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Community Matters Cafe, Charlotte, NC

Community Matters Cafe

4.9
4.9
132 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Welcome to Community Matters Cafe!

By coming in for a great cup of coffee, enjoying a farm-to-table meal, or hosting your next business meeting in our fully appointed private meeting room, you are playing an important part in our program. Community Matters Cafe serves as an extension program of Charlotte Rescue Mission, a non-profit organization that provides free residential recovery services to individuals struggling with substance abuse and homelessness.
Students in the six-month Community Matters Cafe Life Skills Program will tackle topics such as adhering to a schedule, financial responsibility, and healthy ways to cope with conflict and stress while managing their recovery.


When you visit our cafe, you are not only reinforcing the essential life skills our students are learning, but you are showing them that they have a community that believes in their future and helping TO RESTORE HOPE!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for ChowNow
Private dining

Private dining

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Café, Breakfast

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 7:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (980) 237-2147

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chayil Johnson

  • Private party facilities

    Hosting a private event or gathering at Community Matters Cafe is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (877) 542-8465

  • Neighborhood

    Charlotte

  • Cross street

    Cedar St. and Morehead St.

  • Parking details

    75 space parking lot adjacent to Cafe

  • Additional

    Banquet, Cafe, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access

What 132 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.8Value

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    Great for Lunch

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  1. E

    Esther

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent, staff amazing and there HOPE for our community inspirational.
  2. JG

    JosephG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Really enjoyed a late breakfast with friends. Everyone ordered something different and all were pleased with their meal. Highly recommend.
  3. DS

    DavidS

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best places to eat breakfast or lunch in Charlotte. Great food combined with a great mission.
  4. DB

    DBDtraveler

    Charlotte

    226 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    226 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy my visits to CMC. Great atmosphere, service, food and mission. Highly recommend.
  5. D

    Davidsonluv

    Charlotte

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had lunch as pat of our first visit. The BLT sandwich, gets, and salmon Kale Ceasar salad were excellent. The only element better is the restaurants Mission. We will make this a regular favorite.
  6. E

    Eatgooddogood

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Community Matters Cafe never disappoints. The corn salad with grilled chicken was fabulous (of course I added some of their ranch dressing - the best!) Lynn provided wonderful customer service and was delightful!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere. Beautiful Cafe
  8. IH

    IvanH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Community Matters Cafe has an excellent staff, great food and it's serving a wonderful cause. We thoroughly enjoyed it and we will be back! Thank you! Ivan Hinrichs
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was very tasty. Friendly staff & prompt service.
  10. E

    Eatgooddogood

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Community Matters Cafe is a must visit! The food was delicious; the service was great; and the mission of the Cafe is life changing!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific food and great service as always!
  12. G

    Good

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    If you have not gone to Community Matters Cafe, you are missing a real gem. Breakfast, just coffee or lunch, it is a must.
  13. P

    Pastor

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What great food and service. I look forward to going back.
  14. TO

    TheOriginalJLo

    Charlotte

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, very professional staff in a great casual setting.
  15. TO

    TheOriginalJLo

    Charlotte

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, professional & friendly service from the attentive staff, always a pleasure dining
  16. PC

    PeggyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My daughter and I had lunch. We were so very impressed with the service and the delicious food! We enjoyed the atmosphere. Very happy with the experience!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great place. So good to see an older building refurbished in such a nice way. Food and service were great. Looking forward to going another time to try another menu item!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We liked the place the brewed coffee and meals options Nice team working in there Loved the community effort and liked to contribute a little bit Wirh it
  19. TO

    TheOriginalJLo

    Charlotte

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very professional staff, food was delicious, staff helped with recomendations
  20. TO

    TheOriginalJLo

    Charlotte

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very professional staff, fantastic food, great setting
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love it here and it will be our go-to!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great community.
  23. E

    Eatgooddogood

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the food was delicious and the service was phenomenal. Thanks for being more than a place for good food, but a place where lives are being changed each day. Praying for this place always!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favorite place to eat in all of Charlotte! The environment is phenomenal and people are incredible!
  25. b

    bkwo

    Charlotte

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Community Matters Cafe is an amazing place to start your day! The vibe is energetic and the coffee and food are fabulous!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was friendly and attentive. The ordered the Johnny cakes - it was delicious! 🤤
  27. M

    Missy

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had an excellent dining experience! BEST french toast ever!! The waiters (whom they refer to as students), were very professional, friendly and courteous. I highly recommend this restaurant. I will be back again. I support their mission and applaud their efforts in reforming people deserving of a chance to excel. I will be back again...and again!
  28. E

    Eatgooddogood

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Community Matters Cafe is my favorite "go to" spot for lunch, coffee and meetings. The food is great; service is wonderful; and purpose is life changing!
  29. L

    Lave

    Charlotte

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, will definitely e back. Great menu, wonderful mission.
  30. ZF

    ZenFoodie

    Charlotte

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Community Matters is ALWAYS fabulous. Its easy to park. The menu is interesting. The food is consistently delicious. The service is helpful, prompt and courteous. The prices are very reasonable. The outdoor dining option is perfect and the indoor areas are spacious too. AND (as if all of this isn't enough) the mission of Community Matters and its impact on the community are worthy and immense! Bravo!
  31. T

    Tamara

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Community Matters Cafe is marvelous! Wonderful food, a fun staff, easy parking and an awesome mission. I always leave delighted I came.
  32. DT

    DriT

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This Cafe was way more than we expected and the staff from the head to the tail was amazing, sweet and helpful. We had Carly and she was an angel. We will be back this week.
  33. PK

    PaulK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is great, and I would recommend this place to a friend.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Overall great. Service was less attentive than usual, but Will, Mgt, recognized that and provided our table with complimentary baked items to help offset that. A gesture appreciated!
  35. MT

    MikeT

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Overall I rate them a 4.5. out of 5 bc they closed early on Dec 23rd for the Holiday and I felt a little rushed - I would have sit a little longer. Clean. Polite. Professional. Food GREAT! Location and Parking excellent.
  36. BB

    BurgersandBrunch

    Atlanta

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved my entire experience here…the initial greeting and ambiance, the food, space, and service were all top notch.
  37. TA

    TishA

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best breakfast and lunch. Wonderful experience with exceptional staff.
  38. E

    Eatgooddogood

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eating at the Community Matters Cafe just makes you feel good! Great food, wonderful service and a tremendous cause!
  39. A

    Akosha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Eat where you can support the community. Food is consistently good and the service superb.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service, and atmosphere

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Community Matters Cafe using the Order Online button. Community Matters Cafe also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Community Matters Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (980) 237-2147.

Community Matters Cafe is rated 4.9 stars by 132 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


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for ChowNow
Google Map for Community Matters Cafe

821 W 1st St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Cedar St. and Morehead St.

  • Neighborhood

    Charlotte

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 7:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Café, Breakfast

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    75 space parking lot adjacent to Cafe

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chayil Johnson

  • Additional

    Banquet, Cafe, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access

  • Phone number

    (980) 237-2147

  • Private party facilities

    Hosting a private event or gathering at Community Matters Cafe is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (877) 542-8465

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