Nolen Kitchen
Nolen Kitchen

Nolen Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.nolenkitchen.com/
  • Phone: (704) 372-1424
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm/Bar: until 1:00am, Friday and Saturday Lunch/Dinner: 11:00am - 11:00pm/ Bar until 2:00am; Sunday Brunch Menu: 9:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner:5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Katrina Bearer
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Xenia Hospitality Catering contact Chris Culp at Chris@xeniahospitality.com
  • Entertainment: Live Music Thursday - Saturday

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Colony Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Additional parking available on side streets where permitted.
A word from Nolen Kitchen
Nestled in a boutique shopping center along the tree lined streets of Myers Park, Nolen Kitchen and Crescent Bar Lounge offers an eclectic selection of contemporary American fare in a fresh, continental atmosphere. With continental offerings to satisfy any palate, from simple to the most sophisticated, Nolen’s menu is a journey through American cuisine. Finish your meal with one of our award-winning pastry chef’s delicately designed desserts and step into our bar to enjoy an aperitif. Nolen also features patio seating, which seats 60. Join us on Sundays for our delicious brunch menu from 9am-3pm.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Nolen Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (37)neighborhood gem (34)good for groups (26)great for lunch (19)fit for foodies (17)great for brunch (16)hot spot (14)special occasion (10)vibrant bar scene (10)romantic (7)notable wine list (5)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Good food, service mediocre
    Courtney
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Spinach pie was delicious. Server was not the friendliest. Parking a headache.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Caesar salad wasn't as delicious as it could have been. I was never offered fresh ground pepper nor was there salt or pepper on the tables. Salmon was supposedly wild and cooked properly; did taste very good. Side of mashed potatoes was almost non tasteful with the exception of green onions on the top; very watered down and disappointing. Waiter was very attentive; maybe a bit too much. If people are in a conversation, wait please. Also, very noisy in there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice Meetup Spot
    Rikki
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Great spot to catch up with old friends. Noise level was manageable and atmosphere was comfortable. Food is yummy and presented nicely without being ridiculously overpriced.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 21st bday dinner
    Iluvchicken
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Came here with my sister, cousins, and friends to celebrate my 21st birthday. Waitress recommended the basil martini but I personally didn't really like it. The place was nice, wish it was warm enough so that we could've sat outside since it was nice. My cousins and friends kind of wish there was more on the menu. I got the roast chicken and liked it a lot
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great brunch!
    Megc87
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Great brunch! Good service; a little slow. Overall a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • xxxxx
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    There seems to be a recent trend in the restaurant business that includes Nolen Kitchen. I believe restaurant managers are training servers to be overly and unnaturally polite; "Are WE ready to order", "My Pleasure", etc. The worst is asking the loaded question.... Was everything Wonderful/Delicious/Outstanding/ Excellent??? I would suggest just delivering prompt service, know the menu, and speak to guests as you would in normal conversation using proper grammar and not fake and insincere questions that cannot be answered. Again, this feedback is to service managers, not the 20 something servers who would never speak this way outside the restaurant if their boss did not train them to do so.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    This was a girl's night and it was a great night of food and drinks. However, my only complaint is that we were seated in the back with a large party clearly having a surprise birthday party celebration. It was loud and I understand they were celebrating. There were other tables closer to the front away from the large party where they could have seated us. It was just a little annoying. Otherwise, awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I really want to love Nolen, but...
    HungryBearsVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I love the patio at Nolen. It's a great place to hang out with friends or my sweet hubby and enjoy and appetizer and a glass (or three!) of wine. But. Every time I go I find that there's less and less on the menu that attracts me, and even what attracts me turns out to be so-so at best. Had the ahi tuna appetizer and a side of sauteed spinach there this week. The spinach was not edible. The tuna literally had no flavor and I'm still not sure what the green stuff under the tuna was. And it was quite expensive for the portion size. But, the wine was terrific!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Didn't have anything that was just absolutely fantastic. The food was good but not over the top good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was starving!
    eatToPerform
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I was unbelievably famished when I arrived with my girlfriend Friday night at 8:30. We were both flabbergasted at how quickly our food came out. It was as if as soon as we made our drink orders our server handed them to us from behind her back! The food felt whole, as if it was prepared in my very own kitchen. You will see me back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Hungry
    RuffieVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    They have changed their menu. Does not match the one on Open Table. Most of the gluten free options from the old menu are gone. If you have to eat gluten free but don't like seafood, your choices are a salad, a $60 steak, or Taco Bell.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    cindiVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    In a cozy, comfortable restaurant. Everything was fresh and nicely presented. Service could not have been better
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a great place
    TrendyVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Nolen kitchen still keeps it's unique and trendy style. Food is still phenomenal and I love the new improvement in the decor. I brough an out of towner for sat lunch. Service was a little weak
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Megc87
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I have previously been for brunch and Nolen was great! My salad this particular evening was just fair. Great music!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint restaurant
    wineanddine
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The restaurant is quaint and not too large. Food is great but noise level can be distracting. I prefer sitting outside when I can for that reason or going early before it gets too crowded.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Acceptable
    patricia
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    4 diners, two of us enjoyed the meal, two did not. I enjoyed the pasta and my husband enjoyed the spinach pie. One did not care for the meatloaf, the other said his meal was OK. Ambiance was OK but the rug at the entrance was dirty.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful!
    Tipyluv2323VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My second favorite restauarant in town! Love this place! ALWAYS get the daily fish special...never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner was perfect.
