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Essex, Charlotte, NC

Essex

4.3
4.3
1707 Reviews
$30 and under
International
Welcome to Essex Bar & Bistro, where the cocktail is king. Charlotte’s newest uptown craft cocktail bar and gastropub, Essex is part bistro, part lounge, and part meeting place. We’ve put as much care into the craft of cocktailing as we do our menu of international cuisine, which are designed to complement master mixologist’s liquid creations. Located in the heart of uptown Charlotte at Trade & Tryon, and only steps away from Spectrum Center. Essex is the perfect place for happy hours, evening cocktails, after-dinner drinks, or a late night rendezvous.

We reserve the right to allow only one check on parties larger than 10.
We reserve the right to add a service charge on parties of 6 or more.

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2 people

8:30 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    International
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (980) 406-3857
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Haim Aizenberg
  • Catering
    Please email Jennifer at events@essexnc.com for information on catering.
  • Private party facilities
    Welcome to Essex Bar & Bistro. We’ve put as much care into the craft of cocktailing as we do our menu of international cuisine, which are designed to complement our master mixologist’s liquid creations. Located in the heart of uptown Charlotte at Trade & Tryon.
  • Private party contact
    Lauren Shoaf: (980) 292-0477
  • Neighborhood
    Uptown
  • Cross street
    Trade St
  • Parking details
    Essex Bar and Bistro offers valet parking! Valet Hours:Mon-Fri: 5pm until 11pm Sat & Sun: 2pm until 11pm*Please call to confirm as some days it is not available.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,707 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Charlotte

    Good for business meals

  • Charlotte

    Innovative

  • Charlotte

    Good for business meals

  • Charlotte

    Innovative

1,707 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I have to start by saying the service was excellent at Essex. I had the lamb chops and they had a very good flavor but a tad bit over cooked. One of my girlfriends had the skirt steak and she said it was great and the other had the grouper bites and enjoyed them. The wine that was suggested was excellent with the lamb chops. Always great service here.

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  2. DougS

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Made reservations, it gets busy with theater or spectrum events. Great service, very attentive. Delicious food and a wide selection. Portions are “right sized” (you won’t need a Togo box!) and solo (no sides). Kinda pricey but we are going again.

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  3. JonathanH

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the food and atmosphere. Will be returning

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The Mother’s Day Brunch was decent. I was sold on the ambience. It was a beautiful day to sit outside. Blind sided by the addition 20% service fee. I was told by wait staff you charge extra for holidays. So 175 for a buffet brunch, Not worth it.

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  5. Honoria

    Charlotte

    35 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Essex has previously been a go-to place for us following a concert or theater event. With our recent experience, Essex took our 10:45 reservation (with a required deposit), but clearly wished we weren't there. Our server provided us with adequate service, but the manager had clearly decided to shut down the restaurant while we were in the midst of our quickly ordered dinner. Many years ago a successful restaurateur advised me of the importance of finishing an evening as strongly as as one starts -- Essex could learn a lesson here. Our entrees seemed hastily prepared, the dining room was frigid and the lighting was turned up in the middle of our meal. Our server advised us shortly after taking our food order that the bar was taking last call -- this was 11:00-ish on a Saturday night in the center of Uptown Charlotte! Two other tables were seated after our arrival, so we weren't the only party in the restaurant, and a Broadway performance had just let out, so a couple thousand potentially thirsty people had just hit the sidewalks. Essex apparently has no interest in capturing this business. Too bad, as the food is usually quite good.

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  6. Lynda

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Our first visit to Essex. Food was tasty and well prepared. Server was a little difficult to hear and understand.

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  7. ElizabethB

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server was nice but super awkward. Get the burrata with fig jam as an appetizer! Good gracious, that was incredible. The gnocchi was fabulous, but the hanger steak it came with was charred too hard on the outside. The short rib ravioli was outstanding. Points off for seating, though. There were a LOT of open tables, but we were seated right next to a very loud group. Not ideal and poor move by the restaurant as we could barely hear ourselves think while the other half of the place was nearly empty. Go for the food, stay for wine, hope for a decent table.

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  8. Chutney

    Greater Boston

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We enjoyed the Botta carpaccio and shaved brussels sprout Caesar salad… But the very best part of our meal was our server, D'nice! He went above and beyond and was absolutely delightful… Best server we had throughout our weekend in Charlotte! 

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great my family loved it and amazing food, with everything in great service

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  10. PeterW

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and our server D-Nice was incredible

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FAQs

Essex offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (980) 406-3857.

Essex is rated 4.3 stars by 1707 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Essex

101 S Tryon St, Suite 14, Charlotte, NC 28280

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Trade St
  • Neighborhood
    Uptown
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    International
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Essex Bar and Bistro offers valet parking! Valet Hours:Mon-Fri: 5pm until 11pm Sat & Sun: 2pm until 11pm*Please call to confirm as some days it is not available.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Haim Aizenberg
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (980) 406-3857
  • Catering
    Please email Jennifer at events@essexnc.com for information on catering.
  • Private party facilities
    Welcome to Essex Bar & Bistro. We’ve put as much care into the craft of cocktailing as we do our menu of international cuisine, which are designed to complement our master mixologist’s liquid creations. Located in the heart of uptown Charlotte at Trade & Tryon.
  • Private party contact
    Lauren Shoaf: (980) 292-0477
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