On The Verandah
On The Verandah

On The Verandah

  • 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: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • 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 8285262338
  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
On The Verandah reviews from OpenTable diners
103 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (80)special occasion (63)romantic (51)fit for foodies (51)great for outdoor dining (38)notable wine list (35)neighborhood gem (32)good for groups (24)great for brunch (22)hot spot (10)vibrant bar scene (7)kid-friendly (6)great for lunch (4)Show More
  • Outstanding as always!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We have dined at On the Verandah several times, and we are never disappointed. On this particular visit, we were seated promptly. The food was outstanding, as it always is. The hostess and wait staff were attentive and very knowledgeable about the menu. The ambience was excellent. We spoke with the chef after our meal, and he was friendly and welcoming. He genuinely cares about the quality of the food that he serves, and about his customers having a positive experience. I would recommend On the Verandah to anyone who is looking for an excellent dining experience! It will not disappoint!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was my birthday, and...
    Prisc70
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    It was wonderful. The food, the atmosphere, and the service. I remembered it from a few years ago and it was great to revisit and have just as wonderful a time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster appetizer was amazing!
    Durstee
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Our entire dining experience was wonderful. We enjoyed the bar first and met such friendly patrons. Then we were seated on the verandah, which was very romantic. Our server was great. The chocolate bourbon pecan pie was to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef Andrew is Awesome!!!
    GaryVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    OTV is always consistent and a great dining venue. However, on our last visit it was a relatively quiet autum night and it was especially good. One of the outstanding menu items is the savory lemon picatta lobster tail with a variety of delicious vegetables and coucous. Wonderful evening with great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Brunch Date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 18th anniversay with brunch at the Verandah. The food and service were both excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we celebrated our 46 anniversary .
    jrs3
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We celebrated our 46 wedding anniversary and the veranda made it romantic and intimate. They gave us complimentary champagne to toast each other and the food was incredible, The veranda was a very quiet and romantic experience..
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ave food - poor customer service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    My husband ordered the pork chop- apparently a house specialty. The pork was so dry & hard that a knife could barely pierce it. It took more than 15 mins before our server finally reappeared. When told the meat was inedible, she muttered a half hearted apology & offered to bring another order to the table. We had already shared my trout, which was nothing more than average, so we declined. The server presented us with the bill, & said that they had taken the pork chop off the bill. Really? Was there another option? No one from management ever acknowledged the poor quality nor offered an apology. The lack of concern for customer satisfaction and less than average food makes this restaurant one to cross off your list!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First timers
    Lulu710
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    New residents in Highlands and finally slowed down enough to enjoy a night out with our friends! Got an early reservation as we made it late.....but it was a perfect time of day for the view and ambiance. Fine food, great service and amazing wine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Muleman
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We always have a wonderful experience when we dine at On The Verandah. Dining here is truly an event. Everything about this restaurant is first class. It is a beautiful restaurant, the staff is courteous, friendly, and very knowledgeable, and the food is incredible. I highly recommend On The Verandah to anyone who wishes to have a first rate dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    Cosmogal1
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The food and atmosphere here is tops! We were seated at the requested table on the Veranda and enjoyed top notch food and cocktails!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    Welldone7VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised that we were able to get a reservation at such a peak weekend. The food was great, our server Allen was very knowledgable and attentive. I definitely will return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Monday in October
    wtitus3
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We happened to be celebrating the week in the Highlands for my parent's 50th wedding anniversary and mother's birthday. After last week's celebrations, we were looking for a nice place to spend some alone time with them. This was a perfect spot. The food preparation was excellent, plates were hot. The music was a bit loud at first, but after a while seemed to fade into the background.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK
    Live2Eat
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This restaurant was OK. A little pricey for what we got... I had the filet which was very good, my husband got the duck which was just OK. Had some wine- $14 a glass was pretty steep but they had some cheaper glasses- maybe $10 was the cheapest. Overall thought the meal was too expensive for the quality of food. Cute spot but probably won't go again- rather try some other places in the same area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently excellent
    Goldilx
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We travel from Atlanta to Highlands just about every October..we were there celebrating our 29th wedding anniversary this year. We are never disappointed and ALWAYS have excellent service and food!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This restaurant continues to impress me year after year. Their friendly service, delicious food and the ambiance and view are the best Highlands has to offer. It is a nice comfy casual, yet refined place that accommodates all guests to ensure they enjoy the best experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    On The Veranda is a must on our list every time we visit Highlands...and once again we had a wonderful dinner. The lobster appetizer was excellent and the trout delicious! All elements - excellent food, great service, beautiful view of lake, lighting after dark, - combine to deliver a most enjoyable evening. OTV remains a must on our "Highlands" list and we can't wait to return. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunday Brunch
    GourmetettesVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We stopped here for brunch during our travels and were surprised at the high cost. However, the cost included a glass of Mimosa or Kir and champagne cocktail, as well as a salad bar and dessert. My husband liked his Kir, I found the Mimosa too tart and saw that I could have had only champagne had the wait person offered. My husband was disappointed in his oyster entree as it was not what he expected with the other fish mixed in. My eggs creole were good over spicy crabcakes. We really enjoyed the wild rice salad from the salad bar, as that was the most memorable. For dessert, we enjoyed the small bite sized apple pie with vanilla bean ice cream and the dark chocolate cake. We enjoyed our table by the river/lake.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sunday brunch with a view
    abbylikestoeat
