Dining Options for Groups in Charlotte
Dining out with a group? Plan ahead with these accommodating restaurants.
by Dean McCain
We’ve all been there. Your family and friends are coming to town, and they want to dine on top-notch cuisine in the Queen City. Whether you’re a group of four or are looking for a space for a larger group, there’s no need to panic. Celebrate your time together by toasting to good food and even better company at these restaurants in Charlotte.
For dining options outside of traditional sit-down restaurants, check out the food halls and stalls in Charlotte offering a variety of cuisine to satisfy any palate: Camp North End, Optimist Hall, The Market at 7th Street and Urban District Market.
Church and Union serves up brunch and dinner in a casual yet refined atmosphere. The menu features new American cuisine, including fan favorite, Chef Jamie's Lamb Burger, and other unique dishes crafted by "Top Chef" alum Jamie Lynch and executive chef Aaron Dearing. Offering daily features and a three-course, prix-fixe, value-driven menu for groups up to 12, Church and Union delivers a diverse menu with a variety of private and semi-private dining spaces for up to 230 guests.
La Belle Helene is a refined, timeless French brasserie serving modern takes on French classics with dishes such as escargot, steak tartare, boeuf bourguignon, and foie gras alongside an extensive wine list and a variety of cocktails. From an intimate hosted dinner to large-scale parties and events, La Belle Helene can customize dining experiences for groups of up to 200 guests.
Angeline’s is an Italian-inspired modern American restaurant located in the heart of Uptown. This upscale, but not uptight, dining establishment offers full breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, with brunch available on weekends. A private dining room is available for more intimate parties and accommodates groups of up to 34.
Aria Tuscan Grill brings the flavors and traditions of old-world comfort food to Charlotte, reimagined in a modern-Italian dining establishment. Diners can enjoy dishes like osso buco, chicken parmesan and specialty pastas. Groups can also choose from the three-course plated menu and family-style appetizers.
Chima Brazilian Steakhouse offers authentic Brazilian cuisine in a modern and stylish atmosphere in Uptown. Guests are treated to an all-you-can-eat dining experience with gauchos rotating throughout the dining room, serving select cuts of premium meats. With ordering being so simple, guests can focus more on socializing and less on choice selection.
Dilworth Tasting Room is a unique wine bar with an extensive wine list, curated by owner and sommelier Jaffer Kovic, along with cocktails. With a food menu ranging from small shareables to serious steaks, the SouthPark location is a great choice for groups with varied tastes.
With two private dining rooms and a patio overlooking the Uptown skyline, Dressler’s is the perfect locale for a steak dinner. In addition to premium cuts of beef, the menu also features a mix of seafood and Southern-inspired specialties like Low Country Crab Dip, shrimp and grits and a 14-ounce pork chop.
Area: Lake Wylie
Dinner with a waterfront view is on the menu when you dine at Drift, an upscale chophouse on Lake Wylie that focuses on locally sourced ingredients and chef-driven menu creations. Guests can select from the curated wine list and indulge in dinner or brunch, while relaxing with a lovely view of the lake.
Part bistro, part lounge, Essex Bar & Bistro’s menu includes a number of shareable selections – charcuterie board and Mediterranean dips – as well as full entrees featuring flavors from around the world. The restaurant can easily accommodate groups with reservations in both the main dining room and enclosed patio area.
The Goodyear House is a neighborhood gathering place and modern American restaurant celebrating Southern comfort food through re-imagined dishes. The restaurant offers an indoor-outdoor space with seating that can accommodate groups of any size. Need more than just a few tables? The Goodyear House has four private dining rooms to reserve.
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A casual Southern kitchen, Haberdish is a Charlotte favorite for Carolina-inspired cuisine. With a strong focus on locally sourced ingredients, Haberdish specializes in traditional Southern fare like fried chicken, BBQ ribs, fresh trout and collard greens. Reservations are encouraged but not required.
Located on the ground floor of the Grand Bohemian Hotel, Mico is a stylish and swanky South American-inspired restaurant that invites diners on a journey through Argentina with global flavors, bohemian design and curated music. Several private areas are available for more intimate group-dining options.
Neighborhood: Lower South End
One of Charlotte’s first breweries, Olde Meck’s large taphouse and biergarten are a natural choice for groups. Long tables indoors and outdoors, with private event rooms inside, lend themselves to carousing with friends and family. Order a selection of German-inspired favorites, like Bavarian-style pretzels, bratwurst and pork schnitzel, as well as brunch on Sundays.
Suffolk Punch is a casual blend of brewery, restaurant and café complete with craft beer, coffee drinks and full-service dining. The South End location features a covered, heated outdoor area and indoor dining room, while the SouthPark taproom provides ample seating at large picnic tables.
Article originally written by Dean Cain. Updates made by Arielle Patterson in October 2023.