Caroline's Oyster Bar

4.5
66 Reviews
$31 to $50
Oyster Bar
Caroline’s Oyster Bar is a fanciful take on a coastal seafood place, celebrating the charm and fresh flavors of North Carolina’s coastline. Specializing in locally-sourced oysters, working directly with local oyster farmers and fisheries. The scene is set by a centerpiece 360-degree bar, an 8-seat Carolina-style raw oyster bar and breezy outdoor patio.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 66 people are saying
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JessicaC
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food just average. Service was good and overall nice ambience. Loud traffic from street below was annoying at times.

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Shannon
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful, the drinks were unique and delicious and the food was wonderful

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KingPrawn
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overall a good experience - certainly good for a restaurant that newly opened up. They have got through the major hickups but still have a little way to go.
Our server was excellent and probably made the night for us. Food was good and on time. Oysters where particularly good but the winning dish of the night was the White Cheddar Cheese Grits - this is a must have!!!

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CimoneW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seafood was super fresh and delicious. Waiter was on point! Very nice scenery. Def will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

The food was delicious and the two roaming managers did a admirable job for trying to keep things going, but the main service staff was incredibly slow and inattentive (with no clear reason why). We finally gave up and ordered dessert to go just to be able to wrap up and leave.

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for visiting us at Caroline's, and we appreciate your honest feedback! We are glad you enjoyed our food, and also appreciate your patience with our pace of service on this busy Sunday night. We are working diligently to improve the flow of our guest experiences, and would love an opportunity to welcome you back and enjoy those desserts (in a timely manner) with our compliments. Please email me at scott.daniel@carolinesoysterbar if I can assist with a return visit!

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Quackster
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Had reservations, was initially seated on hard bench when there were 4+ booths open (hostess said all booths were all reserved for a big party?). Finally after some diners left in a booth next to us, about an hour after being seated, our waitress was able to swap us (yes, the booths were still empty). The little wooden seats behind the oyster bar are some of the worst seats I have ever seen in a restaurant! So uncomfortable!

Onto the food...Oysters were great but that's about it (had to ask for lemon which was weird). King Crab was way too salty, tuna tartar wasn't fresh at all, shrimp were OK. Took nearly an hour for the raw food to come out (crab/oysters). Drink choices very limited if you want something with bourbon/whiskey, there is just one. Tried to order a basic drink not on the menu was basically not allowed (why couldn't the server just ask the bartender for a sazerac?) - old fashioned was great though and I like the detail taken on the ice. They unfortunately no longer had preset seafood towers at different price points [just build your own at market price, who knows!] and the lobster roll was no longer on the menu, which I was eager to try.

Overall lacking for the price, not planning on returning.

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your detailed feedback from your recent visit to Caroline's! We hate that we missed the mark on some very simple steps of service, and are working hard to correct these issues that popped up on this busy weekend night. Also our apologies that we got ahead of ourselves by posting our menu additions on our website before going live with them. If we can entice you to return, please email me at scott.daniel@carolinesoysterbar so I can arrange a couple of complimentary Sazeracs for you!

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Jsee
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Took over 10 minutes to be greated by server despite not being very busy ans then nearly 10 more minutes to even get water. Server got multiple things wrong. Food was decent

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for visiting us at Caroline's, and we very much appreciate your honest feedback! We especially appreciate your patience with our team, as we are working diligently with them to improve both speed and accuracy of service. We hope you will return so we can show you our progress!

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Vittie
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The food was good. The seating was tight and the service was slow.

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for visiting us at Caroline's, and we truly appreciate your feedback! And thank you for your patience with our pace of service on this busy weekend night. We are working on our timing, and hope that you might return in the future for more great food and to see the difference in our service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The oysters were amazing. However the bar and kitchen didn’t have it together from a timing perspective. Drinks took forever to get and the oysters took a long time too. They are still working out some kinks! Be prepared to be patient.

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your feedback, and we appreciate your patience on your recent visit to Caroline's! We are diligently working to improve our timing on our busy weekend nights, and hope you will join us again soon to see the improvement!

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Oysters
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Food was ok, service was slow, outside seating was nice but it was noisy and hard to carry on a conversation with people at our table.

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for joining us at Caroline's, and we appreciate your feedback! We are working with our service team to improve our flow on busy weekend nights, and hope you will return to experience the difference!

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MichaelD
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service, what more can you ask for…citrus mai Thai was spectacular….

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for visiting us at Caroline's, and we truly appreciate the great review! We are glad you enjoyed our Mai Tai and hope you visit us again soon for more great food, cocktails and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Menu items were not available, drinks had to be sent back, shrimp and grits were salty and needed to be sent back ( I hate sending food back and generally never do it, these items definitely needed to be sent back)… meanwhile the Old fashion and the burnt ends were amazing!

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for visiting us at Caroline's, and we appreciate the feedback! We have been working to improve our food & beverage offerings, and hope that you might return to see the difference. And we are glad you enjoyed our Caroline's Signature Old Fashioned and Burnt Ends - two of our guests' favorites for sure!

