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About Highland Avenue

Highland Avenue is a "farm to table" restaurant housed in the historic Hollar Hosiery Mill. With a focus on sourcing local ingredients, Chef Sam Stachon brings local fare to the table.

883 Highland Ave SE
Hickory, NC 28602
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Organic

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm.

Cross Street:
Lenoir-Rhyne Blvd

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(828) 267-9800

Website:
http://www.highlandavenuerestaurant.com/

Executive Chef:
Sam Stachon

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Highland Avenue Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.8

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Local Ingredients (18)
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Good for a Date (14)
Special Occasion (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Fun (8)
Business Meals (8)
Romantic (8)
Authentic (7)
Bar Seating (7)
Healthy (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Seasonal (7)
Great Beer (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Casual (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Cozy (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Tapas (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Live Music (2)
Organic (2)
People Watching (2)
Vegan (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 3 days ago

My husband and I had made reservations for Valentine's day, this was our first time at Highland. Our server was very nice (Audrey) and when I told her I have tree nuts allergies she immediately wrote it down. I order the veggie flatbread for appetizer and the Farmer & Chef Vegetarian and my husband the smoke chicken. When the flatbread arrived, the person that brought the food informed us they omitted the pesto since it has pine nuts, this is great customer service. The main course was delicious, i will definitely come back again soon.

Tags: Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 3 days ago

Valentine Day fixed price menu was excellent. We went for the wine pairing as well and we're not disappointed. Always excellent just difficult to carry on a conversation due to room acoustics.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful service and great food with perfect wine pairing.

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·Dined 4 days ago

My wife and I came for Valentines Day. It was our first visit. The food was phenomenal. The service was excellent. The server was very knowledgeable. We will definitely be returning.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Tapas
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·Dined on January 31, 2018

More Craft local Beer Choices are needed both draft and bottle.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on January 27, 2018

Very enjoyable

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Another great meal at Highland Avenue. We love the innovative food, and our server Eric was terrific.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Always enjoy dining at H.Ave. Bar service is best in Hickory. Food is expensive but high quality. Queen's Feast was good value, 3 courses. Excellent service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We came for the Queens Feast and had a lovely meal. My trout was delicious!! The parsnip and Brussels sprouts salad was tasty and different - it’s alwasy nice to have something unusual that one wouldn’t be making at home. The only thing I might take issue with had to do with wine. It was half price bottles on Thursday but neither of the more moderately priced Pinot Noir selections were available. So I had to order beyond what I would normally have spent. I really think the restaurant should have offered my only remaining choice at the lesser price of my first which was not available. This is also not the first time this has happened.

I would definitely recommend this restaurant to all. They have a varied menu both in selection and price.

Tags: Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Our first visit to Highland Avenue was very, very enjoyable. We have lived in Hickory for a couple years and, for whatever reason, have not been there for dinner. We will return soon!
The prix fixe dinner was a solid value, original, and quite tasty. Also a sandwich entree was ordered. The "fried chicken" sandwich was huge, the fresh cut fries were just that, and the price was terrific. Our cocktails were tasty - bartender not stingy with the pour.

Tags: Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Lovely food, everything we had from the appetizer to entrees were divine. It was a nice surprise when our waiter told us bottles of wine are half off on Thursday night—win! Lovely atmosphere and venue. Will return.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Everything was terrific. Great service.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent food. Excellent atmosphere. Excellent service. Nothing more to say but excellent.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fun, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food and service. Excellent shrimp and grits, steaks, and desserts.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We enjoyed our meal at Highland Avenue very much. My wife had special diet requirements, and staff cheerfully accommodated these. The food was very good, and service was spot on. We look forward to returning to Highland Avenue.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Great Beer
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Family in town for the holidays. Thought Highland Ave. would be a great local treat. We were not disappointed.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Fabulous food and service as always. This is one of my favorite restaurants in Hickory.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great romantic dinner for a birthday. Service was okay, but it didn’t have an impact on the evening. Food was outstanding and so were the drinks. Will go back.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 20, 2017

One of my fav for dinner. Excellent cocktails. Can enjoy a conversation. Food is always well prepared.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Healthy, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Tapas, Fun
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Our first time eating at Highland Avenue. The experience was excellent from start to finish. Shrimp & grits were amazing! Staff was very friendly and super accomodating.

