From big-name chefs to down-home favorites, these are Charlotte's must-hit restaurants.
The sustainable menu at this modern Barclay Downs seafooder includes a raw-oyster bar (serving fare from the owner’s Rappahannock River Oysters farms), with a wood-fired grill for both sea and land proteins. The chic, relaxed interior features soft lighting and light wood furnishings, and there’s outdoor seating on a spacious patio.
Located inside Uptown's renovated Marriott City Center, this all-day American specializes in seasonal menus of locally sourced wood-fired meats, shareable charcuterie boards, oysters and salads, all served in a swanky space with high ceilings and an open kitchen. Regional craft beers and mixed drinks dominate the bar menu, which also serves a specialty cocktail infused with tea, spirits and fruit, and served in a French press.
Meats are marinated overnight in Korean flavors – as opposed to rubbed per traditional Southern style – and then smoked in-house at this South End fusion barbecue joint also serving up inventive sides (think ramen mac n' cheese) and Asian craft beers and cocktails. The industrial meets rustic indoor space features lots of dark wood and exposed brick walls, plus garage door windows that open onto the patio with picnic table seating.
Mediterranean cuisine with a modern spin is what it’s about at this homey Dilworth option offering wood-fired meats and seafood plus salads and sandwiches complemented by inventive cocktails and international wines. The rustic space features dark wood, red leather banquettes and a sizable patio out front.
Expect a concise menu of Mediterranean fare paired with an extensive wine list and custom cocktails at this Eastover bistro with simple, white tablecloth decor and seating on the charming patio out front.
Sustainably farmed local ingredients inspire an ever-changing menu of creative small plates at this Davidson American dishing up innovative bites in a historic two-story brick building with a hip brick, tile and reclaimed-wood interior reminiscent of its past incarnation as a pharmacy, plus sidewalk seating.
This "hip and stylish" Madison Park American small-platery from Barrington's Bruce Moffett provides "inventive" fare and "reasonable" wines that help keep the atmosphere "buzzing" (read: "noisy"); a few folks sigh about the "no-reservations" policy, which means you can "wait and wait" at busy times, but even so it's "not to be missed."
Housemade broths prepared throughout the day meet handmade noodles at this Charlotte eatery doling out classic ramen in creative bowls made by a local potter, served alongside other staples like fried dumplings and Japanese buns in a rustic-chic setting with communal tables and patio seating out front.
This SouthPark New American provides "magic on a nightly basis" with a "farm-to-fork strategy" making "excellent" seasonal creations; the traditional-looking dining room is quite "small" but "cozy", service is "top-notch" and the menu "changes just enough" for frequent visitors, so even those who find it "pricey" declare it's "worth every penny" – just "book well in advance."
The globally accented farm-to-table fare is full of "huge flavors" at this "delightful" Elizabeth New American; the expansive digs have a warm feel, with two floors of seating, a bar and a chef's tasting room overlooking the kitchen.