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Bistro on Main

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270 Main Street, The Main Street Inn, Highlands, NC 28741
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had great food and service here. We sat outside with live music. They even let us change the salad adding spinach and salmon.

Thank brooksgallery
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169 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Popular lunch spot. In the heart of lovely Highlands NC on Main St. Inn established in 1885!!! The Bistro Salad was fabulous. Special Margaritas very good, too. Reasonably priced.

Thank Tiburon09
Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We love eating outside and this was the only redeeming quality although we had been for Sunday brunch one time and it was good. The food was like the cafeteria at my mother's nursing hime. All dishes come with boring rice and boring sautéed Vegtables and tasteless. The soups and salads were good. We knew there must have been a... More 

Thank Helen C
Madison, MS
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171 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This place has so much potential, but the level of service and food quality were greatly lacking in a recent visit. We walked up and were seated promptly at an odd stone table outdoors. It had uneven edges, and I ended up with a scratch from it. But the patio itself is pleasant sitting above the road looking over the... More 

Thank CK95
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful outdoor dining in June. Loved their special lemonade. The salad was wonderful and my husbands pimento cheese sandwich was super yummy. A must for lunch and to sit and people watch.

Thank Beemer335
mainstreetusa, Manager at Bistro on Main, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us and we hope you return soon and often! More 

Crandall, GA
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171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had high hopes since Bistro is dog friendly, but the food was mediocre at best. The fried green tomatoes were sliced so thin all you could taste was a deep fried crust. My husband had the Trout, I had the Salmon. NY husband said his trout was "pretty good" but my salmon was terrible, thinly sliced, dry and covered... More 

Thank LisaandBruce
Atlantic Beach, United States
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love the outdoor seating but not impressed with the food or service. It's convenient but disappointing. The wait staff was disorganized. We will give it another try but you never get a 2nd chance to make a 1st impression.

2 Thank Jill W
Lighthouse Point, Florida
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What great food! My wife and I ate lunch there even during a small rain shower. Main courses and Deserts are superb. Our server was very attentive, polite and helpful with food suggestions.If you go, make certain you get the inside tour, upstairs and downstairs, because the house is beautiful. Great experience!

Thank Prussian1951
mainstreetusa, Manager at Bistro on Main, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us at Bistro on Main and the Main Street Inn. We are delighted that you came, and hope that you return soon and often. More 

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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Bistro is a great eating choice and a dog friendly restaurant (outside). We were seated in a nice shady area. The wait staff brought water for the dog. We were very impressed with the food--lamb chop special--it was excellent, a good sized portion, and arrived at the table fresh and hot. They had a folk singer that was great.... More 

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

Thank you for visiting us at Bistro on Main! So glad you enjoyed the lamb chops and the atmosphere! Please come again soon and often. Our canine guests are always more than welcome, too. More 

Rochester, New York
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

From start to finish, this was a terrible dining experience! First, we were seated outside at a cock-eyed stone table way in the back which came up to about chest level on us. When we asked if we could move they told us to pick a table anywhere (why they didn't seat us there in the first place is a... More 

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

I want to respond immediately to the unfortunate experience you had on Monday, June 13. Please know that the lack of service you were subject to is in no way the norm at Bistro on Main. The server you had, unbeknownst to us, came to work under the influence and, while on duty, her condition deteriorated rapidly. Once it was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 270 Main Street, The Main Street Inn, Highlands, NC 28741
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Highlands
  • Phone Number: 18285262590

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?