The Veranda on Highland
The Veranda on Highland

The Veranda on Highland

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.verandaonhighland.com/
  • Phone: 2059395551x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Live Jazz Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer catering for small, intimate gatherings and large galas alike. Please call to discuss pricing and availability.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our historic building is a beautifully renovated Southern home, with a collection of rooms providing guests with the perfect space to host private functions. Whether you are looking to have a business meeting, luncheon, party or wedding, we will facilitate all of your needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Stan Reynolds 8889896607

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 11th Court South
  • Parking: Valet
A word from The Veranda on Highland
We take a rustic, southern approach to fine dining while offering an extensive selection of fine wines and hand-crafted cocktails.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
The Veranda on Highland reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (25)romantic (20)great for brunch (15)fit for foodies (14)neighborhood gem (14)notable wine list (13)good for groups (9)great for outdoor dining (8)great for lunch (3)vibrant bar scene (2)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Rojo
    RojoVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This was a fabulous location for a brunch celebrating the birthday of my niece with family. I will come back here again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely brunch spot.
    Neurad1
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We really enjoy brunch at the Veranda. The jazz band is entertaining without being too obtrusive. The service is attentive and appropriately formal, but still warm. The food is very good, though I miss some of the Tex-Mex themed/flavored dishes that they have offered in the past. I had the shrimp and grits and really wish all restaurants would take the tails off the shrimp...We lived in Charleston for many years (ground zero for shrimp and grits) and I never remember having to remove the tails myself. The devilled eggs are good but the filling was a bit bland. A larger variety of bread in the bread basket would be nice (all we recieved was cornbread). Folks eating with me really enjoyed the duck confit, "Southern Breakfast".
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just plain creepy
    Table42
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    American Horror Story is what came to mind walking in and during our dinner. The vibe of the place was just plain creepy. The Swordfish was just ok and my husband's filet was 'good'. The waiter was good but again creepy. Sorry but I literally kept waiting for everyone to turn toward my husband and I with outstretched arms and zombie shuffle. I don't want to be mean, just honest. The food was just ok and I don't think I'll ever go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special girl brunch
    Booboo
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I always love to come to Sunday Brunch at Veranda when I am visiting Birmingham. The food is always delicious; the music wonderful; and the service impeccable! I love to bring my mom for a special girl time!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant!
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Veranda ranks right up there with Highland's Bar and Grill, Hot'n Hot Fish Club, Ocean, and Daniel George. A great meal, wonderful service, and fine atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great find
    AngelaandSteve
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Googled "fine southern dining" when we knew our route fr Chicago to destin, fl. We settled on the Veranda and were so glad we did! Loved our meal, cocktail and server. A must do when in Birmingham! Shrimp n grits are amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unbelievable food, service to match
    NiwinooVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We were visiting from out of town and happened to find The Veranda on Open Table with great reviews - and we weren't disappointed! What a fantastic restaurant, with impeccable service (Mr. Davis is a stand out!!) that heightens the delectable dining experience. We did the chef's tasting and were surprised at every course by the giant sizes of the portions, but grateful because of how delicious each course was. If we ever return to Birmingham, we'll make sure that our plans allow for a trip to The Veranda - it's THAT good! Among all of the nearly-equally yummy dishes, I have to point out the confit duck with greens and the deconstructed shrimp cocktail - I've been dreaming about them both! And the grits were stellar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This was our fourth time to this restaurant. Previously we were delighted with everything from the specialty cocktails through dessert. Our meals were not bad. However they were not exceptional. My filet, although cooked medium, was still tough. My wife's fish was not very flavorful. Again, not bad, but simply average.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    Jcrew2334
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    My wife and I visited for the first time on our 10 year anniversary and had a wonderful experience. The food was great and the atmosphere was perfect. The bartender was very helpful with providing us information about the Birmingham area and events since we are new to the area. The owner was there at the bar also and even gave us a free order of crab cakes which I highly recommend. We will definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome special occasion
    genah
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This was my second visit. Took a freind for Father's Day we both had chicken and waffles. Chicken was over cooked but we still enjoyed. Great service. Wish the band would play the entire length of brunch hours! Would definately go again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not meet usual expectations
    brunchqueen
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This is a favorite spot of ours and we have had such good experiences with dinner and brunch in the past that we have very high expectations for the food. Unfortunately our experience this time was just okay. I'm hoping they were just overwhelmed with a busy Father's Day brunch crowd. Otherwise the new chef does not meet the standard that the former chef set so high.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Veranda is superb
    Joanie
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I took my husband and his Dad there the night before Father's Day to celebrate them as Dad's - also brought my sister-in-law and niece. We were treated like royalty. All of the hors d'oeuvres were sensational, as the meals. 3 of us had the seared yelllow fin tuna, and two the thick pork chops - all perfect. We had the molten chocloate cake and passion fruit cake as desserts. Great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good, love going here!
