Evoke - Charlotte

4.1
220 reviews
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$30 and under
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Bistro
Voted Top 10 Restaurant 2016 by Charlotte Magazine, Best Steakhouse 2015, Best Waitstaff 2015, Best Place to Splurge 2015 and Best New Restaurant 2015 by Creative Loafing Charlotte.

Located in Le Meridien Charlotte, Evoke is a craft cocktail bar & small plates bistro, utilizing the highest quality local products & featuring internationally inspired cuisine.

Looking for something with a more intimate gathering? Evoke’s private dining room, accentuated with an eclectic design and glass globe fixtures suspended above, can accommodate up to 24 persons, representing a sophisticated and welcoming atmosphere.

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Mon - Sat 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 10:30PM

What 220 People Are Saying
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SR
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Totally disappointed.
- Waitress not knowledgeable on preparation of dishes.
- Ceasar salad on menu was not a Ceasar salad - some other kind of salad.
- Grouper was not edible. Sent back for different entree.
-Menu describes style as small plates but actually they are normal sized.
- Roasted chicken was good.
- Asparagus & fingerling potato were great.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

The service was slow and the food was extremely salty. By the time our server came back to check on us, 15 minutes had passed and we didn’t have time to order another meal. I had to go to the bar to get a refill because we never saw our server.

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EC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Steak was hands down one of the best plates I've ever had- the hen of the woods mushrooms and charred onions were a perfect match to the heavy garlic butter. Cocktails were fantastic and well-balanced, loved the offerings of side dishes, and my dining partner enjoyed the scallop dish and a side salad as well. With a generous tip, we ate for $150, and it was a fantastic experience. Chefs and managers walked the dining room and interacted with guests. Only negative, server seemed very unsure about menu when asked basic questions and could offer no recommendations/information about the cocktails. At a place like this, I would've expected a better trained staff. Would definitely return next time in town!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We come to Charlotte often and we were told the restaurant was great. Well the last time we were in town on a Sunday, or realizing it was closed. This time we had a chance to make it. It really exceeded our expectations. Presentation was great, complexity af flavors wonderful. Will comeback and recommend to others.

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Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was great

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DG
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

Evoke is awesome! I love the live music and the ambience was great! My friends and I loved the atmosphere. It was a great night out on the town! I found that the glazed ribs were great! I would like to see more versatility on the menu. At least have more traditional salad options as well.

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LL
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, creative food! Loved the selection. Great place for foodies!

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CC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

Portion amount was terrible. Spare ribs were too tough and knat was flying around.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant and delicious small plates. Refreshing twists on traditional items. Got to meet the chef. Fun and enjoyable experience!

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G
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very Nice staff, with excellent customer service and excellent menu.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, atmosphere, service, liquor and wine selection!

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VL
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice, quiet place. Under $100 for three with drinks for two of us!

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TJ
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The menu is tapas style and designed for sharing (on 4" X 6" plates!) We ate there mostly out of convenience, we were hotel guests. The second night we waited probably an hour for a table that was empty the entire time. I was told they had only one server (true), and someone else had reserved that table (not true). I'm normally not very assertive, but it was required to get seated. On the positive side, it's not expensive, the menu was innovative and the food was a little mixed, but tended to be very good. Best dish I tried was octopus, do not get the Kobe country fried steak.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit and once again EVERYTHING was amazing! Food, service, atmosphere all superb!!

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JG
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

6 of us went for restaurant week. Had heard a lot of great things from others who had gone. 2 of the 3 starters were excellent, but the pork belly starter was not prepared well at all. 2 of us got the pork belly and neither had the fat rendered properly nor were they tender at all. All of the entrees were delicious. We only had one steak that was supposed to be medium rare but came medium well. As a whole the food was great other than the 2 issues. However the server and the restaurant were awesome with fixing the problems and offering some free replacements. Overall a good experience.

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MH
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Enjoyed every course from the Charlotte restaurant week menu. Our waitress had in my opinion too many tables to serve as a trainee. Didn't get any bread like we asked for. Checked out the city lights rooftop afterwards- beautiful view of downtown!

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JI
Charlotte
28 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I think the menu changed since the last time I was there and there's more of a focus on tapas. While it was fine with me, I think our group would have preferred a regular meal.

We'll see how this concept works in a hotel. I would think they would be better suited with regular meals.

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JF
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A hidden gem. Under new management and it really shows. This is our new favorite restaurant in Charlotte and we plan to come here frequently. Can't recommend enough!

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TK
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is they way all restaurants should treat their patrons. An amazing dinner at Evoke for our anniversary. Greeted warmly and visited by the general manager and chef. Very fun dinner with lots of different choices. I would warn you the small plates are not that small so we had a ton of food but it was all extremely good. Highly recommend the octopus! We will go back just for that. The entire experience was warm, inviting, fun, good food, excellent wine and spirits and then a rooftop bar to head to afterwards. We will absolutely be returning.

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Tampa
48 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A small but impressive menu with great attention to detail. The bar is fantastic! I highly recommend the deconstructed shrimp po boy

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing! The staff and servers were so kind and the food was way better than ever anticipated! I wish brunch was an every week thing at Evoke because I would for sure be in attendance.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They octopus is a must try!!!!!

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AC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place! Wonderful food, excellent service, unique ambiance.

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MB
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My steak was superb. The Manager was very thoughtful and anticipated our needs. Only suggestion would be timing. I know it's tapas style but the potatoes came out 15 minutes before steak. My husband's meal was average, the shrimp poor boy bites but the steak made up for it. The dessert, a smores tarter was also outstanding. We will definitely by back. We're pleased parking was validated. Decor was nice.

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j
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Portion sizes tooo small for price charged. Menu not same as menu on OpenTable. Even after insisting on bringing chicken and potatoes out together (food is a la carte) my potatoes were brought out 15 min before chicken was. Not family friendly.

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BD
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Typically we find hotel restaurants to be so so. This was not the case at Evoke. We were very happy. The food was great and the service was excellent.

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AM
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was incredible and Tiago & Michael were awesome with fabulous service!

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Miami
27 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Excellent service, menu changed since I was last there and it was hit and miss. I'll give them another shot, but not wild about what I was served.

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TN
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Ambience was the Highlight accented by the Starters & Share Plates.

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PB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I celebrated a date night and had a wonderful time. The server and host were great and explained all of the dishes and encouraged sharing since the menu was changed in January to small plates. We ordered just about everything. By far the NY Steak and the Bison Stroganoff were our favorites. Definitely would recommend.

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JP
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

They are learning.

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CR
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The service was great, however, the food was not up to par, poorly executed flavor profiles, over salted octopus, we had to send back twice, and the chef was not in house. Great ambiance, but the kitchen needs greater structure and preparation, in order to come together as a whole.

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JP
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Just wasn’t that impressed. Cocktails were good along with my dates wine but the food was over seasoned and some over cooked.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was superb!

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HH
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu has changed and a lot of my favorites are gone. Food was good, but I can't say that I would recommend the new menu to the old

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LL
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Oysters were horrible. Service was non apologetic about kitchen mistakes.

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SP
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food and drinks were out of this world. The service ruined it for us.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Don't skip the steak!

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Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Small plates, but not overly filling. Very creative/innovative menu items and plating.

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TV
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

I was very disappointed with the food. The cornbread was extremely hard to eat and the pork rinds felt like it was from a store bought package. The appetizers were ok at best. The entrees were extremely salty and had no flavor. The dessert was also ok and nothing spectacular. The service was great but you can’t rely on a service to be successful in the restaurant business because the food was not worth it. I was very disappointed with this.

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