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Meritage Bistro

490 Carolina Way, Highlands, NC 28741
+1 828-526-1019
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good19%
  • Average5%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
490 Carolina Way, Highlands, NC 28741
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is always exciting for this Atlanta fellow to encounter a new eating establishment in Highlands and I was happily surprised to learn about Meritage Bistro on Carolina Way not far from my favorite B&B, Colonial Pines Inn. Andrea Schmitt, the owner, has created an...More

Thank Nowell B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good menu, everything cooked to perfection. I loved the scallops. Endless mimosas and cobbler included with our meal at brunch. Look forward to going again for dinner soon!

Thank Ivy C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were here in mid October (party of 4) and had a wonderful time. Cecilia, our server, was delightful. Two of us had the trout with polenta; one had the daily catch which was corvino and I had the filet which was fabulous - cooked...More

1  Thank charlottejayne
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

today we arrived 15 minutes before opening to discover that the restaurant had been booked up until 2:00. On the resturaunts recording it says they do not take reservation for parties of 5 or less. We had been more than dressed appropriately and the owner...More

1  Thank Sailer W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food was adequate with some obvious effort, although nothing special. Service on the other hand, was unacceptable. Their lack of knowledge and experience in proper service was only worsened by their lazy, unattentive, mistake-prone service. They certainly were unable to back up their arogance with...More

Thank Davemanno
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I came here for dinner as soon as we drove into town. We were seated in the first room (bar area) that had a great atmosphere. The other dining area is more of a porch-like room that didn't seem to have nearly...More

1  Thank D K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great lunch. The sandwich selection was excellent. I had the short rib sandwich that was absolutely delicious. Large enough portion to share. They also had a crab and artichoke soup that was wonderful. My friend ordered the wild mushroom hamburger. Be advised,...More

1  Thank rkfeeley
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

This was our first visit to Meritage since they covered the outdoor dining area. I really like the chairs and wooden tables. Without a doubt Meritage has the best lunch menu in town. Great to take guests to, asI know everyone will find something on...More

Thank Lladnar
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

I say nice experience because it was simply that. The food and service were good but there was nothing distinctive about it in my opinion. Would not feel compelled to return for any particular reason.

Thank jelsrtrav
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

Excellent. One of the best in Highlands. Be sure and get the brussel sprouts and avocado as appetizers! Apricot chicken is super. Great atmosphere and wine selections.

Thank TAHarris298
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Dale F
8 July 2018|
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Response from Kdtragesser | Reviewed this property |
I have been there several times and have never seen any dogs in the outdoor dining area. I would probably call first as this is a slightly more upscale restaurant and I wouldn’t want to offend other customers.
14 July 2016|
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Response from Michael M | Reviewed this property |
They added liquor this year.
Phyllis S
9 June 2015|
Response from Suzanne S | Reviewed this property |
This is an upscale restaurant. I've never seen a child under the age of 10-12. It's a very intimate setting, and a rambunctious child would be out of place. But yours may be just terrific.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$32
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 20:30
17:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 490 Carolina Way, Highlands, NC 28741
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Highlands
  • Phone Number: +1 828-526-1019
Delicious Euro-Mediterranean cuisine, served in our delightful cool canopy garden or the mountain contemporary dining room. Chef-owned and operating in the Highlands market for 20 years. Meritage is located two blocks off main in a peaceful mountain location with a relaxed vibe and some of the best food in Highlands! Come join us!
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