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Diners' Choice: American restaurants in Charlotte

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall American cuisine in Charlotte? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyses more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favourites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Peppervine restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1993)
$31 to $50
American
SouthPark
About the restaurant
Savor the vibrant tapestry of global flavors and unparalleled hospitality at Peppervine. Located in Southpark’s Piedmont Row, our chef-driven restaurant redefines dining with a fusion of sophistication and creativity. Embark on a culinary adventure where each dish is a masterpiece crafted to delight the senses. Join us at the award-winning Peppervine, where exceptional cuisine and service are our main ingredients.




Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 3, 2024
What a wonderful experience. Great food, friendly service and a beautiful evening. As an ex drinker, they even had a delicious NA wine.
A photo of Kounter restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1257)
$31 to $50
American
Rock Hill
About the restaurant
A new restaurant by Rock Hill native Chef Rob Masone!
Top review
NatH
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Kounter was a wonderful experience. The waitress was very nice. The food was great and the ambience is amazing. Highly recommend.
A photo of CharBar No.7 - Carmel restaurant
4.7
4.7 (102)
$30 and under
American
South Charlotte
About the restaurant
Life is serious enough, dinner and drinks with friends and family should be a break from the daily grind. This, “come for drink, stay for while” attitude has shaped us into what we are today... a relaxing, no hassle, neighborhood spot. While we do take our food seriously, we strive to offer a welcoming feeling in our restaurant. Whether it is with family, friends, or by yourself, we invite you to come enjoy some good music, eat a big meal, and stay for a drink.
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ElaineWvip
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Very good food and service. Great Neighborhood Gem
A photo of Red Rocks Cafe - Charlotte restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2995)
$30 and under
American
SouthPark
About the restaurant
Red Rocks Café is a locally owned and operated, unique American Restaurant. We have operated in the greater Charlotte, NC area since 1992. We currently operate two units. The Original Red Rocks is in the Southpark area of Charlotte at the Strawberry Hill Shopping Center, and the newer unit, opened in 2003 is at Birkdale Village in Huntersville, NC. We offer a very diverse menu of appetizers, salads, pasta, steaks, seafood, chicken, and sandwiches. Our wine and dessert offerings are world class. We are unique in that we have something for everyone. No one is excluded due to price or category of food. At Red Rocks you can choose to “eat” or “dine.” Our mission is to professionally and efficiently operate a clean, upscale, restaurant that consistently offers great food and beverage at a reasonable cost. We invite you to visit Red Rocks Café for a great experience.
Top review
KimAvip
Dined 1 day ago
Sat in the back room. Lots of diners and it was loud. We eat here often so we know what to expect. The servings are smaller than usual, which was very noticeable. The server most likely has never waited tables before. He reached over people to serve and remove plates, which is unprofessional and somewhat dangerous. More chance of dropping plates or food on others. Food was good, as usual, and came out quickly. Just feel that RR should spend some time training the wait staff. Presentation and service are very important.
A photo of The Foundry at Trilogy® Lake Norman restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1064)
$30 and under
American
Denver
About the restaurant
At The Foundry, we forge exceptional food and drink every day. The culinary team takes raw ingredients and crafts beautifully finished, bespoke plates, perfect for casual lunch or an anniversary dinner. Featuring local and regional house-crafted selections, the restaurant emphasizes healthy, freshly made and flavorful fare with a Southern twist, all pairing deliciously well with the Club’s signature drink, the Back Porch Sweet Tea. The experience at The Foundry is centered on three tried-and-true food and beverage tenets: it’s socially driven, locally inspired, and stylishly crafted.
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Datenightvip
Dined 1 day ago
Staff are very professional and fun to talk to. Food was delicious. We appreciate the chefs’ and the food they create.
A photo of Rusty Bucket - South Park restaurant
4.4
4.4 (384)
$30 and under
American
SouthPark
About the restaurant
Rusty Bucket is a casual neighborhood tavern serving the highest quality food and beverage in a “come as you are” setting. Scratch kitchens, fresh cocktails, and the perfect pour are our craft. Our associates are welcoming, and our hospitality naturally makes us the local hub where friends and family frequently gather to share in a good time.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 31, 2024
Everything was great. Staff was friendly and food hit the spot. Would go again for sure
A photo of Dressler's Restaurant - Metropolitan (Midtown) restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4900)
$50 and over
American
Midtown
About the restaurant
Dressler's is located at The Metropolitan, just 5 minutes from Charlotte's vibrant Uptown and South End areas. Dressler's is an upscale contemporary restaurant complete with an expansive outdoor patio with a unique view of CLT's city skyline. Expect a menu of delicious steaks, fresh seafood, and signature appetizers as well as an extensive wine list and full service bar specializing in craft cocktails. Plus, don't forget to order Joan's famous cheesecake for dessert!

Owned by local restauranteur Jon Dressler, Dressler's is part of the Rare Roots Hospitality family and stays true to the name by putting hospitality at the forefront. Known for our accommodating staff, welcoming atmosphere and consistent service, every visit is a memorable experience here at Dressler's.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Server was great. Food and drinks were really good except for the duck in the sweet potato hash. The duck was stringy and dry but I think it was supposed to be like that. I just didn’t like it.
A photo of RH Rooftop Restaurant Charlotte restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4071)
$31 to $50
American
SouthPark
About the restaurant
The RH Rooftop Restaurant resides on the third floor of RH Charlotte, a 50,000-square-foot design gallery that blurs the lines between residential and retail, indoors and outdoors, home and hospitality. We invite you to enjoy our menu of timeless classics for brunch and dinner, and a selection of wines from esteemed vintners in the United States and Europe.

For group dining inquiries, please email: charlottehospitality@rh.com
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MarcyA
Dined 3 days ago
It was very nice! The food was good and the atmosphere was wonderful ❤️
A photo of Vintage House - Hickory restaurant
4.6
4.6 (238)
$31 to $50
American
Hickory
About the restaurant
The Vintage House is the leading fine-dining establishment in the local area. Serving elevated American Bistro classics in Hickory's Historic Abernathy home which was built in 1915.
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ElliotA
Dined 5 days ago
One of the best places to eat in the Hickory area. Great ambience, never rushed and wonderful food.
A photo of Juniper Grill - Ballantyne restaurant
4.6
4.6 (936)
$30 and under
American
Ballantyne
About the restaurant
Amazing food & a great atmosphere
We hope to see you soon!
Juniper Grill was established on the principles of creating a cozy, yet modern, atmosphere. Our menu was developed from a wide variety of American Cuisine with a fresh Cali vibe. Our Chef's prepare everything from scratch using only the best products available.
We major in fresh squeezed juice margaritas, sipping tequilas and craft beers. Our award-winning, extensive wine list features 50 wines by the bottle and over 30 wines by the glass.
Top review
Sweettea
Dined 2 days ago
Juniper Grill has the best Ahi Tuna in town. We were at another new Ballantyne resturant and the service was slow and they had run out of some items that were important to our experience. We left and went to Juniper because they are always consistent with good food and drinks. The Ahi Tuna app is the best and we also ordered the special swordfish which was amazing. The hamburger and crab & shrimp burrito were also excellent. No reason to go any where else. I also like their roasted chicken salad, Ahi Tuna salad and fish tacos. You wont be disappointed.
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