Nolen Kitchen
Nolen Kitchen

Nolen Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.nolenkitchen.com/
  • Phone: 7043721424
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Nolen Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
73 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (52)neighborhood gem (49)fit for foodies (25)great for brunch (24)great for lunch (21)hot spot (17)vibrant bar scene (16)good for groups (14)special occasion (11)notable wine list (9)kid-friendly (8)romantic (8)late-night find (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LewisVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Food was good as always. Very decent selection of unique dishes. Wine is a bit pricey.
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed Nolen K Several Times
    RHargis
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 48 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 384 reviews are from the Nolen Kitchen reviews archive.
  • Mother's Day
    Rona
    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
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  • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • horrible service
    maursushiplz
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    this restaurant had great food, but unfortunately, the service was absolutely terrible. our waiter was super rude as well as the bussers. i would never go back here again, which is a shame because the food was pretty good and i had wanted to go here for a while.
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  • A great place for many occasions
    sweeeet
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Great place for a variety of occasions. We have enjoyed a quiet dinner for two, dinner at the bar while watching a sport event, as well as, fun evenings with six to eight family and friends. Outdoor patio is also a fun alternative. Live music can be enjoyed up close in the bar or as nice background to a quieter meal around the corner in the dining area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved It.
    outoftown4
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Took the Mother-In-Law to dinner for Mother's day. Everyone in the party enjoyed the dinning experience. Great/friendly service. Food was delicious and prepared correctly. Desserts are wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • texasbalesVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    We had the dinner special the other night, and it was fantastic. Never had a bad meal here...ever.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service
    eluncher
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    I booked a table for 4 for a birthday lunch in April 2014. We were seated promptly and the restaurant had only 4-5 tables seated. We all ordered salads. Service was slow, but salads arrived and waitress diappeared. Two of the salads had no (or very little dressing) I could not find our waitress (or anyone ) to help. Finally, I asked another waitress to bring us salad dressing - our salads were half eaten by this point. She never returned. I saw another waitress and made the same request and she did bring the dressing. However, we had nearly finished our undressed salads by this time. We never saw our waitress during this entire ordeal, but she arrived in time to bring us the bill. Very disappointing lunch!
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  • Good food, great prices
    Tony
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    The food was great and the price was even better. Spinach pie was top notch! Only down side was parking can be a little difficult. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Liked that place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Our party of 4 had Easter brunch and was most impressed with everything, the service, great atmosphere and outstanding food. Did I mention the prices were too good?
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Variety of Food Choices
    Barb
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Best reviews were for the pork belly tacos. Other notable dishes were the bacon wrapped meatloaf, short ribs,wild mushroom pappardelle and steak and frites. Parking was very difficult
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's been better...
    kat1
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We've been here before, and it's been better. This was an early (5:30pm) Sunday dinner. Patio was busy, with three tables (including ours) inside. Although our server was great, service was slow. She was overworked, having to serve both inside and out. Appetizer of fried zucchini chips was excellent (recently the grand prize winner in a local "March Madness" sweet 16 of appetizers.) Food was inconsistently hot and cold on the same plate. Special entree of the evening was inaccurately described. (Fish was on a bed of pureed cauliflower with pine nuts NOT grits.) One in our party is allergic to pine nuts; this could have ended disastrously. Anyway, as stated, it's been better. Hopefully next time Nolen Kitchen will have their act together!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun with Friends...
    Shopper246
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I went with a group of girlfriends - the cocktails were fabulous. I like their wine list as it will have a couple nontraditional options that I can explore. The food was delicious! Best of all, five of us got to sit together outside and enjoy the fabulous weather under the stars. The only complaint? Parking. Nolen Kitchen should invest in a valet service if they really want to up their game.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One hour wait
    John
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    One hour wait with Open table reservation. Arrived to a surly attitude. 30 minute wait with a reservation stretched out to an hour. We were quickly joined by others who had reservations but ended up waiting an hour as well. Bartender was too busy to serve drinks for first ten minutes. Eventually a manager saw that the experience was declining quickly and brought us some appetizers. Poor service at the door and bar. Bring a cheerful attitude.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Manager
    SherryVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    My order was put in wrong by the server but when the manager brought it to the table is was like the sky was falling. The manager then put the order in wrong and tried to blame it on me. Not cool! I waited for an extra 15 min and they didnt even offer to comp a soda or take off a percentage for THEIR screwup. Not classy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate