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Haymaker, Charlotte, NC

Haymaker

4.2
4.2
1745 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Centrally located in Uptown Charlotte, Haymaker Restaurant, from Chef Chris Coleman, brings locally inspired and seasonal food to the Queen City. Our kitchen reinterprets the bounty of the piedmont area and Appalachia, and explores our foodways, both historic and present across our region. Our classic American lounge serves local brews, fine wines, and handmade cocktails. Dine & drink in our bar & lounge, main dining room, mezzanine, or sidewalk patio all overlooking beautiful Romare Bearden Park in the heart of Charlotte.

Please note that Haymaker is a two-story restaurant with stairs. Please contact the restaurant if you require first floor dining.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Farm-to-table, Southern
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat 10:00 am–2:30 pm Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (704) 626-6116
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    William Dissen
  • Private party facilities
    When planning your special event, business meeting, coffee or cocktail reception, we invite you to join us at Haymaker Restaurant. Haymaker features seasonal preparations, using local ingredients from the Piedmont and hills of Appalachia. We can customize the menu to meet the specific needs of your gathering. Our kitchen is an a la carte facility and we treat special event functions with the same care we provide our individual guests. Our staff is professional and personal, combining the fine points of service with the feeling of being a guest in our home. You can be assured your event will be treated with the same care and attention. Please let us know how we can plan an amazing event or meeting for you and your group! Please email contact@haymakerclt.com with your event request.
  • Neighborhood
    Uptown
  • Cross street
    3rd Street
  • Parking details
    Parking for Haymaker Restaurant is located at the surface lot on the corner of Poplar & 3rd Streets. There are also 2parking decks located on Church Street and 1 deck on Poplar Street all within 1 block of the restaurant. Please note these are all pay lots.
  • Public transit
    We are located 3 blocks from the Light Rail on 3rd Street
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,745 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Charlotte

    Innovative

  • Charlotte

    Innovative

1,745 Reviews
  1. WaltW

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and drinks were top notch, as was the service.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice aesthetic. Bartender and server were great. Menu wasn’t what I saw online so had to settle for a burger. Not what I wanted for a dining experience but luckily it was well made. Will likely return once menu is back to normal.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Server did not initially notify us that the most popular dish on the menu was not available, after finally taking our order food took so long (it’s just brunch) and obviously came out cold, and dry. Server didn’t seem to want to be there.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Long long wait for table, and pretty expensive. Corn bread was ok but pretty weird, and the chicken with dumplings sucked. Those we’re not dumplings, just balls I struggled to get down, plus found some cartilage in my chicken. Unpleasant surprise!! Flavor was good tho, and the desert was fantastic.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Made a reservation and showed up. We were told to wait at the bar until our table opened up. Quite simply the front end staff forgot we were there until we went to find out when our table would open up. Then that took a few minutes. So we were there for over 1 hour before we were seated at a table. The food and waiter were great. The cocktails were great as well and original recipes.

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  6. River

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall service and food was 3 Stars A few things to note: 1. Seating was 20 minutes post Reservation Time. 2. Cocktails were good. 3. Bar staff was good. 4. Wait staff at table was okay. Table check-ins were about 15 mins apart. Water was consistently empty and had to be requested to be filled. Busboy/busgirl was nonexistent. Empty cocktail glass and plates stood on table for more than 20 mins. even after wait staff checked-in. 5. Trout was good. Rice wasn't seasoned and mushy - not edible. 6. Bolognese sauce was too sweet. 7. Appetizers were delicious. Mussels were amazing as well as the Cornbread. 8. Cabbage was okay. 9. Brussel sprouts were good.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always Haymaker did not disappoint! Service was great and food came out quickly and was cooked to perfection-best brunch in Charlotte!

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  8. AlanG

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time there. Food was very good. We had the toast and mussels to start, then shared the rabbit pasta dish. All were good! Service was excellent as well. Sara (our server) was very good. She gave us her thoughts on what was good and was very attentive

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall poor quality food and severely overpriced. Will not go back.

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  10. ChristopherM

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and service. Would recommend the prime rib and the mac and cheese

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  11. Shann

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Had requested a table for 4 and assumed it would be downstairs. Instead was seated upstairs in a space that was uninviting. Friend ordered steak and eggs and the steak was cold when served. Service was very slow and food was just ok.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Menu on OpenTable was not the menu at restaurant. The cornbread was delicious, other food choices were good to okay. Overall would have put picked a different restaurant given guests with me.

