Highlands, North Carolina Restaurants

There is a wonderful selection of great restaurants in Highlands, North Carolina. From coffee and pastries to gourmet dinners complete with wine cellar and sommelier, Highlands has it all. Whether you’re looking for a culinary journey or casual dining experience, you’ll find plenty of delicious meals and 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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Scroll down to view a list of Highlands restaurants.


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

Bridge at Mill Creek

Cozy decor, comfort food, and an extensive wine and cocktail menu combine to create a singular dining experience
445 N 4th St
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-5500

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

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. Closed on Tuesdays.
465 Main Street
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 787-2990

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

The Log Cabin

The Log Cabin offers steaks, fresh seafood and casual Italian fare in a truly unique environment. Menus change daily. Located in a historic 1924 Joe Webb designed log cabin, the restaurant is shaded under giant oaks and features indoor and outdoor seating, three fireplaces and private dining for 12 to 60 people.
130 Log Cabin Lane
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-5777

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

Meritage Bistro

Meritage Bistro offers a variety of European cuisine for lunch and dinner, as well as brunch on Sunday. Indoor and outdoor seating.
490 Carolina Way
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-1019

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

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


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