Cyprus Restaurant
Cyprus Restaurant

Cyprus Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://cyprushighlands.com/
  • Phone: (828) 526-4429
  • Hours of Operation:
    11am -10pm
    7 Days a Week
    Open for Lunch and Dinner

  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Global, International, 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Cyprus Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
110 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (76)great for outdoor dining (68)special occasion (52)neighborhood gem (46)hot spot (44)notable wine list (30)good for groups (28)romantic (25)scenic view (22)vibrant bar scene (17)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (6)great for lunch (6)great for brunch (3)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We have had lunch & dinner at Cypress & could not be more pleased. We live in a city noted for its fine dining & are accustomed to the best foods & service. Cypress met our expectations. From the martinis through the appetizers & entries to the desserts, all were excellent. A great find in a beautiful mountain town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    My friends and I have dined with you countless times ( usually under name Jeannie Mullen) and you have never disappointed. You have wonderful choices for those of us who are vegetarian. Your new location.... stellar :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food. Nice flavors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Good food. The flavors were different and varied which I liked a lot
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Very nice experience fro our first visit. Will certainly go back !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Jstra
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Nick is just simply the most creative chef in Highlands and one of the best in North Carolina. If you can, eat at the chef's table. The downside to the restaurant is that that Nick occasionally has some down menu items and the service can be somewhat slow. But this is the mountains so have a drink and soak in the moment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints!
    jeannie
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I took my sister to Cyprus for her birthday last week and had a wonderful meal. It was Halloween night, the staff AND NICK dressed up for the holiday and the menu reflected the same. As always, a lovely meal, interesting, different, beautiful presentation and phenomenal taste. Thanks again Nick for a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    Aida
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Every time I go to Cyprus I am surprised with new creations of delicious food. This was no exception. I. Look forward to my next visit to Highlands
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CathyVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We won't go back. Even though the restaurant was not very busy, the service was slow. The fish being offered that night was limited and unappealing (lion fish). The wine list was very limited. We had high expectations, with its new downtown location, and left feeling very disappointed. There are great restaurants in Highlands. This is not one of them.
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  • Cyprus is the best in Highlands!
    jeannie
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    What a fabulous evening we had, yet again, at Cyprus Restaurant in Highlands. Nicks restaurant rarely, if ever, disappoints. The menu is always so interesting, the food so flavorful and different, and beautifully presented. I took friends who were both celebrating birthdays and they had a great time, loved their meals as well as the ambience outside on the patio. Our waiter Max made it very special for them, complete with a yummy birthday cake and candle. Nicks is a true gem that I tell all my friends to try. It will become your favorite too!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AnnaBanana
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Didn't think it could get any better than our last visit....but I was WRONG!!!! Everything was fantastic.....food like nectar for the gods.... Thank you, Nick and staff for a great evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Culinary Creativity!!!
    FoodforThought
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Cyprus is a culinary journey around the world! The menu is an adventure in dining discovery and exploration that excites the senses with tastes and textures rarely experienced at a single venue. A dining destination not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bailey
    Bailey
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Loved the new location. Very diverse menu and provided reasonable selection for the kids. Have been to Cyprus many times and always leave very satisfied.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Always a good place to eat. My steak was delicious, I enjoyed my meal. It is very loud in there - loud music. Could hardly talk with our guests. The bar area is kind of non-descript!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit or Miss
    dukie85
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I have dined at Cyprus probably 5-6 times over the past few years. I keep trying because so many people love it. Out of those visits, I have had a good meal probably twice and the rest of the time, including the last one, left scratching my head over the rave reviews. At our latest visit, my husband had mussels which he said were "not bad", and I had the rack of lamb chops that were totally without flavor and unevenly cooked. The waiter was wonderful and immediately removed it from our bill. The concept of focusing on different cuisines with a list of specials each week is unique, but I can't help but think they would be better off focusing on a smaller menu and perfecting those dishes. Lighting is harsh if you are facing the open kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GourmetettesVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Very disappointing. Perhaps we should have ordered entrees rather than the 5 appetizers we decided on; none were worthwhile, some were not as described in the menu. The calamari description implied a saute of squid and celery; we got an ordinary, deep-fried, breaded form. A "stuffed" squid appetizer implied squid tubes stuffed with grape leaves; it came out as breaded calamari sided by white rice stuffed grape leaves. The red drum appetizer was good, but tiny. A "whole roasted garlic" appetizer was in fact just limp garlic chives. The music was much too loud. Our server said they keep it that way because the chefs say it "inspires" them. Talk about not understanding the concept of customer orientation! Cyprus gave no reason to return.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • my favorite restaurant in highlands
