Very Fine Dining
A real treat to take my wife on our anniversary. 5 star food and service.
6/28/2012 4:00:00 PM
Rowland's, A Fabulous Restaurant
Rowland's offers one of the best dining experiences in the High Country. We celebrated my birthday with friends there on Friday night. The food was delicious, presented beautifully, and served well. While the restaurant is quite expensive, it is worth the price! We enjoyed a pleasant drink in the cozy bar before dinner where the assistant manager was friendly about sharing information about the spa and restaurant. We have dined here on other occasions and each time is a true pleasure. The attention to detail is not be be missed by discriminating diners.
3/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner was excellent and the
Dinner was excellent and the service was supurb. Very beautiful restaurant with great view. The only recommendation I have is that they need to have a larger selection of beer.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Top of the line
Fanastic restaurant from the original greeting to the drinks, food and sincere care from the entire staff. For Nate the head chef to come out and talk with each table is something special. Thank you Natalie, Nate, Jennifer and Matt ! Would recommend this special restaurant to anyone!!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Rowland's Is Worth It!
Superb dining experience at Rowland's for an anniversary celebration. Food is great -- beautiful presentation and wonderful combination of flavors and ingredients. Portions for dinner entrees are a bit small, but that allows for sampling a starter and/or dessert. The cheese sampler appetizer was super. I had lamb, wife had fish -- both were fabulous. Service is just about perfect -- enough attention that nothing was ever wanting, but reserved enough so we didn't feel bothered. Restaurant itself is in an outstanding old house with a great view out of part of the dining area. 5 Star experience.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Perfect Evening
Everything about the evening surpassed our expectations: We began with wine and salmon appetizer on the lawn watching the sunset over the mountains. When we went inside for our meal the tables on the sunporch were intimate with a nice view of gardens. My husband and I shared everything we ordered as we absolutely couldn't decide. We moved to a Fiddlehead Pinot Noir and had the cauliflower bisque and deconstructed Caesar salad with the whole duck egg yolk-both were fabulous. For dinner we ordered the sea bass and lamb chops and finished with a delightful chocolate dessert that was just right to finish our meal. The service was impeccable and personal.
5/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
IF YOU ARE IN THE BLOWING
IF YOU ARE IN THE BLOWING ROCK NC AREA, ROWLAND'S IS A MUST STOP!!! FOOD AND SERVICE ARE TOP NOTCH.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
birthday and bon voyage
A friend recently posted on face book about taking his wife to Rowland's for their anniversary. I've always wanted to eat at Rowland's and for some reason choose restaurants closer to home. We have a lot of good restaurants surrounding Boone, N.C. I thought it would be too expensive and had high expectations of the food. We'd been invited by Bonnie and Jaime to attend the gathering in 2012 for James Taylor...including the dinner after the concert. Since my husband was running for office we could not stay which broke our hearts. FINALLY I've experienced Rowlands and it exceeded all my expectations. The food was incredibly delicious and perfectly cooked and presented like artwork. Delicious, beautiful, warm, and not outrageously expensive.
6/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our periodic visits to Rowland's continue to be outstanding. The ambience, cuisine and service outrank any others in the area. It amazes us that seasonal and tourist visitors to Blowing Rock frequently are unaware of its excellence, probably because it is not in the downtown area.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Simply outstanding in every
Simply outstanding in every respect. Both our entrees, pork tenderloin and sea bass, were perfectly prepared and served. The entire wait staff did a beautiful job as well.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food, Waiter Challenged
Our main waiter seemed not to be on his game, however the supporting wait staff was perfect. Asking for bread three times, not remembering the type of beer ordered, calling after we left to get credit card number again. It was a shame, given the quality of the food, supporting wait staff and ambience. I would go back tomorrow but would not want the same waiter.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
best in the high country
No detail is overlooked in making the dinner-guest experience truly exceptional.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Charming and Eclectic
The menu was interesting, sadly the noise level from the bar made it difficult to determine what the cute ASU student waitress was reporting. She spoke very rapidly.....needs to slow up but she was on balance, quite good.
