9 Best Restaurants in Charlotte's SouthPark


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Chef Shai Fargian works on some brussels sprouts at Yafo Kitchen.

PETER TAYLOR

These picks are based on our 2018 50 Best Restaurants list. See the entire list here.


Barrington’s 

7822 Fairview Rd., 704-364-5755

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

You’ll often spot Charlotte’s old money at Barrington’s, and not because the restaurant is old-fashioned. Here, you’ll find the familiarity of a corner pub with a menu that shows serious sophistication, something regulars have discovered and returned for since the restaurant opened in 2000. Chef and owner Bruce Moffett’s first concept, Barrington’s has a New England-inspired interior, with sea-evoking blues and photographs from Barrington, Rhode Island, snapped by Moffett’s wife, Katrina. The dishes here generally get everything right, from textures and tastes to the plating. The menu is high-end yet still comforting, with humbling touches such as fried onions on the scallops or trout served with sweet potato chips. It’s a place you’ll want to come back to, and if you can afford to make this your regular spot, the familiar faces of the staff will make it feel like home.


Rooster’s Wood-Fired Kitchen  

Multiple locations

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

Owner Chef Jim Noble is both a Francophile and a Southerner, and that comes through at both Rooster’s locations. You’ll find fine wines and some of the best cheese and charcuterie plates in town, as well the North Carolina ingredients Noble grew up eating, such as butter beans and greens, in a convivial environment where you can watch the kitchen at work.


Yafo Kitchen

720 Governor Morrison St., Ste. 120, 704-365-7130

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

Restaurateur Frank Scibelli has proven again with this latest spot that he has an eye for what diners want. His fast-casual concept focuses on healthy, flavorful dishes inspired by the Middle East. Israel-born chef Shai Fargian brings a connection to the cuisine that takes the restaurant beyond good business sense and in line with the culinary elite. A Plaza Midwood location is expected to open in mid-2018.


Dogwood Southern Table & Bar

4905 Ashley Park Ln., Ste. H, 704-910-4919

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

Each staff member here seems to have their own set of regulars, giving this SouthPark restaurant a friendliness and familiarity that’s hard to find. Part of Jon Dressler’s Rare Roots Hospitality Group (Dressler’s, The Porter’s House), Dogwood’s focus is on modernized Southern fare, such as duck and dumplings, trout, and pimento cheese served bubbling hot in cast iron. Whether you prefer to sit at a table or barside with ultra-talented mixologist Brian Lorusso, you’ll find a warm welcome. 


Baku

4515 Sharon Rd., 704-817-7173

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

Chef Michael Shortino, now owner of Futo Buta, helped guide Baku to become one of the best Japanese restaurants in town when it opened back in 2013. Birdie Yang, of Yama and Yama Izakaya, purchased the restaurant in 2017. Yang gave the restaurant the refresh it needed to stay relevant in the city’s rapidly growing culinary scene by amping up the sake program and switching up the source of its seafood to the vendors from his existing locations. 


Corkbuzz

4905 Ashley Park Ln., Ste. J, 704-625-1328

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

In a city obsessed with craft beer, it’s refreshing to visit a place like this, where the menu is crafted with wine in mind. Master sommelier Laura Maniec opened this concept, sister to two New York City locations, because she has family in town, and her well-crafted wine list and education programs are fit for all levels of wine knowledge. The food only enhances that experience. 


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. 


Oak Steakhouse

4777 Sharon Rd., Ste. 125, 704-954-8900

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

Since opening, this restaurant has turned out delicious steaks and appetizers, but the service needs work, especially with such a high price tag. 


George’s Brasserie

4620 Piedmont Row Dr., Ste. 110, 980-219-7409 

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

A SouthPark mainstay with a French focus, George’s is consistent both in the kitchen and in its friendly service.  


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