Upstream - Charlotte

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1965 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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Executive Chef/Partner Gene Kato and his team take the freshest catch from fishermen across the country and forge remarkable, Asian-inspired dishes each day. They also source the very best in American beef, lamb, pork, and fowl to create exciting riffs on Pacific Rim traditions. The restaurant’s full sushi bar features a variety of artful rolls, as well as sashimi and nigiri, all prepared with the freshest fish on the market. Grab a seat in Upstream’s comfortably chic lounge to indulge in local craft beers, inventive cocktails or fine wines while noshing on shareable small plates. With a passion for fresh seafood and local ingredients, interesting wines and spirits, and exceptional hospitality, Upstream is a must-visit in Charlotte.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Fusion / Eclectic, Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30 - 11:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(704) 556-7730
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Gene Kato
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Private party facilities
Our private dining rooms offer the ultimate Upstream experience. Our two private rooms can accommodate any occasion, large or small. Work hand in hand with our expert Private Dining Managers for the perfect event tailored to your budget and personal tastes.
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Private party contact
Lauran Thorndyke: (704) 556-7730
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Catering
For information on Upstream catering, please contact Lauran Thorndyke at lthorndyke@harpersgroup.com or phone: 704-556-7730
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Fairview Road
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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking is available directly outside the restaurant, at the front door. Complimentary self-parking is available throughout Phillips Place.
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Special events & promotions
Upstream also offers monthly cooking classes on Saturday starting at 10am. Visit the website for additional information.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1965 People Are Saying
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4.4
service
4.2
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3.4
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59% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

The menu is too limited. What we selected was not very good.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Kathryn was one of the best servers I have ever had in my 15 years as a customer, including banquets and private parties I have had at Upstream. So much so, I will have my holiday party there!!

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Made the trip down from the lake for the Father's Day buffet. We had not been to Upstream in several years. The buffet was just ok. There were a lot of offerings, but each time I went up, about one-quarter of the dishes were empty, or very close to it. It was almost as if they couldn't keep up with the turnover of the food. The crab on the raw bar wasn't prepared well- it was tough and overcooked. They also seemed to be out of some of the meat offerings on the carving station . Aside from the crab, everything that we ate tasted good, and we got plenty to eat. We just didn't get to try several of the things on the buffet because they were perpetually out of them. The staff was friendly and tried to be accommodating. The peach cobbler and the lamb were favorites of the day. Overall, the buffet did not have the wow factor that I was anticipating to have made the trip down to South Park, but we didn't go home hungry.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We have been to Upstream many times over the last decade. This Sunday's Father's Day brunch did not disappoint. Most of the food was excellent! Stone Crab claws about what to expect out-of-season. Salmon terriffic. Tomatoe salad delicious. Bacon and chocolate cake excellent.
Service friendly and efficient, as always.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

I was very disapointed when I learned that they no longer served breakfast tapas as part of their Sunday brunch. All they have no is the brunch buffet which had almost no traditional breakfast items. The only ones were average pastries, bacon/sausage and an omlette station. Without their breakfast tapas there is nothing special about the Upstream brunch that sets it apart from other high end brunches. It used to be my favorite but I won't be going back again.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Food was great, waitress attentive. Answered all our questions, very knowledgeable of menu items.
Traveled from the northeast, one of the best we’ve found in the area!

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

So glad they bought their sea bass back in time for our anniversary! It’s spectacular.
Jennifer our server was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Delicious dinner and wonderful service! All 4 of us were impressed with our food selections. Half priced wine by the glass on Monday and $1 Oysters started us off right. We will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Food was unbelievably great along with the service. We are moving to the area and found this place. We will be regulars in the future.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

New owners/chef. New menu. great meal, great service. High quality fresh fish & seafood with an Asian flair.

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1.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The food is mediocre and not worth the cost. The wait staff is rude and the kitchen staff looks miserable. Perhaps they didn’t want to work on a Sunday?

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Service is excellent

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2.0Dined on May 30, 2018

To expensive for what you get. Three tiny scallops. They were trying to hard and could not pull off their over ambition.

We have had great meals there before this was not one of them.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

The food was delicious and very well prepared. The staff was friendly, accommodating and professional. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys good food and is more concerned with quality than quantity.

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Menu has completed changed. The staff was great. Just no selection of food. Had a drink and a sushi roll and left to eat somewhere else.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

I took my dad here for his 65th birthday. Had an amazing experience. Food was great, calamari was good, the sea bass was good.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

My wife and I have been here a few times now and haven’t be disappointed! Everything is perfect from the friendly waiting staff to the smallest detail in the food. We spent our 7th anniversary at this amazing restaurant and hope to spend many more.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Delicious halibut, bronzini and sides. Gracious staff, very good wine. Deserves top rating.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We have been to Upstream numerous times for Sunday brunch. We went for Mother's Day when the brunch buffet has historically been quite good. This time the selections were more limited and the staff had a hard time replenishing several food items in a timely manner. The tapas menu had been discontinued, which supplemented the buffet items. The table we were given was not level on all sides. All in all we were disappointed and will probably not go there again for a special occasion.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day. Menu made no sense. It was like eating at a reality show where the contestants were trying to out do each other. I will cook next year. No need to pay those prices for an unplanned menu. Restaurant was cool and uncomfortable. Not again on Mother’s Day. Like they tossed up a bunch of recipes and pick non-winners. Who rushes to a restaurant for red velvet cake.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The old menu was great. I do understand a need to change is imperative to the ongoing success of any Resturant, but we ordered 4 separate dishes and the only one that was the least bit appealing was the beef filet and, at a sea food resturant, well that's a shame.

