7 Restaurant in Uptown Charlotte You Need to Check Out

September 25, 2020
Food & Drink
jason wolfe

Treat Yourself to a Special Night Out at One of These Uptown Restaurants

7 Restaurant in Uptown Charlotte You Need to Check Out

Do you live near Uptown? Do you just enjoy swinging by the area for its restaurants and shopping? Whatever the reason you find yourself in this area of Charlotte, NC, you are sure to be delighted by all it has to offer. The next time you’re in, treat yourself to one of these popular Uptown restaurants for lunch or dinner. 

Is your best friend’s birthday coming up? Do you want to purchase a special anniversary gift for your parents? Treat your loved ones to a special night out with a virtual GiftYa card. GiftYa cards can be applied to a number of vibrant and upscale restaurants in Charlotte, NC. Since they’re completely virtual, your loved one can carry the card around with them wherever they go. Any of the below restaurants are perfect for a special night out. 

The Asbury Restaurant

Upscale restaurant inside The Dunhill Hotel that uses only the freshest ingredients for its dishes

Stop by The Asbury Restaurant for breakfast. Image courtesy of Instagram


235 N Tryon St, Fourth Ward, Uptown

The Asbury successfully mixes together its sophisticated atmosphere and upscale cuisine to offer an unforgettable experience for guests. The second you step into this popular Uptown restaurant, you are engulfed in its sleek and refined interior. 

Coming by for breakfast? The Veggie omelette and Banana Pudding Pancakes are a great start to your day. On the dinner menu, you will find a fine selection of dishes such as the Pan Roasted Salmon and the Braised Pork Short Ribs. An extensive selection of wine and beer are also featured on the menu. For dessert, you can select the Peaches & Cream, Fried Banana Cheesecake, or Chocolate Chip & Caramel Overload. Whatever you choose, you are sure to be delighted by The Asbury’s fine cuisine. 

“Fantastic place. The food was wonderful, with fresh ingredients. Highly recommended. The Asbury burger is considered one of the best in the area. Their Mac n Cheese is definitely the best I've ever had. The fried banana cheesecake is also fabulous.” - Yelp Review

Purchase a GiftYa card for The Asbury Restaurant. 

The Cellar at Duckworth’s

Uptown speakeasy that serves unique cocktails and filling American fare

Fill yourself up with a bacon cheeseburger and some fries. Image courtesy of Yelp


330 N Tryon St, Uptown, First Ward

After months of keeping its doors closed due to COVID-19, The Cellar at Duckworth’s is finally open again. For years, guests have flocked to The Cellar for its unique and inventive dishes. As they dine, they can soak in The Cellar’s brick walls and exposed ceiling. The restaurant’s prohibition-era, speakeasy theme also creates an unforgettable experience for visitors. 

As for its menu, The Cellar offers delicious small and large plates. The Ground Duck Flatbread, for instance, features house ground duck, sun dried tomatoes, pears, and mushrooms. Another popular menu dish is the House Made Waffle Cones. These savory cones are filled with ponzu poke tuna, macadamia nut, coconut shrimp, and bacon. If you were able to save enough room for dessert, you’ll love the Nutella Cheesecake. 

“Great place! Relaxed but intimate atmosphere. Food and drinks are AMAZING! Chaz is the perfect welcome to the place to set the tone for the night. Joey, Zach, and Christy are a great team behind the bar (and as servers during COVID). Bobby Sunshine is what his name says, a whole experience. Overall I love the place. Will be back!” - Yelp Review

Purchase a GiftYa card for The Cellar at Duckworth’s. 

Sophia’s Lounge

Upscale restaurant located in The Ivey’s Hotel

Take a seat inside this bustline restaurant’s laidback lounge. Image courtesy of Yelp


127 N Tryon St, Suite D, Uptown, Fourth Ward

Voted as a top destination for the Best Girls Night Out and the Best Upscale Bar by Charlotte Magazine, it is no wonder that Sophia’s Lounge is a popular spot for a night out in the city. At Sophia’s Lounge, you will find an appetizing selection of delicious meals including Wasabi Crusted Salmon, Filet Mignon, and Caesar Salad. Need something to help boost your energy in the middle of the day? Order a cappuccino or espresso to enjoy with some dessert. The S’Mores are a great option for anyone craving some chocolate brownie. 

