Chefs Kitchen

4.1
90 Reviews
$30 and under
American

If you are looking for the finest food in the Carolina's, look no further than Chef’s Kitchen!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Sun 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Wed 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Thu - Sat 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 8:00PM

What 90 people are saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.1
service
3.7
ambience
3.9
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservation at 8:30 walked right in and were seated. Order taken right away and the food was excellent

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vipBigHarp
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We wanted to try something different than the usual places in the Charlotte area and came across Chef's Kitchen. It DID NOT disappoint! We had a group of six with everyone ordering a different dish. Everyone agreed that their food was excellent - from the Ribeye to several seafood dishes. We will definitely plan a return visit soon!

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JaniceA
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the crab cakes excellent! Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

had the seafood mac this time—very good—very filling!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my 3rd time dining here and every time everything improves. Kiara was our waitress and she was very attentive. The food is amazing and quality is consistently high from one meal to the next.

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4chicksandababe
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I really want to like this place. My first time in was pretty good but tonight was not so much. It was over an hour before we got our food. My brother in law got the ribs and green beans and he said it was the worst he ever had. I got the Chicken Marsala and it was good as well as the mashed potatoes. The green beans had zero seasoning on them. They were the saddest looking things.

Not sure we will be back for awhile. I hope they can get it together.

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RosalynN
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience.

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HildaW
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have eaten here several times and I can’t say enough about the food. My husband wants to try new things, but loves the Salmon New Orleans so much that he won’t get anything new. I’ve tried several dishes and enjoyed them all! The service has gotten better (I know it’s difficult finding help right now), so I commend them for trying to get some help that will continue with them as they grow.

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vipFluffy
Miami
27 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service and food!

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RosalynN
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Very cool vibe and excellent food.

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vipHelenH
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The seafood and side dishes are first rate-- some of the best we have had lately.
Their recent addition to the menu was Sea Bass which we verified was Mediterranean
Bass, not Chilean Bass (which actually is tilefish) prepared to perfection. The bottles of wine are fairly priced even if not a huge selection. Service is attentive, but important to know that every dish is being made to order, so it takes a bit of time to get your food.
Our advice is to settle in with cocktails or a bottle of wine and it will be worth the wait.
This is an undiscovered neighborhood gem!

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joehawk
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated right away and serviced very quickly. The food was excellent -although a little pricey. The background music was classic soul music (Soul town- Satellite) which is perfect for me. All the tables are situated a safe distance apart and the waiters wear masks. It was a very pleasant and delightful dining experience!

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vipBradleyW
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I love the menu selections here! And the crab cake appetizer is wonderful!
Service can be a bit slow, so don’t go of you are in a big rush.

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vipLily
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! 🎉

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lilyandivysmom
Charlotte
25 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

We dined at Chef's Kitchen for the first time last Saturday evening and it was a very lack luster experience. It started when we entered the restaurant, there were a few people standing around waiting for to go orders and the hostess was not at the desk. When she did show up she ignored us for a solid 10 minutes, when she finally did notice us we were seated promptly. The restaurants ambience leaves a lot to be desired and the hard bench seats were very uncomfortable. The lighting felt like we were in a diner and I was under a spotlight. Upon delivery of the bread basket we both took a piece of bread to which we added butter from one of those awful off brand plastic butter cups with the foil you peel off. We both looked at each other and said the bread doesn't taste like anything, literally nothing. We always share our meals and ordered the beet salad and the shrimp and lobster scampi. The beet salad tasted like it was dressed with olive oil not a champagne vinaigrette as stated and there were 4 miniscule pieces of beets on a $12 salad! The lobster and shrimp scampi dish tasted ok, the seafood was cooked very well, the one saving grace to the dish, it was eatable just not terribly interesting. For the $26 price tag we had higher expectation of flavor. As far as the wine menu they had 2 choices for red wine, cabernet and merlot, we both ordered a glass of the cab and it was barely drinkable. We had high hopes for a restaurant named chefs kitchen and were disappointed to say the least especially with a 4.0 rating on open table. Not sure what we missed but won't take the chance of trying again. Prices are too high, ambience is terrible and food mediocre at best.

