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Lakeside Restaurant

531 Smallwood Ave, on Harris Lake, Highlands, NC 28741-8464
+1 828-526-9419
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  • Excellent81%
  • Very good11%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
531 Smallwood Ave, on Harris Lake, Highlands, NC 28741-8464
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We love Lakeside for consistent, excellent food and overall service. Tonight was no different....except for the high noise created by a large party of twelve. This is a small, one room dining room. A celebratory crowd of twelve overwhelmed the other guests with deafening noise....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our dinner at Lakeside was wonderful-service, atmosphere and food. We sat outside on a beautiful summer evening. We started with a bottle of rose and the tuna salad which was a perfectly prepared thin cut rare tuna on a bed of crisp greens. Entrees included...More

2  Thank MLA40
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife had the seafood pomidoro. She rarely finishes her entre but had no trouble tonight. I had the pan seared scallops. Probably the best I ever had. The bread pudding was as good as it gets. Even the rolls served were excellent. It's a...More

2  Thank David F
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Small and quaint restaurant with beautiful views of a small lake. While we were there it rained and there was a beautiful rainbow outside. When you make reservations ask for a table by the window if available. Everything we had was fantastic; the bread, we...More

2  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

Great course selections. Small intimate dining experience. I had the scallops and was very pleased. Raspberry sorbet was refreshing. Great wait staff.

2  Thank Diane P
Reviewed 18 May 2018

A dinner visit. Were not disappointed !! Many tasty 'looking' choices. Trout, wonderful. Atmosphere, somewhat lack luster', but food made up for any lack of ambiance. Very astute service. Would highly recommend. $$ reasonable.

2  Thank H H T
Reviewed 13 May 2018

We joined Lakeside Restaurant for Mothers day Brunch and it was extraordinary! You are first greeted into a quaint and comfortable dining room, embellished with wine corks and bright colors, overlooking a stunning lake in the heart of Highlands. Our party of four were all...More

2  Thank Nicole S
Reviewed 13 May 2018

We had a wonderful dinner at Lakeside this month. Every aspect of the experience contributes to creating a special meal: the location adjacent to Harris Lake immediately behind OEI, the friendly and courteous service, and of course the delicious food. Of note, we are vegetarian,...More

2  Thank Deep S
Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

This marvelous gem of a restaurant is a short way from Main Street in the charming mountain town of Highlands NC. It changed ownership about 5 years ago but the new team has kept all of the charm and high cuisine standards of the original...More

2  Thank DrRob520
Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

This is a small restaurant just a block off Main Street with about 12 tables. Be sure to make reservation ahead of time. It was totally filled tonight. The atmosphere is great and the food and service is wonderful. The food is prepared in an...More

2  Thank Mrharley
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Doris L
15 April 2017|
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Doris L
15 April 2017|
Response from britt s | Reviewed this property |
Probably depends on their busy season but we were there two weekends ago and just walked in and got a table. But it is smallenougth that is 3 other couples have that idea it will be full.
24 April 2015|
Response from Travlur58 | Reviewed this property |
They have parking right in the front door. If you have special needs I'm sure they will accommodate ....
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 531 Smallwood Ave, on Harris Lake, Highlands, NC 28741-8464
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Highlands
  • Phone Number: +1 828-526-9419
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