Charlotte, NC

5 of The Best Restaurants in Charlotte

There are many choices for a fine meal in the North Carolina capital named for Queen Charlotte. From old intown neighborhoods to malls and city center, you can find talented chefs turning out award-winning food. Here are our top five picks for a great meal in Charlotte.

1. The Fig Tree

Opened in 2005 in a 1913 craftsman style bungalow, the Fig Tree restaurant serves an award-winning seasonal menu with perfect wine pairings. Chef Greg Zanitsch trained in Hawaii, Napa, and Cincinnati before settling in Charlotte with his wife, Sarah. Sarah runs the front of house at the Fig Tree.

The Fig Tree has won a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence every year since they opened. The eclectic yet affordable wine list pairs well with specialties like the veal chop, trout, and scallops. Your meal will start with fresh baked focaccia and olive oil. Try the famous elk chop.

1601 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28204

2. Aix en Provence

Located in the upscale neighborhood of Providence, Aix en Provence serves seasonal Mediterranean lunch and dinner. Before taking on his own kitchen, Chef Nicholas Tarnate worked under many local celebrity chefs including Chef Tom Condon at Lumiere. Tarnate’s cuisine is southern French with a touch of Spain and Italy.

Favorites at Aix en Provence include an octopus appetizer with avocado, harissa aioli and a squid ink tuille and North Carolina grouper with ratatouille brunoise and a tempura squash blossom. At lunch try classic bistro fair from Croque Mousier or Madam to Steak Frites.

545 B Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207

3. Barrington's

Chef Bruce Moffet’s first restaurant, Barrington’s, is located in the Foxcroft East Shopping Center. Moffet is a James Beard semi-finalist, and his three Charlotte restaurants combine New England and Southern flavors. Zagat, the Charlotte Observer, USA Today, Southern Living and Where Magazine have all recognized Barrington’s.

Moffet’s Rhode Island roots shine in the Lobster BLT. Locally sourced southern ingredients make Benton’s bacon wrapped quail with johnnycake and watermelon rind a house favorite. Try the fresh pasta and house-made sausage. And save room for the limoncello twinkie dessert.

7822 Fairview Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226

4. The Asbury

The Asbury is located in the Dunhill Hotel and named for Louis Asbury, the hotel’s designer. Featured everywhere from The Food Network to Vogue and USA Today, the Asbury serves local, small farmed ingredients for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Exec Chef Mike Long is known for sustainability, and responsible sourcing and Pastry Chef Miranda Brown won Pastry Chef of the year at the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Associates Chef Showdown.

The menu at The Asbury runs from exotic smoked duck hearts with grits, peas and hardware cheese to down-home cornmeal crusted catfish with roasted garlic tarragon potato salad and collard slaw. Chef Miranda’s Sticky Biscuits are a favorite at every meal. Sticky Biscuits are a delicious combination of biscuit, cinnamon roll filling, and country ham with goat cheese icing.

235 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202

5. Red Eye Diner

For a different dining experience, visit the Red Eye Diner in downtown Charlotte. The large dining room and full bar are decorated with plenty of stainless steel, red booths, and a mural of a 50’s drive-in. The diner opened in 2016 and serves a broad menu 24/7, 365 days a year. 

Many visit the Red Eye for their famous Southern Breakfast. They are also known for chicken tenders and waffles and challah bread french toast. Breakfast is served all day.

210 E Trade St c149, Charlotte, NC 28202

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