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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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Antonette A

a year ago

Caught them about an hour before closing- was seated immediately and happily. The staff members are excellent. The cornbread is amazing. My fried whiting was very salty so I didn't eat but 1 bite (wasted $15). My husbands Tbone steak was seasoned and cool perfectly, according to him. The sides were great. I had yams, green beans (cooked with pork), and potato salad(mustard based). My husband states the soul roll was OK....just not his thing.


Mike Romot

a week ago

A wonderful restaurant with friendly service and great food. Love the fact they have a kid's veggie plate option. Also the cornbread was very tasty. I also want to mention that while we ate our dinner, we witnessed an act of kindness by the staff. They provided a meal to a person in need and treated them with respect and dignity. Shout out to the staff who care for others. Truly a restaurant with a heart and soul.


Malcolm Polley

3 months ago

I like to try to find interesting places to eat when I travel. I searched for places near where I was staying that had been in Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and saw that Mert's was only a couple of blocks from my hotel. The young lady that served me recommended the beef ribs and catfish and I paired it with collards and green beans. Absolutely delicious. The sauce on the side was awesome. If I get back to Charlotte, I'm definitely going back.


Juan Johnson

a year ago

I came here over 12 years ago with my lady (now my missus) for Valentine's day and have loved this place ever since. They treat us well and don't mind helping each other out to maintain great service. You can order anything on the menu and it's going to be delicious. My favorites are the cornbread loaves and collards.You might get an unexpected surprise of one of the theater stars coming in for a late meal because everybody knows of the incredible food and service. Enjoy and you're welcome


Pablo Reyna

11 months ago

AMAZING! By far one of THE BEST restaurants Ive tried throughout my travels. AND I TRAVEL ALL THE TIME. Close walking distance to the area hotels. Near the Hornets Arena. Located in the area of the Liberty Walk and Historical markers. Red Beans and Rice is great! A good serving (more like a HUGE Serving) and value for the money. Their Carolina Chopped BBQ Sandwich is just the right amount of sweet and sour flavor that makes you happy just smelling it. At least TRY this place. The service is great - Friendly, helpful, and very attentive.

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