Top 10 Restaurants in Charlotte

When it comes to great restaurants, you will always be just a stone’s throw away in Charlotte, NC. The Queen City is home to so many great restaurants spanning across all different cuisines. It’s almost impossible to narrow it down to 10.
Fig Tree

The Fig Tree

One of the toughest things about trendy restaurants, or top restaurants is they often offer a very unique menu. These menus, while perfect for foodies, may make it difficult for picky eaters to enjoy the five-star cuisine. The Fig Tree is the best of both worlds. It offers unique dishes such as their famous elk chop. However, they also feature staples like Filet Mignon and salmon.


Kindred Restaurant

Kindred is one of the most popular restaurants in the Charlotte area. Reservations are hard to come by and the bar area is always packed. They have an incredibly diverse menu such as squid ink conchigle, waygu beef tartare and little gem lettuces. This place is so good that Southern Living called it the best restaurant in Charlotte.

Kindred’s food is great, but its atmosphere is just as good. The building features exposed brick and is located in the old town pharmacy. It’s the perfect place for a great dinner and a nice wine.



If you only had one sentence to describe Barrington’s it would be: Chef Jason Newman does an incredible job of giving a fresh spin on some of your favorite classic dishes. If you go to Barrington’s you can get anything from scallops, chicken, beef tenderloin or something as unique as Benton’s bacon-wrapped quail.


The Asbury

The Asbury is named after Louis Asbury Sr, an architect that designed the Dunhill Hotel way back in 1929. The restaurant is known as a modern southern restaurant that honors the past, celebrates each season and is always looking forward. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and also feature a weekend brunch menu.

If you love unique menus then The Asbury is for you. Their dinner menu features a NC beef blackboard, pan-roasted grouper, or a chicken sandwich with caramelized onions, thyme aioli, country ham, cheddar bread and butter pickles. 



Chef Jonathan Moore creates a true seasonal dining experience by using flavors from the earth. Halycon is a farm-to-table dining experience that celebrates artisanal farms, fairies, and wineries from the Carolinas. They are open for lunch and dinner six days per week (closed on Mondays) and also feature a weekend brunch menu. The brunch menu features some items you won’t see on many other menus such as petite ribeye eggs benedict. If you’re not feeling up to breakfast food, you won’t be disappointed with the pork belly BLT.

Waterman Fish Bar

The Waterman

The Waterman is a relatively new oyster bar in Charlotte’s South End. If you love seafood then this place is for you. Their menu features favorites like lobster rolls, fried shrimp, crawdaddy dippers and a variety of awesome dipping sauce. It can be hard to find a great lobster roll south of Connecticut, but once you get to The Waterman you’ll quickly find out it is indeed possible.

Hello Sailor

Hello, Sailor

Hello, Sailor is a fish fry restaurant with a modern dining room with great views of the lake. It’s actually owned by the same couple that owns the Kindred Restaurant mentioned earlier in the post. The restaurant may be known for its fish fry, but they have other Carolina classics like shrimp calabash, BBQ and burgers. Like most trendy restaurants, for a true look at the full experience check out Hello, Sailor’s Instagram page. You won’t be disappointed.

Fin and Fino

Fin & Fino

Fin & Fino is known as Charlotte’s social seafood house. It