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StephenP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience5

Ambience is wonderful. Unfortunately the food was horribly slow (30 mins for soup?!) and had very little flavor. The only saving grace was free cocktail coupons and amazing old fashioneds!

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded on October 11, 2021

Thank you for visiting us at Caroline's, and we appreciate your feedback! Thank you for bearing with us as we scrambled to produce extra New England Clam Chowder last night after a record day of sales. Please return soon for 2 complimentary bowls on the house! And we agree, our Caroline's Signature Old Fashioneds can't be beat!

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food and location.

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded on October 11, 2021

We appreciate the great review, and are glad you enjoyed your visit to Caroline's! We are excited to host you again soon!

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JonL
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We went on Panthers game day at 11am.
It wasn't full but it took a while to get us seated.

There were just two of us but there were no 2 top tables.
There were 3 & 4 top tables or we could sit at the bar.

We ended up on a 3 top right next to the bar which is OK.

We had the oysters, Shrimp & Grits and Fish & Chips.
It was all pretty good.
A little on the pricey side.

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for "tailgating" with us, and we appreciate your feedback! We hope to see you again for a Pre-Game on the Patio!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was incredible from the service to the food and the place looking forward to going back

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded on October 11, 2021

Thank you for the great review, and of course for visiting us at Caroline's! We hope to see you again soon for a weekday High Tide Happy Hour or for a Panthers' Pre-Game on our Patio!

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Kelly
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Our waitress was not very attentive and was hard to get her attention. Also not impressed with some of the entree options. There wasn’t much to pick from

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded on October 11, 2021

Thank you for your recent visit to Caroline's, and we truly appreciate your feedback and your patience with our service. We will be rolling out our second version of our menu soon, and hope you will return to try some of our new additions!

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blueisland
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great night. Service was a bit slow but that could be due to Covid and lack of staff. Caroline's Old Fashion is sooooo good.

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded on October 9, 2021

Thank you for your feedback from your recent visit to Caroline's! We appreciate your patience with your pace of service, and agree that our Old Fashioned is the best in the business! Next time try it with one of our 100 proof Bottled in Bond bourbons to take it up even ANOTHER notch. We are excited to welcome you back soon!

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vipMaryL
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sylvie was great and everything we ate was great!

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded on October 9, 2021

Thank you for visiting us at Caroline's, and we appreciate the great food and service review! We are glad you enjoyed Sylvia, and hope you will come back to see her again soon!

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GregC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

There were a LOT of people there because of the Rolling Stones concert that night in Charlotte (so it took a little time to get drinks) but overall, they did a good job and the food was very good.

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded on October 9, 2021

Thank you for making us part of your big night out, and we appreciate the great review! We were BUSY that night and appreciate your patience with our beverage service. We can't wait to welcome you back for more great seafood and cocktails!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was extremely nice and very attentive to accommodating food allergies. Everything was delicious.

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded on October 9, 2021

Thank you for the great review, and we appreciate the recognition for our food allergy protocols. We truly appreciate the trust our guests have with us when it comes to allergies and dietary needs. We can't wait to welcome you back!

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StephanieT
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Menu is limited from a true seafood perspective. The tuna tartare is paired with "Bo Rounds" terrible idea, fresh seafood and fried potatoes just doesn't make sense.

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded on October 9, 2021

Thank you for your feedback from your recent visit to Caroline's! We will be expanding our menu soon, and would love for you to return and enjoy our new additions!

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vipkristib
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Look forward to returning and trying more. Would be helpful if wait staff could answer recommendation questions regarding oysters and beers but overall a great first experience

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded on October 9, 2021

Thank you for visiting Caroline's, and we truly appreciate your feedback! Staff education is very important to us, and we will use this information to improve our operation. We can't wait for your second visit!

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vipanniek
Charlotte
17 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place did not disappoint with the second visit! The cocktails were delicious and the oysters were really fresh. Highly recommended the salmon dip for an appetizer. The wagyu steak frites was just okay, not what I expected with it being wagyu. The scallops did surprise me but for you to get all the flavors, you would have to have everything in one bite from the tomatoes and the bacon and scallops. I usually prefer the scallops a little more crispy when seared but maybe it was the sauce that affected that. Overall, I would definitely come back.

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded on October 9, 2021

Thank you for visiting us at Caroline's, and we appreciate the great review! We are relaying your feedback to our chefs, and will be sure to address your concerns. We would love to have you back soon!

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Stewartm4
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Location and atmosphere was great. Food portion small and food could be seasoned better. Overall a good time!

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded on October 9, 2021

Thank you for your feedback from your recent visit to Caroline's! We are working with the chefs to address your issues, and are glad you had a good time with us. We hope to see you back again soon!

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Blake
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was fantastic! Oysters were perfect. Great cocktails. GM went above and beyond to accommodate a specific bottle of wine we were looking for.

