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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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Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 223
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Wonderful Experience !

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
Travlur58
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Cashiers, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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265 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Cashiers, North Carolina
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
2 helpful votes 2 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
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Orlando, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Unique place to dine. We went on a recommendation from the B&B Inn we stayed in. Enjoyed the food. I had filet mignon and it was excellent. The management and staff was impressive. The restaurant is a little small and glad we made reservations in advance. My favorite place to eat in the Highlands.

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Sugar Land, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This restaurant is small and was very noisy until a large group of people left. Good rolls and homemade ranch dressing. Our waiter was Jeremy & he is fantastic! Great personality, knowledgeable about the menu and wine. i told him I read about him on Trip Advisor and he blushed. :) I promised I would write about him too. Both... More 

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haleyville
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115 reviews 115 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

First time eating here, we went early, so the noise wasn't bad at all. But it is a extremely small restaurant. The service was wonderful. We had the wedge salad, it was amazing. The special was the aged ribeye. Both my husband and I got it. It was terrible. It was so tough you could not eat it. When the... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

On a recent trip to Highlands, we visited the Lakeside Restaurant. I had made the reservation over the phone and talked to a very pleasant woman named Mary. As it turns out, she was our waitress. We had a wonderful time. Fantastic, friendly service, by dessert we felt like we had been patrons for years. Terrific staff, warm and hospitable.... More 

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Atlanta
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

as the rain had fallen for 2 days so the parking lot was flooded. But we persisted and were warmly welcomed! Outstanding food and service in this old home like atmosphere sitting by a beautiful lake. We enjoyed a nice wine and one of the best kale salads ever eaten. Our salmon appetizer on crispy pancake was yummy. Others had... More 

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Greenville, Alabama
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Been coming here for 20+ years. Lamb was not special as the past. Fish special had to be cut with a knife. Will not come back.

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Asheville, North Carolina
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Let me start out by saying I am not one to write online reviews. However, after my experience at Lakeside, I feel compelled to start! It was our first visit to this establishment, and Highlands, and so I cannot compare Lakeside's current operations to what it was under previous ownership. We left absolutely AMAZED!! The restaurant is charming! The hostess... 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: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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