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Mert's Heart & Soul

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214 N College St, Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 342-4222
Today
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

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  • 225
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  • 153
    Very good
  • 62
    Average
  • 30
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Well worth the wait!

The food is home cooking at its best. I would have sworn my mother made my meal. Don't go for the ambiance, it's like a small town diner, go for the food! We had to wait, we got there at 11:30 AM and was seated after about 30 minutes, but it was well worth. Go early and hungry.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
Dave M
,
Holts Summit, Missouri
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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English first
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This is a great dinner spot! Awesome comfort food. We went on a Thursday night and there was no wait. Loved the staff! They were quick, friendly, easily met any request we had, related to getting our 16 month old set up to eat. Would return in a heart beat. If you want great food and better service this is... More 

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Seneca, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Great sweet cornbread, everything else was average. Neat atmosphere needs more A/C. Too hot on the day we were there.

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Bronx, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The food was really good! I especially enjoyed the Soul Wraps appetizer! This is a great place to find Soul Food in Charlotte NC.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Love this place. food is absolutely delicious and great portion sizes. Cornbread alone is worth the trip to this place.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Recently visited Charlotte for the first time. We did a little research and tried several downtown restaurants offering southern food. If I had top pick one, Merts is the place. Everything was wonderful. Chicken,catfish, mac and cheese, green beans, cornbread. Regret being too full for the carrot cake. It looked fantastic.

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Holts Summit, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The food is home cooking at its best. I would have sworn my mother made my meal. Don't go for the ambiance, it's like a small town diner, go for the food! We had to wait, we got there at 11:30 AM and was seated after about 30 minutes, but it was well worth. Go early and hungry.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

If you find yourself city center Charlotte you must stop in to Merts. Fresh and authentic scratch made soul/comfort food and super friendly staff! Loved the character of the building as well! Try the cornbread ... You won't be sorry! Among our favs were salmon cakes, slaw, Mac and cheese, and fried chicken !

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Advance, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

After years of living in this city, we decided to stop in and try it. We had cornbread, salmon cakes, collards, Mac n cheese, and cabbage. Everything was seasoned well except for the cabbage. It left a lot to be desired. The salmon cakes were really good but could have been cooked a tad longer. We were stuffed when we... More 

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York, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

We tried Mert's after a recommendation from a coworker. We showed up just before the lunch crowd filled the relatively small restaurant. Service was friendly and efficient. The food that we tried was delicious including blackened catfish, okra and tomatoes, mac and cheese, grilled tomatoes and cornbread. There are a large variety of items on the menu including additional lunch... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

We saw Mert's on Triple D the night before we arrived in Charlotte and it was everything as stated and more. Down home soul food and plenty of it. Start with the soul rolls and then pick anything you like it's all good.

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Additional Information about Mert's Heart & Soul

Address: 214 N College St, Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone Number: (704) 342-4222
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Charlotte>  > First Ward
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 11:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: American

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 214 N College St, Charlotte, NC 28202
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Charlotte>  > First Ward
  • Neighborhood: First Ward
  • Phone Number: (704) 342-4222

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 11:30 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?