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270 Main Street, The Main Street Inn, Highlands, NC
18285262590
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Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 20
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  • 7
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    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food but, skip the salad

We had an amazing date night at the Bistro. It was warm enough to eat outside which made our dinner even better. My husband had the shrimp and grits and they were very tasty. I had the chicken marsala which was also very good. The salad on the other hand was not so good. I would definitely skip it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 25, 2015
Love1995
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Dade City
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41 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

We were riding motorcycles through the area and stopped in Highlands fro a stroll and lunch. We looked at the old Inn and saw people sitting outside eating and decided to give it a go. It was a little chilly so we opted for the inside. The service was great and the food was probably the best we had during... More 

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Thank David G
mainstreetusa, Owner at Bistro on Main, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking time to write a review. We are glad you enjoyed your meals with us. Please be careful riding your motorcycles, come see us the next time you are in our beautiful town of Highlands. More 

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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

located on the grounds of the Main Street Inn and was very simple to walk downstairs for lunch and a nice glass of wine while people watching from the patio.

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Thank Z2610MYrobertb
Rutherfordton, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

We dined here Sunday evening, November 1, 2015. My husband ordered a special, blackened Mahi Mahi and I ordered the filet. Both of our entrees were delicious!! We found the prices reasonable and the service was great!

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Thank justRieRie
mainstreetusa, Owner at Bistro on Main, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review. Please join us again before we close for the season! We are currently only open on the weekends through Dec. 6th. If you do not get a chance to come in, we will see you when we reopen in early May. More 

Covington, Louisiana
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

Happened to discover this Bistro on Halloween night , after a really busy Highland"s hollowed night experience. Food was delicious and our sweet server, Erin, was outstanding. She was quite busy with the crowds of people, however, was able to take great care of our needs.We will return.

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Thank kmayeuxlouisiana
mainstreetusa, Owner at Bistro on Main, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Can you believe how many trick or treaters we had! The town estimate was 4000 kids. Seems to get busier every year. Glad you came to enjoy the festivities with us! Hope to see you again. More 

Georgia
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015 via mobile

Our first visit was so extraordinary that we wanted to visit it for Sunday Brunch. The four of us loved what we ordered: the Mahi Mahi-tender and flavorful, the Chicken Pot Pie-exquisite, the smoked trout in Boursin-wonderful, and the Pimento Cheese and bacon sandwich- delicious. The service was just right. This is now my favorite restaurant in Highlands. You can... More 

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Thank laniappe
mainstreetusa, Owner at Bistro on Main, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us while you were in Highlands. We are so glad you enjoyed our Bistro. Please come see us the next time you are in Highlands. More 

Gastonia, North Carolina
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54 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

We had an early dinner at this restaurant. There was only one other couple dining at the 6:00 o'clock hour on a Wednesday night. We ordered the chicken pot pie and it was not very warm. Turned out it was leftovers from the lunch menu. This is a nice place and may try it again, but will be more careful... More 

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Thank Gratchford
mainstreetusa, Manager at Bistro on Main, responded to this review

Sorry your meal was not hot enough. The chicken pot pie is not on our dinner menu, only our lunch menu, which we allowed you to order from. We should have made sure it was hot before bringing it to your table. Please try us again, keep in mind, we start our dinner menu at 5pm. More 

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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Came to visit Highlands, NC with family and friends and found this gorgeous Bistro high above the street level with live music. We decided to eat there. It didn't take long for us to be seated since it was past lunch hour. Server came and took orders being very straightforward. I ordered a Bistro Berry Lemonade with berries, Red Pepper... More 

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Thank itaquera
mainstreetusa, Owner at Bistro on Main, responded to this review

Sorry you did not enjoy your lunch. We get rave reviews about our homemade berry lemonade, Not sure why you did not like it. We serve the finest local trout available, (sunburst mountain trout from Waynesville, NC). I do not know what "blunt" means when you described the trout. Sorry you had to share a check presenter, I will order... More 

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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

We had an amazing date night at the Bistro. It was warm enough to eat outside which made our dinner even better. My husband had the shrimp and grits and they were very tasty. I had the chicken marsala which was also very good. The salad on the other hand was not so good. I would definitely skip it. The... More 

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Thank Love1995
mainstreetusa, Owner at Bistro on Main, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. I am so sorry you did not like your salad. I hope you told your server, so it was removed from the bill. Please visit us again on your next trip to Highlands. More 

Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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287 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Highlands, NC was busy on this Friday in late October. The Bistro on Main looked nice and we were able to get a table outside quickly. We noticed that this restaurant is dog friendly; several people had dogs on leashes and the wait staff brought them bowls of water. I ordered a cup of soup - pureed red bell pepper,... More 

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Thank Jenny W
Charlottesville, Virginia
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66 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

My wife and I ate here on a Tuesday night when it was not very busy. First the good: our meal was excellent. She had the chicken marsala, I had the ahi tuna steak and the red pepper gouda soup. For dessert we split the puff pastry. No complaints at all with the food, it ranged from very good to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 270 Main Street, The Main Street Inn, Highlands, NC
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Highlands
  • Phone Number: 18285262590

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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