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On The Verandah

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860 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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..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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Brunch (in-season): Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner Nightly: Starts at 6:00pm; Dugout Bar: Nightly: 4:00pm
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Phone number
(828) 526-2338
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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.
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Private party contact
Suzanne McDavid: (828) 526-2338
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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.
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Cross street
US 64 West
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Entertainment
Enjoy the music of Chad Reed on Friday and Saturday night.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 860 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined a day ago

On the Verandah is our favorite restaurant in Highlands, NC. We had our rehearsal dinner here six years ago and go back every year for our anniversary. It’s a special place and the food is hands down the best in the city. The staff is always kind and remembers us as well. Great wine selection too. You can’t go wrong and it’s a place you will always remember and think of fondly.

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2.0Dined 2 days ago

We’ve never felt “ignored”(best word I can think of) like we did last night, and we eat out frequently. Food was great, waiter was knowledgeable, zero attention to our table. With other options available, don’t know if we’ll return.

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2.0Dined 2 days ago

Food was great , when we finally got ( 1.5 hours after we were seated ! )

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The best evening & food we have enjoyed in a long time. Great memories 😀!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Absolutely love this restaurant, the food, the location, the piano music. Always a wonderful experience.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

What a great time to sit on the porch! Beautiful view. Great food. Great service!

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

I had the beef tenderloin, and it was very good. My husband had the trout, which,he enjoyed.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Always an enjoyable evening. Food is very good and service great! We love the staff!

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

One of our best meals in the area! Service was tops!! Especially enjoyed meeting the chef's son.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Eight of us had reservations for Sunday brunch. We had reservations for 11:00 but called back that morning to request 11:30 and they graciously accepted. We sat in the area looking at the lake which are beautiful views. The food was very good with a great selection. Two out of the group ordered Eggs Benedict which they liked but thought the plate should of had something else on it like potatoes. The service was very slow which was a little disappointing especially since our group were driving back to Knoxville which is almost 3 hours. However we will come back in the near future.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

We were seated right away and by the windows overlooking the water. The restaurant is very comfortable with a nice low noise level. The menu had a nice fresh variety. Our meals were prepared as requested. We had Halibut and the Trout, both fish dishes were very nicely presented. The wine list is extensive with a nice variety. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a nice meal out!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Verandah is a lovely restaurant especially if you can get a table overlooking the lake. The food was delicious . Their lobster is fabulous as an appetizer or main meal. We had ribeye steak as main meal and it was a good size and delicious. Bread was warm and yummy. Would go back the next time we are in Highlands

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We sat on the porch overlooking the pond and so did everyone else dining there. We would have preferred quieter spot as rain reduced appeal of the view.
Food good and priced accordingly. We will return and hope for a more refined evening.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Always a fantastic meal here. Service was terrific and very helpful / accommodating to our son who is a vegetarian eater. Filet was spectacular. My wife loved the halibut. They had a Texas style grilled oyster special appetizer that was extremely good. Love this place.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We love On The Veranda. The food is always wonderful and the wait staff pleasant and well versed. Besides going to their delicious Easter Brunch we enjoy going to dinner as often as we can. It is a bit of a drive for us but well worth the trip.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We had a wonderful evening at On the Verandah, our first there in over 20 years. As it was off-season and a Thursday evening, we were only one of two couples having dinner. But, both our meals were fantastic, creatively prepared, and service by Rosie could not have been better. As full-time residents in Highlands, we know there are many other excellent dining options, but also know that OTV will be on our regular list of places to go for a great meal.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Our meal was very good. It has been reliably good the last few times we have been there. The music/piano player is too loud however. What could be a nice background takes over and makes the whole restaurant headache producing.

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1.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Waitress didn’t understand what a food allergy meant. She was very rude and took forever to deliver drinks and apps. We left early and didn’t even order dinner because the service was so terrible. Deborah is the worst waitress on the planet.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The shrimp and scallop dishes were awesome.
The rib eye was great too.

Recommendations for wine were good however their prices are way too high ...pricy! The Rose Hog Wash was fantastic.
Bread was excellent...yum yum...

Salads are not that great so don't bother.
I will go back again and again. I heard brunch was really good!

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Each course was delicious- warm bread, creative fish entree, wonderful dessert!
Loved the view of the Lake.

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3.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Normally this was a great restaurant when we come to Highlands. Food was sub par last night.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great food, great atmosphere! Will be back!

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Had a wonderful dinner with my husband here. I had the duck and it was perfect with a great sauce and sides. My husband had a steak which was cooked nicely but had an odd tasting sauce and the steak wasn't seasoned with salt at all. I will mention that the appetizer lobster and seafood bisque were both amazing. Overall was a great experience and would return. The pianist was lively and a bit loud. Would definitely recommend toning it down.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Although we had a little trepidation initially about this restaurant reservation given a few negative reviews, we found Verandah to be an incredible overall dining experience. The service was wonderful, the food incredible and the wine list top notch with several unique wines. None of the higher rated restaurant that we tried earlier in the week, came even close to the experience we had at Verandah. We can't wait for our next trip back to the Highlands so we can experience Verandah again.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Fantastic food and wonderful service. Plan on going to dinner again before we leave the Highlands.

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1.0Dined on February 10, 2018

My wife and I booked a reservation for two people on January 15th for a dinner on February 10th through OpenTable, so nearly a month in advance. When we arrived on February 10th, the restaurant was not open. It may well be closed for the winter season. If we had been contacted during that month to let us know that the restaurant was not serving, we would have happily booked somewhere else and had no complaint. However, we were not informed that the restaurant would be closed, by any party, via email or the phone. We came away disappointed and surprised by the lack of professionalism.

If you are considering a reservation at the restaurant (it looks like OpenTable is still accepting reservations at the time of this review), I would confirm directly with the restaurant that they are serving customers that night.

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4.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Nothing too special. Good food with decent creativity. Stay clear of any steak as the meat was tough a shoe leather and Walmart quality at best. Spinach and goat cheese salad was great, the other salads blaring and taste like they are out of a bag. The service was ok, although white table cloth they clear plates individually which is a no no if u r shooting for high end. So this is causal dining and it’s ok.

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3.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Meh. It was average food that was overpriced. At night and there are no lights illuminating the pond, so there really wasn't any view. The food seemed like a menu from the 90s, so nothing new and exciting. The duck I ate was good, but could be better. My wife had the trout and it was not good. How does a restaurant in "trout country" not have a good trout dish? There are many better choices in Highlands , NC. Meh. If you love food, this is not the place for you. If you want something average and overpriced, then you will enjoy it.

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3.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was very good but the piano was much too loud; it was difficult to have conversations. Quieter music would be nice.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

The food was excellent. Wait staff was cheerful and very helpful. The wine list and menu are both world class. Elegant but not stuffy atmosphere. There is a wine bar with live jazz. Altogether a great evening!! Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

We ate here for Thanksgiving Buffet and the food and service were very good. This restaurant is located on a river and we were able to sit on the veranda and
have an excellent view of the river. It was perfect for Thanksgiving!

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

Have been here many times and never disappointed. Excellent food & service.

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

Wonderful Thanksgiving Buffet.
Tasted like homemade!!!

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2.0Dined on November 21, 2017

Disappointed by the high cost and low quality. Two in our party sent their halibut entree back because it was over done, almost tough. The veranda was so noisy, we could hardly have a conversation.

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5.0Dined on November 20, 2017

We eat here every time we come to Highlands and it's consistently fabulous!! From the wine selection to desserts and everything in between, you can't make a bad selection. The duck dish is my favorite (I've never loved duck until I had it here) and the fish specials are always great too. All of the desserts are homemade and delectable! Be sure to try the chocolate pecan pie or raspberry apple pie!

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Debra was wonderfully attentive, knowledgeable and helpful -- backed up by a seemingly flawless kitchen, and ample portions of lovely cuisine -- a great experience!!
Thank you!

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

The ambiance and live music was wonderful. Food and service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was wonderful and we found a favorite wine, that we can’t get back home, on their wine list! The atmosphere and lighting was so nice and service was excellent.

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4.0Dined on November 10, 2017

As usual, the food was very good. What was different this time was the service...not so good. I am usually pretty forgiving of oversights from waiter/waitresses because I know they generally work very hard for not much more than adequate pay. Nevertheless, our waiter was less than attentive; interrupted me once when I was trying to say something to him; and perhaps this will say it all: we had to ask the bus boy to bring some bread to us midway through our meal...the waiter never brought it to us.

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