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Mert's Heart & Soul

Barbecue 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Everybody comes to Mert's and this little diner shows off the proof: Plastering its walls and columns are dozens of photos and posters (the latter from touring Broadway shows) all signed... — Frommer's

A "must-try", especially "if you're visiting Charlotte", say fans of this easy-on-the-wallet Uptown Southerner. — Zagat

Business executives and arts patrons make their way to Mert's—named for Myrtle, a favorite customer with a sunny disposition. — Fodor's

You only live once, so why not smother the heart in Southern hospitality? Selection of Low Country/Coastal Carolina Gullah cuisines provides all the buttery, fried delight you'll ever... — BlackBook

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The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar

86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Feel like burgers? Feel like sushi? How about "burgushi?" There's an entire section of the menu devoted to this concept that blends, you guessed it, burgers and sushi. — Fodor's

Trendy eatery caters to two popular items: burgers and sushi. Salads, sandwiches, 15 selections of burgers, sushi, and a major oddity, the Burgushi (a fusion between beef and sea fare).... — BlackBook

"Not-to-be-missed ‘burgushi'" (sushi that uses burger ingredients and vice versa) joins other "delicious, creative spins." — Zagat

The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar Restaurant Review: Live cowfish paddle about in a centerpiece 600-gallon aquarium that creates this restaurant’s unique environment, along with the custom... — Gayot

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Soul Gastrolounge

Seafood 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Part Eclectic “tapas bar”, part “nightclub”, this resto-lounge in the heart of Plaza Midwood pleases a late-night crowd with its “clever” collection of small plates soundtracked by “great... — Zagat

Side staircase leads to second floor sanctuary. Posh interior designed by local luminary Scott Weaver, who also spins an eclectic mix of tunes. Wooden floors and ceilings, brick walls... — BlackBook

In Plaza Midtown, this sultry but welcoming speakeasy serves a globally inspired selection of small plates. Choices are wide-ranging, from skewers to sushi rolls to Cuban and Vietnamese... — Lonely Planet

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Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers

Seafood 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Its "beautiful" art nouveau decor, featuring ornate woodwork, is "great for a romantic dinner." — Zagat

Carpe Diem Restaurant Restaurant Review: Carpe Diem’s surroundings could lead its patrons to imagine themselves in any urban center --- Paris, New York or San Francisco. The kitchen... — Gayot

Fine dining with art nouveau style décor. Welcoming mahogany doors, beige walls with viney wood work, a striking wine bar, white-linen tables and marble flooring. First opened in... — BlackBook

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Basil Thai Restaurant

Thai 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"Far and away Charlotte's best Thai" cuisine comes at this "higher end" Uptown spot. — Zagat

Sleek modern interior with large windows to expose big city hustle and bustle at all hours. Lunch draws Uptown business crowd. Tall ceilings with dangling silver fixtures garnished with... — BlackBook

With its prime location, this Thai option offers boldly seasoned dishes and a sleek setting. — Gayot

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Crepe Cellar Kitchen & Pub

French 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Crepe Cellar Kitchen & Pub Restaurant Review: Crepe Cellar Kitchen & Pub in Charlotte’s North Davidson (NoDa) arts district features a clientele as eclectic as its menu. While its main... — Gayot

You don't have to go to France to get a good crêpe. Step into this European-influenced gastropub and the aroma of buckwheat crêpes will fill your nose with glee. A challenging choice... — BlackBook

Serves budget-friendly sweet and savory crêpes – along with baguette sandwiches, steak frites and more. — Zagat

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Cajun Queen

Seafood 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Longtime New Orleans-style establishment seasons its food with the spirit of Mardi Gras. Masks adorn the walls of this comfy restaurant that bows to the bayou. Blackened or fried... — BlackBook

Nightly live jazz that's "very good" – and "very loud" – lends a "fun" "French Quarter" feel to this Elizabeth N'Awlins bastion. — Zagat

Cajun Queen Restaurant Review: This Elizabeth-area longtimer features the bold flavors and playful atmosphere of the Big Easy. Guests find another reason to smile when ice cold Dixie beer... — Gayot

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Blue Restaurant & Bar

83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A "great location" for those with tickets to the symphony or a show nearby. — Zagat

Of all the colors in the spectrum, blue is supposed to be the least appetizing. Luckily, the theory bears no significance in this atmosphere. Blues, reds and bronzes gleam, while the... — BlackBook

Blue Restaurant & Bar Restaurant Review: Mediterranean flavors of sundry origins shape the menu at Blue Restaurant & Bar. Chef Gene Briggs offers North African calamari, served crispy... — Gayot

