The Log Cabin

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633 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
The Log Cabin serves casual Italian, steaks & seafood in Highlands' most historic and unique venue. Reservations recommended.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Italian, European
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Hours of operation
DINNER at 5:00 PM Nightly OPEN SEVEN DAYS - YEAR ROUND PRIVATE DINING 12 - 60 PEOPLE CALL FOR PARTIES OF 10 OR MORE
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Phone number
(828) 526-5777
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nicolo D'Angelo
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Private party facilities
The Log Cabin offers a variety of private dining options for 12 - 60 people. Our 1924 log cabin provides groups with a truly unique, Highlands experience.
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Private party contact
Jason: (828) 526-5770
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Cross street
Just off Main Street on Log Cabin Lane
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Fireplace, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
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C
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Log Cabin never disappoints. As always, the food was well prepared and plentiful. We will continue to return to The Log Cabin.

AS
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was wonderful and we loved dining here for our first night in the mountains! The short rib ragout with gnocchi was incredible! We hope to be back soon!

CI
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

My salad was delivered quickly but somehow my wife's salad order was screwed up and we sat for quite a long time before finally hailing Jason -- and he handled it quickly. The restaurant kindly gave us both of our salads on the house which was much appreciated. Overall, a great experience as always and we always go to the Log Cabin during our frequent visits to Highlands.

TB
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was closed on the day (sunday) of the reservation. There was no indication on Open Table at the time that we made the reservation that the restaurant was closed. We spoke to the manager on Monday and he said that they do not use Open Table. We found him to be less than friendly. We communicated with Open Table about the situation. I would not go to the restaurant.

SB
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Log Cabin is in a charming location in the heart of Highlands. The menu has varied entree selections which include amazing fresh seafood options that are all cooked to perfection. I will definitely return to The Log Cabin!

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent quail and pheasant, hallibut was good.

B
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything about the evening was very good. The reason the rating is 4 stars instead of 5 is because we ordered an appetizer that was listed on the menu and we were served a different one. The server expressed an apology, and said that sometimes the kitchen will make a substitution. It was a surprise.

b
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

The person at the front desk was chilly and had obviously forgotten how to smile, and the waitress although polite lacked warmth. The food and wine were good, but not special. The ambiance was ok. They do not serve cocktails, or beer. They do not accept gift cards, and they charge you an extra 4% for using a credit card. We (2) had a $55 bottle of wine, which was good, an entree and desert, which was $130 before tip.
Would not recommend and will not go back

KH
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

very disappointing. highly recommended to friends who we had with us and all i can say is must be new management because definitely down-hill from last season.

CC
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Found this place at the last minute and it was exquisite. Especially our hostess and server - Carrie. Not only did she try and seat us early, she was extremely knowledgeable about the extensive wine menu and food selections. And better than that - she was 100% down to earth. We will definitely be back.

KH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative and varied menu for all taste buds! The Horseradish crusted Alaskan Halibut was excellent as was the chicken Marsala that my friend raved about. Be sure to try the chocolate toffee mousse cake too!!

JR
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good, but you need to train your server to come back and check on us for another glass of wine, thank goodness another server saw we needed water and filled our glasses. Wish I had given our tip to the other server she was great with the other tables around us. Finally saw our server when the check was due.

DW
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great appetizers and entree was outstanding! Quail and pheasant were a great combination!

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Party of 10. Fine experience.

DB
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great dinner! The chef is very passionate and uses fresh, in season produce. Do not count on fancy cocktails here, wine only. Loved it and would go back!

GA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff is outstanding & food was delicious. Came last year during a family vacation & back again this year. Our server remembered us! A gem of a restaurant!

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food. Likely short on waitstaff the night we were there. Still and all, some of the best food in Highlands!

AM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting with quaint porches and yummy food.

S
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted by a friendly and accommodating waitress. Food was delightful and ambiance was rustic , but beautiful

BP
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice restaurant with a good atmosphere. They were out of both our wine selection and my entree selection. Our waiter was nice and enthusiastic. My bistro steak was underwhelming but my wife’s pasta was good. Wine and other food selections were really good. Main course was very slow to come out of the kitchen. Overall experience was not great.

GC
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Large menu selection however, the food was just average. Service was spotty. Never received bread. Bottle of wine we ordered was not available. They only serve wine, no cocktails and it seemed as if they were rushing to turn over the table. To be honest, it was a holiday weekend and one chef called in sick so perhaps on another occasion it would have been better

KA
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had 8:30pm reservations on a holiday weekend. We only had a short wait for our table. Waitress was knowledgeable and handled the timing of our appetizers, salads and entrees perfectly. Food and wine were excellent.

FJ
Jacksonville
87 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was great but I asked to substitute a veggie for risotto and was charged $5 extra. Talked to the guy at the front desk and got some lame excuse about only having so much of each item. Plus they charged 4% to use any credit card. Who carries $200 cash in their pocket? Crazy! Loved the food,service and ambience, but won't go back.

CD
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorites in Highlands! They are always welcoming, the food is good and they serve our kids with food allergies without question!

j
Western NC
18 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always.

