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About The King's Kitchen

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.

129 West Trade Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Southern, Soul food

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Friday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday 5:00 pm- 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Church and Trade

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(704) 375-1990

Website:
http://www.kingskitchen.org/

Parking Details:
Street parking is available in metered spaces on Church St (North of Trade St) and on Trade St (West of Church St).

There is a paid garage half a block on the left hand side of Church St.

Executive Chef:
Phil Barnes

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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The King's Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

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Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (46)
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Authentic (26)
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Worth the Drive (25)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Special Occasion (23)
Cozy (22)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Pre/post Theatre (21)
Good for Groups (17)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Business Meals (13)
Fun (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Kid-friendly (11)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Healthy (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Romantic (7)
Seasonal (7)
Great Beer (6)
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Organic (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
People Watching (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Quick Bite (3)
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Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Hot Spot (2)
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 2 days ago

Very good but they had run out of the white meat chicken which was a bummer for two people in my group. Cappuccino machine was down as well. Dinner and desserts were high quality and very tasty. Always a positive experience at Kings Kitchen and no one was disappointed.

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·Dined 2 days ago

Great food- fresh and tasty.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

Fantastic food and great atmosphere. Service was excellent. We will definitely visit again next time we're in town.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 3 days ago

Great Southern cooking supporting a great mission. Everyone in our group enjoyed their dishes. The waitress was very helpful, even "reserving" the last rib dinner for my wife. I usually get the fried chicken or pork chop. However, I love the sides as much as the entrée. I don't think we have ever been disappointed with a meal here, other than not getting a reservation when we wanted it. Sometimes, the service is a little off, but no big disappointments there either.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Authentic, Afternoon Tea, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 3 days ago

I stumbled upon Kings Kitchen when I was trying to find a place to take my mom for a nice dinner before going to the opera. WOW!! It was the best meal I've had in a very long time. Everything was just perfect. The food was amazing, the service fabulous, and the atmosphere relaxed. Most of all, I love the work they do for the community. It was so refreshing to go for a nice meal where it is evident that Jesus is everywhere!! Well done good and faithful servant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Cozy, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 3 days ago

Best restaurant in Charlotte so far! Very good meal.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 4 days ago

The scallops were amazing! Great service and we very much enjoyed the atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food. Down to earth place. We will certainly return!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined 5 days ago

We had a team lunch for 6 and were pleased with good southern food and attentive service. Loved collard greens and fried chicken (go for dark meat!)

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 (Charlotte)·Dined 6 days ago

Had a nice time at the King's Kitchen made reservations for Valentine's Day so we were quickly seated the only reason I didn't give 5 stars because I feel like the service needs a little work. We were seated but no one came to take our order for about 20 to 25 minutes. The food was definitely delicious the biscuit I had was good but kind of hard in some places, my boyfriend enjoyed his shrimp and grits and also some of my pan fried chicken that I let him try. Overall we enjoyed ourselves and will come back again.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 6 days ago

Great service by Howard our server. Food was excellent as well.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food but the menu is difficult if you are not a chef. I was on a low carb diet (which I told my waitress in advance) and couldn't eat a third of my meal because I didn't know that farro was a carb. The Salmon was a little dry but still good. The brussel sprouts were just ok. My wife was very happy with her meal and said it was the best collard greens she ever had.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 6 days ago

My wife and I visited The King's Kitchen for Valentine's Day, it was a wonderful experience. The food was great and the service was excellent. Harold was a great server. All of his recommendations were spot on. We will definitely return.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined 7 days ago

I invited (3) people who had never eaten at Kings Kitchen - they loved it. Consistently great food & service. Daniello (not sure how to spell his name?) was attentive but not overbearing...wondering, pleasant service; delicious food. We enjoyed every moment of our time together at Kings Kitchen.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 9, 2018

From the moment we were greeted to the time the bill was paid, it was a wonderful experience.
We weren’t rushed to decide on appetizers. Pimento cheese and hush puppies were spot on. Then made the decision for dinner. My scallops over purée of celery root and carrots were delectable. The other 3 at the table loved their meals, too.
I look forward to going back soon!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Family had a wonderful meal. Restaurant has a lot of variety.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Andrea Bocelli concert

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent food and service all while providing work for folks who needed a second chance.
Very convenient to a number of uptown Charlotte entertainment/sports venues.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The whole month message behind the restaurant was what made it so appealing to me and my boyfriend. We were traveling, and happened to stay a night in downtown Charlotte. The menu was really small, which was the only thing I was disappointed about. We don’t drink but the wine menu seemed 3x as long. Besides that, the atmosphere and the message behind the restaurant was great.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

My husband and I read about The King's Kitchen in a magazine a while back, and were excited when we realized we could try it out while in Charlotte on business. The food was terrific. I had the fried catfish (best I've had in a long time!) and he had the shrimp 'n grits. We enjoyed the ambiance and the service was perfect. And we appreciate The King's Kitchen's mission/ministry. Give it a try!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The service was amazing , and the food was divine! I will definitely be back soon! I also love that the restaurant is not-for-profit. It’s wonderful to know that you’re able to help someone just by dining there.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The service was amazing and the food was some of the best I've ever had. Would definitely go back

Tags: Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, People Watching, Late-night Find
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Meal is always good at King’s Kitchen with a fair, not over abundant portion. Always enjoy the pot roast and chicken plates with their delicious variety of sides. Brownie sundae dessert was disappointing as it was a small brownie with a scoop of ice cream- description versus what was received was different. Other than that, I believe in King’s Kitchen’s mission and appreciative for a nice dining experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Our server was personable, friendly and knowledgeable. The food was tasty and since we were headed to the theater afterwards the smaller plate options were much appreciated as leftovers were not acceptable.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Ditch the diet and go for absolutely amazing southern food. Took a British co-worker for lunch and she raved about the cream corn and biscuits, as this was the first time she had them. I loved the Christian atmosphere.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Casual, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 20, 2018

It was a great night out with my girlfriend, it was our anniversary and we decided to celebrate at King's Kitchen, we loved the mission and truly enjoyed our food. Felt like for the price point we had a great value. She loved the pot roast and how much food came with it for $18 was great, definitely will be coming back!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We are new to Charlotte and wanted to go based on their charity work. Unfortunately, the price compared to the food was just not worth it.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Food was delish! Server was very cordial & attentive. Service was quick. Teens were happy as well as the adults.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Read reviews, love the concept. Food and service did not disappoint. Wish i lived in charlotte, i would come here often.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food and wait staff.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Our family dined here before heading to the evening symphony performance at Blumenthal. Food and service were great. Delicious local favorites, some with a little twist. Hope to return again

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Came for New Years Eve. It was a first time visit. I was very impressed by the creativity and taste of the meals. Portion sizes are appropriate which leave you room for dessert. Service was good. I definitely recommend a visit.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We loved the food. It was delicious. The restaurant is so cozy and unique. But most of all we like your mission purpose.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Live Sports, Seasonal
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We took our family of four for a special dinner on New Year's Eve. The food was mostly good - I loved the beet salad, and the pot roast was wonderful, but the cornbread was dry and the fried chicken just ok. Nice atmosphere and good service.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had an amazing private room up front for 8 of us. They accommodated the kids and we had a blast. Our waiter was amazing! The food was incredible! Clean plates all around. Shrimp and grits was delicious, as was pot roast. Wish I could remember waiter’s name. Y’all... go here! Ask for the tall black dude with glasses that dresses so GQ... Jerome maybe. He was hysterical!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Atmosphere and food were delicious! Would definitely come back next time we are in town.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We’ve been dining at KIng’s Kitchen for several years. One of our favorite places! Great comfort food. Great service. Great mission. Everyone should eat at KK at least once to support for their mission. Oh by the way, order the bread pudding desert - it’s fabulous.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We had a blast being with our daughter back from school. We loved the atmosphere and the steak and fried chicken was unbelievable as well as the brussel sprouts and mac and cheese. Fun for everyone

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Birthday diner

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Went with family for a pre Christmas meal. Waiter was very nice and the food was excellent. Perfect for family and enjoyed all the vegetables. Fried oysters were perfect.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine
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