Mar 21, 2019 - Food and Drink

The Waterman, a new seafood joint in South End, opens 80-seat rooftop bar



The Waterman, neighborhood seafood spot in South End, has officially opened its new 80-seat rooftop bar dubbed “Topside.”

With views of Uptown, Topside officially opens this evening (Friday) at 6 p.m. It’ll be open on both Saturday and Sunday from noon to close this weekend. Beginning next Thursday, March 28, regular hours will be from 6 p.m to close on Thursday and Friday and from noon to close on Saturday and Sunday.

All hours are weather permitting (it’s covered, but open on all sides).

Catch up: The Waterman opened in October 2018, and it’s off to a solid start. It’s generated four out of five stars on Yelp and made our list of the 17 best new restaurants in Charlotte.

Ownership: The brains behind the project are Paul Manley and Andrew Chapman, who also run Sea Level in Uptown. Other investors include Dennis Thompson (money guy behind Firebirds, Viva Chicken) and Frank Scibelli (owner of Mama Ricottas, Midwood, Yafo, Paco’s).

The Waterman’s menu: The menu includes tacos, seafood plates, salads, po’ boys, burgers, sandwiches, shareables and, of course, oysters.

Agenda related guide: 15 spots to get a lobster roll in Charlotte

Cool deal: $1 oysters from 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Waterman also told the Agenda they’ve got live music and tiki drink specials every Thursday as well as a DJ, mimosas, bloody marys and punch every Sunday.

Thirsty: The drink menu includes boat cocktails, frozen drinks and draft cocktails. Popular cocktails include The Waterman’s Sunken Pirate —Wild Turkey 81 Bourbon, ginger, blueberry puree, basil and lemon ($13); Clement — Old Forester Bourbon, Brugal Anejo Rum, Velvet Falernum, Peychaud’s bitters, and pineapple gum ($12); and the Nautical Mule — Pinnacle Vodka, ginger, blackberry, star anise and lime ($9).

Hours: The Waterman is open from 4 p.m. to midnight Monday through Friday; noon to midnight on Saturday; and from noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Location: The exact address is 2729 South Blvd (Suite D) in the South End shopping center anchored by Harris Teeter.

Layout: On the first floor, you’ll walk into exposed oyster shucking happening straight ahead, a mural of a salty old seaman (a modern-day coastal version of the Marlboro man) and oyster rakes on the walls. On the rooftop terrace, you’ll have a clear view of Uptown through the back of the bar. You’ll also find a mix of seating including friendship tables for casual groups. Well-known interior designer Carrie Frye led the project’s design.


Popular and noteworthy dishes at The Waterman:

  • The Fisherman’s Pick – beer battered cod, house-made pickles, cole slaw, tartar sauce on a potato bun ($13)
  • Crawdaddy Dippers – Cajun-style rice & crawfish breaded and fried, paired with tartar sauce ($11)
  • Chargrilled oysters -charred onion butter or creamed spinach and bacon ($13)
  • Classic lobster rolls – your choice of Maine or Connecticut style ($22)
  • Fried shrimp po boy – Waterman sauze, tomato, house-make pickled served with house cut fries of cole slaw
  • Low country boil – shrimp, smoked sausage, corn, red potatoes, tossed in lemon butter, seasoned with Old Bay ($24)
  • The Waterman’s Platter – cornmeal crusted catfish, crispy oysters, fried shrimp, crawdaddy dippers with house cut fries, cole slaw, tartar, cilantro chutney ($24)
  • Boo Fries – house cut fries, cotija, crawfish gravy, scallions ($11)
  • NC trout – blackened or fried NC Trout with dirty rice, roasted corn, topped with creole crawfish sauce ($23)
Boo Fries
Sunken Pirate
Maine Lobster Roll
They’ll also have a “house oyster” from North Carolina (the same house oyster you can find at Sea Level in Uptown). Basically, Paul and his team are oyster-obsessed, so expect the best oysters available.
The Waterman Platter
Crawdaddy Dippers
Po’ boy options at the The Waterman: fried shrimp, fried oyster or their brisket po’ boy served on French bread and smothered in brown gravy. All served with fries or you can go with another side like cole slaw, roasted potatoes, corn, salad and crab mac.
Pina Colada Float – Plantation Pineapple Rum, pineapple juice, almond milk and a coconut popsicle ($14).

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