The Veranda

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$30 and under
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American
Recognized as "Best Locally Owned Restaurant," “Best Steaks" and "Best Blue Plate," we are located just minutes away from the Mississippi State University campus. Our menu focuses on classic American cooking with a touch of Southern inspiration and fresh ingredients, prepared by the Best Chefs in the Golden Triangle.
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M
Memphis
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent restaurant . Food and service is consistently good !

MB
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The Veranda needs better management and quality control for food. Took an hour to get salad, and another hour to be served our dinner, which was COLD. Very unappetizing!! Ate very little of my food. On a positive note, our waitress, Lauren B was a doll.

D
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was quick since we had blue plate specials. The lettuce in my gorgonzola salad was a bit scarce and low quality which is not typical in my experience here.

JL
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy The Veranda. We were seated immediately and water was waiting to be served. Our entrees were prepared to order and everyone enjoyed their meal. A great place and atmosphere. Just don’t be seated in the enclosed outdoor area when it storms. Water runs under the doors and you could get your feet wet. Really recommend The Veranda!!!

M
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

My husband and I ate there this past Friday and liked the atmosphere and menu selection. However, when I received my entree of shrimp and grits, it was barely warm. My husband did not care for his dish, but he is picky. I feel if I am paying $24 for a meal, it should be at least greater than 140 degrees and not in the temp “danger zone.”

Our waitress is a whole other story. She spoke super fast, and would talk to us with one foot already heading away from the table. She never came back around to check on us or I would have told her about my food not being hot. I also probably would not have said anything if she did because it seemed like we were in there forever. I spent around $90 for two of us to enjoy a nice meal, but won’t be doing it again. There are other restaurants in a Starkville that offer the same
Menu items we ordered that are served hot, better service, about about 50% cheaper.

f
Tulsa
9 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Truly an enjoyable dining experience. My mother's favorite place to dine out when I come to visit her. Customer service is true Southern.

PF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Veranda has always been good. But Sunday night our service and food were poor. Two people each ordered a glass of wine. The two glasses arrived 25 minutes apart. It took 40 minutes to get our salads. I had the ahi tuna appetizer and the rice was so “old” it was brittle. I could crumble it in my hands. Waitress said it took longer because everyone came at the same time and wanted quick service. The Veranda should be able to handle baseball game day crowds. And, it wasn’t that crowded. I think they were under staffed in the kitchen and waiting tables.

OT
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary celebration! Great food and awesome service!

CM
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We were very pleased with our visit to The Veranda. Service was excellent and our food was served in a timely manner.

JG
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The fact that we were able to reserve a table at 3:00 was wonderful but unfortunately I think the kitchen staff was tired by the time we arrived. Our dinner took three hours to get to us from seating to check. Our soup and salad course was not brought out until our meal was served. It took forever to get refills on water. Our waitress was super sweet and she was very busy so we know it wasn’t her fault. The food was good but not super as in the past.

p
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had reservations for a party of 8 for a company dinner. We were seated promptly upon arrival. Servers were very attentive throughout the dining process. Food was outstanding - all of us opted for one type of steak or another. We also had a few appetizers and some dessert. Overall it was a very enjoyable evening. Would definitely return.

CK
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! Food is excellent! Our waiter was fabulous! We had 2 toddlers, and he totally helped make our dining experience a great one! Thank you!!

MP
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The Veranda was not as excellent as I remember it being many times before. We were given the dinner menu to order at 11:00 am. No brunch or lunch menu, just dinner, including dinner prices. Food was good, but not outstanding, and service was just ok. For a college town, on the busiest weekend of the spring, a special menu is a must! Other establishments are staying current, while the Veranda is falling behind. Still time to make changes for the better!

a
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, The Veranda provides excellent food and wonderful service. Thank you for your attention to detail!

