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- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Good food,drinks, and service! I would recommend.
Food and service were great. Grouper and Lamb lollypops were highlight.
Hi Sean! Thanks so much for your review. We're so glad you loved everything and we hope to see you again soon!
Sad to see how quiet downtown was but the staff at Essex didn’t disappoint. Great food and service. Highly recommend!
We're glad to hear you had a great time! We can't wait to have you dine again!
The restaurant was out of multiple items that we ordered causing us to have to re look at the menu and order other items. The food portions were a little small for the price.
Hi, I'm sorry to hear that your recent dining experience with us wasn't great, Please send me an email events@essexncdotcom so we can further discuss.
I was running a bit late on my nye reservations but they were super flexible and got me in with no issues!
Service and ambience was great but all of my friends and I received dishes that were cold.
Hi, We're happy that you were accommodated with no issues, but sad to hear some of the dishes came out cold. Please send me an email events@essexncdotcom so we can further discuss the situation!
Great meal and service at Essex. It was a fun time.
Hi Michele, We love to hear that your experience was great! Please come visit us again soon.
I don’t usually leave reviews, but just wanted to take a second to call out the service I received from Jordan. She made my friend and I feel attended to and delivered excellent recommendations in a very personable but professional manner.
The appetizers and drinks were great, the main courses were sent out 15 mins apart from my friends I was with. Leaving 2 of us sitting there with our food that got cold and them finally getting their after ours had been at the table for 15+ mins. The main dishes were not great... the lamb was burnt completely along with an entire red onion burnt to a crisp. Will not go back for dinner.
I'm sorry to hear you did not enjoy your experience at Essex, I hope you will give us another opportunity to wow you!
The small plates here continue to be an excellent choice for a business lunch or dinner with friends.
Thank you for your continued support! We hope to see you again soon!
Unique dishes, expertly prepared, promptly served.
We loved it!!The shrimp tacos were great, also the Mediterranean dip that comes with a baguette.
The plates are not too big. You must order an entree.
So glad you enjoyed your visit with us! We hope to see you again soon!
As everyone knows, the warm brussels sprouts chicken salad is the best thing on the menu. It's probably unfair to the rest of the menu but I only order that Every. Single. Time. #delicious
Now we try not to play favorites, but the warm brussels caesar is one of the best. Maybe you'll just have to order two dishes next time!
For an uptown location, this is a great value. I highly recommend
Thank you for the review! We hope you will dine with us again soon!
Me and my fiancé had an amazing time.
So glad to hear it! We hope to see you soon!
Playlist was great! Service was great. Tables by windows are not date friendly with spacing around table and seats being so low. But really glad the hostess let us move to a different table and overall a great date!
Thank you for the feedback on your recent experience at Essex. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed the music and the service and that you were able to move to a table that was better suited for date night. We hope to see you again soon!
Great service and really great food! Comfortable seating as well.
Thank you for the review! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience at Essex and hope to see you again soon!
It was nice that Essex had a covered patio. Unfortunately, as the weather gets cold, it will be difficult for food to stay warm. Lukewarm food is only so delicious. I would suggest turning on the heat lamps sooner vs. later.
Thank you for the feedback William. We are happy to turn on the heaters upon request. The unseasonably warm weather in November has had many guests enjoying the patio without them. We hope you will be back to visit us again soon!
Food was great! Hostess was a bit snippy, but our waitress was attentive and helpful.
We had a wonderful experience. The food was delicious and we were served in a timely manner.
I am 5 months pregnant and had a craving for their hummus of all things. Best hummus ever. Seated quickly, noise level was great, service amazing, and food great. Always recommend the butter chicken!
Thank you for the review! The butter chicken and hummus are always great choices. We hope to see you the next time the craving hits!
Nice ambiance, great food and friendly staff. We were able to sit outside and enjoy dinner on the patio. I will definitely visit again!! The only thing I didn’t let was while eating a panhandle walked over the patio asking for a handout. Of course, not the restaurants faulty fault but it just caught us off guard as we were eating.
Thank you for the review! We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service. I apologize that you were interrupted during your meal, unfortunately there is little we can do to control that. We hope you will be back to visit us again soon!
Great service. Interesting menu but food was not spectacular.
Thank you for the feedback on your recent experience. We hope you will give us another chance to blow you away in the future!
Small portions for the money. Described later as a tapas style portion. Ordered extra dirty martini which was billed 20 dollars and never did get olives with it.
