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Highland Avenue

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American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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883 Highland Ave SE, Hickory, NC 28602-1106 (Lenoir-Rhyne Blvd)
+1 828-267-9800
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love this restaurant and have never had a bad meal here. The food is NC farm to table, and it is typically Southern with some interesting twists.

Thank Martha H
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I didn't know where to go while in town and this place looked good on TripAdvisor. I was NOT disappointed. We had an amazing time! The wine was great, the cocktail was great and the food was off the charts good! Next time I'm in town I will be sure to visit them again! Great service too from a staff... More 

Thank Doomed2be
North Carolina
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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We both had special salads and the filets and they were absolutely great ! We both had cocktails and the waiter intuitively brought 2 more when they were finished. It is a great farm to table restaurant with comfortable and upscale atmosphere. This restaurant is one of my top choices in Hickory . Always good food and excellent service.

Thank Randolph0918
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Upon the recommendation of a friend, I ordered the Shrimp and Grits. They were delicious; the portion more than adequate. The salad was also a great addition to my meal.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Hickory, North Carolina
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37 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Great food. Creative Chefs. Farm to table type of fare. Its a unique experience and great for special occasions.

Thank Doreen C
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Visited for celebration and food and service were great. Farm to table atmosphere was nice and tasty.

Thank Janice S
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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

We visited on a Friday night before Valentines Day, when staff should be on their A-game. They were not. I asked 3 different servers about their specials, none could give me any constructive advice. None had even tried the specials! Our server described the vegetarian special as 'its just a mix of vegetables, and I can tell them what you... More 

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141 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

This reflected the new Winter menu. My wife enjoyed the steak tartare, tho' she felt it was very rich. She also had risotto and loved it. My sirloin was cooked perfectly but a bit chewy. Wines were a delightful choice (Butter Chardonnay and an Argentine Malbec). Dessert was a shared Banana Creme Brûlée and we all thought the best ever.

Thank Bill L
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54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2017

Beautiful location and decent service. The food...not so much. Our beef tartare was very tasty, but the fried egg on top was runny. The bread was served without butter or oil. My first drink tasted like straight liquor and I had to send it back. My replacement drink was better. I broke my rule of not asking for salt in... More 

Thank Parker B
Richmond, Virginia
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

Highland Avenue was incredible. My wife and I had reservations for a Friday evening at 7:30 and we were sat immediately. The ambiance is terrific, we were greeted quickly by Bridget (sp?)and throughout the meal our service was impeccable. Bridget was attentive and polite andtook very good care of us. We started with the Pork Belly appetizer and the Butternut... More 

Thank Justin W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 12 - US$ 39
American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Television, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 883 Highland Ave SE, Hickory, NC 28602-1106
    (Lenoir-Rhyne Blvd)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Hickory
  • Phone Number: +1 828-267-9800
Highland Avenue changed the culinary landscape of Hickory, North Carolina when the farm-to-table restaurant opened in 2013 and has garnered regional and national praise for locally sourced foods. On any given day, farmers and purveyors are walking through the back door, arms loaded down with produce, cheese and meats from their North Carolina farms. Highland Avenue is quickly becoming a destination for people who love good food. Located on the second floor of the beautifully renovated former Holler Hosiery Mill in the up and coming Southeast District of Hickory, Highland Avenue pays homage to the city's rich manufacturing history while focusing on New American cuisine. Appalachian trout, pork belly, shrimp and grits, scratch made breads and pasta, and house cured meat are a few of the popular items you'll find on the menu. The restaurant offers stunning, seasonal fare and provides guests with a taste of true Southern hospitality.

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