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Since opening, Mert’s has emerged as one of Charlotte’s top restaurants and is frequently acclaimed by restaurant reviewers, Charlotteans, and visitors to the Queen City. Mert’s distinguishes itself from traditional soul food restaurants by offering Low Country and Gullah-inspired dishes such as shrimp and grits, Charleston red rice, and award-winning macaroni and cheese.

Soul food at its best is how we can describe Mert’s. Featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, this Uptown staple features dishes like fried chicken and soft shell crab in a colorful space.

Cuisine Type: Southern

Ambience: Casual Dining

Price: $$

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MusicMan Reviewer

a month ago

The food was fabulous. Probably one of the best Grilled 1/2 chickens I ever had. The food came out super fast, probably less than 5 minutes. The 4 stars was because we had to wait a long time after we got our food until the server came back. She was nice, but she didn't visit often. She never asked if we wanted more to drink. It also took her at least 15 minutes to pick up the check and my CC payment. This would have been 5 stars. I will eat here again because the food was amazing.


Justin Grill

a month ago

Absolutely. Love. This. Place! Anytime I am in the Uptown area, I walk over to Mert's. I have never had anything bad here or bad service. The Soul Rolls are my go to for a quick lunch or appetizer. They are so flavorful! The jerk seasoning for the BBQ is a great complement. Small, cozy cafe with a small, but wide range menu. Country comfort foods, a taste of the bayou and some seafood. They also give you the softest, semi-sweet corn bread with sweet cream butter. Mm mm good!


Gerard Joseph Mc Granaghan

in the last week

Had a great meal. Really enjoyed the food. The place was akso very busy which is a good sign. However the waiting staff were overloaded, and service suffered. I'd definitely go back though! So many nice things to eat.


Carissa L Perry

2 months ago

We ate there for brunch on a Sunday. Overall, our party of five adults and one child enjoyed the experience. Casual atmosphere. Wait staff was pleasant and attentive. Meals included fried whiting, BBQ ribs and spinach omelette with sides (home fries, cabbage, black eyed peas, Mac/cheese, collards greens) and choice of biscuit or cornbread. Portions were more than sufficient, but some dishes were not well seasoned. Specifically, the home fries and omelette. There was an issue with one order but it was quickly resolved and the meal complimentary due to the inconvenience. Validated parking is available in the Holiday Inn garage.