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The Open Kitchen, located in Charlotte, N.C., is a casual dining restaurant that offers a variety of food items and beverages. The restaurant has been operational since 1952 and specializes in Italian cuisine. It offers takeout services and maintains dining rooms. The restaurant offers chicken tenders, spaghetti, Italian sausage steak and french fries. The Open Kitchen s menu includes pasta dishes, Italian noodles, pizzas and beef patties. Its menu also features a range of beef and chicken dishes. The restaurant offers pizzas with various toppings that include pepperoni, onions and peppers. In addition, The Open Kitchen s menu includes chopped sirloin steak and saut ed mushrooms, as well as tossed salad.

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Phone: (704) 372-3019

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Wesley Heights

The World Famous Open Kitchen

American Restaurants, Pizza, Italian Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Free

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Mediterranean, American, Italian, European, Continental, Pizza

Price Range : Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 

Over priced food, would rather at a drive thru. The meat sauce was watery in texture and taste. over crowed and rude staff. When I called to make a reservation I was hung up on.



Provided by Citysearch - 
You'll love it for the experience, not the food

I have to be honest, I love the Open Kitchen. I go a few times a year and it's always a terrific experience. The place is cool, the people are interesting, and nice. It is the least Italian food you'll ever have - but if you're not a foodie, or know what real Italian food is supposed to taste like, you'll think it's fine - or great even. Honestly it's Americanized, cheesy, and not good home made stuff. However, it's not horrible, and the rest of the experience is what you're there for. The waitress may be grouchy some days, but think of it as a Mel's Diner kind of personality. It's a fun, kitchsy, entertaining evening, and food that will not kill you.

Dan in Charlotte


Provided by Citysearch - 
Worst Dining Experience in Charlotte

Decided to visit this ""landmark"" for first time, after 6 yrs. of many fine dining experiences in Charlotte. Will NEVER return. Food was awful. Riccotta cheese in manicotti not cooked properly - or perhaps old - either way could not be eaten. Tomato sauce out of a can. Veal like leather. Health Dept. should investigate this diirty eatery. Eggplant parm full of ground beef, little eggplant. Waitress abrupt and uncaring. Manager likewise. He complained at being handed a Visa credit card. I recommend Angela's at Idlewild and Margaret Wallace for great pasta in clean room, good service and price. Plus the owner even smiles and thanks you for your patronage. OK must get family and friends to write the few rave reviews you see.

Lan S.


OK, we get it, jcard.

So, you had a bad experience. One review gets the message across. And poison? Maybe you just thought you went to the Open Kitchen. We have been going to OK since the early 80's, and never had a less than great experience.Our kids have grown up watching the monkey on the bike cross the ceiling. They have always loved the food, and so have we. My favorite is the Veal Barcelona! Oh, my gosh, I crave that dish! And there is plenty to split, too. I just feel like you must be talking about another restaurant!



Provided by Citysearch - 

This is the Oldest Restaurant in Charlotte, 1950, I think. It's ""THE"" Landmark for authentic FAMILY ITALIAN COMFORT FOOD. Granted, due to the FABULOUS Food, one may have a short wait, IT IS WORTH IT!!! Close to Panthers Stadium and Uptown Charlotte. I moved from Charlotte 10 years ago and am still craving the MANICOTTI SICILIANO, my personal celebratory/comfort food of choice!!! This is NOT Romantic High End Dining. It IS a casual ,unique FAMILY atmosphere w/SUPERIOR Food & Service!!! 5 STARS !!!!!!



Stroke of Luck!

It was a stroke of Luck we found this wonderful little Italtian Eatery! We had attended a Panther's game one Sunday and were starved even though we had eaten at the game. We were not in any hurry to get back on the Interstate home with all of the football traffic.

We drove around the area behind the Stadium and saw The Open Kitchen and as we both love Italian cooking we stopped in and had one of the best meals we had eaten in a long, long time!

The food was wonderful and the food FANTASTIC!! We have returned to The Open Kitchen many times since then and always a great meal and great staff as well!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Casual/old fashioned = GOOD TO ME!

I have been going to The Open Kitchen since I was a child. To read some of these horrific reviews fills me with rage! You people must be crazy! The Open Kitchen one of Charlotte's landmarks for a reason! Yes, the atmosphere is casual, but does casual = bad food? DONT THINK SO! The pizza is hand said ""pizza kit"" involved. The eggplant parmesan and crabmeat parm. are 2 of my absolute favorites. Several of the waitresses have been there as long as I can remember. The restaurant is over 50 years old and thriving....they are definltey doing something right.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Pure Posion

The food was terrible, the service was terrible, probably the worse food I had in a while. Plus it wasnt cheap



Provided by Citysearch - 
A Charlotte Treasure!

I remember going to the Open Kitchen as a small child, and until recently had not been back in almost 25 years. When I walked in it was like stepping back in time - NOTHING has changed - and that's a good thing! It feels like an old Italian eatery in Rome, and the food was still as incredible as I rembered it to be. With so much growth and change in Charlotte, it is nice to see that some of the best have survived. Instead of heading to the Olive Garden AGAIN give this place a try - you will be glad you did!



Provided by Citysearch - 

This place makes Olive Garden Look Good. It is the worst Italian I had in a while. To top it off it wasn't cheap. It is almost worth going to see how bad it is. A Joke.

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