Dean’s Italian Steakhouse: Classic American with Italian Expression

Imagine a truly world-class dining experience – from morning coffee to a prime cut of beef alongside a rare vintage bottle of wine – all from one destination in the heart of Charlotte. Start the day at Dean’s with a house-made Italian croissant alongside a fresh cup of espresso. For lunch, treat yourself and your colleagues to a Neapolitan-style pizza hot out of an eye-catching oven uniquely crafted in Italy. Put an exclamation point on the day as you gather with family and friends on a captivating patio, savoring a perfectly seasoned cut of 100% American Wagyu complimented by a classic cocktail or hand-selected bottle of rare back-vintage wine.

You can now indulge in it all from Uptown’s newest restaurant – Dean’s Italian Steakhouse.

Dean’s distinguishes itself through its rustic Italian expression, lively atmosphere, and delicious flavors savored throughout the chef-curated menus. Open now alongside the new JW Marriott Charlotte, patrons enjoy a modern rustic aesthetic amidst a uniquely open setting, including a charming streetside patio in one of the fastest growing and most popular corridors in Uptown.

Searing Legacy in Every Cut

Dean’s honors the timeless legacy of the late renowned businessman and philanthropist, Dean White. Dean was a visionary known for his innovative spirit, strong family heritage, and deep-rooted hospitality. 

Dean revered the simple yet exceptional things in life, savored the very best cuts of steak, and admired the finest Manhattan. 


The menu at Dean’s features USDA Prime, Linz Heritage, and American Wagyu cuts of beef seasoned with a signature rub that creates a visible crust and seals in the flavor of every bite. In addition to their signature steaks, Dean’s offers a selection of house-made pasta and seafood, including an oven roasted branzino cooked to perfection. The lunch menu also features Neapolitan-style pizza, served up fresh from the restaurant’s custom Marra Forni oven specially crafted in Italy. Guests can watch all the action in the open show kitchen where they have a front row seat to an orchestra of activity.

For guests in search of a quality cocktail that surpasses expectations, Dean’s offers a handcrafted drink menu that includes a signature Old Fashioned as well as – they would argue – the best Manhattan in Charlotte.

Making the Dean’s List


Dean’s wine list is extensive, featuring over 250 bottles. Yet for the connoisseur in search of a rare and distinct wine, look no further than Dean’s List. Hand-selected for their rarity and historical significance, these highly sought-after bottles represent a best-in-class selection. Bottles designated for Dean’s List are classified within three select categories:
Iconic California — a selection of rare back-vintage wine,
First Growth — exclusive vintage with a focus on Bordeaux and Burgundy, and Wines of Angelo Gaja — produced by a fourth generation Piedmontese winemaker internationally recognized as one of the greatest vintners in Italy and around the world. 

The Counter at Dean’s


Patrons of Dean’s need not wait until lunch or dinner to indulge in Italian-inspired cuisine. Open every morning, The Counter at Dean’s features Illy gourmet coffee and espresso, as well as signature Italian pastries handmade daily, including Bombolonis (Italian donuts), Cornettis (Italian croissants), and a one-of-a-kind Cannoli Muffin.

Simply put, Dean’s celebrates life and legacy through world-class service, extraordinary food and exemplary cocktails – right in the heart of Uptown Charlotte. Learn more and make reservations at

In partnership with Dean’s Italian Steakhouse at JW Marriot Charlotte.