17 Restaurants in Uptown Charlotte You Need to Check Out

7 Restaurant in Uptown Charlotte You Need to Check Out

Do you live near Uptown? Or do you just enjoy swinging by the area for its fun restaurants and great retail stores? Whatever the reason you find yourself in this area of Charlotte, NC, you are sure to be delighted by all it has to offer. Just make sure you take a meal break at one of Uptown Charlotte’s best restaurants! 

In our latest article, we’re covering the top 17 restaurants in Uptown Charlotte you need to try. We’ll cover:

  • Where you can find the best restaurants in Uptown Charlotte
  • Their style — whether fancy or low-key, full-service or counter-service
  • What people are saying about them

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 digital 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.

1. 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. 

2. 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. 

3. 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. 

4. 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. 

5. Luce Restaurant & Bar

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

seafood pasta
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. 

6. Aria Tuscan Grill & Champagne Lounge

Contemporary Italian restaurant offering sizzling dishes and an extensive wine list


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. 

7. Essex Bar & Bistro

Popular bar located inside the Omni Hotel 

fried cauliflower
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.

8. Rooster’s Wood-Fired Kitchen

Rustic food and wine bar that is known for its Spanish, French, and Italian-influenced selections

table filled with people eating food
Share some savory plates with friends at this restaurant in Uptown Charlotte! Image courtesy of Rooster’s Wood-Fired Kitchen.

150 N College St | Uptown, First Ward | roosterskitchen.com

Rooster’s Wood-Fired Kitchen is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner or a special celebration with friends. This rustic food and wine bar offers low mood lighting and a laid back atmosphere that will put you right at ease. 

As for the food, Rooster’s offers savory dishes inspired by classic French, Italian, and Spanish cuisine. Some of our favorite plates include the Roasted Chicken Pizza, Beef Short Rib, and Grilled Pork Chop. Most of the ingredients cooked in these dishes are sourced from local farmers. Many of these farmers even grow specialty crops and heirloom varieties just for Rooster’s. Reserve a table and see for yourself all that Rooster’s has to offer! 

“I've been to rooster's a few times over the years for many different occasions and I am never disappointed. Whether is a date night, birthday celebration or a simple meal, you can guarantee that you will leave happy and full.” - Yelp Review

9. Que Onda Tacos + Tequila

Popular Mexican restaurant in Uptown Charlotte that is known for its savory street tacos and 100% Blue Agave Tequila

plates of fish and chips and fish tacos
Que Onda Tacos offers Fish and Chips, Tacos, and more mouthwatering entrees. Image courtesy of Que Onda Tacos Uptown.

9601 N Tryon St, Suite K | University City | queondatacos.com

If you’re in the mood for some mouthwatering tacos, you need to head to Que Onda Tacos + Tequila. Que Onda offers a wide selection of tacos including the Coca Cola Carnitas tacos and Crispy Baja Fish tacos. You can also find hearty comfort food dishes like the Carne Asada Steak and Diabla Shrimp on the menu. 

Along with its famous street tacos and comfort food, Que Onda is known for its 100% blue agave tequila and Mexican beer. Once you’re done with your main dish, you can finish your meal off with one of Que Onda’s popular desserts. We recommend the Loaded Churros or Fried Ice Cream. Yum!

“ The tacos were also soooo good for the price! My friends and I shared a pitcher of margaritas and ordered their classic guacamole for the table. The guacamole was so fresh and was also mixed at the table by the waiter.” - Yelp Review

10. Cicchetti

Chic Italian wine bar that specializes in shareable small plates

plate of bread and bowls of food
Cicchetti creates mouthwatering small plates that are designed to be shared.  Image courtesy of Yelp.

100 N Tryon St | Uptown, First Ward | cicchetticlt.com

Craving some Italian food? Try Cicchetti! This chic restaurant is known for its authentic Italian small dishes and world-class wine selection. The small plates are meant to be shared, so make sure you come with a group to Cicchetti. 

Smoked Salmon, Fried Oysters, Mussels, Manzo, and more classic Italian dishes await you and your friends. Whatever you order, make sure you pair your dishes with some of Cicchetti’s famous wines, beers, or cocktails. Check out the full menu now to see everything that awaits you!

“I'm so happy this place is open again!!!!  We came and got food and drinks after a Saturday matinee at Belk theater.  We got the bruschetta, fondue, scallop, and charcuterie board. Everything was great, the ricotta with the bruschetta was SO GOOD.” - Yelp Review

11. Rhino Market & Deli

Neighborhood market and deli that is known for its mouthwatering sandwiches

1500 W Morehead St, Suite E | Charlotte | rhinomarket.com

Rhino Market & Deli is a neighborhood joint dedicated to serving delicious food inside a relaxed and laid back environment. Rhino offers both local and imported beers as well as a wide selection of wines not typically seen in grocery stores. 

As for food, Rhino serves both “meatatarian” and vegetarian sandwiches like the Hot Roast Beef, Healthy Hummus, and Pimento Cheese sandwiches. Soups and salads are available to go along with your sandwich! Rhino also offers breakfast dishes, including a Build Your Own Omelette option. Check out their full menu now. 

“You cannot go wrong with this spot! My absolute favorite sandwich is their BLAT and a side of their broccoli salad. My sister lives nearby, and I think it's safe to say it is one of her most frequented spots (especially during COVID, and there was no indoor dining - perfect pickup for a picnic!).” - Yelp Review

12. Chima Steakhouse

Upscale steakhouse that serves grilled meat carved off skewers and also offers a full salad bar

steak and asparagus
Treat yourself to a classic steak & asparagus plate. Image courtesy of Yelp.

