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 our Tastemaker List. 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, Fin & Fino, Angeline's
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Seafood, Italian
Neighborhoods:Myers Park, Uptown

Flour Shop

$$$$·American·
Myers Park
444 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date

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 gri...

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92% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Charlotte
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Fin & Fino

$$$$·Seafood·
Uptown
1,135 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

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 M...

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99% recommended

Angeline's

$$$$·Italian·
Uptown
761 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

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 ing...

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82% recommended
Italian in Charlotte

Peppervine

$$$$·American·
SouthPark
1,066 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List

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-qual...

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99% recommended
Best Overall in Charlotte
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Dogwood: A Southern Table

$$$$·Southern·
SouthPark
1,676 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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 rela...

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90% recommended
Healthy in Charlotte
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Haymaker

$$$$·American·
Uptown
983 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies

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 Ap...

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Great for Brunch in Charlotte

Primo Prime

$$$$·Italian·
Myers Park
288 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Notable Wine List

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 Pa...

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95% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Charlotte

Customshop

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Elizabeth
1,120 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Neighborhood Gem

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-ow...

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97% recommended
Best Overall in Charlotte

Oak Steakhouse - Charlotte

$$$$·Steakhouse·
SouthPark
1,264 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Notable Wine List

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 deco...

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87% recommended

Bonterra

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Dilworth
1,985 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

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, Bonte...

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86% recommended
Notable Wine List in Charlotte

Bulla Gastrobar - Charlotte

$$$$·Spanish·
Charlotte
1,204 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Tapas
  • 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 ...

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95% recommended
Most Booked in Charlotte

Baku

$$$$·Japanese·
SouthPark
1,278 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

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 striki...

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90% recommended

Copper

$$$$·Indian·
Dilworth
1,639 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good Vegetarian Options

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 impr...

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97% recommended
Healthy in Charlotte

O-Ku - Charlotte

$$$$·Sushi·
Southend
1,268 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 Ch...

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98% recommended
Best Overall in Charlotte
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