Rowland's Restaurant at Westglow Resort and Spa

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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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Western NC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The entrees were inedible. The salmon ordered medium rare was medium well and tough. The lamb ordered medium rare was raw and cool in the middle. We did not eat the entrees and informed the the waiter why. He was apologetic but at that point the manager should have come and had the entrees recooked properly or at minimum taken off the bill. The manager never appeared. They pride themselves on the wine list but they did not have port of any kind. Even if the food were good the restaurant is way overpriced.

W
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful setting. We arrived before the sun went down. The feel is a little pretentious, but not that big of a deal. I only say that because it is not someplace you would wear jeans and expect a bunch of loud people. The piano player was extraordinary - really fabulous. Service was good, and the food was well prepared. I'm glad we went, and I would return again.

WE
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Setting and atmosphere amazing! Service very good! Food while good was overpriced for portions and some foods were a miss like corn brûlée. Banana split awesome, cheesecake served at room temperature not as appetizing (colder better).
Glad can say I have been.

b
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were outstanding. Noelle is a fantastic waitress and helped us in every way. We like the atmosphere and it's outstanding too.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wife’s birthday. A truly amazing evening!

t
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing location and view at sunset. Service and facility are impeccable. However, food was flat. Caesar sald tasted like bag salad. Chicken was ok but needed some zing.

Go for ambiance and service and view. Maybe just drinks and light bite.

SF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A visit to Rowland’s is always a huge treat! The food and service are top notch. It is quire simply the best restaurant we’ve ever been to.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed the Sunday brunch. The food was delicious ( super fresh eggs) and the service was outstanding. Can’t wait to go back for dinner!

RG
Western NC
17 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance in elegant setting for special occasion dining. Food good but pricey. Piano playing on Saturday nights only which makes that a great time to go there.

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experience ever. Make sure you time your meal with sunset. It’s an event made perfect by the location, hospitality and food.

OT
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Lovely dinner and experience.
Sunset was breathtaking !
Food was well prepared and presented.

M
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Supreme in every way.

k
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Nice environment but food grossly overpriced and supposedly fresh fish obviously frozen. Should have sent it back. Nice place for a sunset drink on the porch but would go elsewhere to dine

k
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rowland's never disappoints! This was our third time here to celebrate our anniversary and everything was superb.

RG
Western NC
17 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of best two or three best world class restaurants in the Banner Elk/Boone/Blowing Rock area. Wonderful ambiance in elegant surroundings with sensational mountain views!! Not inexpensive but well worth every penny for those who value fine dining. Reserve well ahead particularly in the summer time.

TR
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing and the view Spectacular !
One of the best meals I have eaten in a very long time.

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good food, a bit pricey though for what it delivers.

P
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are always warmly greeted by the valet, the reservation desk, the hostess, the waitstaff and this was no exception. It was my birthday, and I was given birthday wishes by everyone - including a “birthday card” on the table. The food was impeccably cooked, exactly to our preferred levels of doneness. The waiter was efficient and pleasant, always ensured our wine glasses were re-filled from the wine chiller nearby, but was not In our faces as some waiters can be. We sat in the sun room this time - a lovely setting surrounded by flowers, plants and just the right amount of early evening sunlight. The music was perfect for the occasion and was neither too loud nor too soft to hear. This is a magical setting in the Blue Ridge which has never disappointed and it continued to earn the high marks afforded it. Definitely keep this on your list for special occasion restaurants when in Blowing Rock or Boone.

B
Key West
45 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant setting with attentive service. The charcuterie w cheese was very good, especially the mustard and honey accompaniment. The Chilean Seabass was excellent, chicken - good but not unique. The Caesar salad dressing seemed a bit off. The server was knowledgeable and enjoyable talk with.

DD
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

We always enjoy our meal at Rowland and only go on special occasions. They do an excellent job with my husbands allergies. The only downside is ordering after dinner drinks. My husband asked if they could make him an Irish coffee and I asked for coffee with baileys. My drink was a $9 coffee and a $9 shot of baileys. Same as the cost of an appetizer if not more. My husbands Irish coffee totaled to $32. $9 for the coffee $9 for the baileys and $14 for the Jamison. We were so sticker shocked that we didn’t say anything but should have. So a little warning. Ask for cost before ordering a non menu drink.

f
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We've been here several times with mixed results. Keep in mind that we are from one of the country's foodie capitals, so I am picky. The menu is uninspiring and the food is just so-so. I suspect that they have to market their meat and potatoes to the clientele, but I find it uninteresting, no intriguing flavors to rave about and only come because it is a magnificent venue. The porch and view are lovely, service is respectable and the dining room is wonderful for actually being able to have a conversation.

