On The Verandah

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1080 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
Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(828) 526-2338
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Payment options
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.
Additional
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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LS
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great ambiance and wonderful food. The service was outstanding. I would recommend On The Verandah to everyone I know

C
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Always great food and evening view of the lake

TB
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We found the food to be very good. The setting on the lake was nice. Unfortunately the service could have been better. We were early (6 pm) with not that many tables full. It took the server well over 5 minutes to come to the table. We had to wait a little after we finished our main course for the server to come and see about desert. When it came time to pay the bill it took quite a while after we provided the credit card for the server to return with receipt to sign. Even though business was starting to pick up it still took too long to return for us to sign the receipt.

PM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting with outstanding food and service.

CI
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

We’ve been to On the Verandah many times. Food and service has always been excellent. This was our first Sunday brunch. Noise level was high due to an overly enthusiastic piano player. His was talented but choice of songs yielded a noise level which made conversation difficult where we were seated — which was inside and not on the porch. Service was a bit slower than normal. My Eggs Benedict ham was tough. That said, we will be back.

KG
Wilmington
11 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very pretty setting on the lake. Good service. Food was okay-but I would return for the overall experience.

SM
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food and view

PO
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Karen and I have eaten all over the world in some amazing restaurants and experienced some Michelin rated chefs. We found the cuisine at "On The Verandah" to be not only excellent but imaginative. A small, be very creative, selection of international wines made the evening ever that much more special. Who would have thought a restaurant on a mountain road outside of Highlands could have been so good? Before we left we made reservations for a week later, and cancelled our reservation to another well regarded restaurant in town. That should tell you something!

OT
Chicago
153 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An exceptional meal from start to finish. The wedge and spinach salads were delicious, as were the lobster and local trout entrees. Ask for a table on the terrace overlooking the lake, for a truly lovely setting.

t
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t wait to go back! Might be the best restaurant in Highlands. Fabulous food, ambiance with friendly and knowable staff.

o
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Have been a few times before but put off this time by a couple of things. We literally had to flag someone down to get waited on after about 10-15 minutes, it was busy but NOT crazy busy. Several service people kept passing us right by with zero acknowledgement. This was very annoying since service all around us looked very attentive
Other issues: they brought out our appetizer same exact time as our salads, very limited bourbon selection, really CHEESY piano player playing very basic old fashioned music selections. In general, the place caters to the 75 yr old Highlands regulars. The service and food timing issues not forgivable for a $150+ dinner for two. So, they have moved to bottom of our consideration list next time we are in the area.
On plus side, the food was pretty good.

S
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We drove by this restaurant several times and didn’t think much of it. The exterior is not special, however, we were impressed with the number of cars in the parking lot. So, we decided to try it out. It’s awesome! The food, the service, and the ambience were all great! Well worth a trip there.

LG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Was seated in the main dining room. A little warm. Service and food was exceptional. Was a Little amazed that there was a charge for Blue cheese olives in the $15 Martini

R
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been here many times over the past ten years. The food is good, and the service excellent. The only complaint is the menu has been basically the same. There are specials, but I would love to see them change up the menu more.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lobster piccata appetizer was superb, as was the filet. I live in Atlanta and frequent Buckhead top end restaurants and this place was right on par with them. Amazing find in the NC mountains.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as well as the service. Great ambience and view. I would recommend it any day!!

JS
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful dining experience! Wonderful food! Highly recommended!

VJ
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Brunch. When we visit Highlands, we always make a point of having Sunday brunch here on our way home. The setting by the lake is lovely and the decor is modern and appealing. The set price for brunch ($30) includes soup, a salad bar, and a choice of entrees. We always go for the eggs gaucho, which consists of two poached eggs over generous slices of beef tenderloin with chimichurri and hollandaise sauces. Drinks are pricey, however, and desserts, while fabulous, are also quite expensive. The almond cherry torte and butterscotch roulade were equally outstanding. Nevertheless, it’s all worth it.

E
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was delicious, the halibut perfectly cooked, one cocktail was very good but one seemed to be a mix, not fresh ingredients. Love the patio and the the beautiful setting can't be beat. We had a loud patron at an adjacent table who made it difficult to hear but that is not the restaurant's fault. Service was slow, waited a while to order cocktails but it did improve. Always recommend On the Verandah.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

I love this restaurant! I have eaten delicious dinners here. July 6th I was disappointed in my meal I ordered , the NC trout. Everything else was wonderful.

FJ
Jacksonville
87 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Very busy restaurant. We had spinach salad, lamb ribs, and the trout. Best trout I've had in awhile! Lamb ribs were a treat too! Highly recommend. Also had a great wine list.

SE
Atlanta
58 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most favorite restaurant in Highlands! We rarely visit Highlands, i.e. once a year, but always dine at OtV when we do visit! Look forward toward our next visit to NC, and dining at OtV!

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. What else can you ask for!

KF
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

On the Verandah sits on a lovely lake. You are able to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. We sat by a window which was open and allowed in the breeze and sounds. The wine list and food was good. The server was just attentive enough. Lovely meal.

OT
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable dinner! The food was excellent!

CA
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my birthday with husband on the patio and it was a wonderful experience! From the friendly staff to the amazing food, wine and dessert. If you have only one dinner in the Highlands area make a reservation here.

L
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Ambiance is great,and I would have given more stars, but they do not have air conditioning, and we roasted.

RS
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It is always an enjoyable experience. It is our favorite restaurant in Highlands.

CD
Charleston
41 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. We return again and again.

JE
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat on the porch, was a little warm until the sun moved behind trees. It was a little noisy than usual because their was a large wine tasting later that same night.

j
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved the lobster picatta - so yummy and unique. Hard to beat the view over Lake Sequoyah too. Service was very good as well. The noise level was pretty high though - mostly due to the piano player who didn't take a break for 90 minutes. Would love to hear him update his song repertoire as well - it reminded me of all the songs I learned to play in middle school...LOL!

GR
Jacksonville
10 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dining experience.

JI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite places to eat in Highlands. Be sure to save room for desert.

F
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant! Perfect in every way. Always have a hard time ordering because everything is good.

RD
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place. Food and service were excellent. I can heartily recommend it.

JK
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
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!

JL
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
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.

JR
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AB
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
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.

LB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
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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