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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Charlotte

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 Deejai Noodle Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (46)
$30 and under
Thai
NODA
About the restaurant
Bringing Thai street food to the Noda Charlotte community. DeeJai noodle bar offers a delicious choice of authentic, traditional Thai street food, sushi, and an array of various Asian dishes, all hand selected from the freshest ingredients. DeeJai noodle bar offers a full bar with specialty cocktails, selected great wine and sake lists to compliment any dish.

Please make a reservation online for your next business party, birthday party, or family event! ENJOY A FREE EDAMAME WHEN YOU SPEND $40 OR MORE!!!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE RESTAURANT'S LOCATION IS:
DeeJai Noodle Bar
3629 N. Davidson St. suite 103
Charlotte, NC 28205
980-859-3701
704-910-0815
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Excellent food. Served was nice. So far the best sushi I’ve found in charlotte. Will be back
A photo of Leroy Fox South End restaurant
4.6
4.6 (79)
$30 and under
Southern
Southend
About the restaurant
Our fried chicken may be the best tasting fried chicken you'll ever try!

Leroy Fox "Camden" is located in South End: a unique and charming neighborhood loved by so many! We love what we do and we love our guests even more. Thank you for all of the love and support!
Top review
ErikaM
Dined 6 days ago
Best meal we’ve had out in quite a while! Food was fresh and delicious
A photo of La Capital MX restaurant
4.6
4.6 (279)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Southend
About the restaurant
La Capital brings the spirit of Mexico to the table creating an unmatched dining experience in Southend with our authentic Mexican cuisine and cocktails in a modern, high energy environment.
Top review
pamelaisanchez
Dined on May 28, 2024
fantastic as always! The MX is my favorite margarita in Charlotte!
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A photo of The Workman's Friend restaurant
4.6
4.6 (54)
$30 and under
Irish
Plaza Midwood
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of Plaza Midwood, we are an authentic Irish American pub serving scratch-made pub fare with friendly service and a welcoming atmosphere. Choose from our open air patio overlooking the action of Central Avenue, or our cozy indoor dining room outfitted with a working fireplace.

Top review
MarkC
Dined 4 days ago
The “chips” (fries) were not as good as normal, the shepherd’s pie had way too much potato’s and not enough meat and veggies as it usually does. Overall this was an ok experience but no where near as good as we have had in the past. The service was great and the staff was amazing.
A photo of North Italia - Charlotte - Ballantyne restaurant
4.6
4.6 (55)
$30 and under
Italian
Ballantyne
About the restaurant
Using only the season’s best ingredients, our chefs create a variety of modern Italian dishes including pastas made from scratch daily, hand-tossed pizzas like the classic Margherita but make it Tie Dye, and savory lunch and dinner entrees like Pork Milanese, Tortelloni al Pomodoro, and Braised Short Rib Lumache that deliver flavors that go above and beyond the expected as well as a full-bodied wine and beer list accompanied by an array of handcrafted cocktails including a Sicilian Margarita and the Pomegranate Mule. For more information, visit northitalia.com.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great place for every occasion. We went for graduation celebration. Food was really good. Sangria best in town. Our server was very nice and patient (we had couple of people still undecided about what to order) and gave great recommendations. We wanted to try the chicken parm but they were out :( 😞. Chicken pesto was amazing. The pig pizza was really good too. Will recommend and be back again.
A photo of El Puro Cuban Restaurant restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1115)
$30 and under
Cuban
Charlotte
About the restaurant
Inspired by the elegance and the history of pre-revolutionary Cuba in the 1950s

Heated Patio Coming Soon!!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Went there for a friend’s birthday!! Everything was amazing the food the drinks the service and the entertainment. I wlll definitely be going again.
A photo of PARA restaurant
4.3
4.3 (9)
$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 Jun 1, 2024
The food was innovative and downright scrumptious. Definitely a must if you are in Charlotte. And the cocktails are beautiful and delicious too! Perfect for girls night out, small bites and drinks, or a beautiful romantic date night. Para is the right choice.
A photo of The Green Room restaurant
4.3
4.3 (37)
$31 to $50
American
Southend
About the restaurant
The Gold District’s hidden gem.
Pocket Bar | Craft Cocktails | Snacks
Open Friday and Saturday from 6pm-12am or by private appointment.
Top review
KaylaSvip
Dined on May 18, 2024
The drinks and small bites are always delicious. Love trying out the new experiences!
A photo of Dos Caminos - Charlotte restaurant
4.2
4.2 (42)
$30 and under
Mexican
Charlotte
About the restaurant
Brining one of New York City's original Mexican restaurants to Charlotte! Serving a menu of authentic Mexican dishes as well as an extensive selection of premium tequilas and delicious, innovative cocktails. Experience the multi-regional modern cuisine for dinner.
Top review
DavidR
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Great food and drinks. Service has been good each time we have gone. 3 times.
A photo of Tap and Vine (Indian Trail) restaurant
3.3
3.3 (159)
$30 and under
American
Indian Trail
About the restaurant
Tap & Vine is a restaurant and bar in Indian Trail, North Carolina, open for both lunch and dinner. We specialize in tapas, as well as a variety of food, drinks, and an upbeat, beautiful atmosphere. We are located next to Sun Valley Movie Theatre in Indian Trail, NC. We have daily and weekly food and drink specials and events, live music, and great vibes.
Top review
JadeW
Dined on May 4, 2024
Great place for date night or girls wine night. We enjoyed everything.
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