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vipFritzR
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good start to a new restaurant in an area that needs something better! Good flavors and presentation.

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vipJimd
Charlotte
44 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chefs Kitchen was a wonderful find. Our food tasted great, service by Allisha was pleasant and attentive, and the atmosphere was pleasant. Thank you 😊

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food was good, although they were out of many items and sides. Atmosphere was not the best and the “elevator like” music was too loud.

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vipValerie
Charlotte
22 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

This facility has changed hands numerous times over the years... yet not much has been done with regard to renovations. The décor is drab, leaning significantly towards tacky, rundown & worn. The service was slow & unprofessional. My utensils & wine glass were dirty. I could feel the hardened debris on the exterior of the glass. This was overlooked by the bartender because he was wearing gloves. (Same pair the entire time as he moved from one task to the next.)
The food was good & well presented, but again slow. I would recommend placing your order to go. I did observe one patron waiting 20+ minutes for his to go order, after the hostess initially said it would be right out. Other reviews indicate they also operate as a catering company. It might be in their best interest to stick to catering, as the food is good, at least until they can correct the front of house issues.

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MonicaB
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!

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vipLily
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! I would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends!

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HopingForBetter
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Disappointed in the food which was bland. The place is over-priced too.

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carmellan
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food at an affordable price!

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ShantaishaT
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I came and they served all 11 of us the food was amazing and service

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vipKellyM
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time visiting Chef's Kitchen and we didn't know what to expect. We ordered the arancini appetizer, lobster and shrimp scampi and blackened chicken alfredo and everything was delicious. The menu had so many tempting choices, cannot wait to go back and try more.

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vipPamP
Charlotte
17 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service - really enjoyed the lobster and shrimp scampi. The decor was understated at best, but we will definitely be going back.

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vipLily
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We we’re enjoying a Valentine Date night. We had a great overall experience, the food was excellent. Our waitress Alicia (I believe) was very pleasant and prompt with meeting requests. The only drawback to the experience was the wait time to be seated despite having the reservation. Again it was a holiday and they were busy so we understood. We also was hoping the restaurant had undergone some renovations but the interior decor is still in need of updating. The part that mattered most to us was having great food and service and they receive 5 stars for that, so we will be retuning. So happy to have this gem close to home and to be able to support local business.

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JD29708
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service at this restaurant was abysmal. Behind the hostess station is a sign that says: "Welcome to our beautiful chaos." That, in actuality, is a bit of foreshadowing if you drop the "beautiful" part. Our reservation was for 7:00 pm and we were right on time. Upon entering we noticed that were about 5 couples ahead of us, milling about. I approached the hostess station and stated our name and reservation time. The hostess took down this information in a small book, and then said she'd be back in a moment. She was gone for about 3-4 minutes and when she came back, it wasn't to speak to us, but another group that was waiting. We continued to wait, and at about 7:20 the hosted indicated that our table was ready. At that point, a couple approached and said they had a reservation for 6:45 and had yet to be seated. The hostess was startled that this couple had not been seated yet, and I told them that they needed to go first. So, we continued to wait and about 5 minutes later we were seated next to the kitchen entrance. And we sat, and we sat some more. After about 10 minutes of no contact with the wait staff we decided it was best to leave. And so we did. I had high hopes for this restaurant and had been looking forward to it. Sadly, it was a glaring disappointment. If you decide to go, beware that their sign says it all... "Welcome to our (not even remotely beautiful) chaos. I cannot recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

We were not greeted at all. The hostess was nowhere to be found for 18 minutes. We were told by a waitress that she would be right with us. That was false. The man behind the bar, who appeared to be the owner, looked completely overwhelmed and disorganized and was just trying to pretend to be busy instead of addressing the obvious cluster at the front of house. There were people there that had been waiting for almost an hour despite having a reservation.

