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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4.5

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4.5

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89% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (20)
Good for a Date (19)
Scenic View (16)
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Business Meals (16)
Special Occasion (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Romantic (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Healthy (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Seasonal (9)
Casual (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Authentic (5)
Cozy (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Organic (4)
People Watching (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Fun (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Great Beer (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
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·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Very good ambiance, and as always, excellent servers. My only complaint is that while we expected a higher-end meal with pricing that goes along with that, there is not an entrée on the dinner menu under $34. I think that is excessive. The small plates were not appealing to the octogenarians I brought along. Those might have been a solution, but no one wanted foie gras or pork belly as their entire meal. Some options in the $25-$27 range are common at other high-end restaurants so I would have been more satisfied to see entrée offerings in that range. I probably will skip dinner there in the future, but will go for lunch.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Oysters were good. Chicken pastila was cinnamon nutmeg and clove flavored not mole flavored. Bison was not seasoned well and was awfully gamey. Lamb chops were delicious. Service was banal and needed some warmth. No enthusiasm.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Excellent food in upscale yet relaxed atmosphere. The service is attentive, the interior is comfortable. Thumbs up!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Extremely disappointed in the food and the quality compared with previous meals here.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

I visited for brunch. I go out a lot and to me this is at the top of the list. In the past, service has been hit or miss but this time was on point.

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

I took my parents to dinner at Halcyon on a Saturday night. We had reservations for 7PM. When we arrived, the restaurant had many open tables, so I don't think a reservation was entirely necessary. We started with cocktails, and dove into a few of the spreads and a small plate for an appetizer. We ordered the baba gannoush, a goat cheese, and the blue cheese souffle. Baba gannoush was oddly sweet and had cinnamon notes. We would have preferred a traditional flavor profile. The goat cheese (paired with apples, honey, wine soaked raisins, and breads and crackers) was phenomenal. The blue cheese souffle was the highlight though! With heavier appetizers, we had lighter salads and soups for dinner. Salad portions were small and dainty; however, they totally delivered on taste!
My only complaint of the night was that I had called in before we arrived to arrange for a special dessert to be brought to the table as a surprise for my parents--they were celebrating their anniversary. Unfortunately, the message that it was a surprise did not translate, and our server asked the table if she could bring the special dessert as she was clearing our entree plates.
Otherwise, no complaints!

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Organic, Healthy
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Great spot. Outside is best for moderate temp. days. But ambience abounds oitside and in. The entire staff was fiendly and helpful and we interacted with several during our lunch. If time permits make time to visit the museum. Or plan like us to go back for the same.

A great experience overall.

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Went for a business lunch and it was excellent. Our waitress Meghan was also fantastic! Planning to make this a weekly lunch spot.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Ceviche is a great way to begin your meal, along with roasted vegetable spread and small peppers. The blue cheese soufflé is to die for. It's a "must try." Next, the duck or the scallops are a great choice. End with peach cobbler or warm apple cake with cardamom ice cream and a cappuccino. Halcyon is my fave!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 31, 2017

My husband and I treated guests from out-of-town to lunch at Halcyon. We each ordered a different dish, and all were wonderful! The wine selection was very nice and service was excellent! I love the views and the ambiance. The music stayed nicely in the background...this is one of a very few Charlotte restaurants that allow for a relaxed conversation! Our guests were very impressed, and the 'locals' will definitely be back! In fact, I've already invited a friend to join me next week for a belated birthday lunch, and I'm looking forward to trying another wonderful creation!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Went for a business lunch and it was excellent. I now plan on bringing my wife on our next date night!

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Have been there 2 times now and each time the menu and not been very good. We reserved a table on the deck to find out when we arrived We told we can not reserve a table on the deck and had to wait for the table. The menu was limited and not what was online. We gave it a second chance but will not be back.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Inventive and diverse, but healthy, menu.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 23, 2017

As always, great food and wonderful setting. Love the views.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We have eaten here several times and always enjoy the food. For some reason this time the chef appeared to be heavy handed with the salt. Just about everything we ordered was a little saltier than we would have liked. It did not make the food inedible just different. In the future we will remember to ask for no salt and add what we need.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Fantastic meal, so memorable. Really flavorful, delicious food. Well cooked, paired, presented. Easy to make gluten free. Exceptional service. Just overall an amazing night and experience. Most tables have fantastic views of the city. Will be back!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great meal as always! Our waitress Meghan was wonderful - attentive but not overly. We were able to have a great conversation with our friends and Meghan kept our waters full without being overt.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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