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded on October 9, 2021

Glad you were able to enjoy your moment of zin at Caroline's, and we appreciate the great review! Excited to see you back again on your next east coast swing!

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vipBaileyT
Charlotte
175 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere and great food! The fish and chips is probably one of the best I've ever had!

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded on October 9, 2021

We are glad you enjoyed your recent visit to Caroline's, and appreciate the great review! We agree that using fresh halibut makes ALL the difference with our Fish & Chips, and hope we will see you back soon for an afternoon High Tide Happy Hour or a Sunday Panthers' Game Day!

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itsDMG
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The host Silvia was great. Drinks were good. Good vibes.

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded on October 9, 2021

Thank you for visiting us at Caroline's, and we truly appreciate your feedback! Glad to hear you enjoyed our cocktails, and we agree that Sylvia always makes us look good. We hope to see you back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Love the venue - indoor/ outdoor is great

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded on September 24, 2021

Thank you for your recent visit to Caroline's, and we appreciate the great review! We hope you will return soon to enjoy our patio, as we have installed our heaters and are looking forward to featuring our indoor/outdoor seating all year long. We can't wait to have you back!

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RobD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great times and service

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded on September 24, 2021

Thank you for visiting us at Caroline's, and we are so glad you had a great time with us! We appreciate the great review and hope you will return soon for more of the great service you experienced on your first visit!

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Katie
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! So delicious. Amazing selection, good oysters, and a great ambiance and views.

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded on September 24, 2021

Thank you for visiting us at Caroline's, and we truly appreciate your feedback! We hope you will return soon to enjoy our coastal vibes!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great oysters, even better entrees and great views. Can't be beat!

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded on September 24, 2021

Thank you for joining us at Caroline's, and we appreciate the great review! We agree the views are amazing here, and are excited to welcome you back for our next Panthers' Game Day or after-work High Tide Happy Hour.

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Fair
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service!

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded on September 24, 2021

Thank you for your recent visit to Caroline's, and we are happy to hear you really enjoyed our team's service! Our staff truly have made us Charlotte's favorite oyster bar right out of the gate!

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vipphoebes
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely had a great time at Caroline's! Its a beautiful indoor/outdoor vibe and I would 100% recommend to anyone who loves seafood.

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded on September 24, 2021

Thank you for visiting Caroline's, and we are glad you had such a great time dining with us! We are excited to say we have installed our heaters and are looking forward to year-round dining on our spacious patio. We can't wait to have you back!

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vipStevenA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was good. Especially considering it was a Panther home game day. They were busy. The food was good. The only complaint would be the Pimento cheese hush puppies. They were cold inside. That was due to the size. They have only been open a month. They will get it fixed. We will be back.

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded on September 24, 2021

Thank you for visiting us at Caroline's, and we appreciate your feedback! We have absolutely fixed our Pimento Fritters, and invite you to return for your next Panthers' "tailgate" with us to check out the molten gooey goodness! Let's go Panthers!

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JasonA
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff make the place! Excellent service and the food is spot on awesome. I love that the outdoor patio is not only enormous, but is front and center as you enter. Definitely looking forward to a return trip!

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded on September 24, 2021

Thank you for your recent visit to Caroline's, and we appreciate the great review highlighting our team's service and cuisine! We are glad you enjoyed our patio, and agree it is THE spot to relax and enjoy our coastal vibes before and after a big game or for an after-work wind down. Hope to see you again soon!

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CandiceM
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food! Butter cake was delicious! Rooftop bar was awesome!

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded on September 24, 2021

Thank you for visiting us at Caroline's, and we love that you checked out our rooftop bar at Aura as well! We appreciate the great feedback on our food and service, and agree our Gooey Butter Cake is pretty unforgettable. We hope to see you back soon for a Panthers' Game Day or perhaps an after-work High Tide Happy Hour!

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vipBallweg313
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful girls night! Service was great and the food did not disappoint! Loved the crab hush puppies and seafood tower!

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded on September 23, 2021

We are so glad you enjoyed your girls' night at Caroline's, and appreciate the great review! Our crab hush puppies have been a huge hit, and our seafood plateau towers are quite the sight to behold! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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annew
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, food and service. They are firing on all cylinders! We had a table inside but would eat outside next tine as it’s covered and lovely! The bar is also spectacular! Make your own seafood platter is great and oysters super delicious!

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded on September 23, 2021

Thank you for visiting Caroline's, and we truly appreciate the great review and feedback! Come join us on the patio for our next Panthers' Game Day, or maybe for a weekday High Tide Happy Hour. And we agree, our beautiful bar has to be seen to be believed!

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KayG
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambiance, location, and service!! We’ll be back soon!!!

Caroline's Oyster Bar
Responded on September 23, 2021

Thanks for coming back so soon! Glad we lived up to your original experience, and we look forward to consistently providing you with great cuisine and service!

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Caroline's Oyster Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 66 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.