The Cellar at Duckworth’s
Descend the stairs at Duckworth’s Uptown and enter a different era. The Cellar at Duckworth’s is an underground gastropub in a space built in 1912. With its original brick walls, it exudes a speakeasy, prohibition-era vibe with even the staff dressing the part. Expect decadent cocktails and delicious bites in this cozy nook.
Cuisine Type: American
Ambience: Casual Dining
5 star experience all the way around! I had a friend in town and we came here for my belated birthday dinner and they did not disappoint. Often touted as one of the best restaurants in Charlotte, I can absolutely see why. Aesthetic: this place is a whole vibe! Conjuring up all the feelings of a speakeasy because this place actually used to be a speakeasy with very famous artists of the prohibition era frequenting this basement. I absolutely love the vibes down here - dark, moody, vintage - it's all perfect. And the bar is stunning. Food: I got the bone-in filet and my friend got their fish special and both were incredible. My steak was cooked to perfection and tender and the Mac and cheese was the perfect accompaniment. I tried my friend's fish and it was fantastic. They have an extensive cocktail list and it was overwhelming but our server helped me pick out a bourbon- based cocktail that I loved. Service: top notch as one would expect for this experience. Our server was friendly, attentive, and offered great suggestions. Very happy with the experience here and well worth the price tag. This makes for a great place to celebrate something special or for a romantic, intimate date night. You won't go wrong with the food or the cocktails - can't wait to go back!
The atmosphere and service was great. Thus the stars. Our server Alyssa was great, took care of us well. I came for the food, and my review goes specifically to the food I ordered. All based on my palate and my eating experience. Appetizer: ordered the char grilled oyster, it was inviting, plating was nice and good sized portion. My main course was the crispy skin Scottish salmon. The salmon was cooked nicely, skin was ok crispy, the salmon needs more seasoning, and the lentils did not have the elements to complement the salmon. By then I have already decided to skip dessert. Tasting my family's order of other dishes, I discovered that we had similar thoughts on the food. Some are too heavily seasoned, some are light. All in all, we received a close to Michelin restaurant bill, but not quite the taste. I believe, that the atmosphere and the services, if paired with a higher standard of food, will be able to elevate the place to a M standard. Hopefully, the kitchen will take this in a good way, and God willing my next visit will be better. FYI I wouldn't be writing this review if the price was not at this level, my expectation would be different given a lower price point for the menu. Readers if you do not agree with my review, just move on. Thank you and blessings
This prohibition style speakeasy has a rich history behind it. It was a speakeasy in the prohibition era with a running pharmacy upstairs to keep it hidden. They still have their beer cellar pictured below. Then it became a jazz club that hosted all the greats. The staff are really proud of the history and can fill you in on the details. However, the really stand out things about this place are the simple yet delicious food and the unique cocktails. Each cocktail was balanced and perfectly made. The food was simply delicious. Would highly recommend the oysters, the truffle fries, and the brussel sprouts. Great selection of craft beers as well. Highly recommend!
We came here while visiting Charlotte for my fiancs birthday. Our server Amanda was amazing (seriously, we loved her) and she knowledgeable about the cocktails, menu and rich history of the restaurant. I had the Paloma and he had the Bitter X, which crafted by the head bartender. Both were great. For food we got the oysters, truffle fries and steaks. All were delicious. This was a great choice for a nice dinner; Id highly recommend this place.
The decor, music, and ambiance take you back to a classy manhattan speak easy vibe. The cocktails are creative and the wine selection is plentiful. we sat at the bar and the two bar tenders were very friendly attentive! The hostess however was dry, cold, and rude - not the person I would want greeting guests. The food was good but not "life-changing". A little too much salt for me. But I would go back for the vibe.