This was not my first visit to Rowlands - but first during "season".... I prefer non season as I think the ambiance is improved and the overall quality of the food in better. The food was good - not excellent, as it has been in the past. The portions however, were a disappointment. Too small and thus too pricey.....but it is summer and many restauranteurs take the position, "now or never".....
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amazing evening at rowlands
Being the foodies that we are this well exceeded our expectations. This place is first class from top to bottom. Will be coming back 100% certain.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was a wonderful evening.
It was a wonderful evening. The food and service were outstanding.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gorgeous setting on the mountain
Gorgeous setting on the mountain top. Service was exceptional, unobtrusive. Wonderful wine, delicious food. Expensive, but appropriately priced for what it is. We going back very soon!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
A beautiful restaurant
A very nice restaurant, tasty food, and great views.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I had a great dinner at Rowland's on August 2. We started with drinks on the portico. Out server Ashley came outside to takr our drink orders and explain the menu choices. We have dined in R & C properties throughout Europe...it is clear Rowland's is worthy to be in this elite group. We will be back soon and will definitely ask for Ashlley!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The wine list was extensive, service amazing,& the food was spot on!
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely setting and attentive,
Lovely setting and attentive, considerate wait staff. Would stick to local foods.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Exceeded our expectations
Exceeded our expectations and as a bonus a fantastic sunset.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rowland's is a 'must do' for
Rowland's is a 'must do' for seasonal residents which we are. The setting overlooking Grandfather, the stately home and its history, and the warm hospitality are memorable. The menu is excellent and the presentation is also. Delicious soup course, heirloom tomatoes, fresh fish and incredible desserts. The wine selection very good.
The staff made every effort to choose a location in the mansion for our table of 6. Hoping for privacy, John and Matt collaborated and made the decision for us to be seated at the beautifully set dining room table in the living room. It was perfect. Our male guests were wearing sports jackets which were so appropriate for this elegant setting. Jennifer was attentive and personal as our waitperson.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Two menu selections' options with regular and "spa" menu choices custom prepared for individual taste and/or special needs (allergies). Wonderful breakfast, lunch at poolside or outside (full course or smaller), and dinner in mansion dining room, including glassed in sunroom with beautiful mountain views. Vegetarian options from local farmers market wonderful! Fish prepared perfectly.
Whether staying at the Westglow or looking for a special occasion dining experience this restaurant focuses on satisfying the diner.
The chef is very creative. Try slowing down and savoring the flavors. This is a very very special place.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was perfect. The
Everything was perfect. The 4 of us all enjoyed our evening there. Many courses, servered beautifully, so the evening is long. As it should be in an expensive restaurant.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Too much food!
Rowland's is part of Westglow Spa. When we went there several years ago it had an upscale, low-calorie menu but it gradually transitioned into a full scale menu with only a couple of spa dishes. My eggplant and gnocchi were fried. Quality of the food is still above average but the portions are now too big and less healthy. The setting is a big historic mansion with great ambiance.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Prawn appetizer was one of
Prawn appetizer was one of the most creative and superbly executed dishes I have ever enjoyed.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superb cuisine & dining experience!
This has to be the finest restaurant in the High Country of Blowing Rock/Boone/Banner Elk, NC. The food is expertly prepared, elegantly served, delicious with every bite and the ambiance delightful. They even had five different salts from all over the world for the bread. And the parsley was so fresh, it was snipped off its branches at the table. Well done, good chef!!!
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service, as
Great food and service, as usual. Did have a family with a small child near us which was distracting and a little surprising for this type of restaurant but the child and breast-feeding mother were not too distracting.
9/5/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had such an enjoyable evening at Rowland's! From having a glass of wine on the porch, to service, and of course the food was fabulous!
They were so accommodating and even let us have dessert and coffee on the porch! The views from there were breathtaking!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Romantic! Great for grownups.
Very Romantic! Great for grownups. Food and service were 5-star! it was great for our anniversary.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Service in the high country
Service was impeccable!! From the friendly valet James to the exceptional wait staff Dylan, Ashley and Sandee. Every detail was attended to. Thank you for a wonderful anniversary dinner!
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
SPECTACULAR VIEW AND FOOD!
The restaurant is perched on a mountain with breathtaking long range views. Believe it or not, the food and the service were even better than the view! Fairly expensive, but worth it. Our favorite place in the Blowing Rock / Boone area.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Creative innovative food!
Creative innovative food! Absolutely delicious!!!!! The beef tenderloin was cooked perfectly and the poached lobster was fabulous! I especially enjoyed the garlic panna cotta which accompanied the lobster. If you are into Manhattans, they mix a terrific one! The service was outstanding as well. We ate in the library which was intimate and quiet. Perfect for conversation. We highly recommend Rowland's.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Words can't describe.....
My husband & I have lived in Boone NC for 10 years. Little did we know, this whole time we had never indulged in one of the best dining experiences in town. Tucked away from the obvious, Rowland's is one of the best kept secrets in the High Country. Imagine, you enter the grand foyer of this historic 1917 mansion overlooking one of the most spectacular views in our area. You are immediately greeted & shown to your perfectly set table nestled in one of the charming dining rooms. Your wine is carefully poured, a one-of-a-kind amuse bouche is set before you, & wafts of your upcoming feast start to leak out of the kitchen & tease your senses. You dine; it's fantastic, & you wonder why you've been denying yourself this unbelievable pleasure.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a surprise to find a Tara looking mansion with an astounding mountain view at the end of a wooded lane. Beautiful setting and
food prepared in the best of styles. A really pleasant ambiance with the exception of a frenetic piano player who could have evened it out a bit. Cheerful staff......good smiles and accommodating attitudes. Really good experience overall. Was taken aback when the waitperson refused to order our cheese plate first before the rest of the meal. Have always been accommodated to on this at other fine restaurants it was jarring to be said no to.
Will return.....special place. Doorman very pleasant.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Treasure in a niche
My husband and I celebrated our 11 year anniversary at Rowlands. We have dined at several restaurants in the area but have never visited this restaurant. My husband said the lamb chops were the best he had ever had. They melted in his mouth. The soup was phenomenal. I wanted to lick the bowl but figured the other guests wouldn't appreciate my lack of etiquette. Great scenery. Private and definitely a great selection for celebrating a special occasion.
10/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Less is more
This was our second time here. The restaurant is charming and this time we sat in the dining room with the fireplace, which the manager put on for us. (last time we sat in the sun-type room; which is nice.) We had cocktails and the manager made a champagne cocktail, which wasn't on the menu, at my wife's request. Quite good service, there. Our salads were tasty as were our entrees (my wife's steak was perfect), but both were presented as if Gordon Ramsey might be judging on appearance and pairing. The food as it appeared on the plate was kinda' kooka-monga, but, again, it was tasty. My advice: just trust your food; let it provide the "wow" factor, not some wild presentation. The dessert, Chocolate Earth, was outstanding as was the coffee.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful evening enjoyed
My husband and I met our son and his girlfriend at Rowland's at Westglow. We enjoyed drinks before dinner in the Living Room of this beautiful mansion. A fire was aglow in the fireplace, the chairs and couch were very comfortable. We enjoyed our time together talking in this beautiful room prior to dinner. Then, we were relocated into the dinning area where we had a wonderful dining experience. It was intimate and we were able to talk with each other without being bothered by loud noises or loud music. It was a wonderful evening.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Both my wife and I had high
Both my wife and I had high expectations which they were exceeded in all areas (food quality, service and ambiance).
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM