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Ristorante Paoletti

440 Main St, Pob 189, Highlands, NC 28741-8447
+1 828-526-4906
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good12%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Hours
Italian, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
440 Main St, Pob 189, Highlands, NC 28741-8447
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner here recently, some 26 years after our first trip to Highlands. The food, wine, and atmosphere is as excellent now as it was then. Service was good, but not as on-point as it used to be - our server was a perfectly...More

2  Thank Gorwell
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous service and food are among the top reasons to visit this establishment. The food is authentic and the service is on point without being intrusive. Only downside is the tables are close together so quiet conversation is out of the question.

1  Thank stuartw476
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small place, reservations are a must! Grouper was fresh, cooked perfectly. Escargot was also amazing! Very friendly staff. Large wine selection and full bar. Very nice!

1  Thank hungryboss
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Paoletti was top on our to do list when we returned to Highlands. My husband and I dined as a couple. The service was mediocre as was the meal. We returned with four friends for dinner a few nights later. The service was terrible, the...More

Thank Sherard H
Arthur P, Owner at Ristorante Paoletti, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We made an attempt to contact you to discuss your dissatisfaction but it was met without a response from you. While we attempt to offer an exceptional dining experience on each and every visit, we obviously failed in reading the little detail left in the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Appetizers and entrees are amazing and delicious. The service is outstanding, and there is always a wait for the bar to eat--so make a reservation!

1  Thank BSP3
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From beginning to end! We were celebrating my sisters birthday so we went all out. From our first course, to our fifth, everything was executed perfectly. So many incredible choices on the menu, but between the four of us we were able to explore the...More

1  Thank Gerrit B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted a good italian dinner while in the highlands and paolettis did not disappoint. The restaurant is a little tight but this did not impact our experience. Our waitress guided us thru the menu and made great suggestions to get the most out of...More

Thank tdedwards69
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed another great dinner experience with the fine staff at Paoletti’s! From the great wine selection and great wine recommendations by Robbie to the calamari (one of the best we’ve ever had, rice flour and gluten free - yum!), to the off menu chicken...More

1  Thank Michael M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent menu variety but not gluten friendly. Not sure if it was the wait staff or chef / kitchen staff. Were not very accommodating. Moreover, their gluten free pasta had a strange texture and left one in our party of six was very disappointed. Wait...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our group of 6 was welcomed with a friendly greeting and shown to the bar for neighborly banter. Seated within minutes of our reservation with drinks in hand. Table service by Kenny was prompt, attentive with solid recommendations. We bravely tasted the Elk medium rare...More

1  Thank WCoutandabout
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17 October 2018|
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Response from Dealmaker752 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure. Suggest you call and ask
4 March 2018|
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Response from mdhclc | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest calling the restaurant directly and also making a reservation.
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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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
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 440 Main St, Pob 189, 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
Thirty years in Highlands
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