We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book a Stay + Win a Getaway Book your hotel on TripAdvisor and you could win a great trip!

Lakeside Restaurant

Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
531 Smallwood Ave, on Harris Lake, Highlands, NC 28741-8464
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

357 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 357: English reviews
Level Contributor
43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The cuisine (yes, it's not just food) and service are well worth chasing down this little back-street establishment. It is nested in a quiet neighborhood in lovely Highlands with a little lake coming up to the back lawn. Eating lightly, this time I settled for a lovely salad but was delighted at what others were having around me. It is... More 

Thank Gerfingerpokin
Anderson, South Carolina
Level Contributor
35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Tried this place only once. Food and service did not warrant a second try. There are too many opportunities in this area for great food to return here.

Thank WannaTravel46
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Very disappointed with both the food and service. The rib eye was at best average and trout overcooked. The restaurant was very busy which probably accounted for the poor service. For the cost of the dinner there are better many choices in Highlands.

Thank Barry N
Gainesville, Georgia
Level Contributor
90 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's been a while since we have visited Lakeside and so happy to report it is still going strong! We had a fabulous meal overlooking cute Harris Lake. I enjoyed a snapper special over pasta with veggies and a lemon cream sauce. One of the best meals I've had in recent memory! Don't miss desert - always something fabulous to... More 

3 Thank SoBelle27
Darby, Montana
Level Contributor
45 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Terrific drinks, a restaurant special "Manhattan" was a delight. Dirty martini was excellent, an apple martini with the glass edge twirled in Carmel and crushed graham cracker was de-lish!! Tomato florentine soup was a hit. Wedge salad was excellent, the salad "special" with arugula and sliced baked apples with a pumpkin vinaigrette dressing was selected by two and they both... More 

3 Thank 705MM
Waleska, Georgia
Level Contributor
53 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

You cannot beat the view! we were seated outside and the view of the lake is mesmerizing. The weather was absolutely perfect for an al fresca experience. We had a wonderful bottle of wine and the food was delicious! The dessert was the best I had all year as it was a REAL pound cake complete with the crispy top!... More 

2 Thank Birdsong777
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

We made reservations for an early dinner having heard it could get very crowded. The service was excellent from the greeter to the wait staff. We enjoyed cocktails before our dinner. We opted for indoor dining but new terrace seating was offered. Trout stuffed with bacon and crabmeat was my husband's entree choice. He was not disappointed and ate every... More 

3 Thank LWBell
Pinehurst, North Carolina
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016 via mobile

This is our second experience. The food and service were excellent. The presentation was lovely. I recommend the fillet and save room for the mud pie dessert

3 Thank stephenbG750UW
Beaufort, SC
Level Contributor
54 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

a lovely locale, very attentive staff but the food was not up to par; e.g., the fish was served over underdone pilaf with an over-lemonized sauce that really overwhelmed the entire dish and the lobster risotto seemed to have lost much of its lobster on the way from the kitchen

Thank sigmund w
West Palm Beach, Florida
Level Contributor
35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful experience for dinner! The food was very good, only surpassed by the service - phenomenal! The best part was the serene outdoor seating in the garden overlooking the lake and the ducks. On a perfect summer evening - nothing better! For a birthday alone - it fit the bill of quiet, beautiful and perfect for all I was looking... More 

3 Thank mlpack777

Travelers who viewed Lakeside Restaurant also viewed

Highlands, North Carolina Mountains
Highlands, North Carolina Mountains
Highlands, North Carolina Mountains
Highlands, North Carolina Mountains
Highlands, North Carolina Mountains
Highlands, North Carolina Mountains

Been to Lakeside Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, International
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 531 Smallwood Ave, on Harris Lake, Highlands, NC 28741-8464
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Highlands
  • Phone Number: 828-526-9419

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Lakeside Restaurant and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Florida USA
over a year ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Lakeside Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?