Open Table’s Best Overall Restaurants in Charlotte, NC

The Veal Tenderloin at McNinch House.

The Veal Tenderloin at McNinch House.

When you’re looking for a place to eat out in Charlotte, we’ve got a new list for you.

OpenTable has compiled a list of the best overall restaurants in Charlotte by analyzing more than 400,000 new diner reviews. The folks behind the restaurant reservation software sort the results by category to help you discover new food spots to grab your next meal or where to make plans for a special night out.

You’ll find a variety of cuisine represented, from American to Asian to Italian food. Below, we’ve listed the Open Table’s Diner’s Choice-Charlotte list of Best Overall Restaurants, in alphabetical order. How many have you visited?

Community Matters Cafe

Location: 821 W 1st Street Charlotte, NC 28202

Neighborhood: Third Ward/Uptown

Menu

Cuisine: American cafe, coffee shop

What to know: Community Matters Cafe is a part of Charlotte Rescue Mission, an addiction recovery program, where graduates can use the life skills they learned to help secure long-term employment. You can order online, too.

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Community Matters Cafe is a part of Charlotte Rescue Mission, an addiction recovery program, where graduates can use the life skills they learned to help secure long-term employment. Alex Cason CharlotteFive

Copper

Location: 311 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203

Neighborhood: Dilworth

Menu

Cuisine: Indian

What to know: The restaurant puts a modern spin on traditional Indian food, and the presentation includes contemporary Indian art and music. Reservations are available via OpenTable.

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Copper’s Chicken Tikka Masala. DANIELLE ATKINSON

Dolce Osteria

Location: 1710 Kenilworth Ave, 28203 Charlotte, NC

Neighborhood: Dilworth

Menu

Cuisine: Italian

What to know: The fresh pasta is made daily. Reservations are highly recommended.

Lincoln Street Kitchen & Cocktails

Location: 1320 S Church St Suite 400, Charlotte, NC 28203

Neighborhood: South End

Menu

Cuisine: American small plates

What to know: The food is inspired by what’s seasonal and available at local and regional farms. Online ordering is available.

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Lincoln Street Kitchen & Cocktails in South End. Ebony Morman CharlotteFive

McNinch House Restaurant

Location: 511 N. Church St. Charlotte, North Carolina 28202

Neighborhood: Uptown

Menu

Cuisine: American

What to know: This fine dining staple — one of Charlotte’s Classic Eats — is located in a historic home. Reservations are required.

The Melting Pot – Charlotte-Lake Norman

Location: 16625 Statesville Rd, Huntersville, North Carolina 28078

Neighborhood: Huntersville

Menu

Cuisine: Fondue

What to know: Reservations are available online for this dippable dinner.

The Melting Pot – Midtown

Location: 901 S Kings Dr, Ste 140B, Charlotte, North Carolina 28204

Neighborhood: Cherry

Menu

Cuisine: Fondue

What to know: Reservations are available online for this dippable dinner.

Novanta Pizzeria Napoletana

Location: 120 Langtree Village Dr #102, Mooresville, NC 28117

Neighborhood: Mooresville

Menu

Cuisine: Italian

What to know: Expect wood-fired pizza and classic Italian entrees. Online reservations are available, and the restaurant has a kid’s menu.

O-Ku

Location: 2000 South Blvd Suite 510, Charlotte, NC 28203

Neighborhood: South End

Menu

Cuisine: Asian, sushi

What to know: Online ordering and reservations are available for this spot on CharlotteFive’s list of best sushi restaurants.

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O-Ku’s sushi. O-Ku Sushi

Steak 48

Location: 4425 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28211

Neighborhood: SouthPark

Menu

Cuisine: American steakhouse, seafood

What to know: The upscale eatery was on OpenTable’s list of 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America in 2022. Make reservations well in advance for this hotspot.

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Steak 48 was the only Charlotte restaurant to make OpenTable’s list of 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America in 2022. J. Martin Harris Photography

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Heidi Finley is a writer and editor for CharlotteFive and the Charlotte Observer. Outside of work, you will most likely find her in the suburbs driving kids around, volunteering and indulging in foodie pursuits.

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