Evoke - Charlotte

4.3
213 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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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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(980) 237-5354
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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

What 213 People Are Saying
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LL
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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CC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

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

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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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TP
Western NC
5 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
1 review
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
1 review
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
10 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
23 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
40 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
4 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
4 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
14 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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Orlando
5 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
3 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
3 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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KT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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KM
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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LM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

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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PJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

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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GS
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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