Date night with my son
Great service-have been several times- and have been very pleased. This time I was not with an adult, but was still treated well and the manager even knew my name!! Great service- hickory needed this so badly- cant wait for the outside to open up
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
very loud....need sound absorbers
very loud....need sound absorbers
food was excellent!
5/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing service from making reservations to dessert. We had a large group and had to change the number of guest several times (normally you would get some attitude bacause that is annoying!). Robert- the manager, the hostess and our awesome server Kelsey all handled our requests with a smile and awesome friendliness.
We will come again and again- Highland Ave has become our favorite spot.
5/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
great new place
Very good food, mostly organic, and from local farmers. Service and presentation was superb. Seating a little close together on the periphery, but overall outstanding.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great new place
Great menu selections. Fried oysters was a great starter. I had the fish special, trigger fish, it was prepared perfectly. Another diner ordered shrimp and grits, this was the least favorite plate. It had more sauce than grits, everything smother in a smokey Tasso sauce
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Finally a place to go on a date for a reasonable price with a very nice atmosphere!
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Interesting dining experience,
Interesting dining experience, food was fresh and waitress very helpful. Would like to try again after they have been open longer. Love what they have done with the building!
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best thing that's happen to hickory
This was our third time visiting the restaurant and all have been great, service and food were great!!
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Modern, open space and decor.
Modern, open space and decor. Doesn't feel like you are in Hickory. Great food and super nice bar.
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pork belly was fantastic
My wife and I went here after hearing about it from a friend. We were very impressed, and will return.
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our food was so good! I loved my fried oysters, but wouldn't order the shrimp & grits again (too soupy). Overall, from the bread to dessert, everything was so tasty, including our specialty drinks : )
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent! They will invent a Martini to suit your taste, tell them what you like and they will pleasantly surprise you. The food was paired with novel sides which complimented the main course. Great new restaurant!
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was about our fifth visit to this new restaurant and it continues to get high marks. Food is excellent and creative. Goat cheese cheesecake is delicious.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great New Dining Addition
Had a delightful special occasion dinner with friends. Our waitress was friendly and attentive, the lavender martini was out of this world, and the entrees and desserts were excellent. We'll be back!
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Waiters and presentation
The wait staff was very good, friendly, courteous and willing to change a bit. I don't like iced water, prefer at room temp. They took care of this well.
The presentation of each course was beautiful, and yes, delicious. We just returned from Europe and dined at some very good restaurants, Highland Avenue could stand with them and I only expect them to get even better.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was excellent but
The food was excellent but the service was lacking eventhoug ourr waiter was friendly, she did not introduce herself, nor greet our table. She did not tell us about their specials and the first thing that she said was. Do you want to order some drinks? Just to let you know we are out of almost all of the fish listed on the menu.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I have had dinner
My wife and I have had dinner at least 5 times and have been impressed each time, great friendly staff, food is great, and a very upbeat atmosphere, just what hickory needed!!
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
When we entered the restaurant and saw the beautifully restored building, our expectations for a great meal were very high...you did not disappoint...everything was perfect...service and food were wonderful...keep up the good work. Don't go to H.Ave expecting large plates of food...you can expect food that is delicious and fresh. Looking forward to our next visit.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had a great time at this new restaurant in Hickory. The hostesses were friendly, waitress was informative and the food was fantastic. Very fresh and seasonal. The atmosphere was beautifully decorated. Our seating was private enough to have a conversation yet still offered the open room experience to see the other diners. I will definitely be going back asap!! Next time I want to sit outside on the patio!
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Deliciously prepared, locally sourced food. Make sure to try the hamburger ( ground in house) and the homemade ice cream.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a delight! It is imperative that communities retain their old buildings with vibrant, attractive uses.....What a fine example....thanks to the investors, the city and the many involved in this grand project......Food, service, atmosphere is 5 star.......
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place! Menu is inventive, service attentive, and the renovated warehouse space is beautiful. Totally worth the drive from Charlotte
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth the Ride!
Nice to see upscale dining in Hickory!!! Really rehab (old Mill) with a "farm to table" menu. We'll be back often!!!
8/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great overall experience
Everything about the restaurant is appealing. Would love to see more outside dining options.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great potential for this Restaurant
They had a great bluegrass band at the venue across from the restaurant. We dined prior to the concert and had a nice dinner and the service was attentive. Dinner was once again creative and good. The concert venue has tons of potential. The acoustics were good and its plenty big. But they needed chairs. Maybe 200-300 people were there and there might have been 10-12 chairs. Not that everyone needed or wanted a seat but they had plenty of room for chairs and most of the crowd would have been happy to take a load off at the end of a work day. It would be nice to see chairs at the back or on the sides and yet leave space in front of the band for dancing and standing. I would attend again because I want this to be successful.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
fun spot; great food
the chef at Highland Avenue is turning out, perhaps arguably, the best food in HIckory. the renovated mill structure is beautiful and a fun place to spend an evening. the service is definitely, easily, some of the most professional in town. the ONLY downside to the lovely evening was the extremely high noise level produced by a rather large wedding party that took up much of the main dining room during half of our dining experience. The ceiling's beautiful, high ceilings seem to enhance the noise level. we did not let it take away from our fine evening, but we will definitely check next time to see if there is a large party reserved at the same time we are.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Exceptional service and great
Exceptional service and great food! I highly recommend to anyone looking for reasonably priced fine dining!
