Where to Get Seafood in Charlotte Right Now

For when you can’t make the four-hour trip to the coast
Freshwaters Restaurant In Charlotte, Nc. Photographed In Charlotte, Nc On 21mar18. Photographs By Peter Taylor
Freshwaters’ Handmade Crab Cakes. Photo by Peter Taylor.

Counting on fresh, well-prepared seafood more than 300 miles from the Outer Banks seems dicey. But a growing number of Charlotte restaurateurs are giving it a go. These days, you can get your fill of raw oysters, lobster rolls, crab cakes, and fish that’s grilled, deep-fried, wrapped in a taco, or smothered in Cajun spices. Here are some highlights.

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Raw Oysters from Sea Level. Photo by Peter Taylor.

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Sea Level
129 E. Fifth St.
704-412-2616

Every head in the dining room turns when a server emerges with the Truist Tower, a three-tier, $135 column of 24 oysters, 12 mussels, 10 raw clams, shrimp cocktail ceviche, salmon poke, Maine lobster, and caviar. Feast on classics like Maine Lobster Rolls or East Coast Shrimp & Grits, or try an unexpected dish like the Catfish Rueben. Azure Cassidy, the “Barmacist,” runs the beverage program, and happy hour—when oysters are $1.50 apiece—draws the after-work crowd.


Hello, Sailor
20210 Henderson Road, Cornelius
704-997-5365
Enjoy Blue Crab Claws or Jerk Spiced North Carolina Catfish in a midcentury modern dining room with sweeping views of Lake Norman.


Fin & Fino
135 Levine Avenue of the Arts
704-800-5680
The raw bar serves a variety of oysters, but as a “social seafood house,” its sweet spot is shareable plates like Verlasso Salmon and Littleneck Clams.


Caroline’s Oyster Bar
120 E. Stonewall St.
704-499-6633
Head to the second level of uptown’s 22-story JW Marriott hotel to sip a cocktail and enjoy fresh daily selections from the raw bar.


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Prime Fish’s Tuna Nigiri. Photo by Peter Taylor.

Prime Fish
11212 Providence Road W, Ste. B
980-339-5822
Chef Robin Anthony is a certified sake adviser who pairs the Japanese rice drink with fish the same way a sommelier pairs wine with food. Reserve a place at the 10-seat sushi bar to watch the master at work.


Mizu
3100 Apex Drive
704-981-9299
Grab a seat at the chef’s counter to see the Robata grill sizzle with lobster, shrimp, and charred vegetables, or enjoy a lineup of maki rolls and chilled and raw seafood in the dining room.


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Southern Pecan’s Louisiana BBQ Shrimp with red beans and rice. Photo by Peter Taylor.

Southern Pecan
6706 Phillips Place Court, Ste. C
704-749-2949
This menu is heavy on shrimp, catfish, and oysters that are cornmeal-crusted and deep-fried. Think Texas-meets-Louisiana packaged for an upscale SouthPark customer.


ROCKSALT
512 Brandywine Road, Ste. 500
704-503-9945
Visit this cozy spot behind Park Road Shopping Center for the spacious patio and fresh seafood. Order from the raw bar, which has several varieties of oysters on the half-shell, or go for the daily catch.


Skrimp Shack
3718 Central Ave., Ste. A
980-298-6418
Charlotte got its first “fast-casual fish camp” when the popular seafood chain opened in east Charlotte, and entrées like the Big Cat & Skrimp Po Boy taste just right.


Freshwaters
516 N. Graham St.
704-503-9629
Owners Sharon and Cliff Freshwater—yes, that’s really their name—serve crab cakes, cornbread, and their popular Blackened Cajun Catfish.


LuLu’s Maryland-Style Chicken and Seafood
2400 Tuckaseegee Road
980-498-0838
The name LuLu pays tribute to owner Jay Davis’ mother, and the Baltimore native makes the best (and only) Maryland-style crab cake in Charlotte.


Cajun Queen
1800 E. Seventh St.
704-377-9017
A jazz band plays upstairs every night, and the entrée menu has Creole favorites like Shrimp Étouffée and Crawfish Diane, which you can order as spicy or mild as you want.


Cabo Fish Taco
Multiple locations
This “Baja seagrill” serves up the title dish as well as quesadillas, burritos, and salads in a fun, surf-themed atmosphere.


The Waterman Fish Bar
2729 South Blvd., Ste. D
704-275-5558
South End’s oyster bar has all of the essentials: lobster rolls, fried fish sandwiches, and oysters four ways. At sunset, head up to the rooftop terrace for a signature cocktail and views of uptown.

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