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What to Eat in Charlotte

Charlotte's restaurant scene is a fair representation of its cultural identity: modern, with a bit of Southern tradition. Though it boasts its fair share of Southern comfort food, the city also shows off its flair for fine dining with a variety of sophisticated international and farm-to-fork menus.

Almost an attraction in itself, Price's Chicken Coop is a must-visit if you're hoping to experience some of the city's best Southern fried chicken. This hole-in-the-wall favorite is carry-out only (bring cash; your plastic is no good here). But what Price's lacks in ambiance it makes up for in crispy, delicious chicken. Beloved by both locals and travelers, Price's counter is consistently busy, so prepare to wait in line (especially at lunch). For more fried chicken and some of the best crab cakes in the city, stop by LuLu's Maryland Style Chicken & Seafood. And for a quick snack on the go, find the What the Fries food truck for some loaded french fries. If Carolina-style barbecue is what you're after, head to Midwood Smokehouse, Mac's Speed Shop or Noble Smoke. Though there are plenty of traditional Southern eateries in the Queen City, more and more restaurants are offering contemporary takes on classics like grits and blackened catfish. Leah & Louise, which opened in the city's new Camp North End development, is one example that's earned positive reviews for its tasty dishes inspired by the Lower Mississippi River Valley.

If you're in the mood for fine dining, Charlotte's got you covered there, too. Business travelers looking to treat clients to a classic steak dinner will find plenty of chain chophouses in the Uptown area, but for a splurge-worthy meal that celebrates the bounty of the Carolinas, consider Halcyon Flavors From the Earth. If you're willing to travel outside the Uptown area, you'll find a bevy of award-winning restaurants, including Fig Tree, an eatery that occupies a Registered Historic Landmark home, Stagioni, an intimate Italian restaurant, and Good Food on Montford, a tapas-style eatery.  

You can't make reservations at Soul Gastrolounge, but you also can't leave the Queen City without trying this eclectic, perpetually busy eatery. Sushi, internationally inspired small plates and handcrafted cocktails are what keep locals and visitors coming back again and again.

And then there's the beer. Charlotte is often overlooked by craft beer aficionados in favor of Asheville's suds, but the Queen City can hold its own. New breweries are opening all of the time — in fact, North Carolina touts more craft breweries than any other state in the South. Luckily, many of them are grouped by neighborhood, making it easy to visit a few in one trip. Standouts include The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (home to one of the largest beer gardens in the city), Sycamore Brewing, Birdsong Brewing Company (don't leave without trying its Jalapeño Pale) and NoDa Brewing Company. If you don't want to venture too far outside the Uptown area, Wooden Robot Brewery and the Unknown Brewing Co. are some of the closest options.

Find the Best Restaurants in Charlotte

  • #1
    Lang Van
    #1 of 2,618 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 382 reviewsTripadvisor (382)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Vietnamese
    3019 Shamrock Dr, Charlotte, NC 28215
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  • #2
    The Melting Pot
    #2 of 2,618 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 313 reviewsTripadvisor (313)
    $$ | American, International
    901 S Kings Dr Ste 140B #140b, Charlotte, NC 28204-2916
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  • #3
    Midwood Smokehouse
    #3 of 2,618 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 203 reviewsTripadvisor (203)
    $ - $$ | American, Barbecue
    540 Brandywine Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209
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  • #4
    The Fig Tree Restaurant
    #4 of 2,618 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 758 reviewsTripadvisor (758)
    $$ | Italian, French, American
    1601 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28204-2411
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  • #5
    Midwood Smokehouse
    #5 of 2,618 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2001 reviewsTripadvisor (2001)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Barbecue
    1401 Central Ave Ste 101, Charlotte, NC 28205-5143
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  • #6
    Zen Fusion
    #6 of 2,618 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 337 reviewsTripadvisor (337)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Spanish, Asian, Fusion
    1716 Kenilworth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28203-6085
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  • #7
    The Capital Grille
    #7 of 2,618 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1042 reviewsTripadvisor (1042)
    $$ | Steakhouse, American
    201 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202-2146
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  • #8
    Dresslers Restaurant
    #8 of 2,618 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 376 reviewsTripadvisor (376)
    $$ | American
    1100 Metropolitan Ave Ste 125E, Charlotte, NC 28204-3416
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  • #9
    The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar
    #9 of 2,618 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1594 reviewsTripadvisor (1594)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Sushi
    4310 Sharon Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211-3997
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  • #10
    Viva Chicken - Ballantyne
    #10 of 2,618 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 584 reviewsTripadvisor (584)
    $ | Peruvian, Latin, South American
    12206 Copper Way, Charlotte, NC 28277-3555
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  • #11
    Amelie's French Bakery
    #11 of 2,618 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2013 reviewsTripadvisor (2013)
    $ - $$ | French, Cafe
    2424 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205-2382
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  • #12
    Luce Restaurant & Bar
    #12 of 2,618 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 292 reviewsTripadvisor (292)
    $$ | Italian
    214 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202-1078
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  • #13
    Alexander Michael's
    #13 of 2,618 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 242 reviewsTripadvisor (242)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub
    401 W 9th St, Charlotte, NC 28202-1972
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  • #14
    Amelie's
    #14 of 2,618 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 237 reviewsTripadvisor (237)
    $ - $$ | French, Cafe
    380 S College St On Th Corner of S College St. And Mlk Jr Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28202-1976
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  • #15
    Midwood Smokehouse
    #15 of 2,618 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 295 reviewsTripadvisor (295)
    $ - $$ | Barbecue, American
    12410 Johnston Rd, Charlotte, NC 28277
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  • #16
    Mama Ricotta's
    #16 of 2,618 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 677 reviewsTripadvisor (677)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Tuscan, Central-Italian
    601 S Kings Dr AA, Charlotte, NC 28204-2932
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  • #17
    Pinky's Westside Grill
    #17 of 2,618 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 630 reviewsTripadvisor (630)
    $ | American, Bar
    1600 W Morehead St, Charlotte, NC 28208-5222
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  • #18
    The King's Kitchen
    #18 of 2,618 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 502 reviewsTripadvisor (502)
    $ - $$ | American
    129 W Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202-2143
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  • #19
    Bad Daddy's Burger Bar
    #19 of 2,618 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 384 reviewsTripadvisor (384)
    $ - $$ | Gastropub, American, Bar, Pub
    1626 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203-5822
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  • #20
    Midnight Diner
    #20 of 2,618 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 485 reviewsTripadvisor (485)
    $ | American, Diner
    115 E Carson Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203-4030
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