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:
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.
Location: 5110 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Location: 6555 Morrison Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28211
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.
Location: 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28211
What to know: Drake loves to go to The Cheesecake Factory, and we recommend the Cinnabon Cinnamon Swirl Cheesecake.
What to know: Cordial is on top of the AC Hotel, where you can enjoy a cocktail while overlooking Charlotte.
Location: 4310 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28211
What to know: The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar has seating options in the shade or soaking up the sun with fans facing its diners.
What to know: Do a double-take in the mirror before you head over to Del Frisco’s — there is a dress code.
Location: 300 E. Tremont Ave., Charlotte, NC 28203
What to know: DTR has many gluten-free and vegetarian options for everyone to enjoy.
What to know: Dogwood has the largest selection of California wines we have seen in Charlotte.
Location: 3920 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28211
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.
Location: 6518 Fairview Road, Charlotte, NC 28210
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.
What to know: Just Salad is showing customers that fast food can be healthy.
Location: 5610 Carnegie Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28209
What to know: Huge umbrellas line Legion Brewing’s patio, offering plenty of shade on summer’s hottest days.
Location: 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28211
What to know: Maggiano’s has two patios, but you wouldn’t expect anything less from the Italian establishment.
Location: 3100 Apex Drive, Charlotte, NC 28211
What to know: The rooftop restaurant opens in August, so stay on the lookout.
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.
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.
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.
What to know: Peppervine is the kind of spot where you take a date to really impress them. You may even see a proposal.
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.
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.
What to know: Renaissance Patisserie croissants are just the right kind of flaky. Even Carl from Jimmy Neutron would enjoy them.
Location: 6601 Morrison Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28211
What to know: Keep the meal nice and simple with Roosters’ Smoked Turkey BLT ($15).
What to know: This dog-friendly patio has shade, fans and vibrant flowers that surround the patio.
What to know: If you have a hankering for good Southern food, Southern Pecan’s seafood gumbo is the way to go.
Location: 4425 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28211
What to know: All of Steak 48’s wines by the glass are 9-ounce pours.
What to know: There is no lack of outdoor seating, with tables and chairs wrapping around the entire side of the building.
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.
What to know: Village Tavern has an extensive gluten-free menu that includes vegetarian options.
What to know: You can sit at a big table under an umbrella or get a tan while sitting at a two-person table.