    abbylikestoeat
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    i've been enjoying cyprus for years. nick the owner/chef is brilliant and inventive with food. his weekly international special cuisine menus are always great and don't repeat. so for either regular customers or first-timers there's a surprise cyprus opened a new location in june and after some initial settling in, the restaurant is back to its glory! also cyprus is now serving lunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodiefromGA
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Was disappointed in my first visit and probably won't try for a second. Part of the issue is that I'm just not that interested in the cuisine of most of the countries represented on the menus. I tried the featured oyster appetizer and the oysters just weren't good. The Italian vegetarian pasta was OK, but not great. The mango sorbet had little flavor. I was seated at a table where I was blinded by the sun. I was not offerred another table and finally had to ask for one. The server had to ask the floor manager for permission to service a customer - hhhmmmm..... The dining room does not absorb sound well and is noisy. On top of natural noise, background music was rather loud. It was quite difficult to hear our server.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • denysetb
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The first thing we noticed when we walked into the restaurant was the noise level. Fortunately, there is a large outdoor patio (and lots of heat lamps), and the atmosphere outside was much more conducive to quiet conversation. The menu is innovative, and each week, a different country's cuisine is highlighted. When we went, the featured cuisine was Vietnamese--although other dishes were available from the regular menu. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable. The dim sum buns (appetizer) are not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bright Lights
    DennisdmfVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had a nice visit to Highlands this past Month. Our last night we went to Cyprus. It has a international menu as well as regular one. This week was Vetietnamise - very good. The four Of us enjoyed the food. Music was a bit loud & the light strung thru- out the place were overly bright. I should have asked our waitress if they could be dimmed a bit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEST FOOD EVER! MUST GO!
    Scott2LisaATL
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Cyprus is our go to restaurant. My husband and I live in Atlanta and have made several impromptu drives up to NC -- just to eat at CYPRUS! When staying several days in Highlands, we used to try different restaurants, but always wished we had just gone back to Cyprus instead. (We don't do that anymore.) There is such a variety on the menu - one restaurant is enough for us. Cyprus is a culinary feast for the eyes, stomach, and soul - using only the freshest ingredients. You will be transported around the globe, and experience different cultures through your sense of taste. Be Brave in your menu selection - it's worth it. Although, he has taken the local "King of The Mountain" honors already; Nic is "Top Chef" in our book.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happening spot
    KAtlantaVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We love Cyprus but often go during the week rather than the weekend. This time we went on a Saturday night and it was packed. The noise level was high due to large groups sitting nearby which made it hard to converse at our table. During the week it is quieter, but despite the lively crowd we had a great time anyway. This is "the" hotspot restaurant in town. The service was excellent and the food very good. Three out of the four at our table loved their dinners while one was not as happy because the dish lacked flavor and was billed as a spicy dish. Everyone loved their appetizers. They made my husband's birthday extra special with a great table and a delicious birthday cake adorned with candles:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hoped4betterexperience
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Our first visit to Cyprus Restaurant in August 2014 was very good. The food was delicious and our server was very knowledgable. The only complaint that day was that there is no air conditioning and we were very uncomfortable. Our second dining experience there was not so enjoyable in September 2014. This time my husband chose a Vietnamese dish from that weeks Asian theme. Expecting a rich, spice-infused broth, the noodle and beef dish came immersed in a thin, watery broth. The shaved tenderloin turned out to be a ball-like glob of meat. The noodles and the vegetables were sparse. My fish was over-cooked and not what I expected....For the money our meal was a great disappointment. On a positive note.,our server was very attentive.
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  • Average at best.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My husband and I and guests were expecting something special. We were very disappointed. We would not go back. We ate at Madison's and Lakeside which were far superior and the exact same price range.
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  • localfoodie
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Great dining experience, so happy to have Cyprus in this area, a wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion. Love the new location! Staff was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Experience
    MagicBruce
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My wife and I went here for our anniversary. The restaurant called in advance and told me they were looking forward to our visit. When we arrived, we were offered congratulations upon sitting down at our table. We ordered the Fire Roasted Napoleon appetizer. It was incredible. The chicken mushroom and ground cherries that were in it were new to us, and delicious. Both of our entries were great. We were offered an incredible chocolate cake-like dessert to celebrate our anniversary-Outstanding. The restaurant has a vibrance and excitement to it, without feeling busy or rushed. Cypress made our celebration memorable. I'd highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great.
