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Essex, Charlotte, NC

Essex

4.3
4.3
1436 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

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    International

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (980) 406-3857

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Haim Aizenberg

  • Catering

    Please email Ashleigh 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: (855) 982-0866

  • 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

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What 1,436 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Charlotte

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  1. ND

    NeilD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ChickenLT was outstanding. when you garnish with Arugala you can't go wrong. server was quick and very nice.
  2. H

    Hannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I really enjoyed our lunch here on Monday. Their menu is diverse, they have something for everyone. We split the Brussel sprout caesar salad which was perfectly dressed and really a good portion. She got the salmon sandwich and I got the butter chicken. Everything was amazing. The patio space was beautiful and it’s in the perfect area of the city. The only complaint is that they didn’t have a bartender for lunch, so only wine or beer was available. But honestly, that’s fine. The wine probably paired much better with the food than the cocktail I was going to order initially. It was $110 after tip for a party of two, which may be pricey for just an everyday lunch, but her and I did go all out. I’d definitely go back with any friend I want to have a more elevated lunch experience with.
  3. DE

    DianeE

    Jacksonville

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best shrimp and grits I have ever had and believe me, I have consumed plenty.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food was great as was service. Only downfall was the noise level. It was deafening loud as it was completely full inside and out. Despite being just a few feet apart, I couldn’t carry on a conversation with my friend due to the noise level.
  5. g

    garyj

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Food was disappointing. For the price I expected something better than what I got. Service was great
  6. KZ

    KristinZ

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food was good. Not great, but good. We chose to sit inside since the outside patio was very noisy. Inside got noisy too unfortunately. Service was fine. Not great. We had better service at other restaurants in Charlotte.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Husbands birthday
  8. PB

    PamelaB

    Charlotte

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Can never go wrong with your hummus….and loved the fried cauliflower!!
  9. H

    Hayley

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We ate outside. Service was incredibly slow, especially for drinks. We had to rush our server to get out in an hour and a half, and I didn’t really get to finish my food before our event. Our server mentioned that they are tapas size portions, however, they do not have tapas prices. This place is very expensive for slow service (20 mins for our drinks to come out) and small portions.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were wonderful. Food did take a little while to come out and the interior can get very noisy. We sat on the outside patio and had a lovely time
  11. AG

    ArthurG

    Charlotte

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food & Service is great, very pricey though but portion sizes are huge and shareable.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good experience
  13. JB

    JenniferB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food options for everyone - seafood, meat, vegetarian
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    We came in when it was pretty slow. We were sat quickly. Our server was friendly but seemed distracted. We had to wait a while for refills on our empty water glasses two times. She didn’t clear the table of dirty dishes, empty bar glasses and dirty plates. She brought my birthday dessert and still didn’t clear our two dirty plates, two bar glasses and dirty utensils. She was absent most of our dinner. Other servers refilled our glasses. We waited a while for our check when we were finished. When I went to the restroom, I saw our server texting in the back room. I understand we all have personal issues sometimes but she should have asked someone to check on us if she was too occupied.
  15. MS

    MingoS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my wife and son for lunch and we ordered the Lamb Chops, brussel sprouts Caesar salad, and the bread with humus. It was delicious! We had a great time. I would definitely go again
  16. AC

    AshleyC

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Feel the drink prices have increased, was about $12-14 per drink, now every item on the menu was $17.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ended up having dinner at Essex before the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert at the Bank of America stadium. We started out with the cauliflower appetizer which was amazing. Then we had the braised short rib sliders and the bang bang grouper, both of these were delicious. For dessert we had sweet potato pie cheesecake which was scrumptious. The food was delicious, the service was great, I would highly recommend this restaurant.
  18. L

    Lenny2

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    The menu I saw online was nothing like the menu. Chicken skewers were dry as a bone. Waiter was surly.
  19. SO

    SusanO

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good experience but pricey; my selection was $3 more than the printed menu but I chose not to challenge it because I didn’t use the QR code menu and the price might have gone up. Very loud, not a good ambience for general conversations at our table of 5.
  20. N

    Nancy

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    I ordered the Brussels Sprouts and chicken salad. The chicken and Brussels were dry and under seasoned.
  21. JT