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  13. DeannaS

    Houston

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful menu! I could choose everything to eat. We ordered cocktails that were awesome, amazing starters (cornbread, shrimp, and oysters!). All of our mains were delicious, just a little salty for our preference, but not too bad to finish the dish! Would love to go back!

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  14. PhillyByChoice

    Philadelphia

    138 reviews

    4.0

    138 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was terrific - from the seasonal salad with fried okra to the pork tenderloin and rigatoni with walnut pesto. The chef was very responsive to a couple of our special requests and helped with wine pairings.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great place to bring client business associates and best friends. The only disappointment was not having more belly-room to sample other dishes on the menu.

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  16. Vboston3

    Greensboro

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have visited Haymaker several times and have never been disappointed. Service and brunch selection is superb!

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  17. KimberlyR

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We throughly enjoyed our meal, servers attentiveness, and would visit again.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Being an Ascent resident I had the most amazing time! Will be a regular for sure!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great. Food was great. Cocktails were great. Perfect night out.

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  20. KerryB

    Jackson Hole

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My friend didn’t care for the shrimp “sauce” on the catfish special. She said it did not add anything and was a detraction. I wish there were more vegetables and less carb options. These are nits; overall a wonderful meal with fantastic service.

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  21. jason

    West Palm Beach

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We loved the food! I could live on the cornbread. Service was a little off, but the team got it together after the initial long wait. Our only complaint is the lighting. It was too bright for dinner and we didn’t hear any music.

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  22. Bainbridge

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were seated upstairs. The pork had cooled to Luke warm by the time we were served. The cornbread was slightly burnt. Pasta was fine.

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  23. Akasha

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This spot was perfect! It was a great vibe from the moment you entered the door! The decor was clean and fun! The food was fabulous! The cornbread is the only thing we didn’t love! The service was amazing! Berrick was knowledgeable and fun to chat with! We will definitely be back.

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  24. KenG

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and drinks were excellent. It took a long time to get our food. We enjoyed the chance to visit but may not be the best place if you’re pressed for time.

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  25. BryanS

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Sunday brunch. Nice atmosphere with great service, reasonable prices and delicious food. Most are breakfast dishes but wilted salad with grilled chicken is awesome! We love the Bloody Mary’s and don’t forget the Beignets!

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  26. DominickD

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Brunch was great and the atmosphere was pleasing.

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  27. wesleyc

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The chef tried way too hard to turn really good, simple southern dishes into something they're. For example, maybe its a good idea to rename the chicken and dumplings. The chef cheffed it so hard that it was no longer chicken and dumplings, more like imitation chicken and dumplings
    HaymakerResponded on January 25, 2024
    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We appreciate your perspective on our approach to southern dishes. While we strive to put our own unique spin on traditional recipes, we understand that it may not always resonate with everyone. We aim to create dishes that showcase creativity while maintaining the essence of the original flavors. We will take your comments into consideration as we continue to refine our menu. We'd love for you to come back and sit at our Chefs Counter to interact with staff and see how much effort and dedication goes into each dish. Thanks for stopping in- Haymaker

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  28. CorinB

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall very good. Food was incredible, prices were a little dear but nothing out of the ordinary for charlotte. Service was good but for only having about four tables sat, the food did come fairly slowly. Would definitely go back.

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  29. DawnD

    Mobile

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our first visit was on a Sunday after a show. We arrived about 15 minutes prior to our reservation and decided to get a drink at the bar. They were very busy and we were totally fine waiting. We went to our table about 10 minutes after our reservation time…again, no big deal. It took a little longer to be greeted but we had our drinks and were still ok. The server was super nice yet failed to mention the 86’ed items. After we ordered, he had to come back and say yet another item was out. Not his fault. It was a fairly lengthy ticket time. Food was warm at best. Just seems that something was off…maybe no manager that . Wanted to love the place but wasn’t impressed.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We went before a major concert, so it was busy but for a restaurant that has 5 different cornbreads, you would think you could get one order of cornbread in an hour. We did not. We sat for nearly 75 minutes and did not get a single dish, despite ordering two appetizers and 2 salads.
    HaymakerResponded on January 25, 2024
    We appreciate your feedback and we're sorry for the long wait you experienced during your visit. We pride ourselves on delivering timely and efficient service to all our guests, especially during busy periods, we apologize for falling short in delivering your order on time. We will work to improve our processes to ensure this does not happen again in the future. Thank you for bringing this to our attention, and we hope to have the opportunity to serve you better in the future. - Haymaker

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  31. EmmanuelM

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food. Great vibe. Very busy so making a reservation is recommended.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Had to wait 15 mins even with a reservation. Not the best server. great food.
    HaymakerResponded on January 25, 2024
    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We apologize for any inconvenience you experienced while waiting for your table, even with a reservation. We try our hardest to provide exceptional service to all of our guests and it seems that we fell short during your visit. However, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed our great food. We appreciate your patronage and hope to have the opportunity to serve you again in the future. - Haymaker

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Not very many options for breakfast. Coffee was terrible. Did not have creamer, only milk. The atmosphere was nice and relaxing.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I’m not typically someone to write reviews or complain,however for the price, I expect more. I have been here once before and sat at the bar for brunch. Had a perfectly good experience. This time I was with my boyfriend and I reserved a table ( which OpenTable wasn’t even informed that I was there for my reservation, and they charge you if you don’t show up- that was cleared up, however just icing on the cake!) The food was not bad , but brought out literally all at the same time. One of my biggest disappointment was all of the food (bread, salad, main courses) sitting at the table and we still didn’t get our bar drinks and had to ask after all the food was out. My boyfriend ordered an expensive bourbon and when we did get it, the ice was all melted in it. Overall it wasn’t horrible, however as I said I expect a little bit more for the price.

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  35. dcsbbs

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have eaten at Haymaker several times, and once again, the food and service did not disappoint.

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  36. Melissa

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were in Charlotte for 3 days, we were here 3 times. I cannot say enough about this restaurant (food and drink) but also the service. Erik (our server and bartender) was simply the best. He was amazing with our big party and ensuring our kids get exactly what they needed. His personality and charm made us feel like we had known him for years. This place will be on our list each time we visit. Thank you so much for your hospitality!!!

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  37. LouN

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Haymaker was on my list of places I wanted to check out and it definitely did not disappoint. Highly recommend visiting and make sure you definitely get the cornbread. All of the food was delicious and the service was fantastic.

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  38. BrittanyT

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The waitress was very welcoming and took great care of us. The food was delicious and came out quickly.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The pork was on point and cooked perfectly. Cornbread was delish

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    They forget my food and weren’t aware of celebration
    HaymakerResponded on January 25, 2024
    We apologize for the oversight in forgetting your food and for not being aware of your celebration. This is not the level of service we strive to provide. We value your feedback and will address these issues with our staff to ensure it does not happen again in the future. Thank you for bringing this to our attention, and we hope you will give us another chance to provide you with a better experience- Haymaker

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Haymaker offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (704) 626-6116.

Haymaker is rated 4.2 stars by 1745 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Haymaker

225 S Poplar St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Additional information

  • Cross street
    3rd Street
  • Neighborhood
    Uptown
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat 10:00 am–2:30 pm Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Farm-to-table, Southern
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Parking for Haymaker Restaurant is located at the surface lot on the corner of Poplar & 3rd Streets. There are also 2parking decks located on Church Street and 1 deck on Poplar Street all within 1 block of the restaurant. Please note these are all pay lots.
  • Public transit
    We are located 3 blocks from the Light Rail on 3rd Street
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    William Dissen
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (704) 626-6116
  • Private party facilities
    When planning your special event, business meeting, coffee or cocktail reception, we invite you to join us at Haymaker Restaurant. Haymaker features seasonal preparations, using local ingredients from the Piedmont and hills of Appalachia. We can customize the menu to meet the specific needs of your gathering. Our kitchen is an a la carte facility and we treat special event functions with the same care we provide our individual guests. Our staff is professional and personal, combining the fine points of service with the feeling of being a guest in our home. You can be assured your event will be treated with the same care and attention. Please let us know how we can plan an amazing event or meeting for you and your group! Please email contact@haymakerclt.com with your event request.
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