Open Kitchen

★★★★☆
  • 1318 W Morehead St

    Charlotte, NC 28208

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  • 704-375-7449

About Open Kitchen

Hours
Mon. - Thu. 11am - 9pm;Fri. 11am - 10pm;Sat. 4pm - 10pm;Sun. 4pm - 9pm

Food

Food
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We have been there twice, first time was OK nothing great. Second was awful, waitress was very rude. My dinner came out loadedwith mushrooms in the sauce which I'm allergic to. When I asked our waitress why the menu didn't mention

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★★★★★

We have been there twice, first time was OK nothing great. Second was awful, waitress was very rude. My dinner came out loadedwith mushrooms in the sauce which I'm allergic to. When I asked our waitress why the menu didn't mention

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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.

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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.

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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

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★★★★★

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

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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

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★★★★★

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

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This is the second and last time I or my family/friends will go to Open Kitchen! Both times I went the customer service was lacking and our waitress was very rude. The food was not that bad, but food was cold. The second time I was with my

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★★★★★

This is the second and last time I or my family/friends will go to Open Kitchen! Both times I went the customer service was lacking and our waitress was very rude. The food was not that bad, but food was cold. The second time I was with my

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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 !!!!!!

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★★★★★

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 !!!!!!

Pros: Feels like having Dinner w/your HUGE Italian Family

Cons: NONE

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Great pizza! This place has been here for a long time.Nice place for a family dinner! Food always hot and fresh and staff is awesome!

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★★★★☆

Great pizza! This place has been here for a long time.Nice place for a family dinner! Food always hot and fresh and staff is awesome!

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I have been dining here since the 1970s! The top notch food and wonderful staff keep my family coming back. The Mama K Pizza is a must! Honestly, you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. A great restaurant with a ton of character!

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I have been dining here since the 1970s! The top notch food and wonderful staff keep my family coming back. The Mama K Pizza is a must! Honestly, you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. A great restaurant with a ton of character!

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A Charlotte tradition. A consistent place to go and I just love the atmosphere and the interior. The food is always consistently good. The staff is so warm and family friendly. A great gathering place with many great memories over the years.

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A Charlotte tradition. A consistent place to go and I just love the atmosphere and the interior. The food is always consistently good. The staff is so warm and family friendly. A great gathering place with many great memories over the years.

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We have been eating at the Open Kitchen since I was a child, in the early 60's. Their food has been consistently good over the years. We have always received a warm welcome, it is good to see you again. We receive great service and great food. We love their pizza, crab meat parmigiana, and linguine with white clam sauce. Their garlic, cheese bread is to die for. Then you have to go see the wire rider. He had been there as long as I can remember. Open Kitchen is just a great place.

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We have been eating at the Open Kitchen since I was a child, in the early 60's. Their food has been consistently good over the years. We have always received a warm welcome, it is good to see you again. We receive great service and great food. We love their pizza, crab meat parmigiana, and linguine with white clam sauce. Their garlic, cheese bread is to die for. Then you have to go see the wire rider. He had been there as long as I can remember. Open Kitchen is just a great place.

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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 made....no 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.

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★★★★★

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 made....no 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.

Pros: friendly staff, homey atmosphere

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

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★☆☆☆☆

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

Pros: Leaving

Cons: The food, service and price

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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!

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★★★★★

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!

Pros: Greek Salad, Chicken Parm., Lasagna

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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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★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: None

Cons: Food, Dirty

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I have been to the Open Kitchen several times against my own will. My in-laws have been dinning there for 20 years and insist on returning every once in a while. I have yet to actually enjoy the food. The spaghetti sauce is watered down and bland, so watered down that the plate looks like a pile of noodles with some red food coloring. The pizza is soggy Chef Boyardee cardboard! No exaggeration here, this is a pre-made pizza kit. A side salad consisting of iceberg lettuce and a few tomato slices is not worth $3.50. After wasting $90 for dinner for four, we stopped at McDonalds on the way home.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been to the Open Kitchen several times against my own will. My in-laws have been dinning there for 20 years and insist on returning every once in a while. I have yet to actually enjoy the food. The spaghetti sauce is watered down and bland, so watered down that the plate looks like a pile of noodles with some red food coloring. The pizza is soggy Chef Boyardee cardboard! No exaggeration here, this is a pre-made pizza kit. A side salad consisting of iceberg lettuce and a few tomato slices is not worth $3.50. After wasting $90 for dinner for four, we stopped at McDonalds on the way home.

Pros: None

Cons: Poor quality food, Rundown atmosphere

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I had eaten here about 5 years ago and had a great time with friends and was happy to see it is still in business. It's a great casual place to eat where they don't try to glam up the food and they don't over play the italian decor like most italian restaurants. It's just good basic food and they leave you to enjoy yourself with out being too fussy. It feels more like a 'real' italian restaurant where food it main theme, but as stated before basic food, not glammed up.

