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On The Verandah
On The Verandah
  • Address:
    1536 Franklin Road
    Highlands, NC 28741
    Neighborhood:
    Highlands / Sapphire
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $31 to $50

On The Verandah Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ontheverandah.com
  • Phone: (828) 526-2338
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch (in-season): Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner Nightly: Starts at 6:00pm; Dugout Bar: Nightly: 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: For a truly memorable event, ask us about catering your private party, wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, business meeting, luncheon or dinner party. Select from a wide choice of unique dishes influenced by cuisines from around the world.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have been serving our unique cuisine for years in Highlands' most scenic setting. Over those years we have hosted wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, anniversary celebrations, bridal luncheons, business seminars, class reunions and many other functions. Let us bring our years of experience in creative food, design and personal service to make this special occasion match your dreams. Enjoy the private use of the verandah dining room, the inside dining room or exclusive use of the entire restaurant. Select from a wide choice of unique dishes influenced by cuisines from around the world.
  • Private Party Contact: Suzanne McDavid (828) 526-2338
  • Entertainment: Enjoy the music of Chad Reed on Friday and Saturday night.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: US 64 West
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from On The Verandah
..on the Verandah inspires with American Fusion Fine Dining in Highlands' most scenic setting overlooking Lake Sequoyah. Featuring a unique array of appetizer and entrée recipes from the world over - the fine cuisines of Asia, Europe and the Americas are represented. We use the freshest ingredients available, including locally-grown produce and fresh seafood daily. Menu items include chicken, fresh seafood, Char-Grilled Angus Beef and Chops, pasta and children's menu. After dinner, indulge in one of our many desserts, made in-house. Come sample a Highlands tradition - Sunday champagne brunch from 11am - 2pm. Stop by the Dugout Bar for a small plate, appetizer and a cocktail, beer or glass of wine! Relax with friends after work, before dinner and through the evening.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "What a delightful spot and fantastic meal! From the starters to the dessert, every bite was scrumptious! The crab cakes and fresh bread were the best we have ever had anywhere."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "It was our 46th Wedding and it could not have been better. Best Trout I ever ate."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I can sum up why you should go there in four words - Pomegranate Glazed Lamb Ribs!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Best restaurant in highlands by far. Great seafood and ambiance on the verandah."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The setting was exceptionally scenic on the screened porch by the lake. The food was very good as was the service. A great place for a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Awesome views, we were in front of the lake in a extremely rainy night (we were cold BTW, but the windows had to be open I guess) and that was absolutely fantastic. The best views we've ever had, no discussion. The food was ok, notably ok, and the deserts were great (really great). This restaurant is a solid bet, and this comes from a Spanish couple used to good food. Very very good."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Been dining at On The Verandah for years... took the kids this last time (ages 12, 11 & 4) and they loved it. We sat on the porch overlooking the beautiful Mirror Lake and watched the sun set. Great place for families, larger parties, or just a romantic dinner for two. Wait staff is friendly and accommodating, the wine list is wonderful and the food is some of the best in Highlands/Cashiers.... not to be missed! But, book early/in advance, they fill up fast :)"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Have been going for 6 Yrs and it is always great. This was a first for brunch but again we will be back. The piano player was also excelent."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Only thing from giving this a 5 star review is one item that set the tone for the whole dinner. Food and service were great but if you are going to charge $10.00 for a glass of wine, give the customer at least a 1/2 of a glass. Nothing is more frustrating when that glass of wine is presented and the amount just looks like it was poured to cover the bottom. Yes we could have had our wine at home but at dinner it just makes for abetted dining experience, sometime."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "This was our first visit to the Verandah but will not be our last. The small plate starters were outstanding especially the lobster and lamb. The wine selection was first rate and fairly priced. Our waiter and management was extremely attentive and exceeded our expectations. The highlight of the evening was the blue grass band! They were outstanding and had the place rocking. This is a great place for excellent food, friendly wait staff and an incredible view."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Waiter was boisterous and very good. The wedge salad was a little disappointing, since some of the inside of the lettuce was black with rot. The shrimp were fresh except one. The cocktail served for my wife seemed to have very little vodka. The beer was excellent. Overall, the experience was quite a pleasant one."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great experience , ticks all the right boxes, food, ambiance, service all fabulous, would recommend highly!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The restaurant obliged us with a reservation for six and were ready to seat us when we arrived. The food selections were outstanding and everything that we ordered--and it was quite varied--was perfectly prepared and delicious! The only drawback was our waiter's attitude. He was unnecessarily surly, unobliging, and generally unpleasant."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "It was great. We had a good time. the staff was friendly and the food was good."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "On our first trip to Highlands we chose to eat here and are so happy with our choice. Allan was a great waiter, very attentive. The lobster piccata was delicious to start. The sablefish was perfect with the arribata sauce. We also had the braised short ribs which were wonderful. We highly recommend this place for special occasions. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Had the opportunity to dine at OTV on Thursday evening. Enjoyed Lexi's fabulous cocktails and Andrew's mouthwatering braised short ribs and seared tuna. You have to stop by and enjoy a meal with them. And the view overlooking the lake is icing on the cake. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We had a very pleasant dining experience. We requested a table on the verandah with a lake view for a birthday dinner. Our request was fulfilled even though it was requested only the day before. Everything we ordered was tasty and presented well. We particularly enjoyed the halibut special of the day."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We visited on a Wednesday night and the crowd was light but everything was fabulous--the food, the service, and the view. We definitely will go back the next time we are in the Highlands."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Multiple times at the restaurant. Service and food is always wonderful. Eating on the verandah is always preferred but inside dining is a bit more intimate."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We cannot visit Highlands, NC without an evening at On the Verandah! Janelle, our server, recommended an excellent wine selection which made the evening even more enjoyable. The food and the ambiance were top notch as usual. Can't wait to visit again!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "As a party of four we enjoyed the restaurant as we have on occasions before. Food quality wasn't up to par but still good. Great music group. Reasonably priced wine list. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "I have been coming to Verandah since the 80's. Enjoy myself every time!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Always great - can't wait to come back!!! Menu has wide variety of options and the wine list is wonderful"
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Lovely suroundings. Very good food and attentive service. Had an overall pleasant experience."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Great spot for any Sunday Brunch but especially a Mothers' Day Brunch. Great food, professionally prepared and presented. All in all a great day. A special thanks to Janelle for giving up her Mothers' Day Celebration to help us celebrate ours."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We enjoyed a beautiful Mother's Day brunch at On The Verandah. Each of our three entrees was spectacularly prepared and delicious. Also nice, they offer a mimosa and an upscale, specialty type salad bar with your meal. The view over the lake from the porch made it all so very perfect. We always enjoy our visits to Highlands and this restaurant is on the top of our list. Thank you to the chef and the staff who make this a definite return spot for us."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My wife and I have been coming here for approximately 25 years. This past Sunday we both commented that we have never been disappointed with the food or service. We have brought many friends and family over the years, and always been completely satisfied. We hope to continue enjoying this great establishment."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We took our friends from California for a lovely brunch..enjoyed sitting on the porch..they were impressed with the food and beautiful location "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Innovative and creative menu. Caring and cheerful service! This is a great restaurant with wonderful views of the lake. Works for larger groups as well as romantic twosomes!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "This has been my favorite restaurant in Highlands and I and my wife and adult children and their spouses have dined here many times. I was surprised when our horses was wearing shorts and advised that she could not comply with my reservation (in which I had requested to be seated on the veranda) due to priior commitments. I noticed that during our entire stay that ,at least , 2 tables remained open on the veranda . I have to assume that this particular hostess was only interested in filling two seats and not the request indicated on our Open Table reservation."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I've been eating at On the Veranda for years and it remains one of my favorite restaurants. As always on my visit this week the food and service were great. The night I was there Andrew and Suzanne were graciously supporting a regional charity. I like to frequent restaurants that give back to their communities, so their support of deserving organizations is another reason for me to recommend On the Veranda."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Gave 4 stars and not 5 due to bartender and server. We ordered a Dirty Martini which was not good. Sent it back and asked him to make another one. He did but server did not take the bad one off our bill. Had to ask the chef to take care of it."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "We enjoyed a lake-view table, a quiet atmosphere, and a great dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The service was outstanding, and a complementary champagne drink was a nice bonus. We will definitely be returning to On the Verandah! Thank you!"
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "We dined at OTV Easter Sunday night and as usual, had a fantastic meal! The spinach salad was excellent but my all time favorite was the Thai Cocnut Shrimp with Purple Rice. Lexi, the bartender, made a specialty cocktail for us that she created and it was great! If you are in the highlands area, make sure OTV is on your list!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "On the Veranda is located in a beautiful spot on a lake just outside Highlands, NC. The name is a perfect fit as you dine "on the veranda" over looking a peaceful lake. Rain or shine, it's still beautiful. This restaurant is perfect for a romantic dinner for two, or for a group. It's convenient to town, yet far enough away to be quiet and relaxed. The food is excellent. We always choose seafood dishes and are never disappointed. Great deserts too. The servers know their stuff and are friendly and talkative without invading your space. The lighting and decorating, music all bring together a perfect package. We return every Spring. I have been coming with family for years and highly recommend it. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Very friendly with wonderful service provided with smiles. The food was excellent. My wife's salad (I believe it was the spinach salad) was phenomenal."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "On our first visit to Highlands NC, friends recommended On the Verandah, and we were not disappointed. The setting and view alone were awesome (an early spring snow shower outside added to a wonderful view) The view was matched by the menu and service. Cajun scallops for appetizers, and peppercorn crusted tuna and duck breast were our entree's Portions were generous without being overwhelming. The tuna was accented with wasabi and gave it just a special flavor. The duck breast was perfect. To top it off, the Bailey's Irish Cream cheesecake might well be the best dessert my wife has had anywhere."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "This was our group's 3rd time visiting. All 6 of us had a great meal, the service was excellent and the surroundings are lovely and cozy. Our table shared 2 desserts and they were exceptional. We will visit again."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The food was perfect and the presentation spectacular!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We ate here this past weekend, and were impressed with the decor-very pretty. We were seated on the veranda, which was nice, too, if more casual in feel. There were a couple of larger groups out there with us, and we could hear everything they were saying-pretty loud outside. Inside was completely empty. Our server was nice, and made some good suggestions. We had the blue crab claws, which were tasty. They did not offer a side-sized salad, so if you wanted one, it would be an extra $10. My husband ordered the pepper crusted steak, which was so peppery he tasted it the next morning! The chef did come out and tell us to send it back next time, which was nice. I had the trout, which was nothing special. The best part was dessert."
    Dined on 2/22/2014