Haymaker

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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.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

We are offering a 3 Course Prix Fixe Menu to ring in the New Year at Haymaker Restaurant for $65 per person. There will be 3 seatings. Credit Card is required to make and confirm your reservation.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 537 People Are Saying
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Charlotte
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a wonderful brunch!

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Very disappointed. Food was average at best and for the price, there are plenty of better options now available in Uptown.

P
London
10 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Mediocre food at fairly high prices. Just based on food and atmosphere, however, my friends and I would have been perfectly satisfied (although unlikely to go back). The service was awful. Appetizers came out relatively quickly and then we waited for 70 minutes to get our entrees. No explanation; no apologies until we were leaving one of the managers (presumably a manager) gave us a somewhat lame apology explaining that they just got really busy and backed up in the kitchen. At this point the restaurant was maybe slightly over half full. I’ll be shocked if this restaurant is still open in fall of 2020 simply based on how poor their service was

KR
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spot for brunch. The food was excellent and priced appropriately. We were there prior to a Panther's game and it was busy but staff was still attentive.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great. Haymaker Punch is one of the best cocktails I’ve had in long time. Halibut we delicious.
Service was excellent.

J
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great overall experience. Great place for dinner with friends if your looking for a change of pace from a traditional restaurant. Great drinks and pretty good food

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good ambience for a business dinner, just the right noise level of noise and commotion, staff is very friendly and amicable.

J
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Solid food, they were a bit overwhelmed so service was slow but our waiter was very transparent about it.

L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was mediocre - service is good but not worth it. Food options are very limited and the coffee is just bad and bitter. Very disappointing.

AM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

The restaurant was pretty but that's pretty much where it ended. The haymaker breakfast tasted like everything had been cooked with bacon or bacon fat. I've never had scrambled eggs that appeared black in color. Potatoes were very dry. For 2 people with one alcohol free bloody mary, our bill was $50. That is absolutely insane for two breakfast plates and 2 drinks.

JH
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal. Everything was delicious! It was our first time dining here and we will be back!

JT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We were unable to have a cocktail at the bar while waiting for our table because the bar and downstairs were closed for a private event. Pretty disappointing, kind of ruined the "experience". It was hot upstairs and incredibly loud. The food was good and interesting, service was just ok. Probably would not go back.

ST
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

The food was exceptional. The halibut and hushpuppies were stand outs. The atmosphere and location are sort of corporate - nothing special. The night we went, the restaurant hosted a huge party on the first floor and it was so loud you couldn't hear your dining companion or the waitress. We wanted to order dessert, but couldn't take the noise anymore and left. Ask them if a big party is going on the night you're going when you reserve a table. Not worth it if there is. Go another time.

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service & Food was amazing !

e
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Waitress was horrible. We were there for an hour and a half and she came to our table three times total. It took us 20 mins to get our check. Part of the problem was each server had to make their own drinks from the bar. So, 80% of her time was making drinks for everyone. We were there for brunch on Saturday, so needless to say, almost every table needed bar drinks. Food was amazing though!!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good, but our Pork Shoulder came out cold. Would still go again

OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Food was just very disappointing after reading reviews. Had to send something back because it was just that bad

SE
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We've eaten here several times before and this time did not disappoint. We were eating early on a Friday before the theater so the restaurant wasn't too busy and was relatively. We've eaten here at later times and it's been far noisier. The wait staff were friendly and we were well looked after. Our courses were paced nicely. The cocktails were delicious (Haymaker punch and the cucumber mule) and we had the hushpuppies and Haymaker salad to start. I had the halibut and my spouse had a special pork dish. Both meats were cooked perfectly and the flavors of each dish were delicious. The plates were beautifully composed. We finished with coffee and their chamomile creme brulee - again the custard and carmelized sugar crust had perfect texture. This place is fit for foodies but is not pretentious or fussy.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. Delicious brunch, great service. Can’t wait to go back!

k
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food great Service slow But overall great place

LN
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Our experience at Haymaker was so-so. Not great, not bad. Just kinda...forgettable. The service was good, as was the ambiance. We had a party of 8, and between us tried about 4 or 5 different little plates, and each guest had an entree. Half of the little plates and entrees were very good, and half were...forgettable. The peach toast was fantastic, but the shrimp and grits, merely ok (and at $15--whoo-boy!). As far as entrees go, the pork shoulder al pastor was absolutely incredible. However, the NY strip was decent, but no where near worth $38. My wife's duck (mid rare) was dry, which is hard to do with duck. All in all, I'd probably give it another chance, but I would not try anything new, because of how hit and miss things are.

MM
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! Peach toast app was my favorite. Cool atmosphere

OT
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome good!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great farm to table food!

RK
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing dining experience. The food was superb and the service was outstanding

a
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Wow! What a gorgeous space, great location, amazing fresh menu, creative cocktails, everything was fabulous! Only reason I gave 4 stars was the service -- waiter seemed bored, not happy to be there -- no smile and disengaged. When asked about the menu (clarification on the sweetness of a cocktail, spiciness of gazpacho, etc) he pretty much had nothing to add, was not helpful. My daughter asked what nonalcoholic beverages they had besides soda and sweet tea, could they make a cocktail, etc and he was not helpful. The restaurant was empty (5pm Sunday) and the bartender I'm sure would have loved to accommodate but he said they had nothing. We ordered small plates, asked for the salad to come out first and that we were sharing it. Instead all plates came together and he asked AFTER the fact (10 min after they were brought) if that was OK. Too late. He did not fit the atmosphere and I'm sure quality of what you expect.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Anniversary

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

Everything was great except the portion of shrimp a la plancha. Flavor was on point but 4 shrimp left a bit to be desired, especially after seeing the portion sizes of all the other dishes at my table.

MK
Charlotte
89 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The servers were very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. It was our anniversary! It was our first time eating at Haymaker and everything we tasted was great. Pork belly was yummy and the panisse was great. Thanks for a great night.

DR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything about the food was fantastic. The restaurant is simply gorgeous inside with a great local menu and excellent wine selection.

OT
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great anniversary celebration! We'll definitely be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing! Fresh ingredients, NC/SC sourced. Service was superb!

CR
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I had been looking forward to trying Haymaker for a while and was excited that I could get last minute brunch recommendations. Our server was just really annoying and pushy yet didn't check on us much. I also made it clear that I am a strict vegetarian so I would like my fried green tomato sandwich without bacon. It came with bacon on the side in the same plate touching my potatoes and sandwich. In addition, I really wanted the Dutch pancake mentioned in the Charlotte Agenda Best Places to Brunch in Charlotte article but it was French toast on the menu so that was disappointing.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Fried Chicken was under cooked (eg raw)but they replaced it quickly

TP
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is always great. My biggest complaint is how loud it is. I felt like I was screaming trying to talk to someone just across the table.

GL
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were great. Ambience is great on the main floor. We were sat in the upstairs loft which feels downscale and dull by comparison.

r
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful dinner at Haymaker. You can tell farm to table makes a huge difference. My entrée was more enjoyable because of the freshness and taste of the vegetables than anything else. I have dietary considerations and the kitchen was very open to working with me to find something that I could eat. Drinks were good and service was wonderful. A 5-star experience!!

M
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing the tomato jam on the burger was A1. Xavier was super knowledgeable about the menu and attentive to our needs as a large party.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing and the ambiance was perfect for a chill birthday brunch!

OT
Raleigh
46 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptionally prepared good quality food. We have dined all over the world and were very pleased by the wonderful offerings here. We will return when in CLT again.

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