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Lakeside Restaurant

531 Smallwood Ave, on Harris Lake, Highlands, NC 28741
828-526-9419
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Ranked #2 of 41 restaurants in Highlands
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: American, Seafood, International
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
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 April 16, 2014 NEW

We just had our first visit to Lakeside since the recent ownership change. We were there for our anniversary. The service was very good and the food was truly outstanding. We both had appetizers that were terrific. My wife had duck and I had triggerfish for our main dishes. My dish was one of the best I have had in... More

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Franklin, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We are locals and couldn't wait for Lakeside to open back up. We took 2 other couples along this time. We all had a great time and wonderful experience. I ordered the Ribeye and it was cooked to perfection, as always. The peppercorn sauce is amazing. My wife ordered the Halibut and it was great, also. Bread pudding for dessert.... More

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Highlands, North Carolina
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53 reviews 53 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Had dinner here with another couple this evening and it was a fantastic experience. I began with the mussels sofrito. What a delight! The chorizo in the dish was nice and sweet and there were numerous mussels in the dish. A lot more than what one gets at most other establishments. The broth had a sweet and spicy flavor and... More

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Scaly Mountain, North Carolina, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We went to Lakeside last night for my early birthday dinner. We were seated in Nicole's section, and I have to say I don't think I have ever had a better server anywhere. Or any time. We came with friends who hadn't been there in a long time. Favorite appetizer- Wild Mushrooms with bleu cheese cream and housemade cumin crackers.... More

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Lakeland, Florida
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

Lakeside is our absolute favorite restaurant in Highlands. The trout there is better than anyhwere in the world...and they were kind enough to give my wife the tomato soup recipe...she's a raving fan for life

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Anchorage, Alaska
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11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

I went to Lakeside Restaurant based on the Tripadvisor reviews and believe the overall experience was ok to decent (3.5/5), especially when I compare it to Wolfgangs, which I believe is the best in the Highlands. This is a relatively small restaurant with a lot of tables, and it left me feeling squeezed in a bit and I am not... More

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Highlands, North Carolina
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

My husband and I were grateful to be included in a dinner party Saturday night at Lakeside Restaurant's Justin Wine and Gourmet dinner. The food was superlative and perfectly paired with Justin's wine. Marty, Lakeside's owner, went out of his way to accommodate my husband's special needs despite the extremely busy evening. We were impressed by Marty's promotion of Highland's... More

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Fort Myers, Florida
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59 reviews 59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

After being told this was the place to go in Highlands for seafood, we were disappointed in our trout as it was tasteless and my husband's piece had lots of bones. Was noisy and crowded and didn't have any view.

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Destin, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

We have been going to Highlands for years and Lakeside continues to be our favorite restaurant. We had dinner Saturday night and it was outstanding. The chef/owner is very friendly and speaks with all the guests. He sincerely wants you to have a great dining experience. We had the special for the night which was fresh pan-seared Black Grouper served... More

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Marietta, GA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

My husband and I enjoyed a fabulous meal at this wonderfully cozy inviting restaurant. I had the mushroom, blue cheese , cream appetizer and my husband sampled the lobster bisque....both outstanding. We then each had one of the night's specials..lamb and snook. Again, an unbelievable culinary feat on both counts .....cooked to perfection. The wine list is extensive and impressive... More

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