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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 44 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
Providence, Rhode Island
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We were greeted by a smiling and friendly hostess named Jeremy who seated us quickly upon arrival. Our server was Joe who was excellent and responded quickly to our needs and questions. Our dinner was excellent and so was the dessert. We would highly recommend this fine restaurant. We plan on going back next time we are in the area.

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Scaly Mountain, North Carolina, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Date night with the husband, and decided to go to Lakeside. It is one of our favorites. It was a busy night but the service was great. Mary was attentive and very knowledgeable. The food was to die for. We had a few appetizers, my usual is are the blue cheese mushrooms with the cumin crackers, but we also tried... More

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Highlands, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We had a wonderful evening at Lakeside. The food was exceptional and Jerry our waiter was the best. The setting at Lakeside is serene overlooking Harris Lake with the ducks floating by. The menu has a choice for all palates. Wine list exceptional.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

My wife and I have been dining at Lakeside for about 15 years, and it still is our favorite restaurant in Highlands. Lakeside is rather small, so it makes sense to call for reservations ahead of time, especially if one plans to have dinner there on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. For years, I always ordered the huge lamb chops at... More

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Mobile, AL
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51 reviews 51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

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
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

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
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

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
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

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
11 helpful votes 11 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
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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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