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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
chicken marinated in indian spices, micro cilantro, herb tomato sauce, Essex baguette
Tuna Poke Tacos
ahi tuna, wonton chips, avocado mousse, ponzu, olive oil, seaweed salad, micro greens
Short Rib Ravioli
house-made ravioli, demi-glace, shaved parmesan, roasted onions, peas, olive oil
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!
My most recent experience at Essex was HORRIBLE. I have been to Essex a handful of other times before and it has been great, but this last visit was the absolute last time I will ever step foot in that restaurant. The service was deplorable. From the second we walked in to the second we left. The hostess had a horrible attitude as did our server. Furthermore, they were out of about 6 things that we tried to order, which is just simply unacceptable. Especially since they were not busy and had only a handful of tables. Our waitress hardly paid us any attention and was not apologetic at all for the delay in our drinks and food. We received food before our drinks and our food came out at various different times. It got so bad I had to call the manager over to give her the feedback. Still no apology from our server even after that happened. Also, to add to that, we saw our server talking to the manager after the manager spoke to us and she never came back to our table. I typically tip between 20-25% sometimes 30% if service is exceptional, I did not tip a single penny. The manager took 50% off our bill and even told us she did not add gratuity to our bill because she did not think our server deserved it, if that tells you anything at all. Very disappointed in my experience since Essex was a place I really liked and always recommended to people.
Thank you for the feedback on your recent experience at Essex. As management, we take responsibility for not being properly staffed. Holiday weekends are typically some of the slowest and this year that was not the case due to COVID. We should have been more prepared for an influx of business so your service did not have to suffer. I understand that you were disappointed with your experience, and rightfully so, but I hope that you will give us another chance.
Excellent and original food in a unique location in Uptown Charlotte
Thanks for the review! We hope to see you again soon!
We arrived for our reservation and were seated quickly. It went downhill from there. We waited for about 10 minutes for a server. When she came, we were informed that the menu posted on their website was inaccurate. We were directed to scan the qr code on the table. I understand menus are limited because of COVID, but that shod be updated on the website. The waitress left to get our waters, after another 10 minutes of waiting, we left.
Thank you for the feedback on your experience at Essex. I apologize that we missed the mark on customer service. As management, we take responsibility for not being staffed appropriately and being out of some of the items on the menu. Holiday weekends are typically some of the slowest and this year that was not the case due to COVID. We should have been more prepared for an influx of business so your service did not have to suffer. I hope that you will give us another chance in the future.
Good food, the service seemed a little scattered. They brought us food that was meant for someone else. The drinks were delicious. Our waiter was hard to hear bc of the mask and seemed irritated. The food was small plates but large enough to share with four ppl. Great chicken skewers & their bread with the dip trios is fabulous.
I met a friend for lunch on the patio. I felt very safe in current CoVid19 environment, had excellent service and the food was great!
Thank you for the review Sherry! I am so glad we were able to provide you with a safe and tasty lunch during this time. Please come back and see us soon.
Service started off slow- but after a while, it got better and was not an issue. The food is very flavorful. The Bang bang fish was outstanding.
Excellent choices for small plates. Curried chicken and Brussels sprouts Cesar are excellent choices.
Thank you Richard! We hope you will be back to see us soon!
The atmosphere was great. The food was outstanding. I will definitely be coming back and recommending it to friends and family.
Thank you! We are so glad to hear that. See you soon!
Our waiter seemed to want to be somewhere else. We go to Essex quite a bit and while we enjoyed our food as always the service was not that great.
We are so sorry to hear that your server seemed distracted when you dined with us. I hope that you will give us another chance soon!
Very polite and courteous staff, the service was quick and the grilled octopus and lamb chops are amazing
Thanks for the great review! We hope you will come back and see us again soon!
The food (cauliflower) was amazing! The wine was a great value, we got the Belle Glos Pinot Noir. Service was slow but not disappointing, you just hope for a bit more.
Thank you for the review Christopher! Thank you for your patience as we navigate staffing during this difficult time. I hope that you will visit us again in the future!
Essex is rated 4.6 stars by 1045 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.