The restaurant was dated. They tried to renovate some with paint and some new chairs. But the old wooden doors and the tacky elevator music really brought the ambiance back down to an old mom and pop joint stuck in time.

I wanted so badly to love the food and drinks but I couldn’t. I order my usual Hendricks and tonic with lime. It was watered down and they put a lime slice that was so thin you couldn’t even squeeze it. The rolls that I had to remind the waitress to bring were hard and store bought. The rolls were served with off brand plastic tubs of butter. This is not what you expect with the prices they are trying to charge. My beet salad was not impressive. $13 for crunchy beets, Flavorless goat cheese, and a half dressed salad. The main dish I order a seafood Napoleon. The flavor was actually excellent. But conceptually they got it wrong. How can you call this a Napoleon? The name suggests it is stacked high like the dessert it is named after. Instead it is presented as a Benedict; with tomato on bottom, seafood on top,and sauced with a bernaise. My wife got their signature ravioli with lobster. Again the taste was excellent, but failed conceptually. The lobster tail was split and the meat was secured in the shell making it nearly impossible to get the meat out with the small bowl they provided.

I would not recommend this restaurant. They could be so much more if they focused on flavors and pricing their food for good, wholesome, southern fair. They have the flavors, but just trying extremely too hard.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Placing a reservation and then being told to wait 40 min just to sit down.

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LeahL
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My first time going, but definitely not my last! The food was exceptional, the service was on point considering the business of the place. Prices were good for the amount of food that you get. Menu ranges from Shrimp and Grits to Pork Chops. And save room for desserts!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time going here and it was great! Food was delicious! People very nice and polite! I went on Valentine’s which services es da but slow. But it was worth it!!!

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WalterB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Steaks was burn potatoes taste old, I will never go back to this restaurant again. Wasted time and money

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing food, fresh and hot, very tasteful. Highly recommend. True gem! Will surely become one of my favorite places to dine. Could use more decor to strengthen the ambiance... but I go to eat, not look at wall art. Lol. Wine selection could expand... the mixed drinks were really good.

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Erica
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

My boyfriend and I along wit another couple went out for Valentine's. We made reservations and when we arrived we had to wait about 15 minutes to be seated. We knew things would take longer because of the holiday and amount of people dining in. Our server was great and friendly. We really enjoyed the crab cakes.

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SeanL
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Considering it was Valentines weekend and we were late for our reservations, the front waiting area was rather small and packed, we did have to wait quite awhile to be seated, Once we were seated the waitress was excellent and the food was even better. I have traveled all over the US and several different countries and the Seafood Trio Neoplean was some if the best seafood that I have ever eaten.

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greatfood
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Arrived 6:20 for 6:30 reservation, was told 10-15 minute wait. At 6:35 was told tables were being cleaned and we would be seated shortly. 6:45 was told waiting on a group to leave before they could seat us. Finally seated at 7:10. 10 minutes to get water, another 10 to take order at 7:30. Food started coming out at 8:10. 6 of 8 plates delivered and said other two would be right out. 8:15 one more plate delivered and said last one was coming. 8:25 was told last plate given to another table. 8:40 last plate delivered. They advised that last plate would be free along with a dessert. I asked for checks 8:45. Checks delivered 9:05 and finally left at 9:10. Server clearly had too many tables which contributed to slowness but she was extremely pleasant.
I will give benefit of doubt that maybe they were understaffed but communicate that upfront. Plus waiting 40 minutes for table past reservations is unacceptable

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BrianT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great our service was ok. Our entrees came out fast but we ordered dessert and sat there for 20 minutes waiting for it for them just to come back and say they were out of we ordered

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Maddie
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Good menu, kind server, overall good experience! Would try a different dish next time. Great date night

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You can order delivery directly from Chefs Kitchen using the Order Online button. Chefs Kitchen also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Chefs Kitchen also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (803) 701-7215.

Chefs Kitchen is rated 4.1 stars by 90 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.