On The Verandah

4.6
974 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
..on the Verandah inspires with American Fusion Fine Dining in Highlands' most scenic setting overlooking Lake Sequoyah. Featuring a unique array of appetizer and entrée recipes from the world over - the fine cuisines of Asia, Europe and the Americas are represented. We use the freshest ingredients available, including locally-grown produce and fresh seafood daily. Menu items include chicken, fresh seafood, Char-Grilled Angus Beef and Chops, pasta and children's menu. After dinner, indulge in one of our many desserts, made in-house. Come sample a Highlands tradition - Sunday champagne brunch from 11am - 2pm. Stop by the Dugout Bar for a small plate, appetizer and a cocktail, beer or glass of wine! Relax with friends after work, before dinner and through the evening.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Brunch (in-season): Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner Nightly: Starts at 6:00pm; Dugout Bar: Nightly: 4:00pm
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Phone number
(828) 526-2338
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
We have been serving our unique cuisine for years in Highlands' most scenic setting. Over those years we have hosted wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, anniversary celebrations, bridal luncheons, business seminars, class reunions and many other functions. Let us bring our years of experience in creative food, design and personal service to make this special occasion match your dreams. Enjoy the private use of the verandah dining room, the inside dining room or exclusive use of the entire restaurant. Select from a wide choice of unique dishes influenced by cuisines from around the world.
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Private party contact
Suzanne McDavid: (828) 526-2338
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Catering
For a truly memorable event, ask us about catering your private party, wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, business meeting, luncheon or dinner party. Select from a wide choice of unique dishes influenced by cuisines from around the world.
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Cross street
US 64 West
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Entertainment
Enjoy the music of Chad Reed on Friday and Saturday night.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Sun - Thu 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Fri - Sat 8:30PM - 9:00PM

What 974 People Are Saying
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TR
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Gorgeous view, excellent food, but service was slow. A table behind us that came in after us, seemed to get preferential service and treatment. When our server did arrive, she was charming and saved what was shaping up to be a bad experience. Kudos to her and the chef!

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CM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was phenomenal. We didn’t get to see buoy the view as it was dark out but the ambiance was very nice as well.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Our service was terrible!

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RB
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a special restaurant
The short ribs were a 10..
We’ve been coming here for years and I think it gets better every time
We enjoy our meals here and the service was excellent!

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D
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner! All was wonderful. Highly recommend lobster piccata!

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SK
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable experience, food is very good!
Lively atmosphere, live piano, lovely!!

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JO
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a wonderful time dining at On the Verandah..

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m
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

went for sunday champangne brunch - be sure and book in advance - great prefix menu with ample options - salad bar/soup/food was all superb - it will definately be on our every sunday brunch list while in highlands

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HP
Birmingham
16 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner at On The Veranda. Great service and excellent food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

First time here. 6:30p Friday. I told my husband preemptively the reviews were all over the place. We have been to every fine dining spot in the Highlands so figured to try it out.
Like many many many other reviewers, we were disappointed in our entrees. The app and salad course were both delicious. Husband chose the fish special, halibut, and it was mediocre yet better than mine. I chose the grouper and it was not prepared well at all. Chargrilled and bland at best. We had the exact same sides accompanying our dishes which also were bland, cous cous and undercooked veg. Disappointed in the value. Surprised at how this place stays busy..

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MC
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable! We would have loved a lake view but were told those are available based on date of reservation. NOW we know! Lovely dinner anyway.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The grilled oysters were the best we have ever had.

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SB
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Allen, the wine steward and
bartender was very knowledgeable and creative with cocktails. Food was outstanding in the dining room although we would have preferred being seated in the dining area next to the lake for my birthday celebration. Our server was a little too slow for us but to be fair, they were very busy for the leaf season tourists in town. We decided to have dessert and after-dinner drinks in the bar with the wonderful piano music. That's where we met the friendly Allen and the chef at the end of the evening. Delightful night.

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M
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again we had a fabulous experience at On the Verandah!

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DK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The service was excellent and our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu. I had his suggested special which was the hog snapper with an asian sauce and peppers that was moist and delicious. I did not like the thai rice that accompanied it and all of our brussel sprouts were hard and undercooked. Two guests had the trout w bourbon and pecan which was alittle over cooked and the sauce dominated the delicate fish. The scallops over pasta was a winner. The piano music was a nice touch to enhance a relaxing meal. Eating on the glassed in porch was not available but would ask for that next time. Nice sunset view.

