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Hawthorne & Wood


3140 Environ Way
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone: (919) 240-4337
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Photo of Millie Kwan Millie Kwan
Nov 10, 2019 5

Wow! Great new restaurant from Brandon Sharp that can be whatever type of restaurant you need it to be: a bar, a lounge, neighborhood restaurant or upscale dining experience. Great craft cocktails, wonderful wine and beer list and a stunning bar. Sleek dining room and there must be some soundproofing since it's not nearly as loud as many of the restaurants in the Triangle which is a big flaw that Greg Cox regularly ignores. Food is eclectic with many small plates and some interesting mains. The execution of the food is spectacular and the flavors and textures are bold. Service is attentive without being overbearing and is excellent. Parking is easy in the parking deck. Our new favorite since the unfortunate closing of The Lakewood.

Photo of Mary Nelson Mary Nelson
Apr 24, 2019 5

We recently enjoyed a delicious, reasonably priced meal of delicate Red Snapper. The fish was excellently presented as well as prepared. Tender baby beet salad and hummus were the perfect starters and the warm fruit crisp covered with a sweet cream sauce could not have been better. We are looking forward to our return for an alfresco feast in their lovely outdoor patio. Awesome food, reasonable prices, friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere - doesn’t get any better than that.

Photo of Jennie Smith Jennie Smith
Jun 13, 2019 5

Chef and team bravo! Your creative flavors and textures were a journey of excitement. Kudos to Mitchell for reading a table and providing a night of service to remember.

Photo of Nicholas Caira Nicholas Caira
May 13, 2019 5

Although I was initially hesitant about the lack of reviews, I was extremely pleased and impressed at how incredible the food was. Everything was on point. I would highly recommend trying this place out as it is probably the best food in the area. I am sure that over the next few months it will become very difficult to get a reservation. I will absolutely be coming back soon. Sommelier was very helpful with pairing and the waiter was helpful, nice, and very attentive. One of the best things is that the restaurant is rather small so they can actually give you the attention you need and food is prepared quickly even for a party of 6. There is an outdoor seating area that is nice and enclosed and there is a lounge for drinks and bar snacks prior to seating. Worth coming for just a drink.

Photo of Ophelia Rose de Papillon Ophelia Rose de Papillon
Apr 18, 2019 5

An excellent start for this most welcome addition to E54. The food was delicious, beautifully presented and with the obvious creativity of a Michelin star chef. The staff was friendly and efficient with the desire to make sure your time there was fully enjoyed. We had a wonderful time, and we look forward to visiting again soon!

Photo of Wren Safe Wren Safe
Jun 22, 2019 5

This place is amazing! The food is truly something special, and definitely worth a visit. It's a beautiful combination of fine dining while somehow twisting in elements of southern cooking that make it delicious, different, and comforting. The atmosphere has the same warm glow of gentle sophistication while also a kind welcoming staff. While I was there every server held the door for me, smiled and asked me how things were going. It was a perfect night. I would highly recommend, especially for a special date.

Photo of Mark M Mark M
Jul 29, 2019 5

Perhaps the finest meal we've had in Chapel Hill... and for that matter, the Triangle. This was our second visit and it did not disappoint. It's hard to pick a favorite dish, but the cold corn soup with blue crab was to die for. General Tso's fried cauliflower and the pastrami encrusted yellow fin tuna were simply outstanding. We're lucky to have a restaurant of this caliber in Chapel Hill.

Photo of Vivienne Jacobson Vivienne Jacobson
Aug 2, 2019 5

Everything we had was delicious....we shared our plates to taste a variety of bar snacks and first courses. Atmosphere was very pleasant and servers were efficient, friendly and knowledgeable. Only complaint was the price of a very small amount of an ordinary California wine. But overall a welcome addition to the area.

Photo of James Mauldin James Mauldin
Jul 15, 2019 5

Absolutely amazing food and drinks. The menu is fresh and imaginative, the drinks are on point, the staff is friendly, and the decor and ambiance is comfortable. I had the best tuna I've had in a long time, and the fresh peaches for desert were worth the trip. Do yourself a favor and eat here!

Photo of Janet Janet
Jul 10, 2019 5

I loved the fresh ingredients and unique flavors! The peaches with the pork shoulder and the lavender parfait were so delicious. A really great experience, and I'll definitely be back.

Photo of Dan nc Dan nc
Sep 2, 2019 5

Simply wonderful. I had such an amazing visit at Hawthorne & wood. The flavors in each dish we tried were stunning. The cocktails are down right delicious. The staff make you feel welcome and the atmosphere is inviting. Easily the best dinning experience I have had in the Chapel Hill area.

