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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Charlotte

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Charlotte? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of The Palm Charlotte restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3521)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
SouthPark
About the restaurant
Wherever you join us, The Palm will always feel like home. Known as the go-to place for classic Italian fare, prime steaks, fresh jumbo Nova Scotia Lobsters and an extensive wine list since 1926. The Palm is both sophisticated and welcoming to generations of guests, all of whom are treated like family from the moment they walk in the door.
Top review
ChrisKvip
Dined 3 days ago
Always a Great Meal at - The Palm. As always Great Service with Anthony - Joey (Manager) always takes care of us.
A photo of Bakersfield - Charlotte restaurant
4.6
4.6 (382)
$30 and under
Mexican
Charlotte
About the restaurant
Tacos. Tequila. Whiskey. Serving up authentic, Mexican street fare, and a selection of over 100 tequilas and American whiskeys. Bakersfield is a spot where the food is simple, the service is warm and the atmosphere is alive.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Delicious tacos of varying flavors and different margaritas.
A photo of El Puro Cuban Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1135)
$30 and under
Cuban
Charlotte
About the restaurant
Inspired by the elegance and the history of pre-revolutionary Cuba in the 1950s

Heated Patio Coming Soon!!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
I met a friend here for dinner at 6:30 on a Thursday prior to a comedy show down the road. She had the Old Fashioned which had a table service smoke element which was a fun surprise, and I got a delicious classic Mojito. There was live music which was a little loud so we sat next to each other at the table instead of across - I loved the music but yes, which it was a little lower since there were not that many people at the time and no dancing. We shared the Remolachas which was an absolutely gorgeous beet salad - highly recommend! She then got the oxtail and I had the Lechon Asada. With the generous portions we definitely could have shared an entree too but I'm glad we got to try more. The oxtail was tender and so rich with deeply developed flavors in the sauce and delicious plantain. The Lechon Asada was also so tender but had a nice crisp on it, with lightly dressed greens on top for the perfect touch of acid to make it a truly balanced bite. The flavors and preparation of all dishes were truly so so good. Service was warm, timing of the dishes were great. Only nitpick is that the live music was a touch too loud for natural conversation (and again I loved the music, it was just the volume). Next time we'll have to do dessert! Will definitely be back.
A photo of Saku Yakitori & Sushi Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (341)
$31 to $50
Sushi
Uptown
About the restaurant
Saku Yakitori & Sushi Bar is open Tues-Sun via reservations or walk-ins.

Saku is a Japanese restaurant specializing in robata grilling of yakitori & kushiyaki (skewers grilled over Japanese charcoal), high quality sushi, classic Japanese comfort food, handcrafted cocktails and sakes in the heart of Uptown Charlotte.



Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Good food, service could be a little better though.
A photo of Novanta Pizzeria Napoletana restaurant
4.4
4.4 (273)
$30 and under
Italian
Mooresville
About the restaurant
The owners of Brooklyn South and Brooklyn Boys Pizzeria's are venturing again to bring you truly Authentic pizza. Pizza cooked by wood fire in 90 seconds. Among pizza stay tuned for the finest, truly authentic, rustic Italian dishes from different regions of Italy. Enjoy our extensive wine and beer indoor/outdoor bar and private dining area for your most exclusive intimate celebrations.
Top review
dertz62vip
Dined 6 days ago
We are from New York and are used to exceptional Italian food. Took a chance based on reviews. We weren’t disappointed. Julien couldn’t have been more accommodating. The food was delicious.
A photo of Muraya Restaurant restaurant
4.3
4.3 (323)
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Southend
About the restaurant
Muraya, a culinary haven located in the heart of Southend, Charlotte founded by a charming couple with a deep love, for food, cocktails and hospitality. Our journey began with a heartfelt inspiration drawn from the vibrant city of Cartagena. Every dish we create is a tribute to its rich culture, mesmerizing colors, and captivating history.
At our restaurant, we pour our passion for Colombian cuisine into every plate we serve. With each bite, you'll taste the authentic flavors of Cartagena, lovingly prepared using traditional recipes and ingredients handed down through generations. Our mission is to transport you to the streets of this enchanting city, where the aroma of freshly cooked arepas and the rhythm of salsa music fill the air.
Just like Cartagena, our restaurant is a fusion of warmth and zest, creating an inviting atmosphere for you to savor unforgettable moments.

Top review
Julio
Dined 7 days ago
Great food and service. We went out of our way while traveling to Atlanta to stop here for dinner. The last we were in Charlotte we are here and enjoyed. They had a few changes to the menu. Everything we order tasted great. Would definitely recommend and we will be back.
A photo of LulaBelle's Restaurant & Lounge restaurant
4.2
4.2 (330)
$31 to $50
Soul food
Charlotte
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
This was the BEST brunch spot I’ve been to!! Highly recommend especially for a birthday brunch. Love the chill, yet energetic vibes. The food is delicious and mimosas are on point!
A photo of Dos Caminos - Charlotte restaurant
4.2
4.2 (55)
$30 and under
Mexican
Charlotte
About the restaurant
Brining one of New York City's original Mexican restaurants to Charlotte! Serving a menu of authentic Mexican dishes as well as an extensive selection of premium tequilas and delicious, innovative cocktails. Experience the multi-regional modern cuisine for dinner.
Top review
MonaLindovip
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
Delicious food, friendly service. Convenient location in downtown Charlotte, NC
A photo of Marquee Charlotte restaurant
4.1
4.1 (23)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Charlotte
About the restaurant
Discover unparalleled sophistication at The Marquee Charlotte, just 7 minutes from Uptown. A pinnacle of refined luxury, our prime location offers access to the city's finest cultural treasures and modern conveniences. More than a venue, it's an invitation to indulge in Charlotte's dynamic tapestry. Whether it's an elegant dining experience, a weekend of dancing, exclusive bottle service, or corporate events, The Marquee Charlotte is your passport to a world where every moment exceeds expectations in the heart of Charlotte.

At the Marquee Charlotte, baseball hats, athletic wear, flip flops and hoodies are permissible.

We automatically add a 20% gratuity to all checks.

Top review
NaomiP
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
Amazing food! Amazing Food!!! Again, amazing food! Upstairs is where it's at. Great music and DJ. Is you're grown, sexy and sophisticated this is the place to be. I've come twice in 2 weeks with a different crowd and it's a time! Next up is trying their brunch🫶🏽🫡
A photo of Kitchen + Kocktails by Kevin Kelley - Charlotte restaurant
4.1
4.1 (283)
$31 to $50
Regional American (Southern)
Uptown
About the restaurant
Our Menu at Kitchen + Kocktails by Kevin Kelley is an extensive menu with a focus on classic soul food entrees while providing a modern twist on things. Offering brunch on the weekend and featuring over 16 specialty cocktails, there is something for everyone at Kitchen + Kocktails by Kevin Kelley.

For parties of 5+ call: 312-659-1951

Top review
RiRivip
Dined 5 days ago
Our server, Cameron was GREAT! The Mac & cheese and fish and grits were amazing. Huge portions the mixed drinks were on point. Great venue for celebrations!
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