hope the wait staff is more relaxed and confident in what they are doing. It was the only thing that made dinner a little weird.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh and Local
    luv2dine
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I love fresh, melt in your mouth food. H.A.V.E did not disappoint. I had Calamari for an appetizer, which was cooked perfectly. Most places it comes out tough and rubbery. The tile fish with a mashed potato, served with a savory sauce was also cooked perfectly and very tasty. Since it was my husband's birthday we all had dessert. He had the cheesecake and I had the homemade ice cream. Both were wonderful! Price wise I expected to pay on the upper end, but it was not terrible. I intend to visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • superb
    froulalaVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    everything we had was superb...appetizers---tortellini with house made sausage and flash fried calamari, entrees---braised short rib, burger. must come more often. all charcuterie are made in house by the chef. perfect for locavores and sustainable foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Dinner
    Charlie2014
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Dinner was delicious and the service was wonderful. Always enjoy bringing clinets to Highland Avenue for dinner. Love the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining Experience
    hermandree
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I have had excellent service and food regardless of time of day or number of diners 2 to 100!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy but very tasty
    Preferslocal
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The staff was on top og things and very gracious. The noise level makes conversation less fun. The lamb was beyond outstanding but the pork chop was undercooked and tough. It seems like a fu but infrequent place for us unless you add more lower end menu items. (Under $10)
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Easter brunch
    JenerRuss
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We took the family to brunch after church for Easter. We asked in our open table reservation if they were seating outside, that we would like to try it. When we arrived, it was packed!! But we wer greeted by name and asked if we still wanted to sit outside- it was amazing! They were soooo busy, but our very friendly server, Kayla (flanked with plenty of other friendly waitstaff to help her serve) took excellent care of us. The food was great (with the exception of the children's chicken tenders). LOVE this place - brunch is always a treat!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun night out
    OutWithFriends
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    My second trip to Highland Avenue and it's a lovely restaurant. I hope the menu will change as the variety of options may start to seem lacking. It's a bit pricey for the foods being offered and we will only probably go a few times per year on really special occasions when we are in town. As far as the food goes, I had the trout. It was a bit overcooked and dry and they were out of the side I wanted to order, but that can happen anywhere. The service was lovely and seemless. Overall, I was very pleased with the restaurant and recommend it - especially to those that are staying away because of the prices. I will keep an eye on their menu on line and eagerly wait for new offerings to come!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem In Hickory, North Carolina
    BillyBoyVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    No need to travel to Charlotte anymore, maybe not even Manhattan. Settle in at Highland Avenue and you can have the same food without the travel. Everything we ordered here was perfect. I don't know if the pork belly starter was better than the bed it was served on, but we ate both as fast we could. The hanger steak was perfectly cooked, and my only regret was that my wife would not let me get more of her lamb. Dessert was a panna cotta, and we have never tasted better. And we've eaten at some fine places around this world. I don't work for Highland Avenue, but I'm thinking of coming out of retirement if they offer dining benefits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Who Knew?! Great find in Hickory!
    MaryK
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Coming from Charlotte, we meet our Asheville family in Hickory from time to time for dinner. Hadn't yet found a great place to eat/meet, but that changed when we went to Highland Avenue this past Saturday. Both Charlotte and Asheville have such vibrant restaurant scenes that we've gotten pretty spoiled, but Highland Avenue rivals the best of both burgs! With a "farm to fork" menu, first-rate service and a beautiful space in a restored flour mill, this is not only a great concept but one that is realized in the excellent food served there. Highly recommend this dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highland Ave was a hit!
    StoneyVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    I took a customer to Highland Ave and it was also my first time. It was a hit. The food choices are excellent and the service was fantastic. We can't wait to get back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.