Blackthorne Restaurant & Bar
Blackthorne Restaurant & Bar
  • Address:
    11318 N Community House Rd Suite 200
    Charlotte, NC 28277
    Neighborhood:
    Ballantyne
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Blackthorne Restaurant & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.blackthornerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7048175554x
  • 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
49 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (19)great for outdoor dining (14)fit for foodies (12)good for groups (12)special occasion (11)great for lunch (7)romantic (7)vibrant bar scene (6)notable wine list (5)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • 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
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    • 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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    • 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
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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
  • 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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  • 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
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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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 279 reviews are from the Blackthorne Restaurant & Bar reviews archive.
  • 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
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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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    • 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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  • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner for two
    Luv2DineOut
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The restaurant was not very busy, but food was very good. The rooftop bar is great. Nice breeze, live music after 7pm and very at attentive wait staff and bartenders. Will go back!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Selection
    JennyLee
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Made late reservations for Easter dinner and, while not a thematic offering, Blackthorne offered a perfect all around selection of seafood and meats to please our party of four, including two teens. Service was a bit slow at first, but very personable and then turned around quickly when food was delivered. Each entree was very unique in it's offering, with a variety of flavors to appeal to everyone.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprised!
    WaterMan
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Blackthorne is kind of hidden, we drove around the block a couple of times before we could find it. When we did arrive, the front of it was a bit dark, and we didn't know what we were getting into. Boy were we surprised! The service was great, the food was delicious, and we decided we were going to come back soon.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My only complaint was the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    My only complaint was the waiter seemed to rush us. Otherwise,great place. Music on the rooftop wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • review
    chris
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Great atmosphere was there for lunch we sat at a high top upstairs there was a blonde hair waitress that was on top of her job. The food was ok. We had a couple of glasses of wine so the overall experience was great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were recently introduced
    Dave
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We were recently introduced to Blackthorne by family members, and have already returned there with friends. The ambience is warm and welcoming, and the noise level is conversation friendly. The food and service were excellent both times. We will definitely return again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid choice
    DAvid
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Blackthorne is one of those good-to-go-anytime restaurants. While not in my short list of memorable eateries (a very short list) my wife and I agree that it is on the short list of restaurants when the question is, "Where do we want to go out for dinner?"
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average but plenty of potential
    JCStarnesVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Everything from the decor and aesthetics to the service and food were "good", but nothing more. With just a little focus on each aspect, this could be a great South Charlotte spot!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The unique menu makes this
    CharlieVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The unique menu makes this a special occasion place.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Company outing
    SRoy
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    The food was very good. Although I was quite disappointed that bread pudding was taken off the desert menu. Always a favorite.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food always very good
    daves
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    food here is always great, but they almost always do have the draft beer that they advertise this time the service was not good waiter was not attentive
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything we perfect. Our
    Moose
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Everything we perfect. Our party of 6 really enjoyed ourselves.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, But....
    Arrie
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    We had very good meals at this restaurant this past Sunday night. We wanted to eat a little early, so I asked for a 6:30 reservation. We were told we could have 6 or 7:30, so chose 6. When we arrived there were only three other occupied tables, and when we left at about 7:45, there were only two other occupied tables. The rest of the tables were empty the whole time. So why we could not be seated at 6:30 is a puzzle. Even with so few patrons, the waiter was quite inattentive, not bringing drinks for some time, forgetting steak knives, and not refilling water. The food was great, but service was not, and with so few diners, one would wonder about the future of the restaurant.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Dinner
    GoodScallops
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    I had the scallops entree and the deviled eggs. Both tasted delicious. I especially enjoyed the small carmelized bacon on top of my deviled eggs. The scallop entree came with three individual scallops, with crab cakes placed beneath them. They were both excellant. My roommie had the filet mignon, while it was good, it was not the best she has ever had.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic