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Aria Tuscan Grill
Aria Tuscan Grill

Aria Tuscan Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ariacharlotte.com
  • Phone: (704) 376-8880
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Frank Altomare
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: As a full sevice caterer, Aria's event planning professionals will work with you on every detail of your special event, tailoring it to your taste and budget. Please allow us to discuss your upcoming event with you. Simply contact us at 704.331.0078. We would love to have you join us for a consultation and a taste of Aria.
  • Entertainment: Live music every Friday & Saturday from 7:30-10:30pm
  • Special Events & Promotions: Aria and Founders Hall offer a unique setting for weddings. bridal showers, receptions, rehearsal dinners, fund-raisers, corproate dinners & special events. Simply choose your date, and we'll help do the rest!
    Special Event Sales 704.331.0078

Getting there

  • Cross Street: College and Trade Streets
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Aria offers complimentary valet parking, located on College Street between Trade and Fifth Streets. We also validate for the Bank of America Corporate parking deck. It may be entered from Fifth, College & Trade Streets.
A word from Aria Tuscan Grill
Bringing the best ot Italy to Charlotte, Aria Tuscan Grill is Charlotte's urban neighborhood restaurant and lounge located in the heart of center city. Serving mouthwatering old word comfort food in a modern Italian setting, Aria brings the flavors & colors of Tuscany to Charlotte.
Featuring a kitchen with a view, a striking wine wall that highlights a wide array of predominantly focused Italian wines, house made Limoncello, live music every weekend, a late night "Bar Bites" menu, Charlotte's only Chef's Table, a street level view of Uptown Charlotte to take in the city as you dine, and a location that is front and center to all of Charlotte's main attractions.
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Diner Reviews
  • "For a Saturday evening, Aria was not very busy- less than half full. However, we were seated directly between two other large parties even though there were many other two-tops available. Service was prompt and friendly. Food was hit or miss- the gnocchi appetizer was great but the pasta dishes were bland; the pasta obviously came from a box rather than house-made and the sauces were unappealing all around."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Took a group of ten for a work dinner and was treated wonderfully. Everyone left impressed."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We had a fantastic evening at Aria for my twins 14th birthday. Our party of 12 was seated at a long table in front of the street window. The ambience is very chic here and the decor and lighting are perfect. What I like is the variety in the dishes. You can get a reasonable priced pasta dish either traditional (lasagna/spagetti and meatballs or unique (bucatini with clams) or you can spend more on a fish/steak dish. The appetizers are wonderful and large enough to share. We had the mussels, calamari and I am still thinking about the gnocchi with truffle oil... Fabulous spot in uptown Charlotte. GO!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The kale salad is absolutely delicious and the rabbit dish was interesting and flavorful - reminded me of a tur-duck-en. Sweetbread pasta was tasty but a little heavy. Great service and energetic atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The décor of the restaurant was nice & I enjoyed the live music in the bar area. Everything on the menu sounded so good; I actually ordered 3 small dishes so I could try various items. I started w/ the gnocchi appetizer, enough to be a meal. The pasta was delicate & perfectly cooked & the sauce hit the spot. I then had kale salad w/ hazelnut dressing. This too was very large & tasty. It could have had a few extra accompaniments but overall it still tasted good & was big enough to share. I finished w/mushroom pizza. I was only able to eat 1/3 of it since the other 2 dishes were much larger than expected but what I did eat was divine. There was a perfect balance of cheese & oil/garlic. I highly recommend Aria for great homemade Italian food."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We had an eclectic group of six on this visit to Aria; one chef, one gluten-free diner, two big spenders, an octogenarian and an "I'm just glad to be out to dinner" person. I can honestly say that everyone was totally pleased with our dining experience. Everyone ordered a different dish and they were all wonderful. The service was efficient but not rushed and the quantity of food for each item was appropriate. This just reconfirmed why Aria is one of our top two restaurant choices in Charlotte!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Dylan and I attend Heroes Convention every year in Charlotte. Dylan enjoys the convention while I look forward to dinner at Aria, a really excellent Italian (Tuscan Italian) restaurant in the heart of downtown. The folks that run the place are very accommodating and our servers have always been top shelf (this time was not exception. Try the calamari!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Couldn't even hear the aucoustic guitar player by the door. Didn't know he was there until we were leaving. Good meal but couldn't enjoy each other which ruined the experience."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Living in NY the majority of my life, I'm a bit skeptical of going out and eating Italian. This place hit the mark. I will be going back for sure."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Had a great before-theatre dining experience Friday night at Aria. Our server was wonderful and made great suggestions. Standouts were the kale salad (no kidding, it is delicious!!) and my husband's lasagna was exceptional. We were out well in time to get our theatre seats with no stress. We've been here before and will be back again!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "First date and she had allergy to dairy. . Food had cheese and we sent back. I got the duck and it was chewy. Overall for 75 bucks not worth it"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Food was a bit too salty. And why not serve wine in a stem glass?"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Aria for our anniversary dinner. The ambiance was very nice. The lighting was dim, a good view of the evening charlotte streets, an open kitchen to watch food be prepared. It was a bit noisy for a specifically romantic night but that didn't bother us. The service was excellent, checking in at just the right time without being overly intruding. But what remains in our mind the most is the food. Caramelized gnocchi is a must for an app. My roasted duck was outstanding and so was my wife's swordfish finished with an excellent tiramisu. Even though we were there on a Tuesday, the place was full; even more representing the fact that you won't be dissappointed at Aria Tuscan Grill."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Very enjoyable dinner. A little noisy but that is an indication of the energy levels."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Yes, the food is good but I'm always blown away by the extensive wine selection and the phenomenally attentive wait staff here. The bar scene isn't too bad either."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "So glad I made a good choice :) had to make a reservation for an office function that included a large group The Service was spot on. ... The good food was a crowd pleaser"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We arrived a little late (thanks to traffic after a brief shower) but our server, Taylor, timed our orders perfectly so we'd still arrive at the show on time. I thoroughly enjoyed the pappardelle- the mint was a nice surprise and complemented the dish perfectly. If you'd like to be able to have conversation, ask to be seated away from the bar, which can be quite noisy. Interesting wine list and lots of great choices by the glass."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Loved the food, service and ambience. Will return."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "2 hits, 2 misses. The fish special and the rabbit were excellent. The peppered fettucine carbonara had none of the creamy richness one would expect. The braised lamb shank was not a braised lamb shank but a lamb roast with herb filling. This in spite of clarifying with the server the details prior to the order. Perhaps the language barrier was a factor. Also, the caprese salad was a bunch of grape tomatoes on 3 giant slabs of mozzarella. OK if you like the cheese, but not really a salad. Convenient to the show however."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The location, service, food and drinks are top notch and keep me coming back to this gem. Being so close to the performance venues makes it ideal for dinner and theater. The food is beautifully done for an excellent price and the service reflects high hospitality standards. I will dine there many more times. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Food was excellent, decor is nice with nice view into working kitchen through glass wall. Staff especially host were excellent. The table layout for group of 8 is outstanding with a square table that encourages conversation versus the typical long table."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Ambiance and location (we had tickets to Belk Theater that evening) are absolutely awesome which is why we were so disappointed. We shared a moderately priced entree, had 2 moderately priced glasses of wine, 3 lousy salads and a kids pizza and the bill was $100. Entree was average at best and the salads were quite poor. Need to either step up the quality of the food, or lower their prices."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "From the wine list to the desert menu and everything in between this was a great experience. My wife and I will definitely return. This is a wonderful "Italian Restaurant" experience for an Italian family from NY. We recommend it. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My party of six did the pasta tasting which was varied and delicious. I would highly recommend this along with the wine pairing."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "What a wonderful find in downtown Charlotte! Although we were not expecting it, this was quite the romantic dinner since we were seated at the only table at the top of the stairs. The food was delicious and our server was attentive. I also appreciated that there was a good selection of vegetarian items. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Great place to take a date. Service was excellent and food was on point. Felt like we were the only ones there. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I went a party for prom and we were upstairs where we wouldn't be disturbed. The food was awesome overall and the bill looked even better compared to the restaurant we chose last year. I loved it"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I really dislike when the server brings my dish and says be careful it is really hot. Why. Why was it setting under the heat lamp? The food was not as good as it was rated. Servers were good. Nice looking spot. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "I was attending the Belk Theater and choose Aria as it is connected with Founder's Hall. The food, the service and the atmosphere were awesome. Great place to dine if you are going out in uptown Charlotte. "
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We went here to celebrate getting married. We had a party of 8. The noise level was perfect, where we didn’t feel like we had to be completely silent, but we could hear each other. The food was fabulous! I had a hard time keeping my fork on my plate as I wanted some of everyone else's food, all of which was delicious!! They had a live band (on Friday night). Not sure if this is an every night thing, but it was great.... the music level wasn’t over-powering like at other place. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone! "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Aria was very good the only thing that could be an issue is the menus are very confusing. Parking was also a big issue but that's just uptown charlotte I guess."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I had a great dinner at Aria this week. This was my fourth or fifth time eating here. It is great for business lunches or dinners. This time was extra cool b/c we were seated at the Chef's table in the kitchen. Although, loud -- it added some great flare to the conversation."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We had a group of 13 people from all over the U.S. in town for a meeting. Service was less than attentive and seemed distracted. Food was average with lots of gristle in the lamb. No one raved about their dish, but the overall atmosphere was nice with a good view into the open kitchen."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Aria is a great place to grab a quick, enjoyable sit-down lunch. My wife and I both had the express lunch. In and out in 35 minutes without ever feeling rushed. A great option when you have to get back to the office."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "We were seated in the dining room. Unfortunately, there was a table of 6 ladies getting drunk (not eating any food) close to our table. Soon there was another couple seated right next to the ladies. The ladies were so loud, no one could talk. After several complaints to our waiter, a manager finally got the drunks to leave. Then everything was great. You should never seat the happy hour crowd in you main dining area."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Awesome experience overall once again. Food was delivered in a timely manner, service was attentive but not overbearing (hate it when staff stops by over and over to check on things, or ask a minute after food arrives how's your food... ) group behind us was very loud and noisy but it didn't detract from the overall experience too much. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I have visited Aria on several occasions and have consistently experienced great food, great service and a wonderful ambiance. On my last visit, I was in town on business and was eating alone. To some, dining alone is uncomfortable and ordering room service may be the way to go. But don't fear Aria! Ask for the table at the top of the stairs near the wall. You'll be very comfortable and can watch the hum of the evening. Also, ask for Elaine - she will make you feel right at home! Overall, this is one of the very best in Charlotte."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "The food is amazing. The atmosphere is great for both a business dinner or a nice date night. Service was great and the prices are good for the amount of food you get. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "We visit Aria often before downtown sporting events or performances. It is a fun restaurant with lots of energy if you want a fun place and really good food. Excellent Mussels on the appetizer menu. You could make a meal of them."
    Dined on 4/28/2014