About Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth

Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth is a dining experience focused on providing a truly seasonal meal with ingredients from local wineries, dairies and artisanal farms. With a naturally rustic decor that reflects the focus on simple good, Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth is a unique place to enjoy dinner or to host a private event.

The menu at Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth can be hard to predict, but locals have frequently enjoyed mushroom tarts, bleu cheese souffle's, shrimp and octopus entrees, duck egg ravioli and more. From venison and rabbit to sole and brussels sprout entrees, there is plenty for everyone to love on the Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth menu. Located on the avenue of Levine Arts in the heart of Uptown Charlotte.

500 S Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28202
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Modern European, French, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Cross Street:
Levine Avenue of the Arts

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(704) 910-0865

Website:
http://www.halcyonflavors.com/

Parking Details:
Halcyon is directly connected to the Levine Center for Arts parking garage, which is accessible from both South Church Street and Stonewall Street. Park in Visitor Parking and take the Plaza Elevators to level 2, the entry hall.

Executive Chef:
James Stouffer

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.6

service

4.5

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4.7

value

4.0

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Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (19)
Scenic View (19)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Special Occasion (17)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Business Meals (15)
Romantic (15)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Casual (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Seasonal (8)
Healthy (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Organic (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
People Watching (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Tapas (5)
Authentic (4)
Cozy (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Fun (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 3 days ago

I was rather disappointed by the menu - there were very few main choices, and the majority of choices listed were too over the top. There was nothing that immediately resonated with me. I have been to Halcyon many times, and often my husband and I will order a few small plates and then split a main dish. Again, the menu did not lend itself well to this. Hopefully this was a one off because typically we do enjoy this restaurant

Tags: People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Naples)·Dined 4 days ago

The only thing keeping me from giving a 5 Star was the rude treatment at the end of the evening. We had reservations for 8pm. They close at 10. At 9 6 tables still had people and they shut music off and began cleanup. It was rude and made us feel like we were being ushered out the door.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

A very nice dinner. Restaurant is lovely. The staff is attentive and helpful. Food is good but not outstanding. The wine list is unique and the staff know it well.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

First time dining here at Halcyon, really enjoyed the experience.

Tags: Scenic View, Business Meals
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Delightful from start to finish. Was a pleasure to blog the experience. A_la_Model

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Years menu was exceptional. Very well done. Thank you to everyone working that evening. A great team effort.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Organic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food terrific service and lovely setting!
Gooooooooooooood

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 31, 2017

As first time dinners we were not sure what to expect. The space was lovely! We were greeted promptly and seated at a lovely table. Our server was very pleasant and showed great knowledge of menu. We asked for suggestions and received ones that were perfect.
The food was presented beautifully and tasted even better.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The kale and farro salad is excellent. Service is generally pretty good, but they often run out of ingredients during lunch service. It’s not a problem, but just happens very often.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We enjoyed excelllent meal with good service. The menu is diverse and interesting from appetizers, small plates to full entrees. Not cheap but good value for more than weeknight dining.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Authentic, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

I eat at Halcyon very occasionally, because there’s very little on the menu for vegetarians. Please use some of those fresh local ingredients in meat free dishes.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We were pleased by somewhat inventive pairings of high quality ingredients. Presentation was lovely w/o being pretentious. Food preparation was top notch and service was warm, comfortable professional . It was a lovely space with a view to one of the vibrant areas of downtown Charlotte.
Lovely evening and then we simply strolled across the street to the ballet!

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 (Caribbean)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We love the food and the service is wonderful. I called ahead and asked if they served pasta, they said no not now, but I’ll make some. This was extremely accommodating to our kid that was picky, we were grateful!

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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Every dish the four of us had was creative and delicious. We didn't order any entrees because the earlier courses of starters, soup/salad and small plates were so filling. The service was excellent but the restaurant was unusually uncrowded this particular evening.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Tapas, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Organic, Local Ingredients
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 19, 2017

A unique experience in every sense. Great flavor combinations, excellent service and atmosphere make this creative local eat a must in Charlotte.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 16, 2017

thoroughly enjoyed our meal in this beautiful restaurant!

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Seasonal and local food prepared divinely and with creativity.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

I love the natural sunlight throughout the place and yummy popcorn! :) It has a sophisticated feel.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Scenic View, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Cozy, Healthy
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food was great. The restaurant was quiet, even with the ACC crowd making noise outside. We had our wedding reception here the year before, and they remembered having us, and even treated us to a glass of prosecco, and a non-menu item desert, which was amazing. The service there is always top notch. We will be returning.

