Restaurants in Highlands

Highlands is filled with great restaurants. From coffee and pastries to gourmet dinners complete with wine cellar and sommelier, Highlands has it all. Reservations are always recommended during the season.

Asia House

Asia House offers a varied menu of freshly prepared Asian favorites, including Chinese, Japanese, Thai, sushi and more. Full bar; open year round.
151 Helens Barn Avenue
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 787-1680

Buck's Coffee Cafe

Stop for a delicious hot or cold coffee drink while strolling Main Street. Menu also includes tasty desserts, bakery goods, paninis and wines by the glass. Comfy chairs for reading or chatting with friends.
384 Main Street
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-0020

Cafe 460 in the Main Street Pharmacy

Take a trip down memory lane in this old-fashioned drugstore dinette with breakfast and lunch at reasonable prices. Authentic soda fountain; breakfast served all day.
460 Main Street
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-8926


Now in their new location on Main Street, Cyprus offers international cuisine with a contemporary feel. The menu changes regularly to feature dishes from a specific region of the world. A standard house menu is also available for the less adventurous.
332 Main Street
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-4429

El Azteca Mexican Restaurant
Rainforest Margarita and Mojito Bar

Enjoy authentic Southern Pacific Mexican cuisine and hand-prepared fruit margaritas and mojitos. The intriguing menu feaures a variety of flavorful dishes, all made to order using fresh ingredients from local markets. Takeout orders available.
70 Highlands Plaza
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-2244

Highlands Smokehouse

Menu includes BBQ ribs, sandwiches, burgers and sides; full service bar.
595 Franklin Road
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-1900

Kelsey Place

More details to come.
Highlands Inn
420 Main Street
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-9380

Kilwin's of Highlands

Indulge your sweet tooth with Kilwin's freshly made hand-dipped chocolates, smooth and creamy fudge and delicious caramel apples. Family owned and operated, this old-fashioned country store also has 32 flavors of Kilwin's Original Recipe ice cream, plus other irresistible treats like peanut brittle and caramel corn.
341 Main Street
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-3788


Right on Harris Lake. The focus is on seafood, with enticing dishes like Carolina Grouper Maison, Stuffed Rainbow Trout with Crabmeat and Applewood Smoked Bacon, and Bronzed Yellowfin Tuna. Multiple Wine Spectator Award Winner. Dinner only; resort casual dress.
531 Smallwood Avenue
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-9419

Madison's Restaurant and Wine Garden

Enjoy fine Southern cuisine using fresh, local ingredients at the Old Edward's Inn. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Complement your meal with a selection from Madison's Wine Spectator award-winning wine list.
Old Edwards Inn and Spa
445 Main Street
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-5477

Oak Street Cafe

Lunch and dinner featuring soups, sandwiches, salads, entrees and a daily blue plate special, along with tempting desserts. Relaxed indoor and outdoor dining; live piano on the weekends.
332 Main Street
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 787-2200

On the Verandah

Enjoy the fusion gourmet menu while overlooking beautiful Lake Sequoyah. On the Verandah is celebrating almost 30 years in Highlands. Open for dinner; beer, wine and liquor available. Reservations suggested.
1536 Franklin Road
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-2338

Pescado's Highland Burritos

Fresh, flavorful ingredients make Pescado's burritos, quesadillas, tacos, salsa, guacamole and other Mexicali fare worth a visit.
226 South 4th Street
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-9313

The Pizza Place

Enjoy a slice or a pie; eat in or take out. Salads, and hot and cold sandwiches also offered.
365 Main Street
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-5660

Ristorante Paoletti

Enjoy superb Northern Italian dining in an old world atmosphere. Serving dinner daily with a outstanding wine cellar.
440 Main Street
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-4906

Sports Page Sandwich Shoppe

A neighborhood shop featuring generously-sized sandwiches, soups, salads, loaded baked potatoes and desserts. Daily lunch specials; open year round.
314 Main Street
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-3555

Subway of Highlands

The typical Subway in downtown Highlands.
73 Highlands Plaza
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-1706


Create your own ice cream or frozen yogurt flavor, enjoy fresh-brewed coffees or sample homemade candies and chocolates. SweeTreats also offers sandwiches, soups and salads.
439 North 4th Street
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-9822

The Ugly Dog Pub

Located "on the hill" in Highlands, The Ugly Dog Pub is a friendly neighborhood spot to kick back and relax. Enjoy the full bar and made-to-order menu with appetizers, sandwiches, salads and desserts. Watch the game on one of the widescreen TVs and enjoy live music several nights a week. Open every day, year round.
294 South 4th Street
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-8364

Wild Thyme Gourmet

Southern Accents magazine says Wild Thyme has the best sandwiches in Highlands; the lunch and dinner menus offer those and more. Gourmet foods and wines for sale to enjoy at home.
343-D Main Street
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-4035

Wolfgang's Restaurant and Wine Bistro

Wolfgang's offers an enticing menu of New Orleans specialties, steaks, seafood, veal, venison and other delights for the discerning palate. The extensive wine list has received the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence for several years running. Located in a historic 1890's home, Wolfgang's has been featured in both Southern Living and Southern Accents magazines.
474 Main Street
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-3807

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