The King's Kitchen

4.6
1710 Reviews
$30 and under
Southern
Locally-sourced, southern-inspired, mission-driven cuisine in the heart of Uptown Charlotte.

Whether you sit down to a heaping plate of Aunt Beaut’s pan fried chicken or opt for our Chef’s pick of fresh fish daily, know that here, our cuisine extends well beyond delicious: it is truly good for the soul.

Located in the heart of uptown Charlotte with a mission of bringing hope to those most in need, King’s Kitchen is a non-profit, southern-inspired restaurant that doubles as a ministry to give hope, dignity and a warm meal to those most in need. Dine well knowing that each meal purchased directly contributes to a free meal to our homeless neighbors as well as job training to give others a new lease on life.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
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
What 1710 people are saying
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n8song
Charlotte
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our reservation was on a Saturday at 5:15pm, a great time to avoid crowds and noise. Fried chicken came out within 5 minutes of ordering, and was excellent as usual ... my spouse and I think it's the best in Charlotte. Also got a "Southern Classic" plate of 3 sides for $9 to share. All were delicious, but the collards really stood out as exceptionally good being just a smidge sweeter than we usually get there.

Ordered "cheesecake" for dessert, which in actuality was more like a crumb cake made with soft ricotta cheese. It contained almonds, which was fine for us but could be a problem for a customer with a nut allergy. Delicious, but not quite as described by our server in person or on that night's dessert menu.

Looking forward to our next visit to this place, one of the few good meal deals located in uptown Charlotte!

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TandyG
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service by Devo was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent (I forgot our servers name but she had a lovely shade of pink hair) Food was delicious, as always. Really enjoyed our visit and will definitely be back.

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vipMarkB
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Helping the community as well.

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Giulio
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food I had in Charlotte

I'm one of those customers that's not easy to please, I guess. My expectations are prompt service, tasty food and friendly staff. While I don't think I'm asking for a lot, since COVID it is indeed a lot to ask for. People are tired and stressed out. For those that have to serve the public, this is an especially hard time. That said, Kings Kitchen was an exceptional experience.

We went on a double date with our friends, and both our kids. We had a drink spill, kids making a mess and sizable order and yet the professionals at Kings Table were able to accommodate with fantastic service and smiles. To parents, that's a huge stress reliever and allowed us to enjoy the food which was on point.

We ordered fried chicken, biscuits, corn bread, greens, drinks, beets, mac n cheese and other things I can't quite remember. The coconut cake was solid, and the gelato was impressive. As an Italian who's eaten some of the best gelato in Italy and in Austin, TX (Dolce Neve) I can happily report that the gelato at Kings Table holds its own and that is not easy.

The biscuits were next level and the fried chicken was so good I had to slow clap.

My only gripe was that Kings Table does not serve liquor as I was hoping for an old fashion.

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DavidL
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shrimp & grits was great, mac and cheese exceptional. Great service.

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ClaireL
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great waitress! I got the shrimp and grits and was impressed with the portion. We also got biscuits for the table but I think next time I would try the cornbread.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice location and love the mission. Shrimp and grits was good but a little on the spicy side and I don’t usually do spicy foods. My boyfriend had the catfish - it’s just one piece of garnished fish and he had to order sides separately. Wish that a side came with it. Otherwise, service was great and we really enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere.

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JasonP
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve eaten here several times and every time is excellent. My parents came this time and loved it and they can’t wait to come back.

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PattiM
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my top 3 favorite restaurants in Charlotte!

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KimberlyL
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Biscuits were salty. Shrimp and grits somehow had very little flavor. Definitely not the classic southern meal it was advertised as. I expected more flavorful food for the price and reputation I’d heard.

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Taureen
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, service, and ambiance. The food is a pricy, but it's for a good cause!

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MJasonC
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Really, really appreciate the mission of this place. Food was very, very good, but the value of the portions was not as good as it should be. Ideally sides should be part of the entree instead of a separate offering.

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great location. Makes comfort food elegant!

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vipMousselover
Charlotte
28 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food. Excellent service. Always so glad to spend my money on such a wonderful cause.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I absolutely loved my experience! My fiancé loved his dinner and, I was very pleased with the shrimp and grits. It was the first time that I’ve tasted shrimp and grits that taste like my hometown dish! Thank you for a amazing experience! (Charleston SC)

The King's Kitchen
Responded on December 18, 2021

Absolutely love this review!!!!!!

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DaleG
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The restaurant and it's mission are wonderful. The wait staff was not the best, however, the food was wonderful. Will definitely come back.

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PeggyK
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a great lunch with my daughter and her best friend before we headed over to Trans-Siberian Orchestra! What a wonderful experience!

The King's Kitchen
Responded on December 18, 2021

Thank you Peggy for visiting us before an exciting evening out with your daughter.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Every-time we go!

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

Great food, experience and service from staff. Will definitely go back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was out of this world and the atmosphere was great! The coconut cake is a must!

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vipCorey
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and great service.

Food was made from scratch and included some of the best biscuits I'd ever had. I will be back!

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MarianneP
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food. Great service. Only complaint was that is was very loud.

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MindyW
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Service was great and Food was excellent!

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ReginaG
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and atmosphere. Staff was awesome.

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JamesH
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, service was phenomenal, and everything was so amazing!

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RichardP
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had 6:00 PM reservation on the 2nd - arrived early and were seated at 5:30. Restaurant was not very crowded and for some reason we were given a two-person table in the back by kitchen. Would have preferred a larger table in the front - a little more vibe with Trade Street windows. But service was very nice and food was prompt and very good.

A real nice experience for our first time there.

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AnsleyW
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was great, and the food was good and served in a timely manner.

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vipRMorris
Dallas
47 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Crowded but clearly because it's a local favorite. Highly recommended.

The King's Kitchen
Responded on November 22, 2021

Thank you for your kind words! We had a very busy night that evening! So happy to hear you enjoyed your experience!

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SteveH
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went to King's Kitchen for the first time on a Sat evening before a show a Belk Theater. It was very nice, casual and comfortable, with good food, reasonable prices, and excellent service. We will be back.

The King's Kitchen
Responded on November 22, 2021

Thank you Steve!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting. Had reservation and was sat immediately upon arrival. Food was delicious (pork chop and wife had beef. Collards were suprisingly sweet but spicy, green beans and mac n cheese were good too. I would recommend and will be back next time I'm in Charlotte.

The King's Kitchen
Responded on November 22, 2021

We love reviews like this!!!!!

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SusanL
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was excellent and waitress was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about menu.

The King's Kitchen
Responded on November 22, 2021

Thank you Susan!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Stay cation for my wife and I

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We have dined at The King’s kitchen before and had wonderful meals. This was our first time post covid and the menu feels more limited and our food was lukewarm with no attention paid to presentation. Appreciate the ala carte options but not eager to return.

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TMac
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first visit. Food was very good and service was excellent!

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FranA
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal and the ambience was perfect. Perfect location as well.

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BrittaniW
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was really good. The people outside of my waiter where really attentive and nice. Food came quick. My waiter was a little to busy with his big table to really give us the best services possible but the other people that where helping made up for his lack of service, even after the big table was gone.

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MSP1
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Delicious food! Quiet atmosphere.

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SatisfiedCustomer
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit to The Kings Kitchen was wonderful. I chose the peanut salad and shrimp and grits. They were unique, delicious, and plentiful and with lovely presentation. My husband chose Aunt Beaut's fried chicken, a side salad, and green beans. He was pleased with his dinner too. We did not have room for dessert but hope to try some next time. We will certainly be going back. The hostess and our server Deliah were so pleasant and personable. It was a great dining experience.

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KevinM
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have eaten here twice. Once 4 years ago before seeing the Book of Mormon, on one of our first dates. And then for the second time tonight before we went to see Rent. The food and service were amazing. We hope to make it a tradition as we have season tickets to Blumenthal this year. Love the cause and love the food!

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The King's Kitchen is rated 4.6 stars by 1710 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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