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About Evoke - Charlotte

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.

Parking validated for patrons of the restaurant.

555 South McDowell St
Charlotte, NC 28204
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Bistro, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:
Open Daily
Breakfast: Illy Coffee Grab 'N Go Bar 6:30-11:00 am (bar area only)
Dinner: 5:00-10:00 pm
Bar: 3:00 pm - 12:00 am

Cross Street:
E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(704) 372-9610

Website:
http://www.evokerestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Entertainment changes weekly. Please call for the latest schedule.

Parking Details:
Evoke has both valet and self-parking. Both are complimentary.

Executive Chef:
Oscar LaFuente

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Daily 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Private Dining

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

Evoke - Charlotte Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

3.6

Noise

Quiet

63% would recommend it to a friend

Quiet Conversation (5)
Romantic (5)
Bar Seating (4)
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Business Meals (4)
Cozy (4)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Fun (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Years Dinner was poor and not worth the money. Set menu not advertised on Open Table. I felt deceived and would have chosen a different location. Dessert was a prepackaged cheese cake and was disappointing. The fish was dry and I felt like they reheated a plate. Dining room was cold and my wife had to keep her jacket on. A highly disappointing experience.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

One of the best foods I've tried in a long time. Not only the food was incredible but the service was outstanding. Definitely a must in Charlotte.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent service, horrible food. Starters were burnt, apps were bland, main course was obviously frozen fish heated and served, dessert was microscopic. Lovely atmosphere but would recommend only ordering a cocktail.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food flavors were to die for! Absolutely loved our experience

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

We had a great experience at Evoke. Loved the food, atmosphere and service. Definitely a great place to try!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I ordered the mushroom crostini which was supposed to be on polenta cakes but instead served on pita chips. I also ordered the romaine salad which was supposed to have a garlic vinaigrette and despite telling the server I am vegetarian, the salad came with caesar dressing containing anchovies. Overall, the menu felt misleading. They were also out of ingredients to make the Sidecar cocktail on the menu and the server did not know the drink menu well. I ordered an old fashioned instead specifically with a large ice ball but instead of served to me in a glass full of ice chips. The old fashioned drink itself was excellent. My boyfriend had the risotto scallops dish and liked it very much.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 14, 2017

This is a terrific restaurant. Found it at #7 on Charlotte Magazine's list but its location in the Le Merdien possibly hampers it's attendance as it was surprisingly not crowded for a Wednesday night, given the quality of food and dinning experience. All the food was terrific, without exception and the craft Old Fashioned dynamite. Great wine list too. Service was excellent as well.

Charolotte should support this gem or you could loose it.
(PS: We were real customers and know no one at this restaurant or hotel).

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Business Meals, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Server was excellent, food outstanding. Quiet and pleasant for business

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 19, 2017

picked Evolve because it had several 'best of' awards from 2016 - but was a little disappointed in the experience. The octopus appetizer was wonderful; but the ribeyes (only one of 4 steaks to choose from) were completely out of stock and our server said they had been all week. The filet was OK, as were the sides - but not the 'best of' experience I expected. It did have more of a 'hotel restaurant' vibe, which was less than we expected for a premium price dinner ($100 per person with food and drink). The service was top notch, without a doubt....the menu/food offering left a bit to be desired.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I previously left a review about a waiter taking money from me without authorizing the tip amount. I've changed my review after having the manager contact me and explain the point of purchase sale for that night. I would like to say that with that problem resolved, this still is our favorite steak spot in Charlotte. Great staff, and good eats.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Have eaten here twice on different trips and found the food and service excellent. A wonderful choice when staying at the hotel and want to avoid the trouble of finding another choice. Excellent ambiance and convenience.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Fun, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great wine/drink list. We ordered pasta and we were very pleased. The portions weren’t huge which was perfect for a late dinner. We celebrated a birthday, and they treated us with a free glass of champagne each. Amazing service and pleased overall!

Tags: Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Chris the waiter was awesome. The food quality is not as good for the price. You are expecting an experience with the price tag. My lamb chops had to be sent back because they were cold.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Amazing cuisine with great service! Will definitely be bringing customers back here again.

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food was outstanding and the service matched as well . when back in the area i would go again

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great wine list. Beautiful decor. Chris our waiter was very helpful and fun to interact with. We ordered 4 appetizers, desert and a bottle of wine. Chris suggested he bring them out one at a time. He asked if we had order we wanted them. We said no and asked if he could choose the order. Can't understand why more locals don't dine there. Thanks to Open Table we did.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food is ok it was not as food as is was the last time I went.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Waitress was very pleasant but food was very slow to arrive

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The overall experience at Evoke was wonderful. The chef came out personally and introduced himself to my girlfriend and I. Everything was great!

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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Had friend visiting!

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 (Savannah)·Dined on September 11, 2017

My Mom and I dined at Evoke Monday night. We were staying in the adjacent Sheraton. We had looked at the menu online. We had a 6:15 reservation so were the first table seated. The waiter handed us the menu which was MUCH briefer than the online version. When I asked about it he said that they tried to make it more family friendly as there were a lot of families staying at the hotel during the storm. Ok, I get it. We both ordered a salad and linguine carbonara. The salads were good, the pasta was not hot-- cold room temperature. We sent it back and it was returned warm. It was delicious but a very small portion for a main. Since we were still hungry, my Mom ordered desert and I ordered a cheese plate. More than 20 minute later, I was about to cancel our order, but the waiter arrived with a great looking charcuterie platter--- all meat, no cheese. I asked "where is the cheese?". Needless to say, we cancelled. In the end, he did not charge me for a glass of wine. Hopefully this is not the norm.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Delightful. My husband and I dined with our son who was in town for the weekend. For starters we had the grilled octopus and yellowfin tuna. Both were very tasty, but the yellowfin tuna was a treat to the eyes in the presentation as well. For entrées we had grouper, sea scallops, and the Petite Filet Migon with black truffle potato puree and seared wild mushrooms. They were all very savory. To wrap it up we followed with deserts; manjari layer, strawberry citrus cake and green tea matcha mouse. They were all to die for and they were beautiful. Our evening was a special treat when the chef came out to talk to us about our experience. It was fun talking to him about the menu. This is not the same boring menu you get at most restaurants. If you are expecting a large portion of food then go to a buffet. If you enjoy experiencing flavors then try this place. It is a culinary treat to the taste buds.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Afternoon Tea, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 30, 2017

A good place for foodies. Gazpacho was great, so were the scallops. Good service too. I cannot relate to all the negative reviews, as if we described different restaurants...

