What are the best seafood restaurants in Charlotte?

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Sarah Crosland

Craving the freshest catch? Here are a few spots around Charlotte to get your fish fix.

Upstream
With fish flown in daily from around the world, this chic SouthPark restaurant is easily the best spot in town to find a variety of seafood dishes. Shellfish lovers can dig into Gulf Coast oysters, traditional shrimp cocktail, or shrimp and avocado ceviche. Sophisticated offerings like wild sea bass, Icelandic Cod, and Scottish Salmon are prepared to showcase the fish’s flavor, but the best way to indulge in the fresh filets may be sushi bar with choices like sea bass sashimi and tuna carpaccio.

Customshop
A cozy wine-centric spot featuring Italian, French, and Spanish cuisine may not be where you’d expect to find some of the city’s best seafood, but owner and Chef Trey Wilson is serious about his local fare. Seafood offerings change weekly depending on the catch from local company Stone Seafood. And from exotic raw dishes like yellow fin tuna with blood orange and calabrian to southern entrees like Carolina flounder with sunchokes and fava beans, this fish is expertly—and exquisitely—prepared.

Krazy Fish
It’s set in an old Pizza Hut building and on a bland stretch of street, but inside this funky restaurant you’ll find a setting that feels like it should be beachside and enough fish to satiate any seafood craving. Thai curry mussels, Manhattan clam chowder, fried oyster Po Boys, shrimp and grits, and even blackened catfish are on this eclectic menu. But the tacos tend to steal the show with offerings like southern fried calamari, Szechuan salmon, and poached shrimp served two to a plate and topped with slaw and salsa.

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