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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 24 November 2017

The hostess stated we were early, very early and our table was not ready on at least 2 occasions. We arrived 10 minutes early for an 8:15 reservation. She was very rude and set the mood for us. Server was very entertaining, food was good,...More

3  Thank Disneyaddict87
Arthur P, Owner at Ristorante Paoletti, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2017

Arthur P, Owner at Ristorante Paoletti, responded to this review, Nov 27, 2017 Thanksgiving weekend is always a very busy time in the restaurant as are most holiday weekends. To address your complaint about the toddler we did if fact approach the nearby diner per...More

Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

This is one of our go-to’s when we are in Highlands. The food is always good and the service is always excellent, warm and inviting. Sat at the bar last night for a late night dinner. The bartender was absolutely amazing and our food was...More

1  Thank Toothsome-in-NC
Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

We love this restaurant!!! My husband and I️ eat here often during the season. The bar is very small, but, if we can snag a place ,it’s where we prefer to sit! We had a fantastic server that we sure hope comes back next season!...More

Thank liswiy
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

We dined with friends and enjoyed our time here. Seeing it highly ranked I was anticipating a great meal. It is a nice restaurant with good service. The menu and wine offerings have something for everyone. I started with Caprese salad and it was very...More

1  Thank swiftmi
Reviewed 30 October 2017

I love this restaurant. The food is absolutely delicious and they have excellent wines. I ate here three times in July while I vacationed for 2 weeks in Highlands with my husband.

Thank Janiekins53
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

The restaurant was everything our friends said it would be!!! The atmosphere was nice and cozy and the food was amazing!!! The wine was top notch!!! Highly recommended!!!

Thank mdhclc
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

Great service... good food!! We sat at the bar to eat dinner...bartender was delightful and made a great martini! Sea Bass simply prepared and the stuffed flounder were pretty good, but not the best we’ve had!

1  Thank macfairley
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

A wonderful evening with friends enjoying great wine and food. They offer authentic Italian food with a wonderful wine selection. The Caesar salad was great and the pasta was beyond compare.

Thank Ed D
Reviewed 22 October 2017

Had a delicious dining experience. Lovely upscale decor, QUIET, and awesome food. I had pompano which is very hard to find and it melted in your mouth. Cooked perfectly and had fresh veggies with thinly sliced potatoes. Two others enjoyed the mussels with clam sauce...More

1  Thank Diane K
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Night two dining out in Highlands. I was impressed Paoletti’s called the day of our reservation to confirm. We arrived at 5:00 and were seated promptly. Our server, Aimee, seemed very rushed even failing to ask if we wanted an appetizer when we ordered our...More

Thank wjeffa10
Arthur P, Owner at Ristorante Paoletti, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

A negative review of any kind is nothing we take lightly. In response to your experience in our restaurant, the server's lapse in execution is dumbfounding and I am at a loss for words for this failure. Furthermore, your are indeed correct that management should...More

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3 March 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
31 October 2017|
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Response from Debra S | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Very popular with locals.
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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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