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Ristorante Paoletti

209 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Notable Wine List
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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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
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
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