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“Very creative chef…wonderful food!”
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Ruka's Table
Price range: $15 - $34
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
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.
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 favorite as well as the sweet corn soup with essence of vanilla. Seared scallops with pea puree and glazed blackberry is divine and the grouper is fabulous. Have tried most entrees and all are superb! The fresh fried okra is worth the trip AND the salted caramel ice cream is the best I've ever had!! You will love this!

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Thank thetwopats
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Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

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 and lots more ! Run , don't walk !

Thank mosteen577
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Reviewed August 1, 2014

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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Thank Cccjelliott
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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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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!

2  Thank C0R1B0
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