Highland Avenue

4.2
619 Reviews
$30 and under
Farm-to-table
Highland Avenue is a "farm to table" restaurant housed in the historic Hollar Hosiery Mill. With a focus on sourcing local ingredients, our chefs bring local fare to the table.
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.5
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BobO
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The restaurant was closed. The restaurant was closed. That's 50 characters I think

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Foodlover828
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time. The couple we brought had never been to Highland Avenue before. They absolutely loved it.

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vipLindaW
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food & service were very good. Will go back.

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vipSteveA
Western NC
46 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The changes that have been made to the menu are wonderful!! A few more small plates or appetizers would be welcomed!! The only downfall on our last visit was the cocktails! They were not good. We ordered a Rusty Gear, a Whiskey Sour and a Gin Gimlet. The Rusty Gear and Whiskey Sour were not the same as we had before at Highland, and the Gimlet was so sour, I couldn't drink it without Sweet 'n Low!!l This problem was the same at Cafe Rule, but has been fixed. Highland needs to initiate the same fix. Otherwise, everything was fantastic!!!

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vipMelissaC
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new wanton nachos are incredible!!! Also try the new pork wings. Looking forward to all of the new changes.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

I love the ambiance and service at this restaurant, but I never thing the food is worth the cost. The presentation is always beautiful, but I am always disappointed by the flavor and some of the ingredient choices.

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Chelsea
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Our service was slow. When our meals came they were cold and had to be sent back. One quest ordered duck and it was not cooked through. This is the second time that we have gone to Highland Avenue and both times were disappointing.

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patron
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

It’s an inviting presence but the food is inconsistent. Meats were undercooked. It’s an eclectic and interesting menu in a great setting but execution needs to be improved to be the type of restaurant it aspires to. We will come back to see if it can achieve greatness

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MarcusD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was awesome; but I was still hungry when we left.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good food very expensive

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MnMM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Food was very overpriced and underwhelming. $43 for a chicken entree with slow service and small portion sizes..

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vipMartinB
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The staff were attentive and knowledgeable. The food was good but not great. My filet was a bit under cooked. I do think many of the dishes were creative, but some of the ingredients were a bit out there for my tastes.

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vipAnthonyT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy sitting at our favorite table. Ashley is the best - she makes our experience awesome every time.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Great waiter!
Food was awesome! Will be going back again

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KristinaM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on Valentine’s Day as first timers. Everything, and I mean everything was beyond our expectations. It was pricey, but honestly not that much more than some of the top tier chain restaurants. We will definitely be back!

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vipMichaelS
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines dinner. Highland has really done an amazing turn around under the new owners and management.

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LauraH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We went for Valentine’s Day meal and I was really disappointed with the food, especially for the price. The lemongrass chicken dish was not good, the flavors were bland and didn’t go together and the chicken was overcooked and dry. The appetizer cheese and meat plate was only ok. All of the meats were way too salty as well as the crackers. So salty that we drank several glasses of water. My boyfriend got the salmon dish, and it was ok but not great. We spent $175 on a subpar meal so it was very disappointing. I really hoped to have made this a special evening but we both agreed we probably would have enjoyed something else better and would not go their in the future.

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JohnW
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Terrible food, terribly prepared.
Not our kind of restaurant.

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vipRHSJ
Charlotte
22 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Evrything about our dinner was excellent. We enjoyed the Charlotte Restaurant Week menu immensrly.

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DamonB
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Pleasant atmosphere with a good selection of food and wine available.

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vipJustkeepsgettingbetter
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The changes being made at this restaurant are spot on. Food, service, everything has improved greatly. It is a new place in my mind.

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Jeffreyw23
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience. The food was awesome and our waitress was exceptional. We will definitely go back.

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vipSteveA
Western NC
46 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Highland is one of our go to places to eat. This past Friday, was an exception, though. I don't know if it was because of Queens Feast or the large parties that they had, but the entire staff seemed overwhelmed. Two of our three drinks arrived in a timely manner, but the third did not arrive until the appetizers came. The drinks were really good, as well as the appetizers. We had not finished our appetizers when our entrees arrived! Poor timing,for which our waitperson took credit. The braised chicken on the Queens Feast menu was just OK, nothing spectacular. Our other entree was a burger which arrived at the table RAW, and I mean raw!! By the time anyone checked to see how our dinner was, it was too late to send it back. The manager was nice enough to give us credit for it on our bill. The desserts, rice pudding, and green tea ice cream, were just okay. The rice pudding was served cold from an ice cream scoop! The Queens Feast menu was not very appealing! Highland usually does better than this!!

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DanielR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service! Wonderful flavors in every bite!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

New Years Eve

I know much thought was
Put into this menu but what a letdown

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WillardE
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were very pleased: the ambiance, the presentation and the taste/quality of our food was exceptional. We were so pleased to find a restaurant of this high quality in Hickory.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal and service! We will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service!

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BrianM
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to H Ave several times and it is always a wonderful experience.

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EliG
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Definitely not the best meal I’ve had at Highland. The new menu isn’t particularly interesting, and the wine prices have increased dramatically. I had an avocado and hominy salad that could have been served at Taco Bell, and the fish tacos were just ok. There doesn’t seem to be any artistry or innovation in the kitchen. It’s crying out for a head chef to lead with a vision. If this is what it’s going to be like under the new owners, I’ll take a hard pass.

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LordDingleDorf
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was great, helpings were generous, wine was excellent, food was exceptionally fresh, much better than your average restaurant, pricey, the experience is worth it, need to dress at least business causal so you don’t look like a slob, please keep it classy, this is not Applebees

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JeriLynn
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food. Will definitely go back the next time I’m in Hickory NC

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vipSteveA
Western NC
46 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic!! Would appreciate a few more appetizers on the menu!!!

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FrankM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our "go to" restaurant for a nice meal or special occasion.

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Stephfood
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third time here and we love it!! Hope it doesn’t change too much with the new owners!! Innovative and fresh recipes. The duck was amazing as were our salads and the coconut cake!! So moist!

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vipMichaelS
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night. It was great!!!

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justus2
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, quick friendly and attentive service. I'm sure we will visit again.

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BenM
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was A, server was A- (Only negative was being asked if we were thinking about desert while eating our salads). Manager was friendly. Restaurant was empty, only 1 other table had people eating and no one at bar. Interior is great and the warehouse feel is nice. Hope more people will patronize. Much better experience than our last trip there about 2 months ago and I think they have new ownership so potential is there. Will be back.

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Barker
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It's been awhile, but Highland Avenue is still very, very good. I see that some of the worst waiters have moved on, but competent wait staff seems to be a challenge in Hickory, NC. I had the pork, which was far too rare...and didn't have much flavor. Party of four: steak/fantastic, fish special/meh, fish tacos/great, handpie special/great, and chocolate tarte/great. I like this place, very stylish, nice vibe, not loud but lively. There just something not coming completely together with the food--very, very good as it is, it could be great. Nice drinks, but slow bar. I'm nit-picking...great place.

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Twinheel
Greensboro
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In town for a retreat and wanted to go to a nice place for dinner with some friends. What a great building! Really neat history being in an old mill. The food and service were fantastic! I decided to try something different for me and I had the duck which was amazing. My wife, who is pretty picky about her grits, has the shrimp and grits and said they were awesome! We’ll definitely be back even though we live two hours away.

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Highland Avenue is rated 4.2 stars by 619 OpenTable diners.

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