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About Heirloom Restaurant
To make a reservation for parties larger than 6 people, please call the restaurant at (704) 595-7710.
Please include any dietary restrictions or other special requests in your reservation. We are able to special order most wines (including those from outside of North Carolina) for your enjoyment with at least 5 days notice.
Heirloom Restaurant is the product of Chef Clark Barlowe's North Carolina farm community upbringing and years of global travel. All ingredients that are brought in to Heirloom come from NC farms or producers, prompting a style best described as: Locally Sourced, Globally Inspired. This style of farm to table dining at Heirloom extends far beyond simply the food. From the Cocktail list focused strictly on NC distilleries, the wine list made up completely of NC vintages, the beer list sourcing only local craft breweries from Charlotte and the surrounding area, to the house music supplied from NC artists, Heirloom is North Carolina's restaurant.
Charlotte, NC 28216
Global, International, Contemporary American, Contemporary European
Hours of Operation:
Dinner Tuesday-Thursday 5:00pm- 9:00pm, Friday-Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm
Hwy 16/Mount Holly-Huntersville Rd.
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
31 Space lot with 2 additional van accessible handicap spaces. Restaurant is located in shopping center in a free standing building so ample additional parking is also available.
88x Mountain Island express CATS park and ride stop located at restaurant.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Chef Clark Barlowe can create a custom menu or tasting for your guests, or choose from a la carte. Forty-six seat private dining room with additional lounge style seating at one end of the room. Capable of being arranged for presentations, meetings, or functions.
Heirloom Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
We came here for my birthday and had a wonderful time. I made the reservation online a few days in advance and noted special requests due to food allergies. Someone called me the following day to confirm the reservation and informed me that the chef would be happy to create 6 courses that would accommodate my needs. When we arrived, we were greeted immediately with a personalized menu. The staff was friendly and the ambiance was romantic and relaxing. The food was delicious!! We finished everything on our plates. We loved the experience and will definitely be returning with family and friends!
We were really looking forward to this farm to table dining experience as we are major foodies and have dined in many high end restaurants all over Charlotte and the country. All in all it was just ok. The food really did not meet the beautiful descriptions given by our waiter. Two of our party had the fried chicken, which they did enjoy. One had the shrimp and grits and unfortunately did not like it at all as it seemed dry as there really was negligible sauce which seemed odd for shrimp and grits. One had the tasting dinner. Everything was pretty good, the pasta dish was the least favorite part with the lamb main course the favorite, very tasty. Too much food though, ended up taking two parts of the seven courses home and one did not travel well and ended up being thrown away. The beeswax mozzarella salad while sounding interesting and tasty ended up not liking this at all. The mozzarella had a funky taste that no one in our party cared for. Wish they had left the beautiful buffalo mozzarella alone. Did not have dessert. The meal was ok but disappointing, the biggest disappointment upon returning home was how much sodium we realized was in the food. One of our party is sensitive to sodium and had a very bad reaction and two others were extremely uncomfortable from the bloating and retention from the sodium. The service was exceptional, however. Surprised by all the 5 star reviews as this experience was most definitely not a 5 star for us. Were we left with a craving to return for another taste of something we ate, not really, so unfortunately, we most likely would not return. While their intentions are good they have much to work on.
We did the tasting paired with wine to celebrate our anniversary. Everything was delicious, and the service was impeccable. Our menu even said "Happy Anniversary" on it, and the chef took the time to add a note and sign it.
We were concerned about attire (we went for dinner on a Thursday), but there were people dressed all kinds of ways. We saw people dressed up fancy, and people in tshirts and shorts. I would recommend at least business casual, though.
My wife and I went for an early dinner on Saturday night. The ambiance (at least before sundown) left a little to be desired. But the food and service more than made up for it. The service was spot on -- attentive but not overbearing, friendly but not unctuous. And the food was a revelation. Fresh mozzarella salad was lovely, with tomatoes juicy and sweet. The ribeye was huge and was accompanied by delicious garlic smashed potatoes and brussels sprouts. The duck confit was amazing and was accompanied by a surprisingly delicious onion pie (an old family recipe that I'd like to borrow). All in all, a great experience.
This place is a hidden gem that is easily accessible from I-485. Have been here twice. Fantastic food and friendly, knowledgeable service. I have had chef's tasting menu both times--each time all courses were delicious. My wife has had fresh fish both visits and both meals were delicious. All food and most drinks are from NC. This is a great example of farm to table eating. Excellent choice both for a date night or a special occasion. Heirloim is definitely worth the trip!
I love fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere. This is the best of both worlds. The wait staff was incredibly well educated and every person who approached our table added to our overall experience. The chef is inspired! I would love to go back to try the full tasting menu (which changes daily based on locally available ingredients and the chef's explorations), perhaps for our anniversary.
