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Haymaker

3.8
3.8
1339 Reviews
$30 and under
American

Centrally located in Uptown Charlotte, Haymaker Restaurant, from Chef William Dissen, 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.

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Booked 49 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Farm-to-table, Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 10:00 am–2:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 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

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What 1,339 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.6Value

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  1. N

    Nancyh

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Read poor review of service on Mapquest . Found them to be untrue. Service was very good.

  2. JH

    JohnH

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Great bartenders. Sat at Chef counter and watched the well oiled machine. Great drinks and food. Pork Shank was awesome. Will go back

  3. MG

    MelGrace

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Went for brunch, it was OK nothing special. Would not go there again.

  4. 0

    0000

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Had high hopes but unfortunately would not recommend.

  5. ES

    ElizabethS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food and good service. The ambiance on Saturday at opening is relaxing. Would go back again!

  6. C

    Chip

    Charlotte

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    What a complete disaster. Service was awful. Food was sub-par at best. Our waitress, Caitlin, was one of the worst servers I've ever encountered. She could not have cared less about our experience. And, for an establishment that touts as their motto "heirloom ingredients, preservation, and sustainable meats and seafood lead the way to crafting our menus," the food left us both perplexed. The charcuterie was average, and the Steakhouse Burger was was devoid of flavor. If you're going to have six total entrees/large plates I would hope each would stand out as a paragon of that offering. I've had a better burger at Five Guys (and here I thought that the 5G burger was expensive). The mushroom toast was good, but not memorable. And, the one standout was the Benton's Old Fashioned. The bacon infused bourbon was outstanding. Overall, an extremely unacceptable experience, both from a culinary, service and value perspective. Do better, Haymaker.

  7. J

    Jess

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4

    It took our waitress about 20 mins to acknowledge we were there. A hostess took our drink order and a manager brought them to us before our waitress ever came over. She maybe checked on us twice. I would understand if she seemed super busy and was apologetic but that wasn't the case. The food was good but not good enough to make up for the poor service.

  8. KD

    KenziD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4

    Our server never checked on us after we ordered our food. We had a different server bring us a refill of water before our food arrived and never had a refill after that. Then we sat for 10 mins waiting for our checks, at which point when the server greeted another table without even looking out way, we got up to go downstairs to pay for our food. The server saw us get up to walk downstairs and then stopped us to ask if we were ready to close out.

  9. JU

    JonathanU

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    Space is very cool on the main level, we were seated up in the balcony ... dark and uninspired. Service was HORRIBLE.

  10. BW

    BeverleeW

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    I really enjoyed the server, Grace. She was knowledgeable about the menu, friendly and just a ray of sunshine. The food was tasty and came out quick. I do realize this is a farm to table restaurant, but $15 for two eggs, two regular slices of bacon and some potatoes is a but much. And $25 for a 5 ounce steam? Again, the food was good just over priced. I'm not anxious to return but also not opposed. Personally I was not thrilled by the jalapeño biscuit. I'd rather my meal be served with the beignets- oh man, I put the raspberry jam inside the air pocket of one of my beignets. Top notch.

  11. MB

    MrsBighamNite

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    The restaurant is very pretty. I had book a table over a month ago so I was disappointed when we were shown to a table upstairs across from the bathroom. Our waiter was very good. We ordered a prawn appetizer for 4 and when it arrived the shells were on the prawns, so we were picking off shells covered in curry....it was so messy, it was ridiculous. I ordered the pork shank at the waiter's recommendation and it was perfect, fall off the bone and seasoned deliciously. My husband ordered the fish of the day, flounder, and didnt care for it. It did not have any flavor. The mojo sauce it came with did not have any flavor, he asked for more mojo sauce, which our waiter quickly brought, but the sauce was flavorless. Our cocktails were delicious. I had a glass of pinot noir that was delicious. It is very expensive, but then everything is expensive. Nothing stood out to me that would make me recommend this restaurant to anyone.

  12. G

    Grossedout

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience3

    I was disgusted after watching employees put thier hands and eat out of the chip bin that is being used to serve guests from. I watched over 6 employees walk by in 30 minutes and eat out of the chips.

