Places to Eat Near Highlands, NC
Where to Eat & Drink
Mountain Fresh Grocery
An upscale specialty grocery and wine shop with a vibrant bakery, butcher, and dining options including a deli, grill, and wood-fired pizzas.
- Hours: 7am - 8pm every day
- Phone: (828) 526-2400
Rustic Carolina barbecue restaurant with fantastic smoked ribs, brisket, and pulled pork, plus classic Southern sides.
- Hours: Open at 11am Wed - Mon, closed Tuesdays.
- Phone: (828) 526-3554
The Ugly Dog Public House
Great tavern burgers and pub food, live music, and fun Sunday Brunch.
- Hours: Open at 11:30am Tues - Sun, closed Mondays.
- Phone: (828) 526-8364
Blue Bike Cafe
Casual breakfast/brunch and lunch spot with delicious homemade fare.
- Hours: 7am - 3pm Mon - Sat, closed Sundays.
- Phone: (828) 526-9922
Longstanding Tex-Mex inspired local favorite specializing in huge burritos filled with fresh ingredients.
- Hours: 11am - 3pm Mon-Sat, closed Sundays.
- Phone: (828) 526-9313
New traditional Mexican fare with great tacos, flautas, and enchiladas.
- Hours: 11am - 9pm Mon-Sat, 12pm - 8pm Sun
- Phone: (828) 482-7040
Wolfgang’s Restaurant and Wine Bistro
Chef-led cafe with an eclectic menu and a deep wine list.
- Hours: 4pm - 9pm Wed-Sun, closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
- Phone: (828) 526-3807
Old-fashioned confectionery specializing in ice cream, chocolates, and handmade sweets.
- Hours: 10am - 10pm every day
- Phone: (828) 526-3788
Four65 Woodfire Bistro + Bar
Handcrafted wood-fired pizzas, cast-iron sandwiches, and fresh salads using locally sourced produce.
- Hours: 11am-10pm Thurs-Tues, 4pm-10pm on Wednesdays
- Phone: (828) 787-2990
The High Dive
A favorite local bar hangout with pool tables, dart boards, TVs, and regular DJ nights on the weekends.
- Hours: Open at 12pm Wed-Mon, closed Tuesdays.
- Phone: (828) 526-2200
Calders Coffee Cafe
Fantastic coffee, breakfast sandwiches, bagels, pastries, and treats.
- Hours: 7am-5pm every day
- Phone: (828) 200-9308
4118 Kitchen + Bar
Southern-influenced seasonal menu of fancy sandwiches, smash burgers, hearty entrees, and a weekly Saturday brunch.
- Hours: Open at 11:30am Tues-Sat, closed Sundays and Mondays.
- Phone: (828) 526-5002
Internationally-inspired menu with a rotating selection of creative, higher-end fare.
- Hours: 12pm-9pm Thurs-Sun, 5pm-9pm Tues-Wed, closed Mondays.
- Phone: (828) 526-2277
Neighborhood favorite with fun pub food and a full bar.
- Hours: 11am-10pm every day
- Phone: (706) 782-7116
Fortify Kitchen and Bar
Comfortable contemporary bistro featuring elevated new American fare and craft cocktails.
- Hours: 5pm-9pm Wed-Sun, Sunday brunch at 11:30am-2pm, closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
- Phone: (706) 782-0050
Artisan pizzas, sandwiches, salads, chicken wings, and local draft beers.
- Hours: 11am-9pm Tues-Sun, closed Mondays.
- Phone: (706) 782-0079
Mama G’s Italian Restaurant
Family-owned Italian restaurant with comforting red-sauce fare, pizzas, and entrees.
- Hours: 11am-9pm Tues-Sat, closed Sundays and Mondays.
- Phone: (706) 782-9565
The Rusty Bike Cafe
Daytime folksy cafe serving all-day breakfast, burgers, and sandwiches.
- Hours: 7am-3pm every day
- Phone: (706) 212-2020
Locally-owned authentic Southern barbecue joint.
- Hours: 11am-8pm Thurs-Sat, closed Sun-Wed
- Phone: (706) 782-7010
Clayton Cafe and Market
Comfort food eatery serving Southern classics for breakfast and lunch.
- Hours: 8am-3pm Mon-Tue, 8am-8pm Thurs-Sat, 11am-3pm on Sundays, closed Wednesdays.
- Phone: (706) 960-9245
A la carte or prix fixe meals in a beautiful setting, featuring a deep wine list.
- Hours: Call for reservations
- Phone: (706) 960-9600
Fat Buddies Ribs and BBQ
BBQ sandwiches, and rustic Southern classics.
- Hours: 11am-9pm Mon-Sat, closed Sundays
- Phone: (828) 349-4743
Root and Barrel Kitchen and Bar
Contemporary Southern gastropub featuring new and classic cocktails.
- Hours: Open at 11am Mon-Sat, closed Sundays.
- Phone: (828) 369-3663
Classic European-style bistro featuring sandwiches, pastas, and hearty entrees.
- Hours: Lunch 11:30am-2:30pm, Dinner 3:30pm-8pm Wed-Sat, closed Sun-Tues
- Phone: (828) 369-9446
Authentic Texas-style barbecue highlighting amazing smoked brisket and ribs.
- Hours: 11am-8pm Tues-Sat, closed Sundays and Mondays
- Phone: (828) 369-6666
Casual Japanese eatery with familiar kitchen and sushi items.
- Hours: Lunch and dinner every day except Wednesdays. Call for hours.
- Phone: (828) 349-8917
Locally-owned, Latin-inspired cafe serving breakfast and lunch.
- Hours: 7:30am-2pm Tues-Sat, closed Sundays and Mondays.
- Phone: (828) 634-7702
Authentic interior Mexican cuisine with fantastic classics like flautas, enchiladas, and a lot more.
- Hours: Open at 11am every day.
- Phone: (828) 349-4484
Mulligan’s Irish Pub & Grill
Local sports bar with well-prepared bar fare like burgers and chicken wings.
- Hours: 5pm-12am Tues-Fri, 12pm-12am Sat & Sun, closed Mondays.
- Phone: (828) 349-3183