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Enso Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar
Enso Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar

Enso Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ENSOCHARLOTTE.com
  • Email: info@ensocharlotte.com
  • Phone: (704) 716-3676
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4pm; Saturday: Noon - 4pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4pm - midnight

    Friday - Saturday: 4pm - 2am; Sunday: 4pm - 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian, Sushi, Pan-Asian
  • Executive Chef: Haim Aizenberg
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: ENSO Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar offers a wide selection of menus to suit your catering needs. Please contact our banquet sales representative for current options and pricing.
  • Entertainment: Live music from our 3-year resident, DJ TMAQ, in our Sake Lounge: Thursday through Saturday beginning at 8:30pm until close.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Enso's Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 4:00pm to 6:00pm in our Sake lounge. Specials include $6 select bistro and sushi specials as well as daily drink specials.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: College and Trade
  • Public Transit: You can take the Lynx light rail or a Charlotte Area Transit System bus, both of which stop right at the EpiCentre.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Enso Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar is located in Uptown Charlotte in the EpiCentre, directly across from the Time Warner Cable Arena. Parking is available in the EpiCentre (pricing varies on day of week), with entrances on East Fourth Street and East Trade Street. You can also take the Lynx light rail or a Charlotte Area Transit System bus, both conveniently adjacent to the EpiCentre. Valet is accessible on College Street.
A word from Enso Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar
Located in the heart of Charlotte’s Uptown hotspot, the EpiCentre, Enso is a place to dine, drink, and delight. Every detail, from the menu, the lavish and understated interior design, and the hottest electronic beats have been painstakingly selected for a reason – to create a warm, vibrant, and welcoming environment. Part bistro, part lounge, part meeting place, Enso has something for everyone. No matter what your mood or taste, come and experience what everyone is talking about.
From the exotic flavors offered on the menu to its contemporary, elegant design and decor, ENSO is a feast for the senses.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "Service was slow, but food was great. Very large portions so you get what you pay for!!! Not recommended for kids."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Great appetizer options, we tried the Waygu tacos which were awesome! Great roll choices, something for everyone!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Enso is not only centrally located; it also hits the spot for tasty sushi and wine. You never go wrong going here. Cheers!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Wonderful experience . The food was excellent , many options ,allgreat"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "9:30 reservation Saturday night. Extremely loud, not a good place for conversation over dinner. All seats are in or near the bar. Decor was nice, food selection was average with Uptown prices."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "waitress was less than acceptable. service was not the best. to me, not very appreciative of the customer. must do a lot of business and don't care. doubt i would return."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Made reservation on open table & specified We were celebrating my husbands bday and that we wanted a booth . Neither were mentioned nor given while we there ."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food at the place is unbeatable. Everything is beyond delicious. The wait staff however is rude and seems to be more concerned with their own personal appearance than making you feel welcome or even wanted. But hey, that's why there's a tip line on the receipt."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Enso has been one of my favorite restaurants in CLT for a few years. However, I was surprised on my most recent visit to see that the menu had changed and my favorite dish is no longer offered. Hopefully next time I'll find something that I like just as well."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The food was excellent, atmosphere was eclectic, staff was friendly and prompt."
    Dined on 5/29/2013
  • "Generally service can be hit or miss but the sushi is always top quality."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Great atmosphere, great food, great service. You can't ask for much more in a dining experience. We love eating at Enso!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I went for dinner last night. I arrived earlier and had a seat at thd bar. When my girlfriend arrived though the bar was pretty much empty we had to get a bartenders attention to greet her and get her a glass of wine. We then sat down with our server Marion who was amazing. She was personable knowledgable and just all around great. I have a peanut allergy and while eating the calamari I dipped a piece in the peanut sauce, Marion came out of nowhere and slapped the piece out of my hand. Now I know this isn't usual server behavior but basically she saved my life. I would absolutely go back but skip the bar part."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Brought some out of town colleagues to eat. Food was great- wine list & service average. Need some more mid-priced cabs."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Was in town for work and someone recommended Enso as a good place to eat. I was able to reserver a table for 8 online easily and our group enjoyed the menu selection. It was easy to talk and visit during lunch."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "The food was good--not great. I brought my daughter and her friends here for 16th birthday party and it was very expensive. I was hoping the food would be amazing, but it was just "good". I won't return because I have many other Asian restaurants that I eat at that are much cheaper and better food."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We had a reservation (which really wasn't needed on a Tuesday night) so we were seated promptly. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive. We ordered the spring rolls as an appetizer and they were absolutely the best spring rolls I've ever had. I ordered Pad Thai and the Spider Roll. My friend ordered Vegetable lo mein. We both loved our meals and had extra leftover. