The Cellar at Duckworth's

4.7
593 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 593 People Are Saying
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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Previous reviews of the restaurant were high, and I was expecting to be delighted. However, it was not as I expected. We ordered tapas and were not overly impressed. The quality was OK, but to be honest it was just not superior like we had expected.

Additionally, when I booked on Tuesday (for a Friday dinner), the only choices on Open Table were 5:30 and 8:45 (nothing in the middle). So, we hurried to get the 5:30 seating. Yet, the 60-90 minutes we were there, the place was not at capacity. I'd say 30% of the restaurant was open.

Anyway, the vibe is good and the place is good for a drink and the (right) tapas. But, overall, it was not as we expected and we were disappointed.

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Went there for a company Christmas party but it was soooooo loud, we couldn't even hear the waiter..too loud! Get some noise cancelling panels..

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DR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are not enough good things I can say about The Cellar at Duckworths! The service, food, beverage and ambiance were all amazing.

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C
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was outstanding, and the 2 couples had no problem deciding what to order. We were able to sample a couple of small and large plates. Enjoyed everything they put in front of us. While our desert was very good, a very light cheesecake (?), the desert menu was limited. We had the duck flatbread, my favorite, outstanding. I love Tuna and we had the tuna tartare, it was spicy and delicious.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic overall! It was really dark which made it difficult to see the menu but we simply used the flashlight on our phones. Would definitely go back again!

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j
Charlotte
51 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We have been dying to try the Cellar and unfortunately we were disappointed. James our waiter said that they served tapas style which I thought was weird since it was not a tapas place, only to realize with only one other couple dining at this time I waited about 5-8 minutes longer to get my food than my husband. He was basically done with his dinner when mine came. When we questioned the manager he said that it is a tapas style restaurant. Anyway so if you don't mind not eating together all and all was good.

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PA
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT FOOD, GREAT DRINK MENU AND BEST SERVICE I'VE HAD IN A LONG TIME.

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Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cellar at Duckworth's is definitely for a special occasion. The ambiance was incredible! The food was pricey. Our bill was $80 including tip for two tapas and two cocktails but, everything was delicious. I added scallops to my Truffle Mac & Cheese. It was delicious. The cocktails were freshly prepared and delicious. Go for the food stay for the story.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the ambiance of the place and the food was amazing!

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TS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. Lamb Chops are out of this world. Wait staff is top notch.

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LD
Charlotte
24 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for a wonderful dining experience! I reserved a table for 12 to help celebrate my husband’s 45th birthday!
The food and drinks were fantastic - as always! We were even given a nice tour of the beer vault!
Thanks again for exceeding my expectations!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Every food item was an explosion of flavor.

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DD
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The drinks are incredible! The speakeasy style is cozy to dine in and the small plates were large enough to share with several people. Highly recommend!

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TG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Was disappointed after reading so many great reviews.
I dont usually ever write reviews having been in the hospitality industry past 20 years but underwhelmed by the service and the food.

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BB
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing all the way around! Food was awesome, craft drinks crazy good and atmosphere was perfection. Love the speakeasy feel.

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W
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Restaurant interesting but too loud for decent conversation. Server was nice and helpful however the food did not come out all at once which is annoying. We enjoyed our meals but the preparations have lots of thing with sugar - eg candied veggies and Brussels sprouts ruined by too sweet balsamic glaze. I did ask for my vegetables uncandied and they did that for me which was nice. Friends who had burgers said they were great. We sat by the door and it was freezing - granted it was a cold night in Clt but they should have a better door or heating system. All and all I’d say ok but won’t rush back.

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A
Charlotte
54 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great speakeasy atmosphere with excellent service. Unique flavors in a wide assortment of entries. Love the custom made drinks
Reservations required

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The drinks and food were amazing. The service was top notch. The steak was out of this world.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server (Bobby) was incredible, and the manager (Sean) offered us a tour of their brew cellar, which was incredibly unique and memorable. Will certainly be back for more.

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f
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and atmosphere were superb. Our server Bobby was amazing

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BB
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had an absolute amazing time! Food was delicious and the cellar tour was the cherry on top! Beer selection was phenomenal and would recommend to anyone looking for a good night!

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AO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience from beginning to end. The dishes were truly a culinary experience. I also loved the ambience. The

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k
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely incredible! Went here on Saturday night for dinner and everything was perfect. The server was incredibly knowledgeable (shout out to Bobby!!) and answered our questions about certain cocktails and their extensive beer list. We all ordered different entrees and everyone loved their meals. We started with the charcuterie board and the ground duck flatbread. Both were incredible. The charcuterie board had a great selection of options of meets and cheeses that really allowed us to customize! The flatbread was heavenly and the entire table (6 of us) were able to enjoy with a hearty portion for an appetizer. I had the filet mignon and it was so tender and flavorful! I will tell you that as a former speakeasy, the space can get quite loud. We were able to have conversations without yelling to each other so it depends on your preference for noise. Overall, I couldn't speak higher of this restaurant. The accolades it has already received are completely on point and I'm already planning another trip back!!

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MH
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

We were treated terribly by our waiter and essentially yelled at by him for flagging him down to get more drinks. I asked to speak with the manager and he told me he would take care of us from then on. I asked to close the bill because I no longer wished to continue with the meal. He offered to take care of a few things on the bill. I received the bill and he had taken care of nothing. Lied to my face. It wasn’t about the money so we paid in full without further confrontation. I loved this place. It was one of my favorite go to spots to take friends and clients to showcase what the city has to offer. I don’t see how I can continue to support this place unfortunately. It’s a shame.

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S
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an awesome time! Very thing was perfect. Zach was very knowledgeable about the menu,cocktail and beer list. Service was very fast and their Mac and cheese was delicious.

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p
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks were good. Pretty pricey for dinner as you didn't get much if a side. Speciality drinks were expensive as well.

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OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice evening, always where we go for special occasions

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food but the service really stood out. We had Samantha and she was fantastic.

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TE
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great spot in uptown! Great food, loved the tapas concepts, and the beverages were superb!

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KW
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. The Ribeye was the best I have EVER had. No exaggeration! Sam was the best.

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SM
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We picked one of the first things that popped up that had a menu that my husband was good with. He’s picky but enjoys good food. This was one of our top favorite meals ever. We had Brussels and mac to start. Both were amazing. Our steak was cooked to perfection and melted in your mouth. The scallops were amazing as well. Patrick was our waiter and he was just the best. Being in food and bev ourselves, we were super impressed with everything. Even picked out a couple craft bears to take home. Great great experience.

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LC
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The food is too rich. Lots of fried food and heavy sauces and too much seasoning.

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FG
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
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 on October 21, 2018
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 on October 17, 2018
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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CA
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing, and the service was great. The restaurant is a little noisy, and the seating is not very private. But I will definitely be back.

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DH
Charlotte
2 reviews
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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