Monteagle’s High Point Restaurant

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High Point Restaurant in Monteagle, TN

Underground tunnels and escape hatches on the roof may not have a lot to do with impressive food on the table, but they sure do make for a fun dining experience. Luckily for Tennesseans, the High Point restaurant serves up both intrigue and fine cuisine in its charming setting high atop Monteagle Mountain.

Housed in a three-story 1929 mansion purportedly financed by Al Capone and visited by John Dillinger, the High Point is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Local legend has it that the floors were constructed with a lining of sand to muffle bullets; the escape routes aided in the illegal transfer of liquor during Prohibition. Today, the restaurant has a bit of fun with the connection, pointing out that its location is midway between Chicago and Miami – obviously the attraction for Capone and company, too.

A word to the wise: Gangsters usually frequent pretty high-class joints, and the High Point is no slouchy meat and-three. This is the kind of place that you take your girlfriend before you pop the question. The kind of restaurant to celebrate an anniversary, a promotion, a graduation or a special birthday. Prices aren’t cheap, but owners Ron and Jama Turner take great care in planning a menu – amazingly ambitious – that rarely disappoints.

Surely there’s something for everyone with 40 beef, pork, fowl and seafood entrees. Appetizers especially worth noting are the Savannah Crab Cakes – almond-crusted with a coconut Dijon cream sauce – and the signature Lobster Bisque with its hint of sherry. Salads are far beyond ordinary; two favorites are the Blackberry Winter Salad and the Lemon Caesar with kalamata olives and artichoke hearts.

Entrees include a wide choice of steaks, imaginative seafood dishes – try the St. Augustine grouper sautéed in lime paprika – and Chef Eric Gibson’s notable duck and lamb creations – the Tennessee Duck and Herb Dijon Lamb Chops in particular. Prices range from $21 to $35.

Leave room for the decadent desserts: maybe a grilled pound cake, classic crème brulée or Bananas Foster.

If You Go…

High Point, 224 E. Main St. in Monteagle, is open for dinner only, 5-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 4-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Reservations are recommended; call 931-924-4600. A second High Point is now open in downtown Chattanooga.


  1. Oz & Carolyn Aldrich

    June 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    We’ll see this evening, after calling for a reservation, and then comment on yelp and trip adviser. MIxed reviews are very interesting :>)

  2. mike owens

    October 26, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Visited 10/25/12 it was GREAT food and service. Their was 6 of us and we will all be back. Thanks

  3. Lorrie

    April 20, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    My husband and I have been going to High Point for many years as does are friends.This year we were shocked by the fact all of the doors were open and there were bugs including but not limited to wasps flying all over. When we mentioned it
    to the Easter Sunday Manager her comment was that was how the wait staff were
    serving those eating out doors. ( why they were out doors with the numerous insects is beyond me?/) So tell me why could they not shut the door after going out doors?.
    We had to leave to many bugs for us to bear. Perhaps the State Health Dept will
    have a say on this matter. Cant be good to have bugs landing in and on food or
    can if? Has to be a health issue. I don’t care how warm it was outdoors still not
    good to have small children subjected to bugs that bit?? or is it?

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