Photo of Rob Woods Rob Woods
Aug 30, 2019 5

This was date night heaven. We ate a multitude of courses and several cocktails, and everything managed to capture inventive, fresh, and flavorful in everything that was served to us. Perfect portion sizes and large well functioning cocktails. The venue itself is gorgeous with cozy large seating, ample traditional seating, wide cozy bar stools w/ foot rests and bag hooks, and finally comfortable outdoor furniture. The decor is modern but comfortable, and the entire place puts you at ease. The service is impeccable from the host stand, the servers/ bartenders, and the back of house staff. Everyone is impeccable at their craft and simply pleasant people to speak with. Can’t wait to go again and try more of the menu.

Photo of Jason Pifer Jason Pifer
Oct 8, 2019 5

Hawthorne & Wood doesn't just live up to the hype, it exceeds it. Every bit of food and every drink is amazing, complemented by knowledgeable and professional wait staff. This was my wife and I's first visit, but it certainly won't be our last!

Photo of Eric Papa Eric Papa
Oct 13, 2019 5

The food was delicious. The service was excellent. We will definitely be back soon.

Photo of Alejandro Fernandez Alejandro Fernandez
Nov 3, 2019 5

Everything, I mean, everything, is top quality. The service, the place, the food, the presentation, you name it. We started with the New Orleans barbecued shrimp and then we had the Tartare of grass-fed beef and the pan-roasted duck breast. Everything was so fresh, so well crafted and executed! Definitely a place to go back. Highly recommended.

Photo of Charly McGough Charly McGough
Oct 26, 2019 5

From the inviting atmosphere to the refreshing drinks to the impeccable food, you will NOT be disappointed with Hawthorne and Wood. This place is a gem and I plan on coming back MANY times. OUTSTANDING! It is the best place that I have eaten in North Carolina.

Photo of Daniel Weiner Daniel Weiner
Dec 13, 2019 5

We had the cheeseboard, pork chop and apple tart. The cheese was excellent and the pork chop was huge. My only complaint was that the Chapel Hill iced tea was pretty small. Still rated 5 stars for quality of food and service.

Photo of RobertsMom NC RobertsMom NC
Dec 13, 2019 5

Truly enjoyed our meal at H&W. We were buying gift certificates for someone that really likes the restaurant and decided to try it out for ourselves. We weren’t disappointed. Food was delicious and definitely done up with their own twist. It’s not the usual fare here. The menu changes a bit almost daily so don’t get wetted to a particular menu item before you go as they may have a variation of that item - not the exact menu item. Drinks were delicious and unique. From first to entrees to dessert it was a wonderful meal. Staff was helpful and attentive.

Photo of Tyler Stiegemeier Tyler Stiegemeier
Feb 15, 2020 5

Cheeseboard was delicious. Scallops were amazing. Pork shoulder was tender and paired well with sauces. Butternut squash soup was savory and delish as well. Wish we could have had dessert but were too full! Great atmosphere, intimate. Highly recommend for both food and wait staff.

Photo of Joe Betthauser Joe Betthauser
Feb 19, 2020 5

Call for a reservation and get ready. It really is outstanding. All around excellence from beverages through main cuisine selections to dessert. I was a happy relaxed person when I left and want to go back soon

Photo of Bogdan Padua Bogdan Padua
Jun 14, 2020 5

Awesome experience yesterday at Hawthorne & Wood. Friendly staff, good food, and even better drinks!

Photo of Tanner Hock Tanner Hock
Jun 19, 2020 5

Managed to communicate the complex flavors mentioned in other reviews during the age of Coronavirus take-out. Really neat to have this in CH. Only downside is throwing away single use packaging.

Photo of Sam Bryan Sam Bryan
Jul 2, 2020 5

My wife and I had one of our best dining out experiences ever last night at Hawthorne & Wood. Outside on the patio. Lots of precautions in place. It was booked, but with more than ample spacing. Every bite was delicious. Great combinations of flavors. Not sure I have the waitperson’s name correct. Think it is Krystyn. It was her first night after “interning. She was excellent. Looking forward to going back soon.

Photo of Unc Biosuperwomen Unc Biosuperwomen
Jul 27, 2020 4

I really wanted to like this place really really wanted to. The food was decent no complaints there but it was the way we were treated in general. Not bad service but not good service.

Photo of Tamia Gordon Tamia Gordon
Sep 20, 2020 5

By far the best restaurant I’ve been to in Chapel Hill. The ambience was relaxed, the food was incredible as well as the service. The food could be priced so much higher for what you get. The servers were knowledgeable about the menu and kind. Worth every penny.

