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Ristorante Paoletti

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440 Main St, Highlands, NC 28741-8447 (Next Door to Highlands Inn, Across Street from Old Edwards Inn)
+1 828-526-4906
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Highlands, North Carolina
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125 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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 an absolutely wonderful dining experience here tonight. From cocktails to appetizers to entrees everything was... More 

2 Thank James R
1 review
Reviewed 16 February 2017

The atmosphere is romantic and professional. Paoletttis location on Main Street makes it easily accessible in the evenings. The menu is diverse and all is cooked to perfection. Great wine selection by the glass or bottle. It's the most authentic and refined restaurant in Highlands.

Thank Barbara N
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

we made reservations (please do) and didn't have to wait but a few minutes before we were seated. The waiter was wonderful and the food was amazing.

1 Thank diannebarksdale
Livingston, Texas
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017

Good food, lovely place right on main street, the owners are always their all the time. The muni is good prices good also.

Thank twohananels
Knoxville, Tennessee
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53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

Okay, I wanted to give this place a better review, but time after time I have left here disappointed. we own a house in Highlands so we are pretty careful about making sure we don't try to drop in during peak season at peak times....but often we get guest who are dying to try paoletti because a friend has told... More 

2 Thank 714cindee
Arthur P, Owner at Ristorante Paoletti, responded to this review

We appreciate your review. We are sorry you feel that we are overpriced. Our dinner menu's pricing is fair and commensurate with other establishments in town. Dining out is a very subjective experience in many ways and while you suggested that you are more the type that likes to 'eat and run' I can see why we don't fulfill your... More 

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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We ate there on a Friday night. The restaurant was very busy. I had a cocktail, and my husband had wine. We split a Caesar salad. My husband had fish; I had scallops. It was okay but pricy. We weren't overwhelmed with anything we ordered.

Thank JHR6301
Johns Creek, Georgia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

As always, our family get together was truly an amazing experience at Ristorante Paoletti! The food was absolutely wonderful from preparation to presentation, always fresh, flavorful and a true dining experience... The service was top notch and always attentive to our needs, the Somalia recommended the perfect wines to complement our dinner. As a family, we like to share so... More 

3 Thank Gina0402
Atlanta, Georgia
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136 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017

This was our first trip to Highlands, NC and a local had recommended Paoletti along with a few other restaurants. We decided to try this restaurant first and we loved it so much, we came back the following night! We sat at the bar both nights as we met some nice people at the bar (both weekend regulars and first... More 

1 Thank Liz N
Atlanta, Georgia
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017

After several trips to Highlands, we elected to trust the ratings and found them to be accurate. Charming friendly and excellent food are the watchwords here. Tables are understandably in demand. Menu is deep and paired with a strong wine list. Mixologist knows what he is doing as well. 4.5 stars!

1 Thank jpminspired
Birmingham, Alabama
1 review
Reviewed 29 December 2016

I go to this wonderful restaurant every time I visit my parents in Highlands, NC. It is such a special restaurant. The staff has low turn around so you get to really know them and they get to know you. The food is impeccable and the service can't be beat. I highly recommend this fine restaurant to anyone visiting the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$19 - US$42
Italian, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
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
Celebrating 32-years serving high quality Italian Cuisine in Highlands, North Carolina in 2016. 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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