50 Best Restaurants in Charlotte: 2018
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No. 40: McNinch House
511 N. Church St., 704-332-6159
It’s still a Charlotte institution in a beautiful setting—an expertly restored, late-1800s Victorian home. Yet as more restaurants open up, it’s getting harder to justify the price of the tasting menus here, which begin at five courses. If you have the money, the wine pairings are impressive.
No. 41: Stone Table Bistro
101 W Franklin St., Monroe, 704-225-7675
Creative breakfasts and lunches created with local ingredients make this small spot in Monroe feel like it’s in a big city. The butter coffee alone will make you want to come back.
> Read our June story on the restaurant here.
No. 42: Midwood Smokehouse
Lots of folks argue that Charlotte isn’t a barbecue town, but the crowds at Midwood Smokehouse with platters of smoked pork and traditional sides say otherwise.
> Here's some backstory on the coveted Burnt Ends at Midwood Smokehouse.
No. 43: littleSpoon
2820 Selwyn Ave., 704-496-9908
This spot serves brunch all day, accompanied by a bumpin’ playlist of ’90s favorites. It will be closed in January for renovations, as owner Alesha Stegemeyer announced she’s combining littleSpoon with her upscale Latin restaurant, Comida. The two concepts will share one space but operate with different staffs and different hours.
> More on the news above here.
No. 44: Rai Lay
The spring rolls at Rai Lay come adorned with a flower.
1520 South Blvd., Ste. 130, 980-207-0991
This small South End spot serves delicious Thai noodle dishes in a warm environment, as well as sushi and Asian comfort food classics. Friendly service only adds to the homey experience.
> Rai Lay was on our 2017 25 Best New Restaurants list. See where it ranked here.
No. 45: Oak Steakhouse
The pork ravioli appetizer is served with lemon zest, herbs, and beurre monte.
4777 Sharon Rd., Ste. 125, 704-954-8900
Since opening, this restaurant has turned out delicious steaks and appetizers, but the service needs work, especially with such a high price tag.
No. 46: 300 East
300 East Blvd., 704-332-6507
There’s always a lively crowd in this old home-turned-restaurant, enjoying hearty American fare or a salad to save room for some of the city’s best desserts.
No. 47: Crêpe Cellar
3116 N. Davidson St., 704-910-6543
Its namesake crêpes are delicious, but the menu in this comfortable NoDa spot also lists impressive salads, sandwiches, and entrées. Sit in a window seat and you’ll feel as though you’re in a European café.
No. 48: George’s Brasserie
4620 Piedmont Row Dr., Ste. 110, 980-219-7409
A SouthPark mainstay with a French focus, George’s is consistent both in the kitchen and in its friendly service.
No. 49: Beef ’N Bottle
4538 South Blvd., 704-523-9977
You can’t fake history, and this steakhouse, with its creaky floors and regulars who have been coming for decades, helps connect diners to a past Charlotte.
> Beef 'N Bottle is also one of the Charlotte restaurants that has a corkage fee. See that list here.
No. 50: Vivace
1100 Metropolitan Ave., Ste. 100, 704-370-7755
Known for a killer brunch special, hearty pastas, and a convenient lunch, Vivace suits just about any occasion, even when it’s too cold to sit out on the restaurant’s BOB award-winning patio.