What’s New in Charlotte Food Right Now


Wondering what’s new in Charlotte food? The twelve month and the dawn of 2019 have brought with them a spate of new restaurants to Charlotte, with everything from fine dining to fast casual. In the mood to try something new? Give one of these a try; websites are linked so you can check out the full menus and make reservations.

The Waterman
With a grand opening in January of 2018, this South End fish bar makes it easy to satisfy all your seafood needs. Try out the raw bar and specialty oysters, or grab a happy hour cocktail on the rooftop.

Sushi Guru
Providing both indoor and outdoor seating, this relaxed eatery has brought their modern take on sushi, sashimi, and specialty rolls from SouthPark to Plaza Midwood. The new location also offers up ramen, skewers,  and poke bowls.

Flour Shop
Flour Shop’s Focaccia

Flour Shop
This spot does Italian right. Flour Shop’s menu changes frequently to consistently serve you only the best cuisine and the chefs are on display each night, entertaining guests with the open kitchen.

With huge windows gazing at Romare Bearden and the Knights Stadium, guests are able to soak up some sun while enjoying healthy seasonal food and farm fresh cocktails in Uptown Charlotte. With grab-and-go breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week, Haymaker is your go-to for everything from after-work drinks and dining to a quick cup of coffee and a muffin.


At Zeppelin, you can expect only the richest food and fantastic cocktails. This is a restaurant that challenges customers not to be afraid to venture out and try something new, with unexpected menu items and an inviting interior.

The Queen & Glass
Opened back in July of 2018, find this hidden cocktail bar by the crown emblem above its doorway. With limited seating, the spot offers up elegant drinks and shareable spreads and plates to be paired alongside. They also offer vegan and vegetarian options.

Davidson Ice House
In with the new but never out with the old, this is a foodie lovers new go-to spot in downtown Davidson. Be your own chef by building your meal; this is especially well-suited to meet the needs of those that are gluten-free, vegans, and vegetarians.

Estia’s Kouzina
Named after the Greek goddess of hearth and home, Estia, Estia’s Kouzina is your kitchen away from home. This is an upscale casual Greek-Mediterranean restaurant with a mix of classic and traditional plates filled with enriching flavor for all to enjoy.

Fin and Fino
A sailor’s dream with its daily caught fish and shellfish, this easy going seafood house is the place to be. Drop by their location in Uptown Charlotte to enjoy their raw bar and crafty cocktail menu today.

The Crunkleton
With a deep selection of liquors and gourmet dining with an innovative twist, The Crunkleton, now in historic Elizabeth, welcomes bar-goers and diners alike.

Calling all Italian lovers, this fast-paced Italian restaurant offers six homemade pastas, nine selections of pizza, four sandwiches and salads, and many small desserts for after. This is best for a quick lunch or family-friendly dinner.

Peppervine was the first restaurant in 2019 to announce its opening. From the husband and wife duo Bill and Anita Greene, the menu is filled with options from Alaskan King crab to Pimento cheese scones, Berkshire pork ribs, and more.

The Manchester
From the same team of local favorite behind Essex, The Manchester has a grand opening this month. Their Instagram photo opp sign located in the restaurant reads: “You are exactly where you need to be”, and that’s something everyone will be able to agree with after tasting the meals.

Nuvole Rooftop Twenty Top
Perched high in the sky, get in your scenery views and fill your bellies all at once at Nuvole Rooftop Twenty Two.

Nuvole Rooftop

Barcelona Wine Bar
The much anticipated Barcelona Wine Bar, located in the Design Center of the Carolinas, has nearly 400 wines and food inspired by Spanish, South American, and Mediterranean influences. This is one bar that you cannot miss.

Eddie V’s
With its signature charismatic vibe, lovers of seafood can sit back and enjoy this prime seafood restaurant. Wine and dine while listening to live jazz being served in the heart of Uptown. This is one that makes for a perfect date night.

Vibrant and filled with the best Italian food, Angeline’s warm, energetic environment is welcoming enough for all Charlotteans and out-of-towners. Newly opened at the end of last year, Angeline’s offers modern house-made pastas, pizzas, and salads.

Let’s Meat
Let’s meet at the new Korean BBQ all-you-can-eat-style buffet located in South End. Cook your own food to creative perfection using the built-in burners on the table.

The Dunavant
In walking distance from Sycamore, The Dunavant is welcoming guests in early 2019. Treading the line between the middle-ground of high end dining and family-friendly, The Dunavant is American fare at its best.

O-Ku, Charlotte’s beloved sushi hotspot,  introduced their own fast-casual, grab-and-go concept “Sukoshi” to Uptown Charlotte. One of the most highly-anticipated openings of the year, Sukoshi offers little bites with bold flavors for fun, immediate, elevated eats.

Newly opened in February, the Asian street food restaurant features popular foods from all over Asia. Easily affordable, Hawkers allows everyone to experience their restaurant and bar experience.

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Noble Smoke
Preparing to knock out any other BBQ place in the running, Noble Smoke, from foodie ingenue Jim Noble, will open in the spring of this year. Along with being a full service restaurant, Noble Smoke is also going to offer a quick grab-and-go walk up window out front.

Flower Child
The California native makes its way to the East Coast with a predicted summer opening. Flower Child offers some of most popular healthy food options ranging from salads and wraps to sustainable options like salmon and organic tofu.

Originally opened in Charleston, this Italian food restaurant from Indigo Road (the group behind O-Ku, ISukoshi, and Oak) is bringing its wood fired pizzas and pastas to Charlotte. Unfortunately, everyone will have to wait till August to satisfy their taste buds.

The Fairwood 226
With a cool patio and a rooftop, this is a spot that’s providing the new atmosphere South End deserves. With a kitchen opened till 2 a.m., The Fairwood 226 can quench your thirst all while serving amazing food.

Southern Solstice Brewing
Joining the list of breweries here in Charlotte, Southern Solstice will open up this summer. Down the street from Bank of America stadium, Southern Solstice will have a beautiful view of the skyline and an array of food trucks outside for a lively good time.