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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Charlotte

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Charlotte? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of RH Rooftop Restaurant Charlotte restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4126)
$31 to $50
American
SouthPark
About the restaurant
The RH Rooftop Restaurant resides on the third floor of RH Charlotte, a 50,000-square-foot design gallery that blurs the lines between residential and retail, indoors and outdoors, home and hospitality. We invite you to enjoy our menu of timeless classics for brunch and dinner, and a selection of wines from esteemed vintners in the United States and Europe.

For group dining inquiries, please email: charlottehospitality@rh.com

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent food and service from beginning to end!
A photo of Giovanna restaurant
4.8
4.8 (13)
$31 to $50
Italian
South Charlotte
About the restaurant
Giovanna is the second restaurant created by Chef and Owner Richard Cranmer. Sister restaurant Zinicola, located in Ballantyne, has been a success in bringing authentic Italian food to the area, and Chef Richard hopes to bring that to the Lower Southend (LoSo) area. Giovanna is inspired by Chef Richard’s family, especially his mother and Nonna. He brings authentic Italian cuisine to life with a modern twist on classic recipes. We specialize in house made Italian cuisine from pastas, pizzas, and desserts! Our goal here at Giovanna is to provide delicious food and excellent service to our guests!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Had a fantastic time! Quinton ,our server, was delightful!
A photo of Afternoon Tea at Ballantyne restaurant
4.8
4.8 (25)
$50 and over
Afternoon Tea
Ballantyne
About the restaurant
Experience The Ballantyne’s take on classic teas offered in England’s finest tea houses with a Southern flair. Enjoy a variety of tea blends from Rare Tea Company, the official tea of the Royal Family.

Tea is served each Saturday and Sunday from 1:00-4:00pm. The cost is $49 for adults or $64 including a glass of champagne and $29 for children, ages 12 and under. (plus tax and gratuity).
Credit Card Number needed to book a reservation. There is a 48-hour cancellation penalty. Any No-Shows will be charged $50 each.

Join us for our special theme teas:

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Perfect afternoon experience for my 5 yr old granddaughter and me! She loves getting “fancy” and we had a lovely table with elegant seating. The staff was kind, helpful and made it easy for a child (“special” tea, pb&j alternative sandwich etc.) We had a memorable experience in every way. No complaints at all.
A photo of McNinch House restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1068)
$50 and over
Continental
Uptown
About the restaurant
The McNinch House Restaurant is a captivating gem nestled in Charlotte's Historic Fourth Ward, situated Uptown. Set within a meticulously restored Queen Anne-style home dating back to 1892, this establishment offers a blend of exquisite cuisine and Victorian charm. Each room, from the cozy Library to the airy front porch with sweeping city views, exudes its own unique allure. Embark on a culinary journey featuring meticulously crafted courses made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Enhancing the experience is an extensive, multi-award-winning wine list and the option for wine pairings that perfectly complement each course. McNinch House is more than just a restaurant; it's a historic culinary haven celebrated for its refined ambiance, impeccable cuisine, and timeless elegance. Immerse yourself in this unparalleled dining destination and savor the essence of Charlotte's vibrant culinary scene at its finest.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
Historic place with a nostalgic enrivonment. Good food and really tasty. A little bit too long the service but it is worthy the waiting time.
A photo of O-Ku - Charlotte restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2273)
$30 and under
Japanese
Southend
About the restaurant
O-Ku's menu provides a fresh and innovative take on traditional Japanese sushi and cuisine. The South End restaurant offers rare and unique dining options along with traditional sashimi and specialty rolls, highlighting seafood from the finest fish markets in Tokyo and Hawaii alongside local and seasonal ingredients. Reminiscent of traditional Japanese culture, O-Ku's menu is comprised of signature starters, contemporary Japanese entrees and seasonal traditional sushi that reflect the uniquely designed space.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Incredible experience all around. The service and vibe were that of very high end restaurants but the prices were very reasonable. We had multiple small plates and rolls and ate every last bit. The manager also went above and beyond to make this birthday celebration special. Absolutely will be returning for casual dining and special occasions.
A photo of Steak 48 - Charlotte restaurant
4.9
4.9 (6862)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
SouthPark
About the restaurant
At Steak 48, we serve the finest steaks and high-quality seafood in an intimate and vibrant setting. Our diverse menu will satisfy any personal craving, as we serve the best USDA prime steaks, succulent seafood, and shellfish along with inventive and classically inspired side dishes and appetizers. Also enjoy classic cocktails and an extensive award-winning wine list.

