Where everybody knows your name…

Harry’s Grille & Tavern opened several years ago when I was living in the Steele Creek area. It occupied the space that was previously Red Lion, a bar, but we quickly noticed that Harry’s was completely different than Red Lion. While it’s tucked away in Ayrsley, located in South Charlotte, it’s actually got a pretty great location.IMG_7365My favorite place to sit is at the bar, or the tables surrounding the bar when we go. They do have a dining area downstairs and are able to accommodate large parties. My bridal luncheon was actually hosted here and they did a FANTASTIC job.


Harry’s always has a great selection of beers on tap and in the past year or so, started making their own infused liquors which are certainly interesting.


While the place definitely has a bar-atmosphere, the food is a little more upscale and somewhat creative. In place of normal buffalo wings, they serve duck wings. Their burgers are far from “regular” and have toppings such as fried eggs, pimento cheese and crispy onions. And they have some of the best sweet potato fries you can get.

Old Fashioned Burger
Old Fashioned Burger
Cali Burger
Cali Burger

I love their side salads which are quaint and delicious. The ingredients always seem fresh and they don’t charge extra if you want to use this as a side (cha-ching!).


We’ve always loved going to Harry’s, and the service is wonderful most of the time. There were a few episodes when we sat in the dining area but I think that was just a “new restaurant” thing and they’ve likely sorted that all out by now. Again, my favorite place to sit is in the bar area. They’ve recently added new farmhouse style tables to accommodate more people up there (they used to have couches for a more casual feel).


While there are definitely TVs in the place, you’re still able to go and have a conversation without all the normal bar noise. They also have an adorable outside space which is nice for 3/4 of the year. Had I waited until spring, I could have gotten a much better photo but I was there in late November so here’s what we’ve got.


A great spot to mingle with friends over a few cocktails and appetizers. Plus, the location is prime to the Ayrsley movie theatre. Grabbing dinner or drinks before walking over to the theatre is such a great time. There, I just planned your next date night for you. You’re welcome.

Seriously though, go check out Harry’s. Try a few of their cocktails, an appetizer and a delicious burger (or the crab cakes, which are amazing, or the fish tacos, also amazing) or go for brunch. I haven’t had any thing off their menu that I didn’t at least love a little.


2 thoughts on “Where everybody knows your name…

    1. Oh! I LOVE the Steele Creek Mac’s. We really liked Masa sushi (by the Publix), the Hickory Tavern down there, the Wine Shop in Rivergate and Don Pedro in the shopping center across from Mac’s. There’s also Jim N’ Nicks but Mac’s wins for barbecue!

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