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Diners' Choice: Neighbourhood gem restaurants in Charlotte

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Updated 05 February 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighbourhood gems in Charlotte? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyses nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you book, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Primo Prime restaurant
4.8
4.8 (516)
$31 to $50
Italian
Myers Park
About the restaurant
We bring the best of Italy to the heart of Myers Park, offering classic Italian cuisine created from the freshest ingredients served in a warm, casually elegant atmosphere. Preview wines from our wine cellar and enjoy a cocktail before or after dinner in our cozy bar.
At Primo Prime, pride in our food, excellent service, and an inviting atmosphere never let us settle for being anything less than the best. We were featured in the South Charlotte Weekly Culinary Corner. Come on upstairs and see why they gave us five stars!

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on 26 Feb 2024
We live in Virginia and visit Primo Prime on every visit to Charlotte. It’s a staple, a fave, a wonderful place for amazing food, service, and environment! Highly recommend!
A photo of Angela's Pizza & Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (54)
$30 and under
Italian
Charlotte
About the restaurant
Our Story: We moved our restaurant concept from NYC to Charlotte. We brought our unique recipe's and dough making south to serve the true Italian cuisine Our Inspiration; Mama Angela As with any Italian family we were influenced by our Mom's home cooking from traditional pasta dishes to preparing the best pizza dough Traditional Dishes We inspire to make the most authentic Italian dishes and our customers taste the difference Our Fresh Pizza Dough We perfected this dough recipe in New York and brought it down to Charlotte New York Style Pizza Whether you crave the pizza you had in NY or want to taste the difference, we strive to deliver the best tasting pizza in Charlotte
Top review
LarryS
Dined on 15 Feb 2024
Our first visit. It was nice. They had live entertainment. Beautiful voice but my husband felt it was a bit loud.wonderful tiramisu!
A photo of Red Rocks Cafe - Charlotte restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2900)
$30 and under
American
SouthPark
About the restaurant
Red Rocks Café is a locally owned and operated, unique American Restaurant. We have operated in the greater Charlotte, NC area since 1992. We currently operate two units. The Original Red Rocks is in the Foxcroft area of Charlotte at the Strawberry Hill Shopping Center, and the newer unit, opened in 2003 is at Birkdale Village in Huntersville, NC. We offer a very diverse menu of appetizers, salads, pasta, steaks, seafood, chicken, and sandwiches. Our wine and dessert offerings are world class. We are unique in that we have something for everyone. No one is excluded due to price or category of food. At Red Rocks you can choose to “eat” or “dine.” Our mission is to professionally and efficiently operate a clean, upscale, restaurant that consistently offers great food and beverage at a reasonable cost. We invite you to visit Red Rocks Café for a great experience.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent as always!
A photo of CharBar No.7 - Carmel restaurant
4.7
4.7 (93)
$30 and under
American
South Charlotte
About the restaurant
Life is serious enough, dinner and drinks with friends and family should be a break from the daily grind. This, “come for drink, stay for while” attitude has shaped us into what we are today... a relaxing, no hassle, neighborhood spot. While we do take our food seriously, we strive to offer a welcoming feeling in our restaurant. Whether it is with family, friends, or by yourself, we invite you to come enjoy some good music, eat a big meal, and stay for a drink.
Top review
ScottBvip
Dined on 25 Feb 2024
Great sports bar comfort food and excellent service. Televisions are everywhere for game viewing.
A photo of Novanta Pizzeria Napoletana restaurant
4.6
4.6 (263)
$30 and under
Italian
Mooresville
About the restaurant
The owners of Brooklyn South and Brooklyn Boys Pizzeria's are venturing again to bring you truly Authentic pizza. Pizza cooked by wood fire in 90 seconds. Among pizza stay tuned for the finest, truly authentic, rustic Italian dishes from different regions of Italy. Enjoy our extensive wine and beer indoor/outdoor bar and private dining area for your most exclusive intimate celebrations.
Top review
Foodievip
Dined 2 days ago
Julian was an excellent server. Goid was delicious.
A photo of The Workman's Friend restaurant
4.6
4.6 (44)
$30 and under
Irish
Plaza Midwood
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of Plaza Midwood, we are an authentic Irish American pub serving scratch-made pub fare with friendly service and a welcoming atmosphere. Choose from our open air patio overlooking the action of Central Avenue, or our cozy indoor dining room outfitted with a working fireplace.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Both service and food are excellent a bit noisy but to be expected in this area. Definitely a great spot and will visit again.
A photo of The Garrison restaurant
4.6
4.6 (388)
$30 and under
American
Pineville
About the restaurant
Reservations recommended! If you are not able to get a reservation on Open Table, please call us at the restaurant! We accommodate call-ins and walk-ins.

