Best Charlotte, NC Restaurants

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    10. Bistro La Bon

    Flawlessly blending texture, flavor and presentation, Bistro La Bon's "edible art" is a must for discerning diners. The seasonally changing menu features farmers market fresh fare, as well as made-from-scratch...

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    8. Basil Thai

    Celebrated by many and considered the best Thai restaurant in Charlotte by most, Basil Thai is an Uptown favorite with an alluring cosmopolitan atmosphere. Dine in for lunch or dinner for consistently fresh and...

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    7. Luna's Living Kitchen

    Vegan or not, patrons emerge from Luna's Living Kitchen surprised, satisfied and empowered. A community-driven restaurant committed to using organic, local, raw and vegan ingredients, this innovative eatery serves...

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    6. Good Food on Montford

    A mainstay for Charlotte foodies, this tapas restaurant serves simply perfect plates within an atmosphere that is warm, elegant and relaxing with striking industrial touches, contributing a contemporary edge. Start...

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    5. Upstream

    You don't have to stick to Uptown if cutting edge cuisine is what you seek. No, tremendous places like Upstream are proof positive that venturing out is its own reward. Here, "dayboat seafood" reigns supreme, and the...

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    4. Barrington's

    In a small shopping center near South Park Mall you'll find this dynamic American bistro that's tiny size (it seats under 50) and smartly appointed dining room make for a cozy yet elegant night out. Owner-chef Bruce...

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    3. Luce

    Lovely Murano glass and original artwork enhance this restaurant, located in the base of the Hearst tower, and an outdoor patio provides additional dining. From luscious starters such as mozzarella layered between...

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    2. Blue Restaurant & Bar

    Sophisticated and stylish, this restaurant in Hearst Tower has caused a stir with its provocative Mediterranean-inspired cookery. Indeed, the distinctive flavors of France, Greece, Italy, Spain and even Morocco are...

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    1. Nikko

    Nikko entered Charlotte's restaurant scene with a bang and has continued to make waves in the years since with its stylish yet personable approach to the sushi experience. Choose from a dynamic selection of rolls,...

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About Charlotte, NC Restaurants

As Charlotte's taken off in recent years, so has its dining scene. From high-end nouveau-style kitchens to ethnic eateries to casual grills, the city's expanded to offer something for everyone. However tradition still reigns at the core of the dining scene, and its most prized establishments generally celebrate Southern and all-American eats, even if they add a contemporary or international twist. South Park's home to some of the city's most impressive dining rooms such as Zebra Restaurant and Wine Bar, known for its delectable French-inspired cuisine and contemporary digs and the fantastic Upstream, which promises innovative seafood dishes and topnotch sushi. The busy Uptown district offers numerous options, too, from the Asian-inspired cuisine at the sleek Town Restaurant to lovely Tuscan creation at Luce, an Italian restaurant in Hearst Tower. If you're looking for something more relaxed (and easy on the wallet), be on the lookout for BBQ joints serving classic Carolina pork and homey kitchens offering everything from platters of fried chicken to shrimp and grits.

About Joseph K. Hall Jr.

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