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    this is a great place in highlands for sunday brunch especially if you are seated on porch overlooking lake sequoyah! brunch includes entree (fabulous choices), great salad bar, choice of soup and complimentary 'brunchy' cocktail. brunch starts at 11am but unfortunately your complimentary cocktail cannot be served until after 12 noon according to nc law. this means that if you start early you either drink water and wait til the bewitching hour or enjoy a complimentary coffee/tea beverage instead.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    Walhallacouple
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had never been here but can guarantee you that we will return. The atmosphere was perfect, food excellent but most of all our server,Sandy was the greates. She not only was great server but made our dining experience that much more special. You must eat here and enjoy the great experience
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Quiet romantic dinner
    Luvdining
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Loved the Ambiance. Had a piano player there that was awesome and made it very special. The wine selection was great and our waitress was able to select a nice bottle for us. They had some nice specials. We choose the trout and was fabulous. We ordered a few appetizers along with 1 entrée to split because that was a lot of food. We didn't much care for an added charge just because we split an entrée...really? I probably should have just told them to give me an extra plate and did it my self.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good
    AtlantanVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    First timers and we would return. Crowd dressed nice especially for the mountains. Nice menu - server was knowledgeable about each dish. She was good but busy and I did feel like she hurried us a bit but it wasn't that big a deal. Everyone was happy with their meals.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We went to On the Verandah for our girls weekend dinner and it was delicious! The service was the best was received all weekend! I highly recommend for dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    great night -we will go again. we had good food and great service. we went on a very busy nite and still got great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    Lteo
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We have eaten here many times, and have always enjoyed the ambience, friendliness of the staff, and the exceptional freshness and quality of the food. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Restaurant
    Muleman
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We eat at On The Verandah every time we are in Highlands. The atmosphere, food, and staff are all amazing. I cannot recommend OTV enough for those who are looking for a true upscale dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not worth it.
    Pete
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The food was uninspiring and not at all worth the very high prices charged. Therefore I cannot recommend this restaurant to anyone unless you just don't care.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We had the most incredible meal at On the Verandah & the service was fabulous. The restaurant sits on the most romantically beautiful lake & we also enjoyed the live entertainment. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    Dragon
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food was very good (except soup was barely warm). The food was excellently seasoned and nicely presented. We would definitely go back again. Thank you for a tasty brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow wow wow
    lanier2VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The best wow in highlands. Food scenery service. Fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Townes was our waiter and he was fabulous!!! He made our evening very special
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top Notch!
    gojabi
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great view and food to match. Our server provided excellent guidance regarding both food and wine. We will definitely return next time we visit Highlands.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • vanillagorilla
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We were greeted professionally as we walked into the restaurant. The service was good, and the waiter was familiar with the menu and the specials. The quality of the food was exceptional. The view was to die for. As was the case with most of the dinners we had while visiting Highlands, there was a little something missing. It was as if you had a beautiful wedding cake and the bride and groom were missing from the top. You are almost there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Absolutely great find. My husband and I first time and would go back again and recommend. Don't let the menu fool you. There nightly specials are extensive and awesome
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view, great food.
    HHIslander
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Dined on the verandah in the early evening as the sunlight sparkled on the lake. Very pretty view, accompanied by a good jazzy singer and pianist. Ordered the braised beef ribs special, which was excellent. One could taste every minute of the many hours that must have gone into cooking the dish. Service was attentive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bad wine
    SteveW
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Surprisingly we were served two glasses of rose wine that were obviously turning to sherry - and therefore past their "useful lives". The waiter seemed surprised and I had to ask him to take them back and bring us other wine. He should have immediately offered. But overall he was really excellent and I won't hold the wine incident against him or the restaurant. The food, on the other hand, was excellent and surpassed our expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Fit For a King
    gemfound
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It was my sweetheart's birthday, and I wanted the restaurant to be special. We had never tried OTV, so I was hopeful that everything would turn out positive. It was everything we look for in fine dining. We were seated out on the veranda overlooking the lake, just as I had requested. Our server came over immediately and suggested her favorite red wine. She was right on the mark. We ordered the rainbow trout, and it was wonderfully prepared and delicious. We were most impressed with On the Verandah, and will definitely return. I am very grateful for our server and chef for making this evening so special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dining Experience
    pfitz
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Picked this place from reviews on TripAdvisor. Great choice Food, service and ambience were exceptional. Great birthday evening!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2knoxfoodlovers
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Had a great dinner here. I had the trout with pecan brown butter and my wife had the salmon special. Both were delicious! The service from Janelle was excellent. The wine list was large and they were recently recognized by wine spectator for their wine list. Janelle was very helpful with the food and wine pairing. We were seating on the screened verandah overlooking sequoyah lake. The setting was romantic and not too loud. Overall a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definite Return
    Becky
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We were very pleased with the food and service at The Verandah. Service was prompt, there was a good variety of food on the menu and the wine selections were very good and reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dinner, delicious food.
    ShelbeeVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    A very good experience once again. Excellent server, JJ. The special, Tile Fish was outstanding. Grouper special was ok. Excellent duck and excellent filet. Blue Point oysters were fresh and very flavorful. Ham and split pea soup was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.