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Ruka's Table

163 Wright Square, Highlands, NC 28741
828-526-3636
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Ranked #12 of 45 Restaurants in Highlands
Price range: $15 - $34
Hours:
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
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 via mobile

The staff were friendly and welcoming. The food was tasty and the desserts were huge! We had a great table in front of the fire. The waitresses were really helpful and great to chat too.

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North Carolina
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158 reviews 158 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I checked out the reviews and menu before coming to Ruka's and was looking forward to having an anniversary meal here while in Highlands for a few days. We were offered a high top table near the fireplace, and it was a nice atmosphere. Wines by the glass are not stored in a cooled facility rather just sitting corked out... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

A real find in this small mountain town filled with good restaurants. Contemporary surroundings, easy parking and food out of this world. Justin Burdett creates a very special menu crafted with local goodies and with southern charm. A very personable place, good service, fine wine list and the best fried oysters east of New Orleans. Highly recommended!

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Atlanta
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

So many good places to eat in Highlands- this one was walking distance for us from our hotel and was quite good. The chef uses local and farm to table items-worth trying...

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Jacksonville, Florida
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58 reviews 58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We've avoided Ruka's since they opened several years ago. But when friends invited us to go to dinner with them, we said sure. I thought the menu was limited compared to other high end Highlands restaurants, but I saw a couple of entrees that appealed to me. I ordered the smoked trout served with grits and so did my wife.... More 

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Louisville, KY
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We slid into this Ruka's after driving all day to get to Highlands. We got a late table (8:30 is considered "late" because they close at 9:00) through OpenTable, and ended up with a lovely table by the fireplace. That immediately set us at ease. The only ding for the restaurant is that our server took more than 5 minutes... More 

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Pittsboro, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I completely agree with others—Ruka’s Table is THE best restaurant in Highlands, NC!! Justin Burdett is a chef extraordinaire, crafting masterpieces from simple, local ingredients like foraged lobster mushrooms, house made bratwurst and sauerkraut. I love sweet potatoes, but would never have considered stacking sweet potato slices with incredible blue cheese. My favorite appetizer, still, is the pork belly with... More 

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Blue Ridge, GA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

A very relaxing bar and the dining room was also relaxing. The food is very good but expensive. It does not open until late in the afternoon - a dinner place only. It's on Main Street but on the end of Highlands.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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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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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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Additional Information about Ruka's Table

Address: 163 Wright Square, Highlands, NC 28741
Phone Number: 828-526-3636
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Highlands
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 15 - 34
Cuisine: American

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