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The Stubborn Bull at Mill Creek, Highlands, NC

The Stubborn Bull at Mill Creek

4.7
4.7
229 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
Inspired by Mediterranean Spanish and South American influences, we are cooking up rustic tapas, or small savory dishes, in a modern environment.

Here at Stubborn Seeds, our menu is created in the spirit of gathering and sharing. We encourage everyone to try a variety of our small plates. Tapas come to the table as they are prepared, so relax and enjoy a social dining experience. Engage with all your senses and enjoy every bite!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, South American, Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Tue, Wed 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (828) 200-0813
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Highlands / Sapphire
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access

What 229 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Innovative

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Hot spot

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Lively

229 Reviews
  1. bethb

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our dinner here!! Carter was our waiter and he was the best! Very attentive but not smothering. We had the soup, oysters, short ribs, curry chicken, potatoes and calamari. It was all amazing. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service, wonderful atmosphere. Absolutely a must to eat here. Don’t miss this restaurant while visiting Highlands.

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  3. battster

    Charleston

    66 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    66 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Waiter attentive but not overbearing. Good selection but just wasn't as good as some tapas that's out there..Still good place to get a decent light bite in Highlands.

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  4. BeckyL

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and every dish was excellent! Will definitely be back

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  5. Burgain

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always superb. Kevin has things in the kitchen in hand and his new soup was interestingly delicious. Kiki was ever vigilant as she the monitored the tables to inquire and solve the rare issues. As expected thank goodness.

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  6. SharonJ

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great at atmosphere and we thoroughly enjoyed the food. Thanks to Carter for his attention to service and dining suggestions.

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  7. DwightD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the concept, decore and service. Staff was very friendly and attentive even though it was a busy night. Salad was too wet and dressing was skimpy. Seafood Paella was very good. Large enough for two with plenty left to take home.

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  8. ElizabethB

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing! The tapas concept is fun and a welcome addition to the Highlands food landscape. Our server was great, too!

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  9. Gary

    Alabama

    79 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The level of quality has declined at SB which is disappointing. From the clutter at reception, including a wine fridge at the front door, Skelton laying in a chair and other knickknacks about to the addition of tables in the bar all change the overall ambience. The open kitchen has become more cluttered with boxes, etc nearly to the ceiling which are all highlighted with the bright lights. The bread service has changed and no longer tasteful. The appearance of the food has become common and the rush to serve has overshadowed the art. Sorry to say the transformation from “seed” to “bull” may be literal. Unfortunately, based on the response to our review, the entrepreneurs are not interested in comments on the dining experience. Ultimately each patron has a right to their opinion which should be respected by the managers.
    The Stubborn Bull at Mill CreekResponded on February 21, 2024
    Dear Mr. Garry Howard,, I feel compelled to clarify some misinformation.Firstly, the name change was implemented for marketing purposes, and I assure you that there have been no alterations to our staff or recipes. Regarding your comments on the décor, the items on display are curated from various trips and cultures, reflecting our enthusiasm for diversity and exploration. We take pride in our establishment’s unique ambiance, which is not akin to a country club. As passionate entrepreneurs under the age of 40, employing 40 individuals, we stand by our vision for our restaurant.However, if our establishment does not align with your preferences, I encourage you to explore other dining options in the area that may better suit your tastes.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything on the menu is delicious. Really nice place to go on a double date.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall disappointing experience. The food was tasty but our service was very lacking for a nicer restaurant. Our server was unfriendly, didn’t great us, walked up to “take our order” without any welcome, when asked what he recommended he responded with “everything is good here”, didn’t check on how the food was, and didn’t say thank you when we left. Hopefully management will address this service issue and the experience will improve.

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  12. DavidS

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I received excellent service and the food was outstanding!!

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  13. JerryM

    West Palm Beach

    14 reviews

    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We chose Stubborn Bull cause we know this restaurant and their menu - NOWHERE did they advertise that on Valentines Day there would be a special menu. The special menu was below average and did not enhance our Valentine’s Day. Had we known there was a special menu and not their delicious regular menu - we would not have gone! The Valentine Menu was overly created and below their regular daily delicious menu

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  14. Pathfinder

    Western NC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    One of the better places in the area to have dinner.

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  15. HighlandsSalamander

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is my fourth time dining at this restaurant. Our service from Cade was top notch. I do wish very much that they would add more vegetarian options, especially when they have a limited menu for a holiday. I always appreciate the ability to make a reservation at this restaurant when others are closed or full, especially considering it is in my top three of Highlands restaurants.

