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Customshop, Charlotte, NC

Customshop

4.8
4.8
1500 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Customshop is a chef-driven restaurant that showcases local farms and purveyors in an effort to bring our guests the highest quality ingredients within our community. Executive Chef and Owner Andres Kaifer along with his team believe in crafting honest straightforward food with an elevated modern touch that delivers something truly unique. Weekly menu changes allow us to highlight the seasonality of food and the beauty of North Carolina produce, seafood, and specialty items. With stylistic inspiration from Spain, Italy, and France, our neighborhood restaurant aims to make everyone feel welcome. We are proud to offer a seasonal cocktail menu that also takes an ingredient-first approach and looks to mirror the creativity and ingenuity of our culinary team. Our wine list is curated around a balance of old-world staples as well as new and emerging producers pushing the envelope. We cannot wait to serve you on your next date night, post-work drinks with friends, or at a family celebration.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Contemporary European
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (704) 333-3396
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Andres Kaifer
  • Catering
    Please contact us at info@customshopfood.com for all catering inquiries!
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact us at info@customshopfood.com for all private event inquiries. We're happy to answer any questions you might have!
  • Private party contact
    Chip Townsend: (704) 333-3396
  • Neighborhood
    Elizabeth
  • Cross street
    Travis
  • Parking details
    Surface lot located across the street from and behind the restaurant.
  • Public transit
    Lynx Gold Line Trolley
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 1,500 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Charlotte

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    Contemporary American

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  • Charlotte

    Contemporary American

1,500 Reviews
  1. LisaM

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal celebrating a family birthday. The food was delicious and beautiful; our server outstanding — charming, knowledgeable, and attentive without being too intrusive! Looking forward to a return visit!

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  2. EricS

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food we've had since moving here two years ago!

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  3. Nell

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First time in Charlotte and based on reviews I decided to try this place for a date night. I really had no idea what to expect, but it turned out to be an interesting night. The ambiance was nice and the staff was attentive as well. The food was “okay” but they did have unique dishes. The sizes of the plates were overall small for the price and so were the drinks. The experience was worth it but not sure if I’d visit again. It was super loud inside on Saturday evening, but once a particular party left it did quiet down quite a bit making it more enjoyable. I may give them another shot when I’m back in NC.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful. The food was delicious and the cocktails were so tasty! I’ve been wanting to go back every since we left!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    65 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    65 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    This was our first time dining here for a birthday. Although the food was good, the portions are very small. They were short staffed & our waiter was a bit sarcastic & not too attentive. Why do they ask if you’re celebrating a special occasion; we shared a dessert & they didn’t even put a candle in it. We weren’t even offered coffee….

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  6. NickM

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Disappointing for sure. Caution for anyone sensitive to spicy food! There’s no warning on spice levels and wasn’t even asked about allergies or taste profiles by our waiter. Even with the hot spice, the flavor of my pasta was rather bland. Burrata was good though, and the tartare was just average. Def not worth a trip back and recommend checking out other spots in Charlotte.

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  7. SandyE

    Charlotte

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    My husband and I enjoyed the meal at Custom Shop. Our waitress was very responsive and she made a fantastic Old Fashioned. It was noisy because one particular person at a nearby table likes the sound of his voice...a lot. Tables for 2 are really close to one another, to the point that it's hard not to hear what your neighbors are talking about. Food was excellent.

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  8. dfcov

    New York Area

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff is great, food is creative and REALLY GOOD. We always feel welcome and comfortable. The menu is creative, wine list very good.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible restaurant with great food! This was our second time here. We tried it last year and loved it, so we had to come back on this trip. Every item we ordered was fresh and flavorful. I am looking forward to coming back on my next trip to Charlotte.

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  10. williamm

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    always a good choise-food and service is consistently good

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Ahead of time - We requested a table near the front of the restaurant and we’re getting a table in the very back.

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  12. SteveJ

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food - very creative and fresh! And the wait staff were awesome - friendly and great eye contact. We will definitely be back

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious! Blue crab ravioli was devine as well as the heirloom tomato app. Server was very knowledgeable and did not rush us at all.

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  14. davidd

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service and food was very good. We enjoyed it. I knocked them to a 4 on ambiance because the 2 person seating along the wall is a little close. I knock them to a 4 on value because they were a bit cheap on the entree serving size. My serving of Mahi was maybe 4 ounces for $36. Everything was delicious though. I would get the buratta every time. Flan was best I've had. Creamy and not rubbery. They made my Old Fashion with top shelf bourbon of my choice for $14. Menu is small, which I guess helps the kitchen focus on fewer things and making them more perfect, but for me, makes me return less frequent and i like to try new things and wait for menu options to change. They dont have specials. Aside from my not picks, i still go 5 based on the quality and good service.

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  15. CLTfoodie1

    Charlotte

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible meal to celebrate a birthday! Great vibe of restaurant, staff, bar, and while eating. Bijah our server aka my "food consigliere" as I named him during our meal was great in understanding our preferences and suggesting the dishes and why as well as wine with with our meal. Enjoyed seeing diners on both sides of our table and their meals and we actually engaged with them about the quality of our meal. Started with the heirloom tomato salad that the spouse was excited about. Could not decide on another appetizer so went with our server's recommendation to share an entre as another app - blue crab ravioli and then our entrees of scallops and mahi dishes. Wrapped up with the flan and pot de creme and french press coffee. Flan was heavenly and the best ever had (chef's recipe from his mother). All dishes were extremely flavorful but not overwhelming. Definitely a top meal in all of Charlotte for 2023. Will return with a group of friends next time!

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  16. Marco

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    That was a great experience. Thank you for making our date night special.

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  17. KateS

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic , the atmosphere is a vibe , but it is pricey for portion.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top 5 spots in Charlotte for sure! Great food and wine list!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well deserved title of #1 restaurant in Charlotte! Had an absolutely fantastic meal. Will definitely be returning!

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  20. BradleyD

    Charlotte

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to dine with friends - great ambience with attentive servers. Portions are the right size and the food is flavorful and well prepared

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  21. JeffG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    This was one of the best meals we've had in a long time. Every dish was excellent. My only negative thing to say is that the bar service was very slow. Drinks took too long even when standing at the bar. And it took way too long to be served our bottle of wine even after requesting that we wanted it with our appetizers.

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  22. KARENL

    Charlotte

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We were excited to visit the restaurant for the first time to celebrate a birthday. It’s unfortunate that there was no lobby or available bar seats to wait 20 min until a table became available despite our reservations. The small plates and dinner was nice but not great. I ordered the Duck entree and was served room temperature. A lack luster evening overall.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Munich

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Celebrated my bday here. Loved everything we ordered. Glad we still have a restaurant in Charlotte that makes you feel like you’re having a one of a kind experience.

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  24. RachelR

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite restaurant in charlotte so far!! We loved everything- and we tried 8 things on the menu plus drinks!! Look forward to returning.

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  25. AshleyL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Service, cocktails, wine, and atmosphere were incredible, but we left really dissatisfied with our meal. We used to be Customshop regulars and have been back since the change in ownership and still really enjoyed it! This time everything just seemed off. The salad was a bowl of bitter ingredients with no balancing flavors, the pasta was an overpriced bowl of too-al-dente (undercooked) pasta that felt really uninspired and basic, and the croquettes were also a bit disappointing and monotonous in flavor. We are BIG fans of this place and hope it was just an off night.

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  26. NateS

    Raleigh

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding experience in food , ambiance, service and value. Highly recommend the duck which is exceptional.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My son lives in NYC and this was one of his favorite CLT stops. The food and vibe was great?

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  28. scotts

    Charlotte

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was fantastic, and it's quickly becoming our favorite spot, having delivered consistently over the last 6 months or so.

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  29. BarbK

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the daily surprises which certainly adds to the quality and freshness of everything. I throughly enjoyed my gin and cucumber cocktail, heirloom tomato app, shrimp with pasta paired with a lovely dry white wine! Yum!

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  30. Rach

    Charlotte

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Drinks are waaay too small. Good but no value. Smalls(appetizers) unique and need more description (if something is served cold.. that should be stated) Main course very good Service excellent

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  31. Scott

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely amazing. The service was just right and the ethos and environment were just what we needed.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe and excellent service!

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  33. dfcov

    New York Area

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and great team members. Very good wine list. Great atmosphere.

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  34. AmieN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came here for work gathering and it was an excellent choice.

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  35. Orange

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks here are absolutely amazing! I had to come back two weeks in a row because I couldn't stop thinking about the Crab Corn Pasta.

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  36. ZachS

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Andres and the rest of the team always knock it out of the park! Best meal of my life.

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  37. AllisonH

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great tasting food, lovely dining experience - must have the duck it was so good

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  38. StacyL

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal and fantastic staff! Zoe, the bartender, is the best!

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  39. NinaF

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic, a total gem in Charlotte. The team, the chef, the space, the food, the cocktails are all the best.

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  40. luvtuna

    Charlotte

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant didn’t disappoint. The heirloom tomatoes and blue crab ravioli were winners. Everyone enjoyed their entrees: duck, tile fish and ribeye. We’ll be back. Service was excellent

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Customshop is rated 4.8 stars by 1500 OpenTable diners.

Customshop does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today
Google Map for Customshop

1601 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Travis
  • Neighborhood
    Elizabeth
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Contemporary European
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Surface lot located across the street from and behind the restaurant.
  • Public transit
    Lynx Gold Line Trolley
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Andres Kaifer
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (704) 333-3396
  • Catering
    Please contact us at info@customshopfood.com for all catering inquiries!
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact us at info@customshopfood.com for all private event inquiries. We're happy to answer any questions you might have!
  • Private party contact
    Chip Townsend: (704) 333-3396
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