Find the perfect romantic date spot in Charlotte, North Carolina, a city well known for its vibrant food scene. Whether you are looking for an upscale eatery or casual breakfast in Charlotte, there are many great things to do in Charlotte.
The restaurants that made our list serve a diverse selection of flavors. Order excellent sushi, pizza, sandwiches, burgers or BBQ and enjoy your romantic meal in Charlotte. These are the best romantic restaurants in Charlotte.
1. The King's Kitchen & Bakery
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The King’s Kitchen & Bakery, located in a spacious and bright location on West Trade Street, is unique on so many levels. First, it is non-profit. The owners donate the profits to the local ministry to feed the poor and homeless. They also offer a training and employment program for those who are otherwise unemployable.
They believe that helping people should start with helping them regain dignity and allowing them to believe in themselves. The Kitchen works with a number of local farmers and food growers, meaning they support the local economy and get super fresh, seasonal and local ingredients in the process.
Then, there is the menu, a collection of amazing Southern favorites cooked to perfection. Their sandwiches, made with fresh baked breads from their own bakery, are world class. Check out the best places to visit in North Carolina for your next vacation.
129 W Trade St., Charlotte, NC, Phone: 704-375-1990
2. Pinky's Westside Grill
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Seeing a colorful VW on the roof of the former auto shop that is now Pinky’s Westside Grill should tell you right away that things are quite unique there.
Vibrant red walls and eclectic décor suit the VW, and the food is just as striking. And with celebrated Chef Greg Auten in command, that is no surprise. Claiming to be a “lowbrow diner,” Pinky’s is incredibly appealing. It serves quite a range of everyone’s favorites, but with a twist.
You will find burgers with crunchy peanut butter, vegetarian hot dogs, and Pimp’n Fries served with their signature pimiento cheese. Just browsing through the menu will make you smile and put you in a good mood even before you get to eat. You can also get bottomless coffee and free refills on most sodas.
1600 W.Morehead St., Charlotte, North Carolina, Phone: 704-332-0402
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3. Oak Steakhouse, Charlotte, NC
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Oak Steakhouse is an upscale restaurant in Charlotte's SouthPark neighborhood, offering a modern twist on the conventional American steakhouse concept. The restaurant, helmed by executive chef Alex Jenkins and overseen by the Indigo Road Restaurant Group, serves up farm-fresh certified Angus beef entrees, including fine filet mignons, prime ribeyes, and dry-aged New York strip steaks. Other land and sea entrees include signature Oak burgers, grilled salmon, and lobster carbonara. A bar menu serves up appetizers during happy hour, alongside an extensive list of fine Californian and European wines, artisan boutique wines, regional craft brews, and seasonal cocktails.
4777 Sharon Road, Suite 125, Charlotte, NC 28210, Phone: 704-954-8900
4. Futo Buta
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Everyone loves well-made ramen, and at Futo Buta, ramen is a work of art. Chef Michael Sortino uses fresh, seasonal produce and mixes flavorful ingredients to produce very creative ramen and a range of other authentic Japanese dishes.
The dining room is modern, with rustic rough wood and Zen-like décor, but it has an energetic atmosphere, and Futo Buta has become quite popular. There are about 40 seats inside and 40 more outside. Ramen is the star of the show, and they make fresh noodles every day from organic red wheat that is sourced locally.
To find out how Chef Michael makes an authentic Japanese ramen with Carolina twist, you should definitively try Shio, made of chicken broth with katsuobushi salts, bean sprouts, bok choy, Carolina prawns, and salmon smoked in-house. Check of these beautiful waterfalls near Charlotte for a relaxing day trip.
Bland St Light Rail Station, 222 E Bland St., Charlotte, North Carolina, Phone: 704-376-8400, See the Map
5. The Fig Tree
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Located in the charming 1913 Craftsman-style bungalow called Lucas House, The Fig Tree has five distinct dining rooms with several fireplaces and elegant furnishing. They also offer romantic outdoor seating on the patio and veranda, which overlook the signature fig trees.
The elegant decor creates a perfect backdrop to fine dining with Italian and French influences, but the cuisine is still firmly based in Carolina tradition and fresh, seasonal produce. Chef Greg Zanitsch is a master of blending textures, flavors, and ingredients using traditional culinary techniques to produce some outstanding dishes.
His Carolina version of Fois Gras is particularly memorable: he serves it pan-seared with cornbread pudding, blackberry gastrique, and bacon praline. The Fig Tree has an award-winning and extensive wine list with vintages from all over the world.
1601 E 7th Street, Charlotte, North Carolina, Phone: 704-332-3322
6. Viva Chicken
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Peruvian rotisserie chicken is a great way to get introduced to Peruvian cuisine. Free-range chicken is marinated for about 24 hours with a special Viva Chicken mix of exotic spices and herbs and then roasted slowly on a spit rotating over an open charcoal fire. Viva Chicken serves their delicious chicken with a range of Peruvian sides such as Cilantro Infused Rice or fried yuka, along with their special sauces, either hot or mild.
