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Essex, Charlotte, NC
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Essex

4.3
4.3
1494 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 40 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 1,494 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. MF

    MichelleF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent tapas place! We LOVED every dish. Especially the Bang Bang Grouper.
  2. DP

    DavidP

    Charlotte

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Strange food concept, no flavor to any dish. I wouldn't return.
  3. SI

    SanctaI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    To start, They have Free valet services when you get there before 10P, thus you won't have to drive around uptown searching for a parking and walk distances to get to the restaurant. You can then have peace of mind savoring their lamb or other dishes, as they take you around the world with their multitude choices. I loved the ambiance and the staffs there. If you are hungry, it is the right place to go; they don't make you wait. Anyway, don't sit close to the windows, it is hard to get in and out.
  4. L

    Ladykh

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was pleasantly surprised at this restaurant. The appetizers did not appeal to me but when I received my meal, that put them on top for me. The salmon was cooked the way I wanted and the broccoli was grilled to perfection. Our server continued to check on us throughout our stay.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall1food4service4ambience4
    The bill was not shown to us before taking payment then when we got a copy of bill noticed our food was higher priced than the menu attached to the QR code on table when we ordered. Additionally we got the exact same drink served in exact same glass three times. First two times that drink was $14, last time that one drink was $20. We had to argue with manager to get anything done and needless to say the whole experience was not a pleasant one it took forever to resolve. Never going back and plan to spread the word bc similar billing issue happened last time we were there they was a second and last time.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall1food4service3ambience2
    The prices on open table menu and the prices in the restaurant are different. At least a $5-$10 increase per item. I wouldn’t have gone had I know the falafel was going to be $18 not $13, charcuterie, board $25 not $14 etc.
  7. JM

    JulieM

    Charlotte

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks were great! Unique & creative offerings. Would definitely come back!
  8. WB

    WarrenB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall2food5service1ambience2
    The venue is too small and packed to capacity with table and chairs. Borderline a fire hazard. IMO. The service from Taylor was very fast and abrupt. With a lack of decorum. She did not properly explain the menu and how the food is served and priced. Essex is not with the $155.00 we spend for two adults and two children. Total disappointment. For the price we should have went to Eddie V’s. I want my money back.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Another Five Star Dining Experience We enjoyed a New Year’s Eve Celebration where the food and service was exceptional. The food, atmosphere and spirits were a great experience. We will return again! Jenna
  10. g

    gvk65

    Charlotte

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first visit and we enjoyed it very much! The service was fast (almost too fast!) but the waiter was very attentive. The food was good. Portions were small but enough.
  11. AW

    AshleyW

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Essex is always, ALWAYS a win. From the delicious and provocative drinks, to the tasty food and incredible service - it’s always a fantastic experience. Hands down one of my favorite places to visit in Uptown.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Upon arrival the seating was slow despite the fact we had a reservation. Ordered cocktails after being seated which then took quite a while to come. The cocktails were excellent and so was the food…… but it’s quite expensive all around.
  13. KH

    KarenH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good vibe, delicious food, nice wine pairing as well.
  14. CP

    CindyP

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience5
    Food was average and service was subpar. The location itself is amazing. Think we just had bad luck and we came during a slow time as it was raining.
  16. p

    pamb

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Caitlyn, was superb!
  17. AW

    AlanaW

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Food was delicious but the server seemed like they were over their shift. Been there but unfortunately they came off that way during my fiancé's 30th birthday dinner on his only day off before the holidays so that was disheartening. none the less we had a good time!
  18. LT

    LaurenT

    Atlanta

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a wonderful evening! The food is delicious and the service was A+
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food. Will visit again.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very interesting menu with great variety. Service fast. Very happy with our experience and will be coming back.
  21. EN

    ErikaN

    Charleston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    The food was okay not enough for the price. Very loud in there, it’s more of a hangout place. Wouldn’t recommend for a nice quiet romantic dinner. Slow service. It took over 30 minutes to get a drink. They didn’t have the drink ingredients I wanted so they just weren’t serving that drink at all. I wouldn’t recommend or return. Only positive was I wasn’t charged for dessert because of the wait.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Enjoyable dinner, very nice staff at front and waiting on us. Menu was fun and food was very good
  23. RG

    RGCLT

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Loud. The booth felt like you were sitting "under" the table. Uncomfortable. Waiter talked at us and not to us. Didn't like the hovering feeling when completing payment on the device. Felt rushed. Food tasted good though
  24. BB

