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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in Charlotte

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining in Charlotte? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Toscana Ristorante Italiano restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2450)
$31 to $50
Italian
SouthPark
About the restaurant
TOSCANA Ristorante is located in the specialty shops across from South Park Mall, and is South Charlotte’s premiere upscale Italian restaurant. Since 1998 we have offered guests impeccable service and authentic Tuscan cuisine. Toscana is the perfect setting for an intimate meal or group dinners. Our romantic ambience feels just like a tranquil European courtyard that will enclose you with it's old world elegance. Our seasonal menu of Northern Italian favorites is crafted with passion and offers only the freshest ingredients including local produce and herbs, as well as the finest, poultry, prime meats and seafood to bring the true flavors of Tuscany to your table. In addition all pastas and desserts are made fresh in-house daily. You'll also find an extensive list of fine wines featuring all regions of Italy. Come experience the flavors and ambience of Europe right here in the “Queen City."
Top review
DebraA
Dined 2 days ago
Totally enjoyed an afternoon lunch out with the girls. Each of our meals were delicious (calamari appetizer, lasagna, and tagliatelle). The cappuccino was the perfect ending with the most delicious tiramisu. Several servers provided our table with excellent attention and must mention the bread and white bean dip was an unexpected treat to begin with.
A photo of Pizza Baby East restaurant
4.8
4.8 (15)
$30 and under
Pizza Bar
Elizabeth
About the restaurant
We're proud to be an award-winning establishment, having received the Top 50 Pizza for 2024 in US.

Pizza Baby East is the full-service Roman Café and Wine Bar, offering a selection of locally sourced mozzarella, antipasto, a rotating special, and our signature 12" Americana-style pizza inspired by the Eternal City. Everything is baked in-house, meticulously sourced, and clean label!

Located in the Elizabeth neighborhood, we serve pizza by the slice in a rectangular hand-held fashion, using our signature housemade focaccia. If you haven't been to Rome, our pizzas are reminiscent of street-style pizza al taglio.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
We love Pizza Baby! The food is amazing and the staff is awesome!! Cute space!!
A photo of Mizu restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1188)
$30 and under
Japanese
SouthPark
About the restaurant
Inspired by the wood-fired Robata grills of Japan, Mizu offers a refreshed take on live-fire cooking atop the Hyatt Centric in the heart of Charlotte’s SouthPark neighborhood. Opened in August of 2021 and named one of 2022's "25 Best New Restaurants" and "50 Best Restaurants" by Charlotte Magazine, the rooftop restaurant by Indigo Road Hospitality Group (IRHG) combines the traditions of ancient Japanese cooking with Southern influences and Asian flavors. The kitchen, anchored by Mizu’s own Robata grill, features a seafood-focused menu composed of wood-fired, raw, and chilled offerings.

The beverage program focuses on bright, easy-drinking libations using Japanese spirits and seasonal ingredients, complementing the cuisine and atmosphere. With a chic, minimalist design with natural elements throughout, the restaurant, named for the Japanese word for water, offers sweeping rooftop views from the patio, as well as sophisticated interiors and comfortable lounge and bar seating.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Had the best experience at mizu! Our waitress was so accommodating and made us feel so special. Can’t wait to go back
A photo of The Goodyear House restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1472)
$30 and under
Southern
NODA
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Goodyear House, nestled in the vibrant NODA neighborhood, just a stone’s throw away from Uptown. Led by the culinary prowess of Executive Chef Chris Coleman, a champion on Food Network’s Chopped, Beat Bobby Flay, and SuperChef, our restaurant promises an unforgettable dining experience. Indulge in our menu featuring casual elevated cuisine, expertly crafted to tantalize your taste buds. Whether you’re craving a hearty meal or a light bite, our diverse offerings cater to every palate. Relish the charming ambiance of our beautiful patio as you sip on handcrafted cocktails and savor delectable dishes. As part of NODA, the city’s premier arts and entertainment district, The Goodyear House invites you to immerse yourself in a culinary journey like no other. Book your table today and join us for an unforgettable dining experience.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
Everything was great except the screaming kid at the next table.
A photo of Barrister's at The Esquire Hotel restaurant
4.5
4.5 (133)
$30 and under
American
Gastonia
About the restaurant
Welcome to Barrister's at The Esquire Hotel! Located on the ground level of the restored Lawyer's Building, we strive to deliver a balance of Southern classics and soon to be new favorites. Custom cocktails and an adventurous wine list round out the options. Dine in doors beneath a 2 story vaulted ceiling or outdoors on our dreamy canopied patio. Join us where the past meets the present in Downtown Gastonia!
Top review
Eleganceamust
Dined on Jun 3, 2024
We had a business dinner at Barristers and truly enjoyed it. Kayla our waitress was very lovely. The cocktails were delicious! The food was enjoyable. The only criticism: wine pours were on the short side. Not enough vegetables in the toasted rice dish. Beautiful space to relax in while dining…
A photo of Drift on Lake Wylie restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2229)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Belmont
About the restaurant
Located on Lake Wylie in the newly developed McLean South Shore, Drift on Lake Wylie is a chef-inspired lakeside chophouse. At the forefront of the Lake Wylie dining scene, our food is simple and seasonal—home to prime cuts of beef, local seafood, and homemade pasta. Whether you join us for dinner, pop by the bustling bar for a quick bite, or book one of our private dining rooms for a special dinner or cocktail party, we look forward to serving you soon.

Located 8 minutes south of Belmont off South New Hope Road and North of Lake Wylie just off Pole Branch Road.

Top review
Bwow
Dined 5 days ago
Two adults and a birthday boy toddler! We had such a wonderful meal! The chef even made a special fruit/cheese plate for my son as an appetizer/birthday special. We had the flounder and the stroganoff which were spectacular! 10/10 a wonderful evening and great place to celebrate a birthday.
A photo of Essex restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1717)
$30 and under
International
Uptown
About the restaurant
Welcome to Essex Bar & Bistro, where the cocktail is king. Charlotte’s newest uptown craft cocktail bar and gastropub, Essex is part bistro, part lounge, and part meeting place. We’ve put as much care into the craft of cocktailing as we do our menu of international cuisine, which are designed to complement master mixologist’s liquid creations. Located in the heart of uptown Charlotte at Trade & Tryon, and only steps away from Spectrum Center. Essex is the perfect place for happy hours, evening cocktails, after-dinner drinks, or a late night rendezvous.

We reserve the right to allow only one check on parties larger than 10.
We reserve the right to add a service charge on parties of 6 or more.

Top review
LynnS
Dined 6 days ago
Overall experience was great! Perfect spot for dinner before attending a show at the Blumenthal.
A photo of Rusty Bucket - South Park restaurant
4.3
4.3 (387)
$30 and under
American
SouthPark
About the restaurant
Rusty Bucket is a casual neighborhood tavern serving the highest quality food and beverage in a “come as you are” setting. Scratch kitchens, fresh cocktails, and the perfect pour are our craft. Our associates are welcoming, and our hospitality naturally makes us the local hub where friends and family frequently gather to share in a good time.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
The food was delicious and everything was great!!!
A photo of State of Confusion- Charlotte restaurant
4.3
4.3 (322)
$30 and under
American
South Charlotte
About the restaurant
State of Confusion features authentic dishes from Latin America, New Orleans, and the Carolina Low-country. We serve lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, with takeout and delivery available. Multiple indoor and heated outdoor hangout areas offer you and your groups a variety of options for dining in and special events.

Additional parking at 301 Clanton: Monday - Friday after 4:30 pm and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Top review
AnnD
Dined 7 days ago
Great food - with creative variation - the service was exceptional - Tequia was very attentive and we enjoyed her serving us. Outdoor area very nice - was hot but there was shade and air flow.
A photo of Port City Club restaurant
4.1
4.1 (432)
$31 to $50
American
Cornelius
About the restaurant
Port City Club by David Burke is a uniquely designed 13,500 sq. ft. waterfront restaurant located on beautiful Lake Norman, the largest man-made lake, known as the "Inland Sea" . It is the largest inner port in the Carolina's and boasts 520 miles of shoreline. Each of the rooms has a view of the Lake and was designed to be bright, cheerful, and reflect a casual yet classy atmosphere.

**Please note, OUTDOOR SEATING is currently first come, first served. We cannot guarantee availability. **



Top review
The1pj
Dined 4 days ago
Food was fantastic and service was great. Our server Monica suggested several dishes we tried and were extremely pleased with! And she had the best personality! We loved the restaurant setting and will definitely go back again!
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