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The Best Restaurants in Charlotte, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

Southern culinary traditions, the iconic dishes of Low County cuisine and an incredible bounty of local foods from land and sea define the delightful cuisine of Charlotte, North Carolina. With the sweetest, plumpest shrimp and creamiest grits, and then iconic Carolina-style barbecue available in many eateries, Charlotte is a mouth-watering destination for foodies. Add to these traditions the diverse global influences of the city's ever-growing community and the creativity of world-class chefs drawn to Charlotte, and the result is a dining scene to rival the best in the world. But what do the smartest, savviest foodies consider the best restaurants in Charlotte? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We pulled data covering thousands of restaurants to discover the best of them all. Locals and visitors alike who are looking for their next amazing meal in the Queen City should definitely check them out - a wonderful culinary adventure awaits.

Restaurants:Flour Shop, Zeppelin, Fin & Fino
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:American, Farm-to-table, Seafood
Neighborhoods:Myers Park, Southend, Uptown
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Flour Shop

$$$$·American·
Myers Park
132 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Flour Shop, open for dinner only, Mondays through Saturdays, is one of the best restaurants in Charlotte for farm-to-table cuisine. The restaurant’s open kitchen with its crank griRead more
92% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Charlotte

Zeppelin

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Southend
170 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Fun
  • Creative Cuisine
The hip South End eatery Zeppelin takes inspiration for its design and cuisine from Charlotte’s heritage, particularly Thomas Edison’s time in the Queen City. A cocktail named for Read more
91% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in Charlotte
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Fin & Fino

$$$$·Seafood·
Uptown
596 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
With a coastal, seafaring theme for its décor, ambiance and seafood-centric menus, Fin and Fino is a delightful spot in Uptown. The restaurant offers lunch, dinner and happy hour MRead more
94% recommended

La Belle Helene

$$$$·French·
Charlotte
856 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
La Belle Helene brings the dining experience and fine cuisine of a classic French brasserie to Charlotte. The restaurant worked with a renowned Parisian restaurant design team in cRead more
93% recommended
Best Ambiance in Charlotte

Angeline's

$$$$·Italian·
Uptown
500 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
Angeline’s, a Northern Italian restaurant inside the Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel, specializes in wood-fired pizza and house-made pastas prepared with the finest seasonal, southern ingRead more
93% recommended

Peppervine

$$$$·American·
SouthPark
395 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Peppervine in SouthPark specializes in creative, ingredient-driven small plates designed for sharing. It also offers a handful of full entrees. All are inspired by the highest-qualRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Charlotte

Dogwood: A Southern Table

$$$$·Southern·
SouthPark
1,292 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
Dogwood Southern Table and Bar stands out among the best restaurants in Charlotte with its regionally inspired contemporary cuisine. Dogwood’s owners have forged close working relaRead more
97% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Charlotte

Haymaker

$$$$·American·
Uptown
537 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Haymaker, a farm-to-table eatery in Uptown, takes great pride in using sustainable meats and seafood along with heirloom vegetables and fruits, all sourced from the Piedmont and ApRead more
88% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Charlotte
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Primo Prime

$$$$·Italian·
Myers Park
146 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Since it was established in 1993, Primo Prime has earned a reputation as one of the best restaurants in Charlotte for Italian fine dining. The elegant yet casual eatery in Myers PaRead more
95% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Charlotte

Customshop

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Elizabeth
926 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
Inside a 120-year-old building in the heart of Charlotte is Customshop, a modern trattoria specializing in new American cuisine with French, Italian and Spanish influences. Chef-owRead more
88% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Charlotte

Oak Steakhouse - Charlotte

$$$$·Steakhouse·
SouthPark
869 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
The upscale Oak Steakhouse in Charlotte, modeled after the original in Charleston, presents a classic steakhouse experience elevated by a striking venue with midcentury modern decoRead more
92% recommended
Steakhouse in Charlotte

Bonterra

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Dilworth
1,637 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Bonterra Dining and Wine Room boasts a unique venue inside a late-1800s church, the earliest permanent place of worship in the region. Since taking over the property in 1999, BonteRead more
98% recommended
Notable Wine List in Charlotte

Upstream - Charlotte

$$$$·Seafood·
North Carolina
2,226 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Upstream, a sophisticated special-occasion spot in SouthPark’s Phillips Place complex, has perfected its formula of impeccable-quality seafood plus Pacific Rim flavors for over 20 Read more
81% recommended

Bulla Gastrobar - Charlotte

$$$$·Spanish·
Charlotte
505 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Bulla Gastrobar in SouthPark is the seventh in a popular chain of restaurants and one of the best restaurants in Charlotte for authentic Spanish tapas and other small plates. It’s Read more
96% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Charlotte

Baku

$$$$·Japanese·
SouthPark
1,031 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Creative Cuisine
Robata and yakitori is the signature of Baku, the first restaurant to bring those captivating Japanese grilling styles to Charlotte. The restaurant is sleek and adorned with strikiRead more
95% recommended

Copper

$$$$·Indian·
Dilworth
1,415 reviews
  • Spicy
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
For locals who love Indian food, Copper is certainly among the best restaurants in Charlotte. Before it impresses with its modern Indian cuisine, Copper makes a glorious first imprRead more
95% recommended

WP Kitchen + Bar - Charlotte

$$$$·Contemporary American·
North Carolina
441 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Special Occasion
WP Kitchen + Bar, located at Phillips Place, is one of the newer concepts of Wolfgang Puck’s culinary empire. It’s a sophisticated yet casual spot with a dog-friendly patio and rusRead more
97% recommended
Contemporary American in Exclusive

O-Ku - Charlotte

$$$$·Sushi·
Southend
823 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
Authentic Japanese cuisine of the highest quality is the signature of O-Ku, a trendy, industrial-chic spot in South End. Replicating the concept started at sister restaurants in ChRead more
95% recommended
Best Overall in Charlotte

Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers

$$$$·American·
Elizabeth
1,963 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
Carpe Diem Restaurant and Caterers gained a reputation as one of the best restaurants in Charlotte with its top-quality new American fare and elegant venue ideal for romantic dinneRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Charlotte

Aix en Provence - Permanently Closed

$$$$·French·
Myers Park
788 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
The Eastover bistro Aix en Provence, a pleasant and inviting space with a front patio, specializes in Provencal and Mediterranean cuisine. Chalkboard specials, crisp white tablecloRead more
95% recommended
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