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great dining experience."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Enso had the most fresh and tasty food I've had from an asian bistro type restaurant in forever. I had sweet and sour chicken, and was delightfully surprised at how fresh the ingredients were--the chicken was juicy and the pineapples were full of natural sweetness. My fiancee ordered the pan seared scallops and said the mix of salty with the sweet sauce served over the rice with them were amazing on the palate. The only negative thing I can say is the music was WAY too loud, but we were in late on Saturday night. I would definitely like to go back maybe earlier in the day or on a weeknight. Definitely worth a try : )!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Perfect for a date, romantic celebration or just a trendy place to enjoy some great Asian fusion food."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "This place is great. The food is outstanding and the place looks great as well. The waiters could be better. I've been there 3 times and have never really received great service. Im not sure if their uninterested or just stressed but other restaurants definitely have better service. When it comes to the food though, the food is AMAZING"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I had a wonderful experience at Enzo's. It was my 25th birthday celebration with my best friends and it was wonderful!! Def. would recommend this for date night, girls night, anniversaries, or birthdays :)"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food and service at Enso. No complaints."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Food and service were excellent but very expensive parking that is not validated was an unwelcome surprise."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "The sushi selections were great! The attentive wait staff and quick service made for a great experience at Enso."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Spectacular sushi menu. Hard to decide what to try, but then you'll never regret your choice."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Had a great experience at Enso. My date and I were blown away with my salmon/ mashed potatoes and her sushi selection. We were first timers and definitely plan on going back"
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "The wait or was fantastic. The hostesses were very unfriendly."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Enso is legit. Having been around Asia, I know what's real and what's not. While waiting for the food, I heard the chef's talking in Japanese and Korean. Immediately, my expectation went up because that's where Asian barbeque, sushi etc. are most famous for. And the food totally made me and my wife happy. Also, the ambience is great. We really liked the interior- modern meets East Asia."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We had sushi and general tso's chicken for dinner and everything was excellent. The signature cocktails were amazing and I would recommend the cocktails over wine because they were so good. Very lively and energetic restaurant."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "The food and service was great. The servicer was attentive to all our needs and assessed all our questions. The fried cheesecake was awesome!!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We expected to be seated in a private dining area. Instead we were placed at a small table in a crowded part of the restaurant. There are more elegant places to go for fine dining. For example, I had my arm on my spouses chair and the waiters and waitresses kept bumping into it as they walked by or served the table beside ours. This happened at least three times. Very disappointed."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "The Sushi here is awesome and the ambiance is great as well."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "It was freezing cold. The heat was not on and they it everyone in the back room for body heat."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "I am a big sushi fan and I thought enso was your standard mediocre sushi resturant. Everything was very americanized and nothing stood out as amazing. The decor reminded me of las vegas, I have not been back and would generally avoid going back if possible."
    Dined on 9/1/2013
  • "I was a little disappointed, yes the environment is very upscale, but they did nothing to make my guest or I feel special. The room was COLD and the food was nothing special for the extra price. I've had better sushi at my neighborhood sushi joint. They have a lot going for the given the location and atmosphere but they did not pull it all together :|"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We dined early on a Thursday night. I spent part of my adult life living on South Beach, so there was something particularly charming about the "You should be glad we are serving you." attitude of the attractive Enso staff. We started with rolls, which were excellent. For dinner, I had the Szechuan chicken (substituting tofu.) My wife had the calamari: The kitchen staff has really nailed the Asian twist on your favorite foods theme. I also loved the atmosphere and was full when I left the restaurant. (Those of you out there who are also vegetarians know what I mean because many restaurants equate vegetarianism with "people who don't like full portions" for some reason.) We had a really good food experience and enjoyed ourselves at Enso."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "I went to Enso for a pre-New Years dinner with 2 others. The lemon drop our server made was not like any cocktail I've tasted. It was very bitter. The sushi was average. Not bad but I've had better. And to be at such a prime location I would think it would be amazing. The server took an unusual amount of time to bring us our food. He seemed to be more worried about getting his side bar work done. Later a young girl was our server and she was awesome. But by then we were done with our meal. Overall, it was unfortunatly not a good experience. Perhaps this is cool for a lounge. But I hope the real bartender is better. $100 bucks for a party of 3 wasted."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The food was really good but the waitress was not very attentive to our table. She was very attentive to the table beside is but not to ours. We waited over 15 mins just to receive silverware."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "The setup is a little strange, but the food & service were wonderful. Would certainly go back again or suggest it to a friend."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "We enjoyed the food and service at Enso. Martini glasses could be larger for premium drinks."
    Dined on 12/21/2013