Blackthorne Restaurant & Bar
Blackthorne Restaurant & Bar

Blackthorne Restaurant & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.blackthornerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (704) 817-5554
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday 10am-9pm
    Monday-Wednesday 11am-10pm
    Thursday-Saturday 11am-until
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Blake Hartwick
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Email info@blackthornerestaurant.com for more information.
  • Entertainment: Live music Wednesday - Saturday.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ballantyne Commons Pkwy
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Blackthorne Restaurant & Bar
Casual American Bistro style which offers a wonderful variety of menu selections to please every palate. The warm, inviting atmosphere is complemented by our knowledgeable and attentive service staff. Whether you are looking for a pleasant lunch, family or business dinner, a great date night, or lively bar atmosphere, Blackthorne will deliver. From mid March through October, weather permitting, Blackthorne opens its European style rooftop patio with full service bar, excellent menu, and live entertainment.
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Blackthorne Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (20)good for groups (14)fit for foodies (13)great for outdoor dining (12)romantic (9)special occasion (9)great for lunch (6)hot spot (6)vibrant bar scene (5)notable wine list (5)great for brunch (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • very good experience
    steveVIP
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Very good experience, great service, tasty food, excellent presentation
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Golfer
    Golfer
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The food and drinks were very good. However; the service was a little pushy at the start. Please bring me my drinks and appetizer before wanting the main entree order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Group of 6.
    JLee
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    It was cold in the restaurant. Server was excellent, bartenders too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Give it a try. You will not be dissappointed
    AtlantaCritic
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Appetizers were good with a good selection. I was there for Lunch and had the Salad. It was very good. Service was excellent and if you are near the area, I highly recommend that you try it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing experience
    jan2wbVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    I've dined at Blackthorne numerous times since they've opened and always enjoyed it. This was a different experience. We arrived to find no one at the hostess desk and were directed to the bar. The bartender sent someone over to seat us. I ask her if there were drink specials and her reply was "I don't know. Do you want me to ask?" After ordering a glass of white wine, she brought me a glass of red - strike two. I ordered a Cobb salad for dinner and had no knife because she had cleared it away, for some reason, when she took my husband's soup bowl. My husband had meatloaf and thought it was average. Overall, the food was just that, average. Coupled with the extremely poor service and a dispute over the bill that I had to go ask for the manager myself, it was a most unpleasant experience. We try to support locally owned businesses and have been supporting this one but it will be hard to continue with this one. Perhaps, with a new manager or an attitude adjustment for the present one, better trained wait staff, and improving the quality of the food, Blackthorne might make it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a good experience
    RickP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful meal on a Saturday evening. We started with calamari which looked like French fries. The portion was a bit small but tasty. My friend had salmon which she thought was excellent. I had a pear salad with shrimp. We finished with a delicious chocolate cake.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • On the fence
    outonthetown
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Nothing bad, nothing notable. The menu or place didn't stand out to any of the 3 of us.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    My wife and I have been here a few times, and the food is usually really great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ballantyne Gem
    kpacker22
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I had been to Blackthorne for lunch so when I saw the living social deal for Blackthorne I thought it would be perfect for date night with my husband. We made reservations for 6pm so we could make a 7:20pm movie. We got there a little before 6 so we decided to go to the bar first to try out some beers and hang for a minute but the bartender Zach was so awesome we ended up eating at the bar. Even though they don't have a flight on the menu, Zach poured us one anyways so we could try all the local brews on tap. I ALSO ordered a hellfire margarita that was AMAZING! The lobster crab dip was awesome and the pork tenderloin and pear/pecan salad was also great. There was live music but we left before it started. Great atmosphere and food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Bullseye1824VIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Great food. Great service. Great atmosphere. Overall an excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice brunch
    opentablevipVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This was our first time at Blackthorne, although our dining companions had been there before and suggested it. We went for Sunday brunch. Some had breakfast food, and some had lunch food, but all the food was good. The drink prices (bloody mary, mimosa, Guiness on draught) were quite appealing. We will go back when we are in the Ballantyne area. Our server was very efficient and professional.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    CelebrateVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I have been here 5 times now. Everytime the food is amazing! They have a lot of choices for wine as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blackthorne
    Cookingreservations
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Mussels never fail here.the best! Seafood or steak a hit. Drinks to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    Kathy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food was good, the service excellent, but what was awesome, you can stay late night and they will wait until you are ready to leave!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Very small dinner portions for the price. Have been there 3 other times with no issues don't know what happened there.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Book club !
    YankeeFanVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We were happily given a back table and the service was fantastic. Looked like indoor business was overall slow for a Thursday night but we didn't mind. The food was amazing, so much better than expected! I had the Ahi Tuna special over risotto and the chef was able to accommodate my dairy free needs. Delicioso! I will dream about the dinner!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I had the flat bread for an appetizer, which was good. I ended up ordering the mussles appetizer for my main meal and it was not good. It came out cold and the muscles were microscopic. What about the good old days where you tell your supplier these are no good, and you don't serve them that night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 294 reviews are from the Blackthorne Restaurant & Bar reviews archive.
  • Bridge friends night out
    e2fanVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Everyone raved about their dinner. Presentation was lovely. Service was exceptional. We will do it again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Queens Feast Menu
    EllaDuChien
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We went to Blackthorne for Queens Feast and I though their menu was fantastic! Plenty to choose from and all of it very good. Our table tried several of the different items and all were good and some were great. I especially liked the roast chicken. The only critique that I have is the restaurant can get noisy, the acoustics are not the greatest so it gets loud. Not a major issue, just a note. I would certainly return to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food - great service
    EnjoyEveryBite
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Our waiter Donnie was awesome. Food came out quickly and every bite was delicious. The lobster crab dip had a great taste. The steak was cooked to perfection. You know it is good when you are savoring each bite and don't want the meal to end. Thanks for a great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good first time experience
    Draley13
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Friendly and attentitive staff. Beef brisket appetizer was over cooked and touch to cut but had good flavor with the sauce. Rest of meal was delicious and well prepared. Steak was cooked exactly how I asked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    EieshaVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The food was not very good. Service was great, but would never eat there again. Drinks are pretty good. The ambience was not impressive.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Has potential
    Bdayguy
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was our second visit. The first was great. Would like to see this place succeed but frankly, the food was just too ordinary. Nothing that would pull us back. Took a step back this last time. Kitchen failed in cooking our steaks as ordered, ended up very well done and close to shoe leather. Wait staff was excellent. Had fun at the roof-top patio bar.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    nania38VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I like that they have locally grown vegetables and free range chicken on their ingredient list. The food was good, the service was great- really nice waitress. Outdoor upstairs rooftop dining is cute.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Experience!
    ChefBill
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My wife and I had a 7pm reservation. We were seated in toward the back of the restaurant where there was a party of eight and a party of six already seated. It was extremely loud and I wanted to be moved toward the front where it was quieter. The server ignored us. We waited for fifteen minutes and still no one stopped at out table.....no water, no drink order, nothing. In the meantime, two others parties of two were seated in the front and had already gotten their drinks. It was obvious to me that the server was more interested in the larger parties than us. We walked out after telling the manager of our experience. Never again!!!
