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Upstream - Charlotte
Upstream - Charlotte

Upstream - Charlotte Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.upstreamseafood.com
  • Phone: (704) 556-7730
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30 - 11:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Fusion / Eclectic, American
  • Executive Chef: Jon Fortes
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For information on Upstream catering, please contact Luke Andrews at landrews@harpers-rest.com or phone: 704-556-7730
  • Private Party Facilities: Upstream offers 2 spectacular private dining rooms in addition to 2 separate patios for special events.
  • Private Party Contact: Luke Andrews (704) 556-7730
  • Special Events & Promotions: Upstream also offers monthly cooking classes on Saturday starting at 10am. Visit the website for additional information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fairview Road
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking is available directly outside the restaurant, at the front door. Complimentary self-parking is available throughout Phillips Place.
A word from Upstream - Charlotte
Craving fresh, day boat seafood and sushi? Upstream, located in the heart of the bustling South park area at Phillips Place, offers guests an innovative menu created by Executive Chef, Jon Fortes and Chef de Cuisine, Brian Willams. With a list of awards, including the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, The Dirona Award, Zagat and being named one of the “best new restaurants in the country” by Esquire’s John Mariani, Upstream is the place to have a spectacular dining experience whenever dining in Charlotte. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Our party of 5 had a wonderful evening. Upstream offered almost their entire menu for Charlotte Reataurant Week, as well as an amazing wine deal. 3, 5 oz. glasses for $20. And the desserts! We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "A 6 person party was very easily accommodated by our server this past Sunday. The food was delicious and there was a lengthy wine list. Love the varied selections for Prix Fixe during Restaurant week offered by Upstream."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "So my wife and I arrive a few minutes early for our 8:30 reservation and the hostess very kindly tells us a table is paying and should be ready in a minute. Ok no problem, we head to the bar to get a drink while we wait. Half an hour later we finally get seated. What was the point of making a reservation I could've came in off the street, waited 30 minutes and gotten a table. Strike one. Now we're seated and the ac vent above our table is leaking onto the table. The waiter merely apologizes, doesn't even ask if it's ok, if we would like to move, nothing. Strike two. The waiter was a pretentious snob. Constantly lurking around the table giving us looks like "it's good isn't it?" As if I've never eaten in an "upscale" restaurant. Strike three"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Upstream always provides a superb dining experience."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Queen's Feast was remarkable. The value was incredible and the service was best of all. Thanks to the chefs and wait staff for a very pleasant dining experience."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed EVERYTHING about this restaurant! Apps: I had the jumbo lump crab cakes and they were DELISH! It was 99% crab broiled perfectly with a drizzle of sauce that complimented the dish well. BF had the NC shrimp salad and was very pleased. Entrée: I had the Wagyu Steak which was broiled and I don't love but it was perfectly medium well and tender. BF had the Togarashi-Dusted Big Eye Tuna and although the rice cake was not to his liking...it was ALL that was left. Dessert was a showstopper: I had the Flourless Chocolate Torte - salted caramel gelato and the flavors married perfectly! BF had the Mixed Berry Crumble - almond, streusel, vanilla ice cream and it was equally satisfying!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We came the wrong day for the Queens feast week, the manager showed us the special menu avalable on the 18th only and made it available to us. Delicious food, service all for $30 each."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Continues to be one of the best restaurants in Charlotte!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "My wife and I dined at Upstream last Saturday night and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The ceviche was phenomenal, and our waiter was one of the best servers we've ever had."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Upstream is our "go to" restaurant. It is consistently great! Always fresh and currently menu selection. Perfect for a full meal or just a small bite."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This was not my first experience at upstream, which made my experience surprisingly disappointing. My party of four was seated at 6:30 and it took almost 40 minutes from that time til our meals arrived. The restaurant was empty so this delay is not understandable. One meal had to be sent back because the fish was over cooked and another dish should have been sent back for the same reason. Hopefully this experience was an exception and not the beginning of an unfortunate trend."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "You can depend on good service, good food and good atmosphere! Everytime we go heer we find the variety of foods available very good and unlike what is available other places. It can get very busy especially for the Sunday brunch so get a rsvp. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The marinated sea bass was spectacular, flavorful and moist. Service was attentive and efficient, but never annoying, and our waiter offered very helpful suggestions upon request. We love the ambiance of Upstream, elegant without stuffiness. Highly recommended!!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Really can not say anything other than the food was superb, the service excellent and the ambiance perfect. A truly great evening and dining experience."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "My husband and I have dined at Upstream numerous times and enjoyed the food, but the past two times have been very disappointing. For starters, I think the chef is trying to be so innovative that the seafood is getting lost in the "fluff". It would be better if the recipes were more simplified to let the flavor of the seafood be more prominent. I ordered the halibut and my husband had the special for the evening--the monkfish. His portion was small and mine was overdone and dry, as if it had sat under the warming lamp too long. Our service was poor. We ordered cappuccino and after it was served, waited five minutes for the waiter to bring the sweetener. Unfortunately, it will be a long time before we go back to Upstream."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the monkfish and grouper! Service was attentive and gave good suggestions."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We always have a great meal at Upstream. My bass was delicious and everyone else had similarly good dishes. The service is good and the atmosphere is elegant."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We had brunch on June 22. The food was fantastic and the service was superb! Really, really great service and I don't say that often!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "One of the best meals I have had in a long time. My husband is a gourmet cook so I am often disappointed in restaurants. Not here! The food, service, atmosphere were just spectacular from the minute we walked in. We both had the sake marinated fish...I could have tipped the bowl up for the sauce. Crab cakes and kale salad were the starters. Great experience! We will return."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Been going to Upstream for years and was very disappointed on the quality of the food and the length of time it took to get our food. We were a party of seven and it was not crowded."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Pleasant and enjoyable. Food was fresh and culinary refined. Presentation of the food was inviting. Just needed a little more attentiveness from the server."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I loved everything I tasted at Upstream. An absolutely favorite of my mine."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Service was slow food was just fair. I heard two other tables complaining about the quality of the food. The desert was terrible ice cream had ice in it and huge frozen strawberry in it. Not worth the money."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This was our first time eating at Upstream during the day and were very pleasantly surprised by the perfect balance between elegance and just another business lunch setting. Excellent menu, great service and a well-chosen wine list. This restaurant is always on our short list when visiting from overseas and we'll definitely include it among our lunch favorites as well."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time at Upstream celebrating our son's 21st birthday. The environment is perfect for celebrating and the customers seemed to be enjoying themselves. The food was very good and our service was outstanding. The waiter was not only friendly, attentive but very good with the wine list. We have been to Upstream several times and will go back again. I recommend Upstream to everyone....Classy but not stuffy, not loud, great food and good wine and great service."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Very nice ding experience! Bar area for sushi was perfect to watch the Belmont... Dining outside was just perfect for a warm evening! Quiet and classy! "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We dined there with our friends, again, for their anniversary. Upstream is our "go to" place for occasions with these friends. It was a great experience, as always."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My husband and I have been coming to upstream for years. The food and service is always great. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "What a terrific evening! We ate Sunday dinner at Upstream and things were just about as close to perfect as could be. Restaurant is very attractive and the mood is very pleasurable. Our server was knowledgeable about the wine AND the food - very natural; not scripted. All food - appetizer, entrées, sides, etc. - very tasty. One request was made to modify (omit an ingredient) the fish special - I am remembering the special was a grilled copia. The chef went the extra mile to assure it was ideal. FIVE STARS all the way!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "My husband and I dined at Upstream recently and wondered why we don't dine here more often since it's close to home. Everything was perfect, it was a romantic evening, the wait staff appeared at just the right moment and the food was some of the best we've had in Charlotte. One important point, it's reasonably quiet, no yelling to be heard across the table, one of my main complaints with so many of Charlotte's "finest" restaurants. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We felt Upstream was very good. The service and food was excellent. Recommended."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food was fantastic. The service was great. The waiter really knew the menu well and was easily able to tell us which items were gluten free or could be modified. Great experience!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Thought Upstream was a delight. Our waitress was excellent. She was very knowledgeable about the menu and her timing was perfect. She was very attentive but did not hover. The food was fresh and delicious. The crab cakes and sea bass are a must try as is the sushi. My only disappointment was that the portions on the entrees were a tad small for the men in our party. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Friends have raved about this upscale restaurant but the husband and I had yet to go. We decided to take some friends with us to the Sunday Brunch and we were very pleased. A great mixture of breakfast foods and pastries plus wonderful shrimp & grits and carved beef and salmon also. You can even order tapas sized breakfast items from your table. Everything was outstanding. We will be going back at dinner time to enjoy those entrees in the near future."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Starting from the beginning, the drinks were ordinary at best! I ordered a Rob Roy up and received a warm drink served in what I would call a martini on the rocks glass. The bread was served with extra virgin oil only, how about some spices? Food was great. I would return!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Upstream was a find! Food and service were great. Enjoyed sharing our anniversary with you. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "After being a regular Mothers Day Brunch attendee we felt this years effort was not up to previous years. The variety of choices seemed to be considerably less than in the past. We normally are early day attendees' and this year came at 1:30 which seems to present a different dynamic. We had to wait on several occasions for dishes to be replenished. Instead of feeling like it was a special occasion it was more like a regular Sunday Brunch."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great food! Very nice service! And the location could not be better"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Looking for the best place to eat in Charlotte? Don't miss Upstream. Location in Southpark area is convenient, easy access and the food is the ultimate culinary experience from start to finish. Seafood is always fresh (never frozen) and creatively presented. Go ahead and just make the reservation. You will not be disappointed. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Probably some of the most consistent food and service in the area. The fish was delicious; the service was excellent. An excellent experience. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014