Seafood Restaurants in Matthews

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When you first walk into Krazy Fish, it’s apparent that the restaurant’s staff has had some fun with its moniker. Murals of giant sea creatures colorize the walls, and mannequins swim in green-tinsel seaweed and reefs of faux-pearl necklaces. But, like Charlotte magazine says, “as soon as you’re sipping the restaurant’s icy hibiscus, ginger, and honey agua fresca or digging into the tender, citrus-flavored ceviche appetizer, you’ll barely noticed [sic] the odd plastic fish hanging above your table.”

Krazy Fish’s eclectic menu teems with fresh seafood, southern-inspired comfort fare, and bowls of Asian noodles. The kitchen staff infuses pan-seared swai with spicy wasabi and sprinkles with cilantro grown in the backyard garden. Seven types of salsas enliven the tacos, including the tropical pineapple salsa. Krazy Fish also offers three TVs for game watching, a wide selection of beer, wine, and mixed drinks, and is available for private events.

2501 Central Ave
Charlotte,
NC
US

Owner Garmon Moore and the team of chefs at Hole in the Wall Crab Shack pile plates high with in-the-shell blue crab legs and crab cakes made with lump meat, brought in from the Carolina coast weekly. House-made lemonade washes down tender helpings of made-to-order fare, including garlic crabs, tilapia sandwiches, and sides of hushpuppies.

10210 Couloak Dr
Charlotte,
NC
US

Owner Ronald LeBreton brings more than three decades of New England–area restaurant expertise to the menu at Joe Fish Casual Seafood. Diners sink teeth into haddock sandwiches, chargrilled mahi-mahi and salmon, or handmade crab cakes. Servers ferry plates of fresh seafood, steaks, and pasta to high-top bar tables or seats on the canopied outdoor patio.

510 River Hwy
Mooresville,
NC
US

The culinary team at Tsunami fixes up a veritable feast for the eyes with artfully plated Japanese delicacies festooned with sprigs of herbs, splashes of sauce, and colorful garnishes. Flames rage as hibachi chefs blast rib-eye steaks, scallops, and vegetables on their sizzling grills, and the restaurant’s sushi-rolling savants coil specialty rolls such as the Emperor, which surprises tasters with hidden stashes of fried soft-shell crab, cucumber, eel, shrimp, and avocado. At Tsunami's four locations, diners polish off plates in a sleek, modern dining room with candles in faceted glass votives, a bar backlit with lights that slowly change colors, and waiters who can speak fluent binary code.

1290 Bower Pkwy
Columbia,
SC
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Cypress Cellar owner Renee Ellender brings family recipes from Louisiana’s Terrebonne Parish on the bayou to the restaurant’s creole menu. She and her culinary team flavor crawfish étouffée with a roux-based tomato sauce and simmer andouille sausage alongside shrimp, crab, and chicken in a rich Louisiana-style gumbo. They also prepare freshly shucked oysters in four ways and offer eight varieties of po’ boy sandwiches, ranging from classic catfish to smoked turkey. Ellender’s father handcrafted the restaurant’s furniture, including the bar and table, from cypress wood to offer a higher level of comfort than the moss-covered logs they were previously using.

321 N Main St
Hendersonville,
NC
US

Hot pot soups brimming with ingredients such as chicken and chinese herb wine sizzle at the center of the table, enticing diners to cook their own morsels of seafood, meat, and veggies by dipping them into the spicy chicken broth. Hot pot is one of The Dynasty Cuisine’s specialties, but the Chinese eatery’s expert chefs render further DIY cooking obsolete. Executive chef and owner Joe Lam, who has been concocting Chinese eats for the past 25 years, relishes in creating dishes that pair contrasting flavors and textures, such as delicate cellophane noodles intertwined with tender meats. Meanwhile, dim sum chef Eddy Zhang, who has experience working at six-star Chinese hotels, concocts bite-size shrimp dumplings and fried shrimp balls, both of which offer a refreshing alternative to the American tradition of swallowing steaks whole.

1709 Matthews Township Pkwy
Matthews,
NC
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