KM
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday
They did a special presentation for my bday!

K
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

I BROUGHT A ROWLAND’S GIFT CERTIFICATE AND GAVE TO WAITER. IT TOOK APPROX. 45. MINUTES TO RECEIVE MY COMPLETED BILL. SEEMED TO BE A LOT OF PROBLEMS AT REGISTER?


FOOD VERY GOOD.
WAITER NEW BUT VERY GOOD

OT
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very expensive but well worth it. It’s my second time there in the past four years - I’m not a local. Will definitely come back. My only complaint is that both times I visited the restaurant, with my family of five which includes children, I was sat at the exact same table next to the kitchen. My last visit they could have sat us anywhere as the restaurant was nearly empty when we arrived for our long standing (3 weeks) reservation.

TG
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Had a fabulous meal and experience in January. June during the beginning of tourist season was nowhere near the same experience. Food was lackluster and not worth the NYC prices. Staff harried. Wished I hadn’t brought guests from Pacific Northwest after talking it up so much.

OT
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, ambiance. Always exceeds expectations.

S
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The setting in the house is exceptional. The views are spectacular, and the food was great. It felt like we were invited into a private home. Very nice.

TG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a superb evening at Rowland's Restaurant. We were in the area for a very short weekend but had made reservations ahead of the trip. I booked it solely on Trip Advisor recommendations and almost canceled because we were so tired from fly fishing all day. I am so glad we stayed strong and kept the reservation. The setting is unbelievably beautiful and romantic and you are encouraged to take your time and enjoy the beauty. There is a nice selection of liquor and wine and if it matters to you, the stemware is very nice too. The food was well prepared and presented. We had the sea Bass and Salmon entrees and ended with carrot cake. The service from everyone there was impeccable, but friendly and warm. I will definitely be coming back if in the area.

MJ
Charlotte
40 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I would recommend with reservations. The surroundings are wonderful, the best in Blowing Rock. The restaurant is beautiful, peaceful with the pianist and views. It is elegant dining with the table settings. But it stops there...the server was inexperienced and not knowledgeable of the offerings. The special was described as pasta with oysters and a mushroom gravy...sounded interesting. It was pasta with oyster mushrooms (no protein) and overpriced at $48.50! Guess we should have asked the price!?! Other members in our party ordered pasta ($22)...bland. Chicken was dry. Wine list is very limited. We were disappointed overall with the service, wine offerings and the unremarkable entrees...just not up to the level of expectations. There are better restaurants in Blowing Rock.

M
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter brunch. Everything was perfect.

TR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

It’s a beautiful restaurant and the service people were delightful. But the food was sub par. Really not good at all. And prices were high.

AH
Charlotte
22 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love Rowland's and come here about once per year. This was a wine maker pairing dinner and we weren't disappointed. The company was awesome, service wonderful and food was great. Always a good time at Rowland's and always worth the trip.

s
Washington DC
221 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All three recent visits at Rowland's were most enjoyable. Please try any of their seafood dishes, as all were impressive.

D
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best fine dining restaurants in the area. Never disappoints. Had the duck and lamb, wonderful. Menu varies.

SR
E. Tennessee
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a special occasion or a romantic dinner. Arrive just before sunset and have a drink on the back porch to watch the sun setting.

b
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been there three years in a row for anniversary. Menu limited and hasn’t changed, limited deserts there were three couples there and they ran out of the lemon tart and no one I saw had ordered it?

F
Wilmington
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The special was incredible. What a great place to go for a special occasion. Everything was exceptional.

LH
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Extremely disappointed with New Years Eve.
I have eaten there many times and food was always first class. Our group all got different dishes and none were anywhere close to past! We chose Rowland’s even though we had to take a 5pm reservation due to bookings - so disappointed!!!

P
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife took me there for my Birthday, it was lovely and we felt welcome and relaxed. We started in the sitting room and had a glass of wine before moving to our table. Felt European style dining. No rush, the table is yours all night. We both loved and appreciated that. Excelente wine selection. Staff manager was professional and offer great recommendations with wine list. Overall we truly enjoyed our time at the Rowland’s restaurant on Dec 23rd 2018 one gem in NC.

JE
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only issue is with signage. We were there on a very dark night & it was very, very difficult to find the entrance & even harder to find the exit—dangerous situation here!

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