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Community Matters Cafe, Charlotte, NC

Community Matters Cafe

5.0
5
126 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Welcome to Community Matters Cafe!
By coming in for a great cup of coffee, enjoying a farm-to-table meal, or hosting your next business meeting in our fully appointed private meeting room, you are playing an important part in our program. Students in the four-month Community Matters Cafe Life Skills Program will tackle topics such as adhering to a schedule, financial responsibility, and healthy ways to cope with conflict and stress while managing their recovery.
When you visit our cafe, you are not only reinforcing the essential life skills our students are learning, but you are showing them that they have a community that believes in their future.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 4 times today
Private dining

Private dining

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Café, Breakfast

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 7:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (980) 237-2147

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Hosting a private event or gathering at Community Matters Cafe is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (877) 542-8465

  • Area

    Charlotte

  • Cross Street

    Cedar St.

  • Parking Details

    75 space parking lot adjacent to Cafe

  • Additional

    Banquet, Cafe, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access

What 126 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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5.0
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  • 4.9Food
  • 5Service
  • 5Ambience
  • 4.9Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere. Beautiful Cafe
  2. IH

    IvanH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Community Matters Cafe has an excellent staff, great food and it's serving a wonderful cause. We thoroughly enjoyed it and we will be back! Thank you! Ivan Hinrichs
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was very tasty. Friendly staff & prompt service.
  4. E

    Eatgooddogood

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Community Matters Cafe is a must visit! The food was delicious; the service was great; and the mission of the Cafe is life changing!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific food and great service as always!
  6. G

    Good

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    If you have not gone to Community Matters Cafe, you are missing a real gem. Breakfast, just coffee or lunch, it is a must.
  7. P

    Pastor

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What great food and service. I look forward to going back.
  8. TO

    TheOriginalJLo

    Charlotte

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, very professional staff in a great casual setting.
  9. TO

    TheOriginalJLo

    Charlotte

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, professional & friendly service from the attentive staff, always a pleasure dining
  10. PC

    PeggyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My daughter and I had lunch. We were so very impressed with the service and the delicious food! We enjoyed the atmosphere. Very happy with the experience!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great place. So good to see an older building refurbished in such a nice way. Food and service were great. Looking forward to going another time to try another menu item!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We liked the place the brewed coffee and meals options Nice team working in there Loved the community effort and liked to contribute a little bit Wirh it
  13. TO

    TheOriginalJLo

    Charlotte

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very professional staff, food was delicious, staff helped with recomendations
  14. TO

    TheOriginalJLo

    Charlotte

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very professional staff, fantastic food, great setting
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love it here and it will be our go-to!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great community.
  17. E

    Eatgooddogood

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the food was delicious and the service was phenomenal. Thanks for being more than a place for good food, but a place where lives are being changed each day. Praying for this place always!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favorite place to eat in all of Charlotte! The environment is phenomenal and people are incredible!
  19. b

    bkwo

    Charlotte

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Community Matters Cafe is an amazing place to start your day! The vibe is energetic and the coffee and food are fabulous!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was friendly and attentive. The ordered the Johnny cakes - it was delicious! 🤤
  21. M

    Missy

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had an excellent dining experience! BEST french toast ever!! The waiters (whom they refer to as students), were very professional, friendly and courteous. I highly recommend this restaurant. I will be back again. I support their mission and applaud their efforts in reforming people deserving of a chance to excel. I will be back again...and again!
  22. E

    Eatgooddogood

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Community Matters Cafe is my favorite "go to" spot for lunch, coffee and meetings. The food is great; service is wonderful; and purpose is life changing!
  23. L

    Lave

    Charlotte

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, will definitely e back. Great menu, wonderful mission.
  24. ZF

    ZenFoodie

    Charlotte

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Community Matters is ALWAYS fabulous. Its easy to park. The menu is interesting. The food is consistently delicious. The service is helpful, prompt and courteous. The prices are very reasonable. The outdoor dining option is perfect and the indoor areas are spacious too. AND (as if all of this isn't enough) the mission of Community Matters and its impact on the community are worthy and immense! Bravo!
  25. T

    Tamara

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Community Matters Cafe is marvelous! Wonderful food, a fun staff, easy parking and an awesome mission. I always leave delighted I came.
  26. DT

    DriT

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This Cafe was way more than we expected and the staff from the head to the tail was amazing, sweet and helpful. We had Carly and she was an angel. We will be back this week.
  27. PK

    PaulK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is great, and I would recommend this place to a friend.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Overall great. Service was less attentive than usual, but Will, Mgt, recognized that and provided our table with complimentary baked items to help offset that. A gesture appreciated!
  29. MT

    MikeT

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Overall I rate them a 4.5. out of 5 bc they closed early on Dec 23rd for the Holiday and I felt a little rushed - I would have sit a little longer. Clean. Polite. Professional. Food GREAT! Location and Parking excellent.
  30. BB

    BurgersandBrunch

    Atlanta

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved my entire experience here…the initial greeting and ambiance, the food, space, and service were all top notch.
  31. TA

    TishA

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best breakfast and lunch. Wonderful experience with exceptional staff.
  32. E

    Eatgooddogood

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eating at the Community Matters Cafe just makes you feel good! Great food, wonderful service and a tremendous cause!
  33. A

    Akosha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Eat where you can support the community. Food is consistently good and the service superb.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service, and atmosphere
  35. TO

    TheOriginalJLo

    Charlotte

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 13 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, excellent staff very nice! I would recommend to others.
  36. DM

    DavidM

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice place and reasonably priced. Everyone was nice and helpful. Food is good. My work team met for lunch and everyone was happy with the meal and the service. This was the first time we had ever been to this place.
  37. TO

    TheOriginalJLo

    Charlotte

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 6 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service professional staff
  38. TO

    TheOriginalJLo

    Charlotte

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 1 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food & service
  39. DB

    DBDtraveler

    Charlotte

    211 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    211 reviews

    Dined on 15 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure to eat at CMC! Leonard was outstanding and the food delicious. Great experience for my out of town cousin.
  40. W

    Wyndcrofte

    Charlotte

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 1 October 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service, attention to detail and friendly! Interesting menu with something for everyone. The restaurant is in a really cool space with outdoor seating that is covered as well as well spaced tables indoors. Staff could not have been more helpful. We enjoyed our lunch there. And we will be back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Community Matters Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Community Matters Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (980) 237-2147.

Community Matters Cafe is rated 5 stars by 126 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Community Matters Cafe

821 W 1st St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Cedar St.

  • Area

    Charlotte

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 7:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Café, Breakfast

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    75 space parking lot adjacent to Cafe

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Cafe, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access

  • Phone number

    (980) 237-2147

  • Private party facilities

    Hosting a private event or gathering at Community Matters Cafe is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (877) 542-8465

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