Heirloom Restaurant (Charlotte, NC)

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806 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Global, International
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To make a reservation for parties larger than 6 people, please call the restaurant at (704) 595-7710.

Please include any dietary restrictions or other special requests in your reservation. We are able to special order most wines (including those from outside of North Carolina) for your enjoyment with at least 5 days notice.

Heirloom Restaurant is the product of Chef Clark Barlowe's North Carolina farm community upbringing and years of global travel. All ingredients that are brought in to Heirloom come from NC farms or producers, prompting a style best described as: Locally Sourced, Globally Inspired. This style of farm to table dining at Heirloom extends far beyond simply the food. From the Cocktail list focused strictly on NC distilleries, the wine list made up completely of NC vintages, the beer list sourcing only local craft breweries from Charlotte and the surrounding area, to the house music supplied from NC artists, Heirloom is North Carolina's restaurant.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Global, International, Contemporary American, Contemporary European
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Hours of operation
Dinner Tuesday-Thursday 5:00pm- 9:00pm, Friday-Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm
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Phone number
(704) 595-7710
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Clark Barlowe
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Private party facilities
Chef Clark Barlowe can create a custom menu or tasting for your guests, or choose from a la carte. Forty-six seat private dining room with additional lounge style seating at one end of the room. Capable of being arranged for presentations, meetings, or functions.
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Private party contact
Clark Barlowe: (704) 595-7710
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hwy 16/Mount Holly-Huntersville Rd.
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Parking details
31 Space lot with 2 additional van accessible handicap spaces. Restaurant is located in shopping center in a free standing building so ample additional parking is also available.
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Public transit
88x Mountain Island express CATS park and ride stop located at restaurant.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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AS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A charm of a restaurant with an incredible culinary Talent.

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FM
Charlotte
57 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had the tasting menu. Pros: the mushroom pasta and the pumpkin soup were scrumptious. Charcuterie was generous. Dinner rolls with special butter were a delightful surprise. Thoughtful service. Cons: Alcoholic drinks were weak. Had my hopes up for the chocolate dessert but dry. Ambiance: quiet, older crowd on a Saturday evening. A mix of kitschy yet elevated country decor. Men’s bathroom stall could use a coat of paint to cover inappropriate graffiti. Will try again...left wanting to try the cheesecake.

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MJ
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Stellar service. Cannot day enough good things about Heirloom. Took my 79 year old father here for the first time for his birthday last week and he felt they treated him like royalty. His experience alone was enough to make me love the restaurant if I didn’t already.

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CM
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was SO creative. This was one of the best meals we have had in a long time. 5/5 will recommend Heirloom to friends.

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SR
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here - We had driven past it a million times - have seen Groupon discounts for the tasting menu - Decided it's time we should go and it was fabulous! The chef/owner Clark - waited on us - We started out with the cheese and meat appetizer which was fantastic. Then - we had the raw oysters - delicious! Onto the main course with their famous fried chicken and mac-n-cheese - outstanding and the Rib-Eye with brussel sprouts and mashed potatos - also delicious! We finished with the Pumpkin Creme Brule and Pumpkin Cheesecake. A wonderful evening and we'll be back soon!!!

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ME
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My group tried the tasting menu and also items from the regular menu. Even though 2 of us did not order the tasting menu, the waiter brought us a taste of what the other diners were eating. Very nice of him.

The food was very good.

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C
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

For the price the food was just okay. The crab cakes were a good but a little bready. They were served on corn and green beans that were bland and did not taste fresh. My daughter in law loved the fried chicken and mac and cheese. My daughter had shrimp and grits and was not impressed with the kale that was between the shrimp and grits. My son was please with his yellowfin tuna. Did not like the corn bread and honey but that could just be a personal preference of the kind of corn bread that was used. I like the concept of this restaurant : farm to table but for the price for 4 people - 182 with tip - I expect a little better food.