    JulieT

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot for lunch, dinner or drinks. I love the menu and ambiance.
  22. p

    patk

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch… nice experience, good food and service.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Horrible experience! Sat for 20 minutes no server no water no I’ll be right there. We simply got up and left. I’ll never make a reservation at Essex again.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    I’ve been to Essex plenty of times, last night was TERRIBLE. It took 35min to get our first drink, I’ll point out that this was at 530 (early dinner before concert), the restaurant was not busy. We ordered 2 cocktails… our appetizer, and then our entrees came out before we got a drink… we changed our order after 25min if waiting to beers so we’d at least have a drink for our meals, those came to the table when we were waiting for the check. Food was mediocre, gnocchi was over cooked, so mush, and flavorless, ordered lamb (med rare) came out well done. Server barley cared, it was just our table. Table next to use didn’t get their drinks until we paid for the check and they arrived before us. Not visit from mgmt, we were only comped for 1 of the drinks. Worst dining experience I’ve had in years.
  25. CC

    ChristopherC

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The location, service and ambiance were stellar. The beat salad was awesome.
  26. EP

    EP17

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The dish that I ordered, Shrimp and Grits was extremely salty! The three dips only came with one baguette and when that was gone, the waitress did not ask if we wanted more.
  27. M

    Mike

    Charlotte

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Essex has an interesting menu, not focused on a particular cuisine. Their plates are suitable for sharing, so we got a number of different dishes to share. Really enjoyed it.
  28. M

    Mitchem

    Charlotte

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent. Also noticed the booths had been reupholstered. :-). Keep it up.
  29. MR

    MarilynR

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    Very expensive, booths were extremely uncomfortable, they sank low making it nearly impossible to get out. Drinks small and more expensive that higher rated restaurants in the area. Won’t return….the server was pleasant; however, inattentive. Very disappointed.
  30. JW

    JamesW

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food quality was superb, the service was quite good, with courteous and frequent visits to our table by the wait staff. The wine servings were what we like to call a "dignified pour"! Our only disappointment was the serving sizes for both the calamari, as well as the cheesecake dessert (which our waitress kindly doubled at no additional cost)...
  31. L

    Logan

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Essex only offers dinner menu during weekend lunch hours. Which is fine, but the dinner menu is very limited and does not offer any form of sandwich or other quick bite. Those options that were offered border on price gouging (30 dollars for a salad with chicken). Flatbread I ordered was akin to a frozen pizza. Quinoa salad was laden with undercooked quinoa and overcooked sweet potatoes. No time to send items back as we had an engagement to get too afterwards. A once solid uptown option has truly gone downhill in terms of both menu variety, price, and quality of food. At their current prices, make a better decision and go to one of the several quality steakhouses within a few blocks.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, delicious food!! We had the falafel starter, lamb lollipops and butter chicken, all were great!! Plus the craft cocktails were fantastic!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great food and service.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall1food4service4ambience4
    The food was fine but I am giving Essex 1 Star because they change a few of $25/ person if you cancel or no-show your reservation within a certain time frame. Typically, that is not a problem but on this particular occasion I made my reservation for 5 m and even had an extra person join us. I checked in but somehow we were listed as a no show. OpenTable contacted me and I provided detailed information about our time there (server, table number and even one of the check numbers). OpenTable said it was resolved but I was still charged $25 per person. Essex should not have a policy like this if they cannot ensure patrons who actually show up are not charged. Now, I am taking more time to get this resolved…again. I will not be making another reservation here. Too much hassle.
  35. O

    Oldfolkie

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We're trying to dine outside for the time being. Their outside dining is right by the sidewalk so if there is a bongo player (as there was that day), the noise or music, depending on your point of view, can be loud. But for us, with the breeze, excellent service, great drinks and a charcuterie that was both delicious and lovely, we were well pleased. It's a short walk from the Belk theater which is another plus.
  36. CG

    CrystalG

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Taste was great. Drinks were wonderful! Thanks very much.
  37. D

    Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great menu, food and service. So noisy conversation was difficult.
  38. M

    Melissa

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Good food, okay service, good location and nice ambiance. Not super impressed with the overall experience, and didn't feel like it was worth the value of the food & drink costs.
  39. JL

    JoshL

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Flavorful bites and good portions. Crazy loud for lunch so I would not go to the main dining room to close a deal (or hear people at the end of the table)
  40. SG

    SharonG

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time at Essex and the visit was amazing. The food, hostess, waitress and ambience was great. I will definitely visit again.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

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

Essex is rated 4.3 stars by 1436 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Google Map for Essex

101 S Tryon St, Suite 14, Charlotte, NC 28202

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–12:00 am

  • 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 Ashleigh 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: (855) 982-0866

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