    Moe83
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    My husband and I had our wedding reception here (which was wonderful) so we try to go back when we can. This was the first time we had brunch. It was very good; I got the chicken and waffles, and my husband got the steak and eggs. The service was excellent. They have a jazz band that plays during brunch which gave a nice ambiance to the whole meal. The Veranda has excellent food and we thoroughly enjoy going there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Service and food were surpurb. The best ambience in Birmingham. One of the few resturants in Birmingham where you can hear yourself talking.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find.
    catwolfe
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We were in Hoover for the SEC tournament and found the Veranda searching for a place for brunch. Everyone made us feel very welcome. The food was wonderful and the Jazz band made the meal even more special.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 590 reviews are from the The Veranda on Highland reviews archive.
  • Mothers Day Brunch
    coffeeroad
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Valet parking and Hostess were all over it from the start, quickly providing service and seating nearly immediately and actually prior to my reservation time. From that first impression the visit tapered off. The brunch selection was good, not Great, with limited menu choices probably due to kitchen capacity as the restaurant is located in an historic building, they were also out of several items on the menu - a definite problem on Mother's Day to be sure! I will say the grouper dish was exemplary, the petite ribeye under cooked, the bread pudding very good. Service was stretched, the kitchen was notably slow, with extreme gaps in service between courses of the meal. with a spend of over $200 for 4, one expects much better service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    MMalone
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Fantastic meal, one of the finest in Birmingham, check it out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as last visit
    jerniegirl
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We visited The Veranda Friday night before heading to a Broadway show as a special treat. The AC vents behind both of us were blowing full out so the server had to put napkins(?) in them to block them. I had a seafood dish with seafood in the shell. No bowl or other plate was provided for the shells. The dish was served with a charred piece of bread on top which the waiter did offer to replace. I will say that the waiter was very responsive to my request for gluten- and dairy-free options.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ms.foodie
    msfood2458
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    very good. local veggies. several options for starters salads and main course. desserts were not our thing. drinks from bar just ok.m
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experience!
    Flyer30125
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This was my first experience of dining at The Veranda. I chose the Veranda for a first date with someone new, and I was pleasantly surprised by the experience. The valet parking service was very nice. We enjoyed the great bar prior to seating, and the table was cozy and private. Our entrees were perfectly cooked, and we enjoyed some nice wine selections with our meals. The maître de and wait staff were great. Loved the old house, and I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Liked this place a lot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Took my wife out for our anniversary. Great food, service was remarkable, great drink selection and wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, questionable service
    Jidge
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Our meal was fabulous but the service needs improvement. We ordered Martinis but neither tasted like what we ordered. My Cosmo tasted like pink lemonade and was served in a champagne glass. My hubby ordered a Manhattan that was served in a highball glass with a ball of ice in the center...but no cherry. He ordered a second drink before our entrees were served but didn't receive it until we had finished our meals (after we told the waiter to cancel it). This has always been a favorite dining spot for us but something is lacking.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Refreshing visit to Veranda!
