Bentley’s provides a high-end patio dining experience from a family owned restaurant in SouthPark.

Bentley’s provides a high-end patio dining experience from a family owned restaurant in SouthPark.

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There is more to SouthPark than luxury shopping. Going up and down each street of the mall’s surrounding neighborhoods of Barclay Downs, Beverly Woods and Foxcroft, you’ll notice every inch of nonresidential space is covered with either somewhere to shop or eat.

During the day, people sip on mimosas outside of Cafe Monte French Bakery & Bistro. At night, friends gather around the fire pit of 131 Main and nibble on appetizers paired with cocktails.

Patios are no longer simply the place you hang out at someone’s house as they’re cooking on the grill. According to the latest dinner survey conducted by OpenTable, over 80 percent of diners would like to see restaurants continue to increase outdoor seating in 2021, even as businesses continue to transition back to indoor seatings during COVID-19.

Hop in the car with the family or friends and check out some of the SouthPark area’s patios:

131 Main Restaurant

Location: 5970 Fairview Road #100, Charlotte, NC 28210

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What to know: In addition to outdoor seating, 131 Main has a firepit in front of the restaurant that diners like to sit around and order appetizers and drinks.

131 Main Restaurant
You can sit around a fire pit outside of 131 Main. Nathan Wesley CharlotteFive

1900 Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar

Location: 5110 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209

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What to know: If you close your eyes tight enough while sipping on a mojito, you can imagine you’re in Puerto Rico as you eat your tacos.

Bentley’s Restaurant

Location: 4620 Piedmont Row Drive, #110, Charlotte, NC 28210

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What to know: Bentley’s is a special-occasion restaurant, featuring high-end meals such as Hawaiian Sea Bass ($56) and Chateaubriand Bouquetiere for two ($100). Its patio is surrounded with greenery, and cushioned seats are available.

BrickTop’s

Location: 6401 Morrison Blvd., #1B, Charlotte, NC 28211

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What to know: If you want more than one glass of wine with your dinner, then it may be more cost-efficient to buy a bottle at BrickTop’s.

Bulla Gastrobar

Location: 4310 Sharon Road w01, Charlotte, NC 28211

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What to know: Bulla’s patio offers a fully shaded area decked out with fans when it’s hot and heaters when it’s cold.

Bulla Gastrobar in SouthPark
Bulla Gastrobar has a long patio decked out with chairs and umbrellas to provide shade while dining. Nathan Wesley CharlotteFive

Burtons Grill & Bar

Location: 1601 E. Woodlawn Road A, Charlotte, NC 28209

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What to know: Sitting on the patio is the way to go here. As you approach the restaurant, you’ll see plenty of people enjoying their meals while being fully shaded right in front, extending to both sides of the building.

Cafe Monte French Bakery & Bistro

Location: 6700 Fairview Road, #108, Charlotte, NC 28210

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What to know: Cafe Monte knows how to stay on theme with its French style chairs and yellow umbrellas. The mimosas are a must-buy.

Café Monte French Bakery and Bistro
Café Monte’s patio sits right in front of the bakery, and you can’t miss its yellow umbrellas Nathan Wesley CharlotteFive

Capishe

Location: 6555 Morrison Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28211

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What to know: Everyone loves pizza, and you can never go wrong with Capishe’s classic margherita pie, with Capishe red sauce, bufala mozzarella, basil, garlic and extra virgin olive oil.

The Cheesecake Factory

Location: 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28211

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What to know: Drake loves to go to The Cheesecake Factory, and we recommend the Cinnabon Cinnamon Swirl Cheesecake.

Cordial

Location: 1824 Roxborough Road, Charlotte, NC 28211

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What to know: Cordial is on top of the AC Hotel, where you can enjoy a cocktail while overlooking Charlotte.

The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar

Location: 4310 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28211

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What to know: The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar has seating options in the shade or soaking up the sun with fans facing its diners.

The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar
The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar patio is shaded and has fans. Nathan Wesley CharlotteFive

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

Location: 4725 Piedmont Row Drive, Suite 170, Charlotte, NC 28210

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What to know: Do a double-take in the mirror before you head over to Del Frisco’s — there is a dress code.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
Del Frisco’s patio sits directly in front of the revolving doors to its jaw-dropping entrance. Nathan Wesley CharlotteFive

Dilworth Tasting Room

Location: 300 E. Tremont Ave., Charlotte, NC 28203

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What to know: DTR has many gluten-free and vegetarian options for everyone to enjoy.

Dilworth Tasting Room
The Dilworth Tasting Room has an elegant patio surrounded by greenery. Nathan Wesley CharlotteFive

Dogwood Southern Table & Bar

Location: 4905 Ashley Park Lane, Charlotte, NC 28210

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What to know: Dogwood has the largest selection of California wines we have seen in Charlotte.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

Location: 3920 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28211

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What to know: If you like trying multiple items but don’t like breaking the bank, the shareables are the way to go with friends — they serve two to four people.

