Make a reservation

Party Size
For 2
Date
Today
Time
7:30 PM
icon/ic_informationCreated with Sketch.
You must make reservations at least 5 minutes in advance of the time at Essex.
icon/ic_social_proofCreated with Sketch.
Booked 35 times today

Essex

4.4
556 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
International
Top Tags:
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
icon/ic_private_diningCreated with Sketch.
Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
International
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Mon–Thu 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am
Sat 10:30 am–12:00 am
Sun 10:30 am–11:00 pm
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(980) 406-3857
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Business Casual
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Haim Aizenberg
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
Trade St
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
Essex Bar & Bistro now offers valet parking after 5 P.M.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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.

View Private Dining Details
What 556 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.0
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
80% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
5.0Dined 3 days ago

This is probably one of my favorite places to eat uptown. So many options and they're all good.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined 3 days ago

Our app took aver 40 min to arrive we had 10 min to eat that and the entrees that came out late as well we got to eat about a few bites before we had to leave for the show. We were charged based on if they arrived at the table. Said we could speak to a manager but he never came out.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I’m from out of town and my Charlotte friends recommended this place as Enso had closed which was my favorite go to every time I came came to Charlotte...our service was absolutely horrible..we ordered drinks as soon as we sat and it took 30 mins for them to be brought to our table ..meanwhile they had been sitting there for atleast 15 mins ...we ordered 6 dishes total to share amongst the table...it took over two hours for our food to be brought out..we did say it’s fine to bring one or two at a time ...we ordered another round of drinks which were never brought to our table nor on our check bc our server forgot about us. I work in this particular industry so I understand things happen but this was just ridiculous..thank god the food was good bc it’s the only thing that saved this night!

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Overall not impressed. Had a reservation for a special dinner and was still seated at a booth in the bar area where we were constantly crowded and bumped into all night. We waited exceptionally long for our orders, to the point where several parties that were seated after us had already gotten numerous various dishes. Staff made no effort to compensate for poor service. The food was good when it arrived but was definitely not worth the cost or wait. This is not a place I would recommend, should have gone to Soul.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Food is always good, but it took forever to get the food. Too many cooks were doing Taste of Charlotte instead of working in the restaurant. (according to waitstaff)

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Food was great, it was just my birthday and no one ever said anything to me about it and no dessert or birthday dessert was offered.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The website touts a ‘gastropub’; that’s iffy at best. While the bartender was able to provide good drinks but I wasn’t blown away by the flavors.

The food was okay at best. We ordered many different plates but none was great. Our falafel was burned and flavorless. The sushi roll lacked flavor.

I felt like I was at an Uptown Spot that wanted to do well but just missed it’s mark. I will say all of the staff was very attentive and helpful with us the entire meal. Everyone treated us wonderfully.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on May 23, 2018

The food is great. I love the feel of the restaurant and enjoy the outdoor seating. However, it is so loud. It's really hard to engage in conversation.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

A go to for evening drinks or a client lunch.

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We were sat and no one came to our table. We ended up leaving because no wait staff ever came to greet us.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

poor service- waited extended periods of time for everything. 10 minutes for first visit to table, 20 min for water and eventually took our checks to the bar to be completed

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Menu was nice. Interesting items to choose from. Loved the small plate/sharing. That way we could try several items that sounded good. Ordered the kale apple salad and was informed that they were out of the prepped ingredients so no salad. Seafood tacos were flavorless and sauce was so runny it dripped all over. Bang bang grouper was delicious. Had to wait a while after we were done eating for the server to return. The restaurant was almost empty. Ordered flourless chocolate cake from dessert menu of 5 items. Was informed that they were out of that as well. A little disappointed with this experience especially since we had heard so many good things about it.

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day Brunch fail...took us 2 hours to get our food, manager did apologize and comped the meal, but I don’t know that we will be back. I’m a fairly new mom and I was excited about celebrating, but was disappointed in the end.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Took my mom there for mother’s day and we both loved the ambiance of the place and the food was great.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The Mother's Day brunch buffet was fabulous! We will be back next year.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We had brunch for Mother’s Day at Essex. It was pretty expensive but the food was good! The brunch buffet was huge and offered many different choices!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great food ! Was my first time there . Tried lots of wonderful food. Server was a bit slow - had to keep asking to fill our water through the night as well as drinks. Had to wait to order 30 min . But overall was great experience would come back

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

This was my 3rd time eating at Essex & they have yet to disappoint. Excellent food, prompt & courteous service in nice setting.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The food was amazing. Our service was outstanding. Drinks were delicious. Hostesses were terrible-rude and aloof.

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Food was good, but service was horrible. It took 20 minutes to speak with the waitstaff or receive water. Wine did not arrive until after the meal was almost finished. Order was wrong, causing further delays. Restaurant was half empty, but we were told they were backed up. No follow up to check-in or to advise why there was a delay. Waitstaff was not empathetic. After requesting they remove the wine charge, they agreed. This should be proactive and not something the customer should need to request.

Sad as this has been a good restaurant in the past, but service has really declined over the past 4-6 months.

