Located in the Highlands Area

Buck’s Coffee Cafe

Located at 384 Main Street. Featuring gourmet coffee, sandwiches and pastries. Phone Number: 828-526-0020


Located at 332 Main Street, Highlands. International nouvelle cuisine with daily ethnic specials served in a contemporary setting. Open kitchen environment. Full bar and wine list. Reservations recommended. $ Moderately expensive. Phone Number: 828-526-4429.

El Azteca Mexican Restaurant

Located at 70 Highlands Plaza, Highlands. Offering authentic Mexican food and featuring a Margarita and Mojito Bar. Phone Number: 828-526-2244

Fresser’s Eatery at Helen’s Barn

Located in Highlands behind Wright’s Square in the historic Helen’s Barn location. Full service restaurant with great quality food in a wonderful ambiance. Serving lunch and dinner. Complete wine list. $ Moderate to Expensive 828-526-4188 Located at 470 Oak Street, Highlands, NC

Kilwin’s of Highlands – Ice Cream & Chocolates

  • PO Box 1046
  • 370 Main Street
  • Highlands, NC 28741
  • Phone: 828-526-3799

Lakeside Restaurant

Intimate restaurant on Harris Lake. Serving great food and fine wines. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Open Tuesday – Saturday for Dinner (Mid April – November). Reservations Suggested. Phone Number: 828-526-9419


Madison’s Restaurant and Wine Garden is a perfect mix of elegance and European charm. Guests are served “Elevated Southern Cuisine” and the extensive Wine Spectator Award Winning wine list is sure to please everyone. Open for Lunch and Dinner. Phone Number: 828-526-5477

Main Street Inn and Bistro on Main

Newly reopened B and B, the Main Street Inn is open to the public for Highland’s best breakfast. Charming tea room ambiance. Call for hours and details. $ Expensive 828-213-9142

Mountain Fresh Grocery

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Wood fired and New York Style pizza, bakery, wine, market, gourmet coffees, and Artisan virgin olive oils and vinegar’s. Also features a butcher shop. Located at 521 East Main Street, Highlands. Phone Number: 828-526-2400

Oak Street Cafe

332 Main St. with a covered entrance and outside dining on Oak Street. Freshly prepared gourmet sandwiches and soups in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Wine list. Tuesday through Saturday and Sunday Brunch. $ Moderate Phone Number: 828-787-2200

On The Verandah & the Dugout Bar

A rustic, contemporary restaurant that has won awards for their menu as well as their wine list. Scenic setting overlooking Lake Sequoyah through a stand of maples and hemlocks. Open 7 days a week for dinner. Sunday Champagne Brunch. Continental fare overlooking Lake Sequoyah. $ Expensive. Entertainment on weekends. Reservations highly recommended. Phone Number: 828-526-2338

Ristorante Paoletti

440 Main Street. For Italian dining since 1953. Specializing in veal, chops, pasta and seafood for 22 years in Highlands. 1000 selection wine cellar. Serving dinner nightly through New Years. Wine Spectator “Best of Award of Excellence.” Call for reservations. Phone Number: 828-526-4906

Sports Page

Specialty sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts that are freshly prepared. Main Street. Open for lunch only during the season. $ Inexpensive Phone Number: 828-526-3555The Pizza Place

  • PO Box 2654
  • 365 Main Street
  • Highlands, NC 28741
  • Phone: 828-526-5660

The Ugly Dog Pubhouse and Doghouse Restaurant

Located at 294 S Fourth Street, Highlands. Large selection of salads, burgers, kids menu and beer/wine. Phone Number: 828-526-8364

Subway of Highlands

  • PO Box 1545
  • Highlands Plaza
  • Highlands, NC 28741
  • Phone: 828-526-1706

Wild Thyme Gourmet

Gourmet foods and fine wines. Pantry items and fresh bread. Lunch and Dinner with some outside dining available in the pleasant courtyard. Closed Sun. and Tues. Reservations recommended for dinner. $ Expensive Phone Number: 828-526-4035 Located at 343 Main Street, Highlands, NC


Superb German/Continental/Cajun cuisines by the former Executive Chef of Commander’s Palace. in a historic 135 year old home located on Main Street near Mountain Fresh. Wine Spectator Award Winning Wine List. Over 1000 selections of wine. Best of Award of Excellence in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. Reservations recommended. Bistro opens at 3 pm. $ Expensive Phone Number: 828-526-3807