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Ristorante Paoletti

440 Main St, Highlands, NC 28741-8447
+1 828-526-4906
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  • Excellent80%
  • Very good11%
  • Average6%
  • 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 3 weeks ago

Food was wonderful and the wait staff is always excellent. Great bar and bartender, Ryan. Everyone is very friendly and professional.

1  Thank Linda B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is New York style meaning it's narrow, and divided down the middle by an aisle which in this case is an enormous wine rack that separates the sides and gives more privacy. It's currently styled with white, gray, and black, and is pleasantly...More

2  Thank corysgirlNWFlorida
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everything was well run on a busy holiday weekend. Our waitress, Adrian, provided excellent service. The menu was varied with lots of fresh seafood entrees. The Lobster Ravioli and Ground Veal stuffed Cannoli were very good. The carpeted floor keeps the noise down which allows...More

1  Thank nsmartist
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place did not disappoint us. Kenny our server was attentive & patience answering my co workers questions. The food was delicious. I had rack of lamb , plated beautifully.My chocolate torte was gone in 60 seconds. Everyone loved this restarurant. Nice chatting with Julio...More

Thank Sharon S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great experience. VJ, the sommelier, helped us pick a Chardonnay that is the best that we have ever enjoyed. The food was fantastic. We started with the escargot, then the Cesar salad and the main course was their cannelloni. Each course was wonderful....More

2  Thank ChattaBug
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

Food, wine, cocktails and service are top notch! Our table ordered the yellow tail appetizer.. Yum! I had the filet with Gorgonzola cheese. It was cooked perfectly and melted in my mouth. Don't miss the desserts! Bread pudding is beyond.

1  Thank Amy Z
Reviewed 17 May 2017

This place is so special. Such beautiful and classic atmosphere. Perfect service, wonderful food. Your first time there you are made to feel like family. Love love this place.

Thank mcgarveys
Reviewed 17 May 2017

I've never had such great bread pudding before in my life. This would be my last meal if I were on death row.

Thank Catie M
Reviewed 6 May 2017

Lovely dinner with friends in this wonderful restaurant on Main Street. We made reservations and were seated immediately. Our salads were terrific and the entrees were a treat. The service was attentive without being over the top. It is easy to understand why this is...More

1  Thank ScotchnSoda1
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Ok, Highlands has some really very good restaurants but when asked to pick one as the absolute best, Paoletti's is it. My gosh this place is worth the drive to Highlands but when you live here, you are so lucky. My wife and I had...More

2  Thank James R
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Jane E
Are you open on Mondays in the summer? I can't find your hours on your website or anywhere I've looked.
5 June 2017|
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Response from Arthur P | Property representative |
Dan, We are open every evening in Season. YES!
We called the restaurant to make a reservation and the recording said they were closed until April 6th. Is this accurate?
4 January 2017|
Response from Arthur P | Property representative |
True, we are closed for the winter. Reopen in early April for our 33rd year in Highlands. Hope to see you in the Spring! -Arthur Paoletti
I'm surprising my husband with a weekend trip to Highlands the middle of November. We will be celebrating our wedding anniversary and his birthday. We will arrive on Thursday evening, Nov 17th around 6-6:30pm. Should I make reservations in advance? This is our first visit to Ristorante Paoletti.
14 October 2016|
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Response from BDRiley | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely!!! Reservations are a must at any restaurant in Highlands. You are in for a real treat!!!!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • 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
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
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17:00 - 22:00
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
Celebrating 33-years serving high quality Italian Cuisine in Highlands, North Carolina in 2017. We serve the area's largest selection of fresh coastal Seafood & Local Rainbow Trout. Specialties including Daily made Ravioli, Prime Grass-fed Steaks, Chops and Rack of Lamb and Gluten-Free options throughout the menu, pasta included. -Our daily menu and printed Daily Specials reflect seasonal and locally grown ingredients. Full Dinner Menu available at the Bar, where the single diner always feels welcome. To complement your meal we offer one of the deepest wine cellars in the Southeast. Infused Spirits, Craft Cocktails & Three-dozen Sparkling, Red and White selections are offered by-the-glass, nightly. With the Wine Spectator's 'Best of Award of Excellence' since 1987, we offer a plethora of fabulous selections to suit all tastes and budgets but outside wine is not permitted. We are located next door to Highlands Inn and across the street from the Old Edwards Inn on Main Street in Highlands. Treat yourself and your family to one of Highland's Finest Dining Experiences. Visa, Mastercard, American Express accepted. Dinner Reservations are accepted up to 30-day in advance of your desired dining date. To better serve our Guests, phone reservations are accepted and strongly recommended. Online, fax, email or Opentable reservations are not available.
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