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Lakeside Restaurant

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531 Smallwood Ave, on Harris Lake, Highlands, NC 28741-8464
+1 828-526-9419
17:30 - 21:30
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Tue - Sat 17:30 - 21:30
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food is just mediocre, lacking the inspiration and execution of the previous chef/owner. Botton line: there are many better options in the Highlands market.

Thank Thomas D
Washington, North Carolina
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our dinner at Lakeside, last night, was so wonderful that we will be returning for an encore on Saturday. The ambiance is charming and every detail a delight. My scallops were seared to perfection and my husband's flounder special was succulent. The accompanying veg were unusual and delicious. Don't miss the beet jam...yum. Service was personal and very pleasant. Nice... More 

4 Thank Patrick T
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

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 

4 Thank Gerfingerpokin
Anderson, South Carolina
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

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 21 October 2016 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
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94 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

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
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46 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 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
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53 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 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
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 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
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 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

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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, International
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
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: +1 828-526-9419

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?