The Cellar at Duckworth's

4.7
559 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Gastro Pub
The Cellar at Duckworth’s combines gastropub fare from our chef-driven menu, with a tap list of specialty and rare beers served at appropriate temperatures to their styles, and signature cocktails that are hand crafted to order by our mixologists. Inspired by an era of time that’s long past, the underground space built originally in 1912, naturally has a speakeasy, prohibition-era feel with its original brick walls and exposed ceiling joists. Even our attentive staff dresses the part from the era. We hope to take you back in time for a bit while enjoying good food and drink with friends and family.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, Tapas / Small Plates, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 12:00am; Thursday: 5:00pm - 1:00am; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am
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Phone number
(980) 349-4078
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Fred Quinones
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
7th St.
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Parking details
Street parking and private pay lots are available nearby. Street parking, when available, is free after 6pm M-F and on all day Saturday and Sunday.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 559 People Are Saying
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New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came to dinner with family/friends from out of town. The ambiance is very cool. Good lighting, nice design...very comfortable. Very crowded so it was loud but I was able to have conversation easily at my table. Our server, Bobby Sunshine, was incredibly knowledgeable about the menu and very enthusiastic in the way he described each item we asked about, along with his recommendations. He was an excellent server who was very attentive, nice and friendly. My out of town guests and myself were so impressed with the food, drink,service and decor. An absolute dining pleasure and yes, would definitely return.
Thank you for the great night of dining.

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

Ambience was awesome. Waiter was fantastic.
Food was okay. Both mine and my friends burger was just charred. I ordered it medium and it was well done.
I also ordered the French Buck with no ginger but it came out with ginger.
Not sure where the communication break down was with no ginger and a med burger.
I did not relay any of this to our server and probably should have.

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

Food and cocktails were top-notch. The basic Old Fashioned was fine, but not noteworthy. But the East Village and smoked Manhattan were outstanding. Food was perfectly prepared and delicious. Acoustics amplify background voices, making it slightly hard to hear close-up and creates a general background sense of 'commotion', but not enough to ruin anything. Glad we finally checked this place out and we'll definitely be going back. Overall it's very pricey, but the food and drinks are worth it. Servers all appeared knowledgeable and genuinely sincere in their customer interactions.

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DH
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The drinks are out of this world! A Must! The food was exactly as ordered. Steaks were spot on and all the appetizers phenomenal.

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J
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a table of 9 to celebrate my birthday. Service was really good & attentive, and the food was really good. Their craft cocktails are excellent. Would highly recommend.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for my birthday dinner! It was fabulous!

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GS
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, cocktails and food. Was not wild about the “high top” table where we were seated, which are shared dining tables. Chairs were super uncomfortable. Would much rather have been at a table, especially since it was a special occasion. First time there, though, so didn’t know to ask. Only complaint about an otherwise good experience.

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K
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing! The ambiance was unbeatable, there is nothing like it is Charlotte. Our server Patrick really made our first visit a memorable experience by explaining the history of the Cellar with such enthusiasm! We will certainly be back and ask for him. The beer choices were like nothing I’ve ever seen on tap, food delicious!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Outstanding food and service.

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C
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter gave excellent history of the restaurant, had tremendous food recommendations, and overall was a wonderful dining experience

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j
Greensboro
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The truffle Mac and cheese is one of the best things I’ve ever ate. The lamb chops were seasoned perfectly.
Cocktails are fun with some new twists.

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Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Underwhelming.

The “waffle” cone starter is cute but no real depth in flavor. Flavors Reminiscent of sports bar spicy honey wings , coconut shrimp. The tuna poke one was good, the cashews overpowered that waffle cone.

The grilled oysters might have been called garlic butter in shells. Just straight garlic. It was questionable if there oyster in there.

The main courses, mussel linguini and lamb chops. The mussel linguini was ok just 5 mussels. Nothing was bad about it, but wasn’t spectacular.

Ordered lamb to chefs recommendation of medium received it varying temps. The first chop I had was med rare which is fine. Not going to complain about it. The other chop was just rare. Distinctly red. It tasted alright, no real distinct flavor to it.

Cocktails were good, the New York gin sour interesting an unique. The east village again was unique. The daiquiri tasted mostly of the dark rum, not really balanced.

Informed the waiter about the lamb when it was an issue. She offered to have the kitchen bring it up to temp but wasn’t interested in that. Manager came by and offered complimentary desserts, but based on the meal didn’t want to see what that would be like so we declined. Just asked for the check.
The manager comped the lamb, which was unexpected. Still tipped the waiter 20% on the original , pre-comped , price because nothing was her fault.

