We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Terrific As Always”

Ristorante Paoletti
Ranked #1 of 53 Restaurants in Highlands
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $19 - $42
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Next Door to Highlands Inn, Across Street from Old Edwards Inn
Description: 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.
Cashiers, North Carolina
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Terrific As Always”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

Ristorante Paoletti is the best restaurant in Highlands...bar none! We have our favorite dishes and can't wait each time to return to enjoy it once more, as it is terrific as always! They also have great specials and a excellent wine list too. The service is also very special as they pay attention to every detail.
There are other very good restaurants in Highlands, but this one is clearly # 1 on our list!

  • Visited August 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
1 Thank V G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

914 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    719
    106
    55
    26
    8
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Orlando
Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Very fun and yummy!”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

My wife and I have eaten in most of the highlands restaurants and Paoletti's is one of best.
Its a cozy little Italian place that has friendly servers and good food.
We did not have reservations and the host was willing to work with us to fit us in... most places would just turn you away. He was up front and asked us if we would not stay longer than 2 hours at the table, which was ok by us.
Once seated the server never rushed us, was very informative and knowledgeable.
The food was great, portions were good and the ambiance was even better.

  • Visited August 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
1 Thank TravelPro1977
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Point Clear, AL
Level Contributor
25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Excellent Meal!”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

We were lucky that Paoletti's was not busy Monday night the 5th of August as we did not make a reservation as we thought each other had made one and neither of us did! Both of the ladies in our party had the halibut with risotto and the men had the grilled scallops and we all agreed this was one of the best meals we have had. The escargot were the most delicious I have ever eaten and the tiramisu for desert as great. Laura was an excellent server and did not steer us wrong! We will most definitely be back on our next trip to Highlands!

  • Visited August 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
1 Thank Wayne H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Shelburne, Vermont
Level Contributor
30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Best service in Highlands!”
Reviewed August 9, 2013

We enjoyed a fabulous dinner at Paoletti's which was enhanced by a thoughtful/helpful host and the best server, Synamon, at any restaurant in the area. On a very busy Tuesday evening, we hoped to dine at Paoletti's without a reservation. I do NOT recommend trying this and we will always make reservations from now on, but we had reservations at another restaurant in town which did not work out when we arrived ten minutes early and were told to wait and not order anything until we were seated at our table. This prompted our cancelation at this restaurant and a search for somewhere to eat.

The host at Paoletti (owner? manager? good guy!) was extremely helpful and after a brief wait due to a never ending line of folks with reservations, we were seated at a delightful table where we enjoyed a perfectly prepared dinner of grouper rolled in shrimp, scallops and portabella mushrooms and beautiful, tender lamb chops! YUM! The fresh summer vegetables were fabulous and the Caesar salad unusual and delicious.

Dinner at Paolettis is worth reserving and we will do so whenever we are in Highlands.

  • Visited August 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
1 Thank Sarahsmilesalot
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Tampa, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best restaurant in Highlands!”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

Dining at Paoletti's is a must every time we visit Highlands, NC. It is one of our favorite restaurants - not only in Highlands, but anywhere! We have enjoyed many different items on the menu, but two of our favorites are the veal chop and the creme brulee.

  • Visited July 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
1 Thank catwalk94
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Ristorante Paoletti also viewed

Highlands, North Carolina Mountains
Highlands, North Carolina Mountains
 
Highlands, North Carolina Mountains
Highlands, North Carolina Mountains
 
Highlands, North Carolina Mountains
Highlands, North Carolina Mountains
 

Been to Ristorante Paoletti? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing