The Cellar at Duckworth's

4.7
479 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Gastro Pub
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  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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 479 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Overall the food was okay, the filet was great. But the waitress was super rude, enough so it would discourage me returning. Very loud when busy.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Good food, great service!

We shared a variety of items, and each was fantastic!

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

It's such a unique little find - the Cellar at Duckworth's - and so different than the upstairs bar vibe. It's a little dark. It's a little loud. However, the service is always excellent, the food is interesting and the drinks are fantastic.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

I don't generally fill out reviews for place, but this business is amazing. The cocktails and food were out of this world! I highly recommend it. I enjoyed sitting at the bar and talking to the bartenders. Great experience!

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Nice atmosphere. Pleasant and quick service. Cocktails delicious. Food was good. Small plates were nice and very interesting.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Food was out of this world! Service was awesome and the drinks were even better.

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We were very excited to try the cellar for the first time. Our other visits to Duckworth’s have always been excellent. Unfortunately, the evening was disappointing. It is a cool locale but can be very loud when crowded. Also, the menu was interesting but the execution was lacking. We tried a charcuterie plate and three small plate options. None were very good but yet quite expensive. Sorry, but we do not plan to go back again.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We were stuck on 77 due to a major pile up and called to inform that we would be late for our reservation but they were very understanding and accommodating. It is dark like my idea of a 'cellar'. The wonderful faint odor of smoke (from smoked drinks and dishes (not from cigarettes or cigars) in the air. Dimly lit and very busy, small and loud, but also an excitement stirring. The pork buns were my least favorite, being under seasoned but the mushrooms, Brussels sprouts and duck ragot were awesome. I will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Food and service was great. Our server Ben was fun, nice, and helpful.

The only oddity was that our entrees were not served to each of us at the same time. This isn’t a huge issue and will def keep coming back to Cellar.

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2.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Great atmosphere although very loud, good selection of wine, spirits, and beer with a nice cocktail program. Food is good not great, not a high end steakhouse as they would like you to believe. Its priced as a higher-end restaurant and they project a more polished image and atmosphere but in terms of quality of service and what comes out on the plate its just a slight step up from routine pub grub.

Service needs a lot of work. Understaffed servers completely in the weeds with a full room. For our party of three every single item ordered came to the table at a different time with long gaps in the service. Bar couldn't get drinks out together unless it was the same drink. Side dishes served cold 15 minutes before the entrees, then entrees come one at a time 15 minutes apart. My dining companions finished their meal before I even received mine. The ability to coordinate things so that everyone receives their food and drink at the same time is a service basic - get it together.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

My favorite place to eat in Charlotte!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Darren was terrific; knowledgeable and friendly. The drinks were good, the first thing d phenomenal. We loved the dark , cool atmosphere, especially with the scorxhing weather outside. We’ll be back!!

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The large plates had huge variety in food quantity for the price. Scallops were lovely but had two small pieces of cauliflower to complete the plate, while the burger was huge with many toppings plus fries.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Awesome always

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

This was our first visit to Charlotte and once again used Yelp/Trip Advisor for recommendations. This old speak easy did not disappoint. We had excellent service from Patrick, absolutely delish food (try the oysters and brussel sprouts, and the rib eye was sooo good). Cozy, romantic atmosphere. Had a really neat tour of the craft beer room.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Great experience, excellent food. A bit loud, hard to hear conversation across the table. Cameron is an outstanding server, advised us on best menu choices and spirits/beer.

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3.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Food good as always. Not ideal for date night when entrees came out 10 mins apart. We go out to eat to eat together, not watch each other eat. Manager had half hearted apology then was quickly off. Wish I had better review.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Enjoyed the whole experience. Food was really good. Atmosphere was great!

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

First time in. Great cocktail menu. Cam makes a killer Old Fashioned. Service was great. Food was awesome as well. All the small plates were perfect for 4 people to share and get a good taste for the flavors of the dish.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Wasn’t that busy, but can typically be an issue. Food has yet to disappoint. If I had any complaint it would be comfortability of the chairs, or lack thereof, and service can sometimes be slow. But overall, I’d recommend this place to anyone! Great food, great drinks.

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4.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Food is good but the menu is a little carb heavy. I highly recommend the charcuterie board; it’s one of the best I’ve ever had. Service is always excellent. The main draw for me is the cocktails; there are a variety of truly crafted drinks and I’ve enjoyed every one I’ve tried thus far. Get a reservation!

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Waaaaaaaaay too loud. Need sound panels asap. Service, at least by waitstaff was tremendous. Service, by delivery time, was abysmal. Great venue, but, as loud as it gets.... Which isn't always bad, but needs to be controlled. Here's the final verdict, at least from a first timer, I will absolutely be back!