Tags: Healthy
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Outstanding again. We found this place on Open Table and really love it. They have good wine capabilities and while they, like every one else struggles with older corks, they know their stuff. The food was great. They know how to make a Prime Rib. Hard to find really good Prime Rib.

Worth the visit for sure.

Tags: Casual, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We saw an article in Our State Magazine about the restaurant and thought we would try the restaurant. The food and service were great. There were several large groups and we thought it might ne noisy but it was not bad at all. I would highly recommend this restaurant if you are in Hickory.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Casual, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 6, 2017

This is one of my all time favorite restaurants. Service is always excellent along with the food.

Looking forward to my next visit on the 23rd of this month.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I love this place. Food is excellent almost all locally or regionally produced .. waiter was outstanding and very knowledgeable and accommodating. And those Shrimp and Grits!!! This is absolutely one of the best places to eat in the area

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We had a party of six that was still sitting comfortably together. The food and drinks were great along with the service. It was our first time there and we will be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Business Meals
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 27, 2017

This is a real gem in Hickory. The connection to Michael Pullen explains the quality but is still a surprise catch for this small city.
Excellent food selection, preparation, and presentation with good alternatives for gluten-free.
Nick did a very capable job serving us.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Average at best.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We are never disappointed at Highland Avenue. It is such a gem to find in little Hickory, NC. Everything from the food to the decor is next level and transports you to big city fine dining. If you’re ever in Hickory, put it on your list.

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Really great service. It was a quiet evening, which was nice, and allowed us to get to meet an owner, a manager, and our server and they all did a great job welcoming us and serving us.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Highland Avenue has a great mix of menu offerings that change seasonally. I think the food quality is very good with an appealing presentation. The service is very good ad the wait staff is knowledgeable and helpful in providing information from which to make your selections

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Highland Ave never disappoints. Always delicious with exceptional service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Casual, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Wonderful evening, exceptional food and great service. Always a fine dining experience not to be missed.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Honestly the very best shrimp and grits I have ever tasted. Service was great and the experience was fantastic. We came to celebrate our anniversary. The waiter delivered a complimentary dessert that was unforgettable on a plate with happy anniversary written in chocolate shell around the plate. It was our first time but it will NOT be our last!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great atmosphere to relax and celebrate a family birthday, as we enjoyed the unique varieties of appetizers in a warm and friendly ambiance.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Always fantastic!

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Very attentive waiter but unobtrusive. Never felt pushed to finish up and leave. Excellent food. The manager came over and made sure everything was satisfactory. A great dining experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I wanted to love this restaurant, I really did! The service was amazing. The appetizer we ordered was fantastic (pork belly tacos). HOWEVER our entrees were not good. And I mean, really not good. My husband ordered the Ribeye special medium rare...and he had to basically saw through it with his knife. On top of that it tasted 'funky' to user our server's terminology. The texture was way off and the flavor was very strange (not in a good way). It seemed raw in some places and well done in others. I ordered a chicken dish and it was sub-par. It was very salty and tasted almost like teriyaki chicken from a local Chinese restaurant in a strip mall. So disappointing :(

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Everything was exceptional about our experience. Most notably was the service from our waiter. The food was tasteful and full of flavor; not at all overbearing with seasoning..

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Authentic, Fun, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Healthy, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Disabled Access
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Always good food and service. Nice wine list. Frequent menu changes.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Highland Avenue was phenomenal from the delicious entrées to our delightful waitress with great recommendations. We ordered the fried oysters, shrimp and grits, and bucatini with cornbread chicken. I must say this restaurant has the best shrimp and grits I've ever had! The atmosphere was inviting, the views of sunset were beautiful, and the staff including the owner where extremely inviting and caring. My family and I were very impressed with Highland Avenue and will definitely be back again very soon!

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