Oak Steakhouse Highlands
At Skyline Lodge
Hours & Location
Skyline Lodge’s second floor is home to Oak Steakhouse, a contemporary steakhouse featuring the finest cuts of Certified Angus Beef and locally sourced produce from area farms. The first and only steakhouse in Highlands, Oak is led by Executive Chef Kelly Vogelheim, who partners with area purveyors and neighboring farms to bring the flavors of Appalachia right to the table.
Guests will enjoy a variety of starters, entrees, sides, and more, including Braised Rabbit Agnolotti with White Wine, Hazelnut, and Lavender; Wild Mushroom Tart with Shaved Turnips, Garlic Confit, Sherry Cream, and Gruyere; Duck Fat Poached Lobster Tail with Saffron Risotto, Pea Tendril, and Chive Oil; and, of course, a selection of Certified Angus Beef steaks. And for those with a sweet tooth, Executive Pastry Chef Anne White offers delectable treats such as Sweet Potato Sorghum Spudnuts; 12 Layer Chocolate Cake (which also happens to be gluten- free), and a Honeysuckle Sorbet with Fried Sage Leaves and Baked Honey Meringue Shards.
Anne brings a worldly mindset to her pastry program, having worked all over the world from Scotland to South Carolina.
The beverage program at Oak, curated by Director of Outlets Michael Searles and Wine Director Vonda Freeman, features an expansive wine list that complements the restaurant’s culinary menus, an ever-evolving cocktail selection, a variety of local beers, spirit-free cockatils, and more. The menu features creative touches on classic libations, like the Pinkie Lee Spritz with Bitter Orange, Lemon, Cava, and Black Pepper flavors and the Dark, Truthful Mirror with Chartreuse and Mezcal, Lillet, Lime, Ginger and Mountain Herbs. Guests are encouraged to enjoy their beverages “on the rocks and under the stars” on the property’s outdoor patio, which overlooks the lodge’s stone terrace and overhears the sounds of Big Creek Falls and Laurel Falls just below.
In addition to Oak, Skyline Lodge’s central lobby bar, Butlers Lounge, features expansive lounge seating, vaulted load-bearing ceilings, and two large scale fireplaces of hand-carved, locally quarried granite, and offers mid-century favorites such as Corpse Revivers, Manhattans, and Whisky Smashes as well as contemporary riffs on classics—nodding to the property’s 1960s roots.