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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 4 days ago via mobile

I was told to make a reservation and that was a great recommendation! The appetizers were delicious. The main course was excellent! Wine selection was very broad. I will go back again!

Thank Prichards1
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Going to this restaurant is always a treat, the atmosphere is soft and cozy. The staff members are well trained and very polite. My friend and I sat at the bar for our meal we started with Martini's ice cold and served in very modern...More

1  Thank spacewhalespacefry
Reviewed 5 days ago

.....that you could get Italian food as great as this in the NC mountains? But, YOU CAN!!!! And, just when you think it can't get any better.....make sure you have the Gelato. Outstanding!

Thank Ralph1968
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent service. Great atmosphere. Food over the top. Outstanding wind selection. Owners are hands on. Located on Main Street in middle of Highlands - the location does not get any better.

Thank Loren K
Reviewed 1 week ago

I can't say enough good things about this restaurant. The food is delicious. The entire staff is very professional, attentive, and engaging. I've eaten here many times in the past ... I will continue to dine here EVERY time I visit Highlands.

Thank Don H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Restaurant Paoletti in beautiful Highlands North Carolina reaches big city standards in this quaint mountain retreat town. Their Italian specialties run the gamut of sophisticated favorites, and are prepared with care and flair. Excellent meat selections and the freshest seafood appear as specials and an...More

2  Thank lsripley
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Both my wife and I cook and she's Italian. So we are not easily impressed. However after decades of cooking for Highlanders this restaurant still scores high marks. Their eggplant special app oozed with cheese and tomatoes in a ramekin shape over a bed of...More

1  Thank phmokda
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

5 star and owner was involved and so nice and welcoming! Arthur was always hospitable and warm to all of us. Our boy, Steele just was drawn to go back again! We enjoyed EVERYTHING! (And he's right, this recipe for gnocchi is the best way!!)

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to Paoletti's five times in the past five years and have had a great experience each visit. I would compare the food and environment to La Grotta in Atlanta, which is hard to beat. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating and...More

Thank Kristi_GC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed an excellent meal at Ristorante Paoletti. The menu was varied and they offered gluten free options. Our waiter, Kenny, did a great job.

Thank RobTennessee_USA
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Jane E
4 June 2017|
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Response from Arthur P | Property representative |
Dan, We are open every evening in Season. YES!
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
13 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

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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
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
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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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