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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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American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
1536 Franklin Rd, Highlands, NC 28741-8557
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent meal - could have been better with the outdoor ambiance. It got dark and the only light came from a small wall sconce and tiny table candle. Some twinkle lights or low lights in landscaping would make it SO much better outside! Great service.

Thank jujubean4
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our meal at "On the Verandah". We wondered about the spelling until we realized the lake its on is called Sequoyah - Now I get it! The food was great - of course it was my birthday and we saw the great...More

Thank Joep63
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Oh my, it was the perfect evening. We had just arrived that afternoon for a week in Highlands. We were seated right next to the window with a view of the lake, a gorgeous sunset and hummingbirds flitting around right outside. I actually can't remember...More

Thank Gene B
Reviewed 8 August 2017

My family and I are "foodies" and seek out the reportedly best restaurants wherever we travel. The "terrible" I give this establishment is for their indifferent attitude towards my response to "how is your food?" My daughter's scallops were a bit heavy on the ginger...More

Thank h0rse56
Reviewed 8 August 2017

The ambiance is lovely if you sit near the river on the screened in veranda, but the food is mediocre. My duck had no taste except that of the sauce, in which the ginger was overdone. My appetizer, however, was excellent. I had the lamb...More

1  Thank olderfemaletraveler
Reviewed 31 July 2017

My wife and another couple went here July 26, 2017 for a birthday dinner. Our first visit was a year ago and we were very impressed with this restaurant while in the area that has a lack of very good restaurants, especially in Franklin, North...More

Thank norme-ormond
Reviewed 20 July 2017

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 19 July 2017 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 19 July 2017 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 15 July 2017 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
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, View, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups
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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