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Ristorante Paoletti
Ristorante Paoletti

Ristorante Paoletti Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.paolettis.com
  • Phone: (828) 526-4906
  • Hours of Operation: Small Plates available from 4:00 PM. Every Evening
    Starting May 1st, 2013.
    Dinner Served from 5:00 PM till closing
    at the Bar and Dining Room
    Every Evening through November.

    Closed January 1st-February 13th
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Paoletti
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Next Door to Highlands Inn, Across Street from Old Edwards Inn
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Ristorante Paoletti
Please furnish us with an e-mail address upon making a reservation at Ristorante Paoletti so that we may confirm availability. Thank you! Celebrating 29 years in Highlands, North Carolina in 2013, we invite you to enjoy fantastic regional Italian dining in an elegant, old-world atmosphere. Serving the area's largest selection of fresh coastal Seafood & Local Rainbow Trout. An array of specialties is complimented by one of the deepest wine cellars in the Southeast. Infused Spirits, Craft Cocktails & a large selection of Wines-by-the-glass from Champagne to Barolo & Cabernet are available Nightly. Our menu's printed daily Specials reflect seasonal and locally grown ingredients. Full Dinner Menu available at the Bar. Located next door to Highlands Inn and the Old Edwards Inn on Main Street in Highlands. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "We had a great meal here on a busy night! I was expecting a more stuffy atmosphere but was pleasantly surprised. This place has a great vibe! Bartender made us each a "green eyed girl" (fresh basil, lemon sorbet and vodka)-it was the perfect refreshing summer drink and the goat cheese appetizer was a great start to our meal. we ate really late so they were out of their famed lobster ravioli but we will have next time. And there will definitely be a next time!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I always try to go there when in Highlands. The service is second to none!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Our main course of Alaskan halibut was exceptional , but the duck confit salad was too heavy and should be listed under small plates. Not enough greens for a salad. I was disappointed that the restaurant was so noisy. It was difficult to carry on a conversation."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "When we walked into our reservation we were sat at what could barely be called a table. The cushions in the chair were ripped, tiny table, and at front door. We were told we could have another table but had to leave in one hour. Because we booked on open table that they don't actually save us a table that call in reservations come first. We agreed to this and then we were served burnt lasagna. If you are going to pay over $100 for less than Italian and act like you are so high end that you save certain tables for certain reservations. Act like it and don't serve burnt food. The waiter should have never brought that to our table. They removed from our bill but what a horrible experience. Don't offer open table if you don't honor it."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Food was marvelous and they were very accommodating about changing or dinner time. It was old world Italian in all ways especially the flavors."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This restaurant certainly deserves it's #1 TripAdvisor rating - he food was awesome. I had the Maine Lobster & Mushroom Ravioli, my husband had the Stuffed 1-1/4 Pound Maine Lobster, and we split the Arugula Salad. Our server was very helpful and close by whenever we had a need. Be sure to make a reservation early as it is a very popular place! Would definitely go back in spite of the high prices."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Paoletti's is one of our favorite restaurants. My wife and I had a wonderful dinner for 2. The maître d' recommended a fantastic salad that was a nightly specials with arugula, endive, onions with a Veal Milanese,served with a vinaigrette dressing. Due to their large servings, my wife ordered only an entree of Triggerfish in olive oil and garlic. My main course I was Linguine alle Vongole. It was as good as I had in New York City. The restaurant was packed, every table full with customers waiting in the bar area. Our waiter took care of us and recommended an excellent wine to go with our entrees. The only problem, because Paoletti's is so good, is getting a table. So don't wait till the last minute to try and get a table. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We had a very nice meal on Friday night. The restaurant is very pretty and warm. The service is professional, the food is very good and the ambiance is what you'd expect in Highlands, NC (upscale, upscale, upscale). I'd go back and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this restaurant. One thing really impressed me- the owner was very much on hand- greeting guests, asking us all if we needed anything, just being a good host. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The food at this restaurant was great. They also have a very good wine list with lots of good options including good options by the glass. The service was great and the staff was really friendly. Would definitely return if we were in the area again. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "As always the best restaurant in Highlands!!!!!! The food never let's you down......"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The wine list is excellent, the food is wonderful as it the service. We like to dine a little early as the restaurant does fill up and get lively later in the evening, making intimate conversation a bit of a challenge. But not to the point it would keep us away."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "This restaurant reminded me of the restaurants in Boston's North End. Great food, lots of "noise", friendly staff. We were there for a combination anniversary and birthday, and had a great time. I now live in Concord, NC, and my only regret is that I have to drive 3.5 hours to get there again. I would recommend that anyone in the Highlands, NC area take in this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This place came highly recommended from friends who frequent the area, as well as locals. We were not disappointed!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite restaurants in the highlands. So many good options on the menu it is hard to choose. There was a slight mix-up amongst the waiters on coverage for our table so our order was slightly delayed but the restaurant got slammed right after we sat down so understandable. I got the eggplant app and the gorgonzola stuffed pork chop for my entrée. They were amazing! I highly recommend for anyone that loves Italian! Right across the street from Old Edwards Inn but make a reservation!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We traveled to Highlands, NC, for the weekend where I proposed at Paoletti's this past Saturday night. The lovely hostess, manager, exceptional waitress and, particularly, the sommelier were, each of them, absolutely wonderful in their making it possible to pull off the event as a complete surprise to my fiance. I couldn't imagine a better place to propose in the entire US of A."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "My husbands lamb dish was excellent! My seafood pasta was pretty good."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Table ready when we arrived. Wine list, menus, bread and water arrived quickly. Waiter presented fresh sea food specials. Salads and meal were excellent."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "We dined here twice within 4 nights over the Christmas holiday and the food and service was excellent both times. We ordered the special pastas along with grilled fresh trout and veal pizziola(sp?) We had our two 9 month old twin boys with us and the staff could not have been more accomodating. They even brought out a plate of steamed broccolini as they remembered they enjoyed it on our first visit. We look forward to reeturning in the future."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Great Trout and grouper along with othe fine italian dinners"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Food was excellent. Eric, our waiter, was excellent. Always there when we needed something and out of site when we didn't."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "Our experience at this restaurant was outstanding. The food was amazing and the drinks were tasty and different. Reservations are a must and you may want to go on the early side since they tend to run out of certain things. It can also be loud at times but that shouldn't deter you."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "This was our second time dining here and it was wonderful as before. The veal chop was outstanding and wine list very nice. . Stayed at the old Edward inn and just walked across the street !"
