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Ruka's Table - CLOSED

163 Wright Square, Highlands, NC 28741
+1 828-526-3636
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good18%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
7 May 2015
“Closed Their Doors...”
19 Nov 2014
“Warm venue on a very cold night”
Restaurant Hours Closed
$$ - $$$
163 Wright Square, Highlands, NC 28741
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Reviewed May 7, 2015

I admit, in the few years they were open I never ate there. So the rating I am giving is what the average (kinda) of the previous ratings. The folks who ran Ruka's have moved on to other ventures and this post is only to...More

1  Thank BuzDots
Reviewed November 19, 2014

The staff were friendly and welcoming. The food was tasty and the desserts were huge! We had a great table in front of the fire. The waitresses were really helpful and great to chat too.

Thank Amy H
Reviewed October 31, 2014

I checked out the reviews and menu before coming to Ruka's and was looking forward to having an anniversary meal here while in Highlands for a few days. We were offered a high top table near the fireplace, and it was a nice atmosphere. Wines...More

2  Thank wkmoon
Reviewed October 22, 2014

A real find in this small mountain town filled with good restaurants. Contemporary surroundings, easy parking and food out of this world. Justin Burdett creates a very special menu crafted with local goodies and with southern charm. A very personable place, good service, fine wine...More

Thank ShoeWizard
Reviewed October 18, 2014

So many good places to eat in Highlands- this one was walking distance for us from our hotel and was quite good. The chef uses local and farm to table items-worth trying...

1  Thank SH G
Reviewed October 15, 2014 via mobile

We've avoided Ruka's since they opened several years ago. But when friends invited us to go to dinner with them, we said sure. I thought the menu was limited compared to other high end Highlands restaurants, but I saw a couple of entrees that appealed...More

2  Thank hoytandres
Reviewed October 7, 2014

We slid into this Ruka's after driving all day to get to Highlands. We got a late table (8:30 is considered "late" because they close at 9:00) through OpenTable, and ended up with a lovely table by the fireplace. That immediately set us at ease....More

1  Thank ThatVampinLady
Reviewed October 6, 2014

I completely agree with others—Ruka’s Table is THE best restaurant in Highlands, NC!! Justin Burdett is a chef extraordinaire, crafting masterpieces from simple, local ingredients like foraged lobster mushrooms, house made bratwurst and sauerkraut. I love sweet potatoes, but would never have considered stacking sweet...More

1  Thank Lisa T
Reviewed September 28, 2014

A very relaxing bar and the dining room was also relaxing. The food is very good but expensive. It does not open until late in the afternoon - a dinner place only. It's on Main Street but on the end of Highlands.

1  Thank Blogger21
Reviewed September 2, 2014

Recently, we had lunch at Ruka's and figure once it is discovered will be mobbed because the food is so darn fresh and good. You gotta have the peach/tomato/basil salad dressed with pepper infused oil. And then follow it up with their incredible hamburger. Divine.

5  Thank AnneShimsky
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$15 - US$34
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 163 Wright Square, Highlands, NC 28741
    (2nd Street)
  • Public Transportation: 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
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Highlands
  • Phone Number: +1 828-526-3636
  • E-mail
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.
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