RockSalt-Charlotte

4.3
1079 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
ROCKSALT Charlotte brings you a sustainable seafood experience in an intimate, rustic setting. Our oyster bar is front and center to showcase the freshest oysters around, grown by our owner. The wood-fired grill brings savory depth to land and sea-based proteins. Our wine and beer selections are carefully curated and our cocktail list evolves continually. And we have incredible non-seafood options as well, such as our Chef's Cut - a rotating choice of steaks cooked on our open fire! We have two patios - one that is covered and affords great views of the surrounding area, another that is uncovered and a great place for walk-ins to wait for their table while grabbing a drink. Reservations recommended but we try to accommodate as many walk-ins as we can. We have QR codes but also full menus that are laminated and wiped down between guests. We do ask that, following state guidelines, that you wear your mask to and from your table. Thank you!

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1079 people are saying
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vipDick
Charlotte
180 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience5

What we ordered was good. End of week some items not available and some items served inconsistent with menu description. Ie potatoes with burger what not as described nor did server advise. Still was very good.

Shrimp cocktail ordered but not shown perfectly cooked and great sauce

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience3

The menu looks better than it tastes. The chowder was runny, the oyster Rockefeller was gross! The server was not into her job.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

It took forever to be waited on. We had to remind our waitress to check on our food.

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vipjen59
Charlotte
117 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

another wonderful meal, love the variety on the menu, something for everyone and soo good, great service and we look forward to seeing what the menu has next visit

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DavidC
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite place in Charlotte! Best oysters in town!

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OpenTable Diner
West Palm Beach
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

We were a party of three and enjoyed the outdoor patio seats. There is a nice wine, drink, and beer selection. We ordered two appetizers: half a pound peel & eat shrimp…very disappointing! The shrimp size was good, but there were only about 5 or 6, they were in a small bowl that actually had more vegetables underneath than we had shrimp. We also ordered the grilled oyster sampler, which had six oysters of three different flavors… they were very tasty! For dinner, we ordered the fish of the day which was a grilled grouper. We also ordered the scallops entrée. And we ordered a dozen oysters. Again, the scallop entrée was disappointing and only had four scallops. They were cooked good, just not near enough. The grouper was a nice size, so that was refreshing to see, and tasted pretty good. And the selection of oysters to order from was nice. But overall for the prices of all of these items we are not sure we could recommend that it’s worth it. We did leave saying that we may return, just to order oysters sometime, and some adult beverages, but probably not for any of the other menu items.

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TAYLORJ
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Amazing oysters and chowder. Excellent drinks - had a great outdoor dining experience on their patio.

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Kles
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

The interaction with the host when we first walked in set the tone for our entire experience. We were not greeted, which is unusual for any restaurant, but especially for one charging $32 for scallops. Honestly, I thought I hadn't heard him, but my friend confirmed that he didn't acknowledge us. He only asked, "What's the name on the reservation?", and that's it. And his tone was not warm or friendly. We were definitely bothering him by just being there. The food and drinks I had were middle of the road (the crab cakes were good, skip the mac n cheese), therefore I don't feel the need to even visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server was awesome and very attentive. Our oysters, Mac & Cheese, and creme brûlée were delish. The trout dip is a TON for 2 people and unique flavor. Didn’t love it. Moscow mule, old fashion, and espresso martini were great. Apple Rita was way too strong. Neither of us could tolerate it. Overall, we would certainly come back and try some more things!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing and the outdoor patio has great ambiance.

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RobertB
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Great place for oysters...really good shrimp and grits....portions are a bit small and the wines by the glass were unimpressive....nice outdoor dining area...solid local place

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PhillipE
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excelent, service was top notch. they were a little short staffed so things took a few minutes longer. But no worries. Its worth the wait.

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Gama
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was really good!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best oyster chowder in Charlotte! The mussels in white wine were outstanding! A place where you always find fresh fish of the highest quality!

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KFay
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rocksalt is the first place I must always go while in Charlotte! I LOVE their old salt oysters during happy hour and the oyster chowder was the best I’ve ever had! I highly recommend. It was pretty busy and seemed short staff but they made sure to do their best to stay on top of it l, getting each customer what they needed and as soon as they could. My cup was always filled with water at least and that I appreciated. The food didn’t take long to come at all either. I will always visit while in Charlotte.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The server was pleasant, the food presentation was very nice, taste of all food was flavorful. Price to portion slightly off, but overall I woule recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Shockingly bad. We went for brunch and were served burnt toast and eggs that were obviously cooked on a filthy grill - the whites were a bizarre bluish gray. I can’t believe they’d send something out that looked like that. One of our party ordered a Coke but was told the restaurant was out of Coke. Another asked for lettuce and tomato on their burger and was told there was none available. The oyster chowder was salty to the point on inedibility. To top it off, our server was inattentive and had to be waved down to take our drink order 10+ min after we were seated. We will never come back here again.

