The King's Kitchen

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$30 and under
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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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MD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience2

The food was not what we would have expected. It was also being remodeled inside so it didn't look great. We also were unaware they only served beer and wine while we were out for a friend's birthday. Service was just okay. Probably won't be going back.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and the service was great. I love their mission and will definitely return. Highly recommend!

FW
E. Tennessee
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was too good! My husband and I both ate way more than we needed to or should have. The veggies were amazing as were the oysters and pimento cheese. Definitely worth a visit!

WM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing dinner. The food was some of the best I have ever eaten!

VM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The King's Kitchen was a last minute find when the intended restaurant me and friends were headed to was packed on a Saturday night. But it was the best place we could've picked! It was southern cuisine with an upscale flare. And with a picky eater in our group, it was nice to impress them with the options. We had the salmon dish with collard greens, the scallops with mac and cheese, and the fried chicken plate with mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, and mac and cheese. Everything was absolutely amazing! The service was also impeccable. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu, and made a lot of recommendations, and the food arrived fairly quickly considering what we ordered. And if you like an adult bevie, the wine selection was pretty expansive. It was just an overall great dining experience!!! Would highly suggest for anyone living or visiting the city!

JI
Charleston
219 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice hidden gem. First time eating there. Nice service. Very personable and friendly. Food is excellent. One of the best burgers ever. Scallops were very tasty and tender. Danninelo was very nice. Price is right.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Dining experience was not great at all. Restaurant was under renovation with plastic screens. We were not notified about this during booking. The tables were sticky and dirty when we were seated. Not a great experience at all, would not recommend.

AT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Let me start with the fact that our server was both very kind and understanding. That's the only positive thing I have to say about my time here. They were out of quite a few things and our biscuits were over cooked. The pot roast was chewy and the black eye peas were flavorless. I still don't understand how a grilled salmon came with no sides but fried catfish does. The prices were just not comparable to the portion sizes and our fries were undercooked. We had a reservation so it's not like we came last minute. This was a pretty bad first impression I'll be honest. Im sorry but it was unacceptable. The only reason I left the tip I did was because it was not our waitress' fault. Oh and it was extremely loud, couldn't hear what someone directly in front of you even said.

KM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and great service. I enjoyed the crab dip and shrimp and grits. I will be back!

OT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love supporting The King’s Kitchen because of all they do for others, and the FOOD is sooo good! We had pot roast and fried chicken along with some delicious southern sides.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quality southern food. The deviled eggs were the best we’ve ever had. Look around the construction outside to find the entrance.

DJ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent mission. Todd beer and drink list as well. A little difficult to spot and get to due to current street construction but plenty of close parking. Will return.

SH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was just ok. Our server was on top of everything but not very friendly. Food was ok. My husband did like the gumbo though.

YS
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service was excellent. Our server was super sweet and gracious but could have used another shift of two in training. We were a bit shocked by the depth of the construction all around the restaurant and even from the inside. Management should alert diners when making a reservation for full transparency

OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were so quick and nice and the food was incredible!!!

NC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a special place with a beautiful mission. The best traditional Southern food I’ve ever had- it’s not my favorite cuisine but The King’s Kitchen is an exception to the rule!! Service is always outstanding and really caring. A must try in Charlotte!

KH
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful restaurant. We love the food, service and mission of this business.

OT
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

The food here was excellent. There is heavy construction outside this restaurant right now which heavily affects the ambience and noise. Service was good. Not great to the point that you notice but not bad in any way.

CD
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The southern cuisine cooked with care and fine dining tastes did not disappoint my brother, his wife and my other brother. The dinner was an early Christmas celebration. Thank you King’s Kitchen for the memories.

SB
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting from California and several people told us we needed to eat at Kings Kitchen. So glad we did as the food was wonderful and the staff was accommodating.

HS
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fried chicken and catfish were great as well as the sides of cabbage, collard greens, green beans, and macaroni and cheese!

CS
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely phenomenal as always ! The people working there so pleasant and accommodating. The food is fantastic!

Thank you!

s
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had dinner on a Friday night, busy but not completely full. Food was very good, pot roast was delicious, mushrooms for the table and crab dip were also great. Service was also very good. Nice to be able to support a business that is dedicated to helping the community.

OT
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Was just ok. The menu is very small and they were out of a couple of sides the night we were there.

RJ
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My husband and I were in town visiting family for Thanksgiving, and needed a light meal after the heavy carbs of the holiday! So we took a gander and tried The King’s Kitchen. We shared a kale salad with salmon and some roasted root vegetables. Great flavors, great service, comfy surroundings. My one critique is that $20 for a single piece of salmon to go on the side of our salad was a bit overkill!

JL
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Please use Much less or no MSG in your food. I had a terrible headache from the MSG in the food you serve.

OT
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Wine selection very good also.

SH
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I loved the idea and mission of this restaurant. But I think there is some room for improvement on the restaurant side. A $20 entrée should definitely come with at least one side dish I think. The waiter was pleasant but Not enthusiastic. My husband did really like the collard greens however!

BP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

This was our first visit and we definitely enjoyed our dinner very much! Our waiter Will was very helpful in his recommendations...he explained that the sides are really the star. And they were, but the wine was very good, the coffee was awesome, and our entrees were delicious!! I got the pork chop...it was cooked perfectly to medium as I ordered...nicely browned on the exterior, and juicy i the middle. My wife ordered the pot roast...it was very tender but not cooked to mush. All of the sides were cooked to perfection...very clean tasting, and my wife said her cole slaw was the best she's ever had in a restaurant. The mashed potatoes were so creamy but not heavy, and the beans and peas were well cooked but not overcooked. The prices are very reasonable, the staff was friendly and attentive but not intrusive...definitely a wonderful dinner out!! We will certainly be going back, probably to try the fried chicken on our next visit. Thank you to Will and the staff there for a surprisingly lovely dinner before the show at Booth Playhouse. The only minor opportunity for improvement is for the construction on the street and exterior of the restaurant to be completed...it was a little messy getting there since it was a rainy evening, and it was a bit drafty at our table because of construction to the exterior of the building. but that will not deter us from going to the King's Kitchen again when we are in uptown Charlotte!!

TM
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Stopped in for an early dinner on Saturday night. The staff was attentive, and the menu was nicely designed. Would easily recommend The King's Kitchen.

C
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

excellent food and service

KF
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

While food tasted amazing, portions were small. $20 for a small grilled salmon with no sides is a bit much

CC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The concept is wonderful, and the food was very good. It was Southern, with an uptown ambiance, and very close to the Mint Museum and Knight's Theater.

KC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are from Carolina Beach and this is our second time visiting. Both times have been amazing!! We will be back!!

OT
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Fried Chicken Sandwich and mac and cheese is so awesome!! Nice and quiet for Anniversaries

N
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food is consistently southern and tasty. The service is good and you’re supporting a good cause while indulging in some southern delights.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and positive environment

MF
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Kings Kitchen, food is delicious! One of our favorites.

OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and the service was outstanding! Love their mission. We will definitely go back our next trip to Charlotte.

JS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, the case and food were all exceptional. This was my first visit to the Kings Kitchen and Charlotte.

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