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Lakeside Restaurant

531 Smallwood Ave, on Harris Lake, Highlands, NC 28741
828-526-9419
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Ranked #5 of 43 restaurants in Highlands
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American, Seafood, International
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Mobile, AL
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This small, quaint restaurant is just a block off of Main Street in downtown Highlands. It is next to Harris Lake, so there is a lovely view. The service was first rate, as was the food. We both had seafood, and it was very fresh and well prepared. Each dish was wonderfully seasoned without hiding the fresh flavor of the... More

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Highlands, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Lakeside has been a Highlands culinary hideaway for several decades. The bright and attentive staff does everything to insure their guests have an enjoyable experience. Laura is efficient and on top of every detail. The food has the finesse usually only found in European capitals. Entrees include the largest lamb chops we have ever seen and cooked to perfection. The... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

My husband and I have been going to Lakeside Restaurant for at least 10 years and tonight was the first time we have been slightly disappointed in our experience!! The food was excellent but the service was not good. We had to wait on our table when we arrived and our waitress was not attentive at all. The kitchen was... More

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

The food here was very well-prepared, but it was not highly creative. I had the trigger fish, which was very tasty, and my husband had a steak. Nothing negative to say, just nothing to knock our socks off.

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Highlands, North Carolina
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Last night was our 1st time back since Chef Marty took a well deserved retirement after 24 years! We were not sure what to expect but it has always been a favorite in Highlands. Happy to say that Laura the new owner (she was the manager for many years) has taken the reigns and kept the friendly and welcoming atmosphere... More

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2 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

A small and sometime noisy, but well appointed and comfortablerestaurant. My wife had the snapper and I had the the Italian seafood ciopini. Both were excellent. Service was excellent. We will go back.

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Mobile
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My husband and I were with friends celebrating a birthday. We couldn't have selected a better place for an exceptional dining experience in every way. The dining room is so inviting…..small, beautifully decorated, and quiet. The menu was varied, and it was difficult to choose just one entree. My husband had red snapper, I had trigger fish, and our birthday... More

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8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

My boyfriend and I were celebrating our one year anniversary and chose Lakeside Restaurant! We were not disappointed at all! We started by arriving 30 min early for our reservation time and they were able to seat us within minutes of our arrival. I know this was a huge feat because the restaurant is quite small with only 16 or... More

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2 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Went to a Patz & Hall wine dinner here and it was incredible! Service was great very attentive and relaxed. Absolutely enjoyed the braised rabbit stuffed crepes. Can't wait to go back and try the food there again!

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Jackson, Mississippi
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83 reviews 83 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This a favorite place for the locals and we saw why. Small and reservations are a must. Each selection is well prepared and Mary our waitperson was perfect. We tried various selections from the menu, 6 folks and everyone selected something different, all were great. Each fish dish was super, the soups and desserts all were excellent. We made reservations... More

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