The Waterman, a two-story seafood joint with rooftop terrace, is now open in South End

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The Waterman — a two-story, oyster-themed restaurant and bar with a rooftop terrace — is now open a few doors down from Holler & Dash in South End.

Hours are Monday through Friday 4 p.m. – midnight, Saturday noon – midnight. and Sunday noon to 10 p.m. The exact address is 2729 South Blvd (Suite D) in the South End shopping center anchored by Harris Teeter.

The menu includes tacos, seafood plates, salads, po’ boys, burgers, sandwiches, shareables and, of course, oysters. Also expect signature craft cocktails like The Waterman’s piña colada float — Plantation Pineapple Rum, pineapple juice, almond milk and a coconut popsicle.

Note: The rooftop terrace is still under construction and will not be open until later in October. 

Popular and noteworthy Waterman menu items include:

  • Crawdaddy Dippers – Cajun-style rice & crawfish breaded and fried, paired with tartar sauce ($11)
  • Chargrilled oysters – lemon-herb butter with parmesan or creamed spinach with bacon grilled to bubbly perfection ($12)
  • Classic lobster rolls – your choice of Maine or Connecticut style ($22)
  • Calamari po poy – sandwich served on French bread, dressed with The Waterman’s Sauce, lettuce and tomato ($14)
  • Low country boil – shrimp, smoked sausage, corn, red potatoes, tossed in lemon butter, seasoned with Old Bay ($24) *you can also get a larger version that feeds 3-5 for $49
  • The Waterman’s Platter – cornmeal crusted catfish, crispy oysters, fried shrimp, crawdaddy dippers with French fries, cole slaw, tartar, cilantro chutney ($22)
  • The Catch – fried NC trout, dirty rice, roasted corn, topped with creole crawfish sauce ($23)
  • Brisket & frites – fall apart brisket over house-made fries, covered with gravy ($18)

The brains behind the project is Paul Manley, who also runs 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).

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Maine Lobster Roll

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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.

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The Waterman Platter

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Crawdaddy Dippers

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Po’ boy options at the The Waterman: Fried calamari (above), 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.

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Pina Colada Float

Okay, let’s take a look around The Waterman

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.

I’d expect to see a mix of neighbors enjoying oysters, casual business meetings and couples on date night. As a comparison, the vibe will be more casual than Sea Level.

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Rooftop terrace with views of Uptown

Oh, and even The Waterman’s restrooms are tastefully done — map wallpaper, FTW

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