New & Hot Places

New Restaurants and Bars in Charlotte

You can’t stay on top of the Charlotte dining scene without knowing what’s new — which is why we offer this indispensable list of the most notable restaurant openings around town. We’ll update the guide every week, keeping the latest openings at the top of the page.

Popbar

NewIce Cream ShopNoDa
Gelato, sorbet and frozen yogurt is served up on a stick and dipped in toppings like milk, white and dark chocolate, sprinkles, coconut and pistachios at this NoDa offshoot of the NYC-based chain. The basic digs are counter-serve with no seating.

Haberdish

NewNoDa
Everything from the food to the furniture is locally sourced at this NoDa Southern stop spotlighting fried chicken served alongside classic sides like mac n' cheese, charred okra, kale grits and biscuits and paired with cocktails. Exposed gray brick walls surround the dimly lit space decked out with a soap stone bar, hand crafted tables made of reclaimed wood and hanging copper bulbs.

The Hop Shop

NewElizabeth
Craft beer served in a relaxed atmosphere is what it's about at this Plaza Midwood bar and bottle shop. Exposed ceiling beams, white brick walls and hanging Edison bulbs above the wooden bar create an industrial-chic look.

Que Onda Tacos + Tequila

NewMexicanUptown
Tacos and tequila are what it's about at this playful Uptown option specializing in Mexican street eats and other classics like carne asada and skillet fajitas served alongside a variety of margaritas, mojitos and a long list of tequila. The chill space mixes dark wood and steel furniture to create an industrial meets rustic vibe with a touch of whimsy from colorful pop art behind the bar.

Tavolo

NewItalianUptown
Homestyle Italian cooking is on the menu at this Uptown destination for risotto, pasta, wood-fired pizza and entrees like veal Parmesan and chicken Marsala, all paired with a deep wine list. The bi-level space features a main dining room on the ground level and a loungey area upstairs, all decorated with lots of dark wood and pops of red.

O-Ku

NewSushiSouth End
Sushi gets a Southern spin at this South End offshoot of a lauded Charleston spot offering Japanese fare such as spicy teriyaki pork belly and red snapper crudo alongside cocktails, beer, wine and sake. Exposed-brick walls, high ceilings and decorative manzanita branches headline the chic, rustic-industrial space.

The Turnhouse Grille

NewAmericanMadison Park
Elevated American bar eats pair with creatively named cocktails and a well-rounded wine list at this Montford Park hangout. A modern interior decked out with tufted-leather barstools and funky chandeliers is augmented by patio seating.

Lenny Boy Brewing Co.

NewCharlotte
The beers and kombucha (fermented tea) are all organic at this South End brewery and taproom offering up over 20 craft drafts in addition to a variety of gluten-free ales. The 2,300-square-foot space has a rustic-meets-industrial look with plenty of communal seating.

Bonchon Chicken

NewChickenCharlotte
Korean fried chicken is what it's about at this Parktowne Village outpost of the international chain, also serving up classic dishes like bibimbop and pork buns in a laid-back space with signature red walls, industrial-chic lighting and a few tables out front.

Midwood Smokeshack

NewBarbecueMatthews
From the Midwood Smokehouse crew comes this counter-serve offshoot dishing up a concise menu of BBQ favorites like smoked brisket, sandwiches, and chicken and pork plates paired with wine and beer. The casual space features modern-rustic decor with lots of light wood furnishings and white subway tiles in the open kitchen.
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