Golden Owl Tavern

4.2
98 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Enjoy classics and fresh twists on cuisine from the American south. From burgers and sandwiches to wood-fired pizzas, steak and seafood, our menu serves up a variety of regional Southern American classics.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 98 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My wife and I were in Charlotte for Thanksgiving and decided to eat here because it was within walking distance from our hotel. Excellent experience. We both really enjoyed the "Traditional Thanksgiving with a southern twist" menu. We're going to try and come back again before we leave.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and food!

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NicoleR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food and entire experience was amazing. Southern style food with an elegant twist. Portion sizes are perfect. Not too little & not too much.

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LoveBug
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Server was slow and forgetful! On a scale of 1-10 food was 4!

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JackK
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is an excellent restaurant. Very friendly and helpful staff. Great atmosphere. Food was sensational! Excellent sized portions. Wonderful flavor. We had the bison meatloaf and a pulled pork sandwich (it was a special, so may not always be available). We also tried the cornbread appetizer…wow! And the dessert was simply marvelous! No complaints whatsoever. I will say, the coffee was not what I expected…a bit weak for my taste…but that may be more subjective. Overall, this is a true diamond in the rough and I highly recommend you give it a try.

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ReneH
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The staff was nice and the food came out hot and prepared excellently. However, it was bland and not very flavorful. Overall experience was great due to the smiles and great service.

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vipFoodisluv
Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

The restaurant is beautiful but anything cooked in a cast iron skillet is probably going to be over cooked. My cornbread was overcooked and we could only eat the middle. The pancakes were burnt and when they redid them they were burnt again. The chefs need to get it together. Not sure if I'll be back

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UFoodie
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience5

Our breakfast was not charged because our food server did not input our order into the computer. After being seated, we waited 50 minutes for our food. Another couple was seated at the same time, ate their breakfast, and paid for it before ours was even served. Our server never asked if we wanted water. She was told that our food should be ready about 2 times before we reached out to the manager. She apologized yet never checked the computer to see if our order was entered. The setting is great, chairs comfortable, valet staff friendly. I hope that they can train their wait staff better. My eggs were hard scrabbled not soft, got grilled ham instead of country ham, & had to remind the manager to bring my biscuit that went with the meal. Condiments were not offered, but were brought upon request. Hope this place pulls it together, really nice atmosphere.

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vipRobandCandieT
Charlotte
28 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We had a wonderful meal. The catfish portions were huge. The bison meatloaf was amazing. The smoked carrots were wonderful.

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BrettM
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Deviled eggs and fries were good...rest of the meal was underwhelming at best. Service was amateur. For the prices it was 35% overpriced

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good new spot, though a little pricey

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded on November 1, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us. We will pass along your feedback and positive comments to our management team. We hope to see you again soon!

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DianeW
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend. Food, service and ambiance was excellent. Reasonably priced.

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HannahS
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great southern food! Vegetarian options were delicious.

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CMBjr
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Really wanted to like this place. But as is typical of a place located in a major hotel, the menu over-promised and under-delivered. Skillet of cornbread appetizer and the pimento cheese were good, but nothing special. Fried green tomatoes and fried shrimp were pretty good, but it's hard to mess those up too badly. Bison Meatloaf was OK, but again nothing special. (Likely prepared from frozen patties and/or boil-in-a-bag.) Country Fried Short Ribs were also decent. Different and worth trying -- once. The burger was outstanding -- except that it was prepared wrong. They remove it from the bill, but only after we requested as adjustment. Waitress was very nice, but a bit stressed. Suited our purposes for a mean before a concert at the PNC Pavillion, but would probbaly seek out other options next time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Worst restaurant I have dined in Charlotte! I would not recommend it at all! Not good food and not good service.

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JEKinard
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Made an 8:45 reservation for brunch because it’s all that was available. We were given the breakfast menu and informed brunch didn’t start until 9. After coffee came, we asked for the brunch menu and were accommodated. Food was fresh and filling. I got the southern Benedict and it was a very fun play on a traditional meal. Prices were reasonable. Vibe was of an mid-to-upscale hotel bar, but not a nightclub. Would recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

It was adequate for a quick hotel breakfast.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Terrible service and food was mediocre.

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AshleyW
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We learned about this place when watching QC daily and how they show local places. The bartender Samuel was the host on the show and with his fun personality, the skills of his drinks and the appearance of the food we had to try it! We were very pleased! With being a past Ritz Carlton employee, service, quality, and meeting the guests needs are very important and the top thing we notice. They scored! The hostess was great on adjusting our table to a high top, Samuel was great with service and drinks! Made our experience a fun night!, the GM was very friendly and the food was great. Thank you for a great night! Please Notice these great employees! We will be back!

