The Dunavant

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$30 and under
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Steak
The Dunavant is accepting reservations Tuesday thru Sunday.
We are now open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm.
Steak, fries and greens along with daily specials.

Specials

Friday Specialty Cocktail

Come by the Dunavant and try our bartenders specialty cocktail feature.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 1, 2019

Ends: August 2, 2118

Availability: Fri 5:00PM-11:30PM

Thirsty Thursday

Enjoy our signature Mule cocktails for $5. Featuring Lenny Boy Ginger Kombucha
the Dunavant Mule
Kentucky Mule
Mexican Mule

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 1, 2019

Ends: August 2, 2118

Availability: Thu 5:00PM-10:00PM

Wine Wednesday

Enjoy select bottles of wine at half off

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 1, 2019

Ends: August 2, 2118

Availability: Wed 5:00PM-10:00PM

Toki Tuesday

Enjoy our Toki Paloma's for $5

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 1, 2019

Ends: August 2, 2118

Availability: Tue 5:00PM-10:00PM

What 165 People Are Saying
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CP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Other than the fact they ran out of filet mignon right after we ordered, it was excellent. The mussells and brussel sprouts were amazing. Definitely give them a try!

DF
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was very good. No complaints there! Everything we had was delicious. They do advertise their dinner as a three-course meal, but count the sauce on the steak as their "third course" . That's a head scratcher for me, personally -- whatever. I had a cocktail which was fine but nothing special. It was a little heavy on the lime juice and lacking in the basil/cucumber. It took a long time for us to get our food and one of our side orders never came so we cancelled it. This is a newer place so they may be having growing pains. I'd be willing to try them again because both the food and staff interaction were great. I might suggest going during off-peak hours because the noise level was also pretty loud.

DD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Staff was great, very attentive. Drinks from the bar very well made.
Steak dinner was fair at best. was prepared as requested but not as tender as I would have expected for $25 and french fries were no better than drive through. Would have expected them to be fresh cut fries. My wife had almost finished her steak befoe her side item made it to the table. I will not return nor would I reccomend.

BT
Charlotte
153 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and a great experience; you can't beat the deal for $25 - soup/salad, steak and unlimited fries, YUM! Can't wait to go back!

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We came here for Brunch this past Sunday and were pretty disappointed in the food quality. We came for brunch a few months back and were blow away by the quality of the food, but did not see this during our latest experience... Eggs were fairly flavorless and the steak seemed like it was missing something from the previous trip. We brought some out of town friends with us there after telling them how good it was, and after leaving we felt bad that we brought them there.

We will probably come back for dinner sometime, but brunch will most likely be off the table now.

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great experience overall at the Dunavant. They keep the menu simple and focus on the quality of the experience.

OT
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was worth the trip. Nothing that will WOW you but good atmosphere and set price.

OJ
Charlotte
63 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The value here is excellent and teh service is generally pretty good as well. They broke the cork on a bottle of wine that we brought from our cellar (2005 magnun). They eventually got it out and filtered the wine and we were appreciative. This team is friendly and they deliver a good experience.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great Experience an great service an outstanding Food!!!!❤️

OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday / fun day.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun, casual spot for dinner and drinks. Great value with the set menu, plus bottomless fries!

KT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was terrific as usual but the highlight of our evening where Darius and Tripp with their warm and friendly service. They treat us like family

OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Dinner was delicious, the fries are exceptional! We tried 2 of their sauces and not thrilled with either. Will have to try another when we’re back next time but that was my only qualm! Otherwise great restaurant and reasonably priced!

SW
Charlotte
24 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Pleasant surprise! My wife and I were looking to get out of our usual restaurant rut and try something new, We hesitantly booked here, I say hesitantly because one article said it was a Del Friscos for Millenials(yikes!) But what we experienced was an excellent restaurant.
We ordered calamari for an app and it was excellent and plentiful, we both ordered the house dinner and were very impressed! The leek soup was excellent and the steak was perfect it came with your choice of sauces and both of ours were great. The meal also features bottomless fries and they were also excellent. The only complaint we had was that our steaks came out without fries and it took nearly 10 minutes to get them which was a let down we either let our steaks get cold or have fries for dessert. Hopefully they can fix this problem. Overall a win.

r
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The leak soup exceeded expectations and the steak was very tasty even without the sauces. The fries are also great and don't need anything extra on them. This is a great restaurant

d
Toledo
145 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well run restaurant with an excellent chef.

m
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the Dinner feature. It was a choice of soup or salad, a steak and bottomless truffle fries for $25.00. The Steak was cooked to perfection. I don't know many places you can get that much food at that price. AMAZING!

TS
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I went Friday night and the steak was amazing. The owner came to my table and checked on me. I thought he was the chef, but Sunday I went back for brunch and I took a young lady and the food wasn’t as good. The silverware was dirty, we had to send back the French toast(wasn’t the French toast we grew up on) the pineapple drinks had to go back because the guy accidentally put soda water in them so they were sour, and their version of chicken and waffles was ok. Being I went Friday and the good was so good I went back to try the brunch. I told my server Brandon it must be another cook and he explained. I still tipped him well, but it was a different experience. Had it been my first experience, I wouldn’t go back, but the owner/chef made enough of an experience that I’ll give it a third try at some point. Oh, and Friday was only loud bc a guy was belligerently drunk two tables away and his group couldn’t keep him quiet and the manager on duty didn’t ask for them to keep it down for the other patrons enjoying their evening. The steak was amazing though! The owner who I thought was only the chef is a good spirit. I posted only good remarks on my Instagram and Facebook because I have a huge following and hold some celeb status, but here I hope the owner gets this so that he can address the staff and menu.

OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

My second time dinning. First time was really good, we had chicken and funnel cake and steak dinner at brunch.... I guess those are their staples.

Came here for brunch again, the biscuits were over cooked and dry. The hash dish we ordered said braised ribs but it came as pulled pork.

The French toast was a little too over done too, again the bread was dry. For a $100 brunch it didn’t taste like $100.
I would dine again but only get the steak.

p
Charlotte
28 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner! Excellent food and service. Only negative was they didn’t have coffee.

MK
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The food was good, but I’m surprised that they don’t serve house cut fries. Makes all the difference in the world. Would also be nice if they served bread for the table.

A
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is absolute delicious! Get the soup!!! We also had the mushroom Alfredo as an appetizer and it was fabulous! We will be back!

SB
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The restaurant is gorgeous. The decor, the open/screened wall is the perfect almost outside but conditioned and big free space. The meal concept was intriguing, but our server was not good at all, and the food flavors were very mediocre. The soup was outstanding, but everything else (including the meat), which was supposed to be the centerpiece of the concept, was mediocre to not-so-great. The ambiance and feel of the restaurant is a huge home run in design, but if they don’t up the ante on the food, the suns any won’t be around for long. No smaller portion or price for kids either which is a huge mistake in my opinion.

OT
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The “dinner” is really good. It’s a shame it costs $7 to change the side item. It’s also disappointing there aren’t any proteins on the menu other than the steak. We were sat at a table near the kitchen. There was a lot of noise and smell of stale water and cleaner. The ambience otherwise was neat

JG
Charlotte
22 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I have recommended the Dunavant to friends and always looked forward to dining here. Last Saturday, however, was a departure for us. We arrived at 6:30 p.m. and were immediately escorted to a corner table. We ordered drinks (Lavendar Martni's with Dixi vodka and house-made lavendar syrup) an reviewed the menu. We ordered the calimari appetizer as a starter and then a salad for my wife and the soup for me. Then both ordered the culotte cut of Angus with frites. Our salad/soup course arrived 20 minutes before the appetizer. The appetizer was fine, but we ordered it to come out first. When our beef arrived, prepared as ordered, there were no fries to be found. Only after eating about half of our dinners did the fries arrive. The mango sorbet continues to be a hit.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, great service!

OT
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Decor was amazing and tasteful. The menu is very simple, but we all enjoyed our food. If you are vegan, I would try something else.; This place is for the beef lover.

The truffle fries are amazing; if you are a fan of truffle oil.

Desserts may need an upgrade.

r
Charlotte
22 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall good experience and plan to go back. I don’t know how anyone can eat that many fries, but they were really good. Started with the calamari. It was ok, I’m not a fan of cornmeal breading on fish, but beyond that they were ok. A little bland (needed salt and we didn’t have any on the table) and some lemon (not served with any). The sauce was different, and quite good.
Then came the soup, and this was the best thing. I could have eaten just that and been happy. The steak was cooked well, and the French/Paris sauce was really good. The portion was large, and the fries were a nice side.

Service was boarder line annoyingly slow. They only had a few tables, and a limited staff shut the server was as attentive as he could be. On a busy night, I’m sure it’s much quicker.

It’s worth the trip, and excited to have more of the soup!

OT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and the menu was well balanced.

GM
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our meal was fantastic! Portions were more than generous. Loved that you could actually have a conversation without shouting. Background music was just that - in the background. I've had more expensive meals that weren't as good. Definitely a return location. Note: be sure to check the menu online before going. The Chef keeps it to a minimum but that was reflected in the quality and taste.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriends and I had a wonderful experience. All of our food was simply delicious. The service staff was very attentive. We will definitely be returning there very soon.

OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great atmosphere and great food for the value! The steak was wonderful and the fries, hard to stope eating. Will definitely be back!!!

TW
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for brunch on my birthday weekend. It was a rainy Saturday so it wasn't too busy. Our server was very friendly and had great recommendations on the mimosa flights. The food was very good we got the French Toast and the Funnel cake and Chicken. My boyfriend said he really enjoyed his French Toast except it was too nutty for him. The funnel cake was great really felt like a theme park, would've been great if they added ice cream. Overall a great brunch!!

LH
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't say enough about the bisque, possibly my new favorite soup! The dunavant exceeded all my expectations! Service, food, everything was awesome.

P
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

First time, it was good! I wish they had a couple more main options as sliced steak is really the only main course option. I see what they're trying to do with specializing but one chicken plate and something else would be a good addition. The open front was really nice, even though it was storming hard outside the mesh doors were down and a refreshing open feel was there. The staff were amazing and the drinks were good. I would go back

JP
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely phenomenal. Get the special - whatever it is. I got the crab legs enchiladas with roasted corn and shishito peppers. AMAZING 🙌

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Food was excellent, really great vibe in the restaurant. I loved that there were no TV’s! Such a great experience, we will definitely be back!

GE
Charlotte
52 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. The leek soup was velvety and flavorful. Do not pass on the truffle fries. Steak was cooked well. The crab cakes were not as strong as the steak. Lobster Mac and cheese was cheesy, good and filling. Needs some work on the dessert selections - ice cream, sorbet or creme brulee.
Of note, parking is available behind the restaurant.

OT
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed it! Simple but slick!

LA
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We really loved the place. Fabulous mid-century vibe with the bar being the centerpiece. The food was beautifully prepared and displayed as such. Our only issue is that at 8:45 while enjoying a drink and thinking of another one, a couple with two small children came in. They were sat beside us and began to whine, complain and cry.
The Dunavant's presentation is that of an adult atmosphere. We were there celebrating an anniversary. This one of the reasons we left Ballantyne. It's hard to find any place that we can celebrate anymore.