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Waited 10-15 minutes to get service. Drinks took longer than appetizers. Missing food we ordered and food that came out was incorrect.
Took 20 minutes to split our checks.
Overall terrible experience for just moderate food.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Waitress wasn’t the best but everything else was spectacular!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

This was my third visit and it seemed that the menu has expanded. The food didnt strikes me as fresh lime the last time- seemed too fast to the table to be prepared just for us and a few of the dishes were over cooked

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on April 26, 2018

The service was so slow. He was trying to get our drinks out correctly but he didn’t and then it took about 45 minutes to receive our food. Which is awful when you are on your lunch hour...hour being the operative word in that sentence. You can’t take 45 minutes to get the food out when people are on their lunch.

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We picked this restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. Our waitress and the Manager were amazing to us but the kitchen was terrible. We ordered an appetizer that came out with main course food, I received my food however my fiancé didn't receive his until after twice of asking about it. He then was given completely different tacos than what he ordered. They waited an hour and a half into our experience to tell my fiancé that they were out of lobster for the lobster tacos after we were told several times they were working on fixing their screw up. There were several tables that the kitchen had either messed up their order as well. The manager and our waitress were very apologetic and took the tacos off that we never received however our whole experience was NOT worth the $75.00 that we spent. I chose this place because I believed that it would be good place to celebrate our anniversary and unfortunately this was not the case at all. Very rarely do I give bad reviews but we will not be back to this restaurant due to the reasons listed.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on April 22, 2018

The food was great.....service bad. 3rd time there and all 3 with bad service.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We sat outside but it was still noisy , the noise level inside was awful . Our service was very slow . Our waiter was very nice & and apologized . They seemed understaffed . The value for food we ordered , the beef 16.00 had 3-4 very small ( bite size ) pieces . Grouper was better . My salad was a lot of lettuce little chicken . All in all not a good value for food .& it was just okay

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Food was fantastic. Service was slow and non attentive. They didn’t check in until we waived them down for more drinks & then the check. Other guests said it was an outlier that service is typically good. Will come back and give it another shot. Food is worth it

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Not very much food for the money. I left $100 poorer and still hungry.

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined on April 21, 2018

If you’re going for dinner, you better eat something before or plan on spending a lot more because the portions are small and do not come with any sides. We went to another place after to get some real food.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Amazing Menu. Unique Drinks, although very heavy on the ice all the time, so they get watered down quickly.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Food and wait service were great! Terrible check in process. Very disorganized and chaotic. Both hostess could, but would not, communicate with one another or even remember who they just talked to about seating them. No communication between the hostess and wait staff. Was a complete cluster. Don’t know it it was lack of training or merely ambivalence.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Brussels are amazing f

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Outstanding food
Perfect business dinner for 4

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

We love this place!! Great food!! Great atmosphere!! But it is not a place for quiet conversation. There are always big groups which tends to make the noise level go up. But its worth it!

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined on April 13, 2018

My sister was in town and it was both her birthday and my birthday the night of our reservation. I was trying to pick a new restaurant we hadn't been to and that I had heard good things about. I put in the reservation that it was for a birthday and also when my parents got to the restaurant before us they mentioned twice to two different people that we had two birthdays here tonight. We weren't expecting anything crazy but not one single person even acknowledged that it was our birthday. On top of that, I am gluten free and I specifically called a head of time to make sure I could eat there. The person on the phone said they didn't really have any gluten free dishes but that they could modify any dish for me. Not the case when I got there. Our waitress in my opinion was rude and very unaccommodating of my allergy. She basically said there was only two things on the menu I could eat. It felt like I was just a total annoyance to her. Not to mention service was so slow. It was supposed to be a special dinner with the family and it was beyond disappointing. For all those reasons I personally would not ever recommend for special occasions or food allergies. Food was good and everyone liked it but not sure I would want to go back there again either way after that.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Took my fiancé here for his birthday on Sunday. Food was tasty but service wasn't so good and it wasn't even busy at all. It took Victoria a while until she realized that we needed refills. My fiancé's cup was empty for a while so I had to give him my water which eventually needed to be refilled also. She just needs to be more attentive. If she's not when it's not even busy at all, I can't imagine how she is when it is busy. I read other reviews about service being bad and I thought since they weren't busy then there's no way it can be slow but proved me wrong. Like I said food was tasty, but the portion isn't worth the money. I'll only maybe come back for restaurant week where the portion would be worth the price.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Absolutely love the new Mimosa and Bloody Mary bars...this is definitely the new hot spot for brunch!

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food was amazing! However the service was awful. My friends ordered martinis and they “ran out” so served them in wine glasses. I also asked for a sushi menu and was told I got the last one which looked like they was pulled out of the trash. I had friends from out of town that I took there and was so embarrassed.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

This was my first visit for a colleague's birthday and the food was amazing. I have passed the restaurant multiple times and we all decided to stop in for the birthday lunch. Great & Exceptional food. Flavors were all on point. I will definitely be back.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
14

Tweets by Essex