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  • good for client meetings
    JoshVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My sponsor always enjoys getting together for lunch at Blackthorne - hope to make it back for dinner sometime soon.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Ballantyne Restaurant
    LuvThatSpecialTreat
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We were a group of eight first timers for mid-week dinner. The menu was varied, above the standard with a few surprises and decent prices. Our service was very efficient and they used the team servers so that everyone was served at the same time. The only drawback was the noise level, a little loud, but we managed to visit without resorted to shouting and eventually the room cleared and we stayed on. Everyone agreed they would return to try other dishes on the menu. Don't overlook the Brunswick stew soup course .. it was so tasty. We are so fortunate to have a good choice of quality restaurants down this way.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, noisy for lunch, though
    BludogVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Someone in our group seemed to always remember Black Thorne when we want to meet for lunch. Food is good and service is (usually) adequate if not very good. This lunch was an exception. The dining area was too noisy for lunch to be enjoyable. Everything seemed so disorganized; this noise must have affected EVERYONE. We will give it another try but will be certain to request a quieter corner, if possible.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MemphisBelle
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We went there on Father's Day for Brunch. I was expecting a little more extensive menu. Mainly routine breakfast items, salads, and sandwiches. I had a Cobb Salad that was good, but didn't really want a salad or same old sandwich. Expected a few entrees and veggie selections with it being farm to table. I think it is great if you need a quick bite to eat, but I was expecting something a little more special.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The place was empty
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We were one of 3 tables in the restaurant. The food was good, but it came out VERY slow, which shocked me considering there were only 2 other tables in there! The service was also a bit slow. Not sure why the place was so empty on a Saturday night... that seemed odd to me. Maybe just because of the slow service? I can't imagine this place will survive much longer. Regarding the menu, they had a good beer selection (I didn't pay attention to the wines/cocktails). I had the Salmon and my husband had the filet- both entrees were good. The Crab and lobster app was delicious as well.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Well Kept Secret
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I visited last Sunday for lunch with two others and found Blackthorne outstanding in virtually every regard. Food was superb, atmosphere was good and service could not have been better. Blackthorne has a great bar with several TVs and we'll be in there during football season for sure. There was a very small crowd which was surprising. It's a little off the beaten path but very conveniently located in Ballantyne. Great rooftop bar and dining too when the weather permits. This place is worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Limited choices especially for those on restrictive diets.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fair Food
    MommaMouseVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This is our 2nd try at Blackthorne. The caesar salad had barely any dressing or flavor as did the main courses. We were disappointed in the food and I don't recommend Blackthorne. The waitstaff and hostesses were all very friendly. The restaurant is clean and nicely decorated, just sadly the food doesn't live up.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good 2nd Choice restaurant
    Joey
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Our experience was pleasant, with the service being very good, the food, ambiance and noise levels were better than most places. What I would have rather seen was a larger menu. I had a hard time choosing my entrée, as there are not a lot of choices. I will definitely visit again, but I won't rush right over.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Average Service
    esselent1
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I found the menu to be diverse and our entrees to be very good. My wife commented that it appeared our waiter would disappear for long stretches of time. Another waitress in the same section would often attend us. Although the service was just average, I would still recommend this establishment.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sucked
    yummyVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Food was boring and barely average service seemed to be more about them then the customer
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gourmet restaurant
    Tony
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Blackthorne was a good restaurant. The food was presented nicely, although the portions are somewhat small. Great wine list and the mussels appetizer is a must. Plenty of parking around and convenient location in Ballantyne.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, not Great
    AWDiner
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The food is fantastic but the service is so so... I had specifically requested an outside table but was not given one. I appreciate outside seating may not be reserved but the restaurant should have said so when the reservation came in. Inside is so dark and seems more fit for winter time.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good, but not the service
    coachVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Our meal was good, albeit the mahi mahi I ordered, was not big at all....in fact, I was still hungry after the entree. The biggest disappointment during the meal was our waiter. I don't know if he's new or if he was on something because he was a complete and utter flake. He asked us what we wanted to drink, we placed our order only to have him come back 10 mins later and ask if we know what we would like to drink...hugh? Then we asked what the specials were and he said he would be back and had to go check. Now normally, this would be okay, but it was 9 o'clock at this point and if he doesn't know the specials at this point, then that's a problem. All in all, the food was okay, but the service really fell flat.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprisingly Excellent Food
    Larryrf
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I took my wife for our first visit to Blackthorne. The staff was very accommodating and knowledgeable. We began with their Portabello mushroom fries and they were hot, with a crunchy crust, and delicious. My wife had the flatiron steak cooked perfectly, tender, and tasty. I ordered the bison short ribs, so tender that a gentle fork separated them from the bone. Each dish came with amazing sauces and sides and were wonderfully presented. This place was a delight, a foodie must try, and the best part was the modest prices for such delightful fare.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic