Rowland's Restaurant at Westglow Resort and Spa

4.7
473 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Continental
Come and join us for dinner at Rowland's Restaurant at Westglow Resort and Spa a Relais & Chateaux property. Experience world-class culinary fare in our historic mansion, where the elegance of fine-dining can be rediscovered amid gracious hospitality and the comfort of home. Mountain views and romantic fireside dining create a magical setting where you can enjoy the flavors of new American cuisine prepared with a flare of Southern sensibility. Rowland’s features an indulgent menu with an array of eclectic dishes including fresh seafood, prime steaks and savory game meats. There is also a delicious gourmet spa menu for the health conscious. On the wine list, you will find bottles from all over the world, including rare wines and some little-known gems from North Carolina vineyards. Find out why Katherine Stefan of Charlotte Taste Magazine writes “no trip to Blowing Rock is complete for foodies” without a meal at Rowland’s.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Continental
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Hours of operation
Dinner Nightly: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
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Phone number
(828) 295-5141
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Tony Bates
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
HWY 221 South
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Parking details
Handicapped parking available
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Public transit
Private Transportation can be provided by Airhaven Limo.
Contact Dana at 828.963.0963
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Entertainment
Enjoy lovely piano music played on our Steinway M baby grand piano. Offered Friday and Saturday nights from 6:00 until 9:00 (June through October, and special events).
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Special events & promotions
Holidays, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Engagements, and Business Functions.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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LO
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful family dinner here. We were able to catch a beautiful sunset before enjoying handcrafted cocktails in front of a cozy fire. The menu and food was outstanding. Wonderful service from the entire staff - especially Todd and Kara. Would definitely recommend for that special occasion.

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

My mom, best friend and me decided to treat ourselves to a fine dining experience at the renowned Westglow Spa’s eatery Rowland’s. Here is our experience: I made reservations for Thanksgiving dinner on Open Table more than a month prior. The menu wasn’t posted at the time and we were hoping it would be the seasonal menu. They finally posted it online and it was traditional. Very traditional. Okay. At a restaurant of this caliber I did not expect a buffet. I didn’t see that any where on their website but, I may have missed it. I’m not usually a fan of buffet because my mom is 83 and it means I have to make a plate for and guess what she might like. Luckily, (or not) there weren’t very many options s. And nothing creative or chef-y interpretations. A cafeteria style-large chafing dish-luke warm-dry as sawdust buffet. When we got there there was three pieces of white meat that had been under the hot light for lord knows how long. It looked (and subsequently tasted) like shoe leather. There were some bright spots. The mushroom dressing and corn pudding were delicious. The gravy was also delicious. Everything however, was under seasoned.

After our first pour of wine, the server never poured again. She was quick to remove our plates when we went back for desert (pie was the only option; pumpkin, pecan and apple) (and no ice cream available) she took our silverware but, never came back with more and she disappeared for 20 minutes! I had to track down the silverware and bring it back to the table. I don’t know about you but, I just don’t think I should have to put up with any of this for $75 buffet plus wine. We were all super disappointed.

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DB
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

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DS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a birthday and an anniversary. Everything was perfect!

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TW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fabulous find in Blowing Rock! The food, the service, the ambience were all outstanding! Our server, Lucy, was charming and delightful and truly added to our overall experience. We will definitely return!

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KD
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food.

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JY
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best lamb I have ever eaten! Exceptional service and delicious food in a gorgeous location.

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NB
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience all overall!!! In addition to the spectacular views outside, the ambiance and food inside left us wanting to come back for more. We will definitely be back!!

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KT
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rowlands at West Glow is a quiet beautiful setting with excellent food and service. It is elegant but unpretentious with a very friendly staff.

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RE
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and incredible service. Highly recommend!

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OT
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

I was very disappointed with their dining experience. My meal which I would rate as poor was the miso Seabass with the forbidden rice and bok choy. There was absolutely no seasoning on the rice or the bok choy. For $45 you expect your meal to at least have some taste and the limited amount of the portion was sad. I guess they bank on the fact that you would use the different salts that are at the table but that is absolutely ridiculous. It was our 30th anniversary and they knew that upon the reservation being made and we were seated at a table on the enclosed patio with everybody and their brother was seated in there and voices carried horribly. There was a table with 3 ladies that had very loud voices. Very dissatisfied with our meal.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, must have experience!

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r
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch in the High Country!

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DE
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined here several times now and love it! It is one of our favorites.

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V
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We requested a table on the patio and were able to experience the true “westglow.” Beautiful setting. Food was lovely as was the wine.

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MM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent; very enjoyable experience. Looking forward to another Sunday brunch there.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!

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JD
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

For the setting, the decor, and the prices, Rowland's gives the impression of being a special dining experience. Unfortunately, it doesn't deliver. Our dishes, from appetizers to entrees lacked flavor, and in one case, a rack of lamb, was undercooked and heavily salted. Overall, a disappointing dining experience.

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E
Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was terrific. The best restaurant in the high country—Without equal.

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L
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect! Gary dies an amazing job managing everyone’s special needs!

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CS
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff is very friendly and accommodating. They let you enjoy the evening at your own pace. Food is beautifully prepared and presented. Must stay for "glow time" ... watch the sun go down behind the mountains from the patio.

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Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always one of my favorite places to eat anywhere!

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DO
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were eight of us for a friends get together. Great food and service. Highly recommend.

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

Great, romantic dining experience during our visit to Westglow. Ambiance is sublime and dining in the sunroom area (which we did) was very peaceful. When it was time for sunset, our server informed us and told us we could get up to watch it from the west porch with drinks in hand and return to the table at our leisure (as it was ours for the night). Can't wait to return to Westglow and enjoy another dinner here.

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k
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time at Rowland's. We went there to celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary. Service was excellent from the host to our waiter. We had the Surf and Turf special and a rack of lamb. For dessert we had the lemon tart. Everything was superb!

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SF
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food in the most gorgeous setting ever! You can watch the sun set over the mountains from the front porch of this immaculately restored historic home. The dining room is beautiful, intimate and romantic with fine linens, china and silver. The food is delicious - we had the sea bass and the lamb - both prepared perfectly. The service was very professional and attentive.

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BD
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Overall a nice experience. My steak was tough and not juicy and very pricy. I should have sent it back. The other parties in my group were satisfied with the food. I would return for a special occasion. Ambiance is great but we couldn’t sit outside for a drink as there were only 2 tables and they were taken.

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BT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a relaxed, unhurried dinner of excellent food and had outstanding service!

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H
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner. The trout and the duck were delicious! We topped it off with strawberry shortcake.

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C
Miami
72 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is on such a beautiful site and the inside is just magnificent.
We went for a most elegant Brunch.
Everything was perfect. A wonderful way to spend a late, relaxing Sunday morning.

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NS
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Setting , service and ambience was outstanding. Excellent wine list .... food was very good with excellent presentation .
Overall package is a compelling value ... will definitely return on our next visit to Blowing Rock.

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AR
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

This was our third time at the restaurant in the service by far was the worst. Water was never refilled plates were left on the table for extended period of time and even the balsamic and oil to dip the bread in was very poorly done. Way too much vinegar. There are a lot of good restaurants in Blowing Rock and I’m not sure we will be back

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SR
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We began our visit watching the sun set on the back porch with a glass of wine. Dinner was then inside in the sun room. The food and serve were first rate as usual. The wine list is superb.

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Location, service and great food!! Always a hit!!

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r
Miami
21 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional world class dining in a magnificent setting. Expensive and not easy to find without GPS but definitely one of the top two or three restaurants in the high country!! On weekends, there is a pianist playing beautiful melodies in a separate room overlooking the balcony so get there early to have a drink while also watching the sun set over the mountains . A truly wonderful dining experience.

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O
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Great food!

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Miami
12 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal

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SL
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We chose Rowland’s to celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. Cara was attentive and sweet the whole evening.

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TJ
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Rowlands. We had cocktails and watched the sunset before dinner. Each person ordered a different appetizer, entree, and dessert. The food presentation was beautiful, and the service was outstanding. I would highly recommend!

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, ambience and service! Staff all pitches in and works together! Great energy

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