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is different (farm to table) and servers are great. Really cool old mill, loft restoration! Try once and you'll be hooked!
9/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
It's hard to tell on the noise
It's hard to tell on the noise level as there was a 50th bday going on at the time.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Complete dining experience
Started with champaign and appetitizers. Oysters were crispy and succulent. The pea gnocchi were tender and tasty. They do fish great. I had red drum with sweet corn salsa which was excellent. Another diner had shrimp and grits. The crab cake were all lump crab...delish!!! Menu changes seasonally using local farm to table philosophy. You must go.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service at Highland
The food and service at Highland Avenue are top notch. I travel the USA with my job and eat in many restaurants. This is among my favorites and I am so happy it's right here in Hickory!! Keep up th egreat work. I'll be back.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Spot for Special Nights
We hosted our company's sales people to dinner (we had a party of 14) and this was the first time for most everyone there. The food was very good and tasted fresh. The ambience was cool and laid back, a very New York City and Old School feel. The service was wonderful and everyone was served at the same time. Everyone should go at least once. It is pricey, but worth it for special occasions and hosting.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was great and service was great too. I feel there was a little something missing, but can't put my finger on it. Overall the dinner was terrific and my girlfriend loved it. It was a great way to celebrate her birthday and she is excited to go back soon.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just happened to find this place on Open Table and was very impressed with the food and the service
The building make its a very nice old / new hot spot that will impress everyone that visits
Love the rabbit special and was impressed with the drink menu from the bar
Highly reccmmend this restaurant !
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
All 5 in my party kept saying "the best I've ever had" from the cocktails to the starters to the entrees and dessert. This is our new favorite place to dine and we want Duane as out waiter.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great First Impression
We recently moved to the area and heard about Highland Avenue from a neighbor. Friends from NY came to visit so the 4 of us decided to give it a try. We all enjoyed the unique menu choices, excellent wine and great service.
Steve and Shelley Cors
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Old mill becomes foodie meca
Everything at this place revolves around the food experience. The wait staff are knowledgeable about the food and beverage pairings. The menu is well balanced. The presentation is good without being too much. The flavors, the most important element, are there and gladly are forefront.
Our party of six was well taken care. The waiter went well beyond his duty to make us happy. We had a great night.
10/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great for special occasion
Highland Ave has a great ambiance and decor and the food is good. The bar is pretty and top patio is great for drinks. Not your every day restaurant but nice for special occasion. The downside is that it's loud inside and expensive.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
The foods was outstanding
The foods was outstanding - Shrimp & Grits, Flounder.
10/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
This place has been beautifully redone into a eye pleasing restaurant. The service was really good, our waitress was professional with a great sense of humor. The food was good.
10/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
The restaurant is " farm to table" concept, with renowned chef who works magic! Great ambience, service and incredible food!
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
A good fine dining option
Highland Avenue is a needed option for fine dining in the Hickory area. The food was well prepared and presented and there was a good wine list. The portions were modest and a little over priced for the area... but still a good choice for special occasions.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Addition for Our Community!!!
We love entertaining out of town guests here!!! Top notch restaurant in the area!!!
10/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Birthday Evening
We went to Highland Avenue for my husband's birthday. The experience was fantastic. The food was remarkable. I had the fish special in butternut squash bisque and my husband had the filet. The taste and presentation was wonderful. Our waitress was friendly and attentive and management was very visible making sure everyone was ok. They have done wonders with an old warehouse and it looks great inside. Their wine list had a good variety of wines. The chocolate mousse for dessert was light and delicious.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Sunday Brunch
Obviously we missed the crowd as we were the only diners for last hour of the Sunday brunch. Highland only recently opened. I have eaten dinner there on several occasions, but I wasn't aware that they were open for Sunday brunch until I attempted to make a reservation for Sunday dinner (not open). The service was great! The local food was excellent as always. The price was reasonable.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wonderful & cosmopolitan in Hickory
Great ambiance, delicious food, attentive service, full bar menu, management/owner on site - what more would any diner need?
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best dining in Hickory! Our server, Dwayne, was VERY attentive!! A must experience venue!
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dining Experience with Ambiance
Restaurant was recommended to us by locals who have not been there yet. Has not been opened long, but in an old hosiery mill. Fabulous setting and great local organic food. Everything we ate was delicious. Take a break and enjoy the experience.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Highland Avenue is Excellent!
I had no idea what to expect and was looking forward to trying this new restaurant. The food and service were excellent! Unusual and delicious combinations of food really surprised everyone in my party including my teenage children. Loved it all, especially the pumpkin cheesecake with the sorghum ice cream. Love the sustainable farm to table philosophy too! Accommodated all the dietary restrictions in our party with ease. Gracious and welcoming staff and hip ambience. We look forward to our next visit soon!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
You would never know that
You would never know that you are in Hickory NC. The place is a loft in a former hosiery mill and the atmosphere is just plain cool. The food was outstanding and farm to table fresh. We will totally support these owners as it took a boat load or courage to open a restaurant here and in this economy. Come out and enjoy....you will swear you are in Soho.
4/17/2013 12:00:00 AM