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Ristorante Paoletti

209 reviews
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$30 and under
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Celebrating 31 years in Highlands, North Carolina in 2015, we invite you to enjoy fantastic regional Italian dining in an elegant, new/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.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Italian, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation

Dinner Service from 5:00 PM till closing
at the Bar and Dining Room
Every Evening in Season.
We operate mid-March through November
-and the Christmas Week through New Years Eve

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Phone number
(828) 526-4906
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kevin Paoletti
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Cross street
Next Door to Highlands Inn, Across Street from Old Edwards Inn
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 209 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.4  based on all time ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSilverWk2 (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on July 12, 2015

Pretty good food reasonably price and an extensive wine list. Veal executed perfectly. Apps were good escargot were Delicious.

Calrob (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 5, 2015

Great customer service, friendly, great food and ambiance! I definitely plan to recommend this restaurant to my friends and family! Definitely plan to return for years to come. Excellent!

viplotsoffood (Miami)
5.0  Dined on July 3, 2015

The food and service are always great at Paoletti's- used to frequent their establishment in Delray Beach, Fla and followed them to Highlands !!! Kudos to Arthur, VJ, and Julio !!!!

Clayton (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on June 2, 2015

Paoletti's food and service were both above and beyond. The ambiance was romantic and relaxing. I couldn't have had a better experience.

Orlandovisitors (Orlando)
4.0  Dined on June 1, 2015

Great atmosphere and good food. Wine pours were lacking. My husband's looked like 2 oz. And mine was around 3 oz

OpenTable Diner (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on May 30, 2015

When I think of eating out in Highlands, Paoletti's is ALWAYS at the top of my list. Highlanders know that this is the place to take friends and family and those who are new to the area. Highlands has a terrific blend of high quality restaurants to choose between, but when I run into people who have once been through Highlands, they invariably mention that they ate at "that Italian place". Paoletti's has a fantastic and well varied menu, a terrific and well experienced wait staff, and an energetic ambiance. I have favorites that I order off of the menu (white clam sauce linguine)(grilled jumbo sea scallops) but the nightly specials (which I do try on occasion) challenge those favorites. Also, two favorite appetizers are stuffed dates and stuffed artichoke leaves (not always on the menu, but you can ask for them!). I haven't been early for the small plates menu, but I plan to try it very soon. My only disappointment is that they are not open for lunch! I will offer one hint if you are booking a reservation on ... book well in advance and if you are looking for a reservation in the 7:00 time frame, call the restaurant directly. Do yourself a favor and don't miss out on Paoletti's if you are in Highlands.

vipBobbyJ3 (Nashville)
5.0  Dined on May 24, 2015

My wife and me have celebrated 15 of our 27 anniversaires with Palolettis and their great staff! Aurthur, the owner cares deeply about quality ...and Julio is a great dining room manager!

vipWineau (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2015

We chose Paoletti for our evening in Highlands as we loved to frequent their location in Delray Beach, FL many years ago until they closed it. The wine list, while extensive, was focused on Italian wines, which makes sense, but for those of us who prefer the white wines of CA/OR/WA, it was quite limited. Luckily we'd brought a special bottle with us for corkage.

The service was perfection; we were not rushed but all our needs were met promptly. Our server, Eric, was terrific; very personable.

The baked bread with herbed cheese is wonderful & plentiful. The baked stuffed clams and special pork chop were delicious, but the eggplant rollatini was not as good as I remembered it from FL.

GeoU (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 10, 2015

Paoletti's was a great recommendation from a friend. While the food was great, the service and wine knowledge and list out-paced it more. Every waiter, not just your waiter, made an effort to meet every need. The wine list was amazing compared to anywhere we traveled on this vacation. We would go back in a minute. And highly recommend it.

viplotsoffood (Miami)
5.0  Dined on April 25, 2015

Great food
Julio and VJ are great !!
Always a nice upscale crowd

Lori1217 (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on April 24, 2015

Wonderful High Quality restaurant in quaint town of The Highlands. We go at least once a year and always make a reservation here. Love it

vipMakeNUp4LostTime (Miami)
4.0  Dined on April 13, 2015

Delicious meal. Nice staff. Definitely recommended.

vip1foodie (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on April 10, 2015

We made reservations for dinner here for a date night without kids. We got there and were seated at our reservation time by a very friendly host. We got salads to start, 2 entrees, a bottle of wine and dessert and our bill was MORE than reasonable. The food was outstanding and the service was equally awesome. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. We stayed at the Olde Edwards Inn and this restaurant is literally across the street so, very convenient for walking.

vipSsatlanta (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on April 5, 2015

We went early on a Sunday evening and were rewarded with the "best" table by the window- a cozy, circular booth. I ordered off the specials of the day menu-- a squid ink pasta with scallops. Absolutey delicious! My husband ordered halibut prepared with a lemon sauce. It was one of the best fish dishes he has ever had and he always orders halibut if it is on a menu. I had the tuna tartare for an appetizer and I loved the spicy sauce. This is a restaurant that we always go to when we are staying in Cashiers. Well worth the drive for the always delicious Italian food and consistently great service. Love it!

OpenTable Diner (Western NC)
4.0  Dined on April 4, 2015

Food was good and the service was on point.

It was very loud and seating is very tight. There was also a 4-top next to us where the people were obviouly catching up after not seeing each other in a while and were extremely loud!!

We chose this palace over Cyprus and Wolfgang. I would go back but I was a lite disappointed in the overall experience.

OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
3.0  Dined on April 4, 2015

We had a ten minute wait before anyone greeted us at the hostess stand, which didn't help start things off. The wine list was extensive, the bread and olive tapenade were excellent, but the entrees lacked flavor and depth. I had the pasta Bolognese and my wife the squid ink pasta, both were average at best. The portion size was substantial. The Tiramisu was very good for dessert. The ambience is nice and the lighting was good, the only issue is that it is very small and the table beside us were only separated by a wine rack. They were extremely loud, which was annoying. I would say this place is better suited for groups not couples. Our waiter was very friendly and attentive. I'm not sure if there is another option for Italian in Highlands, but I would be inclined to try somewhere else.

Polja (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on April 3, 2015

Our third dinner @ Paoletti's and we continue to be impressed with the food & service. We treated friends for a special occasion & they gave every dish rave reviews. The seafood was prepared beautifully & so fresh, esp. loved the Halibut dish. The Limoncello Martini was a wonderful pre-dinner drink, thanks to the Bar for the advise on homemade Limoncello.

Bobby (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on March 27, 2015

We dined here (party of four) on Friday, March 27 and were seated right away. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and the specials. All four of our meals were OUTSTANDING! I had a red snapper dish that was incredible. My wife had chicken parm that was wonderful! We have been coming here for years and have always had a great experience! Will come back again and again! Thank you for a wonderful evening!


DJM51 (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on March 21, 2015

We have been dinning at Paoletti's for over 20 years. We've never been disappointed in the food, service or wine list. We treat all our out of town guest to Paoletti's with great confidence and that is the first restuarant they want to return too when they visit. We can safely say we have never had a bad experience what so ever. The Best of the Best!

vipMrPotatoHead (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2014

Outstanding food and service (Tania) in an area that has many great food options.