Red Rocks Cafe - Charlotte

4.5
1327 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Red Rocks Café is a locally owned and operated, unique American Restaurant. We have operated in the greater Charlotte, NC area since 1992. We currently operate two units. The Original Red Rocks is in the Foxcroft area of Charlotte at the Strawberry Hill Shopping Center, and the newer unit, opened in 2003 is at Birkdale Village in Huntersville, NC. We offer a very diverse menu of appetizers, salads, pasta, steaks, seafood, chicken, and sandwiches. Our wine and dessert offerings are world class. We are unique in that we have something for everyone. No one is excluded due to price or category of food. At Red Rocks you can choose to “eat” or “dine.” Our mission is to professionally and efficiently operate a clean, upscale, restaurant that consistently offers great food and beverage at a reasonable cost. We invite you to visit Red Rocks Café for a great experience.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:15am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(704) 364-0402
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jamie Weatherly
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Private party facilities
Large Private Dining Room for up to 100 people. We accommodate large parties without much fuss; at a better value than most people in our markets. We offer several “private dining” rooms (areas) and menus to accommodate a diverse range of groups with a broad mix of dining options.
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Private party contact
John Love: (704) 364-0402
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Catering
Customized to any occasion
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Fairview Road
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Parking details
When entering Strawberry Hills, be sure to take the first right into the market. Drive around the market continuing to veer toward your left until you come upon Red Rocks Cafe. Excellent parking in our lot.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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MS
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food & service!

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RB
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The guy who seated us said our reservation was for 2 rather than 3 and seemed annoyed. Our waitress was terrible. Forgot to put in the one glass of wine we ordered for my wife and even forgot what kind of wine. I asked for a beer list and she brought me another menu. We had to ask several times for water.

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Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Have eaten at Red Rocks at least 4 times in the last year. The food and service has always been above average to very good. When something goes sideways, they are quick to fix the issue. The atmosphere has been typically moderate to low as the noise goes, our last outing it was so noisy we sat outside, which we don't mind. It's a all around favorite go to every so often.

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DS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Never been disappointed with a meal at Red Rocks. Creative, unique food perpetration. Large menu to select from.

Excellent Deserts selection.

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d
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have dined there several times this summer. We have found the service and food to be excellent as well as nice atmosphire.

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LD
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Made reservations and mentioned my Sister In Law's birthday. When we got there one the specials for the day was named for her. Made such an impression that it brought a tear to her eye. Just a little something special like this make you want to go back again and again. Plus, the food is delicious also.

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B
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to Red Rocks many times over the years and with the new remodeling that was just done, it's now truly a more open, light and modern environment that captures both the same ambiance and a more modern appearance. Clean, great service and the same great food that we've become accustomed to over the last 20 years. Superb!!!

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Charlotte
44 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

We have been to Red Rocks many times in the past and have always enjoyed our meal. This meal was sadly, not great. It was our first visit since the renovation which should not impact the food at all but of the 7 people at our table, everyone's meal was underwhelming. My salmon was bland, the grits were terrible and the green beans were basic. My husband had chicken marsala that had no marshal flavor. My daughter always gets the herb chicken and loves it hers was lacking flavor as well. The people in our party who ordered steak were happy with their meals though all commented that the potatoes were very bland and lacking in flavor. I hope that Red Rocks gets back to what it was before closing for the renovation.

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Charlotte
28 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

We arrived at 1:40pm on a Sunday afternoon for our 1:45 reservation., party of 5. The hostess put us in a booth, which we should have informed her that this was not appropriate for elderly people with a walker! 5-10 minutes later the server took our drink order (water, tea, soda). 10-15 minutes later she finally came back and took our food order. We were not servered our food until 2:50pm! We had our elderly diabetic parents with us! This could have gone very badly for them! The place wasn’t even busy, and I understand why! Too often we have terrible service at RedRocks. We will not return!

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Y
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I will always recommend Red Rocks.
This time my and my husband’s (ordered) rare tuna was over cooked- well done and I don’t mean good job. The server offered a redo and the next order was much better. I recommend that servers look at the food prior to delivering it to the table and fixing it if necessary rather than hoping it’ll be ok. I will be back- we have eaten at Red Rocks at least 100 times, so 1 mess up out of 100 = 99 great experiences!

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F
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Lots of great variety on the menu. It’s a favorite place of ours!

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C
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant makeover was incredible ... red Rocks is one of our go to places. You can always count on the food, the service and their attention to detail

Well done John

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OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great people as always.

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TW
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the new set-up and the new additions to the menu! Excellent as always! Our favorite restaurant!

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PC
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really like the variety of the menu options. There is something for everyone.

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J
Charlotte
50 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We always look forward to Red Rocks Cafe. The food is consistently great.

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S
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Just reopened and updated. Always a great place. Excellent value and will visit again soon.

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EE
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely restaurant (like the recent updates!) offering a great selection of always well-prepared dishes served by a competent and friendly staff. What more can you ask for in a restaurant? Have been eating at Red Rocks for years -- always my "go to" for gathering with friends and for special occasions.

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R
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a special pleasure dining at Red Rocks; just great in all ways.

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Z
Charlotte
125 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always consistent and reliable. A great low key neighborhood place to get a good meal.

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j
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was delicious, the server was very attentive, but it was SO noisy, we couldn’t carry on a normal voice conversation. If you want a nice, relaxing, quiet evening, this is not the place to go for dinner.

