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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SY
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hi dining at Rowland’s makes for such a special evening. It’s very relaxing and is such an warm environment. It’s elegant without being stuffy. The food and the service were excellent , making for a very memorable dining experience.

TP
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant. Top notch for fine dining. Beautiful grounds as well. Service outstanding.

LB
Richmond
40 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Unfortunately, this wedding anniversary dinner at Rowland's didn't prove to be a good experience for us. Our server was basically out of touch for most of the evening. She didn't check on us as often as we would have preferred, and our entrees (lamb and filet) were cold when they arrived. The salads were good, and a more knowledgeable employee did offer us a bottle of pinot noir at a good price given that they didn't have our choice from their wine menu in stock. We noticed that another server/waiter was much more on top of things with his dinner guests. The establishment was also out of Maker's Mark which my husband ordered upon arrival. When we arrived, the hostess at the front desk of Westglow wished us a happy anniversary, and that was the end of the well wishes. Our server didn't recognize that it was a special occasion. I'm not sure that our waitress is cut out to attend to people in a resort setting. We certainly expected more from this experience. Perhaps it was just a bad night for the chef and our waitress.

CB
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

This was a birthday dinner for my wife. The service was very good. Unfortunately, my $46 rack of lamb was tough, small in proportion and without any real additional food for the main course. I spoke to our waitress about it and she reported this to the kitchen. Neither the manager or the chef, came to our table to ask about it or offer any concern. They did take $15 of the check but I was not interested in that. Hard to believe that this is still a Relais & Chateaux property. We have stayed other Relais & Chateaux properties around the world and have never had a disappointing experience like this ! We often come to Blowing Rock for vacation from Orlando and will never stop here again or recommend the restaurant for our friends or anyone else. Shame on you!

F
Jacksonville
42 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

I was surprised by the lack of elegance in our brunch. Service was mediocre with poor tasting coffee (bitter) served from a plastic thermos.

Brunch was lacking choice and tasted fair at best. Shrimp and grits with tails in, no side plate to discard tails. Why would you not tail the shrimp!

The spinach and goat cheese omelette with hard crispy potato’s lack any flair. No local jam or jelly or honey offered with muffin, just hard butter and apple butter.

Perhaps just an off day, but we won’t be back.

RS
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

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
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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.

OT
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Brunch is fantastic and very affordable. Service is slow however... seems they cook one meal at a time. May want to make a reservation a little after it opens... seems the larger crowd all at one time overwhelmed the kitchen

b
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wife’s birthday. A truly amazing evening!

t
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service3ambience5

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

M
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Supreme in every way.

k
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

P
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food4service4ambience4

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
Overall3food3service3ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday
They did a special presentation for my bday!

K
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, ambiance. Always exceeds expectations.

TG
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

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.

S
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
41 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter brunch. Everything was perfect.

TR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
222 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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