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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 3 weeks ago

My friends and I had a delightful dinner at Ristorante Paoletti in August. The meal was outstanding and the wait staff was wonderful. The restaurant has a loyal fan base, so if you are visiting The Highlands area, I advise you make reservations in a...More

1  Thank Susan39564
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Make this one of your restaurant stops while in Highlands. The service was very professional and the food was delicious. Prices are reasonable and the wine selection is excellent. The restaurant is a bit small but this provides a very romantic and cozy atmosphere. Make...More

1  Thank jartman65
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We chose this place to celebrate our anniversary, and we LOVED it. Even making reservations months ahead, we felt lucky to get seated. As we approached the hostess station up front, we saw party after party turned away for not having reservations. This place is...More

1  Thank Skeeter81-ta
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On our recent trip to highland NC, we had the pleasure of eating at this place three times. All three meals were excellent. The staff was accommodating, friendly and experienced. Bread was served. The Caesar salad was wonderful. The fishes dishes were prepared perfectly. The...More

2  Thank Dennis P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful gem of a restaurant in Highlands. We have eaten there on several occasions and never disappoints. The pasta is fabulous and homemade. Service good. Definitely worth the trip to eat there.

1  Thank Debra S
Reviewed September 10, 2017

We call Paoletti's our favorite restaurant in Highlands. It is consistently superb. Great wines list and dinner menu. We have enjoyed dining there several times over the past twenty five years. Sometimes for a special occasion and sometimes just because. It is one of the...More

Thank Terry E
Reviewed September 10, 2017 via mobile

Our experience was the best experience of our stay in Highlands. The atmosphere was lively with an attractive guests. My husband and split the fried calamari which was crispy and had a flavorful marinara sauce. We both followed with pasta specials that were correctly cooked....More

Thank Fernanda K
Reviewed September 10, 2017

Absolutely wonderful food, fantastic service and a splendid dining experience! This is one of our favorite restaurants in WNC. Thank you!

Thank rawcourage
Reviewed September 6, 2017

Italian food at its best, it's easy to understand why it's rated #1 on Trip Advisor. Not inexpensive, but a good value. We both had fish, wife with grouper and me with snapper. Several choices of preparation. Menu was varied, but not huge. Everything we...More

1  Thank Bill M
Reviewed September 4, 2017

We have had the pleasure of eating at Paoletti's numerous times over the years and have always had an exceptional dining experience. From family members to business associates, we know Paoletti's will have something delicious for every palate. The staff including Julio and Vijay, are...More

Thank MaryAnne B
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August 11, 2017|
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Response from Sharon S | Reviewed this property |
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June 4, 2017|
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Response from Arthur P | Property representative |
Dan, We are open every evening in Season. YES!
January 3, 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
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$19 - $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
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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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