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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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  • 15
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  • 2
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lakeside Welcomes again and again!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
overthehill727
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Jacksonville, Florida
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
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English first
Jacksonville, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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Sarasota, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Really enjoyed our time our time there with our friends and most of all the food was excellent! The owner or chef came to our time and that was a real treat as not to many places will do that.

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1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Went in for dinner with friends. The first thing that jumped out at me was the extensive wine list...there is something for everyone in here. It makes sense because as I left I noticed on the wall that they have been recognized by Wine Spectator every year. Had a couple appetizers...the calamari with romesco was delish, as was the cauliflower... More 

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Salem, South Carolina
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90 reviews 90 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I have been lucky to be in Highlands quite a bit the last few years and eat at the amazing restaurants there. For some reason I had yet to eat at Lakeside until this last week. It is among the top three or four restaurants in Highlands. It is a former house and has a nice view of a small... More 

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Cashiers, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

April 16th Dinner at the Lakeside was wonderful, service was great, food was awesome. Please try it sometime. Tell'em Rocky sent you :)

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Cashiers, North Carolina
2 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

Went to Lakeside with friends and everything was superb. From the first glass of wine to the server to the amazing panna cotta. We had a 5 top, our server explained in detail all of the features for the day and started us off with cocktails and wine. We ended up ordering appetizers to share with the table. The mussels... More 

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Loganville, Georgia
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Best lamb chops ever and great service the staff made you feel special and the deserts are also great

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Cashiers, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Love this place. The culinary is outstanding, Quaint comfortable atmosphere and wonderful people ! A must try when visiting Highlands NC

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Franklin, North Carolina
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Easter Brunch at Lakside with great friends. The food was wonderful, we had a party of 4, each person getting something different off the menu. Starting with the perfect brunch drink and ending with the most mouth watering dessert. The course in the middle well let me just sum up with one word terrific. The wait staff were very friendly... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

started out great……the pear, arugula and goat cheese salad…great…ordered steak and eggs……how can you mess that up?…….over cooked steak and over cooked eggs….the hash brown casserole….it is the south it should have been flavorful….with cheese…instead……lacking seasoning….as was the steak…….when you go our to dinner you want it better…. then what you cook at home…..or at least as good? the service... More 

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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: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Romantic

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?