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Went as part of Restaurant Week and can't say enough good things. It started slow as we we early and the hostess and her partner took some time to find a table for us (almost every seat was open). There was champagne in the lobby, apparently complimentary while you wait and are seated, but it was never offered.

However, once we got to the table, everything was amazing. I do agree that the portions ran small, although I have come to expect that during restaurant week. Our server, Chris, took a second to realize what we were doing (there were three of us and three choices per course, so we basically got one of each), but he was mostly prompt with our cocktails, wine and food choices.

The food was impeccable and we received the added delight of having Rodrigo, the chef de cuisine, come out to talk to us and sign the menu. David, the general manager, visited once in the middle of dinner and came back at our request for additional compliments.

Overall, a fantastic experience and we will definitely be back.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 26, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner celebrating my birthday during restaurant week. We received a complimentary glass of champagne while we waited for our table. It was romantic, the food was excellent, and the service was great. The waitress brought my dessert with a birthday candle and a happy birthday chocolate. The atmosphere was very modern. We went to City Lights on the rooftop and it was the perfect ending to a perfect celebration.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Romantic
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·Dined on July 24, 2017

We went to Evoke during Queen's Feast summer 2017 and had an exquisite experience. The food was absolutely stunning in its presentation, delicious, interesting, and filling. Starting from the bread brought to the table we were very happy. We had the yellowfin tuna appetizer - which is not a lot of food - but is super delicious - spicy and sweet. We then had the lemon pappardelle (which was so good my mouth is watering thinking about it right now) followed by the sea scallops. I'm from Maine and I'm VERY picky about scallops so I was thrilled to find that they were cooked perfectly. Dessert was the gluten-free strawberry citrus cake - which was not only beautiful, it was off-the-hook yummy!! The service was wonderful, too - we left very happy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We went for restaurant week and it was just okay, which was a disappointment since we went last year and the food was amazing. Even though there were four courses, you won't leave full. The portions were extremely small. Skip the restaurant and go up to the rooftop bar, that was amazing.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Service was somewhat slow and the amount of food was small depending on what you chose....there was no way to know that certain items were only a few bites vs a normal size portion.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Restaurant Week

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 8, 2017

It of course is in the hotel Le Meridien, so I didn't know what to expect, but the menu was impressive, and the chef delivered perfectly. It's pricey, but well worth it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Food and service was outstanding. Thanks for helping me have a wonderful Birthday weekend!

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 (Miami)·Dined on June 13, 2017

My 3rd trip to Evoke, and have never been disappointed. This time I decided to veer of my normal course of ribeye and Brussel sprouts and mushrooms. Got the mushroom crostini, mushrooms were burned... flavor was good, but not a fan of the burned crunch dust. Ordered the veal, very tasty but gone in 4.5 bites. To expensive for the amount on my plate. I don't mind paying a premium don't don't want to depend on sides to feel satisfied. The steaks have weights/sizes, main courses don't. Be sure to ask in case you're hungry. Asparagus was undercooked. Just a rough night. I'll be back though. Service great as usual.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on June 9, 2017

In town for one night. We visited evoke and was very happy. The food was good and the service was excellent.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Our server Chris was amazing. He made some very good choices on food and was very nice, funny and attentive. I had the lamb chops and they were ok. We also had the pork chop and it was very good. Alcohol prices are ridiculous expensive. 7 drinks $135. Seems excessive but overall a fun night.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Dined at Evoke w/my daughter for a girls' weekend. I enjoyed my meal but my daughter, not so much (age 9). The corn soup w/scallop was delicious, but the mac & cheese had a strange flavor to it. I had a beef pasta w/mushroom sauce for my entrée along w/a glass of Malbec. Very tasty. Our server, Chris, was very engaging and had a great sense of humor. It's not a place I would visit regularly, but convenient within LeMeridien.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The restaurant is lovely and our waitress was really nice. However, their brunch menu is extremely limited.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Entire meal was served at room temperature. Cold food served on skillets (a bit of irony). Would not recommend.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Food was good but was overpriced. Service was excellent. Bartender did an excellent job hand crafting cocktails.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 6, 2017

First time at Evoke, and everything was wonderful. The staff were pleasant, helpful, and very accommodating. I asked to switch the side items of a few things to accommodate my dietary needs, and the chef did it with no problems. The food was EXCELLENT, and so was the dessert. We came for a special occasion (Masters Graduation) and we received a beautiful dessert with the "congrats" written in chocolate. It was absolutely perfect.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Western NC)·Dined on May 6, 2017

The steaks were amazing -- Tender and full of flavor -- and the mushrooms side was spectacular. The restaurant was lovely. However, the 40 minute wait just for bread in a mostly empty restaurant on a Saturday night was only the tip of the iceberg. We were on time for our reservation, but the service was largely inattentive and very slow. At an hour and 45 minutes, we decided to skip dessert and leave. Not recommended.

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