139 S Tryon St | Uptown | chimasteakhouse.com

Chima Steakhouse is one of the best steakhouses in Uptown Charlotte. At Chima, various gauchos roam the dining room to offer savory churrasco of over 15 different rotisserie meats. This includes sirloin, filet, ribs, lamb, pork, chicken, and fish. 

Along with their famous rotisserie meats, Chima is also known for its extensive salad bar. Both Brazilian and American ingredients are available to help you make the perfect salad. For dessert, you can expect sweet creations like the Chocolate Coconut Lava Cake and Creme Brulee. Check out the full menu now!

“When you walk into Chima's, you can smell the aroma of the marinated meats, the decor is fitting and the ambiance is perfect for a dinner of two or large groups. Each time, we've been here, the wait staff and servers have always been wonderful.” - Yelp Review

Uptown Charlotte is filled with great dining options. The next time you’re in, treat yourself to one of these popular Uptown restaurants for lunch or dinner!

13. Alexander Michael's

Historic restaurant in Charlotte that is housed inside a restored Victorian home

outside of rustic restaurant
Alexander Michael's is housed in a beautifully restored Victorian home, exuding a timeless charm that transports guests to another era. Image courtesy of Alexander Michael’s.

401 W 9th St | Charlotte | almikestavern.com

Alexander Michael's is a renowned restaurant nestled in the heart of Charlotte, NC. The menu showcases a delectable fusion of classic American fare and Southern comfort food crafted from the finest ingredients. 

From their famous burgers and mouthwatering steaks to their fresh seafood dishes and hearty vegetarian options, they have something to satisfy every palate. Complemented by an extensive selection of craft beers and carefully curated wines, the dining experience at Alexander Michael's is like no other. 

“The perfect neighborhood pub. Dimly lit, but bright with local characters and friendly chatter. We stopped in for a super casual dinner after flying back from a weekend trip, but you could do anything at this bar — business meetings, lunch with friends, romantic dinners tucked into a corner.” - Yelp Review

14. Church & Union

A culinary gem located at the intersection of Church and Union Street

127 N Tryon St #8 | Charlotte | churchandunioncharlotte.com

Whether you're seeking a relaxing brunch spot or a lively bar for happy hour, Church and Union is a must-visit destination for food enthusiasts looking for a good time.

Church and Union boasts a diverse menu that celebrates a fusion of global flavors with a focus on locally sourced ingredients. From innovative small plates to flavorful main courses and decadent desserts, every dish is thoughtfully crafted to impress even the most discerning palates. 

“A great brunch location with plenty of seating for large groups ... which can be rather rare these days!! The drinks are tasty, the service is on POINT, and even with a full restaurant you will receive your food quickly!” - Yelp Review

15. Green’s Lunch

Charming restaurant that has been around since 1926

309 W 4th | Charlotte | greenslunch.com

Since its establishment in 1926, this iconic restaurant has remained a favorite among locals and visitors alike. With its unassuming exterior and cozy diner-style interior, Green's Lunch exudes a welcoming charm that transports guests to a simpler time. The menu features classic American comfort food. Burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and hearty breakfast options await you. 

With its bustling atmosphere and friendly staff, Green's Lunch embodies the essence of community and has become a beloved gathering place for generations of Charlotte residents. For those seeking a taste of nostalgia and a genuine dining experience, Green's Lunch is a must-visit destination.

“My favorite lunch spot in Uptown Charlotte. This is an old-school joint serving up delicious burgers and hot dogs but the real star is their chili. As an added bonus it is probably the least expensive place to eat in Uptown and the dollar goes a long way here!” - Yelp Review

16. 7th Street Public Market

Vibrant culinary hub that has something for everyone


224 E 7th St | Charlotte | themarketat7thstreet.com

7th Street Public Market is a vibrant culinary hub nestled in the heart of Charlotte, NC. This bustling marketplace is a gathering place for food lovers and artisans alike, offering a diverse array of local vendors, fresh produce, and artisanal goods. 

With a variety of dining options available, visitors can indulge in a delicious meal from one of the market's many vendors, ranging from gourmet sandwiches and wood-fired pizzas to international cuisines and farm-to-table offerings. The market also hosts community events, cooking classes, and pop-up shops. 

“This food hall is one of the best places in Charlotte to have a foodie day! With a wide range of food vendors, you're guaranteed to leave feeling full, satisfied, and wanting more. It also helps that it's accessible by the light rail, which makes it a great spot for those visiting the city.” - Yelp Review

17. Halal Truck

Late-night food truck that is known for its fresh and authentic dishes

Falafel over salad add rice and hot sauce
Try some Falafel over salad and rice for a great meal! Image courtesy of Yelp.

101 N Tryon St | Charlotte | halal-truck.com

The Halal Truck in Charlotte, NC, is a culinary gem that brings the flavors of the Middle East to the streets of the city. This mobile eatery has gained a loyal following for its delectable halal cuisine and its convenient location.

The Halal Truck specializes in a tantalizing selection of halal meats. From mouthwatering chicken and beef kebabs to flavorful gyros and falafel wraps, every item on their menu is a testament to their commitment to quality and taste. The generous portions and affordable prices also make it a popular choice for those seeking a satisfying and budget-friendly meal.

“We were walking by the area and stumbled upon this food truck. I have to say, this food truck is so good. I got the chicken and lamb combo - twice! Very flavorful. The food comes out fast after you order. It is also really affordable for the portions you get. I highly recommend it!” - Yelp Review

Uptown Charlotte is filled with great dining options. The next time you’re in, treat yourself to one of these popular Uptown restaurants for lunch or dinner!

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