The Most Fun Restaurants in Charlotte

The OpenTable Team

Is Charlotte the most fun city in North Carolina? From life in the fast lane at the NASCAR Motor Speedway to thrills and spills at the National Whitewater Center, excitement and adventure are only ever a few minutes away in this vibrant city. But where are the most fun restaurants in Charlotte? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We’ve embraced Charlotte’s love of fun and discovered twenty restaurants that make dining a little bit more intriguing.

Restaurants:73 and Main, Peppervine, McNinch House
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:American, Continental
Neighborhoods:Concord, SouthPark, Uptown

73 and Main

$$$$·American·
Concord
1,281 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
North East of Charlotte lies Mount Pleasant, beautiful and rich in history and culture- including some amazing places to eat. 73 and Main combines both, serving up exquisite food iRead more
95% recommended
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Peppervine

$$$$·American·
SouthPark
778 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Before Peppervine opened it was one of the most hotly anticipated new restaurants in SouthPark. That anticipation was well rewarded. This super modern space serves up locally sourcRead more
95% recommended
Best Overall in Charlotte

McNinch House

$$$$·Continental·
Uptown
781 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
This beautiful restaurant is an absolute must for any history-loving foodies out there. The venue is a lovingly restored Queen Anne style house from 1892, the original home of CharRead more
93% recommended
Best Overall in Charlotte

The Melting Pot - Midtown NC

$$$$·Fondue·
Midtown
910 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Just across from Little Sugar Creek Greenway is a restaurant that’s as much an entertaining night out as a great place to eat. The Melting Pot’s name refers to the different types Read more
94% recommended
Best Food in Charlotte
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forchetta

$$$$·Italian·
Uptown
151 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Whether guests are heading uptown for a sporting event at the Spectrum Centre or to take in a festival at First Ward Park, forchetta is waiting to serve up a “New Dining ExperienceRead more
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Zen Fusion

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Dilworth
595 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Diners looking for fun restaurants in Charlotte need to check out this exciting fusion eatery in Dilworth. It’s possibly the only restaurant in the area serving both Asian and SpanRead more
97% recommended
Best Value in Charlotte

Bulla Gastrobar - Charlotte

$$$$·Spanish·
Charlotte
790 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Filled with Spanish inspiration, Bulla is the brainchild of experienced restaurateurs and a chef who has travelled all over the world but has firm Costa Rican roots. Widely recogniRead more
99% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Charlotte

The Cellar at Duckworth's

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
Uptown
1,076 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Special Occasion
A 2019 Diner’s Choice, The Cellar at Duckworth’s is the epitome of the American Gastropub. The “pub” part of that is an extensive list of specialty and rare beers, plus intriguing Read more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Charlotte

Nellie's Southern Kitchen

$$$$·Southern·
Belmont
944 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
  • Live Music
Nellie Jonas was the inspiration for the name of this comfort food spot. She was the proud matriarch of the family, an amazing hostess, and an amazing cook. The ethos of a warm welRead more
90% recommended
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Brazz Carvery & Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Uptown
973 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Right on The Green on South College Street, Brazz is a Brazilian style steakhouse offering rotisserie-cooked meats, carved right at the table. As well as a stunning range of meats Read more
84% recommended

Fin & Fino

$$$$·Seafood·
Uptown
850 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
When the night calls for a touch of class, what impresses more than oysters? Well, this restaurant serves 12 different types of the succulent shellfish. Add to that a range of otheRead more
94% recommended
Best Service in Charlotte

Ri Ra Irish Pub - Charlotte

$$$$·Irish·
Uptown
578 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
Rí Rá is a real Irish pub right in the heart of Charlotte’s Fourth Ward. The extensive beer menu starts, of course, with Guinness- but it certainly doesn’t end there. Belgian beersRead more
87% recommended
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Pisces Sushi Bar & Lounge

$$$$·Sushi·
Midtown
486 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Plenty of fun nights out start or end with some excellent sushi, and Pisces is right up there with the best. This multiple award-winning Charlotte sushi joint is always open ‘til lRead more
96% recommended

Fahrenheit - Charlotte

$$$$·American·
Uptown
3,813 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Fancy a restaurant with a view? Fahrenheit is right on top of the Skye Condos on South Caldwell Street. New American Cuisine is on offer here, plus crafty cocktails and local beer Read more
85% recommended
Late Night Find in Charlotte

Cantina 1511- Mooresville

$$$$·Mexican·
Mooresville
84 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
Head north out of Charlotte and discover Mooresville even more incredible and fun eateries. Cantina 1511 is one of those, promising and delivering some of the best Mexican food in Read more
93% recommended

Civetta Italian Kitchen + Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Ballantyne
329 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Neighborhood Gem
Located in StoneCrest at Piper Glen, Civetta is a cozy establishment offering Italian comfort food for both lunch and dinner. All the favorites are here but with wonderful twists; Read more
87% recommended
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Trio Restaurant - Charlotte

$$$$·American·
Charlotte
638 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
Making mealtimes fun is all about adding those little twists that keep diners coming back. Trio has perfected that art, with classics like French Toast getting a total makeover, anRead more
96% recommended
Good for Groups in Charlotte

Zeppelin

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Southend
245 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
One of the most fun restaurants in Charlotte gets that reputation from the intriguing menu- both for food and drinks. This includes dishes like honey butter scallops, Notorious P.IRead more
Late Night Find in Charlotte
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37sol Southwest Kitchen & Tequila Bar

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Charlotte
180 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
A streak of spicy Mexican flavor combines with Southern classics at this Outlets Boulevard eatery. 37Sol makes everything with pride from scratch, from Lola’s Steak Skewers to the Read more
90% recommended

Sensi

$$$$·Italian·
Charlotte
136 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
Italian food lovers shouldn’t ever visit Charlotte without a trip to Sensi. The team crafts everything with the freshest ingredients, locally sourced and treated with the utmost reRead more
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