Featuring a mix of Southern refinement, ethnic diversity, and good old fashioned home cooking, the dining scene in Charlotte caters to every taste and price point. Whether you are looking for perfectly prepared seafood, a thick juicy steak, some spicy General Tso’s chicken, or a totally unique dining experience, Charlotte has what your mouth is watering for.
Fine Dining Options
Fine dining is alive and well in the Queen City. Located in the Southern district in a 100-year-old renovated church, Bonterra Dining and Wine Room is one of the best fine dining restaurants in the city. Specialties include Midwestern lamb, fried lobster tail, and roast filet mignon. Bonterra also boasts one of the most extensive wine lists in the Charlotte area.
Mixing Southern hospitality with Victorian-era elegance, McNinch House Restaurant, located in a turn-of-the-century Victorian mansion in the Fourth Ward, is a 16-time winner of the prestigious AAA Four Diamonds Award. Offering 5- and 7-course meals, McNinch House serves entrees ranging from free-range beef and wild game to line-caught seafood prepared in the “New American Cuisine” style.
Located in the historic Elisabeth section of the city, Carpe Diem features art nouveau interiors and has been named as one of Charlotte’s top ten restaurants in Zagat’s Guide to America’s Top Restaurants every year from 2005 to the present. Carpe Diem’s menu features beef, venison, duck, chicken, and seafood dishes, as well as several vegetarian entrees.
Diverse Dining Options
Charlotte’s ethnic and cultural diversity is reflected the city’s dining scene. Those looking for the finest in Mediterranean cuisine need look no further than Blue Restaurant and Bar. Located in uptown Charlotte, Blue offers a diverse variety of cuisines from throughout the Mediterranean region; specialties include Moroccan Chicken and Apricot Tagine, Duo of Wild Boar, and Mediterranean Sea Bass.
French bistro-style dining can be had at Café Monte, located in the South Park neighborhood. Offering a casual fine dining experience, Café Monte features classic French cuisine including Duck Confit, Braised Salmon, and Beef Bourguignon.
If you have a taste for traditional Chinese food, Baoding Chinese Restaurant, located in the South Park neighborhood, features classic Moo Shu and Stir fry, as well as dishes for the health conscious.
Featuring charming old-world atmosphere, Primo Tuscan Grill is located in the heart of Myers Park, and features classic Italian cuisine. Specialties include Veal Milanese, Grilled Rack of Lamb, and Sea Bass Francese. Charlotte also offers foodies a wide range of Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Greek, Moroccan, Mexican, and other dining options.
Unique Dining Options
Those looking for a more unique and eclectic dining experience will not be disappointed. Cajun Queen, located in a 100-year-old house in the Elizabeth section, offers Cajun cuisine along with New Orleans-style jazz seven nights a week.
Beer connoisseurs will want to check out the laidback Rock Bottom Charlotte Brewery and Restaurant, located in the heart of uptown. Along with a menu featuring pasta, steak, seafood, and salad dishes, there is a selection of onsite brewed beers including Maibock, Oatmeal Stout, Summer Honey Ale, and Rock Bottom Kolsch.
The Casablanca Café located in University City features Middle Eastern and Moroccan cuisine served in a distinctly Moroccan atmosphere.
The trendy Zen Fusion, located in the Dilworth neighborhood, offers a mixture of Spanish and Asian cuisines including sushi and tapas.
From American steak and seafood dishes to confit, tagine, and kababs, the tastes of Charlotte are many and varied. Dedicated gourmets, Friday after-work casual diners, and families looking for a fun night out will all be able to find something that fits the bill and budget perfectly.