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Editor's Note: This story is unlocked for everyone to read courtesy of the CRVA, our partner in nourishing culinary exploration for residents and visitors of the Queen City.

April 1, 2021

Charlotte’s best fine dining restaurant patios

Our editors’ picks for the best outdoor dining experiences


According to Charlotte’s favorite weatherman, Brad Panovich, the start of March Madness also brings the start of patio season. To help you enjoy meals al fresco, we recently published a list of our favorite casual dining patios, and this week, we bring you our list of fine dining favorites. 

Barrington’s Restaurant, SouthPark
Enclosed with a stone wall and adorned with twinkle lights and heaters, the small patio at Barrington’s is as quaint as the restaurant’s inside dining room. 

Bonterra, Dilworth
This Dilworth mainstay’s private dining room in the wine cellar gets much more attention than its patio, but the outdoor space along the quiet streets of Dilworth is equally worthy. Grab a cool glass of chardonnay and enjoy a modern Southern meal.

The Crunkleton, Elizabeth
A brand new, all-weather season patio made its debut last month at this high-end cocktail bar in the heart of Elizabeth.

The Fig Tree, Elizabeth
Not long after the pandemic hit, Greg and Sara Zanitsch went to work expanding their outdoor seating capacity. In addition to adding all-season heaters to the historic home-turned-restaurant’s patio, they added a second, lower patio and pagoda. 

Haymaker Restaurant, Uptown
Uptown may be quiet these days, but the view of Romare Bearden Park is as lovely as ever. Enjoy it from this locally-focused restaurant from chef/owner William Dissen, who recently hired David Quintana as chef de cuisine.

Kindred Restaurant, Davidson
The brick alleyway alongside what may be the area’s most well-known restaurant fits in well with Kindred’s approachable yet high-end cooking style and familial service. 

The Stanley, Elizabeth
Nominated as a semi-finalist for Best New Restaurant by the James Beard Foundation, chef/owner Paul Verica’s reimagining of Heritage focuses on farm fare with innovative presentations. 

Peppervine, SouthPark
One of the city’s most refined dining experiences can be enjoyed al fresco on Peppervine’s patio in SouthPark’s Piedmont Row development. 

Stagioni: Four Seasons of Food, Myers Park
This pasta and wood-fired pizza spot expanded its outdoor seating during the pandemic. Enjoy seasonal Italian cuisine in front of the former home of infamous Charlotte hostess Blanche Reynolds Gormajenko.

Supperland, Plaza Midwood
A newcomer to the restaurant scene, Supperland has drawn rave reviews from subscribers and Justin alike. While reservations are often booked, walk-ups are welcome, and several tables are set up in the church potluck-meets-steakhouse’s tea garden. 

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