Golden Owl Tavern

4.3
61 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
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 61 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.5
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4.1
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Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MelissaD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded a day 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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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The food was just okay.

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Joey
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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
1 review
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
2 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!

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Simmy
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The food wasn’t great and it was a little pricey. I had the fried ribs with mash potatoes and the pickled vegetables. The likes the atmosphere and it look like a great place after hours drinks

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viploveseatingout
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food good but too loud.

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RochelleM
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was Great the service was fast and the Waitress was attentive and polite.. Will Return

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vipfigment
Charlotte
74 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Potential, yes. Now they must prove they can live up to it. Still new they obviously have not worked all the kinks out as of yet. The biggest flaw we experienced came from the bar. The drinks seemed over complicated and lacked proper proportion and type of alcohol. While the restaurant offers great potential, issues such as timing of delivery of drinks and food remain areas to improve. We will probably try this again after a few months when they have had time to work out all the kinks.

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TerryM
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the location and atmosphere. Service was great and so was the food. I had the wood roasted cornish hen and it was great. Nice menu selection. I will definitely go back. A little pricey but worth it.

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded on July 1, 2021

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

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ShannonC
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had reservations but still had to wait due to them being understaffed. The host was good about keeping all waiting patrons informed of the wait time. Once we got our table, two of our drinks were spilled on people in our party and the host himself. We all took it in stride. However the wait to get another drink seemed much longer than it should have been. I ordered the chicken and waffles but the waffle was cold. I also ordered grits and bacon to come out before my meal, but only if I could have grits without cheese....it came out after....with cheese and salty bacon. The Green Machine drink and the hosts demeanor was the best part of this experience.

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded on June 29, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, Shannon! 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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KatieH
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall1food4service2ambience3

Vastly understaffed which caused issues with our seating, greeting, and waiting forever for our food.

In our party of two we got two appetizers (tasted great but took 15ish minutes to areive), one salad, one pizza and one steak meal.

Salad and steak took about 25 minutes to arrive, pizza never made it. They fired the pizza after the salad and steak were walked to the table.

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moba
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and great service.
wonderful new spot to eat in Charlotte.

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded 4 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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GiselleH
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Overall great restaurant food was good.
Cornbread is good, do not need the sea salt
Grilled oysters were misleading (least favorite) appearance wise they were not good to look at
Maple Bacon was delicious could be hotter (temp)
Po-Boy was good, bread collapse, tad salty
Drinks - fantastic
I will be back, wonderful restaurant in University area

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded on June 29, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, Giselle! 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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AmyR
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was spectacular and the food was great. Disappointed we missed out on cornbread as was going to take an hour to be ready but otherwise fantastic experience.

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FoodLover
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I ordered the shrimp po boy with a side salad. The sandwich was good but the salad left ALOT to be desired. We had the deviled eggs as an appetizer and enjoyed those. The service was pretty good

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded on June 21, 2021

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

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the hotel is absolutely beautiful, it doesn’t even feel like you are in a hotel! Valet is free at the front for people dining at the restaurant. They will also validate your parking as well to make it free.

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded on June 23, 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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vipjen59
Charlotte
114 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

food was okay, felt it was overpriced and while our server was pleasant and helpful , it seemed a bit chaotic in general with overall service, parking is a pain, not keen on valet so don't like when it is "mandatory"

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AlexisL
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the bison meatloaf and it was phenomenal

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded on June 14, 2021

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

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DawnW
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service from bar to host to waitress was top notch. Food was absolutely 💯. After our meal we stepped onto the patio. Our girls night was a succss. We'll be back.

Golden Owl Tavern
Responded on June 14, 2021

Thank you for the glowing review, Dawn! 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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BrandonP
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Honestly, it was ehh! I had high hopes for this place. I came from uptown Charlotte for my birthday because the menu looked so good but it was mediocre at best. The cocktails were nothing special and the food was honestly 3 out of 5. I never send food back but I had to tonight. The chicken was extremely salty. They did make it right by making another dish with no complications but just be fore warned. I was not wowed so unfortunately it’s not somewhere I’m going to recommend!

FAQs

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

Golden Owl Tavern is rated 4.3 stars by 61 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.