Golden Owl Tavern

4.1
77 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 77 people are saying
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4.3
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4.4
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
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
21 reviews
Dined a day ago
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.

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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 6 days ago

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
1 review
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
14 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
1 review
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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Nice atmosphere. The food was just ok but I think they just need a little more time to get it together. I would go back.

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RosemaryB
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our seating was right near the kitchen and it was a very loud area to sit. Our waiter was great - very accommodating !!!!

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded on July 30, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, Rosemary! We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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GregoryP
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New restaurant in the JW Marriott Hotel on the campus of UNCC. Excellent fried green tomatoes for a starter. The chicken thighs on waffles was excellent as was the Bison meatloaf. Quiet atmosphere conducive for normal speaking voice conversations, would be great for a date night or business meeting.

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded on July 30, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, Gregory! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your time with us! We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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VictorJ
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

My wife liked the idea of a country ham biscuit as her appetizer but the ham turned out to be cold deli ham, not country ham. My chopped salad was large, but the flavor was overwhelmingly blue cheese, so if you are a huge blue chees fan, you would loved it (I am not). Main course, my wife ordered the Mac-N-cheese with braised short rib. She was expecting to see a large piece of rib, but it was just a few hard to find small pieces of shredded meat. The Mac-n-cheese was good. I had the Bison Meatloaf, if was great, as well as the mashed potatoes and broccoli that came with it. My wife ordered the banana pudding for dessert, it was served to her and I did not receive my dessert for another 10 minutes. Her banana pudding only had one 'nilla wafer on top, which seemed to have been left out for 24 hours going by how hard it was. They could have waited to bring her dessert out when mine was ready, 10 more minutes of not have made a difference in its hardness. The rest of her dessert was made up of slices of banana with seemed like just cool whip. The banana slices were perfect ripeness. My dessert was the blueberry cornbread, which was good. Service was very fast, and we were in and out in less than an hour, which seemed a little rushed to us. Note this restaurant is in the Marriott hotel, no parking lot, but complimentary valet parking.

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LookingForGoodFood
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Pros- Quiet, polite service, free valet, quick service

Cons- Biscuits not flakey, taste was just okay, we would not come back for the food, was not allowed to substitute a salad dressing (even a fixed menu should allow a substitution of a dressing), desert was not sweet, not a bad experience but not worth returning for

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I visited for brunch in July. SO GOOD! Those grits!! The CORN BREAD! And that chicken and waffle. SO. SO. GOOD. We will definitely add Golden Owl Tavern to our brunch spot rotation.

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded on July 26, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your brunch 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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JamesS
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food but not great. You can tell that they try to serve an enjoyable and unique meal but something was just off for me. Service was great.

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded on July 26, 2021

Thank you James for your feedback regarding your recent visit with us! I will pass along your remarks and comments to our management team. Thank you for choosing Golden Owl Tavern.

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DottyL
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I was there to experience the new site and to do Queen Feast. The feast selection was okay. I will come back to try other items. service was very good and aatmosphere was fine.

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded on July 30, 2021

Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent visit with us! I will pass along your feedback to our management team. Thank you for choosing Golden Owl Tavern!

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KarenW
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Overall a good experience. Our entrees were wordlessly and unceremoniously dumped on our table when we weren't done with our appetizers, which is never my favorite. Not our server, a floater. Really not my favorite.
Food was interesting and well executed. Good selection of beer on tap, didn't find bottles of wine but by the glass had a good variety.

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Localresident
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food, great ambiance, and knowledgeable servers. Highly recommended!

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WillA17
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great, portions were large and overall we throughly enjoyed everything. Ambience was very nice, great view as well. The only thing that was lacking here was the service, it seemed that the waiters/waitresses were going back and forth between bar and tables making it difficult for them to focus on refilling water, bringing out food quickly, etc..

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded on July 26, 2021

Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent visit with us! I will pass along your positive remarks to our staff as well as work with them on the issues you raised to ensure a better visit next time. Thank you for choosing Golden Owl Tavern.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will most definitely be going back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The food was ok. Some items were very good like the Mac and cheese and fried green tomatoes but other things like the meatloaf, not so much. They ran out of mashed potatoes. Who does that during restaurant week. Our waiter was nice but not very attentive and it was not crowded at all. The manager was very nice to accommodate a substitute for the mashed potatoes. The valets for parking were extremely nice young men.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good and we will be returning during non-restaurant week.

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded on July 26, 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 look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server, Erica, was absolutely amazing! I would come back just for her but the food was amazing as well! Try the cornbread, 10/10!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food wasn't very flavorful

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JAPAN54
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The whole experience was awesome...the ambience was very nice...the manager, Autumn was so professional, friendly, helpful and accommodating. The whole staff were friendly....from the bartender....to our server...and to the cook who even came to our kitchen to see how our food was...We will be coming back! The ONLY con in my opinion, is the parking situation, IF you do not want to use valet.

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded on July 14, 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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vipmealz45
Charlotte
22 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great ambiance and wonderful service.

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TanMR
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went to the Golden Owl Tavern as a family of six. Our table was ready for us and the service was exceptional. Our waiter Chris was extremely attentive. He continued to pass by our table and keep us updated on status of our food or to see if we needed anything. The food was good as well. Some items could have used a little more seasoning, but nothing a little salt and pepper didn’t fix. This restaurant is a great addition to the University area. There’s outdoor seating as well and some lounge areas outside also if your looking to just do drinks and appetizers. And a complimentary Valet to park your car. We will certainly go back.

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PhilippeG
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

nice hotel restaurant, original menu, staff new but professional

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vipBarbG
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly attentive service. Delicious food. I had the salmon beautifully prepared and presented. My husband had the bison meatloaf and cleaned his plate. Great experience!

FAQs

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

Golden Owl Tavern is rated 4.1 stars by 77 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.