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JF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was good, but the server was the worst I have ever encountered in a nice restaurant. She took our orders and we never saw her again, even after we asked a busboy to find her for us so we could get a second glass of wine. This restaurant is generally regarded as a good one, but there are lots of good restaurants in the area, so given the quality of service we received I will simply go elsewhere in the future.

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HH
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love eat at "On the Veranda" when in Highlands. It's a fantastic atmosphere and the food is always amazing. I definitely recommend eating here on your trip to or through Highlands.

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B
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant!!!! Great food and very accommodating...

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DK
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good, the service attentive and we enjoyed the view!

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed our visit here. Good food, good service and a clean house.

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OT
Atlantic City
20 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect ! Love the welcoming atmosphere and Leslie is a gem! Very accommodating to our needs.

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LM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and beauful view! I had the chicken and my husband had the grouper and they were amazing. The pumpkin pie was the best I’ve ever had!

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal. Lovely setting.

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DL
31 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us celebrated two birthdays. We sat at a lovely table overlooking the lake. The halibut was fresh and amazing. The trout was also excellent. The service was great and our server made our celebration special with some complimentary champagne. An overall wonderful experience.

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l
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined on the verandah in July and this past weekend. Always great and the best view in Highlands!

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D
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

There were 6 of us. I had the trout with lemon sauce and it was just okay (lacked seasoning and too lemony) but the other entrees served were outstanding. Piano music was a nice background and the view of the lake is breathtaking.

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LD
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent view - very scenic. Lovely restaurant with outstanding service. Food was very good as well. Piano and singer in the bar area. We thoroughly enjoyed the dinner and evening.

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J
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular - ambiance, food, service! I’d go back in a second.

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RC
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining and impeccable service as always!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On the Verandah is my favorite place to eat in Highlands. I always get the Thai Curry Shrimp and it never disappoints, so good. I usually get several bites of my daughters Ribeye which is a delicious addition.

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MB
Greensboro
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my birthday with dinner at this restaurant. It was splendid. Wonderful service and breathtaking scenery.
The food was creative and delicious!
I highly recommend this restaurant and look forward to celebrating many future events here!

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k
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely incredible. The server recommended Lobster and it was
one of the best meals I've had...ever!
Service was very good. My only suggestion would be to expand your selection of
wines by the glass.

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F
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We visited On the Verandah with our daughter and son-in-law and were seated on the terrace on a perfect summer evening. We enjoyed the view of the water and our waiter (a lovely woman with beautiful blue eyes but I don't remember her name) was just terrific. She recommended a wine that we LOVED and seemed very well versed on the subject. The trout was lovely as was the lamb appetizer and shrimp rolls. YUM. We enjoyed every moment at Verandah and hope to return soon.

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B
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really like the porch area. We had eaten there half a dozen times both inside and outside. The porch and outside area is superb, and the inside area is cozy and intimate with great music. The menu offers an array of options for anyone's desire. The service was great!

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SR
Nashville
50 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We brought our family to Highlands, NC for a vacation and had dinner out on the screened porch with a few down to the lake. The food was a bit on the expensive side but overall had family time and a nice dinner.

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S
Greensboro
82 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful restaurant. It sits on a small lake and and the view is so calming. The food is great and the service impeccable.

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RW
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

The food was mediocre. The piano music was extremely loud. The two of us could not hear each other or carry on a conversation and we were in the next room. Very pricey. Will not recommend to our friends. Nor will we return.

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LW
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

The food was fine: I had the duck. We might have had dessert but you know what? The dessert menu was so dog-earned and stained that it was a real turn off. The waitress left a lot to be desired. She stacked up the plates when we were finished, noisily, a knife dropped on the floor and she left it there. Did she come right back for it? No. She left it there, helped another table and finally came to our table, stepping on the knife until we reminded her it might be dangerous to leave it on the floor. No, we were not staying for dessert.

The piano was a monotonous drone in the background: nothing on line had said there would be music.

As first timers and newbies to the area we would never have known we were feet from the water until after dinner when we walked out to the terrace! Too bad.
No, we will not be recommending On The Veranda.

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L
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Terrible experience from the minute we walked in the door. The hostess must have been having a bad night. She was extremely rude. The food was mediocre. The server was good but busy with other tables. The ambience was not what it is cracked up to be. If you don’t sit on the deck near the water, it isn’t worth it.
We had reservations but it didn’t seem to matter. We were seated at a table in the middle of the dining room. Not enjoyable and I don’t care to return.

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K
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Hostess was very accommodating since we had to change the time twice to later since we had just finished playing golf.

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