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Lovely location and great atmosphere. Innovative and traditional cocktails, nice wine selection and a large variety of beer. Service was great, with friendly and knowledgeable waiters dressed to match the decor (prohibition era). And the food... perfect ! We ordered several small plates one better than the next: candied bacon, truffle mac and cheese and truffle fries, risotto, duck flat bread and caramelized Brussels sprouts. We also had a cheese and charcuterie platter and my husband found his new favorite cocktail: Old Cuban.
Excellent evening we will definitely be back, we did not even try the main plates after all those appetizers. Highly recommend it when your in Charlotte.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Best experience overall that I have ever had anywhere. The smells, the food, the drinks and the staff were all top notch. Will be back again and again. Bobby was a great waiter

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Celebrating the end of a medical residency

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

This was our second time at the Cellar at Duckworths and it was a very different experience, but still amazing! The first time we swung by without reservations and had about a 45 min wait, which wasn't too bad since we walked around uptown to make the time pass. We ended up with seats at the end of the bar. They were the perfect seats - the bartenders are very creative and fun to watch, and the end seats were very intimate! We just had drinks and dessert - the drinks here are definitely the highlight. Try the smoked whiskey sour, it's the best one! So many layers and flavors in one drink, it's incredible.

This time we had a half table half booth near a very rowdy group (that ordered 3 of the tomahawks and ate every bit! I was impressed.) It was our first time having dinner and it was delicious!! The drinks were still the star I think, but we cleaned every plate. The food also isn't ridiculously priced - three drinks, an appetizer, two entrees, and one dessert put us at $120 before tip.

The service was a bit slow at times but it was a Saturday night and we enjoyed the ambiance.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Such a gem in Charlotte. We had an amazing server who was friendly and attentive, and all of the food we ordered was amazing. We live in CA and made a trip to Charlotte for vacation, and this place rivals the locations in LA.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Best beer selection and cocktails I have ever seen. Great service from a very knowledgeable staff

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Patick was attentive and provided excellent recommendations. Drinks were great. Ee enjoyed three small plates - grilled oysters, tuna tartar and grilled peppers and their generous accompanying bread chips and toasts. The coffee was freshly made and delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

The restaurant atmosphere was perfect! The food was absolutely amazing! We will most definitely return.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Favorite place and spent $400 in two hours, but service went south half way through. Couldn’t even keep water glass from being empty.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Everything was great! The best Sazerac outside of New Orleans. The ground duck papardelle was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Fabulous little hidden gem in uptown Charlotte! If you’re in the mood for a crafted cocktail or top notch wine, this is the perfect place.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

This is a hidden gem. Great food and service. Hidden downstairs. Will be back soon.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

The service and the food were excellent. Thank you!

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Would have been outstanding if there would be a noise dampening divider in seating area, we were half way done with our meal when two foul mouth guys using the F bomb were seated beside us.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

We arrived a little early for our reservations but we're seated immediately with no problems. Our waitress showed up promptly and filled our water and explained the craft cocktail menu. I ordered a old fashioned and the wife got a daiquiri. Both were excellent. Probably the best old fashioned I've ever had. Shortly thereafter the waitress came back and explained the menu. We ended up getting four starter/ appetizers plates. All were amazing. The ambiance was great. Lighting was a little too low maybe. Use your phone light to see the menu better. The place started to get a little busy but noise stayed low overall. I ordered a second drink which took a little longer but not too long. The manager came over to check on us. She got my drink and apologized which was not needed. Then she came back and offered us a free dessert for our inconvenience, which again was really unnecessary but she was so nice. Sorry for the lengthy review but to summarize great food,cocktails, and service at a acceptable price. What more could you ask for. THANK YOU THE CELLAR. We will definitely be returning

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Great atmosphere, great food, great service, and a great value. We'll certainly be back!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

CAN I SAY THIS WORTH THE MONEY!!

The Cellar is downstairs inside Duckworth’s bar. The Cellar is in the basement with very dim lighting. VERY romantic! It’s a small restaurant, I like it, small so it was perfect for me. The tables are a tab bit close it each other, but it’s ok. The food is AMAZING good with a mouth full of flavor!!!! OUR WAITER WAS DARREN AND HE WAS AMAZING, GREAT AND KNOWLEDGEABLE OF THE MENU AND DRINKS!! They have beer you have never heard of, they will also give you a tour of the restaurant. I mean we REALLY ENJOYED OURSELVES!!!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Enjoyed going here with the boyfriend for a special night out. I was seriously impressed at the caliber of our server’s wine knowledge.

The atmosphere reminded me Gordon’s wine bar in London- dark and cosy.


The food was very good, but for the price there is better in charlotte. All in all, a fun place to go, especially if you’re looking to mix it up on date night.

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