    MinivanMom
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I took a friend out for her birthday dinner. We had a delightful evening and the dinner was perfect along with the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lisaVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Good spot. The only issue is running out of shrimp and our favorite wine. The service is always good. Thanks
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 402 reviews are from the Nolen Kitchen reviews archive.
  • Great Lunch with Friends
    JoeysMom
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Outstanding and relaxed service - there when we needed him, but not intrusive. The menu options were excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LarryVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great service in wonderful outdoor setting. Appetizers best part of meal. Spinich pie not up to par. Way too heavy and dense with no flavor.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It wasn't that bad
    SheareeVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    But certainly not something to rave about. The service was fine. The food was okey. But when you recall the meal, nothing stands out. Good or bad. So the best I can say is, it was fair. Fair price for the fair meal.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LewisVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Food was good as always. Very decent selection of unique dishes. Wine is a bit pricey.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food and service were great. Ahi tuna and the zucchini chips appetizers were wonderful. We will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No One's Kitchen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Food was terrible. Salmon came out raw at first, then torched to a crisp after being returned. Mussels were overlooked yet cold by the time they were brought to table. House fries were mushy and lacking in seasoning. Cocktails were watery and lifeless. Service was inattentive yet surly. Sad to see this place turn into a glorified burger and salad joint. Felt like place was running on autopilot with no one in kitchen.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bethkVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    This was our third attempt to enjoy Nolen Kitchen. We always hear good things and continue to give it a chance. Our waitress was not familiar with the specials, could not answer questions about the appetizers, wine, entrees, or dessert. She was very nice, but definitely not the caliber of waitress at a restaurant trying to be moderate to high level. The food is fine, but not wonderful. Probably wouldn't go back at this point. At the $30+ price point per person, just not worth it.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NOISE
    Yikes101
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food and service was GREAT! The noise level was very loud and to add to that we were seated next to a table with a family and two small children. One of the kids was a screamer and neither of the parents tried to control the noise or the interruption. We at one point asked management for our check to leave. It is not management's fault and I know a delicate situation but when one table/family is interrupting the entire dining room, it's time to leave. I can only hope when we return to Nolen's and eat other than the bar or outdoors, the experience is different.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Neighborhood Spot!
    AmimarieVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The menus is current, fresh and there is something for everyone. I have never had a bad meal here!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I found Nolans under neighborhood gems. It was great evening, we got there a bit earlier than our reservation and chose table outside. The service was good. Food was prepared and presented well. They had gfree menu which was great for me. Our waiter didn't really seem to understand what that was but was helpful. I would go again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Regular customer
    JohnF28209
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We go to Nolen often and sit at the bar ordering the same food every time (salads with salmon) with no problem. I brought 7 colleagues hoping for equally good service at a table (versus the bar) and unfortunately, I was let down by my local spot. The server was very slow to take orders and 3 of the 7 dishes were incorrect. Nobody came to get our desert order so I asked the manager to help. Instead of walking right over to get our orders, he spent a few minutes trying to find our waitress. We had planned to order one of each. We got fro yo instead since they took too long. Sadly, one of my colleagues said they would not be back. Another said, he expected more. I will be back though and will sit at the bar again with great service there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty tasty
    MizzadieVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We had a pretty tasty Sunday brunch /the food was good and if II get lucky enough to sit on the patio it is a real treat
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Father's Day Brunch
    Michael
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    All went well generally. Service was a little slow because it appeared some servers were not aware they had those tables where the tables had to ask for service. One was on each side of us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic
    Beamen
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great service, great food. Every employee seemed happy to be there. Possibly the greatest dining experience I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed Nolen K Several Times
    RHargisVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    My wife and I have had lunch at Nolan Kitchen several times all with great experiences. Had brunch for the 1st time this past Sunday. Awesome - just what we were looking for. Great food, great service and the porch was great on a Sunday late morning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    After a recent review in the Charlotte Oberserver that highly touted their fried zucchini, we decided to give Nolen Kitchen a try for Sunday brunch. The server said fried zucchini wasn't available during Sunday brunch but would ask the chef. We never heard anything else about it. We never received bread/muffins that all of the other tables got prior to their meals, and our drinks were often empty. The place wasn't busy. I guess I know why.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great patio dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We had the perfect evening at Nolen. We started with the zuchinni chips which are quite good. My husband started with the french onion soup, it was delicious!! It was quite salty as french onion soup often is, which perfectly suited our taste buds. My husband ordered the scallops which was was extremely satisfied with. I ordered the Chicken Picatta. The chicken was deliciously breaded and crunchy which sat on top of the pasta. The pasta and sauce was ok, the sauce was a bit too thin and overall flavor was pretty good. A good dish, but not one that I would order again there. Overall, we had a great meal and enjoyed sitting outside on the patio.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good for Al Fresco dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We had an early reservation and the place was buzzing. We had the chicken wings, which were nice & spicy and the paella, which was prepared really well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day
    RonaVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Food was good but not hot. Staff got orders all mixed up. Everyone finally got served but husband. They compt his lunch and cappachinos for the mess up. Server was nice but they gave him too many tables to serve. He was doing his best but it was impossible. Would go to lunch or dinner but not back for an occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    Alwayshungry
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food is good. Nice variety of choices. Servers are well informed and friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Mother's Day Brunch
    sbym
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had a lovely Mother's Day brunch at Nolen Kitchen. The service was wonderful. We'll definitely back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate