50 Best Restaurants in Charlotte: 2018


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No. 30: Aqua e Vino

Spanish octopus with meats. cheeses, and tarts.

4219 Providence Rd., 704-364-4445

FOOD: ★★★★
SERVICE: ★★★★  
AMBIANCE: ★★★ 

This Italian restaurant has one of the smallest dining rooms in town, which means it can be hard to nab a reservation without planning. It also means chef Gabriele Grigolon can serve each dish, from pastas to composed plates, with textbook precision. 


No. 31: Haberdish

3106 N. Davidson St., 704-817-1084

FOOD: ★★★
SERVICE: ★★★★    
AMBIANCE: ★★★★   

The menu at this space may be simple—fried chicken and Southern sides—but it’s inspired by NoDa’s mill history, something that could easily be forgotten as progress changes the neighborhood. The cocktail program, on the other hand, is more cutting-edge than any other in town.


No. 32: 5Church

Fifth and Church streets, 704-919-1322

FOOD: ★★★
SERVICE: ★★★1/2   
AMBIANCE: ★★★1/2 

Guests go to 5Church to be seen, but that doesn’t mean they’re not getting great food from Top Chef contestant Jamie Lynch’s kitchen.


No. 33: Flipside Cafe

3150 US-21, Fort Mill, SC, 803-802-1711

FOOD: ★★★1/2
SERVICE: ★★★   
AMBIANCE: ★★★   

Jon and Amy Fortes’ first restaurant got a facelift since our last list, earning it a spot on this one. Renovations made the dining room bigger and spaced out the tables, but the menu of comfort classics didn’t need any tweaks.


No. 34: The Porter’s House 

7417 Waverly Walk Ave., 704-930-7878

FOOD: ★★★1/2
SERVICE: ★★★★ 
AMBIANCE: ★★★1/2   

Rare Roots Hospitality’s latest restaurant serves up steaks with modernized sides, as well as craft cocktails. 

 

> Read our May story on the restaurant here.


No. 35: Carpe Diem

1535 Elizabeth Ave., 704-377-7976

FOOD: ★★★ 
SERVICE: ★★★★    
AMBIANCE: ★★★★  

One of the most beautiful dining rooms in town, Carpe Diem continues to be a dependable destination for an eclectic menu of shared plates and traditional entrées. 

 

> This spot was on our 2017 Best of the Best list


No. 36: Reid’s Fine Foods

4331 Barclay Downs Dr., 704-377-7686

FOOD: ★★★1/2
SERVICE: ★★★1/2   
AMBIANCE: ★★★ 

The larger dining room at the SouthPark location of Charlotte’s favorite upscale market translates to an expanded menu. Chef Lewis Donald brings Southern touches to unexpected classics, such as the fun and filling pork belly Wellington. 


No. 37: The Yolk

Community tables at The Yolk let you break bread (or pancakes) with new friends. 

1912 Mt Gallant Rd., Ste. 108, Rock Hill, SC, 803-792-4449

FOOD: ★★★1/2
SERVICE: ★★★1/2  
AMBIANCE: ★★★ 

Owners Subrina and Chef Greg Collier serve up the best breakfast in the city. Enjoy items from classic eggs and grits cooked just right to some of Greg’s more whimsical creations, such as crème brûlée French toast. Sister restaurant @Dawn closed in 2017, but the Colliers hope to expand The Yolk to Charlotte this year. 


No. 38: Copper

311 East Blvd., 704-333-0063

FOOD: ★★★1/2
SERVICE: ★★★1/2   
AMBIANCE: ★★★1/2

Classic Indian dishes and creative specials are served in a homey dining room, with service that’s nearly always on point. 


No. 39: Intermezzo

1427 E. 10th St., 704-347-2626

FOOD: ★★★
SERVICE: ★★★1/2    
AMBIANCE: ★★★

The No. 1 restaurant on any gray day list, this restaurant with exposed brick and small dining areas has a menu that ranges from pizza to cabbage rolls.


NARROW DOWN BY…

NEIGHBORHOOD
Elizabeth
Myers Park
Plaza Midwood
South End
SouthPark
Uptown

CUISINE
French
Italian
Japanese
Southern

 

BEST RESTAURANTS


NARROW DOWN BY…

NEIGHBORHOOD
Elizabeth
Myers Park
Plaza Midwood
South End
SouthPark
Uptown

CUISINE
French
Italian
Japanese
Southern

 

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