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "This restaurant had knowledgeable waitstaff and great food. Would recommend to anyone looking for authentic Italian food. Very romantic for our anniversary night!"
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "My husband and I visit the area annually on our anniversary and always eat @Paoletti's our first nite in town. We were not disappointed but they had already ran out of trout and salmon @ 5:30PM and we had to wait 30" for the Osso bucco to come out of the oven. It was flavorful when served but the portion was quite small! My husband had the Chilean sea bass which he enjoyed. Our waitress was very attentive."
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "Food was very good and server was excellent. Coffee served after dinner was luke warm."
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "The menu is diverse and I could have happily chosen at least 7 entrees...they all sounded delightful. I would highly recommend the mussels which were perfectly cooked in a white wine cream sauce. Both my husband and I had stuffed lobster which was perfectly cooked and excellent. My husband and I typically eat at high end establishments expecting a wonderful dining experience...not simply a meal. Ristorante Paoletti fulfilled that expectation."
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "This restaurant is wonderful, if you are visiting the Highlands, you should not miss going there. The food is very good, I had the Elk which was amazing, my husband had the Duck which was great too. I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 10/7/2013
  • "Dining at Paoletti's is a must for anyone who goes to Highlands, NC. The staff is friendly and attentive, and the food is incredible. The wine list is extensive, to say the least."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "We arrived 25 minutes late at 5:55 instead of 5:30. place was empty. I do understand the 7 pm reservations pack the small restaurant. Instead of making the best of it the Matre'd scolded us. After 5 minutes we ordered wine. Before the wine arrived the waiter was asking for our order so he could take it before the rush. We ordered appetizers and entree. Food good but he never returned to refill wine. When we asked he brought the wine but spilled some of the $80 bottle. disappear again. restaurant filled up but there was no one waiting when we left at about 7:15. Too bad the service doesn't meet expectations. I have been here before w same type service. I do note that it appears the regulars or tables of 4 get more attention."
    Dined on 9/19/2013
  • "One of the best meals we have had in a long time. It put any place in Atlanta to shame! Keep up the great food!"
    Dined on 9/5/2013
  • "Service, atmosphere, and food wonderful from beginning to end."
    Dined on 8/30/2013
  • "Besides having to make reservations so far in advance,aolettis is our favorite Highlands spot!"
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "The food and service were GREAT. Alittle tight quarters and noisy."
    Dined on 8/22/2013
  • "We were expecting a popular restaurant for the area, but a large group almost made it not enjoyable ... Good service & great food made it worthwhile."
    Dined on 8/22/2013
  • "It was my son's birthday. I was lucky to get an early table when he informed me he could not be happy without Chef Kevins' Escargot. Every thing was perfect from Ryan's cocktails to our server Johnathan's wine paring suggestion for my light as air Cannelloni. Everyone was very satisfied with our exceptional dining experience."
    Dined on 8/19/2013
  • "Our party got waited on fairly soon, but after our entrées were served we had a very long wait to clear the table and see what was offered for dessert. Took so long to get service we skiped dessert. Don't recommend this place if you're used to good service."
    Dined on 8/15/2013
  • "I consider this a high-end, upscale restaurant and my expectations were high as well. I was wowed with the quality of the food and plate presentation, although the serving size was small. The ambiance was ok and nothing special. The tables were much too close for a fine dining experience. You will be impressed with the wine selections and the mixed drinks were perfect. On the down side the service was very SLOW and the waiter was not very attentive at all. I do not like having to flag the waiter down for simple requests such as another drink, bread, etc. From time of order to food delivery was about 50 minutes. The tiramisu was great but the banana's foster bread pudding wasn't."
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "Although early for 9:00 pm reservation, friendly hostess took us to a table within 10 minutes. Although restaurant was filled with a lively crowd. service was polite and prompt. Food was very good and serving was more than ample."
    Dined on 8/9/2013
  • "Charming Italian restaurant on the main street in Highlands. Very extensive fresh fish selections. Fresh salad choices were great and a surprising selection of wines. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal."
    Dined on 8/9/2013
  • "Outstanding in every way - and always consistently so. Exceptional wine list. Probably the best Italian food I have eaten anywhere."
    Dined on 8/4/2013