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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Charlotte

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in Charlotte? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


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4.8
4.8 (1677)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Elizabeth
About the restaurant
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.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Everything was top. Very nice experience. Rivals other top city top restaurants
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4.7
4.7 (2767)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Uptown
About the restaurant
Bernardin's Fine Dining is renowned for its impeccable service, Elegant atmosphere and sophisticated, succulent Modern American Cuisine. Specializing in Seafood, Lamb, Steaks, Game Meats, Poultry and Pasta. Relax and enjoy soothing music, inviting accommodations, unbelievable entrees, specialty desserts and an extensive wine list. Serving the Triad of North Carolina since 1992, new to Uptown Charlotte. We are confident you will enjoy your dining experience.
Top review
VarietyIsASpicevip
Dined 1 day ago
It was a first time visit for our Date night but it will not be our last! From the “special table” to the perfect prepared surf n turf & delicate strawberry shortcake our dining experience was wonderful! Thanks Alicia for your great hospitality service.
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4.7
4.7 (1894)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Ballantyne
About the restaurant
Gallery Restaurant serves contemporary American fare for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.  Menus change seasonally to provide fresh regional ingredients. An exclusive art display from a local gallery establishes an authentic gallery feel. Enjoy an impressive wine selection honored as a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Gallery Bar offers a casual option for lunch and dinner and has an extensive Whiskey collection.  Diners enjoy monthly culinary events and seasonal Al fresco dining. Private dining offers an elegant space for small social events and meetings up to 20 guests. Gallery Restaurant is located at The Ballantyne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte on the corner of Johnston Road and Ballantyne Commons Parkway. Dress code is business casual or nice dress, no baseball caps please.
Top review
Jennifervip
Dined 6 days ago
The Gallery restaurant at The Ballantyne is superb. Both the food and service here are second-to-none. It is a wonderful choice for a special occasion or romantic dinner, as you will be treated like a true VIP. I can't wait for my next meal here!
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4.6
4.6 (411)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Southend
About the restaurant
Nestled next door to Craft Tasting Room and Growler shop. Alyson and Dan Davis designed Lincoln Street Kitchen and Cocktails to be local inside and out, from the small plates menu to the space itself. The seasonal small plate menus’ are inspired by the roots of the region and local farmers. The restaurant is also known for innovative cocktails featuring house made shrubs, sodas, barrel-aged cocktails and curated wine list. The restaurants midcentury nostalgic rustic yet refined design finds the balance between nature and modern, featuring a moss wall, lime washed brick, a walnut live edge bar, 48 seat dining room and a 30 seat roof top deck.
Top review
HEATHERB
Dined 2 days ago
Table was waiting for us when we got there. Super quick service. Delicious food.
A photo of Napa on Providence restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3668)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Myers Park
About the restaurant
In Napa Valley California, restaurants are inspired by the local surroundings – earthy wine vineyards, Spanish colonial architecture, small production farms, fresh ingredients and a passion for keeping things simplistic and natural. The Napa Philosophy is our commitment to: Comfortable and approachable food and drink Freshness of ingredients Locally sourced ingredients when possible Partnering with area producers and craftsmen Cooking everything from scratch Great prices and variety of choices to encourage regular patronage Vineyard inspired décor and presentation With small and large plate offerings, Napa on Providence is perfect for a business luncheon, friends gathering for cocktails or families craving brunch. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are recommended. We look forward to your visit.
Top review
HannahD
Dined 2 days ago
Amazing experience. The lemon risotto was divine and the server, Bob, was so attentive and accommodating!
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4.6
4.6 (1119)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Fort Mill, South Carolina
About the restaurant
A unique restaurant in a unique neighborhood. We serve the finest fresh seafood available in a comfortable, warm setting by a team of knowledgeable and attentive staff. Chef's signature menu features are inspired by fresh local produce and high quality ingredients. We also offer live Maine lobsters, chicken and steak, and a daily selection of desserts made in house.
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SCFrankvip
Dined 2 days ago
The cocktails were great; the food was delicious and all 4 meals were served hot. Our server, Ashley, was personable, attentive and efficient. We’ve been dining here for years and will continue to do so.
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4.6
4.6 (932)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Uptown
About the restaurant
The warmth of wood-fired cooking complemented by meticulously sourced seasonal ingredients from Carolina farms and local partners. Simple, rustic yet refined flavors served in a gathering space with a laid back, neighborhood vibe.

Located within the Charlotte Marriott City Center. Please note Stoke Restaurant validates parking for restaurant guests who valet park at the Charlotte Marriott City Center. Please provide your receipt/valet ticket to the Host/Hostess.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 20, 2024
Stoke was a vibe, we went for my best friend’s birthday. Our waitress was so personable and friendly. She was informed and even made accommodations without request — quick on her feet and made some really great recommendations. Drinks were great and food was yum!!
A photo of Napa at Kingsley restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3145)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Fort Mill, South Carolina
About the restaurant
Napa Valley has a very unique culinary style and personality - local fresh ingredients prepared simply with a passion for scratch cooking, bold wines at great prices, and a vineyard aesthetic influenced by the rustic natural surroundings. Napa at Kingsley is excited to bring this comfortable style of dining to the vibrant fort mill area and the communities surrounding the Kingsley development.
We offer complimentary Valet with Validation Thursday, Friday & Saturday Evenings from 5-11pm. To access Valet you can enter on Textile Way off of SC-160 and make a right hand turn onto Broadcloth and valet is located across our restaurant on the right hand side.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Perfect for a date night! Our server was very helpful and knew the menu in detail!
A photo of Red Rocks Cafe - Birkdale Village restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2576)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Huntersville
About the restaurant
Red Rocks Cafe - Birkdale Village, with its comfortable booths, low lighting, intimate feel and jazzy background music, offers a touch of class and a comfortable atmosphere that appeals to everyone. The lively restaurant scene is enhanced by a popular bar and covered patio overlooking the shops at each of the locations. The menu boasts of quality with a variety of steak, seafood, poultry and pasta entrees. Each entrée is named for a famous (or not so famous) customer and adds a personal touch to the varied selection.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
We dined here for the first time today. The food was very good and nice and hot when it arrived at the table. Will definitely return.
A photo of Fiore restaurant
4.3
4.3 (372)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Ballantyne
About the restaurant
Amazing 1920's inspired Cocktail Lounge / Supper Club with wonderful Chef created tapa style cuisine and top notch wine.

Since 2017, we’ve become known as the most notable Lounge in the heart of Ballantyne. From our unique cocktails to our ever-changing list of local spirits, we have everything you need to have a great
night out.

We’re dedicated to making sure your time with us is unlike anything else you’ve experienced. Our professional crew behind the bar has carefully curated a list of world-renowned drinks that leave your mouth buzzing with layers of flavor. Don’t believe us? Come on by and see for yourself.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
Service is great and the food is really good.The chef takes a special interest to check on tables which adds to the experience.
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