Charlotte Restaurants

Sea What’s Up at The Waterman

I’m on a seafood kick lately, and I am LOVING IT.

Growing up in South Carolina and having an avid fisherman as a father, I love everything that comes from the water.

Sooo shame on me for JUST now paying a visit to The Waterman, a seafood joint and raw bar in South End.


I loved everything about the decor, from the rustic patio furniture to the beautiful sign to the light fixtures inside. Perfect vibes for devouring seafood.


To kick things off, we had a quick oyster shucking lesson from Slim, an expert shucker who opens about 1,800 oysters a day. I thought I’d get through this course with ease having been to many oyster roasts, but I forgot how much harder it is to shuck a raw oyster vs. steamed. Oops! (They were delicious, by the way.)


Fresh oysters from Sea Level, NC served with house-made cocktail sauce, horseradish, and white fennel mignonette

Next up, all da tacos. I tried the fried oyster, grilled fish, and mushroom tacos – all very tasty.

Grilled fish, crispy oyster, braised chicken, blackened shrimp, and mushroom tacos (served on corn tortillas or scallion pancakes)
Sunken Pirate (Wild Turkey 81 Bourbon, ginger, blueberry puree, basil, lemon)

These crawdaddy dippers would make the perfect appetizer.

Crawdaddy Dippers (Cajun-style rice, fried crawfish, tartar sauce)

And this beer-battered cod sandwich? Droooool. (The house-made pickles are dope.)

The Fisherman’s Pick Sandwich (beer-battered cod, house-made pickles, cole slaw, tartar sauce, potato bun)

Last but not least: dessert. I actually don’t really like pecan pie, but I really liked this pecan bar. Bravo!

Southern Pecan Bar (served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream)

I’m super pumped to get back to The Waterman ASAP, especially when it’s warm again (their rooftop dining area has a fantastic view of the Charlotte skyline).

Kentucky Cold Brew (Jim Beam Repeal Bourbon, Pure Intentions cold brew coffee, orange essence, raspberry-hemp whipped cream)

Be sure to stop by during happy hour (Monday – Friday, 4 – 7 PM) for $1 house oysters.

This post was created after a complimentary tasting from The Waterman. All opinions are my own.


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