ROCK HILL, S.C. -- At The Pump House, guests are experiencing food which is only matched by the view.

  • The Pump House has a great view of the Catawba River.
  • The building is a former water pump for a textile manufacturer that sat vacant for over a decade. 
  • The specialty is shrimp and grits. 

“I think that we offer something that no one else in the area can offer,” Pump House general manager Christopher Johnson said.

The restaurant building is a former water pump for a textile manufacturer. It sat vacant for more than a decade.

Once an eye sore, now it’s one of the best sights on the banks of the Catawba River.

The Pump House uses its unique industrial setting to offer a multi-level dining experience, serving a modern take on Southern cuisine.

“We make everything in house,” Johnson said. “From mayonnaise to our soups, if we’re putting it on the plate we're making it.”

 The Pump House specialty dish is shrimp and grits -- pan seared Gulf shrimp with sweet peppers and tasso ham, dripping with a Cajun creole butter mixed into a white wine cream sauce, all atop Anson Mill grits.  “A little bit of a twist on a classic Southern dish to kind of make it our own,” Johnson said.

“[We] at one point kind of challenge the culinary palate of our guests, but at the same time we want people to sit down and look at the menu and say, ‘I recognize that,’” Johnson said.



Combining flavors with a view that makes The Pump House an experience for all senses. “Take advantage of some of the regional products. North Carolina trout and any fresh fish we can get from the Carolina coasts,” Johnson said. “The goal is to represent the region. We don't want to be a great restaurant with just a great view,” Johnson said. “We want to be a great restaurant with great service, great food, great beverages, all in all.”



Sun–Thurs   11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Fri–Sat  11 a.m. - 12 a.m.