The Pump House

4.6
2165 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
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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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.
Additional
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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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us for Thanksgiving this year at The Pump House. We will be open all day starting at 11 AM offering a featured menu.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 2165 People Are Saying
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MA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress, Nicole was fantastic. Shoe surprised my wife and I with complimentary champagne as it was our 18th anniversary. Thank you for making it a memorable evening.

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RP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! We had the scallops and short rib. Fantastic! Also, try the "autumn smash" cocktail. Our waitress, I believe her name was Julia, was superb!

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N
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Never saw our server between ordering and asking for the check. They said it was because they had a big group upstairs. So drinks ran out and also the food was not impressive. I'm calling "The Emperor’s New Clothes" on this place. I don't plan to return. I'm not one to write and post reviews and wasn't going to bother now, but you asked.

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MM
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We loved the atmosphere and the menu but had a bad food experience. We were group of six celebrating our daughters birthday and when she received her pork chop(which was highly recommended by ther server) it came raw in the middle.. They were very apologetic, brought her another one after a wait and it was still sent out raw. The manager came and apologized and by now everyone had already finished eating but they assured her they would be sure it was right the third time. It was still raw. They were clearly having a problem with the Chef and I would like to think this was a case of Murphy’s law. It was just very disappointing since it was her birthday and she never got to eat.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff, Lovely plate presentation, great wine selection. Everyone enjoyed their meal, Would recommend the crab cakes.

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e
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time there and well worth the 30 minute drive from Charlotte. I will come again!

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KM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our fourth time eating at the Pump House and each time the menu has updated itself for the season with great choices for all of us. View is so outstanding and the staff is always super.

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ML
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outdoor patio lunch on a cool, gray day. Very comfortable, heated and sheltered. Food and views were both excellent. Service was good. Pace was a little leisurely, but didn’t bother us since we are retired and the river is lovely.

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BC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere and service. Everything I could hope for!!

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was great and service was excellent. Totally enjoyed the watefront view. The scallop/risotto portion was a bit small and I think overall, a little overpriced.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Entertainment was awesome! Roy was great!

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Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Pump House never disappoints!!! Service is always spot on, the food is always amazing, the ambiance is always pleasant.

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MA
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I love this place! We were there on a date to celebrate his birthday. We are definitely going back. Amazing view, delicious food and great customer service.

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow amazing views ... awesome ambiance ... food was superb and service was extremely professional ... this will be a go to every time I am in Charlotte area

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

My mom and I went for her birthday and enjoyed the rooftop brunch.

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TB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was very nice and the staff was very friendly and conversational. The food was excelent. I would definitely recommend even though it was on the pricey side, it was worth it. Also the view of the river was nice as well.

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RR
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

This was our first visit, and the experience was not favorable. Others were seated, fed and nearly gone in the time it took us to get our food. When 2 different managers come by at 2 separate times to apologize, you know something has gone off the rails.

The restaurant is nicely done, built into a refurbished building right on the river. The view is nice and the seating is comfortable. The menu is limited, as you might expect in this type of restaurant, but there are varied and creative options. The food itself is flavorful, and was prepared well enough. While there is no wow factor, you will get a good, perhaps slightly overprices meal here.

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KK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food, always a great time. We've had many servers, but Nicole was wonderful. We have introduced The Pump House to many friends since we love it so much. Keep up the good work and we'll keep coming back!

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GE
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was our 6th Anniversary and it couldn't have been better. We we're greeted with a Happy Anniversary and finished with a card signed by the entire wait staff, complimentary toast and a wonderful pumpkin cheesecake. Our server Mattie was prompt, detailed and kind. This is a must for your casual or fine dining. I also forgot to mention that the food was amazing.

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CS
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Value for the price. Wait staff vary attentive!!

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MO
Atlantic City
13 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sarah our server was awesome. Make sure you keep her.

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TS
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful birthday dinner. The food and the staff were outstanding.

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FR
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! The service, the atmosphere, the entire staff, the scenery, the food from presentation to the pallet. Outstanding!!! Well done and we look forward to returning!!

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SA
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and Food is lovely. Warm and welcoming, service was splendid, Mike and Philip did an excellent job on that part, was perfect for my Wife birthday celebration, really nice. We definitely will come back again.

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Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had great food and great service. This was such an amazing gem in Rock Hill.

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

Great food and service. Will definitely go back.

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BB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Beautiful. Fantastic view. Excellent reuse of old abandoned industrial facility. Very creative. Wonderful meal.

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AM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible cocktails! Zach is wonderful & we had a fantastic night!

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EF
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I have been to Pump House only a few times, but we hope to make it a regular event. We especially enjoy the lunch menu and the dressy casual ambiance. It's also excellent as a special event venue and a place to take out-of-town friends we want to impress!

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, beer, service, location. 3rd floor restaurant can be a little drafty on a cool day, so bundle up!

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k
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Terrible customer service. The waiter and waitress were very rude and not concerned that 2 of the meals came out wrong. Service was also very slow. I’ve waited to go to the Pump House since it opened hoping they could work out the kinks. Won’t go back anytime soon.

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KD
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!

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SG
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

They were out of rabbit and the two guests who had the elk said it was too rare. I had the tuna. Not bad. I think maybe the dinners didn't come out right away? But I'm being picky. The river view was incredible. In the dark it's not so spectacular, but in the afternoon, early evening - incredible! A really neat concept.

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DF
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

I arrived at 7pm and sat at the bar.He was friendly and took 15 minutes to take my order. My Muscles were cold . After waiting nearly an hour for my dinner I got it to go and left. It was cold as well. *0 bucs for terrible service and a cold dinner, This was much different than my first visit there. There was no parking ( NO parking signs were everywhere!!! ) I won't be back

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KR
Raleigh
26 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is unique all the way around. Neat old building. Interesting ambiance. It's small and when we went it was too cool to sit outside and they didn't have their heaters set up yet. They definitely need the outdoor space. (DON'T sit at the table for 2 by the door. It's a blast of air every time the door is opened. Rather annoying) Service was top notch. Food was excellent. Definitely worth the visit.

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GW
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice staff. Food is beautifully prepared and served. Sarah did an exceptional job!

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CZ
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience at the pump house was absolutely phenomenal, all thanks to our server Sarah. We ordered a couple of appetizers, followed by our delicious entrees. Then for dessert, we were presented with a very special anniversary dessert that added a wonderful touch to the already immaculate experience.

If you have the chance to visit, make sure Sarah is taking care of you!

Also, John was assisting Sarah and was very quick to box our food as soon as we were finished as well as refilling our drinks and making sure we were taken care of.

Alioune, one of the managers, stopped by and made sure everything was ok and even made it a point to say goodbye before we left— how sweet!

I highly recommend this restaurant— the food and staff are unparalleled!

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JS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a soccer game on Sunday morning and they were able to get 9 of us in for Sunday lunch/brunch- food was awesome

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m
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OUR HAPPY PLACE!!!

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JO
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st time. Will be back. I am a huge fan of independently owned restaurants. These guys have it going on so many levels. Rock Hill has a true treasure.

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