Highland Inn
Highland Inn

Highland Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.highlandinnrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4432763202x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 11:00 am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm; Saturday: 5pm-9:30pm ; Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:30pm
    Closed Saturday Lunch for Private Parties & Events
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Low Country, American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Wilbur Cox Jr.
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rt. 108
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Highland Inn
Welcome to Highland Inn! Our menu focuses on seasonal foods and purity of flavors, using only the freshest, highest-quality ingredients and utilizing sustainable foods from local farmers whenever possible. Highland Inn offers a wine list personally selected by Proprietor Brian Boston to complement our menu. Our goal is for every bottle of wine to be of great quality, regardless of price. We have a wide variety of wines by the glass as well as an interesting array of domestic, imported and craft beers. At Highland Inn, guest service is very important. We strive to ensure our servers are friendly, knowledgeable and professional; building long-lasting relationships with our guests is paramount. Our logo is meant to reflect diversity, strength and deep roots in the community. It also speaks to our commitment of being a certified green restaurant. In making our purchasing decisions, the impact on the environment plays a fundamental role.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Highland Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
175 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (119)fit for foodies (104)neighborhood gem (78)romantic (70)notable wine list (68)great for outdoor dining (56)scenic view (47)great for brunch (34)good for groups (25)great for lunch (24)hot spot (13)vibrant bar scene (12)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • deeltnv
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Have been here a few times - for an entree like the crab cakes the best. Had the covina fish - nice and mild. Think the food is good - just not extraordinary and a little pricey for what you get.
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  • Highland Inn
    robinsnest
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Beautiful from start to finish. Wonderful meal and Josh our server was very versed in Restaurant Etiquette.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still talking about the food
    Hope
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The whole dining experience at the Highland Inn was superb. The bartender made me a special cocktail with a chili infused tequila, which was spicy, but paired well with all of our appetizers. Our server was very knowledgeable of the menu and guided us throughout the dinner. We had sweet breads, the pork trotters, and charred octopus as appetizers. Each were great but the charred octopus was incredible. For our entrées, we had the tri-tip, scallops, and quail. All were good and the quail was probably my favorite. The tri-tip was my least because it had too much Sour flavors on the plate and it needed a warm element to the dish. Dessert was excellent. The chocolate macadamia torte was rich and exquisite. You must try the Highland Inn.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    tweeVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The pricing and the quality of the food and drinks are disproportional. Either it is more savory, or the price more reasonable, better yet, both. I could be a new phenomenon now for a small town like Highland, but , the novelty might not last....
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  • Howard County Gem
    Pete
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The Highland Inn was a "new find" for my wife and I as we celebrated a 49th wedding anniversary dinner the other evening, and we will certainly be going back there to dine. Even though we live in Annapolis, the long ride on MD Route 32 is worth the ride. The daytime view of the rear lawn from the dining room is impressive as are the flower gardens in the front and sides of the building. Try the vichyssoise as it is not the usual preparation for the cold French potato soup. The crème fraiche is sufficiently thick enough to float two shucked/raw oysters on top. The blend of flavors is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Comparing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We live in Baltimore and frequent the Milton Inn so we wanted to compare, finding Highland to be equally as good but without the samevambience of the Milton Inn. The food and service is on par. I enjoyed the corvina dish ,loving the artichoke accompaniment , while my husband had the NY strip steak au poivre and enjoyed his as well. We would return!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay.
    sup2max
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Menu was great. Lots of local ingredients. I thought the food was just okay so I was disappointed. Fish lacked flavor and accompanying veggies overcooked.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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  • Service needs fine tuning
    LeokVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I've never been to a restaurant that wanted an explanation for why our party didn't want to sit in a certain area. Or have dirty plates on our table remain unnoticed by the wait staff that constantly had to walk by our table to service the rest of the patrons. I give the atmosphere and food a "good" but the service stinks.
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  • Exquisite fine dining!
    MooseVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Highland Inn is one of the best restaurants in our area. Very interesting food selections are to be had! Staff is very knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. Highland Inn never disappoints. A wonderful place to sit, relax and enjoy great food and wine!! Love it!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kearlia
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Dinner was delicious! We celebrated our anniversary there and had a wonderful experience. We would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service were excellent.