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JH
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I've been twice since the refurbishment and I have to say I'm a little disappointed. It's dark and unwelcoming, industrial looking and the noise from the overhead music was so loud, we had to raise our voices to be heard. Menu is the same in those dirty folders. Won't return if I don't have to

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f
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Pleasant ambiance good service amazing food diverse menu good quiet evening only downside the restaurant lighting at our table was dark otherwise moderately priced restaurant will definitely return

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KL
Charlotte
27 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We’ve been to the location in Birkdale Village and really enjoyed it. We had been waiting for the reopening to go in for the lobster linguine and salad with buffalo chicken and of course their coconut cake. The only thing that didn’t disappoint was the cake. Service was very slow and then the first bad news- no lobster linguine. Finally decided on the four cheese penne after a warning from the server about how cheesy it was, which was more like a selling point to us! Husband ordered a salad with the buffalo fried chicken and daughter ordered the Black ended shocker croissant.
About 15 min later the server comes out to say they have no croissants. He did not bring a menu just offered white or rye bread. She chose white but was bummed. At this time I asked if they could still try to make the lobster pasta but with angel hair pasta instead of linguine since I saw on the menu that they still had both lobster and angel hair pasta. After a long wait the server came back to say that no that couldn’t because they don’t have lobster or linguine. Even though they have two other dishes on the menu with lobster and angel hair pasta o just dropped it. But was annoyed. Then the food came- there was NO cheese in my cheese sauce, only the light sprinkle of cheese on top. Disappointing. The buffalo sauce on my husband’s salad was SWEET. Another bummer.
The worst though was when the bill came and I was upcharged $2 for shrimp and husband $1 for buffalo sauce. However if were nickel and diming- o credit for my daughter’s missing croissant! Another dish had a $1 upcharge for shrimp so it seemed odd to be overcharged for the same. And then to charge for buffalo sauce? That just came across very cheap.

We’ll definitely give this place plenty of time for the new staff to get up to speed before returning or maybe just forego this location altogether and go to birkdale village instead.

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c
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Waited for the renovations to be completed. Went for my mothers 95th birthday and they made it special!
I always get the chicken saltimboca and it wasn't quite as before, Maybe they changed the chef, the recipe but I will still go back and try another dish!

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CA
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. The service was quick and very efficient, the waitresses were very friendly and attentive. The food was delicious!! I asked for extra crispy bacon on my sandwich and they did it just right. Got tater tots on the side w/ ranch dressing and they were excellent. Brought my side if ranch out with my meal, didn't have to ask for it again b/c they remembered to bring it with the meal. The ambiance, service, and food were all excellent. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.

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JE
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Red Rocks continues to be the best, most consistent restaurant in the area, they always have great food and smiling people, my kids even ask to come here

A+++

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GW
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just had an appetizer and dessert. I had the best carrot cake I have ever eaten! The brusetta was very good to.

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L
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I have been dining at this restaurant since 2004. I love it, and have always had good service. The only reason I gave it before was because this was the first time my server was not engaging. It seemed as if he didn’t want to be there and I’ve never experienced this before in the 14 years that I have been a patron

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SK
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I had the salmon with dill sauce. This is the 2nd time I've been to this restaurant and the salmon wasn't quite as good as the last time....not enough flavor to the sauce but still a very good dish. They will be closing next week for some renovations, I think for a week. Hopefully they won't change the ambiance, since it's a very charming place. They have been at the same location for 26 years! I understand the whole shopping center will be closing for a period of time to redo the driveways, etc. So check before you go. They will also be opening a location in Indian Land in August. Hope it's just as good AND with the same decor.

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TL
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been to Red Rock on several occasions and I have yet to disappointed. The menu is extensive with all the different choices you could want. I usually get a seafood dish and the Chet Snow Salmon is my favorite. The desert choices are decadent with large portions that can be shared. The food is delicious and the appetizers are great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends were in from out of town to celebrate their wedding anniversary and Red Rocks is always our first restaurant to introduce friends to. As always food, atmosphere and service was awesome!

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MR
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Red Rocks has been at this location for many years. It has a good variety of dishes very well prepared. And the value is good. There is nothing that is a negative; no wait, the parking lot is sometimes quite full. They now take reservations which is nice if you drive across town to visit. A favorite of ours.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was awesome! Our waitress was attentive and had great recommendations. We arrived early for our reservation and they were able to accommodate us immediately. The manager stopped by our table twice to make sure everything was going well. Food was prepared perfectly, as usual. Definitely a great place! We’ll be back soon!

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KL
Charlotte
27 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are relatively new to N.C. and just learned about red rocks! We tried the huntersville location first and were ecstatic to learn there is also a Charlotte location!!! We went just for dessert this time because we’d actually already eaten somewhere else when we found out about the Charlotte location! We were so excited we went for dessert! It was worth rolling out of there beyond stuffed. Our favorite is the coconut cake which is absolutely amazing and we also tried the red velvet which was excellent as well. They are going through a remodel and we’re excited to make this a frequent stop in the future. We’re already thinking of that coconut cake!!!!!!

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CH
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always a good go-to option. Wide variety of offerings on menu, and the food and service are always friendly and good.

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d
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our dining experience. It was a very comfortable and quiet setting. Also impressed on how attentive our waitress was. Food was delicious.

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R
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved our dining experience at Red Rocks! Food, service and atmosphere were great. It was a little dark in there, so maybe some candles on the table would be in order?

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OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great as always!

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SC
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good and service great

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