The Dunavant

4.3
122 reviews
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Steak
We are now open!
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.

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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 122 People Are Saying
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WM
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Steak was cooked perfect and the fries were amazing. Was greeted and seated as soon and we walk in. The whole staff was amazing.

AZ
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wine Wednesday was half off bottles, the service was phenomenal- very attentive. The bar manager, Justin, visited our table to check on us and was so kind. Will be back!

SM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The food and service were very good. However the place was so loud that you couldn't have a conversation at all.

MM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t wait to eat here again. The fries are amazing 🤤

DD
Charlotte
96 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very few places in Charlotte you can eat a steak for $25 and a salad in a nice trendy location. I wish they do grow a bit more and add other steak selections (only one cut is offered). Make the $25 meal their 'special' and build from there. I think they have the potential to compete with the more upscale steakhouses and keep the price somewhere in below Sullivan's but above Outback and get away with it. I had the soup option with my steak which was excellent. Fries were very crispy and tasty. Service was pretty good with friendly waiters.

NB
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall experience was great and would have deserved 5 * had the kitchen quality control been better we all ordered soup piping hot and it came cold.
They fixed the problem and the soup was fantastic but that should not happen. The steak was outstanding and ambiance was inviting

We love the concept and their cocktails were spot on. Just fix the simple stuff.

ML
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

⭐⭐⭐⭐ - My wife and I are foodies. We frequently have date nights and sometimes take the opportunity to try new locations.

This particular time we decided to try The Dunavant. We hadn't heard of it before. I stumbled upon it by accident while having some work done on my truck next door.

Excellent location, subtle and away from everything yet minutes from Uptown Charlotte. Great decor with a cozy atmosphere. The open dining room experience was a pleasant surprise with even more tables for outside seating.

Staff was so friendly and knowledgeable (Ask for Michelle..👍🏾👍🏾) of the food choices without having to keep going back to the kitchen.

Food choices were limited... For me its actually a good thing for food freshness and less is more. Our steaks were perfect and had to push the truffle fries away because they were TOO GOOD (I'm supposed to be on a diet... 🤔).

If we had to say anything, it would be the limited dessert options. A nice cheese cake or chocolate cake would have been nice. My wife normal gets dessert but she was full... Big portions!!!

We are looking forward to trying brunch on the weekend sometime soon.

JF
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Interesting concept that is very well done. The most impressive part of the restaurant is how everyone there is committed to providing good service. Bartenders and wait staff learned our names and called us by them. I will go back again.

h
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and great value. Service was top notch.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Great atmosphere. When the truck bay windows are rolled up it have a nice indoor / outdoor feel. Very crowded which is great! I would say that the salad and the steak were average. The fries were great! Four of us ate through three baskets. Two of us were able to hang out at the bar before dinner which was very enjoyable.

Y
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Ambiance was an A+. The food and service were...Meh. Was there for brunch. Perhaps dinner will be better.

A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Went for their 11 AM Sunday brunch. Parking was easy, ambiance was nice but not that many people there at 11. It started to fill up towards 12.

For the value, the food was great. Steak and eggs for $20, salads under $10, biscuits for around 6.

I thought that the food wasn’t as hot as it should have been when it came out. The biscuits felt like they had been sitting out a while. Eggs weren’t as well seasoned or as hot as I’d like. Steak was not super tender but then again - it was steak and eggs with hash for under 20. Salad was refreshing.

Service was excellent. Our server, Luke, was very helpful and seemed like a nice guy. I’ll return to try their dinner menu.

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

We came during restaurant week from out of town. We ordered drinks excited about one aspect of one of the drinks but then they brought us the drinks and we commented on the missing garnish/edible part of the cocktail and the waitress shrugged it off. Our meal took over an hour to get after we ordered and other people got theirs first. The staff was not very accommodating either and the kitchen was so backed up we didn’t get our full meal with our food. We ended up getting cold food too and our card was run with double the meal we ordered. Bathrooms were out of towels and they couldn’t figure out how to replace the towels so it was then “unusable” according to the waitress.

Will not be coming back, especially during restaurant week.

OT
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic meal at the Dunavant for Queens Feast. The beef was amazing! One disappointment was that dessert was not included. We will be back!

OJ
Charlotte
61 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A fun event! Great service. Attentive.

A
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Everything was great! Came for restaurant week with some friends and the offerings were great. The steak is not quite what I expected but I am willing to give it another try. The steak was a little too rare for ordering medium so next time I will order medium well. The mac and cheese was suburb and drinks were great! ccan't wait to try again.

C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Service was slow, the lobster macaroni and cheese was watery and fishy, the lobster bisque was too salty and the fries were mushy. The drinks were great, seasoning on fries and chicken was good flavors and the leek bisque was delicious. Very disappointed as we had been looking forward to this meal. Maybe it was just busy or bad food quality because of restaurant week, but I would only go back for drinks.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The Dunavant was delicious and I will be back for another special occasion. The Dunavant is a bit different in that you must either order a soup/salad and entree ($25) or appetizer, soup/salad, and entree ($35). I believe that the menu rotated based on availability of ingredients too. The food was delicious and the drinks were great as well.

