Haymaker

4.5
483 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
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j
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Drinks & bar service - great. Food prior to moving to the bar for a drink - underwhelming. The food came out in less than 5-minutes tops. The food reflected this quick turn as it seemed as though the eggs, potatoes, and biscuit were all sitting under a heat lamp or in a warmer. Maybe that's a known, but it wasn't a visible one from our table if so. Either way, I've spent a lot of time in the restaurant business and restaurants come and go... Just a quick note for improvements maybe.

OT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The interior is beautiful, staff attentive and nice, and food absolutely scrumptious. We were in town for a wedding and had brunch there Saturday. We decided to go back Sunday for brunch again and both meals were wonderful.

DT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We came for brunch when they first opened and it was almost as if no one had communicated about seating customers so the initial impression was a little unorganized. The food was great, although the choice of music on a Sunday morning 10am was not fitting and crazy loud. Otherwise this seemed to be a nice place, I'll have to check out at a different time of day.

OT
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Screaming baby at the bar! Not enough workers. This time was a miss but we have had good previous experiences

WF
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Wonderful food and cocktails! A bit noisy on the ground floor especially.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks! Good service and loved the environment. Parking was tricky but that’s uptown for ya!

AN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, just a little too salty.

d
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to get a good meal before a ballgame. Great service

OT
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great time! Food was really good, service was quick and staff was excellent. Will definitely return!

GG
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First visit and fantastic. our server was just the right balance of attentive and chatty without being intrusive. we shared 3 small plates and an entree - 5 stars for all! Gazpacho w/ lump crab, peach toast w/ lemon ricotta, green salad w/ toasted seeds, and grouper over shrimp bisque and roasted corn. Everything was fresh, super tasty and beautifully prepared. Thank you for a lovely meal!

GJ
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nicely done, stylish twist on southern comfort food. Prompt, friendly service. Only nit is that the music seemed overly loud for a non-busy Monday evening, so it was a bit jarring.

WM
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite brunch spots but also love the dinner. Always great service too :)

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Went for brunch with a few friends. I have a dairy allergy which I let the waiter know upfront and asked if they could just prepare sunny side up eggs, dry toast, and bacon for me with no butter, milk, or cheese. He assured me it wasn’t a problem. My food was delivered and I got scrambled eggs (which were made with dairy), buttered toast, and bacon. I asked for my sunny side up eggs and though they did bring them out quickly, the food runner let me know they were in fact prepared with butter. When I told my actual waiter of the issue he replied by saying “but is everything else okay?” Um did you mean the bacon, sir? Couldn’t eat either of the eggs or bread. He offered to take to back to the kitchen but I had no faith at that point and just ate the bacon. Then when the bill came we were charged for my breakfast which again, I couldn’t eat besides the bacon (which I was happy to pay for). We brought it to my waiters attention and he removed the charges right away but I have to say, overall my experience wasn’t great. The other diners at my table also said the food was “just okay” and “a small step above hotel food.” Definitely wouldn’t be my first choice in a place especially since the service was also painfully slow!

ME
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful. There were 3 of us and we ordered a few small plates to share. The charred peach toast was amazing, the tomato salad was so refreshing, wings very flavorful but beware, had more heat than the waitress explained. Had a daily fig special that was to die for. We then ordered the duck entree to share. It was delicious, perfectly cooked, however we felt the portion was that of a small plate, yet the price was double. Cocktails were very tasty and beautiful. Service was excellent, ambiance nice. Decor was lovely, fresh, and bright. Will definitely return!

M
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious food and creative menu! Drinks were great and service was attentive. Portions were a good size as well!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

This was our 5th time at Haymaker and will definitely be our last. We kept hoping it would get better but it’s a lost cause. The pork shoulder dish was obviously made well in advance. The meat was dry and cold. The waitress apologized but very lamely. It would have helped if the manager had shown interest but apparently, he/she was too busy to care about our dining experience . The balance of our meals were mediocre at best. Horrible experience!!
Bottom line... There is a reason why Haymaker was wide open for reservations when all other restaurants in the area were booked solid. We’ll never get that desperate again!!!

P
Charlotte
17 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was excellent and the decor interesting. The food was very good but the menu is very limited if you don’t eat shellfish or pork. The chef was able to make some alterations to the dishes and did so willingly, which I appreciated. The food was a bit pricey for the portion size.

KB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 2

Upstairs was lacking luster , food was average . Would come back and sit at bar but not dinner

E
Tallahassee
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wish I lived in Charlotte so I could dine here every week. The menu, food and service was exceptional.

KM
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience here. The food was incredible as well as the drinks and wine. The ambiance was great and service was great as well.

OT
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch with great cocktails. Our server was also very attentive and professional!!!

J
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and the service was even better!!! Great dining experience.

AD
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Billy D and Company do a wonderful job at haymaker! Service was spot on and food was even better. We would go back!

DD
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food. Ok service. Felt rushed. Would recommend under the right circumstances.

c
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience all around!!

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

10/10 brunch

C
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good, but not exceptional. The bbq chips tasted over cooked and no bbq flavor.

BK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and beautiful atmosphere. Brunch was good but nothing amazing. Loved the biscuit and the mixed drinks were perfect! Wish the entrees were more of a wow. Definitely a good spot to take family when they are in town.

OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a family get together for brunch for 8 people. They called the day before to confirm and we had a great table upstairs. We also had a baby with us and it was no problem. The cocktails were great and so was the food. Our server was attentive but not hovering.
I can’t wait to go back to try dinner

TD
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food by chef Dissen

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was meh, cocktails were NOT good. Had to send 1st one back and didn’t enjoy the 2nd one but felt too bad to not try to drink ot

AJ
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing, I’m still talking about the Peach Toast. Experienced a beer made from ginger from a brewery in Savannah Ga. which I will be traveling to, I will be sure to visit. It was a great experience, I will be sure to visit again when I return to Charlotte.

OT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time, food was awesome

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was AMAZING! Our waitress (who was also the bartender was not so fantastic). Luckily the food made up for her, less than excited, demeanor.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent- enjoyed it very much!

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool space and delicious food! Went for brunch and would definitely return.

ES
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great - from drinks to dessert. the chocolate cake deviates from the norm and is excellent!

MM
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent and so were the jalapeño biscuits. The shrimp and grits was a small serving for the price but it was delicious and ended up being just enough food. The coffee cocktail they had on special was great and so were the Bloody Mary’s

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is AMAZING. I would say this is the best brunch in Charlotte. Never been disappointed and the staff is amazing! Order the shrimp and grits / biscuit and gravy also amazing. 10/10 recommend

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