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Ruka's Table

163 Wright Square, Highlands, NC 28741
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Ranked #14 of 43 restaurants in Highlands
Price range: $15 - $34
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 2nd Street
Transit: Public Transportation is not available in Highlands. Private transportation is available through a "For Hire" service in the Highlands/Cashiers area. You may contact them by calling 828-526-8645 or emailing chasdash@rocketmail.com
Description: Ruka's Table embodies the spirit of Highlands with a casual but elegant atmosphere, excellent food and service, and a commitment to quality that we believe is unequaled. We buy as much local produce as possible to sustain our farming communities. Ruka's menu is an array of specials, salads, soups, appetizers, entrees, and desserts that are 100% house made from the finest quality ingredients that we can purchase. Our steaks are local, dry aged, hormone free meats of the highest grade. Our menu has a variety of seafood and poultry dishes and includes daily specials and our take on southern specialties. Ruka's features a beautiful, copper topped, full service bar that offers full menu dining and a huge assortment of craft beer, specialty cocktails, and a fantastic wine list. The bar is flanked by a large stone fireplace, and is situated under a 30 foot, beamed, cathedral ceiling.
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84% Recommend
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Anna Maria Island, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

My husband and I love to go to Ruka's for a good meal. Food is always fresh, local produce and farms are listed on a big board in the dining area...Good wine selection, great chef, good wait staff...A good choice !

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Newnan, Georgia, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Stopped here for lunch and it was a pleasant surprise. Nice atmosphere, friendly and knowledgeable wait staff, and the food was outstanding. The salads were well prepared and unique and not the usual run of the mill lettuce and balsamic. The lunch menu was excellent and the choices were varied and delicious. I can't recommend it highly enough!

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Burlington, North Carolina
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Began my meal with the roasted bone marrow. The presentation was beautiful and the taste was perfect. Four days later I'm still craving this appetizer. If you enjoy bone marrow, I highly recommend having it at Ruka's. The chef really knows how to prepare it. Wanted the scallops for my entree, rather than as an appetizer and the restaurant was... More

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Pinehurst, North Carolina
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Our sales rep from Old Edwards Inn set up a dinner for us at Ruka's Table because there were 10 of us. We had such a great time and the food was outstanding! The service could have been a bit better, but we were a tough crowd. Chef Justin came out to our table and brought some extra dishes for... More

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Key Biscayne, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I love southern food so while visiting Highlands from Miami, I had been getting my fill since the plane hit the ground in Greenville, SC. But Ruka's Table was a totally unexpected surprise in the heart of downtown Highlands. A unique twist on elegant Southern dishes made this the most pleasurable dining experiences of the trip. The bone marrow appetizer... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I'll keep reviewing Ruka's until it gets the recognition it deserves. This means you'll hear from me every 2 to 4 weeks because that's how often we eat there. Why do I care? Because they focus on fresh locally-sourced foods that are sometimes organic. I want to know the story on ingredients in my food and I get it here.... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I have reviewed this before…..but this last time was even better then the last…the spring menu is delightful….salads made with asparagus and baby peas…..butter beans…..chicken resting on a tomato ragu…….lovely …fresh….ingredients ….not over loaded with red onion and garlic…..and the service gets better and better!….the best food in Highlands…..period!

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Highlands, North Carolina
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

I have just had another wonderful evening at Ruka's Table. It was not just "dining". I say that because, not only is the food exceptional and innovative, but the ambiance and a visit with Chef Justin always adds something special to the evening. I am a local and enjoy the fact that you can go and have a multi course... More

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Since it had been over a year since we had dined at Ruka's and our last visit was very good, we ate there last Friday night May 23. When we arrived for our 7:30 reservation, there were only 5 other tables occupied and I was a little concerned. Our server took our drink orders and we received them promptly. When... More

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Highlands, North Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

We live in town and finally had dinner here. We were pleasantly surprised by the good quality and fine choices of ingredients. We would recommend Ruka's Table to anyone looking for a substantial meal with interesting flavors. The staff was genuine in their attention. Definitely add it to the 'new' restaurants in Highlands that aren't fearful of a varied menu.

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