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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 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.

1  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!

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!

Reviewed 2 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 22 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 21 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 7 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
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

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
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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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Dan, We are open every evening in Season. YES!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
17:00 - 22:00
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17:00 - 22:00
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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We are celebrating 34-years serving classic Italian Cuisine in Highlands, North Carolina in 2018. We serve from March-December with the largest selection of fresh coastal Seafood & Local 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 prestigious Wine Spectator's 'Best of Award of Excellence' since 1987. For this reason, Corkage of wine is not permitted. We are located next door to Highlands Inn and across the street from the Old Edwards Inn. Phone Reservations are accepted up to 30-days in advance of your desired dining date. Online, fax, email or Opentable reservations are not available. Kindly, give us a call and leave a request on the voicemail.
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