The Pump House

4.7
3831 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3831 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.8
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4.7
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4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipGaryD
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice dinner. View disappointing as we looked at a brick wall. Service excellent. Entree good not great. Okra super

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vipHockessin
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Very enjoyable on the outside patio looking over the river.

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vipSparty1
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We love the Pump House. We took our two visiting daughters for lunch for there first visit and had a wonderful lunch experience. Creativity around the food is amazing and the views are great.

The Pump House
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for joining us and for the great review! We hope to see you all again soon!

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Foodie919
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Food is fantastic, service is phenomenal, great view. A wonderful SC gem.

The Pump House
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the great five-star review! We hope to have you join us again soon!

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WilliamS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food as usual

The Pump House
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your support and the great five-star review, William! We look forward to the next visit!

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JohnO
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

View from table in bar by window was very nice. Great wine selection. Servers were attentive but kitchen sent me fries with sandwich instead of soup which I ordered. However they quickly brought the soup. The bar can be very loud. Dining room looked quieter.

The Pump House
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for joining us and for the great review, John! I hope that we will get a chance to deliver a five-star experience soon.

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luckyred
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit - we went during SC Restaurant week - a chance occurrence for a special occasion. Andrew our server was on it - he listened, gave pro details details about the special wild local trout dish and house cocktail. He was exceptional and everything also followed suit. We sat outside despite the winter weather, in a sheltered and heated area overlooking the river with dim lighting. I ordered the Filet and my family ordered the hanger steaks, beef-eaters that we are from the midwest. My husband immediately noticed that the hot dishes came on warm plates and cold dessert was on a chilled plate, a sign of a restaurant that treats food as a serious business. The crab cake app was delicious and fresh, the red pickled cabbage was balanced out by the creamy rice with butternut squash nestled underneath and the broccolini was fresh, and green and parboiled or steamed just perfectly to let it shine. As a foodie, I appreciated going to an actual fine dining restaurant with an intentional menu where actual cooking is done, not just assembling and sourcing of ingredients is deliberate. There is an actual chef on staff, more than one. So appreciated. The pear house cocktail was not overwhelmingly sweet and though tiny, lol, not being a drinker I am still saying that...was pretty good with hints of pear and a few tasteful cranberries as garnish. The flourless chocolate cake was different than what I expected. I have made flourless chocolate cake before and this was more like a very dense and VERY cold almost.. ganache? No texture of cake, more like a smooth and dense mouse. I was 'just' a little disappointed in the dessert because of size and nothing else was on the dish but a tiny drizzle of chocolate sauce. No embellishments. But even MORE disappointed that the following day, my husband ATE my leftover dessert. I could have killed him. It was more than worth it to stay in South Carolina in Rock Hill than to transport to Charlotte with that view.

The Pump House
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for joining us and for the great five-star review! I will certainly share your feedback with Andrew as well as the rest of our service and culinary teams! We hope to see you all again soon.

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LeonH
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crew did a great job of welcoming us, the food was excellent and the wait staff was outstanding. The ambiance of the restaurant is GREAT!

The Pump House
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for the great five-star review, Leon! We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family gathering

The Pump House
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for the great five-star review!

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vipbwimmer
Charlotte
122 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful and expertly served. We love the corn muffins and Fried Green tomatoes! The Pimento Macaroni and Cheese and the Crab Cakes were just wonderful.

The Pump House
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for joining us and for the great five-star review!

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Goddess318
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend and I took advantage of the prefixed restaurant week menu. We had crab cakes and wedge salads for appetizers which were good. She had the salmon as her main and I had shrimp and grits because of our waiter’s recommendation, which was PHENOMENAL!!! And vanilla cheesecake for desert. Everything was amazing! Our waiter, I’m so sorry I cannot remember his name but he was perfect! Was very attentive and kind. I will definitely come back when it’s warmer because it was a bit chilly with the constant opening of the patio door, but that’s to be expect. Wonderful night overall!

The Pump House
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for joining us and for the great five-star review! We hope to see you all again soon!

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vipMissy
Charlotte
50 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch on outside patio. Never disappoints!

The Pump House
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for the great five-star review, Missy! We hope to see you again soon!

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vipSoflotiger
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service, as always!

The Pump House
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for the great five-star review! We hope to see you all again soon!

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GlennS
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our birthday dinner was fun! The staff is great and the menu for South Carolina’s food week is really outstanding. Very well done!

The Pump House
Responded on January 14, 2021

Thank you for your support and for the great five-star review, Glenn! We hope to have you join us again soon!

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AnnD
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service and atmosphere in the area. The food was amazing.

The Pump House
Responded on January 14, 2021

Thank you for the great five-star review, Ann!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great date night !!

The Pump House
Responded on January 14, 2021

Thank you for the great five-star review! We look forward to the next date night!

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BrittanyH
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I always have a great experience at The Pump House! Always great food and great service. My servers are always memorable.

