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

Enso Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ensocharlotte.com/
  • Phone: 7047163676x
  • 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: Sushi, Pan-Asian, 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 DJ, in our Sake Lounge: Friday and Saturday beginning at 8:30pm until close.
  • Special Events: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Enso Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
58 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (28)good for groups (26)hot spot (25)vibrant bar scene (22)romantic (18)fit for foodies (17)late-night find (15)notable wine list (7)great for brunch (6)great for outdoor dining (6)great for lunch (6)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (2)neighborhood gem (2)Show More
  • Not Pleased with the server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The overall experience was great! I enjoyed the music, decor and food. Our service we as a group was not please. He did not light the candles on the table, did not ask if we wanted anything to drink til almost 20 mins later we had to go find our server. I order a bottle of wine in which he did not but in on ice until we asked hi to. I thought maybe he was new to serving tables because he seemed very amateur. It was a little aggravating dealing with him we had to ask serval times for refills, bottle service, place our orders etc.. It became that we wrapped up at Enso an had drinks elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    BreeVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    They have bar menu and drink specials on their website but don't accept that at the restaurant. Everything is soooo overpriced. The only good thing about this ace is the location.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't go for the food
    Buchanan
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is high energy, turning almost club like late night. The food however is really bad. I intend to not return.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • If deafening were an option...
    teresahsVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I met a friend for drinks and dinner at Enso. The waitress was very attentive and good. The food was fine. But the music was WAY too loud for 7:00pm. We had to scream to talk. Don't go to Enso if you want to chat with your fellow diners.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My experience
    Enjoyingfood
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Awesome, food was great and would recommend to everyone I know.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restraunt for fine dining
    Carsonbishop
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great restraunt for fine dining as well as great sushi, definitely a place to visit.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great meal!
    NeighborVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My husband and I frequent Enso because you can always get a table, or at least a place at the bar. The sushi rolls as well as the hibachi are always delicious and filling, which is very important to my husband. Also, the staff are friendly and the bar is always concocting new drinks to try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, service was ok
    NauticaLKN
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Waitress seamed to have an attitude even though it wasn't crowded or overly busy. Sushi was some of the best ever had. Price was on high end but ok since sushi was so good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good sushi but not worth price
    GoodEats77
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Nice location and very pretty inside. Sushi was good but not great. I would not go back considering the cost.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I would go back later to choose other menu items. I loved what I had and would like to expand on it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice night out
    Oracle
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We had a great time and the food was outstanding. The restaurant was full on a Wednesday night. My only complaint was we wanted a few things while eating and our waitress was hard to find. The food was delicious and the crowd was diverse. A great night out!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Bonanza!
    CharlieBZO
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    It was an awesome overall experience. I honestly just wanted to seem fancy and impress some friends from out of town without breaking my bank. This was perfect for that (especially during food week)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Fun place...great atmosphere. We have selected this place many times. Service is usually very good and we enjoy the variety of menu options.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Aaaaaaaamazing food!
    Jitterbug
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Everyone at our table ordered something different and it was all delicious!! We especially enjoyed the scallops. The ambiance is great too. I will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappointed!!
    DrBiagio
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We love Enso and eat there whenever we head out to the Epicenter. This night we had a group of 6 for dinner and the place was packed out. WE were seated right on time though and everything was excellent! Shrimp and Scallop Fried Rice and Maryland Sushi Roll were to die for! This place is not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would come back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    very good. dj music too loud, too early. food was excellent
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    JDub
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Excellent food and the service was great! Beautifully decorated
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 41 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 464 reviews are from the Enso Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar reviews archive.
  • Kjh4VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Sushi is great. Drinks are watered down. Suggest chefs choice on sushi. Will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch with a client
    Ashley
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    The food at Enso is always good... but you could tell that they were either understaffed or did not care. I think that the manager waited on our table the whole time, his appearance/outfit did not look to be the same as the other server. We made a reservation just because you never know. But, we were the only people in the restaurant. For paying almost $60 for lunch, I would have excepted a little better experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great sushi group dinner
    RAHPT
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We were in Charlotte for a meeting and used open table. the staff was friendly and accommodating when our meeting ran 45 min late...they had a table and GREAT service. the sushi had a range to accommodate experienced palates. the round table for our group was a bonus!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun (noisy) night with friends
    Foodie4life
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Enso had great sushi and fast, friendly service. However, some of the other guests were extremely drunk and loud, which disrupted our dining experience. Still a fun night, but seeing a bachelorette from a neighboring table carried out of the restaurant at 8:30pm was a little unsettling. It was also more expensive than I realized.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charlotte visit
    StephenVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I was staying at the nearby Omni. This is nearby, and a nice place. I went on a special trip with my son. We both enjoyed the place--service was good, not great. The man who brought our order out dropped off soup without a spoon, and dropped my order off without picking up the obvious empty salad bowl. Our waiter was excellent, though and had good suggestions. Noise level was high due to a table of 15-20 shrieking women (bachelorette group) nearby. Nothing the restauant could have done about that, though.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    BKtravelerVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Everything was wonderful; from appetizers, sushi, to traditional entrees
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great All Around As Usual!
    DrBiagio
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Enso is my wife and I's favorite sushi restaurant in Charlotte. The service, atmosphere and food are always top notch! Try the tuna nacho and rock shrimp apps, they are the best!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday Funday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Decided last minute that we wanted sushi and since it's hard not to enjoy Enso we ended up there on a Sunday night. Much different atmosphere than a typical weekend night but still delightful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The Best sushi I have ever had amazing. Entree was awesome as we'll
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Been twice....will go again, again.
    mmellon1
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    I first came here for a lunch meeting with some out of town clients. The food is top notch, the service is excellent, and the ambiance leaves nothing to be desired. My second visit was very recently on a dinner date with an old friend, and she absolutely loved it. It was a shame that I had raved about the edamame mashed potatoes and they happened to be out, but I'm sure she'll find her way back in there in the near future. I have recommended and will continue to recommend this establishment for anyone seeking a fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Anonymous22
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The choice off rolls where excellent! It is a higher end restaurant so expect to pay a little more. The sushi is absolutely worth the price!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    milly206
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The service was quick and the atmosphere was romantic.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-So for $$$$
    EatQC
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Enso is a really well decorated restaurant. They invested a lot in making it look fun and exclusive, but they don't have a dress code. We felt dumb for getting dressed up for our anniversary when we were seated with people wearing hoodies, ball-caps, and t-shirts. The waitress took our order and treated us well. We were asked to choose soup or salad with our meal, and we both got soup. I got the seafood miso and a typhoon roll and she got the regular miso with the chicken fried rice, but neither of us were impressed by the food. Then they hit us with the bill. We found out we were charged extra for the soups, and with the food already eaten, ultimately we felt like we were cheated. The food is better at Cuisine Malaysia.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enso review
    swttart
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Food was excellent. Reception by employees was not remarkable. Very dry
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    SarahVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Great appetizer options, we tried the Waygu tacos which were awesome! Great roll choices, something for everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Expensive, but great food
    hiswife
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Service was slow, but food was great. Very large portions so you get what you pay for!!! Not recommended for kids.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Wonderful experience . The food was excellent , many options ,allgreat
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hit the Spot
    Evolution
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Enso is not only centrally located; it also hits the spot for tasty sushi and wine. You never go wrong going here. Cheers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud
    Datenight
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • waitress was less than acceptable.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Made reservation on open table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    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 .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food, sad service
    Urbanjuliet
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites, but..
    ClintR
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.