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On the Veranda Restaurant

1536 Franklin Rd, Highlands, NC 28741-8557
+1 828-526-2338
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good17%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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1536 Franklin Rd, Highlands, NC 28741-8557
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Every time my wife and I have visited Highlands over the years, we've made it a point to eat at least once (sometimes twice) at On The Veranda. We always ask for a reservation time that will assure a table "on the rail". Their porch,...More

Thank notapickyeater2017
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What a disappointing dining experience. Service was slow and inattentive. Appetizers were really good but my Striper entree was very fishy tasting, which striped bass are not supposed to be and the fish was over cooked. Additionally, it was one of the nightly specials. I...More

Thank henrysfork10
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My first mistake was making a reservation here through Open Table and not knowing there was inside vs veranda and lake view seating. When I noted the difference I asked the hostess to seat us on the veranda and she said unfortunately the veranda was...More

Thank phmokda
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really good food in a pleasant lakeside setting. It is a good idea to ask the price of any "special" if the price isn't volunteered by the waitstaff, especially specialty cocktails.

Thank Leon G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was good. Portions small- I ate Caesar salad and fish. Atmosphere good. There are better places to eat in Highlands.

Thank Bobby F
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best places to eat in the Highlands. Make reservations. Can get seating with view of the lake. Bar opens at 4pm.

Thank Woofie551
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed the atmosphere ! Dinners weren't as tasty as Daniel promised, but ok enough. Although we did order a 2nd round of the lamb ribs with the pomegranate reduction ! The sangria was nice, but costly at $16 a glass.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I drove up from Atlanta to have lunch at this restaurant. We were both really looking forward to lunch based on reviews and photos on Trip Advisor. We were both disappointed mainly because the preparation and presentation of the food looked and...More

Thank Carmen6868
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are a lot of really good restaurants in Highlands. We think Veranda is the best. We celebrated our anniversary. The food was terrific and our waitress, Christi, was really good. The restaurant is on a mountain lake.

Thank RobTennessee_USA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Drove up and the place looked almost like a fish camp , but walked inside and it was quite large and well appointed. We were seated on the veranda ( back porch) that had a wonderful view. It got even better with a cocktails and...More

Thank Huffle22
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$24 - US$35
Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1536 Franklin Rd, Highlands, NC 28741-8557
    (US 64 West)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Highlands
  • Phone Number: +1 828-526-2338
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Fine dining serving Eclectic American Cuisine overlooking scenic lake Sequoyah in Highlands NC
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