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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in Charlotte

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining 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 Red Rocks Cafe - Charlotte restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2996)
$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
Mama123
Dined 3 days ago
As usual the food was excellent and service was good we enjoyed our meal and will go back.
A photo of Fish Market - Fort Mill restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1113)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Fort Mill
About the restaurant
A unique restaurant in a unique neighborhood. We serve the finest fresh seafood available in a comfortable, warm setting by a team of knowledgeable and attentive staff. Chef Neil Bratton's signature menu features are inspired by fresh local produce and high quality ingredients. We also offer live Maine lobsters, chicken and steak, and a daily selection of desserts made in house.
Top review
mrtaken615
Dined 2 days ago
Had a wonderful anniversary dining 🍽 experience. The food was wonderful (had the shrimp 🍤 and grits), which was very flavorful and tasty. The ouster appetizer was amazing, and punch rum drinks were really wonderful with the spiced cherries. Our host provided excellent service.
A photo of Reid's Fine Foods restaurant
4.6
4.6 (892)
$30 and under
American
SouthPark
About the restaurant
Founded in 1928, Reid's is North Carolina's neighborhood specialty food store offering superior meats, wines, locally grown produce, seasonal fresh meals to a very loyal customer base. The South Park restaurant accommodates Deli Style service for lunch Monday-Saturday and Restaurant Menu service Tuesday-Friday night and all day Saturday and Sunday.
Join us for:
"Almost" 1/2 off steak burgers on Tuesday ($8.50 Burgers)
1/2 off wine by the glass on Wednesday
$10 charcuterie boards on Thursday
"Special Sips" on Friday - A special wine selected from our wine departments reserved list, changes each week, offered one day only!
1/2 priced restaurant wine bottles (in house only) on Saturday's!!!
Sunday Brunch Features 10AM-4PM!
Live Music 6PM-9PM Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday's!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Staff is always great whether I’m there w/ a few or a party! Great vibe - I could do it every night!!
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4.6
4.6 (629)
$30 and under
American
Concord
About the restaurant
The Local Room sets the standard for restaurants in the area and is the favorite location for any occasion. From business meetings, family celebrations, date nights and friendly hangouts, we are the catch all destination to provide any occasion with the perfect setting to gather with friends and family. Our location has the space to accommodate many different needs. We intend to continually grow our family and become yours. We are the place to come and enjoy a quality meal in a fun environment. Our food is professionally prepared with quality ingredients. The flavors are bold and unique. We demonstrate a certain passion for our craft while taking pride in the taste and presentation of our food and cocktails. We have a preciseness for execution and exacting our standards. The Local Room is where the locals go. You are all locals to us. Welcome!!!
Top review
TonyP
Dined 2 days ago
Great menu and service! We will be back and we leave 90 minutes away.
A photo of Mizu restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1162)
$30 and under
Japanese
SouthPark
About the restaurant
Inspired by the wood-fired Robata grills of Japan, Mizu offers a refreshed take on live-fire cooking atop the Hyatt Centric in the heart of Charlotte’s SouthPark neighborhood. Opened in August of 2021 and named one of 2022's "25 Best New Restaurants" and "50 Best Restaurants" by Charlotte Magazine, the rooftop restaurant by Indigo Road Hospitality Group (IRHG) combines the traditions of ancient Japanese cooking with Southern influences and Asian flavors. The kitchen, anchored by Mizu’s own Robata grill, features a seafood-focused menu composed of wood-fired, raw, and chilled offerings.