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JoyceR
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

We know in this day of COVID & restaurants being short staffed, we try.to be patient. There is patient & then beyond. Our food was very slow to come & when it got there just not very good. We ordered PEI mussels - 2 orders & waited forever for those to come. When they did, they were full of grit & inedible. We left them on our plates & our waitress never asked what was wrong. Rather than her telling the manager there was a problem, she asked if we would tell him the order was slow & it was not good. Obviously, we left the restaurant, after paying the full bill & will never go back.

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JamaalG
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My wife and I saw this restaurant online and wanted to try it out. Our experience felt pretty average which kinda stinks because we both had high hopes. No one did anything "wrong", it's just nothing at all sparked the idea that we should return. As we left, someone dressed differently than everyone else working (I assume a manager of sorts) thanked us for coming. My wife noted he checked in with other tables, but didn't do so with us. Likely won't be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious!

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BarbaraW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The $1 oysters on Tuesdays - Fridays from 4pm - 6pm are a great treat for oyster lovers. I loved the seafood both times I've been there.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Cool atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was great. Wish the entree portions were a bit bigger.

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vipMichael
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service slow. Main meal came before oyster appetizer. Scallops for $32 were four tiny scallops on a bed of wilted spinach. Will not return.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Reservations were for 7:30. The service seemed a little slow but not terrible. Was a bit disappointed when several things on the menu were no longer available. There seemed to be some kind of dispute that I’m nit sure if the manager was the one taking to the table near us but it was pretty uncomfortable. There were threats made like if you talk to our staff like that again I’ll make sure other restaurants know about it. Seemed like whomever went over there to make a point made their point but then wouldn’t let it go and it got weird. Not sure if the food I had was so good that I’d go back but the patio was very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great food!

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RonaldS
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

They seem to have new wait staff. I’m sure it will be fine when they are staffed up again

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gingerH
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great, service outstanding! We sat on the covered patio and was worried about being “forgotten” since we were the only ones who chose to sit outside but we couldn’t have asked for better service! Oysters were amazing!

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vipNatalieB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive and friendly staff. Fantastic craft cocktails. Incredible happy hour deal on oysters - $1 each! Fresh seafood with delicious seasonal flavors.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a must! My 2nd time going and I enjoyed it even more than the 1st time. The atmosphere is great, food and drinks delicious! Staff was very attentive and pleasant. I will keep coming and bring new friends 😀

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Family favorite on the patio. Love the $1 oyster happy hour. Kids fish meal is excellent and service is always top notch.

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BandanaP
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit pricey but the food was great. Our waiter and manager/owner was really nice and attentive. Wish we could've gotten the char-grilled oysters for happy hour.

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Diner28203
Charlotte
62 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

First time eating here. The oysters (fresh and baked) were delicious although smaller than expected. The oyster soup was good but the best part of the meal for me was the creole collards greens (2 thumbs up). This was an unexpected item on the menu and was truly a delight.
Overall the experience was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First return visit since pandemic. Great food and service as always. Just always a special experience. Ate on the patio. You can request on open table I have such confidence in the seafood quality here. They source oysters from their family farm and other seafood from the best sources they can find.

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LauraM
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a total all around great experience! Server superior, food delicious and bartender very attentive. This may be one of my new fave "go-tos"!

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vipMarlee104
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

This restaurant could be fantastic. It’s like they’re phoning it in though. Atmosphere could be a lot better. Music doesn’t match atmosphere. Interior designer needed greatly for refresh. Bar is laughable both in size and stock. The strawberry salad and the grilled romaine are exceptional but quality control is lacking because it was larger and less salty on my previous visit here. Main courses were okay nothing to note. Older gentleman waiter was great last time but the young woman who served us this past Saturday was spotty at best. Needs better management.

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MaryS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of five sat on the patio on a very hot evening when there were few other patrons at the restaurant, so noise was not an issue. Our server was outstanding, the oysters were delicious and the martinis cold.

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vipGood
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was great and Todd was very helpful with wine selections!

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BarbaraW
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding - server made us feel comfortable, was very knowledgable, and always attentive but never overbearing. Food was very tasty. We were not rushed at all.

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Kattttyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my new fave restaurant in Charlotte! Kat was a knowledgeable, fun and efficient server. She definitely made the experience a home run. The food was excellent and the drinks were too. Highly recommend.

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RockSalt-Charlotte is rated 4.3 stars by 1079 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.

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