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The Katharine Brasserie and Bar: French Meets Historic Winston-Salem

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The Katharine Brasserie & BarKatharine interior dining room

Where Is It?

  • 51 Fourth St. E, #100
  • (336) 761-0203
  • Currently serving breakfast, drinks and dinner.
  • Website | Menu


What Are the Hours?

  • Breakfast daily 7:00AM – 10:00AM
  • Brunch Saturday & Sunday 11:00AM – 3:00PM
  • Dinner 5:00PM – 10:00PM Sunday – Thursday
  • Dinner 5:00PM – 11:00PM Friday – Saturday

The historic 1929 art deco R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company building and inspiration for the Empire State building is newly renovated and now home to the much-anticipated Kimpton Cardinal hotel, luxury apartments and The Katharine Brasserie & Bar.

Named after Katharine Reynolds, the wife of R.J. Reynolds, the restaurant pays tribute to the couple’s honeymoon in France. While not a full-on French restaurant, there are several French dishes that add diversity to our downtown dining scene. The Katharine is styled after a traditional French brasserie – a French restaurant with a relaxed setting.

The restaurant is a feast for the eyes as well, retaining many beautiful historic features and art deco touches throughout, making it a truly unique dining experience. Light fills the lower bar area from the large windows offering a view onto Main Street. The modern open kitchen can be seen from the dining area.

Breakfast items include omelets, fresh croissants made in-house, sweet potato pancakes, and more. Breakfast Menu

Now also open for brunch favorites Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm. Brunch Menu

Treat yourself to a mint julep in a hammered copper cup before heading to the dining area for small plates or a full-course dinner.

Katharine Brasserie & Bar Executive Chef Ed WittExecutive Chef Ed Witt, who has worked at Jardiniere and Rubicon in San Francisco, as well as Daniel, the River Café and II Buco in New York, has created a menu merging French favorites with modern style and Southern influences – enter escargot in maître d butter with crispy hushpuppies.

Hors d’oeuvres include chilled melon soup, heirloom beet salad, seared sea scallops with black truffle and English pea risotto, beef tartare with mustard seeds, jalapeño, and raw quail egg, oysters, little neck clams, stone crab claws and more.

Featured entrées include a variety of steaks, grouper, smoked trout fillet, pork loin and a delicious Hen of the Woods dish. While there are French dishes on the menu, if that’s not your thing, there are a variety of other options, including a burger with bacon, fried green tomato and pepper jack cheese with frites (French fries). Prices vary, and though there are several splurges on the menu, we were pleased that most entrees average $20-$25.

Bar at The KatharineBe sure to save room for dessert! Seasonal selections include a frozen lemon soufflé with Myer lemon curd and cherry compote, and sweet potato crème brulée with benne seed wafers, bourbon pecan tart with salted caramel ice cream, chocolate pot de crème, and a cookie assortment.

Current Daily Specials

  • Monday: Truffle & Porcini Macaroni Gratin ($21)
  • Tuesday: Lobster Pot Pie ($34)
  • Wednesday: Country Fried Duck Breast ($20)escargot with hushpuppies at The Katharine
  • Thursday: Coq au Vin ($22)
  • Friday: Catfish Meunière ($18)
  • Saturday: Veal Banquettte ($25)
  • Sunday Family Dinner: Pot Roast ($25)

Valet parking is offered and reservations are accepted by phone and online.

Kristi was born and raised just up the road in Mount Airy (a.k.a. Mayberry) and frequented Winston-Salem often growing up for school field trips, shopping, and dining. After attending Appalachian State University, and a brief stint living in Southern Virginia, Kristi returned to Winston-Salem, NC in 1999 and began her work in non-profit, public relations and writing. She and her family enjoy the convenience of living near downtown Winston-Salem. She enjoys the arts, photography and cooking. "I'm a small town girl at heart, but Winston-Salem isn't an overwhelming city. It is rich with friendly people, history, culture and has a vibrant art community and that is why I am proud to call this "My Winston-Salem!"

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Sadie Cornelius
Sadie Cornelius

Great recommendation, was lucky enough to eat here recently with the MyWS team and it was delish! Amazing ambiance, excellent service and fresh, well-presented food! I think they are doing half price wines now too which was a bonus we got to take advantage of! Highly recommend the Katharine, a wonderful addition to the Winston-Salem food scene (and yes, definitely save room for dessert!)


I second that, this place is unlike any other place in Winston! We needed something like the Katharine to open and hopefully it will open more doors to other similar places.


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