Haymaker

4.5
394 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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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious. Great atmosphere!

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DL
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dining experience was very good. The food was excellent. Wait staff was on point all night loved the atmosphere and drinks were strong.

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Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Downstairs dining is nice but we were put at a table upstairs by the HVAC ducts - wasn't pleasant. Experience wasn't good and food was just ok. Won't go back.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day brunch

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RK
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the sleek yet comfortable atmosphere to the indulgent takes on familiar food, Haymaker provides an excellent dining experience. Their jalapeño biscuit demands that you slow down to savor every flaky, decadent bite. Seriously. The Eggs Benton was delicious as well - salty and filling, the ham and greens brightened up with tomato gravy. Service was lovely; our waiter was attentive and the meal was perfectly timed out from drinks to food to check. Haymaker has struck exactly the right balance between Southern comfort and sophisticated style.

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Mother’s Day

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Charlotte
69 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Shrimp and grits are the best ever! The Duck was one of the best we’ve had.

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AS
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had two parties of 7 each and the staff were accommodating to our needs, specifically the hostess. Amazing brunch food and is highly recommended.

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C
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the atmosphere was nice and easy to talk.

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DG
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was great, we sat near the kitchen and watched the chef finish the plates. A new favorite for us!

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RB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh and amazing menu. As a vegetarian new to Charlotte, there is always something wonderful on the menu for me to eat and enjoy.

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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in Uptown and occasionally walk to Haymaker. We alway have a great meal here. Sunday night we tried the chicken sandwich (served in the bar). Delicious! Wow......think it is only served on Sundays at 5pm until they run out. The slaw was delicious as were the fries. We love Haymaker!

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J
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

On the afternoon we went, Haymaker was out of almost everything we at first ordered, including Aperol, grapefruit juice, strawberries and the carrot soup in its entirety. The restaurant also had no vegan offering at all for brunch, and when I ordered the granola without yogurt (as a makeshift vegan offering), the portion size was laughably small. My dining companions also described the french toast as "boring" and the shrimp and grits -- which came with shells on -- as incredibly overpriced ($15 for five shrimp).

In a city with this much competition for food, there are better choices.

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ML
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

My husband and I had been excited to try Haymaker as we had heard a lot about their brunch. Unfortunately our food was not outstanding and the waiter was not happy to be there and it showed.

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NB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great Sunday brunch spot! The food is FRESH and amazing!!

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great brunch with recommendations from our server.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 1

Food was great but limited menu

Service was terrible. 20 minutes before they take our drink order and then 20 minutes to get drinks! Excuse - oh we have some big parties - so my experience has to suffer! Not a top 10 restaurant in Charlotte with this attitude!

It’s really loud so if you don’t like a really loud place don’t come here.

Ambiance is a C at best.

Food was excellent but a very limited menu

Wouldn’t come back as all the badness far exceeded the food!

Not a good experience

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We were so excited to walk into our reservation at Haymaker. The downstairs is lively and trendy and has a great view of the park. You can imagine our disappointment when we were lead upstairs to a very "dining hall"-esque room for dinner. No view, carpeted floors.. nothing special at all. We spent $100 on one drink each and an okay meal in a very "blah" atmosphere. When we walked back out to leave, there were still empty tables in the pretty downstairs area... very disappointing that we were sat upstairs. If you do eat here, be sure to request a table downstairs! I would recommend Haymaker for drinks at the downstairs bar only.

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Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Having dined twice there, not sure I need to go back. Nice bar scene and not overly noisy but not special. The bread was delicious but they also charged for it - $6 - without telling us. Our server was excellent and tried very hard. VERY long delay between starters and main. Unusual. Our server attributed it to a big party on second floor. Sketchy. Why should we pay the price for that? Our fish was well prepared and not over cooked. The tater tot starter was good but blunt. Our vegan dumpling dish was large and the dumplings were good. I thought it was a bit bland.

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TQ
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first reaction to the experience is the one I’ll share: We’ve been to Kindred mulitiple times, and this is the closest thing we’ve found in CLT to that. Wonderful food, attention to detail, and we look forward to returning.

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Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed everything about Haymaker except for the noise level. Many hard surfaces in the restaurant made for a loud environment. Even with this, we will return.

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TA
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Very fresh!!! We went for Brunch! Can't wait to try dinner! Service was amazing! Chelsea took care of us and did a wonderful job! Very friendly and very attentive! We will be back for sure!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Were initially seated upstairs, it was extremely hot and they accommodated us by moving downstairs.
Overall, it was an enjoyable evening however the server notified us that the kitchen was closing and if we wanted to order dessert we would need to place an order right away. I then requested a drink as the couple we were with had a bottle of wine to share and needed to finish before we left. He stated that last call for the bar had already occurred. I asked him why he did not notify me as I would like to have another drink as I had had one during the course of our 2.5 hour dinner. He said he should have and was apologetic. Didn’t change the fact that I was never asked if I would like another beverage, then when I requested one the bar was closed. Meanwhile other patrons were sitting at the bar with 3/4 glasses full. An accommodation would have been great as we proceeded to sit there for another 30 minutes so our friends could finish their bottle.

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SB
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! The farm to table is a must. Great cocktails too!

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y
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and the food was fantastic! Loved the way farm to table fresh ingredients keep the menu interesting and diverse.

Relaxed environment with attentive but not annoying wait staff.

The meal felt very worth every cent.

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CH
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both my companion and I thought our entrees--the pork and the steak--were done to perfection. The side of vegetables was beautifully plated and the blend of herbs made the entire dishes quite yummy. Our waitstaff was attentive without being overbearing. I would definitely go to Haymaker the next time I am in Charlotte!!

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Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent cocktails, wine selection and food was delicious. Server and I forget his name was incredible and an asset to the establishment. One caution to anyone considering the Charcuterie Board: get full description. It is not the normal board and while fresh it fell far below my preconceived expectations. It is not bad but too weird for me and most of my guests to eat.

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was pretty good, but a bit pricey for what you get. Our server was not in tune to what a gluten free guest needs.

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CG
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was okay, certainly not outstanding and if I'm going to spend $200.00 for a party of four, the food has to warrant that kind of money.

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HP
Charlotte
24 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Place was cold as front door kept blowing open...asked manager about keeping door closed. He said he had no control over door. Coffee mug chipped where you drink from. Ordered beignets and weren't given plates to eat them from. Ordered peach schnapps and orange juice...not schnapps...food was just okay. Won't be back as it was $70 for sub-par food experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The service was rushed on a Sunday night. Beets were not cooked for the salad and shrimp and grits were average.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The la planche was very salty. But the French toast and jalapeno biscuit is so good

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Charleston
46 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food (BLT) very good. Server was terrific. Will definitely go back next time in town.

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Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Dissen and his staff are fantastic. We enjoyed a great meal start to finish.

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a beautiful setting. We enjoyed everything we ordered, especially the pork belly and the Mac and cheese. Our waitress was friendly and attentive. Would recommend.

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WR
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It’s an interesting place. Very unique foods that can be a little bit of a stretch. It’s good, but I think they try and do too much with the “uniqueness.”

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g
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food.
We had limited time before ACC tourney and so only tried multiple starters. The bottle of wine that our server recommended went very well with our food.

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C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Capitvated by the kitchen table spot at Haymaker. Great to see the chefs in action & really helped us curate our order. The hush-puppies are a must! So are the scallops - beautifully seared and perfectly cooked over pappardelle in a light sauce. Enough to share!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice and accommodating. The food was excellent as was the service.

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Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time here. We are so happy! Truly innovative big and small plates explode with flavor. Nice too look out and see the park. Great service.

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