    Dissapointed
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Looking forward to going again. It will be our go to place for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful again
    UnchainedAdventuresVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    From the chefs taster to dessert the meal was fantastic. Try the specials. The chef does a nice job pairing foods. But if you don't like some of the pairings you can change to suit your taste. Try the creamy cheesy lobster filled appetizer truly divine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and wine
    BanashreeVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We started off dinner with the Clams Casino appetizer which was delicious. For Entre we had Jurgielewicz Duck and the Corvina special (fish dish) both of which were well prepared and tasty. We finished by sharing an icecream (Hagen Daz). The wine (Argyle riesling) paired well with the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    dreamerliz
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    My best foodie buddy and I went here initially during restaurant week and vowed to return. The food is excellent from the entrees to dessert. We have tried over ten of the dishes in the two visits to include the clams casino, braised lamb, gazpacho, filet tartare, creme brulee, charcuterie board and duck fat fries. We have covered the gamut and everything was amazing, well thought out and well prepared. I would recommend this especially for special occasions as the prices reflect the high quality of the food. Definitely make a reservation and don't be shy about asking for a particular placement in the restaurant if you don't like your original seat. The lounge is inviting too if you are looking for a lighter menu and great ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impeccable, inventive food
    ccook
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We had the lamb special - slow cooked meat atop smashed potatoes and fresh beans. It was fantastic. And we never eat lamb! Excellent wine selection. Service was courteous and constant. Decor didn't really jive with menu options in my opinion. The food was progressive and award-winning while decor seemed a bit....stuffy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Like2eatout
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great dining experience. Will definitely go back. Intimate environment and great food. The tri-tips steak was just fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding food
    Brams
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    A total gem for this area and eating outside made the experience even better. The charred octopus was phenomenal and unbelievably tender. Sauces were very complementary to the mains and added a lot to the dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Excellent Chef
    carolVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We enjoyed our meal at Highland Inn. The location is charming and the food was great. The wine list included many reasonably priced bottles. There were some missteps. The hostess showed us to our table for three only to find it occupied. She mumbled an apology and returned us to the front while they reset another table. Our waiter, while attentive forgot to have the kitchen plate the 8 oz filet mignon that my mother-in-law and I were sharing. Overall worth the visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Getting better all the time.
    Charlie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This is our 4th trip to the Highland Inn and it is such a welcome addition to Howard County. The food and sevice are equally fantastic. We were greeted by our server from the last time, Carlos, who regretted that he was outside today. But put us in the hands of John. He mentioned a new menu that just started that day. Some tried/true from the old menu but some interesting additions. Between the three of us dining, we each ordered something different and did a table pass around. There wasn't a bad selection there. I've read the Lobster Mac n Cheese is average. Dont believe it ! Its heaven. A bonus was when our server brought the chef out to our table to say hello and we got to see how the menu changes and a few recipe insights. Wow!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Hidden Gem
    Clarksville
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Very good food and nice ambiance! A hidden gem in the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster!
    Lilly
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The lobster and champagne special is a well kept secret. A whole lobster, champagne and two sides for $26. Much better than driving to Kent Island!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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  • A FIND IN THE COUNTRY
    IrnieVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We visited last week after a business meeting. Really not very far from Olney. Beautiful setting with magnificiently done decor. Menu was somewhat eclectic but my wife and I were able to find two very tasty entrees. The duck two ways was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Delicious!
    Outstanding
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Quality experience in all aspects - attentive, knowledgable and friendly waiter (John) - excellent service and delicious food served in a timely manner with great presentation - have recommended this restaurant to friends and i will definitely return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will be back
    BruceVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    we were seated in a small room with three tables it was very comfortable, the food was really nice. A very good mixture of flavors on the plate. The grilled octopus was outstanding. Yes we would go back
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dessert? Not so much
    Carolyn
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Dinner was very good and the service outstanding. Dessert not so much. The highly recommended carrot cake was waxy and served ice cold. A disappointment for a restaurant of this caliber.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening out
    mom2boyz
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I really enjoyed Highland Inn. The service was attentive and friendly. The food was delicious. The shrimp and grits are outstanding. Look forward to dining here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall enjoyable.