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Upstream

Japanese 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Near South Park Mall, this is the place for seafood in Charlotte, especially on "lobster Mondays." A local favorite, Upstream offers a sushi and oyster bar, an extensive wine list, and a... — Frommer's

You “can't go wrong with anything” here say fans of this SouthPark seafooder with “incredibly fresh” cooked fish preparations plus “great” sushi and “top-quality” oysters – and “save room... — Zagat

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Barrington's Restaurant

Pizza 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This SouthPark New American provides “magic on a nightly basis” with a “farm-to-fork strategy” making “excellent” seasonal creations; the traditional-looking dining room is quite “small”... — Zagat

Intimate Barrington's features contemporary dishes that offer seasonality and the occasional regional note. — Gayot

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Customshop: Handcrafted Food

French 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

“Creative” food issues from this New American “gem” in “hip” Elizabeth where “lots of love and care” show up in “interesting” dishes that draw inspiration from French, Italian and Spanish... — Zagat

Customshop Restaurant Review: Charlotte native chef Trey Wilson has been serving a seasonally changing menu featuring produce and proteins from local farms since before doing so was... — Gayot

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Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth

American 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Set in an glass-clad, second-floor space with terrific views of uptown and an exit that's right at the entrance to the Mint Museum, this effortlessly elegant eatery lives up to its name,... — Frommer's

Set within the Mint Museum Uptown, this contemporary American displays “beautiful” “eye candy” of its own, including artisan-crafted tableware and unique pieces like tables made from tree... — Zagat

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Bonterra Restaurant & Wine Room

Seafood 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Bonterra Restaurant & Wine Room Restaurant Review: Located just a few miles south of uptown, the 19th-century Charlotte suburb of Dilworth got its first permanent church in 1895. In 1999,... — Gayot

An “incredible wine selection” (notably the extensive “by-the-glass list”) lifts the spirits of diners who also appreciate the “excellent” locally sourced fare at this “upscale” American... — Zagat

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Luce Restaurant & Bar

Italian 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The “elegantly served” “molto buono” Italian cuisine shines at restaurateur Augusto Conte's “small” but “beautiful” columned dining room in the Hearst Plaza Uptown; it's not cheap, but... — Zagat

Luce Restaurant Review: Luce counts as an elegant classic among Augusto Conte’s many Charlotte restaurants. Start with tender calamari, served with a spicy marinara and a caper aïoli.... — Gayot

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Mac's Speed Shop

Barbecue 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

“Yuppies meet Harley [riders] and everything in between” (e.g. “families”) at these multilocation BBQ joints that dish up some of the “best barbecue around”, with “plenty of good sides”... — Zagat

Mac's Speed Shop Restaurant Review: Mac's Speed Shop embraces bikers, families and barbecue lovers alike. Start out with Tabasco fried pickles, house-made pimiento cheese or a deviled egg... — Gayot

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5Church Charlotte

78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A soaring arched ceiling, funky modern art, creative lighting and ornate, marble bathrooms accentuate the avant-garde vibe at this sophisticated American in a converted French Quarter... — Zagat

The "see-and-be-seen" crowd enjoys imaginative dishes and specialty cocktails at uptown's swanky, multi-level 5Church. — Gayot

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McNinch House

French 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

“The consummate special-occasion spot”, this Uptown Queen Anne–style house is “the perfect backdrop for a romantic evening” lingering over multicourse flights of “flawless” Continental... — Zagat

McNinch House Restaurant Restaurant Review: In 1978, original chef and owner Ellen Davis purchased the McNinch House, and over the next decade restored the Victorian home. Executive chef... — Gayot

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Midwood Smokehouse

Barbecue 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It's notoriously hard to find good barbecue in Charlotte, but this spot with late hours and a full bar bucks the trend. Located in the funky Plaza Midwood neighborhood, it carries a full... — Fodor's

“Fantastic meats” in a “variety of styles”, from “real Texas-style brisket” to “smoky and tender” Carolina pulled pork, attract a following to this BBQ specialist from Frank Scibelli (Bad... — Zagat

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Fiamma

Italian 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Locals scream 'Mamma Mia' for Fiamma. Warming interior with white-linen tables, a long bar, and exposed wood-fired oven. A general love for food is quickly apparent. Pasta and doughs made... — BlackBook

Its strip-mall location “doesn't prepare [diners] for the level of cuisine and service” provided at this Dilworth spot, which wows patrons with its “outstanding” Northern Italian cooking,... — Zagat

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Bill Spoon's Barbecue

Barbecue 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Since 1963, this no-frills spot has been serving up eastern Carolina-style whole-hog barbecue. — Gayot

“True Eastern-style” North Carolina pork barbecue (whole hog, cooked and chopped and served with vinegary, mustardy slaw) hits your plate at this “old-time favorite” on South Boulevard... — Zagat

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