Trade Street Diner

4.1
50 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
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Chef John Tharp creates entrees that offer a lot of the same familiar flavors of Southern diner fare, but with a creative twist.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Southern
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 2:30pm, Sunday: 10:30am - 9:00pm, Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(336) 999-8977
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Beer, Wine
What 50 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.1
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3.9
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Rich Southern food with an updated twist. Mostly delicious, especially fabulous pecan pie. Enthusiastic staff, excellent bar. Friendly ambience.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Excellent drinks, food and service. Thank you, Brooks, for your recommendations!

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2.0Dined on June 23, 2018

This was our 2nd time at Trade Street Diner. The first time we really enjoyed it, but last night was lacking. My husband had previously gotten the chopped steak, loved it and he planned to reorder it. It was still on the menu, but we were told it was unavailable. I ordered the"Roasted Chicken, Whipped Potatoes, Local Vegetables & Chicken Jus" and it was disappointing. The chicken was some slices of chicken breast.....the flavor was just OK, nothing special and I am guessing it may have started out as a 4 oz. breast...or less. The side dishes were a joke ~ the whipped potatoes would maybe fill a 1/2 cup....they were thin enough that they just disintegrated into the Chicken Jus. The "Local Vegetables" that were served with it were I am guessing, yellow squash and zuchinni squash that had been julienned. The julienned strips were maybe 2 inches in length and if I had diced them up I may have been able to fill 2 Tablespoons. Do not know what was going on last night, but it was a totally different experience than our first time there. I would have complained and returned the meal if I had had time.... but we also had plans to go to listen to a band play with friends. I will say that my husband ordered the fried catfish and he received good sized portions and enjoyed the flavor. We'll wait awhile before we go back so hopefully they can correct whatever was going on last night.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Very enjoyable meal, our first visit , Beer was cold, I will go again

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4.0Dined on June 20, 2018

At the outset, I had a real problem with the quality of the food. But with the new chef, we decided to give it a second chance or fourth chance and had a delightful meal. Congratulations on continuing to try to get it right and doing so.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Great service and good selection! Highly recommend going! Went for a light dinner and had lots to choose from!

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

I had the Lamb shank with the brussel sprouts and potatoes. It was amazing!

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Enjoyable but service was a bit off as the bartender was covering tables, including ours, away from the bar. Hope they are better staffed on our next visit.

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We were very disappointed with our waiter. The food was OK. I was visiting town and I would not go back.

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2.0Dined on May 20, 2018

It took a very long time to get average food. Biscuits, English muffins and eggs over cooked and hard.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Delicious food and cocktails in a cozy downtown atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on May 16, 2018

We expected Trade St Diner to be a lot better than it was. Jonathan Lee runs some of the best restaurants in town but he's got some work to do with this one.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother's Day lunch. Was a little disappointed that they only had the limited brunch menu (at 1pm) as Facebook postings lead me to believe that there would be a Mother's Day menu. Regardless, the food was excellent. Shrimp and grits was awesome. Burgers were good. Macaroni and cheeses - yum!

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1.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We made a reservation for my family husband and two small children. We were sat immediately and ordered quickly because we have kids and our happy time is limited. We got our appetizer quickly but when we asked where the rest of our food was our waiter said there was a mix up in the kitchen. We waited 45 min after ordering for our food when i finally told the waiter to just box it up for us. He then told us “just so you know.... you came at the dinner rush and there is usually a wait for food... which i responded oh i understand that sir,which is why we ordered immediately.... we go out to eat all the time with kids an have never had to deal with this...” my kids were wonderful and honestly never made a peep.

Mean while the restaurant was half empty. It wasn’t even a busy evening. The food was burnt and tasted terrible. Not worth 70 dollars!

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

This spot was put in where an old restaurant left from and we had heard that it was good. It did not disappoint. Our waitress was attentive and personable. The drinks were well done. And the food was fantastic. Great flavors and textures. This wouldn't be a complaint for a lot of folks , but for us it was too much food. When we go back we will probably split an entrée so we can have some room for dessert.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Another delicious dinner at TSD. The swordfish, the scallops, the pimento cheese appetizer were all great. Good food, good service, great location in the arts district!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

All 4 adults in my party really enjoyed their food! Highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Not crowded, we got seated right away. Food was simple and delicious.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

The food was delicious and our waiter was wonderful! My husband had the chopped steak and I had the lamb shank ~ we both loved our meals!