“This is a great place to meet friends for drinks before a night on the town.  The hand craft drinks are mixed to perfection and Decor is very classy.  This is one of my favorite hotel bars in Charlotte that offer a nice atmosphere” - Yelp Review

Purchase a GiftYa card for Sophia’s Lounge. 

204 North Kitchen & Cocktails

Rustic venue in Uptown Charlotte known for its hearty American cuisine

Treat yourself to a casual meal at 204 North Kitchen. Image courtesy of Yelp


204 N Tryon, Uptown, First Ward

If you’re in the mood for some classic American dishes, head to 204 North. This popular restaurant in the First Ward offers delicious dishes like Shrimp & Grits and Atlantic Salmon. If you’re a little on the hungrier side, you can start your dinner off with some Seared Scallops or Deviled Eggs. Though small, its dessert selection of either Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake and S’More Chocolate Lava Cake will make a great finish for your meal. 

“Most recently I ordered the steak which came with these truffle potato wedges that I would eat every day if my metabolism could handle it. Some other favorites include the salmon dish and their deviled eggs. I can't wait to get back to dine in so I can enjoy their cocktails.” - Yelp Review

Purchase a GiftYa card for 204 North Kitchen & Cocktails. 


Luce Restaurant & Bar

High-end Italian restaurant offering a small patio for outdoor dining

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Spend an elegant night out at the Luce Restaurant & Bar. Image courtesy of Yelp


214 N Tryon St, Suite J, Uptown, First Ward

Located inside the Hearst Tower Plaza is an upscale and romantic destination for delicious meals called the Luce Restaurant & Bar. Hearty and authentic Italian meals are served daily alongside a seasonally-changing cocktail menu. Italian and American wines are also offered at this popular restaurant. 

You can either enjoy your meal outside on the restaurant’s gorgeous patio or inside its intimate dining room. Coming with a group of people? Share a plate of the Bruschetta or Salumi. While you wait for your meal, you can enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine. 

“The calamari is delicious and not chewy. The linguini mare was OUTSTANDING. A variety of clams, mussels, calamari, shrimp, scallops and lobster with a tomato type sauce over linguini. Delicious! The moscato was also very good. Sweet and smooth.” - Yelp Review

Purchase a GiftYa card for Luce Restaurant & Bar. 

Aria Tuscan Grill & Champagne Lounge

Contemporary Italian restaurant offering sizzling dishes and an extensive wine list

Treat yourself to a night out at Aria Tuscan Grill. Image courtesy of Facebook


100 N Tryon St, Uptown, First Ward

The Aria Tuscan Grill & Champagne Lounge is a popular destination in Charlotte for contemporary Italian dishes. Everything from the Caramelized Gnocchi to the Crispy Squash Blossoms are cooked to perfection. While you wait for your entree, you can soak in the restaurant’s vibrant and energetic atmosphere. 

If you decide to order take-out, you can select the Pasta Dinner for Two. This combo includes two Arugula Salads, one plate of Grandma B’s Lasagna, a dish of spaghetti, two Tiramisus, and a side of bread and beans. Along with this fine selection of Italian dishes, you can also enjoy a satisfying glass of wine. 

“Their "bar bites" program is absolutely impeccable, and a total hidden gem. They have a menu of extremely affordable bar bites (think flatbreads, tapas style dishes) alongside a solid cocktail/alcohol program. If you're wanting to impress a date, but not go over the top on the bill, I highly recommend you take them to Aria and sit at the bar.” - Yelp Review

Purchase a GiftYa card for Aria Tuscan Grill & Champagne Lounge. 

Essex Bar & Bistro

Popular bar located inside the Omni Hotel 

Start the night off right with some fried cauliflower. Image courtesy of Yelp.


101 S Tryon St, Suite 14, Uptown

Essex Bar & Bistro is a popular craft cocktail bar and gastropub located in Uptown Charlotte. At Essex, you can enjoy a blend of upscale cuisine with an energetic atmosphere. For lunch, you can choose a dish from a number of different options, such as the Fried Artichokes or the Falafel. Flatbreads and sandwiches are also available, and are sure to fill and satisfy you for the rest of the day. In addition to its fine selection of dishes, Essex also offers a diverse array of cocktails and wines. 

“So we ordered the butter chicken with hot garlic bread- CAN WE SAY DELISH; we ordered the Lamb lollipops with fingerling potatoes on top of Taziki sauce - all sorts of flavor town experiences there lol and we had the warm Brussel Caesar Salad which was also tasty.” - Yelp Review

Purchase a GiftYa card for Essex Bar & Bistro.


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