The Pump House

4.6
1959 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
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  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
The Pump House is a multi-level, riverfront restaurant featuring two bars, including a rooftop bar, all with sweeping views of the beautiful Catawba river. Situated in the new Riverwalk development, the Pump House is an upscale, gourmet restaurant with a casual but elegant atmosphere. It was at one time an actual pump house which was used by an acetate plant. We have repurposed the building to create a one-of-a-kind restaurant featuring gourmet, southern-inspired cuisine, a hand-picked wine list, and craft cocktails. We hope to serve you soon!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Southern
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Hours of operation
Sunday to Thursday 11a – 11p
Friday & Saturday 11a – 12a
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Phone number
(803) 329-8888
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Griswold
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Catering
Please contact our Private Events Coordinator for off-site catering solutions via our website!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Dunkins Ferry
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Parking details
Self parking on site.
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Entertainment
Live music on The Rooftop Bar every Wednesday and Thursday.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Come experience some of the best Southern-Inspired American cuisine available amidst our amazingly beautiful setting on the Catawba River.

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What 1959 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
5.0Dined a day ago

Wonderful experience as always I say on the roof top. Great ambiance. Waiters were accommodating, friendly to my 8 year old son. Just awesome.

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Very busy and a little understaffed. Our waiter was stretched thin but did a good job trying to be attentive.

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SC
5.0Dined 2 days ago

We had a wonderful date night celebrating my birthday! I loved the outdoor seating next to the water, the food was delicious and the atmosphere was awesome! We will be back!

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JM
5.0Dined 2 days ago

Wonderful evening, the food was delicious, shrimp and grits is my go to meal. Peach cobbler for dessert. Only down side, the server was a bit over attentive, ie clearing dishes, glasses and bread basket before we were done. But not a problem, at all. I can wait to go back

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MD
5.0Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful restaurant, great location, good food , good presentation,, and our waiter, Joey was an excellent waiter. He was very attentive and kind

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LG
5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great food, outstanding service & wonderful atmosphere! We loved it!!

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RO
5.0Dined 4 days ago

Service was excellent, food was wonderful and the view was spectacular. My daughter just came in from California and she loved it too! Thank you, I'll be back :)

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D
4.0Dined 4 days ago

I have been there a few times, one guest had been there once and had a terrible experience, and one guest had never been. I think you redeemed yourself with my friend who was had the bad experience and my friend who's birthday we were celebrating loved it. Thank you

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OT
4.0Dined 5 days ago

John Brantley is the best server I've ever had

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NM
5.0Dined 5 days ago

Loved the casual yet upscale feel of the restaurant, and the view of the river was perfect. Our server, Alan, was very friendly and made our experience special. The Pork Chop was amazing, I will defiantely be back.

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OT
4.0Dined 5 days ago

I was disappointed by the brunch offering of grits and andouille sausage. Instead of sausage they substituted some low grade ham with chunks of fat. I knew something was not right at the restaurant but I couldn't put my finger on it. I brought half of it home and that's when I found the inferior meat. Very uncharacteristic for them. Food is usually impeccable.

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OT
5.0Dined 6 days ago

The food was fantastic, but not over priced. The service was great and so was the view. The Pump House is one of my favorite restaurants. It never disappoints!

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OT
3.0Dined 6 days ago

The food was good, but the service was very slow. Waited 10 minutes for a drink on 2 occasions. If they had been jam packed I can understand, but at most our server had 4 tables. They did comp the drinks which was nice. The food was good enough to give them one more chance.

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GJ
5.0Dined 6 days ago

The food was great. Our services was fantastic. We enjoyed the view and the ambience of the restaurant. Can’t wait to go back. Good time!! I personally enjoyed the meatball wrap.

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W
4.0Dined 6 days ago

A little out of the way but you can't beat the view of the river. Service was prompt, knowledgeable. The blackened tuna dish was a tad overcooked but still good. My friend had a salad that she said was very good.

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SS
5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Came both for my anniversary and a daughter's birthday celebration. Enjoyed our time both of the visits, along with the wonderful dessert we got for our celebrations.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

The night was great. Started with corn muffins ands peach butter - delish. Moved on to calamari for the appetizer. Wonderful. We had the braised rabbit gnocchi, pan seared amberjack and 2 day brined pork chop. All were cooked to perfection. Raspberry ands vanilla cheesecake for dessert. Catawba sunrise for the drinks. Perfect. Only things more beautiful than the food or view were our servers. Jillian and Nicole were awesome. Attentive but not pushy. Friendly but not annoying. Can't wait to go back.