OT
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Ambience was perfect. We sat outside. Perhaps it was too busy for them to manage but food was subpar. We had the steak, perhaps it was the cut but it had to be the worst we ever had. The leek soup was the only standout for us.

s
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Terrible service, they ran out of Mac and cheese, we were never offered more fries even though they claim to be bottomless.

P
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for restaurant week and it was our first time. We were expecting small portions due to the nature of restaurant week. That was not the case! We got full portions of the small plates and entrees and honestly it was the best value of restaurant week! Normally I️ feel hungry s few hours after since the portions are so small-here was not the case! Everything was delicious and those truffle fries.....can you say YUM!

BT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for restaurant week so there was a special menu, but the food and service were excellent, and we really liked the atmosphere.

HW
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Mimosa flight and chicken and funnel cake were both delicious! Can’t wait to come back!

AH
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Darius was awesome, and the food was great (per usual)!

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

Went to dinner for Queen’s Feast here and the food, service and overall ambiance was excellent!

JF
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Terrible service. Waited almost an hour for the food and it came out cold. Steak was overcooked and chewy

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From when we first walked in service was impeccable. Justin our waiter was so kind and patient, making sure we became familiar with the menu.

The quality of the food as well as its presentation was excellent. I was shocked by the prices, extremely reasonable.

This was our first time visiting this restaurant, to say the least, we will be coming back.

f
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drinks and food was tasteful. Staff was nice and attractive.

TB
Charlotte
22 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Brunch

M
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

It was a very cute place, great atmosphere. The food was pretty good as well. It may have been better if maybe I could talk to my date or if keely/Kelly/kaley would have been a bit more hospitable or friendly or even really just said something. Once she found out that we were only having appetizers her demeanor kind of changed. She didn’t talk to us again until our third and final course. I do wish we could have had the same energy from the server the entire time as we had experienced just before signing the bill.

S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is very good and reasonably priced. The atmosphere is nice also. They could use some work on the wine list however. They need more moderately priced wines on their list that are good quality.

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

First time eating here and it was amazing. The food was very good. The service was exceptional. They even brought me a dessert for my birthday. The atmosphere was laid back with a Mad Men era vibe. Decor is simple and sophisticated.

AV
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Dunavant is my new favorite date spot. I took my girl here and she loved it. I of-course am a huge fan of the reasonable bill. I also like how simple the menu is. My girl said it was the best lobster bisque she's ever had and I really enjoyed the steak. it was cooked to perfection. all in all we had a 10/10 experience here. Staff treated us like royalty. We will be back soon :)

TB
Charlotte
22 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints

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OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Terrible... Bad muscles, over tough steak, the worst soup and everything is overpriced. I never write reviews but I'm interested what will go in this space after this place fails because it will.

C
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Steak was tough and server got the temps wrong on 2 of our steaks. I thought based on the quality of the food it was a bit overpriced. The champagne used in the mimosas gave me a headache.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the atmosphere and the leek soup was delicious!!

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Host was welcoming and recommended leek bisque soup over salad. Waiter did a good job making sure our bread was refilled and that we always had water. I’m not a soup guy, but I got the soup and my wife got the salad so we could share. I would highly recommend the leek bisque soup. That might be the best soup I have ever had. Up next was the steak. We both got the Gorgonzola Cheese sauce which was delicious. Steak was👌🏾and 12oz. The waiter then brought out bottomless truffle fries. I was not a fan of these. I have never had truffle fries before, but they were not great. Not sure if it were just a bad batch or truffle fries or maybe just aren’t my thing. My wife got the ice cream desert and I got the creme brûlée. The desserts were both good.

Love the simplicity of the menu. Love the streak and sauce options. Love the ambiance.

If I could change anything, I wish there was an option to choose mashed potatoes or some other side item over the truffle fries.

I would recommend The Donavant 👍🏽

NB
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time but won’t be last. Great concept, steak was excellent and while not crowded on a Tuesday night, service was attentive.

TV
Charlotte
26 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I have been an advocate for The Dunavant since they opened. Unfortunately this time it was a total miss for me. We were one of 4 tables-- the service was slow, the fries came out 5 min after our steak which is unlike them-- also the fries tasted completely different. I'm wondering if they reduced the amount of truffle salt because it was expensive or what but they just tasted like greasy fries now. The biggest issue was that my steak was well done when i asked for medium. It took over 5 min for someone to even come by to ask how food was for me to tell the manager about the steak. He apologized and more was brought out a while later. He didn't comp or offer anything for the inconvenience, which i think speaks a lot about the customer service of a restaurant. I also realize the drink prices are crazy expensive -- if you get two drinks its the cost of the whole meal!! I think I'll take my truffle fries somewhere else from now on :/

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