Where to Eat in Uptown Charlotte: 2021

With pickup options
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These picks are based on our 2020 Best of the Best Awards and 2021 50 Best Restaurants lists, and rolling editorial decisions.


The Asbury
235 N. Tryon St.
704-342-1193
Chef Mike Long’s inventive menu mixes countryside favorites like biscuits and deviled eggs with bold flavors and contemporary techniques.
Try This: The Chicken Sandwich and Sticky Biscuits

Sea Level NC
129 E. 5th St.
704-412-2616
Concrete beams and rustic brick give an industrial feel to this seafood restaurant, which serves up dishes that are accessible, inventive, and sustainably sourced.
Get This To Go: Weeknight Seafood Supper (3 courses)

5Church
127 N. Tryon St.
704-919-1322
Top Chef alum Jamie Lynch’s innovative, seasonal menu includes morel mushroom flatbread and mint crusted lamb loin.
Try This: Yellowfin Tuna Sushi Tots

McNinch House
511 N. Church St.
704-332-6159
Guests order from a daily prix fixe menu (ranging from five courses to nine courses), choose their wine and entrées, and the staff takes care of the rest.
Try This: Rosemary & Dijon Crusted Rack of New Zealand Lamb

Fin & Fino
135 Levine Avenue of the Arts, Ste. 100 
704-800-5680
Come for the raw bar, but stay for bartender Brittany Kellum’s drinks. Then splurge on a slice of cheesecake.
Get This To Go: Lobster & Shrimp Roll + To-Go Cocktail Kit

Haymaker
225 S. Poplar St. 
704-626-6116
Enjoy locally and seasonally inspired dishes from North Carolina chef William Dissen in this bright, stylish space next to Romare Bearden Park.
Try This: Billy D’s Fried Chicken Sandwich

Alexander Michael’s
401 W. 9th St.
704-332-6789
The blackened catfish is cooked just right, the Cajun pasta is piping hot, and chatter fills the no-reservations dining room.
Try This: What It Is (blackened chicken breast over rotini in Cajun cream sauce)

Forchetta
230 N. College St.
704-602-2750
Chef Luca Annunziata serves lasagna just like his mom made it and carbonara as it’s served in Rome.
Try This: Fagatoni (stuffed crepe purses with Maine lobster and mascarpone, vodka sauce, and Parmesan cheese)

Aria
100 N. Tryon St.
704-376-8880
This restaurant serves up an extensive Italian menu in an elegant, modern space.

Get This To Go: Grandma B’s Lasagna

Mico at The Grand Bohemian 
201 W. Trade St.
980-999-5550
The South American-inspired menu is full of complex flavors and unexpected mash-ups like harissa creamed spinach and brown butter bread crumbs.
Try This: Lamb Kofta kebabs + Flourless Chocolate Cake
* Best New Restaurant

Red Salt by David Burke
555 S. McDowell St.
980-237-5354
Celebrity chef David Burke is known for his Himalayan salt aging process for beef, and avant-garde approach to food presentation is on full display with bites like the maple-glazed bacon clothesline.
Try This: 32-oz. Dry-Aged Porterhouse for Two
* Best New Restaurant