The Veranda

4.3
147 Reviews
$30 and under
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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience5

Our food was cold and the service was not good. Very disappointed. We have been there many times when it was great, but we let them know beforehand when we made reservations that this was our family’s Thanksgiving meal. They weren’t busy, but our server barely checked on our table. Between that and the food being cold, it wasn’t worth the $362 ticket! My husband said we won’t be back. I guess the most recent reviews on TripAdvisor speak for themselves. On a good note, the food had a great flavor to it, but it was cold so nobody could eat it. Maybe if someone had asked us how our food was then we could have told them!

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donnac
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

large portions and great food! Would definitely go back.

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Clarkefam
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food at a great value. The outdoor seating was very pleasant.

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vipAnthonyC
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Its always great our server was outstanding and great food.

JA
vipJoAnnW
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very impressed with the service and the food was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Terrible. Steak sent back 3x for being improperly cooked and cold each time. Didn’t want it removed from bill originally, only corrected. However, after 3 failures no apologies or efforts to correct were attempted. It was clear I nor my experience wasn’t important to the staff that served me.

Further, while not a big deal, I Was told on arrival that reservations must be made hours in advance, your app doesn’t disclose that- if such is the case, they shouldn’t be accepted

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service & food!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food, excellent service from Pitcher - thanks!

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Kelsey
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food2service2ambience5

I loved the atmosphere and my entree was good! However I had ordered a house salad with no bacon. They bring my salad right before my meal and they’re was bacon on it. I simply told them I was allergic and to re make it without bacon. They then bring a new salad with bacon STILL on the salad. It looks like they didn’t even take the time to make me a new one, just picked off what was on the top. Very disappointed with their professionalism and they should be more careful with people who have allergies.

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JJ2019
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

The food wasn’t bad, but our party waited an entire hour for our salads, and then another 50 minutes for our food. Unacceptable.

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CarolynB
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Husband and I had a great dinner outing at the Veranda in Starkville, MS

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Service was awful took an hour and half to get our food. Our waiter checked on us twice the whole time

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Not quite the experience i remember. Service was ok . Appetizer was very good. Steak and hamburger were average and both fries and mashed potatoes were served cold .

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Waiter was confused about the special. And said they were out of the special appetizer. Next think I know we are getting the smoked dip. Which was served with chips and bread together. Not a good presentation.

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vipBullyMac
Mississippi
34 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I love the Veranda. The only thing that needs attention is the bathrooms! You CANNOT get any hot water or even warm water from the faucets, and it is barely a stream of water.

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DavidH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Nice menu and selection. Do you have to put red onions in everything, including risotto?

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DrRaft
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We have eaten here before and had a good experience, but tonight was not a good night. Waiter was disengaged and appeared disinterested. It took 2 hours to eat. Told us they were out of an appetizer, then served it to the table beside us an hour later. Steak undercooked. Was a birthday meal and nobody seemed to care until I spoke with the manager who did his best to make it right. He was professional and courteous and listened. Made the best of a bad dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience5

Great food!

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vipstatusk
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Was home for the holidays and we usually stop by here for a dinner. The food was just so-so. Whereas it used to be great. Gorgonzola chips used to be a favorite, but it was just salty cold and they were out of Gorgonzola. Had a entree Chicken and Applewod bacon salad. Was basically a bowl full of iceberg with 2 cherry tomatoes. The bacon was cold and chewy. Chicken was decent.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Graduation lunch for family. Service was excellent, food was very good, but selections were limited. This was likely due to the expected crowds on graduation day but it was a bit disappointing since we were expecting the full menu. Tablecloth was stained with reddish brown spots which was not very appetizing. But our server was so nice and funny we had a great time. I would recommend, but forewarn to expect some variance from normal menu and presentation during high volume days.

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CorinneK
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very easy to make a reservation online to set up a work meeting/ lunch. Our table was set up on arrival. Our waiter, Luke, was great! He kept all of our drinks filled and kept checking on us to see if we needed anything else. I would highly recommend The Veranda to anyone.

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JohnC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was our family from out of town and everything was very good

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SusanneW
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

my son has been wanting to take us here for two years and it finally happened. The food was excellent , our waiter Aaron was super friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. It was a perfect night to celebrate my husbands birthday, and the end of a great vacation.

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Bdog
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food. Great staff.
Highly recommend. Try it.

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lhc2266
New Orleans
19 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had great service. There were some items on the menu that were discontinued. Also, it took a while for the food to get to us but I am certain it was because they were busy. It is a very nice friendly atmosphere and I am certain we will be back.

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Todd
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Food was good but not great as we had hoped, for the money. Shrimp appetizer and gumbo were Excellent. Overdressed salads. Salmon was very good. Catfish was average. Filet was good. Jumbo chicken tenders were enormous and cooked perfectly. Will comment on the service in private message to restaurant.

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vipMaggie
Memphis/West TN
15 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent restaurant . Food and service is consistently good !

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MarkB
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

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.

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Demitrius
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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JLPGROUP
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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!!!

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Mark
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

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.

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foodie
Tulsa
11 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience4

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

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PatsyF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary celebration! Great food and awesome service!

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CharlesM
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

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JoyG
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

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pete
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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CindyK
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

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MyraP
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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!

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aimed
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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The Veranda offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (662) 323-1231.

The Veranda is rated 4.3 stars by 147 OpenTable diners.

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