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Haymaker

4.1
1041 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1041 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food1service4ambience5

The portion sizes were small. The only way to get full is to invest in a starch- the people that ordered mac n cheese or French fries got full. The rest of us, just made due with that we ordered.

The shrimp croquettes tasted more like cheese sticks that had a fishy flavor. I could not tell that shrimp was actually in the dish. I would suggest chunks of shrimp so the guest knows that what they paid for is included In the dish.

The salmon dish did not seem to be a adequate serving size. I would suggest larger portions. The green sauce in the dish didn’t compliment the salmon. Was a bit too tangy/tart.

Split plate fee. ?

We did enjoy ourselves with the company and decor/environment.

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Casey
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Food was cook to perfection.

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StevenN
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, but felt like smaller portions for the price except for the NY Strip Steak. This was a large portion.

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kellyg
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice location. Food was just okay. French Toast was room temperature like they just sliced a loaf of bread that was sitting on the counter and sat it in a bowl of lukewarm syrup.
Server was nice enough when you could get him to come to the table.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Not what it was our first time . My best friend and I was very disappointed. Probably won’t be returning after this time . Food was cold , portions inconsistent, chicken not cooked well in the friend chicken sandwich. Very disappointed.

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vipSamanthaG
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service has gone way down at Haymaker. Disappointing.

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BethR
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

With all the respect that restaurants are short staffed, there has to be some sort of acknowledgement that we cannot take but a certain number of diners to be able to put out the quality of food and drink that established your restaurant. Yesterday was a hot mess of a brunch that included a 30 minute wait for drinks from the bar along with food that was cold and lacking any quality. We did our best to be sympathetic diners but after we were repeatedly brushed off, it became apparent that we were not valued customers. We really wanted to like this place but they did everything they could to convince us otherwise.

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LesP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really a terrific restaurant. The service was particularly good ( Jackson was our waiter). The food is always excellent and the restaurant has a very trendy vibe to it. Location is perfectly situated with an intimate setting..

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DavidW
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Great service— thanks to Taylor the poker star. All around excellent.

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Haymakerfans
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haymaker made our reunion after 13 years so special and enjoyable!

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bees
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Food was cold, quality was not what I expected. Defiantly one of those restaurants that lets you down regardless of bloggers and social media presence.

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Duke
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Unfortunately we will not go back . Menu selection and food.quality were below standard . Outdoor seating is a thing of the past

JM
vipJosephM
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great waitress. First day but she made it work well.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food was ok, but didn’t blow us away. The service was not good. Music was way too loud. Won’t rush back here

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is awesome. Great service as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The food was our worst experience of Haymaker. The restaurant has very nice space and ambiance. The waiter was very pleasant and provided good service. We had 7 people in our party and the only people who liked their meals were those who ordered the burger. Comments at the table from other meals included: the salmon has no flavor, I can’t hardly cut my steak, I can’t even bite through the vegetables, the gnocchi is like a children’s serving. It was definitely the most disappointing meal I’ve had at a restaurant in many many years.

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vipOpenTable Diner
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

If “bland” was a restaurant….on every level.

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NicoleG
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Really disappointed about this experience. One of us ordered the pork and it was RAW so raw that even the waiter cringed when he saw it and then another one of us ordered the steak and halfway through discovered a hair in the steak. While both meals were taken off the bill, no one from management came over to talk to us and apologize. It did seem like they were short staffed and I understand the challenges but really bummed about this experience as we had such high hopes.

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HattonG
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best gnocchi I’ve ever had, outstanding service, and a wonderful experience! I want to go back to try the mushroom toast!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clemson football game!

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GregM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

It must be that they were understaffed and running out of menu items. Our lunch took 2 1/2 hrs and received undercooked food and they substituted sides without telling us. This was happening with every table around us. It was Labor Day Saturday with UGA and Clemson I would think they would be more prepared.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Just ok! Good was slow coming out and was mediocre at best. Both burgers at the table were overcooked. Was very busy w football game and it didn’t seem to be staffed appropriately.

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Stoopnagle
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Haymaker offers a fun approach and large portions. Good value!

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JeffS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food missed the mark.

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vipJLyn
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Went here for a Saturday brunch. We ended up sitting at the bar instead of table. It is a beautiful restaurant and nice vibe! The hostess were extremely sweet. The two bartenders working need customer service training. They were not horrible but one treated patrons noticeably different. It took over 15 mins to get my drink which they forgot about and replied with a smart comment when I mentioned it.
The Butterfly cocktail was great. The food was okay. I wouldn't waste money on the beignets. They very bland. The shrimp and grits were good and steak and eggs were okay.

Again, it is a visually nice restaurant. Loved the bar setting BUT the food could use improvement.

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BigSad
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Consider I have never taken my time to write a restaurant review. This was my 3rd or 4th visit to this establishment over the span of about 3 years and it was apparent and disappointing the portions have reduced by what seems like half. While the quality of service, the ambiance, the quality of the food, and the high prices have remained consistent, the shrinking portion size effectively lowered my rating two stars. Expect main course “large plates” to be plated with a portion size more appropriate for a starter or children’s meal. We will not be returning to dine at Haymaker on our next business trip.

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RachelG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night with colleagues. We stayed late talking and the team was great in allowing us to take the time we needed. Will visit again for sure.

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DianaL
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

8/22/21 4 of us went for brunch around 12:30. We seated right away with a reservation. The food was delicious! We had the french toast as a table share and I had the eggs Benton. Everything we had was very good! Waitstaff was very attentive and food came out in a timely manner. Can't wait until I am in Charlotte again to eat here!!

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Alex
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Brunch menu was pretty limited and the choices mediocre, especially if you're vegetarian or vegan. I ordered the shrimp and grits, which is really an appetizer, and could immediately tell that the shrimp were frozen by the taste but also the fact that the tails were still attached. All in all, can't say that I'll recommend their brunch to anyone but still have heard great things about the dinner menu so I plan on giving that a shot in the near future.

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Heather
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this brunch!

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JasmineW
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Such a beautiful restaurant. We made a reservation and still had to wait an hour for our food but the food was delicious & well worth the wait. Great service otherwise. Waiter always kept us informed on our wait and made sure we were comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We had to wait almost an hour past our reservation time. The price of the food was too high relative to the quality of the food and the dining experience. I expected a lot more for a $22 burger. The appetizers were good.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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JenniferG
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We ordered a number of selections for our group of 3 and they were all delicious. We were very impressed with everything and so happy to have chosen this restaurant for our night out in Charlotte.

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safiyyahs
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good restaurant, with a reservation we were seated promptly and the server was very good. The food and drinks on the menu were top notch, would return!!

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vipBrianB
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We arrived within 30 mins for our reservation with rain pouring down outside. The hostess demonstrated a lack of empathy in correctly pointing out that our reservation was not until the one hour mark. Some folks mannerisms and demeanor is not suited for this position and could have ruined what eventually turned out to have been a great evening. The thoughts of being greeted by this same individual removes any chance of my returning.

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vipMike
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice place to meet with friends, a bit quieter than most restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The service was horrible and the food was very underwhelming.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious however even with the reservation we still waited 45 minutes for a table. Our server was great but the hostess was MIA

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JackH
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food and presentation are great, creative cocktail choices if you're so inclined.
We visited for a weekend brunch, really enjoyed the food and bright atmosphere of the restaurant.

FAQs

Haymaker offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (704) 626-6116.

Haymaker is rated 4.1 stars by 1041 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.