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Highlands, North Carolina Restaurants

A wonderful selection of great restaurants awaits in Highlands, North Carolina. From coffee and pastries to gourmet dinners complete with wine cellars and sommeliers, Highlands has it all. Whether you’re looking for a gourmet culinary journey or a casual dining experience, you’ll find plenty of delicious meals and the best places to enjoy them. Reservations are always recommended during the season. You may also be interested in exploring the shops in Highlands. To learn more about the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, check out our NC Living Magazine!

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4118 Kitchen and Bar

Serving New American cuisine in a casual setting; enjoy food, drinks, and atmosphere all evening long. Open Tuesday through Saturday.
64 Highlands Plaza
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-5002

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

Blue Bike Cafe

Located in the newly renovated Creekside Village, the Blue Bike is a casual breakfast and lunch spot. Offering all your breakfast favorites and so much more. Closed on Wednesdays but open year-round.
423 N 4th St
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-9922

Calders Coffee Café

Stop for a delicious hot or cold coffee drink while strolling Main Street. The 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

Don Leon's

Food Truck serving up burgers, gyros, salads and much more. Located at The High Dive.
476 Carolina Way
Highlands, NC 28741

El Azteca Grill and Bar

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

Four65 Woodfire Bistro and Bar

A modern Mediterranean-inspired restaurant serving wood-fired pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and small plates.  A fun gathering spot located in downtown Highlands with a full bar. Open year-round. 
465 Main Street
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 787-2990

Fressers Courtyard Cafe

Just one block from Main Street, Fressers offers seasonal courtyard dining and take-out. Serving up burgers, sandwiches, salads, and more.
470 Oak Street
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-8847

Highlands Burritos

Formally known as Pescado's, Highlands Burritos has fresh, flavorful ingredients making their burritos, quesadillas, tacos, salsa, guacamole and other Mexicali fare worth a visit.
226 South 4th Street
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-9313

Highlands Smokehouse

Roadside BBQ joint that offers counter service and full-service dining at the bar.  Open year-round.
595 Franklin Road
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-3554

Hummingbird Lounge

The Hummingbird Lounge at Old Edwards Inn frequently features live music from 6 to 8 pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Lunch is served 11:30 am to 2 pm, light fare 2 to 5 pm, and dinner 5 to 8 pm daily. Beverages are served from 11:30 am to 9 pm daily.
455 Main Street 
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 787-2525

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


Located on Main Street, the rooftop bistro offers a wide variety of contemporary American fusion cuisine. Patio and indoor dining is available, Tuesday-Thursday 4 -9 pm and Friday-Saturday 5-10 pm. Reservations are strongly recommended.

332 Main Street
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-2277

Mountain Fresh Grocery

Mountain Fresh offers breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. With a grill, hickory wood fire pizza oven, hot bar, salad bar, all natural ice cream and gelato bar, espresso bar, bakery and a menu that changes daily, there is always something new to try. Made from scratch dinners to go are perfect for casual meals at home.
521 East Main Street
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-2400

Oak Steakhouse Highlands at Skyline Lodge

Skyline Lodge's second floor is home to Oak Steakhouse, a contemporary steakhouse featuring the finest cuts of Certified Angus Beef and locally-sourced produce from area farms. Reservations are strongly recommended. 
470 Skyline Lodge Road 
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 482-4720

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

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 an outstanding wine cellar.
440 Main Street
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-4906

The Ruffed Grouse

Regionally-influenced seasonal menus serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations are recommended.
270 Main Street
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-2590


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

Subway of Highlands

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

Tug's Proper

Enjoy a full menu selection at this pub-style restaurant right on Highlands' Main Street. From a pancake breakfast to duck confit for dinner, this cozy respite promises a wonderful meal any time of day.
310 Main Street
Highlands, NC 28741

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 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 1890s home, Wolfgang's has been featured in both Southern Living and Southern Accents magazines.
474 Main Street
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-3807