Charlotte is quickly becoming one of the most diverse cities in America, with transplants coming from all over the country and immigrants coming from all over the world.
We decided to put together a list of some of the top Charlotte restaurants (based on Yelp reviews) representing many of the major countries and cultures from around the world.
They are numbered according to their culture’s geographic location, from West to East:
Whenever someone new comes to town, this is one of the must-go restaurants – a true NoDa staple.
On par with Maverick Rock Taco and Cantina 1511, this place has some truly incredible tex-mex tacos and burritos.
We understand that only listing one Mexican restaurant can be very controversial, but this place has very authentic Mexican offerings at great prices – and has raving Yelp reviews. Azetca and Lupitas Carniceria & Tortilleria are two other great options.
Tasty and authentic Caribbean food, and believe it or not, one of the best burgers in town!
Flavorful rice and beans, plantains, and amazing jerk chicken – if you love Jamaican food, you’ll love this place.
This place offers a tasty fusion of El Salvadorian and Honduran food with Southern Mexican flare.
Colombian natives on Yelp have commented that this place offers some of the best sweet plantains, braised beef tongue, and yucca in Charlotte.
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They’re most well-known for their stuffed corn pancakes & other Venezuelan brunch favorites.
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One of the few restaurants in Charlotte that offers tapas, true Spanish tapas.
Truly authentic French eatery in the heart of South Park. It’s especially famous for its brunch and mussels.
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This is technically in Matthews, but it’s the only true Polish restaurant in the Charlotte region. If you’ve never had a legit Pierogi, you need to check this place out.
This place specializes in well-made German delicacies; including sauerbraten, pork loin cooked with bacon, red cabbage, and homemade sauerkraut.
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Truly amazing Greek food with massive portions, this place doesn’t disappoint.
#17 Luce – Italian
Authentic, high-end Northern Italian cuisine served in a sophisticated setting with one of the best patios in Uptown.
West African cuisine with some of the most unique flavor combinations in Charlotte. They’re most well known for their potato greens, casava leaf, fish/plantains, fish gravy and seasoned rice.
Some of the most authentic Nigerian food you can find in the SouthEast. A passionate family owned and operated establishment.
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Incredible East African cuisine with a down-home feel.
Jamile’s, a Somali restaurant, prepares its goat in true East African fashion – in both soup and suqar.
A new Mediterranean South Park and a great addition to the casual dining scene in Charlotte, offering some of the best Israeli dishes in the city.
#23 Levant – Lebanon
Fantastic middle eastern food in an authentic setting. You have to try the Kabobs with Yogurt Sauce.
#24 Copper – Indian
Top-notch authentic Indian food in the heart of Dilworth. If you love Indian food, you’ll love this place.
This place will seriously raise your bar for Pho and all Vietnamese food in general. Their lettuce wraps are a must-try.
This place has all of the best Malaysian offerings, including nasi lemak, char kway teow, and even white coffee.
#27 Thai Taste
A true staple of Charlotte and the perfect place to take a date. Get the Pad Thai, #3 if you like it spicy – it will change you.
This is the place to eat and enjoy a nice elegant Chinese meal, it’s one of the oldest and most well-respected chinese restaurants in Charlotte.
#29 PePeRo – Korean
Authentic Korean food that can get a little pricey, but the quality is unparalleled in Charlotte.
Ru Sans Japanese Restaurant is hands-down one of the best sushi places in Charlotte and the best (and possibly the only) high-grade sushi buffet in the region. Their buffet is only open for lunch until 11:30am-2:30pm Monday-Saturday, but get their early, the lines form quick.
How many cultures have you tasted so far in Charlotte?
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