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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Charlotte

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies 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 Peppervine restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2016)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
SouthPark
About the restaurant
Modern American Fine Dining meets elegance and innovation. General Manager/Wine Director Tommy Trull and Executive Chef Will Stephenson offer a memorable dining experience that blends comfort with sophistication, along with creative, locally sourced dishes with international influences, complemented by an extensive wine list (winner of Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence every year since 2021) and expertly crafted cocktails.

We blend formal and informal service to make every visit special. Whether you're celebrating a birthday with our complimentary key lime pie bar or enjoying a free glass of Cava for your anniversary, our team ensures personalized attention to every detail.

We also have monthly wine dinners, showcasing exquisite pairings and fine selections from around the world. With flexible seating options, including a cozy mezzanine and private dining room, we cater to all occasions. Reserve your table today and discover an exceptional dining experience at Peppervine.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Can’t wait to eat there again!!! We were there celebrating a birthday. The food was so good! Began with those amazing Signature yeast rolls, A MUST! The salads are fantastic and I personally had the Lumache Pasta….YUMMY! Atmosphere is wonderful and festive and you can actually hear one another talk!
A photo of Kounter restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1283)
$31 to $50
American
Rock Hill, South Carolina
About the restaurant
A new restaurant by Rock Hill native Chef Rob Masone!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Had the trout and it was perfection! As usual, all the food and the service was amazing.
A photo of Giovanna restaurant
4.8
4.8 (13)
$31 to $50
Italian
South Charlotte
About the restaurant
Giovanna is the second restaurant created by Chef and Owner Richard Cranmer. Sister restaurant Zinicola, located in Ballantyne, has been a success in bringing authentic Italian food to the area, and Chef Richard hopes to bring that to the Lower Southend (LoSo) area. Giovanna is inspired by Chef Richard’s family, especially his mother and Nonna. He brings authentic Italian cuisine to life with a modern twist on classic recipes. We specialize in house made Italian cuisine from pastas, pizzas, and desserts! Our goal here at Giovanna is to provide delicious food and excellent service to our guests!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Had a fantastic time! Quinton ,our server, was delightful!
A photo of Fin & Fino - Birkdale Village restaurant
4.7
4.7 (194)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Huntersville
About the restaurant
Fin & Fino is a social seafood house located in the heart of Birkdale Village! Our menu features raw bar offerings, house-made pasta, fresh fish, delicious proteins, and seasonal produce. With an emphasis on small plates, our menu is built for sharing and has something for everyone!

Led by Brittany “BK” Kellum, our talented bar team is constantly shaking up creative new cocktails, experimenting with spirits both rare and familiar. Every drink we serve is balanced and expertly crafted with made-in-house ingredients, and our unique menu ensures that each visit to Fin is a memorable experience.

Looking for something special? Go for "The Treatment" and let our kitchen work their magic, curating a feast just for you! Our team will guide you through a tasting tour of dishes both on and off our menu. For every guest who chooses 'The Treatment,' $5 is donated to a partnering charity.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Excellent food and a selection of dishes. Great attention.
A photo of Baku restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1705)
$50 and over
Japanese
SouthPark
About the restaurant
BAKU is a Japanese Robata-style restaurant that showcases outstanding Sushi and innovative Robata and Yakatori cuisine. Casual everyday dining downstairs with a upscale lounge upstairs. We specialize in creating an unique and memorable experience for every occasion.



For parties of 8 or more guests, we do require a $50 Non-Refundable Deposit to confirm reservations. This deposit is applied to the bill at time of reservation. Please call the restaurant for more details about confirming your party of 8+ guests. All parties of 8+ guests will need to call the restaurant directly to make reservations.

Top review
SrutiKvip
Dined 2 days ago
Second time dining here. Such great service. Food is phenomenal.very vegetarian friendly too!
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Charlotte restaurant
4.6
4.6 (536)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Charlotte
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!

Top review
Jenny
Dined 3 days ago
We love this place so much. The food is always delicious. The spicy cucumbers are a must try!!
A photo of Constantine’s Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (53)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Gastonia
About the restaurant
Visit our restaurant to experience our relaxing atmosphere, to find a peace of mind and to enjoy our diverse, delicious, gourmet menu. Our extensive choice of side and main dishes and appetizers, as well as NA and alcoholic beverages are made to make your taste buds happy!
Top review
KathyC
Dined 2 days ago
The staff was great. There was a storm coming and the staff encouraged us to move our car to the side so we would not get wet when we left.
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4.5
4.5 (206)
$30 and under
Italian
Uptown
About the restaurant
Cicchetti (“chee-KEH-tee”), a wine bar in Uptown Charlotte featuring authentic Italian small dishes, interprets the classic Venetian bacaro. At these casual and convivial spots, locals gather to enjoy glasses of wine alongside savory small bites, hand tossed pizzas and more. Offering an all-world wine selection, wines by the glass or bottle, beer, draught cocktails and NA’s, all of your favorites.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Went for restaurant week and everything was fantastic!
A photo of Frida's Mexican Cantina restaurant
4.3
4.3 (88)
$31 to $50
Mexican
South Charlotte
About the restaurant
WELCOME TO
FRIDA`S
Mexican Cantina
PATIO | TACOS | COCKTAILS | CRAFT BEER | WINE SELECTION | VEGETARIAN DISHES | ROMANTIC

Top review
FOODBOSSvip
Dined on Jul 14, 2024
Celebrated my twin's birthday for lunch. All the food we ordered was great and authentic. Service was very attentive. We will be coming back for dinner.
A photo of 3RD & FERNWOOD restaurant
4.3
4.3 (26)
$30 and under
Southern
Dilworth
About the restaurant
Welcome to 3rd and Fernwood, where the charm of an American Southern villa meets modern Southern cuisine in Charlotte. Located next to Dressler's, this former Hickory Tavern site now showcases Chef Greg Collier’s culinary prowess. Signature dishes like Smoked Beets with Alabama White Sauce echo our deep BBQ roots with a creative twist. Enjoy a fusion of rustic elegance and contemporary flair, making every dining experience a celebration of tradition and innovation.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Quality southern comfort food. Unique & classic at the same time
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