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Permanently Closed - Nolen Kitchen

4.2
709 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Nestled in a boutique shopping center along the tree lined streets of Myers Park, Nolen Kitchen 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 is also home to the most beautiful patio in South Charlotte, which seats 60. Join us on Sundays for our delicious brunch menu from 9am-3pm.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Greek
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Hours of operation
Tuesday- Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm/Bar: until 11:00pm,
Friday and Saturday Lunch/Dinner: 11:00am - 11:00pm/ Bar until 11pmm;
Sunday Brunch Menu: 9:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: 4:00pm-9:00pm
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Phone number
(704) 372-1424
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Billy Politis
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Catering
Xenia Hospitality Catering contact Chris Culp at Chris@xeniahospitality.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Colony Road
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Parking details
Additional parking available on side streets where permitted.
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Entertainment
Live Music Thursday - Saturday
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.1
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
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Noise · Moderate
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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

I’m am going to miss Nolen tremendously! We have walked there at least a dozen times since having our daughter in April. It has served me well over the years for 1/2 off wine nights, girls nights, dates, birthdays, milestone celebrations, etc.

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4.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Food tasted good . Crab cakes could be better , they were a bit mushy and. It lump crab .

Edamame was tasty with siracha salt .

Wild chicken: white meat was a bit tough . Dark meat had good flavor with mustard and mushrooms .

Sea scallops were cooked perfectly and tasty.

Risotto was a bit lukewarm .

They could warm their plates to ensure that the base the food is sitting on doesn't cool .

Great service .

Wine selection is nice.

Trendy 😆, good for get together with friends or even with kids . Anniversary dinner / maybe pick somewhere else with a bit more ambiance . It was noisy and sometimes hard to hear across the table . I would go back and try lunch .

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4.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Thanks Lou for doing a great job of taking care of our table. We truly enjoyed the dining experience from start to finish. The Chicken Souvlaki and Flank Steak were our entrees and both were well seasoned. We really enjoyed the side Mediterranean Salad.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Great experience-we ate on the patio and it’s beautiful. We had poke as an appetizer and it was wonderful. I had scallops as my entree and my husband had short ribs with truffle mac and cheese. We each thought we had picked the best dinner. I’m sad that I can’t remember the name of our server because she did a terrific job. Can’t wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on November 2, 2017

Awesome! Food delish!

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4.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Pretty good however I was very disappointed to find the menu had changed - no longer offering some of my favorites. Our server indicated here is new ownership and therefore some signature dishes are no longer available. Too bad that your on line menu still includes them, which is why we opted to dine there that night! :(

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Kayla did a great job taking care of us. We were in a little bit of a "movie" hurry. the wine was good. the food was great. The service was wonderful. We will be back!

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4.0Dined on October 25, 2017

I must preface this with the fact that I eat out a great deal because I travel for a living. The tartare and the veggies were amazing. I decided to opt out of a larger entree. My service was just okay. It was just me and there were long periods of time where my server was not available. I know it is hard to balance attention versus diner privacy. Overall, she was very nice and genuine but young and often greeted me as "madame" and a Mrs. I am a single 40ish female and both of those sounded really artificial. I think most of her demeanor was just her age and lack of experience. She noted that the apple pie was the "best" dessert and it was really just average - sliced apples with a crumble. I was actually surprised how traditional it was based on your menu and she may need to describe it like that going forward. As a southerner, this was just run of the mill. She was kind and took it off my bill. On the whole, I would definitely come back.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

The food is excellent and innovative with extremely large portions. Service is always excellent in a beautiful location with plenty of parking.

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4.0Dined on October 20, 2017

The food was excellent, as usual, and service was attentive without being intrusive. The atmosphere was lively enough to be fun without being so loud that my table of 8 couldn't converse easily. I highly recommend Nolen Kitchen for lunch or dinner.

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3.0Dined on October 10, 2017

This was my third time dining at Nolen Kitchen and it was easily the worst experience I've had thus far. The service was subpar and the food was right there with it. While the appetizers were spectacular and full of flavor that was about the only part of the meal that was. Whichever chef prepared our entrees failed to season or add any type of flavor to the risotto, crab cakes and scallops. The dessert was really the kicker though. We ordered 3 different flavors of ice cream all served melted and what did remain was a merely ice. Then I was presented with a plastic spoon to enjoy my soup since they noted that they were out of spoons....The restaurant was not full even close to capacity and yet they handed me a fast food plastic spoon in all seriousness. I mean come on. Overall the experience was very disappointing and I had colleagues from out of town who were expecting a fantastic meal at a neighborhood gem.

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2.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Service was moderate, taking almost 15 minutes to get a cocktail even though restaurant was only one-third full on a Saturday night. Food was very poor. This included chewy, dry blackened chicken sandwich. It was more burned than blackened. Meat in pasta dish tasted cheap and gamey. Music was dated, and menu had no creativity. Dead for a Saturday night. Place may be suffering from a death spiral, where food quality is lowered to save money, but then you continue to hemorrhage customers due to poor experience.

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

We used to live in the neighborhood and Nolen Kitchen is our favorite when we return for visits. Food is consistently excellent. Love the outdoor dining. We will be back!

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3.0Dined on September 15, 2017

Nolen has lost their game a bit. Their patio needs a refresh. Broken table/chairs/umbrellas. Their paper menus were dirty, covered in food, and over used. You get the sense they are not doing well since they have not reinvested on basic things like reprinting of menus and patio furniture.

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

The Fried Green Tomato appetizer was wonderful as were our chicken sandwiches. We had wonderful and attentive service and ate outside on a charming little patio. We noticed people from the Myers Park area walking there to enjoy the food and wonderful seating on the patio.

