Wonderful "diamond in the rough"!Very creative menu and overall good service; incredibly knowledgeable wait staff including familiarity with all wines on the list. Just wish they had more than 3 whites and 3 red wines by the glass! Décor needs some updating and additional lighting but it's still charming and a very welcoming place. Dessert was a disappointment - dry/stale brioche with berries and super rich white chocolate mousse. Why don't restaurants do seasonal desserts these days?6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMAnother awesome meal!This place NEVER disappoints. My wife and I shared our anniversary here. The ceviche starter was insane. A great rff on a classic dish. Their version had various textures and tastes, just amazing. My steak cooked in a sous vide was perfect, nice and rare, you could slice it with a cotton ball. My wife's scallops were very large and sweet. The cheese plate we finished dinner with contained local cheeses of various strength and styles. The very, very strong one did need the sweet apricot melange it came with, still a winner. We can not recommend what is easily the best restaurant in Charlotte enough.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMExceptional Service!Wonderful service by our waiter and fabulous food! If you are able to try the stuffed squash blossoms , do it! The pork chop was excellent, the duck had a wonderful taste, but was a little fatty. The lemon drop martini is not on the drink menu, but ask for it, it's delicious!5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst time at Passion8 BistroThis was our first visit to Passion8 as we celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. The food was very good and the presentation was excellent. We viewed our meal as fine dining, but the surroundings were not. Fortunately, we had requested to be placed in the back room, which was quieter, but the main dining area was very loud. The decor and overall ambience was at a much lower level than the food, which detracted from the overall experience, unfortunately. It was surprising to see the wait staff in jeans, although they were very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The overall experience was good because of the quality of the food and the friendliness of the staff.5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMAs always Passion8 exceededAs always Passion8 exceeded expectations! Mother's Day Brunch was FABULOUS!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything was fresh and weEverything was fresh and we liked the fact that produce and bread was local. We were there for our anniversary, and the staff even gave us a card signed by all who worked there. The food was excellent, and we'd definitely go back! We've been twice and have yet to be disappointed.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMFive star food and service!From the amuse bouche to the famous calamari to the local farm sourced entrees and the delightful desserts, we had a wonderful evening at Passion8 Bistro! Very attentive server, and one of the friendly owners stopped by the table to say hello. We left our credit card behind and were impressed by their quick detective work to find our Open Table reservation and contact someone in the group to let us know. Only downside: parking lot was tight; recommend carpooling!5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMWOW!I've been here many times, each time is better than than the last. I requested a chef's tasting, 6-7 courses, as a good friend was visiting from DC. No menu, we just sat down and enjoyed an amazing night of food and drink. Nothing we were given was on their daily menu, 100% customized, talk about being treated like royalty. Our server, Paula, helped make the evening one of a kinda. My friend from DC was amazed that he can not find an experience like this in our capital. If you have not had a chef's tasting here, you have not eaten at Passion8.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMGood foodGreat idea for a restaurant, great food. I really liked the minimal menu with the food being well prepared. In some cases the entrée was sweeter than the desert with a few flavors not meshing together well.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMWow - Simply Amazing Dinner/Service4/24/2013 - it was our first time and it was a special occasion which was my lovely wife's Birthday. Wow - unbelievably good in all aspects. The Food was beyond delicious and healthy as well. Very innovative and creative dishes - I ordered and ate something I would never have eaten together (Scallops paired with Olives, Greens, Grapes, Strawberries and Walnuts in a very delicious sauce - served and presented on a large rectangular plate). It was simply beyond what I would have ever expected - tasted wonderful. The service was above and beyond expectations - it was like being at a 5 Star Restaurant in NY or any of the larger cities (this is not a joke as we've been to NY several times and ate at some of the most world renown ones.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful experience! FoodWonderful experience! Food was fantastic. Highly recommend the fried calamari as an appetizer and the sea scallops entree. Portions are large and entrees priced in the $30 - $45 range.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a wonderful time forWe had a wonderful time for my wife's birthday. The lighting was dim as the sun went down, but the ambiance was still very good. The food was great. We asked the bartender to send us something special to drink and they did very well, after dinner we asked for a "caramel tasting drink," she made us a caramel martini that was delicious.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMPassion8 provided the bestPassion8 provided the best dining experience we've had in the Charlotte area and rivals some of the best dining we've had in larger cities. The menu evolves based on what is available as the Chef leans heavily towards local farm fresh ingredients. The pork chop and scallop main dishes on the menu during our visit were fantastic as were the other courses. Our server was excellent, and we were visited by one of the owners to ensure that we were having a fantastic experience.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding! Food was on aOutstanding! Food was on a par with any exclusive restaurant. Certainly made our anniversary special.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious/not for unadventurousThe food was delicious, but might be a little too pretentious or complicated for some. A few "unadventurous" diners in our group had trouble finding something they wanted to eat. However, the server was very accommodating and asked the chef to switch up the entree/side dish combo to suit one diner's request. We had a last-minute change to the number of people in our group, but the restaurant was accommodating in every way. It was still a little chilly for outdoor dining, but their little patio looked like it would be nice on a summer night.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was superb. TheThe food was superb. The three of us ordered different appetizers and entrees, and sampled each. We all thought each selection was very fresh and prepared exquisitely. Our waitress was highly knowledgeable and provided excellent service. She exceeded our expectations so much that we left her a 25% tip. The decor is European and seating is limited so I recommend a reservation in advance. We went on a rainy Thursday evening and almost every table was occupied. The menu changes daily, and the prices ranged from $24-$42 for the main entrees (including sides) the evening that we went. We will definitely be returning on special occasions and with out-of-town guests.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMSecond time, still a charmThis was our second dining experience and the food was once again top notch. We started with the calamari, which was not as sweet as the last visit but very tender and perfectly cooked. I then had the pork chop, which was possibly the largest chop I've ever seen! Cooked perfectly, served with polenta and collards which were out of this world. One of the things that brings me back is that the food is locally sourced.
The service was prompt, friendly and accurate. That's a rare trifecta anymore! I will continue to recommend this restaurant to anyone who will listen3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways Awesome!Awesome as usual. Impeccable service, delicious fare and great martinis. Thanks Luca, Jessica and Paula!!!3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved all of the flavors andLoved all of the flavors and the uniqueness of the menu.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMSmall and very creative menu.Small and very creative menu. The food is perfect and the service very professional.
If I lived in Charlotte, this would definitely be a regular place to visit.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMMost outstanding experience!We went to Passion8 Bistro for our anniversary and our already high expectations were exceeded by far! Virtually any of our friends who have been there gave it rave reviews, but our experience was even better!
Rarely will you find a chef, staff and owners more passionate (yes, it's in the name!) than at this place. The food is outstanding, every bite is an experience. The ambiance is quiet, elegant and romantic, yet extremely friendly and local. Simply charming!
Talking of local, they exclusively use to ingredients from local sources. Our waitress was extremely well trained and very friendly without being overbearing.
We were very happy and rate Passion8 Bistro #1 in Charlotte and surroundings with nothing else coming close!3/20/2013 12:00:00 AM