    DineTime4Us
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    First visit to this new location. Although would recommend, noise level was very high. Outside dining area with bar very nice. Food at our table met with mixed reviews from very good to tasty but not great (I had an Asian type dish that was supposed to have grouper in it, but it was mostly very tasty rice/vegetables but with only a small amount of flaked grouper). The several appetizers we had were excellent, especially the egg plant and calamari. One guest had the mussels entree but they were tiny although tasty.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet, delicious, tiny portions!
    RHBjr
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Delicious food! Tiny portions, but it is gourmet. The Lavender Icecream was the best desert of the three we tried, and the L'Americaine was the best entree, with my Chile-themed lamb dish having little lamb flavor for all of the extra stuff added (it was good, but not great). The beef tenderloin appetizer was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Wonderful.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We were a table of 4. Each of us had a different item All were delicious. The presentation was creative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Somewhat disappointed
    PinestoneFoodie
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Cyprus has long been our favorite Highlands restaurant. We could always count on a creative menu, fabulous food, and cozy atmosphere. Nick is one of the most creative, hard working chef-owners we have ever known. This was the first time we dined at Cyprus since the move to "the strip" in Highlands. The food remained outstanding but we were not happy about the atmosphere. We found the noise level prohibited easy table conversation. Also it was a cool evening and with the large walls open to the front of the restaurant it was uncomfortably chilly. We'll definitely go again, but next time we'll avoid peak time and dress for outdoor weather.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highlands Golf Trip
    StevieB52
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This evening was our first visit to Cyprus, and it was a great experience. The weather permitted them to leave the French doors open over Main St., and it gave the effect of dining outdoors without being there. Our server was a young lady from Belarus. She took great care of us by explaining some of the international dishes. The menu spans many countries and different preparations. All in all, a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I miss the old location
    lovewineVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    New location is more conveniently located in center of town, but the ambiance has changed and not in a good way. Bright light bulbs strung from the ceiling are too bright and detract from the experience. Food has remained excellent! No notable wines on the wine list and had to send back two bottles that were bad. Still great place, but sorry to see the change.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unusual menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    It was very loud the night we were there. The menu was most unusual and it was difficult to find an entrée that sounded appetizing. All four of us in our party agreed. We would personally not recommend Cyprus. To have some of the items they offer would be fine - but it would have been nice to have been offered some trout or fish ....
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect!
    Macfamily
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The whole evensong was wonderful.....service, atmosphere! But the food was absolutely the best!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very impressed can't wait to return
    Champslovr
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We had the best time dining here. The staff was very friendly & accommodating from beginning to end. Our server Jesse was thorough, knowledgable & attentive five star service to match the five star meal. Creative cocktails expertly made, fabulous wine recommendation to pair with our masterfully crafted dishes. Loved the rich bouillabaisse inspired l'americaine with the freshest of seafood (pompano! Yum!) their willingness to accommodate my allergy with utmost care! Wish we had room for dessert, next time definitely!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tried again after their move.
    fred
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We visited Cyprus last fall when they were in a shopping center out of town. The food was superb and the service was great. This week, we were back in Highlands, and noted that Cyprus had moved to the main street in town. I am happy to report that the food and service are just as fine as in the previous location. Cyprus is in a very nice venue with an open kitchen and tables in the kitchen and near the windows (which can open in good weather). The layout is the same as in the old location, except that there is now an outdoor dining patio and a big bar. As you enter the restaurant, you are greeted by a receptionist who explains the dinner options, and shows you a display of the food for the evening in an ice tray. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neat and Unusual Menu
    Douglascen
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    This place has a refreshingly unusual menu. International foods are prepared and presented expertly.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun fun fun
    Gina
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Cyrus was exciting and adventurous considering the available menu options. The atmosphere was electric. Our waitress was excellent and offered suggestions that proved to be perfect for us. I would definitely recommend it to others.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eclectic
    hungryforfood
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Every week, the chef creates gourmet foods from different areas of the world food scene. These items are always tasty, unusual for the American palate, and reasonably priced. For the food scene in a small North Carolina mountain community, the restaurant should be on everyone's list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cyprus hits the spot
    Nick
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Chef Figel has always offered an outstanding international menu, but in the new location he has improved not only the menu but the entire dining experience. Now my favorite Highlands restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner on the Terrace
    bamarph
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our party of 6 arrived at Cyprus on time for our 8:15 reservation but there were a number of people waiting. I am not sure how many had reservations. We asked for an outside table since it was such a beautiful night. They said we would have a table shortly. We were offered an inside table but decided to wait for one outside. Over 30 minutes later our party of 6 were crammed into a 4 top being told this was all they had. I thought "we waited this long to be seated like sardines". We had a very good waiter who was attentive and knowledgeable. But the kitchen was out of grouper which was the only fish on the menu. All of us except one enjoyed our meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate