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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
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Bogart, Georgia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 26, 2016

Every visit to Paoletti's is wonderful, but our Christmas Eve dinner was extra special. My husband had the succulent Osso Bucco ( not frequently on the menu) and I had the fresh and beautifully prepared red snapper. The hosts are exceedingly gracious and will do anything in their power to make you feel at home and ensure that your experience... More 

1 Thank sansing1219
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 25, 2016 via mobile

The food was very good service impeccable and no waiting for a table and orders were fast. The staff was very polite and friendly. Was a little crowded for my taste but I guess it's because the food and service are as I stated impeccable. I would go again if ever in town. I am from Houston and have been... More 

1 Thank Selena S
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 18, 2016

We had not been back to Highlands for several years, but used to come every summer. The Cannelloni at Paolettis was a favorite but I was nervous to order in case it wasn't as good as I remembered. It was amazing! If anything even better than I remembered! Great appetizers too! So glad we went back!

1 Thank Christine S
Homosassa, Florida
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54 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed December 15, 2016

We come annually as leaf lookers in the area. Paoletti is always a must on our trips. It was perfect once again. Cosmos, wine, bread, salads, snapper and filet Mignon all were excellent. The service could not be improved on at all. The wine was so good, we took advantage of their retail wine offer and took another bottle home.... More 

1 Thank Jim_and_Gail_Wilbur
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed December 3, 2016 via mobile

As a frequent visitor of an array of restaurants wherever we travel,  I rate Paoletti's as one of the best restaurants I have ever visited.  From the wine selection, ambiance, menu selection, wait staff and the best presentation! If you are fortunate to visit Highlands N.C, Do not miss the experience of Paoletti's. You will not be disappointed!

3 Thank James K
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231 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed December 1, 2016 via mobile

We were lucky as the eatery was re-opening one of the nights we were in town. Nice seating, great service and amazing food. If you are in town eat at this place.

2 Thank Jack H
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed November 28, 2016

I guess we lucked out. We stopped into Ristorante Paoletti without reservations on a Sunday evening. We were visiting the area for the weekend. We had no expectations beyond Italian cuisine. Food, service, wine--all exceeded what we have come to expect in a tourist town. I usually don't eat my whole meal and my husband gladly finishes my plate. But,... More 

3 Thank Lesley B
Rome, Georgia
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed November 28, 2016

The dinner we had here were not good. My Lobster ravioli had no taste at all and my fiancée spaghetti and meatballs was the same - I make better hands down. Server never asked how we liked it even though it should have been obvious by the amounts left on our plates. Overrated food and service lacking!

1 Thank tlmnjm
Arthur P, Owner at Ristorante Paoletti, responded to this review

While we make it our business to respond to negative reviews, your review makes me wonder if you may be confusing our establishment with another or that you never actually ate with us at all? You complain about the Spaghetti and Meatballs? We do not serve such a mundane dish, and never have. The ravioli that you complain about as... More 

Hickory, North Carolina
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed November 25, 2016

Make your reservations well in advance. Two weeks out gave us only 2 options...5:15 or 8:30. We have dined in many fine restaurants all over the world, but seldom have we seen the food, the service and the hospitality coalesce into such a fine blend of 5-star experiences. The linguini with white clam sauce and the sea scallops with mashed... More 

3 Thank Alexander49210
Athens, Georgia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed November 24, 2016

We have eaten at this restaurant for 2+ decades. Never disappoints. Service, food, wine, and overall atmosphere is top notch. Hard to believe you can find this authentic Italian in a sleepy little NC town, but it's the real deal.

3 Thank BigMelUSC

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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
$19 - $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
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
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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