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Upstream -  Zagat Survey voted Upstream Charlotte's one of the most popular restaurant. With a Dirona designation and a Wine Spectator 'Best Wine List' award, Upstream is known as one of Charlotte's best restaurants. Located in the Phillips Place Square, Upstream offers an elegant, eclectic dining experience with a Pacific Rim influence par excellence, and is graced by many a celebrity and sport star. Reservations

Altitudes at Skyline Lodge - Enjoy your meal inside the magnificent dining room or outside on the charming terrace overlooking the broad mountain view in the distance. Our gourmet continental cuisine, complemented by one of our pastry chef’s sinful desserts, will delight your senses and satisfy even the most demanding palate. For Reservations Call - 828 526 2121.

The Gamekeeper Restaurant and Bar, located between Boone and Blowing Rock NC, is well known for interesting and delicious interpretations of Southern classics. The menu changes seasonally blending the traditional with the exotic, satisfying both meat and veggie lovers. Quality and care is evident in all we produce. The freshest of local ingredients and humanely farm raised meats are served. It is the ultimate marriage of fine dining and comfort food. You will leave sated and satisfied after your experience.
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Carpe Diem - Features excellent American-fusion cuisine. Innovative and original. There is also a comfortable bar area called "the Living Room" for your happy  hours. The menu features long time favorites, like their hazelnut crusted goat cheese salad, but has new items that will keep your palate interested.

Saint-Jacques French Cuisine is the only true French restaurant in Raleigh, owned by a French native from Provence, Lil Lacassagne. Together with his wife, Lori, this chef & manager team will give you a most  pleasurable dining experience in this delightful and elegant establishment. They serve authentic and traditional French cuisine, discreet and polished service, and elegant atmosphere. Fine dining at its best."Voted one of the top 100 restaurants in the U.S. by Open Table Diners - 2011. Map & ReviewsReservations

Zebra Restaurant and Fine Catering features the very finest contemporary French cuisine.  Zebra offers a world-class dining experience, similar to the restaurants of New York, San Francisco and London, but locally owned and operated in Charlotte, NC. From our wine list of nine hundred bottles, to our four diamond award winning service staff, to our a la carte and nightly gastronomique grand tasting menu, Zebra consistently delivers the best fine dining Charlotte has to offer. Catered events, private rooms, elaborate to simple menus – a true Charlotte fine dining experience.  
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Il Palio - The luxurious décor of The Siena Hotel is extended into Il Palio. Since first opening its doors in 1987, Il Palio Ristorante has been known for its vibrant yet intimate atmosphere and fine cuisine. New Executive Chef Jim Anile offers guests a moment of genuine Italian lifestyle through food and wine. Il Palio is a winner of numerous awards.

Revolution in downtown Durham, serves innovative and delectable cuisine which fuses international culinary techniques and food style. The complete dining experience will not only make Revolution a favorite with locals, but also places it squarely on the map as a destination restaurant. Revolution’s menu features a selection replete with imaginative interpretations of contemporary global cuisine. Chef Anile also offers a variety of tasting options from the three course “Feed Me” to the seven course “The Feast” menu.  Map & Reviews, Reservations

Carmen's Cuban Cafe & Lounge is the place to enjoy a fine and authentic Cuban dish at the right price. It offers extraordinary Cuban, Latin and Spanish dishes and its signature Mojito Cubano. Americans have fallen in love with Latin food, music and culture. Carmen's has them all under one roof. Carmen's Cuban cafe and Lounge exudes the aroma and flavor of an authentic Cuban restaurant. The rhythmic palpitations of Salsa Son Cubano and the extraordinary sense of exotic dishes permeate the air. We offer live music every weekend and our menu offers Cuban, Latin and Spanish dishes..
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Mimosa Grill
Designed by Architect Bill Johnson, Mimosa uses a warm combination of local Tennessee field stone and rich cherry hardwoods. Consistently named one of Charlotte’s best restaurants since 1995, Mimosa Grill features global cuisine with a unique southern twist. Dedicated to artisans, farmers, and craftsmen whose passion for food creates the finest ingredients possible, Executive Chef Jon Fortes creates Mimosa Grill’s dishes using only the freshest, natural ingredients that come straight from farm to the fork.

Second Empire
Located in the elegantly restored Dodd-Hinsdale house (circa 1879), Second Empire satisfies the highest of standards. Our delectable menu and polished service that have won us the AAA Four Diamond Award, the DiRoNa Award and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 1998 will assure you a truly unique dining experience. Our Tavern and new Atrium Room provide a more casual feel and lighter fare menu without sacrificing excellence. Simply put, a trip to Second Empire is an experience unlike any other..

Wolfgang's On Main
Chef Wolfgang is an accomplished chef who creates wonderful magic in this enchanting restaurant. Eclectic contemporary American cuisine with a New Orleans flair, Seafood and steaks. Conveniently located on Main Street in historic downtown Highlands, North Carolina. Voted the best place for dining in Highlands by Southern Living Magazine. Voted Best Restaurant & Best Wine List in The Highlander’s Reader’s Choice Awards. Our State Magazine named Wolfgang’s Restaurant and Wine Bistro - The Place You Must Eat in Macon County.


Argyles Restaurant and Piano Bar - Chef/owner Debra Sinkage operates this charming dining spot in Kitty Hawk. Eclectic, sophisticated cuisine in a warm and elegant setting. Whether your event is on premises or at another Outer Banks location, Debra and PJ offer a diverse and delicious catering menu. We also create custom cakes for weddings and all occasions and speciality chocolates great as gifts or just to satisfy your sweet tooth. Join us at Argyles Events and Catering for an unforgettable event of casual elegance and extraordinary cuisine..

The Blackbird - The Menu features the seasonal best from local farmers, fresh catches from the coast of the Carolinas, as well as the many incredible local micro-brews and great wines from the Americas. The combined talents of Chefs and owners Bobby Buggia and Roz Taubman create a comfortable, modern, handcrafted approach to the great foods of the South. Great service. Come celebrate the foods and brews of The Carolinas!  Map & Reviews

Ăn New World Cuisine - Ăn, which means "to dine", or "to eat" in Vietnamese showcases Chef Michael Chuong’s signature ‘New World’ cuisine, an elegant blend of Southeast Asian flavors and European influences. Chuong has artfully combined the elegance of a French four-star restaurant with the sensational flavors of a Southeast Asian market. Map & Reviews, Reservations








Top Restaurants of North Carolina

  Altitudes at Skyline Lodge Ăn New World Cuisine Argyles Restaurant and Piano Bar
The Blackbird Carmen's Cuban Cafe & Lounge  Carpe Diem Il Palio Ristorante
Mimosa Grill Revolution Saint-Jacques French Cuisine Second Empire
The Gamekeeper Restaurant and Bar Upstream Wolfgang's On Main Zebra Restaurant

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