The Pump House

4.6
2106 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
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  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
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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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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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 2106 People Are Saying
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KO
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening at the Pump House. We were able to sit outdoors on their beautiful, covered seating area so we really were able to appreciate the river view. Our waitress, Layne, was attentive and very nice. The food was excellent and enjoyed by all. We hated to leave so much that we moved upstairs to the rooftop bar after dinner. Spectacular views from up there! Overall, it was a great birthday evening and a restaurant I would highly recommend!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit to Pump House. Both times the food has been wonderful! Our waiter, Philip, was very personable and he was helpful with gluten-feee options and other menu recommendations. We were celebrating a birthday and he offered a free dessert to the birthday guest.
It is great having a restaurant so close to the Interstate that is not another chain restaurant! Views, food and service are terrific!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic in every way - will definitely be back!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary here and the service and local cuisine were exceptional. Our server Mattie was very helpful, and he even surprised us with complimentary champagne and desert. The view of the sunset over the river was great. I'd definitely recommend the dining room for special occasions, and they also have a bar menu for times when you're not wanting to go all out. A+ for sure!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and impeccable service! We were there for a special occasion and the staff was more than accommodating in making our dinner enjoyable!

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R
Cincinnati
33 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was awesome. Definitely our favorite place in the area.

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant I’ve been to in years! Such great service and the view is amazing.

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AD
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience! Will go back soon and often! I took my friend for a birthday celebration and it was perfect. Service was impeccable and food was delicious. I thought the prices were very reasonable, especially with the trendy menu.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great date night without the kids!

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Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This restaurant located on the Catawba River and has great atmosphere. The food is generally good, but definitely overpriced for the portions and the quality.

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TL
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellet food and service with a great atmosphere. The staff aggressively promotes their drink/wine options, but overall a wonderful place for dinner or an event.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and great atmosphere

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P
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The Pump House is our go to selection for a special night out. Close to home and excellent food and atmosphere, although it can get a little loud at times. The wait staff is extremely attentive and freindy.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a surprise birthday party for my sister and everyone was so nice. None of the other five people had been to the restaurant it all loved it The service was excellent and staff wonderful especially Jillian. Love to go there

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AB
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent visit at the pump House. Our server Mattie was kind, courteous, and very knowledgeable about the food options as well as bar and specialty drink options. His opinions on both were spot on. We were celebrating a special occasion, he knew our names when we arrived at the table and made sure our party of four was well taken care of. This is not a quick hurry up and eat restaurant. It is a leisurely, take your time, kind of vibe. When eating at this location, I would allot 1.5 hours for ordering, service and enjoyment. If you are in a hurry, be sure to tell your server. And we enjoyed not being rushed and our food was delicious! We will be back.

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S
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about the Pump House was first class. Excellent food, outstanding service. Would highly recommend.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

An otherwise great dinner was hurt by a very loud group separated by a curtain on our level. Just doesn’t seem possible to have a romantic dinner in Rock Hill.

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AH
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as usual. Wanted to bring a couple of friends who had not been there and they were delighted with everything.

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Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a 6:45 reservation, but because of the weather, we were running late. We called the Pump House, and they were very accommodating. We did not have to wait for a table. The service was attentive without being overbearing. Food was also very good. We frequent this establishment periodically and enjoy it!!

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MD
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was outstanding and the food was delicious! A+++

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food never disappoints at the pump house. We went there for my wife’s birthday was seated promptly with our reservation. The waiter was attentive and very friendly. The only downside was they changed their Bloody Mary recipe and wasn’t as good as last time but my whiskey sour was on point Highly recommend for a special occasion or a date night. Also the bar upstairs is always a good reason just to visit

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a
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Several visits to the Pump House. Always a nice experience. However, PARKING is getting really out of control...NO SPOTS within a large distance. They are competing with the growing neighborhood and outdoor trail activities. Will not be returning anything soon.

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JA
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great time for our anniversary. Food and service were excellent!