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★★★★☆

I had eaten here about 5 years ago and had a great time with friends and was happy to see it is still in business. It's a great casual place to eat where they don't try to glam up the food and they don't over play the italian decor like most italian restaurants. It's just good basic food and they leave you to enjoy yourself with out being too fussy. It feels more like a 'real' italian restaurant where food it main theme, but as stated before basic food, not glammed up.

Pros: casual, Good food

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When I come to Charlotte I always have to eat at the Open Kitchen. I have been eating here for sixteen years and it is always a treat. Nothing fancy just good food.

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★★★★☆

When I come to Charlotte I always have to eat at the Open Kitchen. I have been eating here for sixteen years and it is always a treat. Nothing fancy just good food.

Pros: Good food

Cons: More parking space

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I was told the Open Kitchen was good Italian here. Not only was the food awful, but the service...UGH. I originally ordered eggplant parmigiana, which, on the menu, is described as being made with beef (who puts beef in eggplant parmigiana?). I'm a vegetarian, so I asked for it to be made without. The waitress said fine, but when it came it, yes, had beef. I tried to send it back...and the manager came out and argued with ME because I should have read the menu. The food itself was overcooked, the sauce watery. I'll never go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was told the Open Kitchen was good Italian here. Not only was the food awful, but the service...UGH. I originally ordered eggplant parmigiana, which, on the menu, is described as being made with beef (who puts beef in eggplant parmigiana?). I'm a vegetarian, so I asked for it to be made without. The waitress said fine, but when it came it, yes, had beef. I tried to send it back...and the manager came out and argued with ME because I should have read the menu. The food itself was overcooked, the sauce watery. I'll never go back.

Pros: near stadium

Cons: terrible service, overpriced, bad food

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It really doesn't get any better...A true original!!!

Try the Italian Sausage Steak....Mama Mia!!

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It really doesn't get any better...A true original!!!

Try the Italian Sausage Steak....Mama Mia!!

Pros: Service, Character, Value

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All I have to say is, I asked for a bowl of sauce to dip the bread in - there were delicious chunks of mushrooms in the sauce! I've eaten probably 500 Greek Salads in my lifetome and I would rate Mama K's dressing as No. 1! Can't wait to go back. And they have Peronis! Alan - Lake Wylie

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★★★★★

All I have to say is, I asked for a bowl of sauce to dip the bread in - there were delicious chunks of mushrooms in the sauce! I've eaten probably 500 Greek Salads in my lifetome and I would rate Mama K's dressing as No. 1! Can't wait to go back. And they have Peronis! Alan - Lake Wylie

Pros: Inexpensive, Friendly Staff, Great Food

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Best Greek Salad in the Southeast. Super pizza was very flavorable. Great service in a casual setting. You gotta try this resturant!

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★★★★☆

Best Greek Salad in the Southeast. Super pizza was very flavorable. Great service in a casual setting. You gotta try this resturant!

Pros: great food, great pricing, good service

Cons: downtown, crowded at Noon

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EXCELLENT FOOD AND SERVICE. A LANDMARK OF THE CHARLOTTE AREA.

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EXCELLENT FOOD AND SERVICE. A LANDMARK OF THE CHARLOTTE AREA.

Pros: RELAXED, REASONABLE, EXCELLENT SERVICE

Cons: POOR PARKING

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Not your run of the mill Italian dining, a dining experience so special you'll go back year after year, after year, after year. Wonderful food, great service. Veal parmigiana to die for. Ask for the buttered garlic bread! It's the best. The reason it's outlasted the rest---It's still the best.

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★★★★★

Not your run of the mill Italian dining, a dining experience so special you'll go back year after year, after year, after year. Wonderful food, great service. Veal parmigiana to die for. Ask for the buttered garlic bread! It's the best. The reason it's outlasted the rest---It's still the best.

Pros: great food, great service, inexpensive

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have gone to the open kitchen for over 35 years,have never been disappointed, Mama K's is still the best pizza around

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★★★★☆

have gone to the open kitchen for over 35 years,have never been disappointed, Mama K's is still the best pizza around

Pros: atmosphere, staff, selection

Cons: parking

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I've been going here my whole life...ahh, the Veal Juliano...the Mama K...the salad dressings...the little unicycle man on the string! It's been a family tradition for me forever, my parents dated there, I've dated there, I love the Open Kitchen!!

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★★★★★

I've been going here my whole life...ahh, the Veal Juliano...the Mama K...the salad dressings...the little unicycle man on the string! It's been a family tradition for me forever, my parents dated there, I've dated there, I love the Open Kitchen!!

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The Open Kitchen offers abundant servings of Italian delights. The environment speaks of a legacy of generations who have either owned, served or eaten at this fine restaurant. It is a "one of a kind" eatery that you should not miss while in Charlotte.

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The Open Kitchen offers abundant servings of Italian delights. The environment speaks of a legacy of generations who have either owned, served or eaten at this fine restaurant. It is a "one of a kind" eatery that you should not miss while in Charlotte.

Pros: quiet, good service, local ownership

Cons: needs signage of I-77

 

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