Evoke - Charlotte

4.4
203 reviews
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$30 and under
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Bistro
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Bistro, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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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
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Phone number
(980) 237-5354
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Kamel Dahmani
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
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Parking details
Evoke has both valet and self-parking. Both are complimentary.
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Entertainment
Entertainment changes weekly. Please call for the latest schedule.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

They octopus is a must try!!!!!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

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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2.0Dined on April 26, 2018

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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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on March 20, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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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3.0Dined on February 23, 2018

They are learning.

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2.0Dined on February 20, 2018

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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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Service and food was superb!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Don't skip the steak!

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on January 27, 2018

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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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

A small group of my family and friends decided to try Evoke during Charlotte Restaurant Week. We LOVED our experience and the food. The staff was super friendly and accommodating, especially for my friend who eats Kosher. The actual chef came out to make sure everyone would be completely happy with the food selections! Our waiter was extremely friendly and pleasant. The restaurant manager personally greeted us and checked in later during the meal. And I haven't even mentioned yet that the food was DELICIOUS and mostly from local ingredients. It was truly a special experience.

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Three of us booked Evoke for Restaurant Week and had a great time together. The food was deliciously creative -- a French chef's take on southern cuisine-- and bordered on edgy by Charlotte restaurant standards. With two starters for the table, followed by appetizers, entres and desserts, no one left the table hungry.

The pork cracklings with BBQ dust and smoked air were light, crispy, and plentiful -- a taste that was familiar and intriguingly different at the same time. The lemon-lime fluke was delicious by any standards (but would have benefited from a small side vegetable on the plate), and the country-fried steak (not ordinarily something I would order) was tender and delicious. The desserts were so good that we all ordered espresso so that we could linger while eating them.

The tables were well spaced for conversation and the decor made for pleasant surroundings. This restaurant is located in a hotel, so be sure to bring your parking ticket to the restaurant to have it validated.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We stopped in for restaurant week and had a wonderful experience. The servers were very attentive. The food was delicious, and the small plate sizes were very generous. Some of the most beautifully presented and flavorful dishes I have had in Charlotte. The mixed drinks and wine paired perfectly as well.

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2.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We went to Evoke during Restaurant Week. They were ONLY serving the Restaurant Week menu. So there wasn't much of a selection. We started with a pre-appetizer of pork skins and some sort of corn bread. Both of these were pretty good, with the pork skins being the standout. Our second course was ribs and the clams. Neither were flavored very well, but the ribs were tender and the clams tasted fresh. Things really went south with the entrees. I got the hen and dumplings. It wasn't good, and the presentation was ill conceived. The dumplings tasted like old, stale, raw dough, and the sauce was very watery. It was served in a drinking glass, making it impossible not to drip on the table or your clothes. My husband ordered the country fried steak. Why this would be on the menu is a mystery. It too was not good. The dessert was a joke. It was basically Jello pudding with whipped cream on top of it, in a shot glass. Oh, and they did charge $5.00 for a glass of sweet tea. The restaurant is inside The Meridian Hotel. It is is clean, nicely decorated and has a pretty hip and modern vibe. The employees were very nice. Our service was pretty good. My only complaint about the service was that our server kept forgetting to refill our teas, but he was very knowledgeable and helpful with everything else. All of the employees were very welcoming and made what could have been a pretty bad situation, tolerable. If Evoke can tweak the menu a bit, I could see it being a popular place. The atmosphere is lovely, and the staff is top notch. I may try it again when they are serving their full menu.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Highly recommend checking out for restaurant week. Great menu. We tried one of everything and it was delicious. We had no idea what to expect, but we were not disappointed. Chef was on hand introducing himself to patrons. He was very personable and passionate about his food.

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

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1.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Food flavors were to die for! Absolutely loved our experience

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2017

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

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2.0Dined on December 16, 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.

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5.0Dined on December 13, 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).

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5.0Dined on November 27, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on November 18, 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on November 4, 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.

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5.0Dined on November 2, 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!

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