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Cyprus Restaurant
Cyprus Restaurant

Cyprus Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://cyprushighlands.com
  • Phone: (828) 526-4429
  • Hours of Operation: 5pm -11pm
    7 Days a Week

  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: International, Seafood, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Nicholas Figel
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We Cater special events and private parties, Call for more information at 828-526-4429

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cyprus Restaurant
Award Winning Chef Nicholas Figel introduces destination quality International Cuisine to Highlands, NC.

In the Cyprus open kitchen, we take our inspiration from peasant foods and traditional cuisines from around the world. We hand harvest our vegetables and shop the ethnic markets to deliver authentic and traditional International flavors.

We feature a unique regional menu, written and executed each day in the Cyprus kitchen, always by hand, and always using time honored, traditional cooking methods.

The dining room is relaxing, inclusive, and a great place to enjoy great food and good times with friends.

Cyprus International Cuisine, The most exciting dining destination in Highlands
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Diner Reviews
  • "We have gone to Cyprus every time we come and stay at our home since 1997. It was one of our favorites. We booked a reservation and came at 7:15. They put us at a small two seater table in between a table of four and two on the other side. It was uncomfortable and noisy. We asked to be seated outside. When we ordered their special after the waitress highly recommended this dish she came back to tell us they ran out of the special. I ordered lamb which was to come out medium rare and was rare also very bland. The whole experience was a disappointment. We have no intentions to go back as we have other good restaurants in Highlands."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Cypress has a revolving menu and we hadn't been before because the theme at that time wasn't that interesting to us. This time we went and loved the new location and the food. Cypress is in downtown Highlands in an upstairs space, with street level access at the rear. Part of the space is outdoors and the interior space has large open doors and windows giving it an open air feel. We all enjoyed our food and wine and would definitely come back."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Nick is an amazing chef. He always has a lot more hits than misses. It is always a delightful experience."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Highly eclectic menu with mostly hits and a few misses. Our table was not ready until long after our reservation time, and when we were finally seated it was at perhaps the smallest, most cramped and lowest table in the restaurant. Service was alright, except for the busboy who was grabbing across the table and spilling water on us. Kind of noisy. Most food items were good, although my pork dish was flavorless and the special $13 dessert I had was like someting conceived and executed by a ten year old: a hard, overcooked pastry with an un-set "custard" the consistency of heavy cream and a few berries tossed on top - it was disgusting. We wont be rushing back."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We ate at Cyprus while visiting Highlands for a few days. The menu looked fantastic, and we really liked the idea of their theme menu. We also loved the energy and decoration of the place! Service was good and responsive for Tatiana. Then there was the food...the bread was tasteless as was the olive oil. we started with a noodle soup from the theme menu and found it interesting, but not really good. The ingredients just did not go together and compliment each other as they should. My wife had grouper from the special menu as her entree, and I had the mussels and chorizo for our entrees. They were good, but not up to the prices charged! Our bill at Madison's the night before was equivalent, but the quality of the food was not even close!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Food was perfectly cooked, portions are small, prices were not. Excellent service."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "One of my favorites in Highlands.... Add it to your "must" visit list!!!!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Delicious specials this past Monday!! Loved the octopus salad"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "My go-to restaurant in the Highlands-Cashier area. Food is always prepared exotically and appeals to an educated palate."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "The title of this post says it all. It was a wonderful experience. My wife and I sat at the dining table in the kitchen."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "This was my second time dining at Cyprus and it did not disappoint! Food was delicious and beautifully presented, staff super friendly and the atmosphere fun. I will certainly make my way back here on my next trip to Highlands."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Fantastic menu created with considerable imagination and talent. The cuisine is terrific and worth every penny. Don't miss their lavender ice cream sandwich for dessert. It is noisy, though. Also, it looks like there's a chef's table."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Great dinner , beautiful décor and lively crowd ! Had dinner Monday night and returned Friday night . Both meals exceptional ! Big hit for Highlands ."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Our experience at Cyprus was wonderful.The menu is eclectic featuring dishes from all over the globe. The appetizer salad was beautifully presented for two with the most delicate lemon dressing , a few fresh edible flowers and a slice of blue cheese on the side. The chicken dish was delicious, a tender breast accompanied by flavorful jasmine rice wrapped in ti leaves. On the side a piece of slate held little rectangular containers of condiments. The music was a tad loud. Otherwise, Cyprus reminds me of the Frog and the Owl restaurant that was one of the best restaurants around about 35 years ago ( featured in Gourmet Magazine). The imagination, the attention to detail, the freshness, the taste of everything can't be beat at the Cyprus!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Went for wife's birthday. Seated right away for reservation and service was timely. Food was excellent and a small chocolate desert came for her at the end of the meal! Overall great place!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Waiter really new his menu and had me order something I hadn't chosen. He nailed it. There new location is hip and has a beautiful outdoor patio. Highly recommend Cyprus."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Our server was very rushed at the table, but they were busy. The food was great and we enjoyed our dinner. The place is way too bright though. Hundreds of light bulbs hanging all over turned up and the flourescent lights in the kitchen light up the whole side of restaurant. It is hard to believe they have not had that complaint before. Overall, not a bad place and the weather was quite nice for the open air atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Just the place for an adventurous diner. Friendly and unique."