The beverage program focuses on bright, easy-drinking libations using Japanese spirits and seasonal ingredients, complementing the cuisine and atmosphere. With a chic, minimalist design with natural elements throughout, the restaurant, named for the Japanese word for water, offers sweeping rooftop views from the patio, as well as sophisticated interiors and comfortable lounge and bar seating.
Top review
DavidB
Dined 2 days ago
Took my wife for her 60th birthday with another couple and we had a fantastic time. The drinks, the food and the service were above and beyond spectacular. We ordered 4-5 starter plates where one was better than the other. We then ordered the sushi and the Iron man and the Lemon Drop were just out of this world. Then, to top things off, right before sunset, all the blinds raise up at the same time to show the amazing sun setting across the Charlotte backdrop. That just completed an amazing evening. Mizu, you just outdid yourself. Can’t wait to go back.
A photo of Drift on Lake Wylie restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2179)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Belmont
About the restaurant
Located on Lake Wylie in the newly developed McLean South Shore, Drift on Lake Wylie is a chef-inspired lakeside chophouse. At the forefront of the Lake Wylie dining scene, our food is simple and seasonal—home to prime cuts of beef, local seafood, and homemade pasta. Whether you join us for dinner, pop by the bustling bar for a quick bite, or book one of our private dining rooms for a special dinner or cocktail party, we look forward to serving you soon.

Located 8 minutes south of Belmont off South New Hope Road and North of Lake Wylie just off Pole Branch Road.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Beautiful environment! Meghan was the absolute best !!!
A photo of The Goodyear House restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1454)
$30 and under
Regional American (Southern)
NODA
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Goodyear House, nestled in the vibrant NODA neighborhood, just a stone’s throw away from Uptown. Led by the culinary prowess of Executive Chef Chris Coleman, a champion on Food Network’s Chopped, Beat Bobby Flay, and SuperChef, our restaurant promises an unforgettable dining experience. Indulge in our menu featuring casual elevated cuisine, expertly crafted to tantalize your taste buds. Whether you’re craving a hearty meal or a light bite, our diverse offerings cater to every palate. Relish the charming ambiance of our beautiful patio as you sip on handcrafted cocktails and savor delectable dishes. As part of NODA, the city’s premier arts and entertainment district, The Goodyear House invites you to immerse yourself in a culinary journey like no other. Book your table today and join us for an unforgettable dining experience.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent and approachable food. The crispy rice and roasted chicken were excellent
A photo of State of Confusion- Charlotte restaurant
4.4
4.4 (299)
$30 and under
American
South Charlotte
About the restaurant
State of Confusion features authentic dishes from Latin America, New Orleans, and the Carolina Low-country. We serve lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, with takeout and delivery available. Multiple indoor and heated outdoor hangout areas offer you and your groups a variety of options for dining in and special events.

Additional parking at 301 Clanton: Monday - Friday after 4:30 pm and all day Saturday and Sunday.
Top review
Dettknovip
Dined 4 days ago
Everything about our meal was great. Taquia (sp?) was very helpful with suggestions and service. Good value. Adventuresome menu.
A photo of Aura Rooftop restaurant
4.1
4.1 (320)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Uptown
About the restaurant
Ascend five stories high in the JW Charlotte to Aura Rooftop where a magical oasis awaits. Soak in premiere views of city and indulge in vibrant small plates with a signature botanical cocktail in hand. Experience magnetic vibes up high at one of Charlotte's best rooftop lounges!

Monday to Friday - Open at 3:00 pm
Saturday to Sunday - Open at 12 pm
Weather permitting closing times 11 pm Mon-Sat and 9 pm on Sun.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Absolutely Outstanding 💯 Great service 💯 Awesome Views 💯 Overall Experience was Excellent 👌🏽 We Will Definitely be Back 😊
A photo of Port City Club restaurant
3.9
3.9 (406)
$31 to $50
American
Cornelius
About the restaurant
Port City Club by David Burke is a uniquely designed 13,500 sq. ft. waterfront restaurant located on beautiful Lake Norman, the largest man-made lake, known as the "Inland Sea" . It is the largest inner port in the Carolina's and boasts 520 miles of shoreline. Each of the rooms has a view of the Lake and was designed to be bright, cheerful, and reflect a casual yet classy atmosphere.

**Please note, OUTDOOR SEATING is currently first come, first served. We cannot guarantee availability. **


Top review
KimP
Dined 2 days ago
Love to come here by boat. The new menu is very nice. I just wish the porch windows allowed more cross ventilation.
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