    PatG
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food flavors were notable. One steak done more than med rare, but tasty. Carlos was excellent waiter. Pacing was a bit fast for a romantic meal. Light level overall could be lower, with lighting added at tables. Liked spacing of tables.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    elaine
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The service was excellent from the bartender and the waiter, the restaurant itself was lovely but the food was just ok. I really enjoyed the lobster mac n cheese appetizer but my main course was the scallops and for $30.00 they only give you 3-scallops on top of some vegetables. That's about $10.00 per scallop and they were not that good and even if they were excellent that is ridiculous. My husband got the duck and was not impressed. Maybe we just ordered the wrong items but we will not be going back. If I am going to pay those prices I really need to be wowed and not disappointed.
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  • Love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We started out on the patio with a few interesting cocktails I had the blue berry margarita delicious. The setting is beautiful and very quiet, we saw deer by the pond grazing. We were seated in the main dining room, it is very nicely appointed with two large murals that are true works of art. The ambiance is very upscale but very comfortable. The service was stellar 3 of us had the shrimp and grits and we all loved that dish. We also tried the duck, and scallop entrees as well as the octopus appetizer, Lobster bacon mac and cheese, and the house made charcuterie plate, all were very good. For dessert we had crème Brulee and chocolate macadamia torte both were Great! Thank you Highland Inn we will be back very soon !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner in style
    Rjdoan
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    It was a great evening. We lucked into restaurant week, but this a place that has moved into our A list of places to take people who come to visit. The setting is beautiful and the food was stylish and prepared to order. We enjoyed dining outside and being immersed in the bucolic setting. The service was stellar
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • maarmianVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Very nice dining experience in a converted old house. Too much sauce can confuse some of the dishes. Schrimp and Grits and Duck are excellent choices
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    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Delightful Evening
    DebbieVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We recently dined at the Highland Inn and were seated on their outdoor patio. It was a perfect evening for outside dining. I had the Gazpacho and my husband had the clams casino, both excellent. For main courses, I tried the Tri tip and a side of braised kale, very flavorful steak and loved the kale. My husband had the 12 oz filet and added the bernaise and crab to it. Also quite good. Although the crab, advertised as "colossal lump" was not. It was more of a mix of jumbo lump and back fin. They also do something we found odd. Instead of serving the bernaise & crab topping on the steak, it is brought on a separate plate. I guess that is fine for some but we would prefer to not have to transfer the topping to the steak.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Lunch!
    luv2lunch
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Food was delicious, house bread is a FABULOUS way to start. Traditional standards with a flair as well as highly creative cuisine; something to fit every budget. Very quiet at lunch.
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    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • waiter was amazing
    nicole
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The lobster mac and cheese was delicios...the lamb was tender with just the right amount of fat...the crab cake in tomato jam (I did not think that I would like the jam) was DELICIOUS and the macadamia nut torte...WOW!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We didn't find anything special about the food that would make us return anytime soon. The meals were good, not great. We did not like any of the desserts. The S'mores cake was completely burned and not edible which was disappointing. I am not sure I could confidently recommend this restaurant.
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  • Highland Inn Experience
    Luvgoodfood2
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We went to Highland Inn to celebrate our anniversary. They were very friendly and explained the restaurant week menu to us in addition to their regular menu. They were willing to allow you to make some changes to the main course sides. The service was great and they were attentive to your needs and made sure your experience was enjoyable. The food was superb and perfectly prepared. it was a wonderful dining experience
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going Green
    Alliekidkat
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Atmosphere was great, plated well but be aware that the food is very green. Lots of pure ingredients left the meal severely lacking in flavor.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful setting
    Localfoodie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Beautiful interior and setting in the country. Food has good presentation. Appetizer of peaches on a salad with tiny bits of fois gras was very good. Main meal was good but not outstanding. I would have expected something better for restaurant week. My husbands chicken was average . The desert I had wS listed as mud pie with smoked merangue. The smoked merangue was good , very different. The mud pie was just an average brownie type thing. Not in a hurry to return
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice place
    pstalVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner at Highland Inn. Nice building, wonderful service. Only thing that would have made it nicer for us was the seating. We were seated between two other tables each an arms length away, a little too close.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet Evening
    NelsonVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My husband & I enjoyed the great farm to table menu. The seared scallops and ocean trout were delightful. The carrot cake was a bit too heavy but the creme brulee was tasty. We had to ask for sugar and refills which we believe was an oversight by our waiter. The venue is quiet.
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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