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Ristorante Paoletti

440 Main St, Highlands, NC 28741-8447
+1 828-526-4906
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  • Excellent81%
  • Very good11%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Italian, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
440 Main St, Highlands, NC 28741-8447
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My husband and I ate there based on a friends recommendation and it was fabulous! I had the Eggplant and he had the Grouper! Great service too!

Thank Cricket0374
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Anticipating a special evening we arrived early, ahead of the rest of our party of six, and were promptly seated at an excellent table. Starting with the barely cool and too sweet Prosecco, our subsequent meal choice of the stuffed pork chop was a mistake,...More

Thank Grampsalot
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were here one night during our honeymoon and everything was fantastic! The wine list is extensive with lots of great by the glass and half bottle options to be able to try different wines throughout the meal. The food was delicious (we had the...More

Thank kppoyser
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Relatively small, this restaurant is exceptional. The staff is friendly and helpful. The ravioli appetizer was fantastic.

Thank Russell S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An extensive wine list, great seafood/fish options, hand-made pastas and nice atmosphere. Would definitely recommend if you're in the mood for some Italian comfort food.

Thank Matt K
Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Want to know why this is rated number 1 in Highlands? Go. Once you go and take it all in you realize you are in a fine dinning establishment. This is at the top of the heap in a place with many really good restaurants....More

1  Thank James R
Reviewed 8 April 2018

Great atmosphere for couples and families that wish to eat a wonderful Italian meal. Service is outstanding. Price is mid-range. Eggplant lasagna was delicious!

1  Thank juliasfleming
Reviewed 3 March 2018

The service is top notch. If you sit at the bar you'll meet locals as well as make new friends. I recommend making reservations as this is a very popular dining spot.

Thank JoeinCLT
Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

We took a chance because Leslie the hostess sold us on the restaurant. We are so glad she did. The food was incredible, the atmosphere was relaxing, and the service was outstanding. And the hostess Leslie is spectacular and we can't wait to come again.

2  Thank jusbus90
Reviewed 4 January 2018

We had a lovely meal! The appetizers were delicious, calamari and escargot. Everyone loved their entrees. The lamb was cooked exactly as ordered. The pastas were so good. For dessert we had creme brûlée and we were in heaven!

1  Thank Linda N
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March 3, 2018|
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Response from mdhclc | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest calling the restaurant directly and also making a reservation.
Misty H
October 31, 2017|
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Response from Debra S | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Very popular with locals.
August 11, 2017|
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Response from Sharon S | Reviewed this property |
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$19 - US$42
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 440 Main St, Highlands, NC 28741-8447
    (Next Door to Highlands Inn, Across Street from Old Edwards Inn)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Highlands
  • Phone Number: +1 828-526-4906
  • E-mail
We are celebrating 34-years serving superb regional Italian Cuisine in Highlands, North Carolina in 2018. We operate from April-December. Our menu offers the largest selection of fresh coastal Seafood & Rainbow Trout. Daily made Ravioli, Prime Grass-fed Steaks, Chops and Rack of Lamb and Gluten-Free options are offered on our regular menu and Daily Special card. Full Dinner Menu available at the Bar. To complement your meal we offer one of the deepest wine cellars in the SE. Craft Cocktails & 35-Sparkling, Red and White selections are offered by-the-glass. Recipient of the Wine Spectator's 'Best of Award of Excellence' since 1987. Located next to the Highlands Inn and across from the Old Edwards Inn. We encourage Phone Reservations and accepted up to 30-days in advance of your desired dining date. Online, fax, email or Opentable reservations are not available, unfortunately. Kindly, call and leave your reservation request on our voicemail. Your call will be returned promptly.
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