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SB
Greensboro
22 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

While I love the concept of farm to table, I find the Southern food bent here to be less than healthy. I was thrilled to see hen of the woods mushrooms on the menu but was so disappointed to get them battered and deep fried. My husband ordered the ravioli and he said it was way undercooked. The restaurant itself is so far from Charlotte and it was a cool night and AC was cranked up and produced a lot of uncomfortable wind. Not the best dining experience for us.

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DB
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stumbled upon Heirloom while looking for unique restaurants. We had dinner on a Friday night, and found the ambiance fabulous. It was very able for a table of six to have a conversation and to be heard. The concept of farm to fork in a North Carolina traditional preparation was excellent. As professed foodies, we will certainly return.

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WF
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, and so artfully done. Charlotte’s best-kept fine-dining secret!

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OT
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So, so, so delicious. We had the fall menu. Memorable dishes and very attentive service!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Restaurant food use all local ingredients. The food is excellent and the service is one of the best.

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SB
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heirloom continues to not disappoint! Always great service and food!

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A
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The service was excellent. Very friendly and accommodating of dietary concerns. We had a lovely evening

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WR
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heirloom is an outstanding farm-to-table experience. We highly recommend the chef's choice 6-course dinner. Enjoy!

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CD
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Food has no flavor generally love farm to table venues. This one was disappointing

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the tasting menu with the wine pairings and it was so amazingly good. Even wines I wouldn't normally like just went so well with the course.

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IJ
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I did not like much of my food. Great tomatoes were ruined with less than mediocre caviar. My duck was just bad. Nothing else is even memorable.

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F
Greensboro
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the farm to table food selections. The fried chicken was amazing!

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JL
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about Heirloom was amazing from the food to the servers.

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NO
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for our 10th Anniversary, having heard good things but never been. We were worried it wouldn’t live up to the hype, but we did the Chef’s tasting dinner and it was every bit as good as we hoped, and more! We had a fantastic experience. Every course showed real creativity and they let the fresh ingredients shine. Great service as well. Couldn’t recommend it more!

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JR
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and ambiance. Food was great. I had dined in before and experienced the tasting menu; this time I ordered off the regular menu. The Lightning Cakes were amazing as was the mushroom mac n cheese. The fried chicken and Philly cheesesteak were both good but not as impressive. The peach pudding with homemade nilla wafers was very good as was our to-go chocolate chip cookie...yum!

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SB
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heirloom NEVER disappoints! Jason was on point, as was the rest of the staff! Food was DELISH! Thanks for a great night!

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T
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Had a reservation. But still waited for someone to even acknowledge us. At least 30 min before being allowed to order. Limited menu offered. Farm to table is great idea but not if you cannot provide full menu. Food was ok. But not for the price. Sweet tea was terrible. It’s just not that difficult to make...

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MS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

My wife and I were really looking forward to eating at Heirloom. We had gone to a cooking competition that featured the chefs from Heirloom and were really impressed. Unfortunately our experience at Heirloom itself significantly underwhelmed. The flavor profiles were bland and unimaginative. The baklava we had for dessert was not edible. Our waiter service was awful. There was at least a 30 minute period of time after completing the main course before our server returned to check on us. And he didn’t even ask if we wanted dessert (which in hindsight we shouldn’t have). The value of our meal was significantly less than the 100+ dollars we spent. Bummed!

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BR
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

This was one of the worst dining experiences I've had in a long time. They were completely unable to accommodate a vegan meal. When we expressed our unhappiness with the meal, a manager never came to our table to discuss. We drove from Concord and could have chosen to dine anywhere in Charlotte, sadly we chose Heirloom. We won't make that mistake again.

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f
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fresh nc food. Fantastic presentations of eight courses on tasting menu
Very happy place now on our favorites list
Good with Groupon also

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was ok. Didn’t live up to the hype. The concept of all locally sourced ingredients is great, but the food was a bit bland and my duck was way overcooked.

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L
Savannah
6 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were here for Resturant week. And I’m in love.. Their chef is also a beekeeper so they have hives right on top of their roof. Fresh local honey. And it taste yummy.. customer service was great and food was awesome.