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SD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

We took our son out on our last night with him before he leaves for college tomorrow. And I thought we were going to be late dropping him off as our food took forever. The manager brought our entrees and made a big show about how sorry he was, this is not the Pump House way, “we’re gonna make it right”. Well I ‘m not sure how because he didn’t comp any part of our meal. I guess we’ll stick to drinks and apps in the future. Or go to Flipside or up to Charlotte.

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Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal that we ALL ever had there. Hats off to the chef! The trout was outstanding. Can’t wait to return for your next fish special.

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was as we expected. Excellent service and the food was outstanding both visual and taste. Because it was our anniversary they comped a dessert for us. Unexpected but much appreciated.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate my wife and father’s birthdays. The food was excellent. The noise level was excellent. The waiter was very attentive. I would highly recommend it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch was wonderful!

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DM
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant and service! Beautiful scenery! Must dine at this spot!

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Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the Pump House Restaurant for its' great food , excellent service, good bar and charming scenic view.
Will definitely be returning.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

This was my second visit to The Pump House; unfortunately, my second visit was not as good as my first visit. I order the same starter and entree as I did the first time and they taste like they were from two very different restaurants. I order the special which was a fish entree, the presentation looked messy compared to first time I ordered the same entree that I bragged so highly about. Not only was the presentation off but the fish was raw, I literally was unable to cut completely through the fish with a knife. I flagged down an employee and showed him the fish was severely undercooked. The employee was extremely apologetic and said he’d have me another plate in five minutes. When he returned, he had two plates, my entree and a replacement for my husband as well. The gentleman acknowledge that my husband had stopped eating because he was waiting for me and offered my husband a replacement since his meal had become cold. When the gentleman set my plate down, the presentation was much better, until I began to eat the fish. This time the skin was left on the fish and was unpleasant, it was very difficult to separate the skin from the flesh of the fish. It seemed as if it was cooked just enough to pass as “cooked”. This time I decided to eat what I could, pay my bill and leave. Needless to say, I was extremely disappointed in our visit tonight. Once our bill came, we were told that my meal was on the house. This was a very nice gesture of The Pump House.

I do hope to give The Pump House another try because my first visit was a good experience.

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Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic setting over the water! Food was excellent, as was the service and ambience. Highly recommended!

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MP
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch, professional waitstaff. Terrific food. Beautiful building. Definitely worth the drive and although not inexpensive, a good value. We'll be back for sure!

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CW
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first trip the Pump House, but it definitely will not be our last! The atmosphere is fantastic! The food was delicious and the suggested wine was perfect. A special thanks goes to Chris, Johnny, and Connor! Each of them played a part in making our evening absolutely enjoyable!

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GP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a neat place in a cool converted pump house. Patio on the dining level with just plexiglass between you and the river. Did not get to the rooftop bar but view must be even better. Upscale takes on southern classics - had great shrimp and grits when we were there, with fried green tomatoes as an appetizer. Good craft beer list.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening to celebrate anniversary. They took great care of us!!

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K
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for Sunday brunch. Our waiter Charles was awesome! The food was delish and drinks are great. Chicken and waffle were so good! During brunch they have bottomless mimosas. I loved the peach margarita. Brunch with a view.

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L
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

We waited 45 minutes for just our appetizer to come. The fried green tomatoes were hot but the calamari was cold and rubbery. The our waitress was great and apologized for the delay but we ended up spending almost 3 hours there to eat dinner due to the appetizers. I’m unsure if I’ll be back.

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1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating our daughters birthday. Our reservation was at 7 but we went early to enjoy a cocktail on rooftop bar. Seating there is first come first serve and it was fairly crowded and loud. We were offered if we wanted to have dinner there but we opted for the dining room which is significantly quieter. The hostess let the dining room know we were there and when our table was ready, they escorted us to our table. They make it very special by addressing you by name and acknowledging our special occasion. The service was above awesome and the food was equally incredible. This was our second time there and we were not disappointed. Highly recommend for special occasion top notch experience.

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