Nestled in a historic downtown Pineville building that dates back to the 1890s, The Garrison is a 2-story restaurant featuring indoor and outdoor seating, a full-service classic cocktail bar, upstairs dining, and modern American cuisine as well as upscale bar bites. Think - the best burger in town, 24-hour brined chicken wings, a ribeye steak sandwich, chops, fresh local seafood, and more.

Our vision is to be the heartbeat of this growing Pineville community where friends and family gather to celebrate and share in the moments we all enjoy so much.

Top review
TotallyRockHill
Dined 2 days ago
Second time here—food was 10/10 once again, unfortunately service was a disappointment. We had the deviled eggs, toasted ravioli, burrata, the filet and short ribs. Finished off with cheese cake and the brownie Sunday with espresso martinis. Everything was absolutely delicious. I can see that there is talent behind the bar and the glassware is beautiful. The crystal clear ice was a nice touch and i know that’s not easy to maintain in a busy restaurant. Our server was absent for long periods of time and appeared to be focused on the closing duties of the restaurant despite the fact that the dining room we were in was full up until we got to dessert. She did make the effort to connect with us when we were paying out and overall we still left with full stomachs and smiles on our faces. We will be back. PS— we loved chatting with the manager Julie.
A photo of Reid's Fine Foods restaurant
4.5
4.5 (866)
$30 and under
American
SouthPark
About the restaurant
Founded in 1928, Reid's is North Carolina's neighborhood specialty food store offering superior meats, wines, locally grown produce, seasonal fresh meals to a very loyal customer base. The Southpark restaurant accommodates Deli Style service for lunch Monday-Friday and Menu service Monday-Friday night and all day Saturday and Sunday.
Join us for:
"Almost" 1/2 off steak burgers on Tuesday ($8.50 Burgers)
1/2 off wine by the glass on Wednesday
1/2 priced restaurant wine bottles (in house only) on Saturday's!!!
Sunday Brunch Features 10-2
Live Music 6-9 Wednesday, Friday and Saturday's

Top review
alanfromncvip
Dined 7 days ago
Great food, value and service. Definitely recommend.
A photo of Emmy Squared Pizza - South End restaurant
4.5
4.5 (83)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Southend
About the restaurant
Serving Detroit-style pizzas and an award-winning burger. Full service bar, local drafts & wine selection.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 18 Feb 2024
Food and service was fantastic! We sampled a couple pizzas and the Emily burger! Loved all of it!
A photo of Ru Sans restaurant
4.3
4.3 (99)
$30 and under
Japanese
Dilworth
About the restaurant
Ru San's Charlotte is one of the best sushi restaurants in North Carolina. We are rated TOP 3 best sushi restaurants in Charlotte and have been in business for more than 20 years. We take pride in our sushi and Japanese cuisine, and we are proud to be serving our customers fresh and delicious food!
Top review
GosiaD
Dined on 18 Feb 2024
The service is always great. The sushi is fresh, delicious and beautifully presented. Rusan’s is our favorite sushi restaurant in Charlotte hands down. We recommend it to everyone
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