This article is part of our 2019 Holiday Entertaining Series sponsored by Roots Catering

We’re heading into the holiday season, and it’s time to celebrate. Whether you’re hosting an intimate dinner out or a festive soirée, our list of holiday event spaces in Charlotte restaurants will get your planning off to a great start. Read on for 22 spots to host a holiday celebration:

NEW(ISH) & NOTEWORTHY

Cicchetti
100 N. Tryon Street (entrance corner of E. Trade and N. College Streets)

Head Uptown to Cicchetti, a Venetian-style wine bar where they’re serving authentic Italian small dishes, for your holiday party. Consider a full restaurant buy-out for up to 60 seated inside, 80 standing reception, with room for up to 100 including the outside lobby space. Food options include small plates and mains, plated or family-style, buffet or passed. Contact Sales Director Jenny Ross for more information ([email protected] or 704.331.0078).

Peppervine
4620 Piedmont Row Dr.

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Let the professionals at SouthPark’s Peppervine help you design your perfect holiday celebration, whether it’s an intimate dinner or lively soirée, in one of their private dining rooms. Call or inquire using the contact form on their website.

Fin & Fino
135 Levine Avenue of the Arts

Uptown, Fin & Fino’s two event spaces (booked together or separately) set the scene for your holiday party escape for anywhere between 24 to 80 guests. Offer cocktail party, plated lunch or dinner menus, or opt for an all out feast known as “The Treatment.” View the private dining menu here. Prefer to look around? Try a virtual tour of the space.

FESTIVE CLASSICS

Angeline’s
303 S Church St.

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Angeline’s, the perfect urban setting in Uptown Charlotte to host events, can accommodate an array of functions, from intimate dinners to large receptions. The private dining room, tucked away from the main living room of the restaurant, can accommodate 34 seated guests or 45 standing with a minimum of $650 for breakfast to book. A full buyout of the space starts at $15,000. For more information call 704.445.2550. Ready to book? Fill out the private dining inquiry form here. Ready to book? Fill out the private dining inquiry form here.

Vivace
1100 Metropolitan Bldg. E Suite 100

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One of Charlotte’s most unique and distinguished restaurants, Vivace offers a selection of private event spaces to suit nearly every affair. From small and intimate dinners at their chef’s table to rehearsal dinners in their private upstairs dining room­­— complete with its own terrace overlooking the Charlotte skyline, Vivace offers great food and exceptional service. Contact Private Events Manager, Blythe, at [email protected] and 704.370.7755 for more information.

McNinch House Restaurant
511 N Church St.

Surround your guests with the comforts of a turn of the century Victorian home with a celebration at the McNinch House Restaurant. In addition to private dining for groups up to 40 guests, the Chef’s Table offers the ultimate luxury experience for four or more guests, and the entire restaurant is also available to host a grand and memorable event. Contact 704.332.6159 or [email protected] for more information.

The Stanley
1961 E 7th St.

In Elizabeth, The Stanley boasts an intimate private dining room that seats 28 comfortably. For more information about private events and dining, email in[email protected].com

Sophia’s Lounge
127 N. Tryon St. Ste #D

Give your party the royal treatment at Sophia’s Lounge. Guests will marvel at the outfitted interior, sip on cocktails crafted by Mixologist & Sommelier Patricia Smith at the wraparound bar and snack on sharable plates by Top Chef alum Jamie Lynch. Call 980.260.3227 or email [email protected] for more information.

Aria Tuscan Grill
100 N. Tryon Street (entrance on E. Trade Street)

Bring your guests the best of Italy when you host your holiday celebration at Aria, where Chef Alex Piatt offers special event menus boasting handmade pastas, wood-fired pizzas, braised meats, and fresh seafood and a kitchen-side Chef’s table that accommodates groups of eight.

Private events, maximum capacities:

  • 120 seated, main dining room
  • 75 seated, second-level dining room
  • 150 standing reception, downstairs
  • 90 standing reception, upstairs

Semi-private events, max.:

  • 50 seated, main dining room (curtained)
  • 40 standing reception, main bar
  • 8 Chef’s Table, kitchen-side
  • 40 seated, upstairs
  • 25 standing reception, upstairs bar area

For inquiries and/or to book, contact Sonoma Restaurant Group Sales & Events Director Jenny Ross at 704-331-0078 or [email protected].

WP Kitchen + Bar
6706 Phillips Place

At WP Kitchen + Bar, your guests will have plenty to toast to. From a custom menu crafted by Chef Stephen Schmitt to holiday cocktails from expert bartenders, everyone will be feeling the cheer. Reserve their popular bar area, which can fit up to 65 people. Call 704.295.0101 to start planning.

JP Charlotte / SoCo Lounge
601 South College Street Charlotte, NC 28202

Private dining room at JP Charlotte

Take your party Uptown with the help of the culinary and beverage professionals at JP Charlotte. The intimate private dining room is the perfect place to toast and dine with family and friends.