Overall was just disappointed this experience I’ve been here before and it was great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always!

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BS
Charlotte
29 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was outstanding, especially pork buns, Brussels sprouts and the waffle cones with poke and chicken and shrimp. Really delicious. Desserts, s’mores and Nutella cheesecake were also terrific. Truffle Mac and cheese was a little too heavy on the truffle oil, couldn’t taste anything else. Also, this place is LOUD! We had to yell to have a conversation. Service excellent. I’d try to come at 5-6 next time to try again before the noise level heats up (we were at 715).

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at the cellar at Duckworth's was incredible. We got the waffle cone appetizer and the poke was delicious. My fiancee got the lemon risotto which was tasty but best of all was the ribeye, cooked to perfection with some seared scallops and great side salad. I'm not much of a salad eater because I dont really like dressing, but whatever they used on the arugula salad was perfect!

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

My absolute favorite restaurant in Charlotte! The drinks, atmosphere, and food are always amazing! My favorites are th NY Gin Sour, the grouper, and the Brussels!

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MC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great. Our server was way over the top for me - like he was the emcee in a circus. Just not a fan of that. Happy to hear about the history of the building, etc. but it was really annoying. He was very nice though and our food was wonderful.

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JL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Fun ambiance! Food was tasty, BUT items came out way too fast from the kitchen. Since the food came out SO FAST we couldn’t really enjoy each course properly.

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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. We had 1 issue with our food, but the manager comped our dessert. Would highly recommend!

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BW
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first experience here but definitely not the last! Yummy food combinations and great cocktails!

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C
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent waitress, food was really good and ambiance decent although a bit loud.

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MD
Charleston
23 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience. Darren took great care of us, food was fantastic and simply put, a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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

Phenomenal experience! Our waiter, Zach, was extremely knowledgeable about the entire menu and the drink menu. My drink was perfect and tasted exactly how was described on the menu. The food was outstanding, and I only wish I could have tried more things! Atmosphere adds to the experience with appropriate era music and decor.

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S
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was awesome, the food was spectacular and the staff were stellar!

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L
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cellar is a gem. We went Friday night after the Southern Women’s Show. All six ladies enjoyed hearing about The Cellars history during prohibition. Excellent server & wonderful meal. Everyone was pleased.

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L
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Hostess’s were not friendly nor willing to move us from a tall high top to one of the many open low top tables. Very disappointing.

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RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cellar was excellent from the food to the service. Darren is such an awesome waiter. The food is outstanding. The steak is amazing! Will definitely go back when we're in town.

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

Celebrated a 45th wedding anniversary for my in laws. We were all very impressed and our waiter BEN was fantastic. The history of this place is impressive and the tour was short but worth it!!

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

We loved our experience at the Cellar! The food is amazing and ambiance was amazing!

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PH
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sam was awesome ! Food and drinks were amazing! Service was wonderful! Very intimate and cool environment

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LD
Columbus
23 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cellar is one of my fave restaurants uptown!! The food is always delicious and there is a wonderfully creative variety of beverages that will appease anyone’s taste!

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Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant is on the site of a former Prohibition era speak easy. Servers are incredibly personable and knowledgable. The cocktails are very unique and the beer list is extensive. A fabulous place for a date or a small party. The Nutella inspired cheesecake is one of the best desserts I have ever eaten. The Red Snapper, too, is to die for.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice dimly lit atmosphere set the mood for a great date night. The craft cocktails are amazing. We had the East Village and Veux Carre’ cocktails. The duck flatbread was also worth trying.

I wish they would use different floor cleaner. Their floors are always slippery 😣

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great but the drinks were even better. Especially the extra touch of smoking the Old Fashioned.

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Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a winner. The food is exvellent and the drinks are fantastic.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Unique and cool ambiance. Very dark lighting but that accents the theme of a speakeasy. Huge and creative beer and cocktails. Farm to table menu.

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SG
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food & service. Touring the beautiful beer cellar was the icing on the cake!

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CB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an excellent server who was very knowledgeable about both drinks and the menu items. Great experience for first timers. A very trendy place.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Some of the best cocktails in town

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JR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

If you are into beer or cocktails this might be your kind of establishment. Wine selection was very limited. I inquired about bottled water as the water served smelled like chlorine to find they did not serve bottled water. We tried the charcuterie board and a couple of tapas items...mediocre at best. We found this restaurant to be more pretentious and hype than anything.

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