They offer a range of other Peruvian dishes you might want to try to get a good idea of the flavors typical of this small Latin American country. Try their signature juices such as Maracuya, which is Peruvian Passion Fruit Punch. Viva Chicken now has two locations in Charlotte, and both are doing brisk business in bright, clean spaces, one on Elizabeth Avenue and the other at Toringdon. Browse our North Carolina weekend getaways guide for more ideas.
1617 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, North Carolina, Phone: 980-335-0176
7. Luna's Living Kitchen
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It is amazing how many complex dishes can be made with raw organic plants. Luna's Living Kitchen in Charlotte's Historic South End wants to change some preconceptions and teach people about healthy eating with plant based organic nutrients prepared in an imaginative, original, and totally delicious way.
No animal products, refined sugars, eggs, preservatives or dairy are used, and everything is prepared each day from scratch to preserve all the nutrients and important enzymes.
Try their lasagna or Lunasagna made of layers of zucchini noodles, sun-dried tomatoes, and mushrooms – it is a revelation. Luna also makes fresh fruit and vegetable juices, available in store or from their truck that cruises around Charlotte. Interested customers can put their address on the truck’s schedule to get the juices regularly. These beautiful beaches near Charlotte offer a cheap day trip out of the city.
2000 South Blvd. Suite 300, Charlotte, North Carolina, Phone: 704-333-0008
8. Midwood Smokehouse
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When you give an experienced pit master like Matt Barry a custom wood-burning computer controlled smoker, you can expect some spectacular meats. Midwood Smokehouse serves everything from true Texas style briskets to tender and juicy Carolina pulled pork. The smoker chugs along 24 hours a day using only real hardwood hickory logs, and what comes out is tender and bursting with flavor.
They even smoke their veggies. Midwood Smokehouse has a spacious dining room with a lovely rooftop deck in Charlotte’s Plaza-Midwood neighborhood and another location in South Charlotte near Ballantine. They have some great sides and salads to go with their fabulous meats, and the full bar has a nice selection of craft beers. If you have any space left, try their banana pudding.
1401 Central Ave. Suite 101, Charlotte, North Carolina, Phone: 704-295-4BBQ
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9. Mac's Speed Shop
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Mac's Speed Shop is large, cool and fun. The smells of succulent grilled meats will greet you as you walk in the door. The menu is Southern; you’ll find smoky pulled pork with Carolina barbecue sauce, dry-rubbed Carolina beef brisket, and so much more. The expansive menu has something for everyone, and with more than 60 kinds of beer, many of which are on tap, you are sure to find something to go perfectly with your meal.
Expect bigger crowds on Saturday when the local bands take over the stage. Sit outside on the patio, listen to the music, and admire the bikes that are often parked nearby. There are two locations in Charlotte. These unique day trips from Charlotte provide a great way to extend your stay.
P2511 South Blvd., 704-522-6227; 2414 Sandy Porter Rd., 704-504-8500
10. The Asbury
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The Asbury is a modern Southern restaurant located on the ground floor of the Dunhill Hotel, formerly the 1929 Mayfair Manor. The restaurant is rather striking and features bold blue walls decorated with attractive original art.
The modern décor creates the perfect setting for a classic North Carolina menu interpreted in the unique and original way typical Executive Chef Chris Coleman. He works with rarely used heirloom ingredients that are native to the area, some ancient grains, and other special ingredients grown by regional small family farms.
The result is good old favorites that have been artfully reinvented. Try Jerk Shrimp with Carolina Gold rice coconut salad and served with eggplant, peach, and peanut salsa, and bell pepper reduction. Asbury’s selection of Reserve Wines is spectacular, as is the selection of local microbrews.
235 North Tryon St., Charlotte, North Carolina, Phone: 704-342-1193
Dressler’s has an elegant and dramatic dining room that is a superb setting for a celebration, a romantic evening for two, or a girls’ night out. Their outdoor patio is more casual but no less upscale, and its tables are set with white tablecloths and fine cutlery.
This elegant background prepares guests for the artistry of Executive Chef Scott Hollingsworth. He offers modern American cuisine focused on grilled meat, fresh seafood, and some very imaginative small plates (don’t miss the Lump Crab Cake with remoulade of roasted pecans).
Try to save room for dessert, as Dressler’s founder’s mother brought her own recipe for the famous New York cheesecake, which is a hit. Dressler’s has a well stocked bar specializing in ports, single malt scotches, and martinis. The wine list is extensive and quite good.
1100 Metropolitan Avenue, Suite 125-E, Charlotte, North Carolina, Phone: 704-909-6295
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