Aria Tuscan Grill

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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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JB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful, as always. The meatballs were really good and the pasta was cooked just right. Our server was attentive.

t
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best experience I’ve had a restaurant thus far in Charlotte, and I’ve lived here my whole life.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous meal in the private kitchen room. Service was fantastic, food was amazing. We love this place!

EG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was delicious. The service was slow. The messed up our order.

ES
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good waiter

DG
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and service were good but the lighting is not good. It’s very dim and many people need to use the flashlight on their phone to read the menu.

MW
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SPECTACULAR! A must when in downtown Charlotte. Felt like I was in Italy.

OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great atmosphere

SB
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town for a concert and ask a friend for dinner recommendations. He recommended Aria with no hesitation. We found it just as he said with great food and atmosphere that doesn’t break the bank. We are not in the downtown are often, but Aria is definitely a return trip!!

SS
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food is really good. Service is great to start but two times in a row can't find server to refill water or drinks at end of meal and both times had to get check from a different server.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

From the first conversation with the hostess, it seemed we were an annoyance, though I’m not sure why. It seemed as is there wasn’t enough wait staff. I don’t even think our waiter ever came by to ask how we were, only if we wanted more drinks. It took so long for my husband’s second drink (a beer!) to arrive, that we were leaving. Also, my chicken Parm was burnt. I had high hopes after good friends gave rave reviews, but it did not meet expectations at all. I regret choosing to celebrate my milestone birthday there. Two positives- the music and sauce on chicken were good.

BD
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Service was terrible until i had to talk to a manager on duty. After that is was better but but the fact that no one knew the problems, i.e. ran out of drinks, didn't take away our appetizer dishes and walked by several times without noticing us was disturbing. The place wasn't that busy either. Can't suggest this place to anyone at this point.

PB
Charlotte
74 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our pre-symphony dinner Saturday evening was outstanding in every way. We always enjoy Aria but this visit was the best. Heirloom tomato soup was rich and flavorful. My wife had the eggplant entree that had her wanting to lick the plate. My crab linguini was full of sweet crab meat, and the linguini and sauce were outstanding.

F
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Always good for dinner before a show.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar was unavailable due to a private event—not cool

SF
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great lunch options. Not too pricey. Ambience is nice but noise level is pretty loud.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious pasta with impeccable service makes Aria a great place for lunch uptown.

RN
Charleston
100 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

In summary... Bland! We were looking forward to a relaxing evening in our never ending quest for great Carbonara! The ambiance is nice enough, and we were seated in a corner of the restaurant which worked out well... as far away from the singer as possible. The noise level was still beyond energetic... so good luck having a conversation during dinner. Our server was knowledgeable and recommended a great Italian Barolo to accompany dinner. Off to a decent start. We started with some meatballs as a baseline... and they were OK... decent in flavor and good combination of meats just a little dry and course in texture. The tomato sauce was just ok. Then of course we had the Carbonara and tried the Black Ink linguine with crab. While both dishes looked fantastic, the flavor was a complete disappointment. The sauces were bland to the point of virtually no taste which is a shame! And doubt the pasta was made in house either. Overall not an experience we will repeat... So the search continues...

TM
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night out with awesome food!

KP
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

It was great

j
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I would have appreciated it if they would have informed me that the main restaurant was closed that night. We were seated in the upstairs bar area and had to walk around the block to get there.

TP
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were there for an executive dinner and were sat at the Chef's Table in the kitchen which was amazing. There did not seem to be a ton of energy in the kitchen however, but Lucky, our server was AMAZING. Lucky was energetic, on top of things, and made the experience that much more impressive as he did not write down a thing and had everything correct and on time! AWESOME SERVICE!

LC
Charlotte
17 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing as always. However, service was a little off. Lucky is a great waiter but is spread way too thin.

JT
Charlotte
25 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit and definitely on our favorite list. A waitress at another restaurant we frequent when going to the Belk or Knight theater recommended Aria and we are so glad she did. Eddie was a great waiter and the young lady he was training was top notch.
The food was delicious. I had the papparadelle and my husband the chicken Parmesan. Both were delicious. The pistachio cake was Devine!
So easy to park, fine and get to the show. I can’t wait to go again.

S
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great overall but not quite as good as our first visit. Our server was very upbeat & knowledgeable. The feature was good but not great. Wine choice good but not great and I missed having a real wine glass. I would also recommend a hostess check-in on upper level instead of having to redirect everyone who walks in down the stairs. Did not appreciate having to walk down the stairs & then all the way back up to where we were seated.

j
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My very favorite restaurant. Arias never disappoints!

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AF
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We, unfortunately, were very late for our reservation and so our table was given away, which we completely understood. They were able to sit us pretty quickly at an open table. Our server came over and asked if we wanted sparkling, still, or tap water and didn’t really give us a chance to order anything else to drink. He was prompt in taking our orders and the food came very quickly which was great since we were going to see a show at Belk Theater. We both ordered the chicken Parmesan and while the tomato sauce was flavorful and well seasoned the chicken was quite bland and the sauce could not make up for the lack of seasoning for the chicken. I would definitely come back, especially if I am seeing a show, but would probably just stick to the pasta. It is extremely convenient to Belk Theater.

e
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Aria for special occasions, dinner before a show, or just a night out.

RE
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter Lucky, did an outstanding job. Good suggestions, accurate info. We were very pleased with the food. Nice wine selection. Dessert was even better. We are coming back for sure!

DR
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Service was friendly but took 2.5 hours for a single course meal. It took 30 minutes to get my drink, and I was ready to leave long before my food came out. Two plates with my party needed to be returned to the kitchen, as they were undercooked.

LW
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. They were very busy. Food was delicious

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was good. The server worked really hard, but I feel that he had too many tables. Bar service was awful. Took 20 minutes to get a glass of wine.

AR
Charlotte
34 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our waitress was great and answered all my questions about the wine. She also made sure we were finished before show time. My gnocchi was excellent, as was my husband's chicken cacciatore. Our dining partners wanted to split a salad and entree and the staff handled that well.

OT
Charlotte
53 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our third visit here; this time before a Thursday night Panthers game. It was very crowded because there was also a show at Blumenthal. We ordered mussels to share as an appetizer. They were rather small, although the red sauce was very flavorful. I had scallops with roasted corn risotto & basil pesto that was very good, although at $30 for 3 scallops at bit steep. My husband had the pasta al Nero which consisted of black linguine with lump crab & melted leeks which was very good. I’ve tried to order their signature dish, chicken cacciatore several times, however they’re always out of it.

OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was as it should be. Food was delicious

t
Charlotte
22 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Reasonable prices, very good food and lots of delicious options. Fun cocktails and the bread is fabulous. I found the lighting to be a bit dark. We had theater tickets and they are right at Blumenthal so very convenient!

OT
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Waiter took the order promptly. Said he would be back with water. Second server brought food, and we asked for water again. After a few minutes, headed to the hostess station to ask for water. Waiter reappeared with 2 bottles of water. He set one down on our table & then turned around to pour waters for the other table. Didn’t return until he brought our checks.

J
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for Tuscan. Food good and service wonderful. Noise coming from bar area but not unbearable.

S
Orange County
48 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We often don't go out for Italian since I cook it a lot at home. But while visiting Charlotte, I found this and was intrigued by the menu. Delicious! Loved the atmosphere, hostess was delightful, and our waiter Harold was terrific.

DW
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I much prefer dining upstairs than downstairs. It's much quieter and more intimate. Allows for easier conversation. The food, service and ambiance were great!

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