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Best restaurant in Highlands relocated to new more convenient downtown location and increased itgs ambience and capacity while retaining its great food -Nick was was there to cook and greet us as always."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We dined here on a busy Saturday night. The food is so creative and I love the surprises and the ever changing menu options. We consumed a lot of food and the standouts were the pork belly beignet, tamarind ribs (again), and the lavender ice cream sandwich. The service is always a tad different but pretty much standard for most places in the Highlands."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Menu you changes daily and you must be willing to experiment in various selections offered. The offerings use the freshest components and the selections are from around the world."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I am a vegan (and my husband isn't) and they were great about altering anything to fit my preferences. Delicious foods at great prices."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "loved our dinner at cyprus; great view, delicious food. restaurant is still 'under constuction' (ie bar still needs finishing touches), and the dining room was loud but we had a wonderful time and the food was excellent"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The food was delicious. The service was friendly with a smile. The notice level was terrible. You could not talk to the people at the table. A large group was sitting next to us, and it was so loud."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Love the location, food is incredible!!!!!!!! Noise level high but don't think that can be helped with the open kitchen concept. Only negative is turning tables so reservations can be accomodated."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Music volume overpowers the ambience. Diners have trouble conversing without shouting. Would have preferred eating indoors but ate on the deck to avoid the din. Food was well prepared and presentation was top notch. Now that they're in town instead of their old isolated location they should let the food do the talking instead of the noise."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Took over 2 hours to get food on table. Food was terrible. Will never return- many more excellent choices in Highlands and Cashiers."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Still in the process of renovation and it was a little loud. The food was fantastic with a great variety of choises"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Long term customer. Fan of chef. First visit after their recent relocation. Food still great. Atmosphere has not yet "developed". Server terrible. We were very rushed."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Cyprus has moved into its new location in downtown Highlands. What a hit. We were in the restaurant for 2 hours and there was never an empty table. I had a chance to talk to Nick, the owner, and he is quite happy with the new location. This restaurant will soon be Highlands hot spot of the season. Congratulations Nick!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The food was superb as usual. But regret to report the new location has problems with noise level, bouncing floor, open windows with shades blowing, and tables so close it was like a community conversation to both sides. And we missed the flamboyance of the food preparation area with the bar area. We will go back as the food preparation and presentation are worth any other issues."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Best restaurant in the Highlands/Cashiers area, and their new location with open air dining just makes it that much better. Always an amazing experience!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "we had a delightful night with my sister last night and we lucky enough to enjoy the table in the kitchen! the food was delightful and the service spot on! it is our go to place in highlands and we love the diverse menu and ever changing specials! the new downtown location is still being updated but they are almost there and we will definitely be back! Great job Nicholas!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Cyprus has recently moved to this new location, and unfortunately, has spoiled the dining experience. The food is excellent, and the diverse menu the most unusual and interesting in town. However, the dining room is very noisy, the lighting too bright and the decor unattractive. They even play loud annoying music! We escaped to the deck to dine, but as it became dark, could not see our food or the check, as there is no lighting! We requested a candle for our table, and they brought a small tealight. If they can address these problems, they will once again be our favorite Highlands restaurant."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The menu leaned toward Vietnamese preparations the night we had dinner, and everything was delicious and well presented. Since the menu changes often, what's available is the luck of the draw. But, given our experience, we would definitely make Cyprus a must whenever we visit Highlands."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Obviously the move to the Main Street location has been well received. Previously it was a hidden gem known mostly to locals and their guests, but with the new location the popularity can only increase. The only concern would be for those requiring a handicap entrance that cannot negotiate the stairs and are unaware of the "back door" accessibility. Sure adjustments must be under consideration. With it's popularity for outstanding food and service, reservations are a must"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Thankfully when we arrived we were able to have a table on the patio. It is extremely noisy inside. Not a good place to relax and enjoy talking with friends. We also had to ask for a tablecloth. This was a Saturday night. Thot they would automatically do that. There are other restaurants in town that provide a better atmosphere. Probably would not go back. Too bad since food was excellent."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "After dining at the original location for years, I was excited to try the new location. The in-town setting is fresh, youthful, energetic, creative, and the food is original and surprising. All freshh and flavorful. Can't wait to go again and will continue to try it as they complete the outside bar, and inside kitchen bar. Watching the kitchen is one of my favorite seating areas. My only concern is the the new location will make it harder to find a table now that it is easy walking distance from the main hotels in town. Congrats Nick! Terrific move."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My husband and I were pleasantly surprised by this restaurant. The menu had so many interesting dishes from all over the world that we had a hard time deciding. Everything we ordered was delicious, and the atmosphere was lovely and fun but not overly loud. Definitely recommend it!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food was very good but be warned if don't like spicy- be sure to let them know. Was warm in restaurant- occasional breeze from open windows but could have used some ceiling fans."
    Dined on 6/26/2014