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On the Veranda Restaurant

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1536 Franklin Road, Highlands, NC 28741 (US 64 West)
828-526-2338
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11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 20
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  • 11
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  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Elegant dining with lake views...superb food

This is a very nice upscale restaurant in Highlands. Our table had a lake view on the porch. I had heirloom tomato caprese salad which was incredible. My entree filet was outstanding. The service was excellent. You should definitely come here when in a Highlands.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
Katie B
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Atlanta, Georgia
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
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Atlanta
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

I am local to HNC & go out of my way to support local families and their restaurants. I've frequented On the Veranda for years and enjoy the out of downtown setting and have had some great meals there. My most recent Sunday Brunch visit reinforced some previous experiences. The wait staff seems to be a little on edge, tense... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

This is a very nice upscale restaurant in Highlands. Our table had a lake view on the porch. I had heirloom tomato caprese salad which was incredible. My entree filet was outstanding. The service was excellent. You should definitely come here when in a Highlands.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We have dined here in many previous years, this was the first for 2015. Our dinner for 6 was on a Saturday night mid July, so at the very height of the Summer season. The restaurant was full, parking lot full, with a piano player and a misty rain for background. What our waitress lacked in experience she made up... More 

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Amelia Island, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

On the Verandah is one of Highlands better long standing restaurants. Located a mile or so down Gorge Road past the Bascom towards Franklin on a small but charming lake. Sorting where to sit seems to be the biggest challenge facing diners. You are going to get a great meal, drink expensive wine from an extensive wine list and enjoy... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Situation on a small lake this local restaurant is a great place to relax with an outstanding meal. Service was excellent, food very good with a good variety on the menu. Don't know if she is there every night but great combination vocalist and pianist. Outdoor dining available.

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Montgomery, Alabama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

My wife and I shared the Wreckfish and Snapper specials. Both were OUTSTANDING. We, ALWAYS, enjoy our meals, in the lounge. The soft piano music provides a fabulous and romantic background. However nice the food and melodies are; NOTHING exceeds the personable and professional service provided by LEXIE!!! She always greets us, with a smile... and, never stops smiling. Should... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We have been to this restaurant many times and enjoyed many great meals. However, last night was an average dinner. The steaks were, at best average. Robert Craig Cabernet 2011 was excellent. But all in all It was a bit disappointing. The entertainment in the bar from Lisa was excellent. We did enjoy our after dinner time. Sure hope our... More 

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Sky Valley, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

On the Veranda offers dining with an inside dining room and a screen porch room overlooking Lake Sequoya which is our preference. A gourmet menu features fresh fish and select meats. Everything is delicious and the personal attention is appreciated. Make reservations.

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Sarasota, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Have been to Veranda twice during visits to Highlands, NC. I should have known something in the bar area when you walk in and there is no one there. Even though the restaurant is packed the bar is quiet. The service at the bar is terrible, it is like you are an inconvenience to the bartender to be there, her... More 

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jtbldb
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

All five of us loved our food.. How often does that happen? We started off with apps to share .. a caesar salad and a the duck spring roll. The wine list was more than sufficient. The entrees were really delicious.. 2 of us had the pecan trout, there was an order of the coconut crusted shrimp, and an order... More 

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Additional Information about On the Veranda Restaurant

Address: 1536 Franklin Road, Highlands, NC 28741
Phone Number: 828-526-2338
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Highlands
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: American

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1536 Franklin Road, Highlands, NC 28741
    (US 64 West)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Highlands
  • Phone Number: 828-526-2338

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?