On The Verandah

4.6
1044 reviews
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Contemporary American
..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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Sun - Thu 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Fri - Sat 8:30PM - 9:00PM

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JK
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our dinners here when staying in Highlands. The service has never been less than impeccable, and the food is always consistently good, though we certainly have our favorite dishes (Maine lobster piccata, grouper, and filets top the list). We always try to sit on the veranda by the window, which is our favorite view of the serene lake just below. The only negative about this place in my opinion is price. It’s always our most expensive meal in Highlands, and in the past I’ve been given some grief about trying to use visa gift cards to pay the tab (in short they don’t let you). That being said we never skip a chance to have dinner here when visiting the area, and I’m sure we’ll return in the future!

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JL
Miami
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at On The Veranda is also extremely delicious. We've dined there many times and have never been disappointed. The chef manages to create wonderful creative dishes . I highly recommend dining at On The Veranda.

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JR
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely spot for general dining or special occasion. Every view is special so enjoy.

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AB
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Wonderful venue right on the lake, this restaurant is my favorite in Highlands because the food is always delicious and the service is unmatched.

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LB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. Had scallops and husband had halibut. Both great. The spinach salad was great too. Pricey, but it's a special occasion place for us and we love it. Beautiful setting overlooking the lake.

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OT
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

First time. Came highly recommended by friends. Sat outside on a beautiful evening and had a most serene atmosphere- beautiful setting. Best part, food was great!! Great lamb chop first dish then salad and halibut prepared perfectly. Dessert was great -bread pudding. Look forward to returning.

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CS
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely location overlooking the water. Outstanding service. Live musical entertainment. Excellent food. Enjoyed the special hummus assortment appetizer and NC rainbow trout, perfectly prepared and presented. This place is so much more on the inside than meets the eye while driving by. Be sure to stop when visiting Highlands, NC area

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S
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all around experience as always. Perfectly prepared Halibut with super-server Deborah.

I so miss their peach margaritas. Would love to see those back on the menu. Their specialty cocktail menu is underwhelming and no one at our table ordered anything other than wine.

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CH
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a great setting. Always consistent.
Has a beautiful view of the lake.

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OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. Our server, Debra, was knowledgeable about the menu and gave us impeccable service. We could not have been more impressed with everything we were served. Burrata, Caesar salad, Lamb Chops, Lobster Piccata, and the Coconut Curried Shrimp were all outstanding. The setting is beautiful and a gentleman played lovely music in the bar throughout the evening. This was the best dining experience we have had in Highlands.

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AU
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the greatest experience! The service was outstanding, setting was beautiful and the food was delicious! We can’t wait to go back!

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r
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal overlooking the lake. The house special lobster dish was outstanding. The daily fish dish (Horseradish encrusted Halibut was wonderful). The wait staff (Rosie on this night) was attentive and catered to our every need.

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PM
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On The Verandah never disappoints! The view is spectacular. The food was wonderful and they even were accommodating on changing a sauce. Our server, Christy, was great.

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JL
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was excellent!!!! We always enjoy dining here!

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Atlantic City
25 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always our go to restaurant for special dinner, date or entertaining guests visiting us in Highlands

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PW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been comimg to Highlands for many years. On the Veranda is always a must do. Everything is consistently outstanding. Highly recommended.

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OT
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Lack luster service and food on this night
Could not even get cocktail right after 2 tries.
Started going here years ago and this was the first time back in several. Won’t go back again.

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OT
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wine recommendation was perfect.
Always an incredible meal.

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p
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I had the best halibut dish I have ever eaten! The shrimp appetizer was really good as well. the wait staff are friendly and our water glasses were filled every time they got low. The wide porch has a great view of the lake and the porch is very pretty. This was our first time eating there and it will definitely not be our last!

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PK
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lake view--wonderful food--good service--first time here--but wil be back-

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S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

our server was Debra and she was not at all friendly. we actually felt as though we were bothering her by being there.

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l
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Great views. Food was excellent but portions are bit small. They need to work on their service. We had a large party and only one waitress. She was overwhelmed which I’m sure contributed to the attitude.

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PM
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous as always and Rosie, our server, was efficient and delightful.

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LD
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, good recommendations delicious food in a beautiful setting with piano accompaniment.

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JG
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice table with good view.
Food very mediocre.
Trout too many bones and too much scale.
Duck tough.
Service acceptable.
Terrible value.
Cannot recommend.

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SB
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The 4 of us had very good meals on Saturday night. Steak, lobster and trout along with a bottle of B Cellars red wine. We dined on the porch overlooking the lake. Outstanding!

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PC
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere! Great food! Friendly service! We love it every time we come!

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OT
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday dinner for my husband. We were seated on the outside deck, beautiful sunset over the tree tops and lake. Ordered the hummus app, excellent dish, entrees were a little challenged. There was not a vegan option on entrees selection so kitchen made up a vegetable plate which was a fresh local selection good plate, nothing really special. The plates price tag was hard to swallow,$27 for a veggie plate. Not good. That price tag was comparable to the meat or fish entrees. Overall a nice dinner, great staff, Tom enjoyed the shrimp salad entree. Good wine list.

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RM
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food at a high end restaurant we have had in a good while. Service was spot on. professional but friendly. Beautiful setting on the lake. Not crowded or noisy. Very relaxing.

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P
Atlanta
26 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On the Verandah was a lovely place. While the lake views are nice...the restaurant is all enjoyable and it's more than a place to see the water. We had a nice night with good food and good drinks. I ordered one cocktail and got another. It was not a big deal but I would have felt better if the server cared more. They were another wise attentive and helpful. Food was delicious. I'd go back anytime we were in the area.

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W
Indiana
25 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very quaint restaurant north of Highlands. Beautiful view of Lake Sequoyah from the deck. Our server Deanna was great - very personable and upbeat. The trout was very good.

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JS
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints. The food and service are always exceptional. Sitting on the back screened in area looking at the lake during sunset is perfect!

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LD
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was outstanding. It did take awhile to get our drinks, and meals. It didn't seem like they had enough waitstaff which could be due to early in season. Overall we will return for the simple fact the food was wonderful. I will however know now to request to eat out in back with a view. We ate inside. Highly recommend!

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MT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Anniversary Dinner with brother and sister in law celebrating 35 years! Perfect night!

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B
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tables were close together. Good was good.

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MP
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christie was an awesome server! Allan a knowledgeable bartender. Food was delicious!

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I
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time at this restaurant. Food is excellent! Nice lake view!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent crafted menu in a comfortable setting with attentive wait staff. Piano player came on at 7:00 for an added bonus. The occasion was a special meeting of old friends and our dining experience made the evening even more of a delight.

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L
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great waitress. She was professional, friendly and patient.

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CD
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Easter Brunch!!! Our family had a great time!!!

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