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Good food! Patio was nice.

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3.0Dined on September 1, 2017

Cute restaurant in trendy area so I had high hopes. Restaurant was modestly busy for a Friday evening with several larger groups present creating a high noise level in the space. I ordered the shrimp and grits which was recommended by the server. It came out with 5 large shrimp and looked good; however, it was so salty that I could not eat it. I finally got the server's attention and he took the entree back to the kitchen and sent over a manager who stated that they would remake it. It came out after my husband had finished his entree so kind of ruined us eating together. Would have expected them to either comp the entree or offer us a dessert on the house for the poorly prepared entree but nothing but an an apology was offered which was disappointing considering the price point. My husband said his burger was fine but nothing special. Probably would not return to this place as there are better options that are less costly.

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5.0Dined on September 1, 2017

We always enjoy Nolen Kitchen. It's a great neighborhood gathering place!

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Pleasantly Surprised! Went this past Saturday with my wife. Started with drink and app at the bar. Bar was empty, but service and cocktails were great as well as the Tuna Poke! Service at table was great as well with Lou. My wife had Salmon with a Quinoa which she liked. I had Scallops and Risotto. Both were very good. Restaurant was a little on empty side but patio was full. Will go again.

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3.0Dined on August 23, 2017

I had a very good experience at Nolen Kitchen several months ago, so I took my office staff out for lunch this week. However, the experience was not good. On the bright side, our server (Jeff) was outstanding - very attentive, courteous, professional and efficient. However, the food was inconsistent: my chicken sandwich was spicy (not noted as spicy on the menu) and extremely salty, my colleague's Tiramisu was far too creamy (she took 1 bite and left the rest - unfortunately she was too embarrased to say anything until afterwards), and the ice cream was extremely icy (like it was freezer burned). In their defense, they did take the ice cream off the bill, but their response was "it is kept in a freezer, so it should be cold and icy".

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4.0Dined on August 17, 2017

fried green tomatoes appetizer is one of the best - comes with grilled shrimp! lovely restaurant, good menu choices, very good service and attentiveness.

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2017

Food and service very good. They have a nice variety of items on the menu whether you want small bite or a full meal. The food was beautifully presented

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2017

Awesome! Consistently delicious

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4.0Dined on July 30, 2017

Food was good but a little cold. The waiter was great

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4.0Dined on July 30, 2017

Our experience at NK is always wonderful! Lou is such a pleasant and fun server. The food is very good and a great value. My husband and I love the chicken & waffles, omelets and French toast. We also love the mini chocolate scones they give you while waiting on your breakfast to arrive! Perfect for early morning breakfast as they open at 9am. All and all a great restaurant we highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2017

I had an outstanding lunch- half salad and half sandwich. The NK salad was extremely fresh with vibrant colors and a light vinaigrette dressing and the cab cake on ciabatta was full of crab/ minimal filler. I left the business lunch looking forward to my next Nolen kitchen visit:

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2017

Our favorite!

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4.0Dined on July 23, 2017

NK never disappoints. One of our favorite restaurants in Charlotte. My husband & I love going here for Sunday breakfast. They are one of the few quality restaurants open early on Sundays. The food and service are always superb. Lou was excellent on this visit. We highly recommend NK!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

We has the crab cakes and scallops. Both were excellent. If you're hungry go with the crab cakes, it was the more filling entree.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

As always, we truly enjoyed our visit to Nolen Kitchen. The food is top notch along with the service, atmosphere, and drink list. Can't wait to go back again soon!

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2017

Not many people there, so it was quiet and easy to talk. The Cobb salad was very good, though I think the dressing was a little bland. I had coffee and apple cobbler with ice cream for dessert. It was great!! The service was very good and atmosphere was pleasant. The biggest negative for me was that the water was served from a large chilled bottle that was left on the table, but there was no ice at all. The water quickly became lukewarm. I would go back. Easy parking.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2017

New menu even better!

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2017

Great location and have enjoyed Nolan Kitchen for many years. Tonight's service was very disappointing. Appears that the restaurant was understaffed.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2017

Nolen is among my regular neighborhood go-to restaurants because I can always count on good service, food and a fair price! I love all the people who work there and they always take excellent care of me.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2017

Sooooo yummy!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2017

Great place to eat at! Simple clean atmosphere with the noise level very low civic good for any occasion. The menu selection is great, a highly recommend the muscles they are far far the best I've had around in the area lately. I had the scallops which were phenomenal! I definitely will be back to revisit this restaurant. Their beer selection is average with a few seasonal beers but definitely something for everyone.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2017

Our family goes to Nolen Kitchen quite often. It is either casual or dressy. The food is great and the menu changes. The kitchen is accommodating and the staff is very attentive. The menu is just right: enough choices but not overwhelming.

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4.0Dined on June 20, 2017

Food preparation was from fresh ingredients, good flavors
1/2 price bottles of wine on Tuesdays, enticed us to share a bottle
Nice wine glasses to sip from

More gluten free options would be desirable...gluten free pita for one

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2.0Dined on June 18, 2017

We went to Nolen Kitchen for Father's Day and it was the wrong choice. It took a bit (5minutes) from seating to have the waiter come to the table, only to say he'd be right back. We were seated just outside the kitchen, one of the worst places in the place. I was bumped several times, servers running in and out of the kitchen.

My wife asked for a glass of water, and finally went to the bar to get it. We were almost finished by the time some came to ask if we needed anything.

The place was packed so perhaps our experience was the outlier, but I would not give it another try.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2017

High quality food. Menu had lots of variety. Wait staff were excellent - you could tell they work together as a team really well.

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