About On The Verandah
..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.
Highlands, NC 28741
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
Hours of Operation:
Brunch (in-season): Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner Nightly: Starts at 6:00pm; Dugout Bar: Nightly: 4:00pm
US 64 West
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Enjoy the music of Chad Reed on Friday and Saturday night.
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.
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.
Private Party Contact:
Suzanne McDavid: (828) 526-2338
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
On The Verandah Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Very pleased that we changed plans for convenience (for us) of OTV’s location, and had a wonderful meal in a great setting as a result. Enjoyed cocktails, selected a nice bottle from the sizable and not too pricey wine list, terrific salads, appetizers and entrees, shared desserts. The internal ambiance isn’t much to speak of, but it’s clean, comfortable and has the lake-view, so who cares. Waitstaff could have used another body, but managed to be friendly and helpful.
This is an excellent restaurant, food, location, ambiance. As expensive as any of the other excellent restaurants in Highlands. We try to eat here every time we come to Highlands. I consider it one of the top four or five restaurants in Highlands and I place it as either #1 or 2 in my personal rankings. I've never been disappointed.
I have a vacation house in Highlands and there are a lot of great restaurants here, but none have the lake view and ambiance of The Veranda. I eat here when I want good food and beautiful nature views. I don’t save it for special occasions only. The food is gourmet quality. The menu has multiple choices. The wine list is extensive. Also the music is lovely but not so long as to impede conversation.
Amazing ambiance, food, and service. Although disappointed not to be outside as requested two weeks ago, it was still a wonderful night. If you want to sit outside (and trust me you do!). Request a month in advance. Is especially difficult for two as tables for two are limited.
Our waitress was amazing, very personable. Food was excellent. The only down side was we had made reservations thinking we would get waterfront seating. Was told that they had a number of walk ins so waterfront was full. Wish reservations received priority. Other than that it was terrific.
On the Verandah was recommended to me as a special place to take my wife for our anniversary. We drove almost an hour from Lake Rabun and it was well worth the drive, which was also wonderful with amazing views and overlooks. The food was awesome. We share an appetizer that was a dish sautéed local mushrooms and then both had an amazing spinach salad with maple dressing and goat cheese. For entree's my wife and I each had one of the evening specials. She loved the Halibut special and I thoroughly enjoyed and devoured the NY cut steak. For deserts she had the Mississippi Mud Pie with freshly made Oreo ice cream and I had the blueberry and peach fruit pie. The view of the lake and surrounding was just as wonderful as the meal and we had an incredible time!
We had a wonderful evening with a porch table overlooking the lake. Our waitress, De-Anna (spelling ?) was delightful ! She was very polished and professional with a quick wit and great sense of humor. My small plate and spinach salad was perfect for me. My husbands trout, while tasty, had too many bones!!!!! That is the ONLY thing negative about the experience. Love On the Veranda.
We were there for hurricane Irma. Their power was out and they lit candles and cooked via gas. I was very impressed that they stayed open and went the extra mile and made it a wonderful evening. Thank you On the veranda! Your food, service and wine was still a xceptional even with the outage...we were escorted out via flashlight trail...very special!
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