OT
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Very busy weekend at MSU. Seemed understaffed but a lot of events happening. We were seated promptly but no one came to table for over 20 minutes. Had to request several times. When finally got service it was good.

SL
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A great place for great food and drinks. Met a friend visiting from Colorado because we knew the food would be delicious . My coffee wasn’t hot but I didn’t complain to the server. A busy night in Starkville so I had made a reservation.

BM
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Service was not as good as usual.

G
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server, Leah, was OUTSTANDING! Really top-notch.
(The mashed potatoes needed to hotter. They were slightly more than lukewarm.)

TD
Mississippi
6 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Server was very attentive but not overbearing! Believe her name was Lauren.

D
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food took far too long to come out. Sunday night and they
were not that busy. Food was not worth waiting for.

JS
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a very good meal with excellent service from Adam. He was very knowledable, helpful and polite.

BR
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lunch at the Veranda was excellent! Started with fried green tomatoes appetizer with Cajun sauce - amazing! Then blue plate choice of Grilled catfish with remoulade sauce was delicious as well as the sweet potatoes and sautéed squash. Will definitely be back.

N
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 1

It was really, really dark in there. We were hosting some students who were here from out of state and wanted to have a chance to visit with them. It was really hard to see. It would have been better if there had been a little more light. It was so dark that I had a hard time reading the menu. I would suggest having some tables that would have more light than others because if I was coming in for a more romantic type meal with my husband that wouldn't have been so bad but I still couldn't see the menu. My only complaint. Other than that everything else was great. Thanks and yes we will come again.

b
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I was disappointed that the menu given at the table was not the same as what was on the website. The menu needs updating.
The waiter took (bar) drink orders but the salads were brought before the drinks. felt rushed on a non-busy night. The food wasn't bad, just not as good as I expected.

CL
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Were out of several things that we ordered

OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Our server was great, but I ordered a filet and it was sitting in juice, was under cooked and wasn’t tender. Wasn’t worth 29.00 The potatoes had a sour taste. My date had the Kobe burger and noticed that it wasn’t up to Kobe standards. We didn’t send our food back, we just paid and got out of there.

CP
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place to eat. Bartender was very friendly & asked for our names. Food was very good.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Filet melted in your mouth it was so tender. Garganzola mashed potatoes were delicious!

c
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is consistently good, atmosphere is always nice. One of our favorite Starkville restaurants.

VF
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed a lovely dinner for my birthday. Our server recommended a lovely bottle of wine...the food was delicious & just enough. The atmosphere was relaxing, and we were not interrupted by people checking to see if we had everything we needed too often. We will come back...I am looking forward to a lunch blue-plate special at The Verandah.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable evening. The only negative from me was that we had a large group of 12 and it took forever to get our food. Other than that, great night.

M
Memphis
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was excellent . Ordered a second round of the fried green tomato appetizer because the first one was so good ! The duck entree was fantastic ! Love this restaurant!

EO
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

The service was initially slow, but I suspect due to a changeover of server. The menu looked good, and our meals were OK but not as 'fine dining' as we had hoped. Nice selection of cocktails on the menu and very fairly priced overall.

KD
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great atmosphere, food was amazing, and service was fast and perfect. The waiter answered all our questions in great detail.

BN
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Crispy duck was perfect and our server was excellent.

OT
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal at The Veranda while in Starkville! Great service, ambience and delicious food! Definitely worth a visit!

JT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed the Lobster Bisque, Stuffed Fried Green Tomato appetizer and the Prosecco cocktail I had was excellent.

b
Mississippi
13 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Wife said her crabcakes were great....I got a ribeye, ok, but not great. We eat here several times each year. Haven't ordered the ribeye recently because the one I ordered several years ago was a bit disappointing also. The potato side was delicious. We will be back, but not for the steak.

FW
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

You can count on the Veranda for good food and a great experience. This has become our favorite restaurant innStarkville and especially like that they are taking reservations!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food quality was super and delivered faster than expected

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