  13. M

    Meredith

    Raleigh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Terrible experience. Terrible service. We had to ask for water and for someone to take our drink order. Then Took 50 minutes to get one of the three drinks we ordered. Other two were still not on the table. We cancelled our food order and left. The restaurant wasn’t that busy and appeared to be adequately staffed. Will not return.

  14. JD

    JDog

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We came up from Orlando and the Chef I work for said this was the spot to go To in Charlotte. We had the mushroom toast, tagliatelle, flounder, burger and Mac and cheese. Everything was phenomenal, food, service, ambiance. The restaurant is beautiful and I love the use of all the local farms. I would come back to Charlotte JUST for this restaurant. You all crushed it!

  15. f

    foodnerd

    Charlotte

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Amazing flavors! We had the strawberry-beet salad, the straw and hay tagliatelle, and the pork. The whole meal tasted of spring! It's been a long time since I've had something with flavors that were so interesting and vibrant. The green garlic in the farro with the pork made us want to lick the bowl. My friend scraped every bit of sauce out of the tagliatelle. Wow. So good

  16. SA

    StijnA

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food! Great serving! great experience! Always nice to come back.

  17. JH

    JacquelineH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    we went for my birthday, they have a very limited menu as is and did not have half of the menu items. I was very disappointed as i feel they have been getting worse over time

  18. GB

    GreatBusinessDining

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was awesome. Their drinks were great, but a little pricy. Our server, Grace Hobbs was amazing. She had a lot of energy and knew her stuff. Very good. The Pork Belly Shank was amazing. The Grilled Chicken was a little bland/dry.

  19. LU

    LULU

    Naples

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    Our server Grace was terrific. As with most uptown Charlotte restaurants they are beautiful spaces but the food is not great. Two pasta dishes came out cool and lacking in flavor, one hamburger ordered medium came out so overcooked that my husband burned his tongue on the first bite. We didn't have the patience at the time to send everything back. Good looking bar for drinks and to try some appies.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience5

    The food wasn’t anything to get excited about . Very limited menu. Nice place for drinks. I won’t go back to dine.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Sunday brunch and sat at the bar - food was great - the smoked bacon was EPIC. Enjoyed it!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We had a great time. It was our first visit so we sat at the bar. We really enjoyed the bartender and the drinks. The food was okay as well, just a little less options than expected. Otherwise it was an amazing experience. I will definitely return.

  23. b

    bklyn

    New York Area

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Grow of 4 celebrating new jobs. Pasta was tasty but slightly over cooked. The real star of entrees was wine braised pork shank which two of us had. Dessert was just crumble with berries and no other choices. I expected better, but maybe pastry chef was out. The waitress originally from NJ was wonderful and very helpful with wine pairings and service.

  24. TS

    TSimpson

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Nice atmosphere, went for Sunday brunch. We all had steak and eggs and no one’s steak was cooked to the temperature requested. The chefs cocktail of the day was good. We’re from out of town but if I was a local I would give it another try.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4

    Food service was slow which is not unusual in today’s world but the food was over-cooked across the board. The eggs, the steak, the hash browns, the chicken sandwich, the bacon. Very disappointing. First time was so much better. Place really went downhill. Last time I will be going.

  26. AH

    AmyH

    Charlotte

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Waited 15 min to put in a drink order, then another 15 before we got 1 of the 3 drinks we ordered (2 bloody marys and a coffee so, ya know, pretty standard brunch fare), 10 min later finally got last 2 drinks. We decided to just cut our losses, get our check and leave, if it’s 40 min to just get drinks what would we even have been looking at for food? Disappointed, menu looked great.

  27. TM

    ToniaM

    Greensboro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Haymaker is right up there with one of the most enjoyable dining experiences I've had, and that's saying something-this girl is a foodie! The food, beverages, service, & atmosphere was TOPS!! A definite spot to put on our return list!! Try it today!

  28. TP

    TravisP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Overall food was very good. However, eggs over medium cooked too done twice. Also, biscuits were too hard. Maybe an off moment in the kitchen. Food selections and seasonings were great though. We will try again ;)

  29. EB

    EddieB

    Charlotte

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience1

    Food was average to poor. Limited menu with few interesting option. Presentation was unappealing. On positive note, our server was nice, polite and attentive.