Photo of Tegan Shelby Tegan Shelby
Oct 8, 2020 5

GREAT service delicious food and reasonably priced! I come here for lunch fairly regularly and on every occasion the staff have been amazing. The place is tidy. The food is scrumptious. And the atmosphere is perfect! 5 stars

Photo of Diana Bertulytė Diana Bertulytė
Oct 4, 2020 5

One word - amazing! Definitely a high-end restaurant with exceptional high quality food. I loved here everything, from the hostess meeting you at the entrance, the server interacting with us, the vibe inside the restaurant, to the smallest details in the women’s restroom. All our food was fresh and flavorful, there was nothing more to add. I will definitely come back and recommend this place to my friends! Thank you for high quality restaurant and please keep it this way! We ordered: General tso’s cauliflower Hamachi crudo Seared north atlantic halibut Pastrami crusted diver scallops And of course dessert trio

Photo of Karleen Beaver Karleen Beaver
Oct 19, 2020 5

We visited for the first time a year so and had an outstanding experience, but on our first date night as new parents, we wondered if it was really “that good” or we were just desperate for a night out, but now I will report, it is that good! We went again last night and had a similarly wonderful experience. The service is excellent, great atmosphere, top notch food, and great safety protocols. We sat on the patio and felt safe with the distance of the tables, all staff wearing masks, and we saw them cleaning surfaces periodically. The patio has heaters, and it was perfect to sit out on a fall evening. Each dish we had was delicious and unique, and the courses were timed perfectly. Do yourself a favor and dine here!

Photo of Jesmine Kensey Jesmine Kensey
Oct 8, 2020 5

The food was so good! Really fresh seafood dishes. We ordered the mussel fries, baked oysters, and the crab & scallop risotto. I very much enjoyed all 3 dishes and my friends did too. The only slight disappointment was the clam chowder. This is only because they are supposed to be award winning clam chowder. It was good but I prefer the boudin one.

Photo of Naomi Rokya Naomi Rokya
Oct 8, 2020 5

A FRESH selection of pastries was brought to our table. It was still warm and so delicious. I ordered the hot chocolate. They mix it at the table and pour it from a large ceramic jug. The food is pretty amazing as well. We enjoyed it!

Photo of Laura Lutterloh Laura Lutterloh
Oct 29, 2020 5

Great date night spot or just to stop for a cocktail! Server was very helpful and suggestive .. cauliflower was yummy! I had the fish- delicious! Will definitely go back.

Photo of Ryan Fisher Ryan Fisher
Jan 7, 2021 5

The food, drinks, and service at this place are incredible. We had an awesome server (Aaron) who was super knowledgeable and friendly. The rest of the staff we interacted with was great as well. Chicken and dumplings. Scallops, blood orange martini, and chapel iced tea are all must-haves.

Photo of Ryan Sterner Ryan Sterner
Jan 16, 2021 5

My significant other and I just moved to Chapel Hill from Charlotte. This was our first date in our new city and was definitely one of the best dining experiences we’ve had in years. We received phenomenal service from our waiter, Heather - very knowledgeable about the food and beverage menus and very hospitable. We had several courses and drinks paired with each - everything was amazing. We will absolutely come back and recommend to friends.

Photo of Nathalie Labao Nathalie Labao
Dec 13, 2020 5

I usually cry at really, really good restaurants; but this place had the most amazing menu and the best serving staff team that I am having like, a DELAYED crying effect. I was so sad to leave Chapel Hill, but Andy (our server) and Connor (our bartender) worked as a great team together, they made us both so happy throughout our entire stay here. In a Covid-19 world, the cleaning and sanitizing standards here made me feel so safe. At each table, there are air purifiers! Between each course Andy wore fresh gloves to take away our finished courses. Every course delivery, the staff handled our plates with fresh linens not to touch or handle our courses. Just an amazing experience will look forward to returning to Chapel Hill again one day for this destination.

Photo of Sam Bryan Sam Bryan
Oct 26, 2020 5

My wife and I had one of our best dining out experiences ever last night at Hawthorne & Wood. Outside on the patio. Lots of precautions in place. It was booked, but with more than ample spacing. Every bite was delicious. Great combinations of flavors. Not sure I have the waitperson’s name correct. Think it is Krystyn. It was her first night after “interning. She was excellent. Looking forward to going back soon. >> Looks like I cannot post but one review, so the following is an update added 2 months after my last review. Had another great experience here. Excellent food and service. And would like to commend our waitress Andy, who was very attentive and friendly.