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Ruka's Table

163 Wright Square, Highlands, NC 28741
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Ranked #12 of 44 Restaurants in Highlands
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Price range: $15 - $34
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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English first
Atlanta, Georgia
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Recently, we had lunch at Ruka's and figure once it is discovered will be mobbed because the food is so darn fresh and good. You gotta have the peach/tomato/basil salad dressed with pepper infused oil. And then follow it up with their incredible hamburger. Divine.

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Everything about Ruka’s Table was perfect! We stumble at the restaurant while looking for a place to eat, which should tell you that exterior has coughed our attention. Starting with the friendly, knowledgeable staff, very pleasant atmosphere, and finishing with the very happy belly! I have absolutely nothing negative to say about this restaurant. The food was superb, every dish... 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 excellent. I had grouper in a roasted tomato-saffron broth, and I had to scoop up every last drop with a spoon. Service was not outstanding, but adequate. Had a wickedly delicious dessert of chocolate ganache pie with salted carmel ice cream. OMG!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

If you are near Highlands, NC, Ruka's place is a must do! The chef created a vegetarian plate for me that was unique and delicious! My husband and I were particularly impressed with the roasted okra and the lady peas. Cheese plate appetizer and fresh basil gimlet topped off a fantastic dinner! Our server, Gregory helped to make our dining... More

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Lake Norman, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

There was nothing left on any of the plates that we all ordered and at the end of the meal we couldn't decide which one was the best cuz they were all absolutely amazing!!! The taste on the first bite was delicious and the second bite got better and than then eventually all of it was gone and all of... More

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Pittsboro, North Carolina
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Ruka’s Table is an amazing gem of a restaurant! Justin Burdett’s food is incredible: it is fresh, seasonal, flavorful, unusual, and delicious. My sister and I ate there on a recent visit to Highlands, sitting at the bar, where we enjoyed wonderful conversations with Brooke, bartender and wife of the Executive Chef, Justin. The restaurant was not crowded that night... More

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Cashiers NC
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Having been a former food critic I recognize a chef who has a passion for food. Such is the case with Justin Burdett who came to Highlands from Miller's Union in Atlanta. He also WON Chopped on the Food Network! His farm to table menu uses fresh produce and fruit and free-range chicken. His peach and tomato salad is a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Ok Highlands pay attention - you have an incredible jewel in your crown here, the food is extraordinary, made with care and finesse and attention to ingredients. Peach and tomato salad was an outrageous and wonderful combination that I couldn't have imagined , corn soup tasted like corn just plucked from the garden, grouper in tomato broth delicate and terrific... More

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Greenville, South Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

Ruka's Table is wonderful! The ever-changing menu filled with fresh local ingredients, paired with a friendly executive chef who is present every night, and the beautiful rustic atmosphere have made this restaurant our favorite among the several fine dining experiences in the area.

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Anna Maria Island, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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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