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Lakeside Restaurant

American, Seafood, International
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531 Smallwood Ave, on Harris Lake, Highlands, NC 28741
828-526-9419
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Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best Inland Seafood Dish We've Ever Had

First visit to Lakeside Restaurant in Highlands over the weekend. Neither of us is much of a fish eater, but we absolutely loved the Alaskan Halibut dish we each had Friday night. Restaurant was full of locals/regulars (many patrons greeted each other as friends). I think we were the only ones... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Atlanta, Georgia
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

First visit to Lakeside Restaurant in Highlands over the weekend. Neither of us is much of a fish eater, but we absolutely loved the Alaskan Halibut dish we each had Friday night. Restaurant was full of locals/regulars (many patrons greeted each other as friends). I think we were the only ones the owner didn't stop and say "Hello" to. Our... More 

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Burlington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

The service was friendly and accommodating. I needed to make some menu alterations due to health issues and that was no problem at all. Not only did the chef remove the things I didn't want but he created a sauce for me that was absolutely out of this world delicious. Both my meal and my husband's was wonderful. I ordered... More 

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Amelia Island, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We have been dining at Lakeside since the mid 90's. Last year, long time restaurant manager Laura Huerta took over the restaurant when Marty and Donna retired. As you might guess, the transition has been seamless and the Lakeside is still one of the very best restaurants in Highlands. Laura added outdoor seating in the garden behind the restaurant that... More 

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Matthews, NC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We couldn't wait to return to Lakeside this year after a wonderful experience last year. The atmosphere is romantic and cozy. You will be treated like royalty by the fabulous staff. We were not rushed, the timing of our courses was perfect. The specialty Martinis were wonderful. The food is the best in the Highlands! Make a reservation!! Tthis quaint... More 

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The food was well prepared., delivered in a timely manner and served in the new outdoor garden. My wife enjoyed the mussels as her main course and my duck was fetch good but not my favorite here.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

My husband and I had dinner here to celebrate his birthday. We made reservations ahead and we were greeted warmly and seated as soon as we arrived. Our charming waitress told us about the specials for the evening and then returned soon after with our drinks and rolls warm from the oven. Our salads came not long after and were... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Had dinner at Lakeside just recently. Friendly and welcoming atmosphere; more so with new owners. Food, service, and wine list were all very good. Lakeside is one of the better restaurants in Highlands and we go there every time we are in Highlands.

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Lula, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

I sat at the outside dining area which replicates a small type herb garden overlooking the lake. Beautiful, relaxing scenery and the service was wonderful. The food was spectacular and out of the ordinary for your taste buds. I will definitely mark this place as a "come back to". Absolutely great place.

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Calhoun, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Had the opportunity to dine at this gem of a restaurant. I had the feature Mahi tuna, my wife the grouper and our daughter the fried shrimp. We had reservations for 6:45 pm and we arrived a few minutes early and were greated at the door (it was opened for us) and we werewelcomed in. We were seated immediately and... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We returned to Highlands and knew Lakeside was calling. Making reservations here is always pleasant. Yes they are popular, but the owners want to have you in, so they work with you to make that happen. The atmosphere is cozy and more quiet than under the former ownership, and the wait-staff is trained to serve without interfering with your delicious... More 

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Additional Information about Lakeside Restaurant

Address: 531 Smallwood Ave, on Harris Lake, Highlands, NC 28741
Phone Number: 828-526-9419
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Highlands
Cuisine: American, Seafood, International

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 531 Smallwood Ave, on Harris Lake, Highlands, NC 28741
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Highlands
  • Phone Number: 828-526-9419

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients

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