Than you for the feedback Eric, we are tapas-style with items that are meant to share. I apologize that you received a dirty martini without olives. I wish that we could have made it right at the time of dining, but hope you will give us another chance in the future!
Fabulous brunch and superb service!!
Thank you Nancy! We hope you will visit us again soon!
Amazing food with amazing flavors!
Thank you! So glad you enjoyed!
We arrived in Charlotte from Cali with no real idea of how Covid would affect things. We didn't expect to need reservations to find a place to eat at 8pm. After wandering around and getting rejected at multiple restaurants, we found an immediate reservation available for this awesome place! We loved all of our food. Everythign was really good. The staff were all lovely and attentive. Our drinks were great. The ambiance on the patio was great. Our first night in NC was a success :) We would definitely come back here again!
Thank you for the review Liz! We are so glad we were able to make your time in North Carolina memorable with the food and service. Please come back to visit us the next time you are in Charlotte!
Love it and will definitely be back very soon
Thank you! We can't wait to see you again soon!
The food was fantastic, and the service was terrific. I will definitely be returning.
Thank you Jeramiah! We can't wait to see you again soon!
The food was good; I specially enjoyed the beet salad. I also had the Kefta entrée and it was very good; however, my husband had the lamb lollipops and they were overcooked. Drinks were good as well. Service was very good!
Thank you Marta. I am so sorry to hear that the lamb chops were overcooked. I hope that you will give us another chance in the future to show you a 5-star dining experience!
For my first time, it was a great experience. I would definitely go back.
We are so glad to hear that Melody! We hope to see you again soon!
The service was great, the food was good, and overall I would recommend this restaurant.
Thank you Pamela, we are so glad to hear that. Please come back and visit us soon!
Good atmosphere, great service, okay food, and the prices moderate.
The food was mediocre at best (however, the lettuce wrap appetizer was very good) and the service was sub-par. Ambiance was “upscale diner”.
Hi Kristin, Thank you for the feedback on your recent experience at Essex. I am sorry to hear that the service was sub par. The server you had was just finished training and it seems there is some more work to do. I hope you will give us another chance to show you a 5-star dining experience in the future!
Besides the outside protesters, going into Essex been graded very coldly by the hostess. She brought us to our seat without saying a word and just placing the rolled silverware in a pile. I am served that this is how she treated everybody that came in. Our waiter could not be more friendly the food was satisfactory but we were disappointed since we had two referrals that we “must“ visit this restaurant.
Thank you for the feedback on your recent experience at Essex. I am sorry that you were not welcomed warmly by the hostess. This will be addressed to make sure everyone is receiving great customer service from the moment they walk in the door. I hope that you will give us another chance in the future!
Patio was very nice ambiance and drinks and apps were great! I have eaten here in the past as well and food is always great!
Thank you Melanie, we hope to see you again soon!
Went to celebrate a birthday just me and my boyfriend and we couldn’t even be heard talking I couldn’t hear him half the time bc it was so nosy the food was great but all and all it could have been better.
Thank you for the feedback Crystal. I am sorry that it was too loud for you to enjoy conversation while you were dining with us. The weekends can get loud and busy, I hope you will come visit us during the week sometime when it is a little quieter.
Essex is one of the best spots in Uptown to get a nice dinner & drinks. It's admittedly a bit pricey, but you will leave very satisfied. If you sit outside, you'll hear activity within the city, as it's located at Main & Main, so only sit out there if you don't mind some background noise and commotion.
Thank you for the great review! We are so glad to hear you are a fan of Essex and hope to see you again soon!
We had a girls night out and absolutely enjoyed ourselves! Our waiter Dre was amazing/fun and the food was totally worth every penny. I will be back again very soon. We had Lamb chop lollipops which were out of this world good. Also there flat bread and drinks we outstanding.
Thanks for the great review Tori! I am so glad to hear that Dre took amazing care of your group and you enjoyed the food and drinks. We hope to see you again soon!
Fabulous as always!!! Never disappoints for brunch or dinner! Sweetest waitress and the best place to be
Thank you for the great review! We hope to see you again soon!
I loved the food so much I came back two days in a row! My second experience I had the pleasure of having Tia again! I can not say enough about the level of amazing service she provides! It was extremely busy Sunday and she handled everything seamlessly! The food was so delicious, the service was fast and the drinks were made to perfection!
Thanks so much for the great review! We are so glad you had a wonderful experience and we hope to see you again soon!
Essex is rated 4.6 stars by 1056 OpenTable diners.
Essex does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.essexnc.com/gift-cards-1/essex-gift-cards.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.