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Delicious food, not too pricey. Creative menu. Great atmosphere tho a little noisy. Hard to hear waitress. Will definitely come back.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The restaurant had a very cute and cozy atmosphere. Food was delicious and the service was very nice. Will definitely return

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

First time visitor. Food excellent, very tasty with a pleasing presentation. Menu choices had a good variety. Waiter spoke very fast and was difficult to understand at times. But overall kept us informed on our food arrival. Our experience was great and I will go back.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The food was good. We really enjoyed the pimento cheese appetizer. All of our meals were good. I had the chopped steak which was fabulous. They were a bit behind but they kept us well informed and the service was excellent!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

This place, open since October 2017, is owned by the same folks who own Bernardin's and Bleu. So we expected great food, and we sort of got it.

I had the Short Ribs + Brisket Chop Steak. She had the Crispy Salmon with some sort of pot sticker/ravioli/dim sum thing.

The food was good, sort of a cross between Sweet Potatoes and Bernardin's. The wine sauce on my Chop Steak was nice and deeply flavored, and there was a gracious plenty of food.

I'm marking it as only Fair in value. I spent about $90 for two, including one upscale beer and 2 glasses of wine, and we split a dessert (berry cobbler a la mode). Not a screaming hot deal. For another $20 I would rather have had Bernardin's.

The wait staff (thank you Danielle) was extremely knowledgeable and able to talk "foodie." The kitchen was slow, it seemed to me. Perhaps they were short handed; the weather was iffy that night. But we weren't in a hurry, so the waiting for our food wasn't a problem.

Bottom line, I'll go back, but I won't rush back.

PS... the pickled zucchini strips and carrot juliennes were to die for. For me, they were the most interesting part of the meal.

PPS... I've since read the review complaining of skimpy wine pours. We did not have that issue at all. A generous glass of wine.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Everything was great except for the noise level. It was hard to have a conversation. Some fabric in the ceiling would tamp down the hollow sound and make it a little more comfortable.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Another fabulous dinner! My NJ sister had a cup of of dumpling soup & the trout & both were delicious. For appetizers we tried the tuna tartare and crab cakes. Both were excellent. I couldn’t have the fried chicken skin served with the tartar & our server substituted some naan bread which worked just as well. My husband and I had the Black Sea Bass special & we were not disappointed... all seasoned & cooked to perfection. These guys have it going on!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We really enjoyed Trade Street Diner! Our party of four had the mixed greens salad with salmon, filet medallions, and catfish, along with a group share of fritters and mac ‘n cheese. The filet medallions were not as hot as we would have liked but they had a great taste. Everything else was perfect and yummy. The Kansas Buck cocktail was interesting. Two of us in the party like Old Fashioned cocktails so we tried the Kansas Buck but the Ginger Beer was a bit overpowering. Next time (and we will be going back) we will stick with the traditional cocktail.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Had the salmon special, it was very good. This is the 4th time I have been to Trade St diner, really unique menu and very good every time!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Brought my brother and sister in law for the first time. They loved it!!

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Good value. Delicious special.

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Tired this restaurant for Restaurant Week and was very pleased. The food was quite tasty and a fantastic value. I would highly recommend and will return.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Went to celebrate the Downtown Restaurant Week and a co-worker’s birthday. Had the salmon special with mustard sauce. Excellent! Will definitely eat there again.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Excellent food, great service, and cozy ambiance!

The menu at Trade Street Diner has a pretty sizable selection, so it was easy to find something for both the adults and children in our party.

I had the filet medallions, which were cooked perfectly and seasoned well. My y husband enjoyed the risotto with cauliflower steak, and our daughter enjoyed her burger. We took home a couple of single serving pies and they were delicious!

We'll definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Great experience and I will defiantly be back.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Love the food. Service can be "spotty". Will go back for sure & recommend to others

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We had the mahi-mahi special. Small piece of fish (1/2 size of woman’s palm). Fried risotto balls were not tasty at all. Staff were pleasant and ambience nice.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Our first time there. We’ll be back! Overall service and food were really good. Maybe the best collard greens I’ve ever had.....

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2.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was pretty good but kind of cold. Our server was nice but food and drinks were super slow coming out. A new place so maybe it just needs some kinks worked out.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Have had 2 visits and both were excellent. The service was phenomenal and the food was spot on.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Loved the food, great atmosphere.

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