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  16. HollyF

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our new favorite restaurant! Loved everything about the eatery!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was very salty and the sea bass reaped with a strong fish smell, could not eat it.

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  18. yumyum

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    food and service exceptional! go early if you don't want to be seated at the bar or a high top table.

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  19. mehungry

    Atlanta Metro

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fun place. Great food and service. Good variety on menu.

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  20. HighlandsMike

    Western NC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you’re looking for great food and drink, great friendly service, and a relaxing vibe, give The Stubborn Bull a try. We’ve been coming consistently since they opened as Stubborn Seeds last July. The owners Kiki and Clarissa are awesome and tonight our server Leica, like all of our previous servers, provided prompt, friendly service. Highlands has many great restaurants, make sure you come enjoy Stubborn Bull. If you’re like us, you won’t be disappointed! P.S. Can’t wait for their next restaurant to open on Main St - The Stubborn Buddha!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent local food. Worth a try. Tapas, Spanish, international flavors. Excellent Spanish wine selection.

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  22. Buddy

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always a great experience. Can’t go wrong. Service very attentive, plates came out with good timing, food and drink really good.

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  23. ShawnB

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This food was excellent - Service very good and attentive - surroundings on the Mill Creek perfect.

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  24. BRRR

    Western NC

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed the food. The tiramisu was delicious. Our waitress provided outstanding service; so very knowledgeable about the menu; great personality.

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  25. HollyF

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time experience! Excellent options for tapas or dinner. We had 6 tapas between 4 of us! We left full! Cocktails had a good pour! Made my skinny Margarita perfect! We will be back soon! We are full time residents!

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  26. Kelly

    Atlanta Metro

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great meal and very friendly service. We will be back.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ALWAYS enjoy our time at Stubborn Seeds. Delicious food, knowledgeable and fun servers and an enjoyable atmosphere all the way around. Highly recommend!

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  28. CarolM

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A delightful evening. Our server was outstanding. The music by a local, Zorki, was so enjoyable as we dined. Perfect

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Unfortunately we did not enjoy any of food we ordered.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place was outstanding! The staff were very friendly and the food was fantastic! If you’re in Highlands definitely check this place out!

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  31. MIKEV

    Alabama

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thoroughly enjoyed the meal and service was great.

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  32. AnnaC

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We really enjoyed our food and had a great time at Stubborn Seeds. Unfortunately, our time was cut short when a waiter let us know our table needed to be flipped and it was time for us to head out. We had just paid our bill and were finishing our glasses of wine when he let us know - it couldn't have been more than 20 minutes after our last plate was ordered. It was our anniversary dinner, so it really stunk to be rushed through it because our table was booked too tightly.

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  33. AmyM

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So good! The calamari and scallops were outstanding and we had a really lovely server. We’ll be back!

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  34. TerryK

    Western NC

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great server from Asheville. Bread pudding desert was terrible. Entries were very good. We’ll come back, and skip desert.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sat at the bar—wonderful time

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  36. 2GAfoodies

    Atlanta Metro

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant is fun and innovative with there menu but your waiter can make or break your experience! Ours had no enthusiasm and little knowledge of the food on the menu! The steak that we returned for was not on the menu (we told our waiter this) but we over heard the next booth order it and the waiter said sure! He ratted off the deserts with no explanation and our Italian Doughnuts turned out to be some balls of ? pudding, not a doughnut like you would think!Lastly, not his fault, but the Sangria was like syrup! We will wait till the steak au poive is on the menu before we go back.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Amazing food. The elk and seabass are a must and the Brussel sprouts

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  38. HighlandsMike

    Western NC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had another enjoyable dinner at Stubborn Seeds! From the great wine selection to the great tapas and entree selections we enjoyed every part of our evening. And than you Carter for the outstanding service!

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  39. BrockH

    Coastal Georgia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent and unique dishes. Smaller portions were a hit with our group.

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  40. PinestoneFoodie

    Louisville

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good!! Expensive, but you (mostly) get what you pay for! My partner and I ate one appetizer each and only one entrée between the two of us and payed over $100, so fair warning. But great atmosphere, great food, and lovely servers!! I would be happy to go back!

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FAQs

The Stubborn Bull at Mill Creek is rated 4.7 stars by 229 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today
Google Map for The Stubborn Bull at Mill Creek

445 N 4th St, Highlands, NC 28741

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Highlands / Sapphire
  • Hours of operation
    Tue, Wed 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, South American, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access
  • Phone number
    (828) 200-0813
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