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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 yesterday

Had a delicious dining experience. Lovely upscale decor, QUIET, and awesome food. I had pompano which is very hard to find and it melted in your mouth. Cooked perfectly and had fresh veggies with thinly sliced potatoes. Two others enjoyed the mussels with clam sauce...More

Thank Diane K
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Night two dining out in Highlands. I was impressed Paoletti’s called the day of our reservation to confirm. We arrived at 5:00 and were seated promptly. Our server, Aimee, seemed very rushed even failing to ask if we wanted an appetizer when we ordered our...More

Thank wjeffa10
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Unbelievable dining. Service, quality, just everything was 5 star!! Hard to find a restaurant of this caliber in a large metropolitan area much less a quaint mountain village. Can't say enough, love it!!!

1  Thank Boyd B
Reviewed 5 days ago

Paoletti's, a Highlands, NC fixture, remains one of the most reliable restaurants in town for its cuisine, service and overall dining experience. Yes locals nickname it 'Pay-alotti's' but you get what you pay for. All in all for a pleasureable evening out you will never...More

Thank George M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

While I normally get a pasta dish at a recommended Italian restaurant, I tried the rib eye special and my wife had lobster ravioli. Both dishes were done very well. The ravioli was the highlight with excellent sauce, the pasta cooked perfectly. Would definitely recommend...More

1  Thank SCBMW
Reviewed 6 days ago

Extensive menu, wonderful service and amazing food. We found the atmosphere fun and festive with an excellent wine list. Service was excellent and the downtown location was a convenient walk!

Thank K6796UXrobertd
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a wonderful dinner with friends. Place was beautiful, people were great. Met the owner Arturo Paoletti. Wonderful guy, personally makes the best gnocchi we've ever tasted. He even makes the olive tapenade himself. Dinner was outstanding !

Thank James L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

College friends enjoyed a mountain visit together and found this restaurant a great place to celebrate a special birthday. We were treated and welcomed by the owner and served beautifully by several waiters. The salad was fresh and delicious.Three of us enjoyed rainbow trout that...More

Thank Brown4546
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of our favorites. We always get the escargot because it’s amazing but everything is wonderful here. You better make a reservation as they get booked up quickly.

Thank Jorn8383
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All the staff at Restorante Paoletti were genuinely friendly. Our service was excellent and so was the food. The tiramisu for my birthday was a large portion and very moist and delicious.

Thank LouSlowalker
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Response from Sharon S | Reviewed this property |
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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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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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, 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
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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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