    BrianB

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    I have eaten at Essex many times and always had a good experience. The wine the server recommended as a buttery Chardonnay was and unoaked dry Chardonnay and definitely not worth $58. My meal was roasted eggplant carpaccio which looked like guacamole and had a bitter aftertaste. The roasted beet salad was good. Service was ok.
  25. P

    Pamperkins

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant was so convenient to Blumenthal. We were accompanied by 2 teenagers who thoroughly enjoyed it, and we were able to drink a good glass of wine.
  26. CD

    CaroleeD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely loved this quiet, elegant, friendly restaurant! And since we always have Broadway season tickets at Belk Theater, we'll be back for repeated delightful lunches here for years to come.
  27. FW

    FreddieW

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was our first time visiting Essex. The food was the best surprise. I had lamb and my wife has the Asian skirt steak. We were amazed at how good the food was. We will definitely be revisiting.
  28. S

    Seismic

    Charlotte

    93 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Very good food but remarkably costly for small plates.
  29. E

    Elmcityboy

    Charlotte

    21 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience2
    Terrible service. Ruined the dinner experience. Food was great Diners were going to the bar to get their own drinks! Come on, Essex. U can do better. So disappointed with our night out.
  30. TT

    ToyarnaT

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    We came during our 1hr lunchtime, and service was prolonged and unattentive. The server was unobtainable and not around to get service started or when we needed items at our table. Even other servicers ignored our raising our hands or calling for them to come to our table (horrible). We also got COLD Fries; however, the server did bring out hotter ones.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. My daughter and I both enjoyed our dinner selections and the salad and appetizer we shared were excellent. We needed to finish our meal in time for a show and the server was extremely responsive to our concerns.
  32. CH

    CoryH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Way overpriced for what you get. Small portions, table was dirty, waitress didn’t smile even once and seemed unhappy to be there, table vs seat height was way too tall and seat way too low. They tout the place as a mid level classy restaurant but the patrons there wore baseball hats, football jerseys, jeans, and athletic clothes. Cocktails are $17 across the board. If every menu item was $10 cheaper it wouldn’t be so bad but not a good place for a date, or a place to take business associates or clients. Very casual vibe for luxury vibe prices. Wouldn’t recommend unless you have deep pockets and a small appetite and like the “sports bar vibe”. The girlfriend and I won’t be back at all. At least the food was okay but not worth what we paid. All I can say is yikes…
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    73 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Lamb lollipops were so good!
  34. JG

    JessicaG

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always amazing
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was all, just okay. Our reservation was set for 9:15, but they had the table ready at 8:30. It was fine, but slightly inconvenient for the specific time we chose. The place was busy, which was expected, but the noise level was unbelievable. It was difficult to carry a conversation across the table even after most other patrons emptied out. As for the food, it was just fine. Nothing spectacular. Portions were hilariously small for the price. Shrimp tacos were literally one single jumbo shrimp and the sauce in a tortilla. The skirt steak was decent with delicious sauce, but again, just not quite what was expected for the price. Not sure I’d return on another trip, but if you just want a regular night out, I guess it’s a decent stop.
  36. B

    Bermy

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The lamb lollipops were excellent. All the food was good
  37. EM

    EricaM

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Butter chicken and salmon was very flavorful! Waitress/host was so nice and informative. The fried calamari portion is way too small for the price. Would highly recommend for a date night
  38. SM

    SarahM

    Charlotte

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    Very odd experience. No one served us for 20 minutes after we were sat and then proceeded to hand us the check before we got our food and we had not taken a sip of our drinks. Their entrees rarely come with a carb included so they trick you into paying for a side of rice. Everything is an extra charge. There’s better places to spend your money at.
  39. BK

    BillK

    Charlotte

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Service was pleasant but slow. Cocktails took more than 30 minutes and arrived halfway through our food.
  40. J

    Jackie

    Charlotte

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    My daughter and I tried this before a show at Blumenthal and were extremely disappointed. We were seated in a makeshift booth that required moving the table and climbing over the edge to get in. Then we waited 30 min for her cocktail. The server was enthusiastic and knowledgeable, but she was covering too many tables. The food was fair, but the presentation of roasted cauliflower and eggplant app were impressive. The quinoa salad w/chicken was pretty good. After an hour and 40 min we had to get the mgr to get the bill, and he was very helpful. Unfortunately, the ladies restroom had caked on dirt around the whole sink area, and we won’t be back.

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 1494 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 40 times today
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–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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