The Pump House
Responded on January 14, 2021

Thank you for your support and for the great five-star review, Brittany! We look forward to the next visit!

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GlennB
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I had a great lunch there this week. Fried green tomatoes were shared and were crispy and topped with a spicy pickled relish. Delicious. One entree was the fried chicken salad and the other was blackened catfish. Both entrees were prepared very well and served while still hot. Our server, Curtis, was the epitome of efficiency and friendliness. We had a table on the heated porch directly overlooking the river. Couldn’t ask for a better view.

Overall it was a terrific experience and know that we’ll be back. Highly recommended.

The Pump House
Responded on January 14, 2021

Thank you for joining us and for the great five-star review, Glenn! We will certainly share your feedback with Curtis as well as the rest of our service and culinary teams! We hope to see you both again soon!

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Birthdayg
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food i have ever eaten. I would die for the shortrib. The grits were blessed

The Pump House
Responded on January 14, 2021

Thank you for the great five-star review!

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KayW
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening celebrating my birthday. Our waitress was attentive & food was wonderful!!

The Pump House
Responded on January 14, 2021

Thank you for celebrating with us, Kay, and for the great five-star review!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Pump House. We have not been there in a long time due to just not eating out. But we really missed it. Not crowded at all because of it being a Sunday night. They really spread people out

The Pump House
Responded on January 14, 2021

Thank you for the great five-star review! We appreciate you coming out to join us!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! Is amazing so is the safe!! OMGGG

The Pump House
Responded on January 11, 2021

Thank you for the great five-star review!

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vipJeanetteM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Pump House never disappoints. Service is outstanding! Food is delicious. They have a great kids menu and free ice cream that comes with their meals.

The Pump House
Responded on January 14, 2021

Thank you for your support and the great five-star review, Jeanette!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great atmosphere. Can't wait to go again.

The Pump House
Responded on January 11, 2021

Thank you for the great five-star review!

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BrandyF
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at the Pump House!! Awesome food and experience!!

The Pump House
Responded on January 11, 2021

Thank you for the great five-star review, Brandy! We look forward to the next visit!

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KalisaS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another enjoyable trip to The Pump house. Highly recommended

The Pump House
Responded on January 11, 2021

Thank you for the great five-star review, Kalisa!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as usual!

The Pump House
Responded on January 11, 2021

Thank you for the great five-star review!

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alicia
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best like always . We love the place the food and the view

The Pump House
Responded on January 11, 2021

Thank you for the great five-star review, Alicia!

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NikkiK
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was extremely friendly and professional. We all enjoyed our experience!

The Pump House
Responded on January 13, 2021

Nikki, Thank you for joining us and for the great five-star review! We hope to see you all again soon!

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vipCalE
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome atmosphere on the heated porch overlooking the river, delicious food, and stellar service.

The Pump House
Responded on January 14, 2021

Thank you for the great five-star review, Cal!

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KathieW
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve - good was awesome!

The Pump House
Responded on January 14, 2021

Thank you for celebrating the new year with us, Kathie! We hope to see you again soon!

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AngeloGonzo
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

New Year’s Eve Dinner, they had a preselected menu, with several options. Food was excellent, service great and ambiance was welcoming. After dinner we had cocktails at bar, and again everything was excellent, with superior service. Highly recommend.

The Pump House
Responded on January 11, 2021

Thank you for celebrating with us, Angelo! We look forward to having you join us in the new year!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak perfectly seasoned and cooked, excellent service, casual yet sophisticated atmosphere

The Pump House
Responded on January 11, 2021

Thank you for the great five-star review! We hope to see you again soon!

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JessicaS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We visited New Year’s Eve and had the 4 course meal. It was all just ok. Fair flavors, that could use more salt maybe. Heavy selections that could have used a salad or lighter course. Nothing we would order again. I love chocolate and the flourless chocolate cake was inedible. Our server was fantastic and we ordered as he suggested. The restaurant is very cool and we are interested in coming back to see the river during the day.

The Pump House
Responded on January 10, 2021

Thank you for joining us, Jessica! We look forward to the next opportunity.

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Jose
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Other than the New Year’s Eve menu being a little pricey, my wife and I really enjoyed our first at at the Pump House. Our server was extraordinary!!

The Pump House
Responded on January 13, 2021

Jose, Thank you for celebrating the new year with us and for the great five-star review! We certainly hope to have you and your wife join us again soon!

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KishadoraW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time with friends for New Year Eve dinner. The Chef must have a Michelin star, the food was absolutely amazing. Our waiter Alberto was the best I've ever experienced especially with being so young. His recommendations were on point because this was my first time there, and cocktails were amazing. Everyone was so friendly and my friends and I will definitely be back.

The Pump House
Responded on January 14, 2021

Kishadora, Thank you for joining us and for the great five-star review! We will certainly share your feedback with Alberto as well as the rest of our service and culinary teams. We look forward to your next visit!

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Bjmmm
Charlotte
3 reviews