  30. MG

    MikeG

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great spot with great food and wonderful service.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5

    The food was good. Our service was lacking, however. Our party of 3 all drank water for our beverage. It was served in a small glass without ice and was tepid. That was not necessarily a problem but since it was a hot day we drank these initial glasses quickly. It took quite a while for the server to visit our table again so our glasses sat empty for most of that wait. She noticed when she returned and said she’d be back with a pitcher. It took another while for her to return. She filled it and we did not see her until well after we received our food. Since we were nearly done with our meals at that point our glasses were again empty. She showed her displeasure in her expression and said “I guess I’ll need to get the pitcher again for you. “ We thanked her She went to get the pitcher and came back, filled our glasses and then said “Should I just stand here to refill your glasses again?” We could have laughed it off graciously but her tone and facial expressions made it clear she was not joking. It was a Sunday Brunch but it was not busy. Either way there no excuse for pure rudeness. I can let a lot slide having been in the industry myself but borderline hostile behavior is not OK. Especially when your customer is not giving you attitude in return.

  32. BR

    BurntReynolds

    Indiana

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3

    Food was either tasteless or super acidic to an insane degree. Even the bacon was bland. Service was okay but for the price definitely lacking. Ambience is really nice but the food and service are just sad. Maybe a good place for a drink at the bar but above all stay away from their fried tomatoes unless you like chemical burns with your morning coffee.

  33. RL

    ReneeL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    We had a 10:45 reservation for lunch, we arrived at 10:45 on the dot and were seated right way. Our server did not approach us until 11:45 to ask for our drink order. She did not address our wait or even offer an apology. The restaurant was NOT overbooked and they were not short on help, as there were many employees visibly walking around. We had to ask for a server. Our food arrived somewhat room temperature with no taste at all. This restaurant came highly recommended. I would not recommend.

  34. F

    Foodie

    Charlotte

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    The layout of the restaurant is beautiful. There's a bar area,an upstairs, and a main eating area. The food was just okay. I had the haymaker breakfast and my daughter had French toast. Both dishes were good but not great. Our glasses were not clean and our small plates were not clean. In spite of all that our servers were excellent and the ambiance was excellent.

  35. FB

    FranB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Good brunch place, portions a little small and the bloody Mary was watery but overall met our brunch needs as visitors wandering around town

  36. PB

    PBCruz

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    The servers were friendly and attentive. The food and cocktails were delicious.

  37. MB

    MirandaB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    For was great. ...except for the beignets.. they need to take them off the menu. Very disappointing. But ask the other good and drinks were perfect.

  38. S

    Sandra

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    Very slow service with little attention to needed drink refills. Overall, our group wasn't on anyone's radar

  39. D

    Donilo

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Server was new but it felt as if she wanted to get away from us as soon as possible. I was wondering if we somehow made her feel uncomfortable. Other than that I liked what the restaurant stood for…farm to table. The large plate selection was short but the chicken was delicious.

  40. JB

    JacobB

    Western NC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Let me start by saying I am a classically trained with ten years of kitchen experience and am the CDC of a fine dining restaurant in Asheville, NC. I say that not to be pretentious or a jerk but so I will be taken seriously and not written off as a "know-nothing Karen". Almost all of the food was under-seasoned and some not seasoned at all (the creamed greens on the chicken entree), the portion sizes were small compared to the price (only the pork shank was a decent portion/price value; the charcuterie board was lacking in quality and the variety was poor, certainly not worth the price). The mac and cheese dish was topped with raw, untoasted panko. The pickle board was overly vinegar heavy (yes, I am aware that vinegar is a substantial part of the pickling process but there is a limit) and every pickle was flavored strongly with winter spices despite it being the middle of May. Our server was also not of the quality I'd expect from a restaurant where one easily spends $100 a head. He kept blatantly referencing the fact that he was using "sales tactics" (his words) on us which seemed uncouth at any establishment. He was also training a server (I found no problem with this) but he would leave us with her for 30-45 minutes at a time without checking in. This would not have been a problem except the trainee clearly was not at that point in her training and seemed very uncomfortable on top of not knowing how to handle basic serving situations. Overall, I felt the experience was not worth the money spent and unless things changed I (nor the two other members of my party) have no desire to return or recommend Haymaker to anyone. I am sorry to be so negative but there sere simply not many positives to our dining experience other than the food coming quickly.

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 3.8 stars by 1339 OpenTable diners.

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

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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–2:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • 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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