On The Verandah

4.5
949 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
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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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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Sun - Thu 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Fri - Sat 8:30PM - 9:00PM

What 949 People Are Saying
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l
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined on the verandah in July and this past weekend. Always great and the best view in Highlands!

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D
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

There were 6 of us. I had the trout with lemon sauce and it was just okay (lacked seasoning and too lemony) but the other entrees served were outstanding. Piano music was a nice background and the view of the lake is breathtaking.

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LD
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent view - very scenic. Lovely restaurant with outstanding service. Food was very good as well. Piano and singer in the bar area. We thoroughly enjoyed the dinner and evening.

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J
14 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular - ambiance, food, service! I’d go back in a second.

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RC
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining and impeccable service as always!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On the Verandah is my favorite place to eat in Highlands. I always get the Thai Curry Shrimp and it never disappoints, so good. I usually get several bites of my daughters Ribeye which is a delicious addition.

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MB
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my birthday with dinner at this restaurant. It was splendid. Wonderful service and breathtaking scenery.
The food was creative and delicious!
I highly recommend this restaurant and look forward to celebrating many future events here!

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k
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely incredible. The server recommended Lobster and it was
one of the best meals I've had...ever!
Service was very good. My only suggestion would be to expand your selection of
wines by the glass.

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F
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We visited On the Verandah with our daughter and son-in-law and were seated on the terrace on a perfect summer evening. We enjoyed the view of the water and our waiter (a lovely woman with beautiful blue eyes but I don't remember her name) was just terrific. She recommended a wine that we LOVED and seemed very well versed on the subject. The trout was lovely as was the lamb appetizer and shrimp rolls. YUM. We enjoyed every moment at Verandah and hope to return soon.

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B
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really like the porch area. We had eaten there half a dozen times both inside and outside. The porch and outside area is superb, and the inside area is cozy and intimate with great music. The menu offers an array of options for anyone's desire. The service was great!

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SR
50 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We brought our family to Highlands, NC for a vacation and had dinner out on the screened porch with a few down to the lake. The food was a bit on the expensive side but overall had family time and a nice dinner.

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S
73 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful restaurant. It sits on a small lake and and the view is so calming. The food is great and the service impeccable.

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RW
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

The food was mediocre. The piano music was extremely loud. The two of us could not hear each other or carry on a conversation and we were in the next room. Very pricey. Will not recommend to our friends. Nor will we return.

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LW
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

The food was fine: I had the duck. We might have had dessert but you know what? The dessert menu was so dog-earned and stained that it was a real turn off. The waitress left a lot to be desired. She stacked up the plates when we were finished, noisily, a knife dropped on the floor and she left it there. Did she come right back for it? No. She left it there, helped another table and finally came to our table, stepping on the knife until we reminded her it might be dangerous to leave it on the floor. No, we were not staying for dessert.

The piano was a monotonous drone in the background: nothing on line had said there would be music.

As first timers and newbies to the area we would never have known we were feet from the water until after dinner when we walked out to the terrace! Too bad.
No, we will not be recommending On The Veranda.

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L
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Terrible experience from the minute we walked in the door. The hostess must have been having a bad night. She was extremely rude. The food was mediocre. The server was good but busy with other tables. The ambience was not what it is cracked up to be. If you don’t sit on the deck near the water, it isn’t worth it.
We had reservations but it didn’t seem to matter. We were seated at a table in the middle of the dining room. Not enjoyable and I don’t care to return.

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K
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Hostess was very accommodating since we had to change the time twice to later since we had just finished playing golf.

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D
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food and atmosphere were excellent but service was a bit slow this time. I feel it was one-time occurrence because of some other large tables that night. I have been there before and always enjoyed the experience.

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MA
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I thought the food was just average. The Calamari was super greasy but otherwise everything else was okay. Great view of the lake and hummingbirds!

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RM
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daniel took excellent care of us on a busy night. The food was really wonderful....from appetizer to dessert. Lovely view of the lake at sunset. Thank you.

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OT
21 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had Sunday brunch, with excellent food and service from Deanna!

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CI
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We visited this restaurant based on a friends recommendation. Unfortunately is was not a great experience. We waited about 40 minutes after being seated to receive our drink order, and the service went down from there. Those who ordered steaks enjoyed their meals, but the members of our group that ordered grouper were very disappointed (it was overcooked).
We had eaten at Madison's the day before and the entire experience was fabulous. Our waitress could not have been more attentive or thoughtful. It's unfortunate, that our dining experience at On the Veranda was the complete opposite.

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M
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We celebrated a special birthday and enjoyed it very much. Food, service were all good. Also enjoyed the piano. Not too loud but entertaining

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r
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, and the service was excellent. Great view also

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KF
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is out standing! The view is out of this world! And the food what can I say it is remarkable!!!

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BM
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food, atmosphere and service was impeccable

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DP
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Excellent service. Sommelier service outstanding

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f
18 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love going to On The Verandah. One of our favorite spots to dine and for Sunday brunch. Great food, good service!

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AG
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! We went all out and got the cheese board, 2 salads-spinach with goat cheese and Caesar salad. Both salads were Delish! I got the lobster and hubby got filet. So good!! Too full for dessert. Highly recommend!!

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TT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I was surprised that the food quality was fair, not what we had heard from others. Our server, though well-intentioned in her service, must have bathed in cologne or perfume. Unfortunately we were smelling her fragrance all night even though we were on the open air veranda. Disappointed.

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TK
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son and his girlfriend’s first restaurant in Highlands. Phenomenal evening. Great service, food, drinks wine choices and desserts. Perfect start to our week in the mountains. Always love coming here.

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JS
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent service and food every time we are there

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ED
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

This restaurant’s setting - on Lake Sequoyah - is really beautiful. Dinner was hit-and-miss; the coq au vin was quite good, while the halibut was just okay. The pianist provided a nice ambiance, at just the right volume, and the service was adequate.

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A
10 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable, excellent food. Would not hesitate to go back

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TM
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been at least 5 times and always very good! Excellent service, friendly staff and beautiful scenery.

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W
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant - especially Sunday brunch with bloody Mary bar. Very special place in Highlands.
Not to be missed.

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C
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

On the Verandah ( where our party of four actually were seated) is consistently an outstanding choice for dining. Despite the rainy evening, the view of the lake is lovely. All else takes a back seat to the menu offerings which, in my experience, have never failed to disappoint. If you were eavesdropping you might have heard people at our table say "best halibut preparation I've ever tasted," or " I never cared for trout until I experienced it the way that Over the Verandah prepares it." Honestly, I recommend this place wholeheartedly.

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K
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit for friends—they loved it! We always enjoy an evening On the Verandah and love sharing it with friends.

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RF
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, our waiter was stupendous and attended to our every need. The lamb chops were perfectly prepared! Don't hesitate to book a reservation because this place was packed!

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DB
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This restaurant came highly recommended and it didn’t disappoint. We arrived about 10 minutes early and were seated immediately on the veranda. Our waiter was attentive, perhaps too much so. He asked how we liked our entree at least 4 times. Between that and the guy refilling our water glasses, the interruptions were a little too much. It got a little load, so much so that we couldn’t hear the piano at times. The food was fantastic and the waiter was very knowledgeable. We enjoyed our meal and would definitely return.

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G
31 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

We always enjoy the expertly prepared food which is savory and delicious. The hostesses need to focus on providing a warm welcome and assuring that contact by the wait staff is timely. The greeting and seating is very mechanical and does not create a feeling of “glad you are here”. Upon leaving, I expect to be recognized again and thanked for coming. Really... this is just common courtesy.

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