Haymaker

4.5
228 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Centrally located in Uptown Charlotte, Haymaker Restaurant, from Chef William Dissen, brings locally
inspired and seasonal food to the Queen City. Our kitchen reinterprets the bounty of the piedmont area
and Appalachia, and explores our foodways, both historic and present across our region. Our classic
American lounge serves local brews, fine wines, and handmade cocktails. Dine & drink in our bar &
lounge, main dining room, mezzanine, or sidewalk patio all overlooking beautiful Romare Bearden Park in the heart of Charlotte
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Farm-to-table, Southern
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Hours of operation
Daily Hours:
Dinner:
Monday - Sunday: 5pm–11pm
Brunch:
Saturday–Sunday:
10:00am – 2:30pm
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Phone number
(704) 626-6116
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
William Dissen
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
3rd Street
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Parking details
Validated parking is available in the deck underneath Packard Place on 3rd Street beginning at 5PM nightly. Additional street parking & parking garages are available less than 1 block from the restaurant.
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Public transit
We are located 3 block from the Light Rail on 3rd Street
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 228 People Are Saying
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and cocktails were great. Don’t order the beat salad. Was upset they didn’t take it off the check but that’s ok. Overall great experience. I’d suggest getting all tapas and sides.

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OT
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Fruit flies
Grouper was freezer burn

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! Great food.. great ambiance.. great service!

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CP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Menu was very limited for mid day on a weekend. We would have appreciated additional options on the menu.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Perfect location! Will definitely be back.

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Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food and cocktails. Love the extensive wine selection!
Vegetarian entree with dumplings and mixed vegetables was excellent. Only suggestion would be to add a few more mushrooms as they are so flavorful!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was terrific and great atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was pretty good. Reservations is a must and helps with the long lines for Sunday brunch when the Panthers are playing. I’d go back if in the area again.

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TB
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Menu is great, portions are smallish. Drink service was wildly inconsistent in appearance and quality of beverage. Specifically Bloody Mary. Glass size, without explanation of contents (ie was is a double or just more tomato) and garnish (none on second drink) overall enjoyable but lacking in the polishes that make me want to return frequently

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TS
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was the perfect brunch spot! Limited menu, but the quality speaks!

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KG
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent, the food was really good. I have already recommended this place to a friend. We are looking forward to going back.

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F
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

WE had 2 vegetarians in the group - chef made a great meal for us so PLEASE, put a vegetarian option on the menu! You will get more people in the door!!! The noise level is deafening

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

2 people had the grouper and said it smelled bad and didn’t have much taste. 3 of us had the steak and it didn’t have much taste.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Terrible experience.

There was apparent mishap with our main courses that delayed it coming out an extra 30 minutes, all together probably waited almost an hour to get our main courses out. Only thing we were comped was two glasses of wine and it was a struggle to even get that.

Food was mediocre at best. The duck confit was the worst duck confit I have ever had. Mac and cheese had no flavor. Ordered bread and that didn’t even come out till after we had our main courses.

Will not be going back.

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B
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my new favorite. Wow, wow, wow! From the moment we walked in until we walked out, this was an amazing dining experience! Aaron, our server, was T.O.P. N.O.T.C.H.!! Warm, friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating, helpful, prompt. We were seated near the kitchen, which was fully visible - actually there are bar seats in front of the kitchen so you can watch everything being prepared. I was able to see that from where I was seated, and it was just plain cool.
My daughter and I shared several small plates, and every one drew oohs and aahs, both in description and appearance/presentation and in taste. I can't say I had a favorite - everything was amazing! Roasted carrots (don't think ordinary here. they were eye-popping), shrimp a la plancha, roasted beet and pear salad, foraged mushroom toast, candy roaster squash soup, and chicken thigh... every bite of every plate was memorable and mouthwatering and complex.
All local, all sustainably sourced, all fresh, colorful, flavorful. And while they were busy, we were well attended - the server and manager checked in on us to make sure everything was to our liking.
I cannot rave enough. It was amazing. If you are a foodie, you must go to Haymaker.

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L
Charlotte
42 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time visit for lunch before theatre. Restaurant was very busy due to marathon finishing up across the street. After some awkwardness with the host, who had already seated my party, but did not realize that, and then told me my reservation was gone because I was 15 minutes late (I wasn’t) I found my people and we had an enjoyable lunch. Food was good, waiter was attentive, and we all agreed we would come back.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were uptown for an event we attend every year and happened to have our 9 and 14 year old with us. Felt like they stuck us in a far away back corner next to the only other table with a child, so it was hard to appreciate the aesthetic. But, we all agreed that the food was delicious (hush puppies, mushroom toast, pork belly, shrimp la planca and duck confit) , so it was worth the terrible view! Would definitely come back. With or without kids!

