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Discover the Best New Restaurants in Charlotte

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated October 23, 2019

Locavore cuisine defines the best new restaurants in Charlotte, a contemporary trend centered around locally sourced ingredients. From Italian eateries in Uptown to downtown gastropubs and South End seafood spots, Charlotte's most innovative chefs take advantage of the incredible natural bounty of the region's mountains, plains, and waterways. The celebratory seasonal cuisine represents a new wave of culinary excellence across the Queen City. But where do the smartest, savviest foodies eat out in Charlotte when they want to go somewhere new? We studied data covering thousands of restaurants to discover the top spots according to OpenTable's most experienced diners. The following new names in Charlotte come highly recommended. Why not book a table and become one of the first to discover them?

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4.8
4.8 (1921)
$31 to $50
American
SouthPark

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About the restaurant
Produce-forward small plates showcasing impeccable locally sourced ingredients are the signature of Peppervine, a spacious new restaurant in SouthPark. Several full-sized entrees also feature on the frequently changing dinner menu created by award-winning chef Bill Green. Some standouts among the small plates include squid ink bucatini with Spanish octopus, bone marrow and kale, a Thai-flavored fried chicken with papaya and burnt lime, and N.C. shrimp with grits, maque choux and tomato jus. Diners with bigger appetites might opt for such large plates as snapper baked in banana leaf and the 48-hour short rib pastrami.
Top review
KatieK
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent experience overall! Could have spaced out the courses a bit more but not a serious complaint. We will be back!
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4.3
4.3 (483)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Uptown

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About the restaurant
For the lunch and dinner menus at his new Uptown restaurant forchetta, chef Luca Annunziata draws on the authentic cuisine of his hometown, Naples, as well as other regions of Italy. His enticing creations include an award-winning fagottini, a dish of lobster-stuffed crepes enveloped in vodka sauce, and elk meatballs in a saffron aurora sauce. Also expect perfected versions of Italian classics like veal osso buco and casarecce carbonara. Some more casual options include burgers and paninis. The sleek and modern yet warm space is attached to the Holiday Inn Charlotte City Center. Since forchetta’s summer 2019 opening it has proved a big hit among locals as well as hotel guests.
Top review
JoRillM
Dined 7 days ago
The wagyu was absolutely delightful as well as the lobster bisque. The lamb chops were okay, but that might be cause I’m new to lamb. This was a perfect date night location and I would honestly go again.
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4.8
4.8 (2502)
$30 and under
Seafood
Uptown

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About the restaurant
Fin & Fino, which opened in Uptown in 2018, is committed to serving only the freshest sustainably sourced local fish and seafood, which it brings in daily. At least a dozen oysters feature on the raw bar menu every day, making Fin & Fino one of the best new restaurants in Charlotte for oyster aficionados. Tiki drinks are another signature, some served inside pineapples for a tropical touch. Highlights of the lunch and dinner menus include the "dish of fish" comprising six oysters, six NC shrimp, blue crab, mussels and a lobster tail, and the squid duo of squid ink shells and squid Bolognese. Diners tempted to try a bite of everything should opt for “The Treatment.” It’s an ever-changing tasting menu that includes a series of on- and off-menu items for a fixed price, $5 of which goes to a select charity.
Top review
MaurizioR
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent food, fresh and well cook, good presentation, the only negative remark our waitress she need to improve her dialog with the costumers, for example how to describe the food , how good the food. serve the food all 3 of us at the same time, ...
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4.7
4.7 (499)
$30 and under
Sushi
Southend

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About the restaurant
The new South End restaurant YUME specializes in sushi, ramen and Japanese-inspired craft cocktails. Rice bowls, Japanese curries, ample appetizers and cooked entrees fill out the lengthy lunch and dinner menus as well. Ramen is available in 11 versions, all customizable with extra toppings. Tonkotsu ramen is a signature, while less traditional options including a Korean kimchi ramen and vegan Thai coconut curry ramen. The signature YUME sushi roll features wagyu, madai, scallop and crab. Lunchtime diners can consider the set lunch special with a choice of appetizer and entrée plus soup, salad, rice and dessert.
Top review
JulieM
Dined 5 days ago
The sushi was delicious, fresh and the rolls were very creative. We will be back!
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4.6
4.6 (1314)
$31 to $50
Italian
Uptown

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About the restaurant
Angeline’s, an upscale casual restaurant inside the Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel, specializes in contemporary Northern Italian cuisine prepared with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. The menus focus on wood-fired pizzas and house-made pastas, plus a range of handhelds at lunchtime and hearty entrees for dinner. Some dishes are traditional and straightforward, such as the Margherita and funghi pizzas, pappardelle Bolognese and a whipped ricotta and sourdough appetizer. Others are more complex creations like the cavoletti pizza topped with white sauce, pancetta, Brussels sprout leaves, Calabrian chiles and mozzarella, and the braised oxtail baguette sandwich. Angeline’s hosts a popular brunch on weekends.
Top review
Annie
Dined on Feb 13, 2024
Great experience! The place has a nice ambience. Definitely would return. I would say the best Italian in Charlotte. The servers were attentive and nice!
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4.5
4.5 (1043)
$31 to $50
American
Myers Park

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About the restaurant
Farm-to-table fare cooked over live fire is the signature of Flour Shop, certainly one of the best new restaurants in Charlotte. Chef-owner Trey Wilson uses produce from his own garden as well as top-quality seasonal ingredients from local farms. He turns to minimalist preparations to best showcase such ingredients. An exhibition kitchen is the centerpiece of the intimate, dinner-only restaurant. Diners can watch the chefs make fresh pasta by hand for some of Flour Shop’s most popular menu items, among them a bucatini with salami and zucchini, and lemon ricotta ravioli with sage, parmesan and almond. Other popular choices are the wood-fired Lady Edison pork chop and the grilled UGF mushroom appetizer.
Top review
BernadetteM
Dined on Feb 13, 2024
Fantastic service and the food and drinks were delicious.
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4.2
4.2 (1744)
$30 and under
American
Uptown

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About the restaurant
Haymaker, the brainchild of chef-owner William Dissen, is a celebration of heirloom produce, sustainable meats and seafoods, and the traditional culinary techniques of the Piedmont and Appalachia. Both dinner and brunch menus focus on farm-to-table fare packed with bold and complex flavors. Dissen’s signature dish, NC shrimp a la plancha with grits, manchego and pickled chiles, is available for dinner and brunch. The small plate shares space on the dinner menu with artisan cheese and charcuterie plates, heirloom cornmeal hushpuppies, and toast topped with charred peaches, lemon ricotta and crispy ham. Brunch diners go crazy for the bacon fat beignets and Billy D’s fried chicken sandwich.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Very nice aesthetic. Bartender and server were great. Menu wasn’t what I saw online so had to settle for a burger. Not what I wanted for a dining experience but luckily it was well made. Will likely return once menu is back to normal.
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