Tags: Scenic View, Business Meals, Great Beer, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We’re always happy with Halcyon’s inventive dishes using seasonal ingredients. Restaurant is beautiful, as are the city views. Great spot for dinner before an event at one of the theaters or museums.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The food and service are excellent. Our table had a few craft cocktails that were creative, fun and delicious! Open and friendly with table arrangements that make it easy to carry on a private conversation. Great for date night or a business dinner.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

We had a reservation for dinner prior to a show. Let the waiter know that we had to be out at a specific time. Food was not served until after the time we had to leave. We all ate a few bites and left most of the food. Apologies given and offer for dessert after the show, but too little too late. The charged the entire price! All of us were disappointed and late for the show.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Wonderful restaurant. Highly recommend. The food, ambience, view are outstanding. We enjoyed our evening.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Probably my favorite restaurant in Charlotte

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The food is always very inventive. They do an excellent job with the appetizers and the entree's are creative. We always experience a high level of service and have found the wait staff to be very helpful with a selection of wine. This is one of the best restaurants in Charlotte.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Food and service were great, ordered a Long Island ice tea as cocktail, after 2 tries and indicating it was too sour, it was still not drinkable. Have this drink often, very disappointed the bartender could not make it correctly.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We stopped in for an afternoon cocktail a couple of weeks ago when visiting the Mint - which was a really delicious mojito - and got a look at the menu. We were so impressed at the selections that we promised ourselves dinner there the next time we were in town....

Our home is two hours away but we booked a show at the Knight and an early pre-theater meal at Halcyon.... Dinner was worth every minute of the drive! From the warm friendly greeting when we arrived to the chorus of good-byes as we left, everything about the experience was perfect.

The location is terrific, as it is in the Mint building, and only steps away from the Levine Center, Knight Theater, Mint Gallery and parking garages. We arrived at 5pm, had a bottle of perfectly chilled prosecco, ate four courses with dessert and coffee, left at 7:15, and were in our seats before the 7:30 curtain went up! (Thanks, Allison!)

Must haves include the Scallops with Pork Belly, Farro Salad, and the Warm Apple Cake for dessert. Our to-die-for standout was the Alaskan Halibut! Beyond delicious, with cauliflower and crab souffle and a zucchini and green onion cake, it is the best prepared fish we have ever had!

Will we go back? Yes, please!

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We were always curious about this restaurant & finally decided to give it a try. The menu is rather limited, many apps & small plates with only a limited choice of entrees. Our food good, one of us had halibut & the other had a combo of swordfish & calamari. Our major complaint is the exorbitant wine prices! Actually, more expensive than New York City, which we recently visited. For this reason, we probably will not return.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

It was my first time there and I really enjoyed it. I asked my friends to see if any tried it, but none did. So I hesitated a bit, but I am glad that I went. It was a great night, and would recommend everyone to give it a try. You will never regret it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Organic, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Expensive for very small selection of appetizers which were very tasty.
Beautiful room which overlooks Clt. Skyline .

Tags: Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was unimaginative and servers seemed like they wanted to be somewhere else. Servers did not know a thing about wine. Basically overrated. Would not go again even if someone else was paying. But the hostess was fabulous and had great energy

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great uptown location with a view of the main strip. Great for people watching and just a feel good environment. It is on the second floor, therefore you are looking down at people on the sidewalk outside of the theatre and museum or overlooking parts of the city if you sit inside. Very expensive for the quality of food. Great presentation of the food, great décor and apparently good drinks as some just stopped by for that. I imagine the location is a huge draw as well. Outdoor seating was fabulous. I had Alaskan Halibut and it was a tasty dish but not for the $37 dollars I paid. I also had the salmon spread for the appetizer which was a complete waste of money. It looked like it was fresh out of the tuna pouches you find at local grocers. I wouldn't go back and wouldn't recommend unless perhaps you are just doing drinks and looking for a great location to hang out uptown. Two thumbs down!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Really good and creative appetizers and entrées - food almost always special. Service was very uneven, with bar service lagging food delivery, hence not well matched. Despite an early request bread came after one of the guests had finished her soup. Thoughtful response without our asking: Two of the glasses of wine were comped - nice touch. We always look forward to Halcyon - Hoping for more efficient service and timing next go-round. This is - at its best - one of the top CLT restaurants. We'll be back.

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Loved everything except the wine recommendation from our waitress. We described the flavors we liked in a Chardonnay & what we got was nowhere near what we described. At $17 a glass I expected more.

Tags: Romantic, People Watching, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 17, 2017

I ordered the roasted trout salad, it was fair. Not a lot of trout and it had a funky flavor I couldn't figure out. But not bad. A bit pricey but you're paying for the location and ambiance.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

First time dining here. Amazing food, ambience and service. Can't wait to return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Very interesting combinations of food, flavors and colors. Very high quality cuisine.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We eat outside on a perfect night. The food was well prepared. The experience helped justify the smaller portions and higher prices and the $3 charge to share a salad and $5 to share an entry.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Another very good dinner at Halcyon. The duck was absolutely superb. The only problem with this restaurant for us is that the dining room can get quite noisy when populated, and so eating outside (weather permitting) is our choice for quietness and a great view of city buildings. The noise is fun, but at times interferes with conversation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Perfect for foodies! Beautiful rooftop dining overlooking the city of Charlotte. From the charcuterie (you select the ingredients yourself) and blue cheese soufflé to the foie gras, everything was amazing and perfect including the service! I highly recommend.

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