At Steak 48, we encourage all of our guests to get dressed up for a great experience. In order to maintain an enjoyable environment for all guests, athletic wear, excessively revealing clothing, exposed undergarments will not be permitted. We prefer no printed t-shirts, hats or visors and always appreciate collared shirts or sports coats. Please dress as your elegant selves. You are going to have a great time!

Top review
CammyHvip
Dined 2 days ago
Steak 48 is truly an experience that serves excellent food and impeccable service. The only thing that went wrong was that I made a reservation for the bar and our seats at the bar were taken by a first come first serve person. We were seated at a high top in the worst location.
A photo of MICO at Grand Bohemian Hotel Charlotte restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1078)
$31 to $50
South American
Uptown
About the restaurant
At MICO, globally inspired flavors and seasonal fare are rooted in Argentinian tradition. The menu is an exciting culinary tour across cultures and customs, offering a world-class uptown dining experience.

Elegant, stylish and sophisticated interiors invite our guests to experience a journey to Argentina through bohemian design, unique flavors and curated music. As we desire to maintain an elevated experience for all of our guests, we encourage smart casual clothing and do not allow baseball caps in any outlet of our hotel after 5PM.

Diners can utilize the hotel's valet parking service. Parking with validation will incur a cost of $14/vehicle.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
It was excellent. Service was great. Food was good.
A photo of Bentley's restaurant
5.0
5 (847)
$31 to $50
French American
SouthPark
About the restaurant
American-French establishment offering high-end cuisine in an upscale atmosphere located in South Park.
Top review
AdrianF
Dined on Jul 16, 2024
Food was excellent. Our waiter Taylor was very knowledgeable about the food and menu items, very personable and friendly. My favorite was the caviar sampler absolutely delicious.
A photo of Sixty Vines - Charlotte Southend restaurant
4.8
4.8 (570)
$30 and under
Wine Bar
Southend
About the restaurant
Often referred to as “the wine lover's restaurant,” Sixty Vines delivers simple, yet flavorful cuisine paired perfectly with 60 wines on its sustainable tap system. Every plate and pour is designed to inspire adventure and discovery of wine culture reimagined. Guests are encouraged to experience abundance over shared plates, enjoy wine “pinkies down” and to visit for brunch, lunch and dinner. Signature menu items include charcuterie boards, seasonal proteins, wood fired pizzas and innovative pasta dishes all inspired by ingredients found in wine country.
Top review
PamG
Dined 2 days ago
Waitstaff is very knowledgeable and friendly! Beautiful decor inside and out.
A photo of The Melting Pot - Charlotte - Lake Norman restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1255)
$31 to $50
Fondue
Huntersville
About the restaurant
The Melting Pot is Huntersville’s fine-dining destination, with mouthwatering offerings for people with all tastes. One bite is all takes to make a fondue believer out of you. Whether you’re arrived for drinks, cheese, and chocolate, or you want to experience the full 4-Course Experience, you’ll leave a fan of our gourmet fondue. When you’re in the mood for something different and special, fondue is the perfect choice. Our friendly servers blend artisan cheeses tableside before delivering freshly made salads with signature dressings. Choose your own custom entrée and cooking style, but make sure to save room for dessert. Everyone loves chocolate, and we deliver the most indulgent chocolate experience you’ll ever have! You’ll find our fondue restaurant right off Highway 77 in the Lake Norman area near Charlotte. We’re just a few miles from Charlotte Motor Speedway in the heart of NASCAR Country.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Another lovely evening! Delicious food with kind and attentive waitstaff. Meghan was wonderful!
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