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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Charlotte

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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 Bentley's restaurant
5.0
5 (847)
$31 to $50
French American
SouthPark
About the restaurant
American-French establishment offering high-end cuisine in an upscale atmosphere located in South Park.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The Dover Sole is always absolutely delicious. Everything was wonderful, from the salad to dessert!
A photo of Toscana Ristorante Italiano restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2449)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
We went two weeks ago and liked it so much we HAD to go back. The service at the cozy bar was incredible while we waited for our friends to join us in a quiet comfy booth. The food was next level and I’m a chef. The service and attention to detail were amazing. Well Done!
A photo of The Melting Pot - Charlotte - Lake Norman restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1248)
$31 to $50
Fondue
Huntersville
About the restaurant
The Melting Pot is Huntersville’s fine-dining destination, with mouthwatering offerings for people with all tastes. One bite is all takes to make a fondue believer out of you. Whether you’re arrived for drinks, cheese, and chocolate, or you want to experience the full 4-Course Experience, you’ll leave a fan of our gourmet fondue. When you’re in the mood for something different and special, fondue is the perfect choice. Our friendly servers blend artisan cheeses tableside before delivering freshly made salads with signature dressings. Choose your own custom entrée and cooking style, but make sure to save room for dessert. Everyone loves chocolate, and we deliver the most indulgent chocolate experience you’ll ever have! You’ll find our fondue restaurant right off Highway 77 in the Lake Norman area near Charlotte. We’re just a few miles from Charlotte Motor Speedway in the heart of NASCAR Country.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
We celebrated my daughter’s “16th” birthday and it was memorable! I can’t believe how well prepared each course was and how large the servings were! Our server was the best and totally attentive and detail oriented. Our glasses were never empty.
A photo of The Capital Grille - Charlotte restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4688)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Uptown
About the restaurant
Make it a day to remember. From birthdays and anniversaries to professional milestones, we aim to make every gathering special at The Capital Grille. Open seven days a week, The Capital Grille is best known for our expertly prepared steaks, which are dry aged in house for 18 to 24 days and then hand-cut by our restaurant's on-premise butcher. The Capital Grille's wine list features more than 350 selections, and its floor-to-ceiling wine kiosk regularly houses 3,500 - 5,000 bottles. Reservations are recommended but not required. For more information, please visit our website. We look forward to delighting you.
Top review
ShelleyMvip
Dined 3 days ago
Many steak houses serve a good meal... what made our evening at The Capital Grille-Charlotte wonderful was the professional, friendly service Denica provided from beginning to end. The kitchen served up tastes to be proud of... Highly recommend for a special occasion or simply a wonderful meal... .... Enjoy
A photo of Oak Steakhouse - Charlotte restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2181)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
SouthPark
About the restaurant
Oak Steakhouse Charlotte presents an innovative take on the classic steakhouse. Located in the established neighborhood of SouthPark, Oak Steakhouse offers a modern approach to steakhouse dining, serving farm-fresh dishes alongside steakhouse classics in a mid-century modern environment. The menu highlights the restaurant's relationship with local farmers and purveyors. To complement the menu, Oak's expansive wine list features California Cabernet and Old World reds, including a selection of Italian and Spanish wines, as well as an array of artisan domestic wines. In celebration of Charlotte's growing brewery scene, Oak Steakhouse showcases local brews alongside domestic and international beers. Classic, seasonal cocktails are also on the menu.
Top review
BenH
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
Outstanding meal. Would recommend as one of the top steakhouses in CLT
A photo of Morton's The Steakhouse - Charlotte restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2393)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Uptown
About the restaurant
What began in Chicago in 1978 is now one of the most award-winning steakhouses around. For over 30 years, Morton's The Steakhouse has been on a mission to provide "The Best Steak… Anywhere." Focusing on quality, consistency and genuine hospitality, Morton's seeks to provide not only memorable cuisine, but a memorable experience. With fresh, succulent seafood and famed USDA prime-aged steak, it's no surprise that Morton's has thrilled diners all over the world. For a glimpse of a higher standard of steakhouse, come see the legendary Morton's experience for yourself.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 8, 2024
Great customer service and delicious food and drinks! Could not have been better! We were celebrating our anniversary. The menu they gave us had Happy Anniversary on top. They took a picture of us and gave it to us in a folder. Top notch!
A photo of The Palm Charlotte restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3521)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
SouthPark
About the restaurant
Wherever you join us, The Palm will always feel like home. Known as the go-to place for classic Italian fare, prime steaks, fresh jumbo Nova Scotia Lobsters and an extensive wine list since 1926. The Palm is both sophisticated and welcoming to generations of guests, all of whom are treated like family from the moment they walk in the door.
Top review
ChrisKvip
Dined 1 day ago
Always a Great Meal at - The Palm. As always Great Service with Anthony - Joey (Manager) always takes care of us.
A photo of Basil Thai Cuisine - Uptown Charlotte restaurant
4.6
4.6 (70)
$31 to $50
Thai
Uptown
About the restaurant
We invite you to celebrate refined Thai cuisine and an invigorating dining experience in the heart of Charleston, Mt Pleasant and Columbia, SC and Charlotte, NC.

Basil is the realization of the lifelong dream of Henry and Chai Eang, brothers who immigrated to the United States from turbulent 1970s Cambodia. From speaking not a word of English, to creating award-winning dining experiences throughout the Carolinas, the duo has married hard work with passion to bring authentic Thai cuisine to their new home.

Since opening the first Basil in Charleston to rave reviews, several trendy locations have followed over the last dozen years. Basil’s infectious atmosphere centers around a dynamic kitchen as the sound of heat to metal, blade to board and liquid to flame resonate throughout the restaurant. Each space stylishly appointed to reflect the culture and energy of the noteworthy Southern cities they inhabit.

Top review
BruceB
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
Excellent service by Tansu, great smoked manhattan, fried wontons, duck pho, fried bass and seafood medley of shrimp, calamari, scallops and green lipped mussels. All in original Thai sauces. Leave room for dessert of fried ice cream, YUM !
A photo of PARA restaurant
4.5
4.5 (14)
$31 to $50
American
Southend
About the restaurant
PARA, located in the heart of South End Charlotte, is an innovative lounge & restaurant serving globally influenced shareable plates, entrées & creative cocktails.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
Food was amazing as well as the service and the drinks , definitely would recommend for a date
A photo of Aura Rooftop restaurant
4.1
4.1 (329)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Uptown
About the restaurant
Ascend five stories high in the JW Charlotte to Aura Rooftop where a magical oasis awaits. Soak in premiere views of city and indulge in vibrant small plates with a signature botanical cocktail in hand. Experience magnetic vibes up high at one of Charlotte's best rooftop lounges!

Monday to Friday - Open at 3:00 pm
Saturday to Sunday - Open at 12 pm
Weather permitting closing times 11 pm Mon-Sat and 9 pm on Sun.

Top review
Alexis
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
Great happy hour! Had the chips & spicy guacamole and Queso. Delicious!
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