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded on September 30, 2021

Thank you Ashley for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing Golden Owl Tavern!

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AdamF
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good space between the tables making for a nice quiet evening. Great service as well!

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded on September 27, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, Adam, and for choosing Golden Owl Tavern. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my mom meeting my daughter’s boyfriend- it was the perfect spot since my daughter and her boyfriend are students at UNCC.

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded on September 29, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They are really short on help. The experience was not good. The manager was stressed. They did their best but we were very very very very very disappointed.

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viprudymable
Charlotte
24 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my son who is a UNCC student and his friends here for his birthday. I don’t know of a lot of really good restaurants in this area so this new place was a welcome addition. Melting Pot is all I can think of. We had a great meal, all of the dishes were flavorful and delicious. Everyone loved the deviled eggs, the fries and the fried spare ribs. I enjoyed my broccoli salad. The catfish was delicious. Great place foe a nice meal if you like good service and good food. Only downside is parking. Free valet (which is never free because you should tip) or a parking lot that charges. This restaurant will do better if they offer free parking. It’s not like they are downtown and you get the ambiance of that and expect parking difficulties. I can see people deciding not to eat there because there is not good signage for the restaurant and there is no parking lot.

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded on September 25, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your time son's birthday dinner with us. We will pass along your feedback and positive comments to our management team. We hope to see you again soon!

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FoodieWife
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice quiet lounge style restaurant inside of the Marriott hotel. Food was delicious and so was my drink. I look forward to returning.

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded on September 17, 2021

Thank you for the glowing review! I'm thrilled to read about how wonderful your dining experience was with us. Thanks for choosing Golden Owl Tavern and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

It could be a really great restaurant as they have a wonderful menu but the service was very disappointing. It took 40 mins to get our bottle of wine. I advised of an onion allergy and when they brought the food it was full of onions. Server didn’t apologize or anything. My friend ordered shrimp and twice they brought her wings. No apology or food comped. Very disappointed!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Loved the menu but expected bitter quality for the price. Our server was attentive and engaging but food was average at best. Would not visit again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time at the restaurant and the food was amazing ! Will definitely return.

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded on August 30, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your meal with us. We will pass along your feedback and positive comments to our management team. We hope to see you again soon!

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Nativetongue704
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Menu was small and too the point, restaurant looks nice and clean but the food wasn’t all that.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Service was great - good was good. Didn’t realize it was in a Marriot when we book our reservation though.

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded on August 30, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review and for choosing Golden Owl Tavern. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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DivaQueen227
Charlotte
21 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and service. Love the decor

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded on August 30, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing Golden Owl Tavern!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd visit, this time for brunch. Really, really good! First rate joint!

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded on August 30, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your brunch. We will pass along your feedback and positive comments to our management team. We hope to see you again soon!

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MsSh
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Just ok but I should not expect much from a hotel restaurant. The crab soup and mashed potatoes were good but the catfish dish was much to be desired.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

We made a reservation and due to staffing issues unfortunately we never actually got a table. Instead we sat at the bar and ordered food there. The food was amazing and the bar tenders were fantastic though.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. Our waitress, Darah was awesome!

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VeronicaH
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daughter’s 20th Bday

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded on August 9, 2021

Thank you Veronica for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. Thank you for choosing Golden Owl Tavern for your daughter's birthday! We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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HannahD
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING!!!! Deep fried short rib was to die for as well as the Nashville hot chicken deviled eggs

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TravisN
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very impressed. I hope they will be able to keep up the level of excellence in the next couple of years.

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded on August 6, 2021

Thank you for the glowing review! I'm thrilled to read about how wonderful your dining experience was with us. Thanks for choosing Golden Owl Tavern and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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MelissaD
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner. The service was great. We had a great server Dara will definitely go back.

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded on August 2, 2021

Thank you for the glowing review! I'm thrilled to read about how wonderful your dining experience was with us. Thanks for choosing Golden Owl Tavern and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The food was just okay.

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Joey
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most amazing place I’ve been in North Carolina… The food was spectacular and the chefs are amazing

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded on August 6, 2021

Thank you for the glowing review! I'm thrilled to read about how wonderful your dining experience was with us. Thanks for choosing Golden Owl Tavern and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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FAQs

Golden Owl Tavern offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (704) 417-0400.

Golden Owl Tavern is rated 4.2 stars by 98 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.