Don’t forget about The Westin’s SoCo Lounge. Perfect for parties of up to 150 guests, SoCo Lounge boasts floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Uptown.

SoCo Lounge

To book either space, contact their Special Event Coordinator, Jessalyn Mooney, at (704)335-2117 or [email protected].

Fran’s Filling Station
2410 Park Rd.

This neighborhood favorite offers a warm, casual environment and a private room to fit 20-25 seated or 30 cocktail style. The entire restaurant is also available to rent. To learn more, call 704.372.2009 or inquire online.

Upstream Seafood
6902 Phillips Place

Impress guests with the flavors and hospitality found at SouthPark’s Upstream. Dining options include a private dining room for up to 50 guests with an outdoor terrace, a more intimate option for parties of less than 25 and the plush bar area for a cocktail or casual gathering. The culinary staff can help you customize a unique menu for your event, or choose from a one of the restaurant’s private dining menus.

For more information about booking an event or private party at Upstream contact Catering Manager Josiane Dill by email [email protected], phone 704.962.7878 or online.

Mimosa Grill
327 S Tryon St.

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Toast to the holidays at Mimosa Grill, where you can celebrate in one of their Uptown private dining rooms or have the party brought to you through One Catering. Contact Diana Swanson at [email protected] or at 704-619-3669 for more information.

FOR VIEWS

Merchant and Trade
303 S Church St.

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Heighten the private dining experience, literally, on the alluring rooftop at Merchant & Trade. A portion of the beautiful rooftop space, or the entire roof, can be reserved to host an extraordinary event for anywhere from 5 to 250 guests. The flexible space is broken into four separate zones: the indoor/bar lounge (30 guests); outdoor terrace (50 guests), private terrace (25 guests), and the lawn (100 guests). Prices to reserve these spaces start at $200 and range to $40,000 pending the day and size of the groups event. Smaller groups may inquire about making a couch reservation, beginning at $400. Whatever setting you choose, rest assured that you’ll be treated to a fantastic meal and make memories that will last a lifetime. For more information call 704.445.2550 or fill out the private dining inquiry form here. Please allow 72 hours to process the request.

Fahrenheit
222 S Caldwell St.

Impress your holiday guests with the floor-to-ceiling views of the Charlotte skyline at Fahrenheit, Charlotte’s first rooftop restaurant and bar. Their private dining room provides an upscale venue for intimate gatherings while additional dining rooms accommodate larger groups. The restaurant also offers to host cocktail hours and receptions in the bar, lounge and patio areas. Contact Andrea Franceschelli at [email protected] for more information.

Hello, Sailor
20210 Henderson Rd, Cornelius

Treat your guests to stunning views of Lake Norman at Hello, Sailor, now booking parties for groups from 20 to more than 300 with heaters for outside. Email [email protected] to get started.

Yachta Yachta Yachta
18501 Harbor Light Boulevard

Want to hit the water for your celebration? Yachta Yachta Yachta has three boats ready to accommodate parties of all sizes, each with a variety of caterers and music options available. Call 704.892.0991 to learn more.

FOR WINE & BREWS

Corkbuzz
4905 Ashley Park Lane Charlotte, NC 28210

Corkbuzz Charlotte has endless options to fit your party vision. Featuring three venue options – the private dining room, cellar and main dining room – Corkbuzz can accommodate groups of 10-120. Wine and dine options include full three-course menus, small plates dinners, reception canapés, buffets and even blind tasting events. For something truly unique, consider a ‘Women in Wine’ tasting that offers 4-6 selections from female winemakers or a ‘Blind-Tasting Walk Around Competition.’ Contact [email protected] to start planning your next event. 

Dilworth Tasting Room
300 East Tremont St.

Looking for a location with the perfect blend of wine and delectable dishes? Look no further than Dilworth Tasting Room. They can accommodate cocktail-style events, and portions of the dining area or the entire restaurant can be reserved for your private affair. To inquire, contact [email protected]

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
4150 Yancey Rd.

Any place with a Festhalle knows how to throw a good party. Consider Olde Mecklenburg Brewery for your holiday bash, with two Festhalle rooms (one is 1,640 sq. feet while the other is 880) and private biergarten spaces. Cheers!

Triple C Brewing
2900 Griffith St.

Conveniently located for light rail access and in the heart of South End, Triple C Brewing Company’s new event space, The Barrel Room will be a popular choice for this year’s soirées. The banquet hall measures 4,400 sq. feet, plus an impressive patio. Guests will enjoy 20 taps including Triple C beer and wine.

This series is brought to you by Roots Catering, which provides the community with locally-sourced, handcrafted catering for any event. Led by Executive Chef Craig Barbour, who with his experienced crew can specialize any menu for any occasion. From weddings, to social gathering and corporate events to everything in between, the Roots Catering team goes above and beyond to create and execute an unforgettable experience.