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Chowhounds Unite! Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Highlands, NC

When you are looking for a place to stay for your next vacation near pet-friendly restaurants in Highlands, NC, The Park on Main® is the place to go. Highlands has numerous pet-friendly restaurants, including Wolfgang's Restaurant and Wine Bistro, Wild Thyme Gourmet and Lakeside Restaurant to name a few.

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Wolfgang's Restaurant and Wine Bistro

Wolfgang's Restaurant and Wine Bistro serves up American cuisine with a cajun/creole twist and is a quick 4-minute walk from The Park on Main. Choose from menu options like starters, soups, salads, poultry, seafood, steak, schnitzel, and more.

Your pet is welcome to join you at one of their pet-friendly outdoor tables (outdoor seating opens late spring/early summer) while you enjoy an appetizer of Hand Breaded Fried Brie with a cranberry walnut compote, a lemon dijon vinaigrette, and crostini. Later, try the Venison au Poivre - venison tenderloin wrapped in applewood smoked bacon with montrachet rosti potato and lingonberry demi glace.

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Wild Thyme Café

The Wild Thyme Café specializes in American cuisine, soup and vegetarian dishes. The space available for outdoor seating provides plenty of room for pets and patrons to move around easily. Many people love eating at Wild Thyme Café because of their friendly service and fresh dishes. Wild Thyme Café is around the corner from The Park On Main®.

The delicious food and the value offered are the most notable qualities visitors typically notice at this restaurant. The scenic views of the mountainside and creative dishes provided at the restaurant keep many pet owners coming back.

Shrimp and Grits

Lakeside Restaurant

Lakeside Restaurant in Highlands, NC serves up a variety of menu options including appetizers, soups, salads, pork, seafood, poultry, beef, pasta, and more. Your loyal four-legged companion is welcome to join you at one of their five pet-friendly outdoor tables while you enjoy your meal.

Start with a crisp glass of wine and an order of Cornmeal Dusted Fried Oysters with chipotle remoulade, crispy bacon, and garden greens. Later, tuck into the Shrimp and Grits with jalapeno cheddar grits, chorizo, mushrooms, tomatoes, bacon, and herb blanc de blanc. 

Prime Rib

Meritage Bistro

Meritage Bistro serves up European cuisine. Choose from lunch and dinner menu options like small plates, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, seafood, beef, poultry, and more. Your pet is welcome to join you at one of their pet-friendly outdoor tables while you enjoy your meal.

Stop in for lunch and start with an appetizer of Crispy Brussels Sprouts glazed with harissa spice and Blackstrap molasses, and topped with toasted sesame seeds. Next, sink your teeth into the unique Duck Burger - two Maple Leaf Farms duck confit patties topped with goat cheese, dijon mustard demi-glace, arugula, tomato, and a housemade tomato jam on toasted brioche.

Even with several dogs, stop by one of these fine restaurants located within walking distance of The Park on Main. They all provide plenty of room outside to sit. Eating out on the restaurant patio with your pet may become one of your favorite activities in Highlands.

Local Restaurants in Highlands, NC

While The Park on Main® provides a continental buffet breakfast to guests, lunch and dinner in Highlands and the surrounding areas are sure to amaze. The coveted “Wine Spectator Award of Excellence Restaurants” has been awarded to five Highlands restaurants.

Check out these restaurants in Highlands, NC to discover some excellent culinary and visual delights!

Burger And Beer

4th Street Market

Take your meal to go or dine in. Serves burgers, soup, & salads.

4118 Kitchen + Bar

Enjoy New American Cuisine at this bar and grill, a hidden gem in Highlands.

Asia House

This Asian fusion eatery offers authentic Japanese and Thai dishes.

Appalachian Harvest

Pick up some homemade goodies and preserved treats to bring home.

Dining Eggs Benedict

Blue Bike Café

Enjoy brunch downtown with a cup of locally brewed coffee.

Bryson’s Food Store

A fine selection of gourmet goods and wine.

Calders Coffee Cafe

Sip coffee, tea, or wine with accompanying light bites. 

Farm Fresh Vegetables

Dusty’s Rhodes Superette

A family-run grocer and butcher with a focus on quality local products.

El Manzanillo

Authentic Mexican cuisine with friendly service.

Fresser’s Courtyard Café & Catering

A small take-out cafe with patio tables and fresh healthy food.

Highlands' Burritos

Create your own burritos with a variety of options.

Dining Steak

Highlands Smokehouse

Slow-cooked meals in a 15-foot pit smoker. 

Kilwin’s Chocolate and Ice Cream 

Old fashioned chocolates, confectionary, and ice cream. 


Healthy lunches to-go comprised of delicious sandwiches and flavorful salads.

Madison’s Restaurant & Wine Garden

Southern-inspired fine dining in a rustic venue. 

Dining Veal

Midpoint Highlands

Roof-top dining at this gastropub with a farm-to-table menu.

Mountain Fresh Grocery

An upscale grocery and grill with impeccable pizza.

On the Verandah

A romantic restaurant in Highlands, NC with American fusion and lakefront views.


Pizza Place of Highlands

Fresh pizza and pasta for the last 30 years.

Ristorante Paoletti

Refined Italian dining in a European-style restaurant.

Rosewood Market

Enjoy gourmet take-out and catering made fresh for your next private party!


Pick up a classic foot-longs sandwich and a soup to go with it!

Ice cream


Pair your sandwiches with ice cream for dessert!

The Kitchen of Highlands

Choose high-quality catering or made-from-scratch meals carried out.

The Ugly Dog Public House

This classic tavern serves gourmet pub food and live music on select evenings!

Tug’s Proper

The perfect balance of gourmet casual and fine dining.

Whole Life Market

Shop for natural and organic products or take a smoothie to go.

Book one of our luxury accommodations and discover all of the delicious restaurants in Highlands, NC during your stay at The Park on Main!