EB
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The host who met us on arrival was not at sll cordial or showed he cared we even came in. The steaks were overcooked and our server never came back to check on us during our meal...only to ask if we desired to look at a dessert menu. This was our second visit to this restaurant and ww will probably not return on future visits to Highlands, NC.

T
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Service poor, getting to our table took a while, always on the phone instead of attending to guests. It was our Anniversary and our children ordered a cake, (we didn’t know about it) never came!! I called the next day, spoke to the Chef who was going to inform the owner...still waiting to hear back.

DB
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Upon arrival at the quaint Log Cabin, we were greeted by the infamous “Jason”, of OpenTable lore. There was a hint of annoyance in his gaze. After requesting outdoor seating, we were promptly given an “educational rant” as to why he doesn’t allow his patrons to venture into the great outdoors while dining in the “unpredictable” weather of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. What were we to do if the temperatures suddenly dropped “up to 15 degrees” while dining al fresco? Or worse yet, what if it rained? We were put in our place immediately. I can’t believe we were naive enough to request eating outdoors in the suffocating 70 degree summer weather with crystal clear skies and nigh a raindrop to be found.

But I digress.

Despite mentioning our happiness to be far from Florida’s sweltering summer heat, we were seated in Florida Everglades section of the “log cabin”. By this, we refer to the vintage Everglades tourist attraction poster hanging crookedly on the wall). Intentional?

At this point, you’re probably wondering why we chose to give The Log Cabin 4 stars. Enter Vanessa:
A proverbial angel in the Lion’s Den (the Lion being Jason).
Vanessa, Vanessa, where do we begin? Vanessa strode into the Everglades section on an airboat of grace in a river of grass. She was confident, yet non-presumptuous, friendly, and professional. In short, she was the antithesis of Jason.

Although two of the items we desired were temporarily unavailable, our alternate selections surely pleasured the palate.
The calamari was impeccable. It was confident, yet non-presumptuous, friendly and professional. A true, “underwater treasure”. 10/10, would recommend.

Entré the entrees. My compatriots and I, in retrospect, chose wisely (Vanessa offering bits wisdom along the way).
The lamb shank covered risotto was succulent.
Our double order of scallops were double the pleasure...double the fun.
The chicken parmigiana lived up to its storied Joyce Farms heritage.
Food good, Jason bad.

NO
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

This was our second visit to The Log Cabin. The first was great, hence our return.

Our waiter was fine, but the "host" was ABYSMAL. Upon our arrival, we were not greeted; we were not even looked at. The host talked to another couple for two minutes without so much as acknowledging us standing before him. Our guest finally asked, “How are you doing tonight?” He ignored him. He did not smile, did not speak, even as he led us to our tables. He acted as though we were inconveniencing him. I have never encountered a ruder restaurant staff member…or was he the owner?

The food was great (wine recommendation, not so much) and the environment was fine, so it’s a shame this guy ruined our experience. We won’t be back. Which is a loss for The Log Cabin, because as residents, we entertain a great number of both out-of-town and local dinner guests. When employees act as though they couldn’t give a rip whether or not they have our business, they won’t have to worry about it. They won’t have it.

Not only has the restaurant lost our business, but we will be sharing our experience with all our local friends…and perhaps on social media. In a community with such stiff competition, the owner of The Log Cabin are shooting themselves in the foot by putting this type of individual front and center.

JF
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous selection of menu items. The food we ordered was great as was the service

OT
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really awesome place!
Will be back again

KE
Atlanta
29 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We were disappointed. We stood in the lobby for 10 minutes before anyone spoke to us. Several employees walked by us and did not say a word. The gentleman who was hostess/manager finally asked to help us, went to check on our table and appeared to have gotten lost. What happen to customer service?

Our reservations were at 7:30 and were seated around 8:00/8:10. The pasta was not anything extraordinarily. It was bland. The pheasant was good. The side pairing went well with the dish.

The ambiance was an old log cabin. The grounds and interior was not anything special. We set on a glass porch looking at the roof of a hotel.

Needless to say we were not impressed. We will not go back. There are better choices in Highlands.

C
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come to the Highlands area almost every weekend and love The Log Cabin.

The pasta bolognese is amazing as is the Halibut. The wine list is extensive and has great options for affordable to special occasion wines.

This is a go to place in Highlands for us.

OT
Atlantic City
26 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Family visiting us, always a special place.

OT
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always visit the Log Cabin when we’re in Highlands and are never disappointed. Especially great service and the menu is always interesting and the chef is great!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good - B

OT
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I would have added another star but we felt rushed to leave after our dinner. Our reservations were at 8:00 and while the service, food and ambiance was good at the end of our dinner we wanted to relax and have coffee but the staff was to busy cleaning the dining room etc. and closing down the restaurant to make us a cup of coffee. There were still a couple tables left in the restaurant.....they left about the same time we did so not sure if they felt the same way.

CB
Greensboro
16 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, very good service, good wine list, no mixed drinks. Very pleasant staff, will go back...

LL
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Just average service and food for high prices. Too bad, nice setting.

D
Naples
11 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The halibut was superb...we all ordered it. Service was great ...desserts were wonderful!

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