Rowland's Restaurant at Westglow Resort and Spa

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490 reviews
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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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Orlando
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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.

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

Excellent food, service, ambiance. Always exceeds expectations.

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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.

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TG
New York Area
5 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.

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MJ
Charlotte
35 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.

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

Easter brunch. Everything was perfect.

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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.

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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.

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Washington DC
216 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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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F
Western NC
12 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.

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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!!!

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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.

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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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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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OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 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
6 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 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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TW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 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
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food.

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JY
Raleigh
8 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
8 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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Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch in the High Country!

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Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife and I had our 10 year Anniversary Dinner here. Wonderful experience the food was fantastic and the service impeccable. The detailed congratulatory card at the table was a surprise. We will definetely be back the next time we are in the area.

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DE
Charlotte
2 reviews
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
24 reviews
Dined on September 2, 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
2 reviews
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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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 1, 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
21 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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CM
Raleigh
7 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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