The service was outstanding as usual and I did appreciate the new decor.

But unfortunately we won't be back.

Thanks,

Bill Laffoday

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We enjoyed your establishment

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Really great service! Server knew intimate details of each dish. Lovely presentation and delicious!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great variety of seafood & other dishes. Interesting & tasty tapas-type appetizers. Great for special occasions. Fairly pricy for combinations of starters & main courses. Nice 50% discount on select bottles of wine.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I have been going to Upstream for years, but had not been for a while. I was so disappointed! The lunch selection was limited and not very good. I’m saddened!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great updated menu, should have probably been accompanied by a name change. I can see how 18 year regulars would be thrown off by the change.

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1.0Dined on May 11, 2018

The “new menu” is not up to the same quality as the old one. Also, We ordered a nice, expensive bottle of wine and for the 2nd time in a few weeks, we received a bottle with different year than the one we ordered from the menu. The first time this happened (just a few weeks ago), the manager came by and assured us that it was a mistake and that they did not have the bottle on the menu in stock that night. Both times, they tried to pass off a bottle with a different year without telling us. Tonight, they just took the bottle back with no explanation. We also heard about a special menu with sushi after we ordered. We would have ordered a sushi appetizer had we known. The waiter offered to bring us this “special menu” as he called it but he never did. Our starters and main entrees were horrible. The scallops were burned and dry as was our cauliflower which was actually black.
This has been one of our go-to restaurants for years but we do not plan to come back any time soon. We were very disappointed for a 2nd time.

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1.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The food was under cooked and barely had taste. No comeback for us

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2.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Very limited menu, weird and disappointing food. We love all type of food and especially asian, but didn't enjoy anything we ate at Upstream. The green papaya salad and calamaris were not bad but no better than at other places we go to, both main courses were simply not good, dessert was ok. We will not go back.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Very reliable for a nice piece of fish done in a vaguely Asian style

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

My wife and I were celebrating our marriage and we were a little skeptical if upstream would even take note of this occasion. We've been to places before for other special occasions and they've never said anything about it though I've let them know in advance. To our surprise when we first walked in they greeted us and congratulated us as well. The manager, the hostess, our waiter, not to mention the water boy and everyone else were so extremely friendly to be around. The service was above reproach. Probably the best we've ever seen. Not to mention they gave us a very nice bottle of champagne on the house! We like nice places to eat but sometimes the vibe we feel like we can't be ourselves. We were laughing and giggling the entire time and felt more than comfortable. Upstream isn't just a nice place to eat for a special occasion but for any occasion. Very very impressed. Good business deserves to be recognized. If you don't give this place a try, you're wrong.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Upstream has been one of our favorite restaurants for more than 10 years. I was a little sad when I heard there was a new chef, but only until I took the first bite. Wow! The new chef and menu are fabulous! Creative, tasty, healthy, and beautifully presented. Five stars!!

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2.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Have always taken my husband here for birthday for many years but right off hostess would not sit us at any of the 4 open booths even though she sat 2 people at same booths after we arrived. Menu changed completely and favorites were no longer on new menu. Portions smaller but price still high. Will not return.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We have been dining at Upstream for years but were disappointed with our last visit. They have taken the seafood tower off the menu. We tried to order the items separately but found that the preparation of the items have changed. The crab cakes were really air filled crab puffs. The mussels no longer have the slow roasted tomatoes we love. The calamari was greasy.

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2.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Upstream has been a favorite for several years, but the recent menu update was a big move in the wrong direction for me. Portion size is much smaller for the same price. Calamari was always amazing. Now it is fried and the same as a dozen other restaurants. My favorite salad is off the menu. Sad.

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3.0Dined on April 25, 2018

The food was very good. Service was excellent.
Portion size was very disappointing. They didn’t have enough of the oysters we ordered which was surprising bc they are a seafood restaurant. The sushi was excellent. I would not recommend the scallops entree bc you only receive 3. The sea bass portion was small at $42, only about 4 oz, if that. We all left hungry.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Really hate that you've changed your lunch menu...didn't have a great food experience but my friend did enjoy his.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Visiting from out if town and stopped in before a movie. Tried several appetizers to make our own tapas menu. They were running a half price bottle of wine sale and took advantage of that also.
Pricier, but fun to try some creative small bites.

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Upstream did away with their signature dish; the sea bass. BIG MISTAKE!!!!
Won't be going back anytime soon.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

I haven’t been here in awhile but I can’t wait
To go back! The mussels weee unbelievable and the crab cake app was delicious!!! I’ll be back!

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