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OT
2.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Great venue, great ambiance and good service. The food is a letdown. This was our second time trying Pumphouse. The first was for lunch and this was for dinner. The menu sounds amazing but isn’t executed well, especially when considering price. There are much better places to get a $30-40 meal if you are looking for good food.

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SJ
5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

All 6 of us enjoyed our food. Fish was cooked perfectly. Waiter was very attentive.
Thank you!

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MH
5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Second time and kept our perspective the same!! Lovely from beginning to end!! Unique and delicious meal. Local fare with unique flair. Service is outstanding and made it a special night again!

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DC
5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

This was our first time dining here. We ordered all 4 courses and I must say the food was fantastic. We had the shrimp & grits and the pork chop for our entree’s. Our waiter (Joey) took very good care of us. It’s a bit pricey but falls in line with other fine dining restaurants serving a la carte. The view was great and we got to watch a big storm roll in. Expect to drop $100.00+ for a meal for 2. We will be back to try some of the other dishes. Thanks to the owners, the chef, and the staff for a nice dining experience.

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AH
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Jeanie was incredible! It was my boyfriends birthday and I had requested a nice Sauvignon blanc to be waiting for us upon arrival. The wine was excellent, Jeanie made great recommendations, and the view outside was spectacular. 10/10 recommend.

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KL
4.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Excellent setting overlooking the river. Very good service and an excellent wine and mixed drink menu. Three out of the four entree’s were very good. The “braised short rib” was disappointing. Very fatty and little meat.

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R
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Great service and excellent food! Nice view

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OT
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Food and service were fantastic, as always!

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BP
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

I had the lunch special which was a crab cake sandwich. It was wonderful! My 2 friends both loved their lunches. One had a HUGE salad and the other had ahi tuna (she said it was cooked perfectly). Tori was an attentive waitperson without hovering. We ate outside on an absolutely perfect weather day. An overall great experience.

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BT
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

YUMM! The Pump House has been on our list since it opened and we finally made the trek to go! (Also, why did we wait so long, it's really not that far!) The view on the water is surprisingly beautiful and relaxing! The food and drinks were wonderful and our service was superb! If you go, ask for Phillip! He was attentive, kept our waters full and made sure we had everything we needed! He gave wonderful unbiased recommendations and none steered us wrong! The cocktails were fresh and the pimento cheese mac is a MUST! Make the trip, it's worth it!

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OT
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Our waiter Mike was exceptional as well as the food.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Fantastic place to celebrate our anniversary! Jeannie was an awesome server and the food was delicious! Excellent views of the river. A+

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k
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Everyone was really friendly and very accommodating. Food tasted awesome!

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MM
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Enjoyed Sunday brunch with my daughters. Everything was great! We sat on the outside patio overlooking the water. It was a perfect Sunday afternoon.

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TD
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Its a great place to eat or have a few drinks an look at the river. Food is outstanding an i will come back.

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RT
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Delicious food, great service & terrific outdoor seating!

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EM
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Everything about our experience was amazing. We had a table of 10 for my husband’s birthday. Our server Jillian was phenomenal.. bright, timely, knowledgeable, fun, was the perfect fit for our group. Service was fast when needed and paced nicely for an evening out. Food was stellar... some of the best we have had in our world travels right in our back door. The night was a raving success for us!

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AH
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Great food professional staff. Always a treat with a view

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DH
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

What a lovely surprise on a gray Saturday afternoon. The food and service were excellent. Our waiter Shayne was friendly and attentive without being obtrusive. Definitely a keeper restaurant.
Lovely view of the river accompanied by a wonderful special cocktail who,could ask for more?

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M
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Family in town, just dined for lunch. Great food, service & ambience!

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D
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Our first trip to the Pump House will not be our last!! Lunch was very good; shrimp and grits were creamy with a little bit of zest. The tuna was perfect with risotto. The cobbler dessert while good was more like a square than a cobbler. Loved the river view as kayaks and rafts float by.

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OT
4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

The food was really good. It was more expensive than one table had it listed. A family of 4, we spent $240. Ouch. I could see for a special occasion having dinner here, but for a family meal it was too much.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

OMG Fabulous food and very helpful accommodating wait staff!! Have the special entree and it was amazing. My hubby has pork chop with grits and loved it as well.

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