The King's Kitchen

The King's Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.kingskitchen.org/
  • Phone: 7043751990
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Jesse Spann
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Church
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available in metered spaces on Church St (North of Trade St) and on Trade St (West of Church St).
A word from The King's Kitchen
The King's Kitchen is a not for profit restaurant that fuels economic vitality, growth in Charlotte's Center City and the greater metropolitan area creating jobs and supporting community development. First, the restaurant will employ a segment of our community that is considered unemployable, from people who have come out of prison and rehab, to youths that are at high risk from dropping out of school. Once employed, they will receive training to run a full service restaurant from the front of the house to the back. They will also receive leadership and spiritual training as well in order to gain the life skills that are necessary to be successful in today's job market. Secondly, the profits from The King's Kitchen will provide funds and/or foods for established feeding centers in the community to provide meals for those in need. Designed to operate profitably, all profits will be used to help feed the hungry here in Charlotte, surrounding areas and in other parts of the world.
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The King's Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (36)good for groups (28)fit for foodies (27)great for outdoor dining (24)great for lunch (17)special occasion (12)hot spot (9)great for brunch (8)kid-friendly (7)scenic view (6)late-night find (6)romantic (5)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • Good food for a good cause
    WarEagle
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Love supporting this restaurant for the way it gives back to the community
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 3crazygirls
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Fantastic service,great food and drink , will come back and try all entrées
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Southern Meal
    beesfaves
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    King's Kitchen is an immediate neighborhood favorite. The staff is energetic and fun. The pan seared chicken is fabulous.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    New Southern was a description that I had read and that fits. We had a few picky eaters and they found things to their liking. Those of us who like to try local food, try new things, and support local growers and business had too many great choices. Besides excellent food and service the restaurant has an amazing humanitarian mission.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected great, and it was better
    drummer24
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This dinner experience was anticipated because of the southern style of cooking. The menu is interesting, but what you do not know is how well each dish is prepared. Fantastic combination of flavors, and every selection is excellent. From appetizers, to desserts to entrees, all very good. Wonderful wait staff, enjoyed the environment albeit a little noisy. If you are in town for a conference or visit, a must stop. For those looking for something a little different at reasonable prices, here is your place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just an Uptown Gem
    beef
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I love King's Kitchen. The missing is great, but honestly the food is just amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I had a reservation for 8 for lunch, but 3 additional people showed up that had not RSVP'ed. The staff accomodated the extra 3 people with no fuss. Our orders were taken and, to my amazement - all 11 lunches showed up at the table at the same time. That is no small accomplishment! Our server was very attentive and professional. We had a great team lunch! And the oven-roasted beets were incredible!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pre-theater meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Our meal was very good; Shrimp and grits, Fried chicken, and sides. The server was pleasant and prompt; as we had theater tickets. The only downside was a large, noisy party next to us that would not quiet down even after the manager asked them to do so. I love the idea of the proceeds going to feed the homeless.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DanD
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed a pleasant meal at King's, our first time there. The atmosphere wass informal and relaxed. The staff was friendly and attentive. The quality of the food was also very good. We wanted a light meal, so we each had a salad (the greens and the kale). Both were fresh and satisfying. For our entree, we shared the shrimp and grits, very distinctive and among the best we've ever had. I enjoyed the flight of three beers, 15 ounces for a reasonable $7. For dessert we shared the Butter Bourbon Pudding, which was on the heavy side, so we were glad to have ordered just one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back Again
    Johnnysgoodfind2
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We enjoyed our first visit so much we were looking forward to returning. Not disappointed at all. The food is well prepared and full of flavor. The service is outstanding with the wait staff knowledgeable, friendly and very obliging. We also like the concept of not for profit and giving back to the community and it's citizens. We will return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fit for a King
    BubbaJean
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    On our first night in Charlotte, my husband and another couple enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Kings. We loved the down home menu and the location was great. The philosophy behind the way the restaurant supports its community should be an inspiration and model to duplicate everywhere. Awesome!! We would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal!
    AshevilleFoodlover
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We had a wonderful experience!!! Great fried chicken and wonderful service. Only complaint was that the dessert selection was somewhat limited. But would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Way overpriced
    SweetT
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My wife and I went to this restaurant for dinner due to it's high rating on Trip Advisor. Service: our server was adequate but not attentive. She showed no excitement for the restaurant's offerings and had very little knowledge about the wine or beer list. We were served was served promptly, but without much personality. Food: The food was very well prepared. However my $26 entree was way too small. My wife's was small also. In a nutshell, our $92 dinner (with tip) should have been more in $70 range. This price point would have reflected the value we received.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A pleasant Surprize
    PreibmeisterVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I did not know anything about this restaurant. I was staying at a local hotel and wanted to grab a quick dinner. Food was very, very good. prices good. I would recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a Find
    Johnnysgoodfind2
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    First time at King's Kitchen and will definitely return. We looked at the menu before making our reservation and thought that several of the dishes looked interesting but we were certainly not expecting the explosion of flavors that arrived with every dish. I know that being a Noble's restaurant, that the food would be good but this was better than I had ever enjoyed at the other stores. As I said, we will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pros and Cons
    ChrisDanG
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The food is outstanding but pricey. Any changes to what is listed comes with an additional charge. Fun to try though and make your own decision!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tsandyVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Another of Jim Noble's gems. Most importantly beyond the great food the staff are being given a chance to make a difference and have a food industry career that many otherwise would not have had. Thanks Jim.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food with purpose
    Lisa
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was wonderful. We love how Jim Noble gives back to the community thru King's Kitchen. We will be back and would recommend others give it a try
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good.
    Lotty
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Just a quick review... We loved the kindness and professionalism. We loved the sincerity. Atmosphere was very nice. Dress up, dress down or somewhere in the middle. The food was very good. Not excellent but very good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Manager!!
    Punwilliams
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The great service given by the manager Steve saved this so-so experience!! The cold food and slow service were enough to keep me from returning, but the effort given by Steve to compensate for the lack of quality won me over. I will return, only in part to the service and belief that this guy will be making improvements. I appreciated his attitude and work ethic to make this experience better than it would have been without his intervention.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food for a good cause
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I always enjoy dining here knowing what the restaurant supports.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food for a great cause
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We enjoyed the wonderful food and are happy to support the cause. We will be visiting again next week.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    Impressed
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I had heard about the Kings Kitchen and have been wanting to try it out for quite some time. Finally the opportunity presented itself. I was truly impressed with the service and friendly wait staff and management. We never wanted for attention. My group felt well cared for and really enjoyed everything from appetizers to the entrée to dessert and the wine. I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner to Talk About
    MikeP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    While not an extensive menu, there was more than enough to choose from and the food was outstanding. As first time diners we were all very impressed with the quality of food. Many thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We will be leaving Charlotte soon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our daughter will be moving yo NYC soon, and we will not be in Charlottee very often. We will miss our special dinners at Kings Kitchen the most.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • donu
    DonaUVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great food, service...would go back everytime in charlotte
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glenda P
    worthwaiting
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This was my first visit to King's Kitchen. I really did not know what to expect. The food was far better than I could have imagined. There were 8 plus a toddler in our group. We all were more than pleased with the presentation and taste of our food. My only hesitation in giving a perfect score comes from the slower than hoped for service. We were a large group and it was a Friday night. However, we were there at 6:00, what I thought would be ahead of the rush. My daughter has eaten there several times before and said she has never had slow service before, so I'll chaulk it up to a busier than expected night. I will absolutely go again and will highly recommend others to do so. The food was worth the wait!!!
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  • Good in all ways
    greelex0514
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The food was fresh, delicious and served hot. Wait staff was personable and anticipated our needs. Prices were excellent. The fact that profits are plowed back into serving economically challenged Charlotteans made the food taste even better. Every city should have restaurants like this.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Divine
    Believer
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    When you go out to eat, it can be s selfish experience. When you give to someone...selfless. When you combine the two, with heavenly tasting cuisine; its like three entities in one, and its divine at Kings Kitchen
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Needs Service attention
    Firsttimediners
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    First time there to entertain out of town clients. Great appreciation for the purpose of the restaurant and understand that many servers/chefs are in training. However, quite a disconnect timing of the food. Even with a reservation, it took quite a while for our order to be taken. We opted not to even let the waiter open the second bottle since we were finished with the meal. Our waiter was truly trying but seemed lost and could use some guidance with timing the meal. Kitchen out of several dishes; up-charged us on the side items, embarrassing us and the waiter who had to tell us in front of our guest about the up-charges. With such a great restaurant and superb location, there are rough edges and the bar could do with some ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    FromCharlotte
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    It was a busy night and hard to get reservations elsewhere yet they still made room and gave us the private table that sat all 8 of us comfortably. The food was very good as was the service. I plan to come back to try some of the other menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Gem
    FortMillFood
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My wife and I went for our Anniversary. The food was great. The staff was fast and efficient. The atmosphere and view on downtown Charlotte was the best. While there were several events going on and the restaurant was busy we member lacked for anything and when we got our food, it was amazing. I will be back. Overall a great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Deserving and Delicious
    HJVino
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The King's Kitchen is deserving of everyone's business. Aside from serving delicious Southern cooking, their mission helps those in need. The service is always wonderful and we have never had to wait to be seated. My favorite is the fried chicken, buttered beans, mashed potatoes and gravy and the creamed corn with corn bread on the side.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 51 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 518 reviews are from the The King's Kitchen reviews archive.
  • Very Enjoyable
    Foodieboo7
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    It was relaxed and enjoyable. Great southern food and a great work concept!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Patsy
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    King's Kitchen provides a very pleasant dining experience along with delicious food. Plus, I like the mission of supporting local farms and providing jobs to those re-entering the marketplace.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Jane
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Fried chicken and pot roast are both highly recommended. The butter bourbon pudding was delicious as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Southern charm
    libbylou
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Have not eaten "southern" cuisine out before... and it was delicious. Had the shrimp and grits, and my friend had the pot roast. Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great food and service. Sorry to see you had a B sanitary rating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Retired1949
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This restaurant has changed dramatically since we were last there. The vegetables were not good, the portions were very small and the desserts were not appealing as they had been in the past. We were very disappointed and will not return---very pricey considering the selection, quality, and portion size. The restaurant was so noisy we could not carry on a conversation at our table without shouting. Also, if the lights were dimmed, it would greatly improve the ambience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Uptown-Dinner Before Play
    Lemonzest
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    King's Kitchen was perfect for dinner before an uptown play performance! Reservations made it a quick seating. Menu was varied and we enjoyed the emphasis on local. Ravs from our party of four for for seafood, pork roast, and veggies. Wait staff attentive of wine selections....and especially helpful to our time schedule. KK remains a favorite!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic