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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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

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 5, 2018

Everything was terrific. Great service.

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·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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·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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·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 24, 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 24, 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 21, 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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·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 10, 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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·Dined on December 7, 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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·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 21, 2017

Average at best.

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·Dined on November 12, 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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·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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·Dined on November 5, 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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·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 15, 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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·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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·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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·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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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 23, 2017

This restaurant was excellent they do need some more seasoned servers very slow in getting drinks and dinner entrées but overall a nice experience food could've been hotter not the chefs fault service needed to be better

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Started off the evening with fried pickled okra! Shared a beet salad and finished off with two orders of bucatini, one with chicken and one with shrimp! Our meal was delicious from start to finish. One of our go to restaurants for farm to table food ! 5 stars!

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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Perfect spot for a special date. Food was the best we've had on Hickory, my Shrimp and Grits was out of this world. The owner and staff were very intuned to the guests.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 13, 2017

I travel to Hickory a few times a year and this is the first reservation I make. Cannot express how wonderful the whole experience is. The owner always comes to chat to find out how everything is and everything is always great. I always look over the starters, entrees and dessert to decide my entire meal before ordering. You CANNOT leave without trying the chocolate/caramel mousse tart. It is out of this world...but for chocolate lovers. Such a treat. Can't wait for my next trip in December. The menu probably will have changed with the seasons so I get to try new items. But, I hope they keep the chocolate dessert.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 5, 2017

I was very impressed with this place. Great food and very nice and fast service. The menu items were explained and all my questions were answered

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Organic
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

The service was amazing! Our waiter was great and gave us privacy but also tended to everything we needed. The food was AWESOME!!! We defintaly will be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on August 21, 2017

We celebrated our anniversary. Excellent food and service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 16, 2017

The staff went above and beyond to make our evening special! Delicious food!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Fun, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (Naples)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Very cool restaurant with great customer service ... I can't lie the food and drinks are pretty damn good to

Tags: Business Meals, Great Beer
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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Were in Hickory at the furniture mart and got out right at closing time at 6:00 pm. Couldn't find a place nearby to eat our only meal of the day that didn't have a wait list, so looked on Open Table and found this gem! Great location in renovated hosiery mill. Staff was super attentive. Loved the décor, and the food was creative and quite yummy! Try the gnocchi! If we're back in Hickory again, we will def stop even though it's a few miles off of I-40.

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