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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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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Hours
Italian, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
440 Main St, Highlands, NC 28741-8447
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 4 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
Reviewed 3 January 2018

We walked in during the New Year's weekend and were greeted warmly and had accommodations made efficiently. We returned a bit later to a waiting table; friendly, thoughtful service and, most importantly, a solid meal. Paoletti will be on our short list when we return!

2  Thank ERRTH
Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed a very nice dinner at paoletti! Ambiance is nice, food and service we're great! Looking forward to our next outing!

Thank fiveofus2015
Reviewed 23 December 2017

Small restaurant with an upscale but not stuffy feel to it. Interesting menu and fabulous service. Was very slow to come to table, but it was Halloween and very crowded all at one time.

Thank djfisher1212
Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

Highlands is truley blessed to have several really good restaurants. But this place continues to stay at the absolute top. From the time you enter you feel as if you have stepped into something special. The atmosphere and environment is the best in Highlands. The...More

1  Thank James R
Reviewed 8 December 2017

Outstanding! Good selection that can be prepared in numerous ways. Service and atmosphere is great. Woud recommend reservations or early dinner.

Thank Dick C
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4 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
1 November 2017|
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Response from Debra S | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Very popular with locals.
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Response from Sharon S | Reviewed this property |
Call them directly
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 19 - USD 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 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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