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Lakeside Restaurant

531 Smallwood Ave, on Harris Lake, Highlands, NC 28741-8464
+1 828-526-9419
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  • Excellent81%
  • Very good11%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“mud pie” (8 reviews)
“lamb chops” (24 reviews)
“stuffed trout” (6 reviews)
American, Seafood, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
531 Smallwood Ave, on Harris Lake, Highlands, NC 28741-8464
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Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

Lakeside has been a constant go to for years. The change of ownership to Laura didn't miss a beat. My wife and I had another wonderful experience here tonight. From the appetizer to our entree it was great and the service was outstanding. Lakeside Is...More

3  Thank James R
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

The food tasted great and presentation was very good! The service was also very good. Most of us at the table at the Grouper special which was very good. It’s a small place so make reservations. Overlooks a lake - it’s very pretty!

3  Thank gloria s
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

My fiancé and I went on a nice drive to the mountains and he planned a romantic dinner at this restaurant. He made reservations so we were seated quickly. There is only 12 tables in the restaurant so reservations are advised. The menu was full...More

Thank Ladyfuzz123
Reviewed 24 October 2017

We went there for a celebration and have been so pleased with the food and friendly service, we have returned several times. Always delicious food with fresh ingredients. I especially loved the trout, everything is prepared to perfection. All other dishes, including salads, are also...More

4  Thank Moiaussie
Reviewed 23 October 2017

Four of us dined here based on reviews from TA. Food and menu was full of choices and all selections tasty. I enjoyed trout with a lemon beurre blanc sauce and substituted brussel sprouts for the included veggie. Both were excellent. Sprouts cooked with bacon...More

4  Thank Diane K
Reviewed 28 September 2017

We were warmly greeted at the door by the owner who showed us to our seat and introduced our server, Galina, who was attentive, friendly, and knew the menu well. Lakeside is another local restaurant with a fantastic wine list with reasonable choices as well...More

5  Thank Pam C
Reviewed 24 September 2017

My friends and I had a lovely evening meal while dining at the Lakeside Restaurant. Everything we ate was wonderful. The Beet Salad was such a treat and the Pork Chop was fabulous. We all had something different and everyone enjoyed their dinner. The atmosphere...More

4  Thank Susan39564
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

We received excellent service at our lakeside table overlooking a large duck and geese filled pond. The food was well prepared, but it was the ambience that made the evening a hit.

4  Thank Shirley C
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

My husband and I and two different sets of friends ate at Lakeside in July and August. Both times the meal was so delicious and the service was excellent!! The Grouper Maison is always a great choice but on the most recent visit my husband...More

5  Thank Food-lover32361
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Tonight my wife and I went on a dinner adventure crossing the mountains in southwest North Carolina looking for a restaurant in which we had never before dined. Our GPS system identified the Lakeside Restaurant in Highlands as one such place. We arrived to find...More

4  Thank Tom M
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Doris L
16 April 2017|
Response from Thomas D | Reviewed this property |
Doris L
16 April 2017|
Response from britt s | Reviewed this property |
Probably depends on their busy season but we were there two weekends ago and just walked in and got a table. But it is smallenougth that is 3 other couples have that idea it will be full.
25 April 2015|
Response from Travlur58 | Reviewed this property |
They have parking right in the front door. If you have special needs I'm sure they will accommodate ....
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, View, Local cuisine, Romantic
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: +1 828-526-9419
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