This is a fantastic eating experience. The food is all locally sourced and the dishes are interesting and delicious. I highly recommend the Chef's 6 Course dinner. While a bit pricey, it is worth every penny. Courses are typically salad, soup, entre 1, entre 2, cheese and then dessert. The menu changes often ... so it makes no sense to talk about specific dishes. The only thing I'll say is that the chef is a genius. If you enjoy surprises and high quality food, then you'll love this place. Note that the ambiance is very low key. The restaurant seems to have been a fish camp or something like it in the past so the decor fails to match the quality of the food. It is also in a strange part of town that would be more suited for a grocery store, laundry mat or strip mall. But you'll forget about all that once you start eating.
Its always a pleasure to dine here . Cliff is so creative with his menus . They have added some spices from Savory Spices ( their spices are irrdadiated ) and they have a new pastry chef. Her style is not as flexible as the previous pastry chef. But its still a great restaurant that keeps the farm to form theme. I think though in the future I will avoid Restaurant Week though ....
We came during restaurant week. Being new to Charlotte, we thought that Heirloom delivered the freshest versions of flavor on some of the most typical southern cuisine. We began the meal with a bottle of BYOB (YAY!) wine. The men ordered beers off the menu. The waiter came around with fresh wheat biscuits and well salted butter. The biscuits were a little dry for my taste, but tasty none the less. We ordered the beeswax mozzarella salad, which was burst with fresh flavor from the smoked cauliflower and the ripest tomatoes. I actually thought the mozzarella left little to be desired. My fiance and my friends fiance ordered the shrimp cocktail which looked like it had been blackened to perfection. For entrees, we ordered the eggplant lasagna, the shrimp and grits, the fried chicken, and the steak. Each meal was expertly delivered and pretty on the eyes. We finished our meals with 3 orders of the salted caramel cheesecake, which was presented deconstructed beautifully on slate and 1 order of the cheerwine reduction pound cake, which was just "meh". As we paid the bill we were each presented with wrapped elderberry cookie -- it was divine! Overall the ambiance was great, the food was tasty-- we had a great time and will be back!
We went during Restaurant week, and had anticipated ordering from the items listed on the Queens Feast website menu that Heirloom submitted. They replaced two out of the four main courses, and we really weren't that interested in what they had in place of them. Started with two small dry wheat biscuits which were delivered with such pomp and circumstance we thought they would be awesome, but no. For $35 per person, we only get two biscuits? Appetizers were pretty good. I had the fried chicken for dinner, was mostly fried skin, and the meat part was wrapped in a layer of fat. Couldn't cut through it with a knife. It was atop a slaw that was bitter. The side of truffel mac and cheese was pretty good, but not that tasty. Most disappointing was when the waiter looked at my plate that was pretty full of uneaten food he didn't bother to ask if something was not good, to which I most definitely would have replied. He pretty much grabbed my plate and scooted. The dessert just confirmed that we will never go back. Had the turtle cheesecake, which was smeared on a plate , so it really was like 1/3 of a portion of cheesecake you would normally get with chocolate sauce drizzled over top sprinkled with a few pecan pieces. Very disappointed. We drove a good ways to get there, it is off the beaten path for sure, and had such good reviews. I think the chef has missed the boat with restaurant week. Make people want to come back!! Do it well or don't participate. We will never go back. Way too expensive for not that great of food.
Don't be dissuaded by the exterior of this restaurant, which could really use a coat of paint, especially the roof, (which houses several bee hives!). The food is creative and all native to North Carolina. The wait staff was very informative and the service was quick. We overheard a couple of tables complaining about the limited selections, due to restaurant week, but they should have investigated before making a reservation. We will return. You should too.
Service was wonderful. Food falls short. Shrimp and grits were just awful. The grits had no taste and a glue-like consistency. Shrimp were extra salty and chewy. The worst part was the gummy, canned "roasted" corn in the grits. I have never been so excited to go to a restaurant and so let down in my life. Will not return.
I took my fiancee there for her birthday and the experience could not have been better. The staff printed HAPPY BIRTHDAY and her name on our menus and Clark, the chef and owner, signed a personal note on one of them before we left.
Adam, our server, was the best I've had in Charlotte. Knowledgable, fun, friendly, and totally accommodating. This is the best restaurant in Charlotte, folks.
My wife and I visited here on a Friday night. I opted for the chef's tasting menu while my wife had the crab cakes. In short, we loved our meals! The tasting menu was six courses consisting of a salad, soup, two mains, a cheese dish, and, of course, dessert. The beeswax mozzarella salad was very good and fresh. The soup was a Bermuda fish chowder and was also excellent. For the 3rd course, I opted for fried chicken. I probably wouldn't get that again. It had nice flavor, but the chicken was dry. Ribeye steak was the 4th course and was amazing! One of the best steaks I've ever eaten. Our dessert was a turtle cheesecake which was more than enough to share (especially after the feast preceding it!) and was excellent. My wife enjoyed her crab cakes. They had jalapeños on top, so expect some heat with those. If you're thinking of getting the tasting menu, budget about 2 hours for dinner, but I highly recommend it. All in all, it was a great evening. The service was also very good. With each dish that came out, they gave a little explanation about the ingredients which are all locally grown. Our waiter also gave us good suggestions as were trying to decide what to get.
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