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CL
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We were very underwhelmed with Haymaker. Our server began with a long list of disclaimers - the dumplings are not stuffed, they are more like gnocci; the steak is cut like a square, but it is a steak; this dish has a sauce, but it's not a soup. If your menu is this unclear and has misled people (as it seems), then perhaps you need to change your entrees. We asked for the most popular dishes. The hushpuppies were highly recommended. In fact, we saw that most every table had them. So we ordered them. They were nothing special - just hushpuppies. If hushpuppies are the highlight of your menu, then you might want to rethink your menu. We had the shrimp and grits appetizer which was good but expensive for a small plate. My cucumber mule was super basic. Overall, totally not impressed, so we left.

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LW
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We came here prior to attending Hamilton last Sunday. Upon seating we told our waiter we needed to expedite service and ordered our food almost instantly. After over an hour, we did not receive our food. Because we were attending the show, we told the server we could not wait any longer for our food and would only be willing to pay for our drinks. The manager had the nerve to resist even though we NEVER received our food. We spent over an hour waiting, only had 2 drinks, and ended up going to the show hungry. Not sure if there is a staffing or service issue at Haymaker, but our group was really disappointed. I can't vouch for the food here but the service was terrible!

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AR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for brunch before a football game and it was great! Great food, nice atmosphere, very hip and cute place.

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Charlotte
136 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second time dining at Haymaker and we really enjoyed it. Although the menu is very limited the food is very good. I would like to see maybe a nightly special to offer one more choice. I'd also like to see a few more wines by the glass. There's nothing in the $15 price range and the ones below aren't very good. We had the grouper and it was cooked perfectly. The vegetables along side were also very good. Slate did a nice job waiting on us and made good recommendations. Parking can be tricky but it's worth the trouble.

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Charlotte
46 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

There were highlights to our meal but overall we were not overly impressed. The mac and cheese was fantastic - the unique blend of the heaviness of mac and cheese with a light tang was great. Our fish dishes were unremarkable. Our server was fantastic - the kind of server who makes a meal with his timelines and personality.

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GI
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Good Food Disjointed Service - Service was very good despite the waiter having to bus all his tables and deal with the second-floor issue. I do not recommend sitting in the upstairs area as it seems to be treated as if you are dining in another restaurant. There were awkward delays in food and service because we were seated upstairs. That combined with the low ceilings creates an awkward dining ambiance. The food however was very good when it comes to the simpler dishes. Items like the shrimp and grits were as well as the hushpuppies were great, but the mushroom toast and the salad were overkills.

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k
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our new go-to before a show. Our waiter asked us right away if we were going to one, and he timed it all just right. My husband and I ate off each other’s plates because we couldn’t decide which meal was better. Excellent all around.

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KH
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Overall a good experience. Sunday brunch cocktails a little expensive . Wife’s shrimp and grits were lukewarm. Would try it again though.

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WJ
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was awesome. Get the donut holes for dessert.

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OT
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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TR
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice dinner. Excellent dishes. Service staff very nice and attentive. A nice selection of beer and drinks. Nice view of street and Romare Beardon Park.

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SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Too bad. Food was good—space is beautiful. Service needs to have training—and operations, too.

Have never dined in a restaurant, particularly a SOUTHERN restaurant where we had to ask for 1) spoons to stir the coffee 2) napkins 3) salt and pepper 4) cream or milk for coffee 5) coffee topped off to stay warm 6) butter for Southerm biscuits!!!!! C’mon you guys, you will
Not make it when the customer has to ask for EVERYTHING, no matter how pretty the space is. There’s a LOT of good food in Charlotte. I hope you get your act together on service and operations so you can stay n business! Your food is good and the space is lovely. Fix it!

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I
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Over priced bar with rather unimpressive drinks and short pours! Not impressed but food solid.

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J
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good, not great. If I get a $30 steak it should be tender and hot.

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KL
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiance and I decided to have dinner at Haymaker before catching a show at Belk Theater. Our server was kind enough to ask us if we happened to be going to the show before we ordered so he could make sure we would make it on time. We decided to get the mac and cheese, pork belly & hushpuppies as starters and split the duck as our main entree. Everything was AMAZING! Will absolutely visit again.

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Charlotte
23 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Second time with business group. Excellent all the way around. Dumplings were heavenly as was the grouper!! And those hush puppies. More please!! Just keep those lights dimmer we aren’t in Grandmas kitchen!! Thanks!!

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RW
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Charcuterie board is pate’ rather than meats as described on the menu. Macaroni has goat cheese but the menu does not say that.

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D
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zoe was an awesome host!! Haymaker is a great restaurant. I will definitely be back and if you can get Zoe as a server that would be even better!

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SB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch, great staff, supper unique food. Loved all of it.

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KD
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. The food was amazing as well as the service. Thanks for all of the great recommendations Aaron. Great place to have an early dinner before the Symphony.

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JE
Charlotte
25 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 star experience. We had 6 people age 4 thru 80 and all meals were terrific to perfect. I personally had the catfish which was voted best dish by our table and the best single food item I have had since a trip to Charleston last year. Service was A+ too and my son asked what time they closed to come back for dinner;) We will be back!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food! Went there for Sunday brunch. Awesome ‘Bartender’s choice of champagne cocktail. The French toast was amazing. Will definitely go back!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed it! Liked the vibe of the restaurant and the service was good. The food was a little pricey for what it was, but we still had a great time.

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