    niki81
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    We had not been to Veranda since the last chef change, but we were thrilled with the new menu and thought the food was very much improved. Portions were just right and taste was delightful. The cornbread they bring to the table is a fun tough and delicious. The cocktail, wine, and bourbon selections were also fantastic. All in all, great for a couples dinner or a group. I love the elegant yet quaint atmosphere at Veranda, so it is nice to have a return to quality food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Every Thing Wonderful
    LeftyMHVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The Veranda did a great job in every respect for our group of 10 people. We look forward to having Chef Hansell's delicious food again soon. The bar staff, the wait staff, and valet were all very skilled in their work and were so friendly even going out of their way to be helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sunday Brunch
    NikiEEMBA
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    My friends and I love to have brunch at The Veranda. We are never disappointed with the service or the food. The shrimp beignets and salmon platter were awesome appetizers. For my entree' I had the Southern breakfast which was another winner. I will definitely continue to dine at The Veranda. The New Orleans Jazz quartet was also very good (as usual).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    ahm514
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Had a party of 4 visit the Veranda for Sunday Brunch. The service was excellent, the jazz band was entertaining and the food was delicious. We will be returning!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New Orleans in Birmingham
    NJDiner08648VIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    The Veranda is pleasantly situated in a corner house. The staff are pleasant, efficient and not at all intrusive. I was made to feel as if my comfort and satisfaction were their paramount concern. The food was well prepared and well presented. The shrimp and sweet corn beignets were a treat and the sauce grebiche accompanying them almost had me canceling the rest of the meal and ordering more of the beignets. But the prawn scampi and the spiced duck breast did not disappoint at all. Having just arrived in Birmingham for business, this was a very welcoming first stop.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome brunch menu
    jerniegirl
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    We don't get downtown very often from Hoover but this was well worth it for a special brunch on a Sunday. They have a couple of outdoor dining options (balcony and patio), both covered so if the weather permits, ask for a table outside. They have a Jazz/Dixieland group on Sunday that adds a nice touch to the brunch atmosphere. We enjoyed the bread basket as well as the deviled eggs, beignets, ham biscuit with chow chow and the fried chicken and waffle. Great brunch place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I always enjoy brunch at the
    Chickensaladgirl
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    I always enjoy brunch at the Veranda. The eggs were so over cooked they had to be cut with a knife. The Quiche was overdone. The service was perfect. I think the kitchen staff was understaffed. Also the brunch menu needs a little updating. The shrimp and corn beignets were the highlight of the meal. Also the Bloody Mary needed some olives, celery , pickled okra!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jewel of Birmingham
    cooks4uVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The Veranda is exceptional in all areas. Service, Selection, Ambience and Taste are superior and the southern spin on the menu is creative and delicious. My new favorite spot in Birmingham.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Starting to slack in service.....
    Danny
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We love the Veranda, but this night was very very slow (and it was half empty!). My wife and mom shared a bottle of wine and I ordered a craft bottle of beer. Their wine came and they were almost done with their first glass and I still hadn't received my bottle. I asked my passing server if there was a problem and he said "no" and kept walking. A few minutes later I saw him again and stopped him. I said, "should I just order something else?" , as it was somewhere in the 20-25 mark just to get my beer. He again said "no" and finally went and handled it himself. And not until I got my beer, did they finally ask about appetizers. So, we were seated for 30 minutes before we even ordered an app. This is not typical, but I'm concerned.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent fresh oysters, delicious
    Mary
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Excellent fresh oysters, delicious bread and a bowl of turtle soup. Can't go wrong. My husband had the grouper entree and said it was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • We made reservations for six
    Delighted
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    We made reservations for six people but arrived with 7. They were very accommodating. Our table was arranged so that we could all carry on a conversation at once. Service was notable extremely friendly. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A++++***
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Veranda on the Highland is our new go to restaurant for special occasions. Service is exceptional. Ambience is elegant but not too overstated. This was our second time there and I can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Night Out
    ccody1
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This restaurant is perfect for an intimate and romantic night out with your significant other! Fabulous food and staff! Definitely a do again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines
    mitchj50
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Veranda had an excellent prix-fixe menu for Valentines. The fillet was perfect and the wine pairings were spot on. We arrived early to take advantage of the bar before dinner, and the cocktails were awesome as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Drinks
    Pastfan
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Ate there for brunch and the food and service was very good but ordered a spicy Bloody Mary and it was so bland. Has to be a contender for the worst I've ever had!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Here on business and found great reviews on the web. I was in search of a place to enjoy fine dining and music. You have first class operation. Will come again when business allows. Thanks to all.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Brunch Ever!
    Ginny
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    Loved the unique menu! The fried chicken on a waffle was to die for!! I thought the menu was a little heavy on bacon and other pork products. The muffins were a welcome extra. The artisan cheese plate was the perfect starter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch
    DiningEd
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    We really enjoyed our food served in a very pleasant venue by an attentive waitstaff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.