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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

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

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Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (51)
Good for a Date (36)
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Local Ingredients (29)
Special Occasion (26)
Worth the Drive (24)
Authentic (23)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Cozy (22)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Good for Groups (18)
Business Meals (15)
Bar Seating (13)
Fun (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Kid-friendly (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Romantic (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Healthy (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Seasonal (7)
Organic (6)
People Watching (6)
Great Beer (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Great for Brunch (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Scenic View (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
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Live Sports (2)
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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 January 1, 2018

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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·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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·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 31, 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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·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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·Dined on December 23, 2017

We stayed in Charlotte for the weekend at the Marriott which is across the street from King's Kitchen. Ate there two nights and both meals were spectacular. Scallops, steak, fried chicken, oysters, coconut cake are to die for...Please note the manager is an exceptional person and was very patient with my inability to manuever the open table app. Incredible service and great atmosphere.

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

3 layer Coconut cake was just like my mother used to make. Great vegetables and fried catfish. Biscuits are great also even though they did not bring any bread with the meal

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Authentic, Healthy, Casual, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

This is an absolute gem in downtown Charlotte! Great food, great service, and a great place! I will definitely be returning! I love the heart and vision of the place! And I know it will continue to do great!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Live Sports, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Authentic, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Organic, Special Occasion, Fun, Hot Spot
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Harold was awesome! Thank you for a nice night out.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great southern fare, great service, good prices, great location.

Tags: Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Had a very nice dinner, loved the Pot Roast. The server was very attentive and professional, she added to the diner being very enjoyable. The manager was great!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Great restaurant supporting a wonderful cause! This is going to be my new go-to on trips to Charlotte. Limited draft beer selection but all are high quality and the food was outstanding!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Great Beer
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

First time eating here. Disappointed. I got the chicken salad sandwich which was bland and very underwhelming. Not sure I'll give the restaurant another try.

Tags: Healthy
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

Great atmosphere, food was amazing, the restaurant smelt amazing with open kitchen. Staff very friendly and very well priced!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

I love the Kings Kitchen - great food while supporting an organization that is directly contributing to increased economic mobility in Charlotte. Even vegetarians can get by with their fantastic sides. Highly recommend.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 9, 2017

This was our first time dining at The King's Kitchen and it did not disappoint. The pimento cheese appetizer was delicious and we enjoyed their beer and wine offerings. I ordered a NY Strip special and my husband had the fried chicken. Both were really good. We would recommend this restaurant to others! We were on the way to the theater after and were in and out in a timely fashion.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 2, 2017

A good place for some very good home style southern cooking. The side dishes are outstanding!

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had the fried oysters appetizer which were the best I've ever had. I had the scallops which were outstanding and my wife had a crispy flounder special. All of the food was excellent with flavors that made you savor every bite. We split the apple pie with vanilla ice cream which was very good, but the pie was room temperature instead of warm...that was our only disappointment for the entire meal. One thing to note is they do not serve cocktails, but do have beer and wine. We enthusiastically recommend this restaurant which is a "Non-Profit" and we will be back the next time we are in Charlotte.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Business Meals, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Casual, Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

In town for the ACC Championship. Great people and food doing good work in the community.

Tags: Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Loved this place. Fun pregame dinner with family.
Collard greens amazing. Fried chicken tasty but a bit dry. Shrimp and grits awesome. Love the mission too!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

the food was as advertised - very tasty and well prepared. From the time we entered, the staff was attentive and the food was prepared in a very timely manner. We would go back the next time we are in Charlotte

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great place! We always visit every time we come to Charlotte!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fun, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great restaurant with a great mission. Food was amazing

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

The food was great. Our server was excellent. The noise level was loud so trying to have a romantic dinner was interrupted.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I have been to King’s Kitchen a number of times over the years. The food is always excellent & Wednesday night was no exception. I also enjoy going to the King’s Kitchen to support their mission & always make an extra contribution to support this effort. Thank you Jim Noble for making a difference in so many lives while providing us with such excellent food.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We have known about the King's Kitchen for years but living out of town we have just not gone there until this Thankgiving Eve visit. We were pleasantly surprised at both the level of gourmet dining and professional service. We spent a pleasant evening enjoying schrimp and grits prepared with just the right amount of "heat" and perfectly sauteed scallops we have to say that were the best we have ever had. Our waiter could not have been more helpful or knowledgable. We were blessed to eat there.
We will certainly return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

The food and service were excellent! I had dinner here with a friend I was meeting for the first time. I chose this restaurant on a whim, and I am so glad I did. I will definitely be back when I am in Charlotte.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 15, 2017

We had a large party (8ppl) and tried multiple times to call for the reservation, but the phone call was cut off each time. We ended up booking 2 parties of 4 on Open Table and then asking the restaurant in person if they could push the tables together. Instead of accommodating our request straightaway, the host was immediately defensive and wanted to know what phone number we called (it was the same one posted on Open Table and the restaurant's website). We didn't blame anyone at the restaurant for the phone failure, so the appropriate thing would simply be to see if he could accommodate our table request instead of being defensive or shifting blame. But other than that, all of the rest of the staff was incredibly accommodating and friendly, so we would be more than happy to dine here again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Stopped in a few minutes after 5pm, and were promptly seated back by the kitchen, despite being the first to dine. Waitress was not engaged, and barely made eye contact. She did her job and was relatively attentive, but almost robotic in her demeanor.

Food was good, but not deserving the rave reviews we read. Fried chicken was a little tough, but nice flavor. Sides were pretty standard. Exception was Mac and Cheese, which held up well.

Offered dessert menu and asked for Banana Pudding. Was told it had sold out at 5:45pm. She then offered that the chef was trying something new and it didn't work.

No other desserts suggested, just brought us our bill.

Again, all was ok, but we'll check out other choices in the future before returning.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We were attending a conference and wanted to experience Charlotte cuisine. The catfish I had was delicious, the waiter was charming and efficient. We had originally had four people, but three other colleagues showed up and our waiter accommodated us. It was a lovely evening. Dr. Dorothy Sisk

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great meal - fried chicken like mom made and the mac&cheese was incredible. Love this place!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

An easy way to sample the best of The South’s culinary classics. Leave a big tip - all of the profits go to fight homelessness and provide job training.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Concert, we loved the service

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great food at a fair price considering the profits go to a great cause. The shrimp & grits were the best I’ve had since eating them in Charleston for the first time years ago! Will definitely order them again. Pork chop had a nice char and was very tasty. Outstanding service by Kiara!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Best service at a restaurant in 10 years. Harold are server was on the money on all suggestions. From wine to dessert.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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