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SD
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We attended for Restaurant week when a friend of mine was visiting from Seattle. I live near the area, but have never stopped by. The outside was very "rustic" looking and wasn't sure what to expect inside. TOTALLY different once we went in. It looks SO NICE. The lighting is wonderful. The tables aren't all smooshed on top of each other. For an app I have the chicken chips and fried pickles. My entree was tuna on bamboo. The tuna was cooked to perfection and I didn't want it to end. My dessert was the angel food cake. Totally recommend and have told my husband that we have to go again another day.

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EM
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we have tasted at this restaurant has been superb! Dishes are well presented, wait staff is knowledgeable and attentive and the food is beyond expectations. Although pricier than our standard dinners, the Heirloom is our go to for special celebrations. Highly, Highly recommend.

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GL
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

I liked that they had a flight of wine for tasting. They had a good selection of beer and cider. I liked that the menu had different items on it. Loved the bread that came with dinner. The service was spectacular. The main dishes that we had could have been yummier.

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T
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heirloom is such a treasure! The food never disappoints and the service is always spot on!! I highly recommend it for anyone looking for farm to table freshness with a unique flair.

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F
Charlotte
33 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. The Chef owner sources fresh, local ingredients and makes very creative menu options. He forages for mushrooms and wild ramps when in season and supports local farms. The cocktails, wine and food was all delicious! I love his take on Shrimp and Grits. We will be back!

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NA
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The duck was superb and the oysters delicious. They were busy, but still attentive. Thanks to the staff and chef for a delightful experience!

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ES
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I and my wife hosted an out-of-town relative visiting on a business trip. Complementary bread was basically dinner rolls, though somewhat denser with a nice texture.
Appetizers: Broiled oysters (6) were fresh, perfectly prepared, briny and delicious. Lightning Cakes were superlative, nicely spiced with Carolina Reaper undertones; the root vegetable slaw accompanying the cakes was a little bland. Charcuterie board was excellent! Especially the strawberry jam. Smeared on anything, it was super - even the complimentary dinner roll. Dabbed the mustard from the Charcuterie on the root vegetable slaw; a nice table-prepared combination!
Main Course: Shrimp and Grits was superb. Catch of the Day (Red Drum) was about 15-seconds overcooked, but still super. The cassoulet-like base under the fish was tasty and well-seasoned. The third entree, Ravioli with Country Ham, disappointed. The ravioli were undercooked, with hard chewy edges. However the middle of the ravioli were very tasty and the crisped country ham bits were mighty tasty.
Dessert: fresh peaches in a custard sauce was to die for! Home-made Baklava disappointed. The puff pastry was hard rather than crisp, though the filling was more satisfying - savory rather than over sweet. Sourdough Chocolate cake was also disappointing: the cake was too dense and a little dry - though with excellent chocolate flavor; not overly sweet.
Overall impression: intriguing flavors and combinations, will be going back in anticipation of a positive evolution in basic ingredients and skills.

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ST
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my wife's birthday and a neighbor's anniversary. The menu for my wife had her name and Happy Birthday printed at the top, and the anniversary couple's menu had her name and Happy Anniversary printed at the top. Our waitress, Hannah, was very efficient and knowledgeable. The Chef hand-wrote a nice note on each of their menus at the conclusions of the evening. These were classy touches I've never seen before! I really like that the majority of the menu items, including wine and beer, are North Carolina sourced items.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

I appreciate the effort and philosophy. The execution wasn’t there however. Dessert was overly sweet which drowned out any flavor depth. Service was forgetful. Entrees were rich but not interesting or complex. A missed opportunity. Cocktails were also bland.

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KP
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and equally amazing service. The onion pie is a must have!

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l
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Our dining experience to kick off Restaurant Week
was disappointing and did not live up to the reviews we’d read. The server was inattentive and the time between courses was very long. One of our party had to return her entree because the chicken was over cooked and dry and the mac & cheese was hard. Given the slow pace of Service she declined a replacement entree. The server seemed completely unconcerned about the situation and did nothing to try and make up for her bad experience. When the check was presented, she dismayed that the bill did not reflect an appropriate discount and had to send it back. I doubt that we will try this restaurant again.

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