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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
  • "This was our first time at this restaurant. We eat at Highlands, driving from Cashiers. This was an excellent meal and definitely a good spot in an area that has very good restaurant options."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Made our reservation 2 weeks in advance. Ordered nice bottle of wine. Server asked 4 times during our appetizer to take our entree order. When we told him we were having a leisurely, celebration dinner with several courses, he said a party of 11 was coming in an hour and would need our table. I complained to hostess who moved large party to another area but gave no apology. Server brought our check before we were finished. Will not go there again. Food is delicious and view is great, but it is obvious they care too much about flipping tables several times a night."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Good food and good service. Very nice place for a couple or group of friends. The fish dishes were great. Also nice piano music durning dinner"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "This was our 17th wedding anniversary. We had a wonderful meal on the veranda. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We celebrate our anniversary here every year as this was where we had our 1st date. We have not been dissapointment once in 7 years..."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Loved On the Verandah!!! Great food and service. But - nothing beats the view if you have a table on the verandah; idyllic!!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Our waiter Joe made the evening special! Based on reviews here and on Trip Advisor we requested a table on the veranda with a view of the lake. Andrew and his staff provided us the perfect table. Every bite was succulent; from the small plate (calamari), the warm spinach salad (to die for), and the dinner plates (lobster picante and braised short ribs) to desert (Mississippi mud pie). Joe attended to our every need with perfect timing and five star service. OTV made this special evening perfect! By the way, the piano bar and drinks were awesome. I especially enjoyed "The New Fasioned" and my wife loved the "Lemon Basil" martini."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We often choose On the Verandah for a special ocasion. This week we took my 13 and 17 yr old niece and nephew visiting. Great meal, although it was probably waisted on the 13 year old. My 17 year old is more adventurous and he appreciated the menu and the setting. We ordered the gumbo and shrimp with salsa appetizers - Yum! Both were great. For dinner the trout, New York strip, Wreck fish specail, and braised short ribs - all delicious. I think they could have suggested the childrens menu for the 13 year old who ordered the steak. The one disappointment was that the hostess suggested that I call instead of using Open Table for reservations if I wanted seating On the Verandah with view. Were seated inside near a window - still nice."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Having visited the restaurant each time I have been in Highlands which has been for the entire time the restaurant has been open this was the best food I have had The porch setting is so lovely and the wait staff were attentive I enjoyed the halibut crusted with light horseradish"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Andrew and his crew did their usual outstanding job! The food, service, and overall experience cannot be beat at On The Verandah! Janelle and Alexa are awesome servers!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner here. The food was absolutely amazing. We enjoyed the atmosphere and live music. This was our first visit and we can't wait to come back. The view was spectacular. There were hummingbird feeders surrounding the outside of the building and it was beautiful to watch them feed as the sunset. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. See you again on our next vacation. Thank you for making our experience memorable."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "On The Verandah was a fantastic meal! We made our reservations so we could watch the sunset, and it was beautiful. They have a great cocktail and wine list. My husband had the tuna special for his entree...and it was the best tuna he'd ever had. I had the risotto special with grilled shrimp and cobia fish; delicious! Loved the twist on the pecan pie for dessert, and the chocolate version of the creme brulee was so good. We highly recommend this restaurant!!!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We were up in Highlands for a wedding and knew we needed to go out to On the Veranda for dinner. It was such a lovely evening sitting out on their veranda and having a delicious meal! Watching the humming birds fly by and seeing the still waters of the lake, made us relax and just enjoy the moment!!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I would request sitting on the verandah when you make a reservation."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "THIS IS THE BEST RESTAURANT IN HIGHLANDS! food, energy, food, specialty drinks, food, atmosphere ....did I mention the food?"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Food was good. The fish was excellent; however, the ribs were extremely fatty but the vegetables were great. The wedge salad was a little small and I wonder if the lettuce had been washed prior to serving."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We always have a wonderful experience at On The Verandah. The staff and food are excellent, and dining is truly an event."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Over rated ! Service was good but the chicken dish was not done very well for my taste and there was to much liquid on it."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "In making my reservation through Open Table I requested a table on the veranda. Upon arriving, the greeter said that she had noted that I wanted a veranda table but that all tables had been reserved. At the time of our arrival there were only two tables on the veranda with diners. When we were finished with our meal there were still two tables of 6 empty and a table for 4 also empty. I can understand that the diners who had reserved the tables may have been late or that the policy is to allow more spacing of time to make sure that the tables are available for the time slots, but the fact that I was not notified before I arrived at the restaurant that my accommodation could not be met, when clearly she knew about it was very disappointing."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "As always, the food was excellent; the wine outstanding; and, the entire evening a success"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Menu items outstanding! Had crab cake starter on a previous visit. It was outstanding! Wish it had been offered on our last visit"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "This is not our first visit. We love dining in this restaurant. And they accommodated a special request to be seated on the verandah due to a birthday in our party. Great food and atmosphere. Highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Best restaurant in highlands by far. Great seafood and ambiance on the verandah."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The food is very good. Not necessarily the best in the area, but very, very good. Server this time was not as knowlegeable as others we have had in the past and made a few mistakes seemingly very nervous. Hopefully time will help. Views of the lake can't be better. Always a very enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "It was great. We had a good time. the staff was friendly and the food was good."
    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 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