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The King's Kitchen, Charlotte, NC

The King's Kitchen

4.7
4.7
1757 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Contemporary Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Lunch Wed–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (704) 375-1990

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Phil Barnes

  • Neighborhood

    Uptown

  • Cross street

    Church and Trade

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available in metered spaces on Church St (North of Trade St) and on Trade St (West of Church St). <br /><br />There is a paid garage half a block on the left hand side of Church St.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,757 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Charlotte

    Healthy

  • Charlotte

    Healthy

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  1. AK

    AmberK

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we ordered was delicious!! Love the mission of the Kings Kitchen too. Definitely a new favorite spot!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent choice for a first date. Sound level was a little loud for my taste, however it meant we could talk freely without worrying about being overheard. The food was great, as always.
  3. SB

    StergiosB

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants in Charlotte. I go every time I am in town.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some great food was glad we went!
  5. SB

    SamB

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Date night
  6. KH

    KathrynH

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our family had a great evening with wonderful food, great service and overall excellent experience.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Friendly and attentive service. A very nice choice for a date night Uptown. The side salad with green goddess dressing was very good, and the chicken and rice was very savory...better than expected. The shrimp and grits were a tad too spicy. Some new entree choices would be nice. We finished with the coconut cake, which was awesome and beautifully presented in a pool of something like sweetened condensed milk.
  8. M

    Mateo

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I really enjoyed the food at King's Kitchen. The blackened catfish was perfectly cooked, and the fried chicken was delicious. The service was friendly and made the experience fun.
  9. b

    boca

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at King’s Kitchen and it was definitely a great experience! Johnny our waiter was very attentive and checked with us often. Actually the entire staff was professional, cordial and pleasant. The food was wonderful - cooked to perfection and so delicious. We will definitely be returning!
  10. SC

    SouthCharlottePatrons

    Charlotte

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Quick dinner prior to Charlotte Knights ballgame. Creative, tasty fare flawlessly prepared and delivered at a relaxed pace but still sufficient to make the first pitch. Server Alfonso was pleasant, accommodating and quite polished. Great date night with wife and friends. MKF
  11. S

    Scott

    Tampa

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Please bring back the meatloaf and whipped potatoes.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice! Food, service and overall experience very good!
  13. C

    Chuck

    Charlotte

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We tried the chicken bog--OK, but not great. However, the sides and cornbread were great.
  14. AA

    AntonioA

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was good. We had a big party last minute and they got us in and the food was really good.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We vacationed in the Carolina’s for 3 weeks - touring all over and eating out daily. Kings Kitchen was my favorite meal of the entire trip! Great food and service! Highly recommend! Thank you!
  16. MS

    MrsScott

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience gets better every time we visit. Nice atmosphere, great service and tasty food! Would definitely recommend.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Johnnie was excellent!
  18. B

    Buttercup

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was amazing. Had the shrimp & grits. The pimento cheese appetizer was very good as well
  19. AP

    AnneP

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unbelievably good southern food for an amazing cause. I am in Charlotte frequently for business and this will be my go-to. Recommend 100%!
  20. MT

    MelanieT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    This space was nice and I love the mission. Just hated the limited menu and small portions. I also didn’t know they didn’t serve alcohol but that’s understandable given the non-profit status.
  21. DW

    DiningWithTheKing

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been coming to King’s Kitchen since 2011. I’m upset about the roast missing from the menu, the new sweet potatoes could be seasoned and prepared better, the strawberry lemonade was missing the strawberries. (I think they have resorted to using a strawberry gel/syrup now instead of real strawberries like they used to). Definitely missing the bbq sauce for the fried chicken. Cream corn and cabbage needs to be added back to the menu, as well as the flounder. Other than that everything else was A-1. King’s Kitchen has been my favorite restaurant to attend for events when visiting Charlotte as well as my number one recommendation when asked where would I eat. The menu changes have hurt.
  22. FS

    FancySchmancy

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Tastiest meal I’ve eaten at a restaurant since March 2020…hands-down. Tasted like it was homemade by a professional Southern Grandma.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kings Kitchen executes southern comfort food as well as anyone. Service was excellent. The pleasant weather allowed the windows to be wide open for a comfy dinner. Lots of other Charlotte FC fans had the same idea. Highly recommend for mid-price pre-game dinner.
  24. CK

    CaroleK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A perfect pre-theater dinner experience! The shrimp and grits were wonderful -- even if a little spicier than I was expecting-- and the cheeseburger satisfied my daughter's craving. The noise level felt a little louder than "energetic" at times but not enough to make conversation impossible. Will definitely be back!
  25. CP

    CandaceP

    Atlanta

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I was visiting Charlotte and decided to have Friday night dinner here. Making a reservation was pretty easy. The host staff was a bit off putting but everything else was amazing. I would go again and highly recommend.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Enjoyable meal in a nice setting.
  27. TG

    ThadameniaG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The only problem I had was when we tried to get a table just by walking in they said it would be a two hour wait. None of the staff told us we could reserve a table on open table. We actually went to another restaurant and looked on open table ourselves and saw they had a reservation open in the next 20mins. So we reserved the table and went back. It would have been so much easier if the staff had directed us to make a reservation from the beginning. I feel like y’all lose a lot of money by not directing customers to the site and telling them it would be a 2-3 hour wait for the next available table when there was open reservation slots.
  28. GR

    GregR

    Charlotte

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chesney concert. Great drinks & dinner
  29. M

    Mick

    Charleston

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great , food and service was excellent
  30. l

    lakelife

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We had a birthday luncheon here. They were short staffed but very open about it. Our waitress was lovely, very sweet and accommodating. The chicken sandwich was really good though the bun was cold. The grilled catfish was delicious. The fried chicken was authentic southern prepared. They brought my daughter a complementary banana pudding for dessert that was amazing.
  31. J

    Jill

    Charlotte

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Compliments to the chef! Our meals -chicken, trout, and smothered steak - were delicious. Carrie provided her usual excellent service. The noise level was definitely energetic, which lessened our enjoyment somewhat. But it was great to see so many people having so much fun!
  32. g

    geoffs

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was delicious. We ordered a pre fixe meal before swing broadway show, Our server was attentive and made the meal more enjoyable.
  33. CG

    CraigG

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great and a fantastic mission! Try the pork chop!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the waitress menu! Gr
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The fried chicken and Mac and cheese were perfect. The biscuits and cornbread were delicious. Service was excellent and it was a wonderful meal!
  36. LC

    LakeCityFoodie86

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went to dinner before the Billy Joel concert. Computer difficulties made it hard to get seated and again to check out, but the food, wine and service were superb! I can’t wait to go back when we’re not rushed for time. Such a great concept and perfectly executed!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Overpriced not a good selection and if you deviate from the menu they charge you for each item individually.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were outstanding. The biscuits - honestly, I would go there and just eat the biscuits for a whole meal if that wasn’t weird. The other food we ordered was delicious and exciting to eat. The location is great and every detail in the decor is well planned and executed, just like the menu. I’m not from Charlotte, but will definitely come again the next time I’m in town.
  39. N

    Nakita

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food!! Portions could be bigger but overall I loved it! The wine is delicious as well.
  40. AJ

    AngelaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment we sat down, Ann(waitress) took exceptional care of us. Her personality and her knowledge of the menu and the food was awesome. The food didn’t disappoint. The three of us tried each other’s food and everything was scrumptious. I look forward to returning.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • 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

FAQs

The King's Kitchen is rated 4.7 stars by 1757 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for The King's Kitchen

129 West Trade Street Charlotte, NC 28202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Church and Trade

  • Neighborhood

    Uptown

  • Hours of operation

    Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Lunch Wed–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Contemporary Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available in metered spaces on Church St (North of Trade St) and on Trade St (West of Church St). <br /><br />There is a paid garage half a block on the left hand side of Church St.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Phil Barnes

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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