Harper’s Restaurant

Location: 6518 Fairview Road, Charlotte, NC 28210

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What to know: Whether you want to look over others while sitting upstairs or under the umbrellas on the lower level of the patio, there’s a red cushion waiting for you.

Harper’s Restaurant
Harper’s Restaurant has a two-level patio with seating featuring bright red cushions. Nathan Wesley CharlotteFive

Just Salad

Location: 4425 Sharon Road, Suite 195 at Morrison Boulevard and Apex Drive, Charlotte, NC 28211

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What to know: Just Salad is showing customers that fast food can be healthy.

Legion Brewing

Location: 5610 Carnegie Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28209

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What to know: Huge umbrellas line Legion Brewing’s patio, offering plenty of shade on summer’s hottest days.

Legion Brewing
Legion Brewing’s patio includes picnic tables and large umbrellas. Nathan Wesley CharlotteFive

Maggiano’s Little Italy

Location: 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28211

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What to know: Maggiano’s has two patios, but you wouldn’t expect anything less from the Italian establishment.

Maggiano’s Little Italy
Maggiano’s two patios offers plenty of outdoor seating for diners. Nathan Wesley CharlotteFive

Mizu

Location: 3100 Apex Drive, Charlotte, NC 28211

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What to know: The rooftop restaurant opens in August, so stay on the lookout.

Oak Steakhouse Charlotte

Location: 4777 Sharon Road, Suite 125, Charlotte, NC 28210

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What to know: If you’re a bourbon or whiskey enthusiast, then this is where you and a buddy can have a drink outside while sitting in Oak Steakhouse’s patio chairs.

Paco’s Tacos and Tequila

Location: 6401 Morrison Blvd., #8a, Charlotte, NC 28211

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What to know: For some people, Sunday is a holy spiritual day, and for others, it’s a day of rest. Get the freshly made Unholy Guacamole ($10) with a Pineapple Mint Margarita ($10), and it will not disappoint you.

The Palm

Location: 6705-B, Phillips Place Court, Charlotte, NC 28210

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What to know: You can dine like a king or queen during lunch time with The Palm’s “power lunch,” a three-course meal for less than $30.

Peppervine

Location: 4620 Piedmont Row Drive, Suite 170B, Charlotte, NC 28210

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What to know: Peppervine is the kind of spot where you take a date to really impress them. You may even see a proposal.

RH

Location: 6903 Phillips Place Court, Charlotte, NC 28210

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What to know: When you walk inside you’ll notice you’re in a high-end furniture store, but on the roof, it’s a restaurant decked out with fancy couches and chairs.

Reid’s Fine Foods

Location: 4331 Barclay Downs Drive, Charlotte, NC 28209

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What to know: If you’re lucky, you may catch live music at Reid’s while you enjoy a freshly made sandwich from its deli.

Renaissance Patisserie

Location: 6401 Morrison Blvd., #4a, Charlotte, NC 28211

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What to know: Renaissance Patisserie croissants are just the right kind of flaky. Even Carl from Jimmy Neutron would enjoy them.

Roosters Wood Fired Kitchen

Location: 6601 Morrison Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28211

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What to know: Keep the meal nice and simple with Roosters’ Smoked Turkey BLT ($15).

Rusty Bucket

Location: 4810 Ashley Park Lane, Charlotte, NC 28210

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What to know: This dog-friendly patio has shade, fans and vibrant flowers that surround the patio.

Rusty Bucket
The Rusty Bucket has a dog friendly patio so you can eat with your best friend. Nathan Wesley CharlotteFive

Southern Pecan – Gulf Coast Kitchen

Location: 6706-C, Phillips Place Court, Charlotte, NC 28210

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What to know: If you have a hankering for good Southern food, Southern Pecan’s seafood gumbo is the way to go.

Steak 48

Location: 4425 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28211

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What to know: All of Steak 48’s wines by the glass are 9-ounce pours.

Taqueria Mal Pan

Location: 4625 Piedmont Row Drive, 115 D, Charlotte, NC 28210

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What to know: There is no lack of outdoor seating, with tables and chairs wrapping around the entire side of the building.

Taqueria Mal Pan
You can sit in the sun or under the bronze stars at Mal Pan Nathan Wesley CharlotteFive

Toscana

Location: 6401 Morrison Blvd., #6-B, Charlotte, NC 28211

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What to know: As you gaze at the art on the outdoor walls of Toscana, you can enjoy a specialty coffee like an espresso martini.

Village Tavern

Location: 4201 Congress St., #190, Charlotte, NC 28209

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What to know: Village Tavern has an extensive gluten-free menu that includes vegetarian options.

Zoe’s Kitchen

Location: 6100 Fairview Road, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28210

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What to know: You can sit at a big table under an umbrella or get a tan while sitting at a two-person table.


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