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About Upstream - Charlotte

Craving fresh, day boat seafood and sushi? Upstream, located in the heart of the bustling South park area at Phillips Place, offers guests an innovative menu created by Executive Chef, Scott Wallen. With a list of awards, including the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, The Dirona Award, Zagat and being named one of the “best new restaurants in the country” by Esquire’s John Mariani, Upstream is the place to have a spectacular dining experience whenever dining in Charlotte.

6902 Phillips Place Court
Charlotte, NC 28210
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Fusion / Eclectic, American

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

Cross Street:
Fairview Road

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(704) 556-7730

Website:
http://www.upstreamseafood.com/

Catering:
For information on Upstream catering, please contact Lauran Thorndyke at lthorndyke@harpersgroup.com or phone: 704-556-7730

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet parking is available directly outside the restaurant, at the front door. Complimentary self-parking is available throughout Phillips Place.

Executive Chef:
Scott Wallen

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Upstream also offers monthly cooking classes on Saturday starting at 10am. Visit the website for additional information.

Private Dining

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.

Upstream - Charlotte Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (42)
Good for a Date (33)
Fit for Foodies (30)
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Romantic (29)
Creative Cuisine (28)
Business Meals (27)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Healthy (20)
Notable Wine List (20)
Worth the Drive (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Good for Groups (14)
Bar Seating (14)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Authentic (11)
Great for Brunch (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Casual (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Fun (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Cozy (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
People Watching (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Tapas (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 6 days ago

I hosted a business dinner for 4. we were seated on time. service was excellent. wine list was great. food was excellent. 2 of us had the Tuna and 2 had the Sea bass. no complains on the food. My coworker and I both mentioned(after dinner) that we were starved..LOL. Portions were very small. Felt like I had an appetizer for diner. I actually hit McD's on the way home.

Tags: Live Sports, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Matt was a great server and was always there to keep our drinks filled and answer any questions. Food was excellent!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We love how the Upstream brunch is not the same ol same ol each time we visit. The Upstream crew is consistently switching up the brunch menu to stay interesting.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great location, decent food. Honestly everything was good however when I'm paying this much for a meal I typically expect to be amazed with the food. Unfortunately upstream didn't wow either my date or myself. Food was fresh and service was great.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 10, 2017

A perfect place to celebrate two 50th birthdays. The craft cocktails were excellent but we all agreed that the MM Vanilla Old Fashioned was the best. Nice wine list. Beer tap selections were local and suited to the seafood. For appetizers we split three. Half the table loved the mussels and we all loved the calamari. Tuna poke was a bit light for 4 people to share but good. The Sea Bass is always an excellent entee choice but the Wasabi Tuna may be a new favorite. Dessert paired with port flights finished the evening perfectly.
Our server was a perfect balance of unobtrusive and attentive with a charming personality and excellent knowledge of the menu.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The food and the service were exceptional. It was a business meeting and the noise level was appropriate to hear the conversation.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Good as always! Would like to see some more selection on the menu especially on a Saturday night.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Upstream is a great place for delicious healthy food and a relaxed evening. We had 4 of us in a booth on a Friday night and the restaurant was quiet enough to where we could talk without yelling or straining to hear the person across the table. We ordered the sea bass and grouper and both were absolutely delicious although the portion sizes are a bit small considering these entrees were close to $40 each.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

I Would recommend the restaurant for it's "seafood"

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Upstream Charlotte was recommended by our lunch waitress at an uptown establishment. She did not disappoint. I had the Grouper and my wife had the Fresh Alaskan King Crab. Wow what a meal. Only downside was the price of the drinks, a little heffty, but not enough to stop us from going back next Charlotte trip.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Excellent food. Loved the king crab leg appetizer and the Carolina grouper. Will definitely go back to this place.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great good, service and wine list

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 21, 2017

we were celebrating a birthday . Our waiter was great, and the food was very good. As with a lot of restaurants it was somewhat noisy . Would have liked a table away from that . Overall we enjoyed the evening .

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

These folks don't miss a beat. Top notch all around.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

This was our first time at ‘Upstream’ and the food, which is the only thing I consider when choosing a restaurant, was just ok. So for $250+ tab for 3 people I expect a little more than ok.
The wait staff was very attentive, no complaints there, but all 3 of us felt the food was lacking in substance and flavor. The atmosphere is very pretentious and will definitely not go back.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Upstream is probably my favorite restaurant in Charlotte. The food is truly outstanding and the service is excellent as well. Creative seafood dishes rule, but they have something for everyone.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We went to celebrate 3 October birthdays. Management went out of their way to make the night special.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The people couldn't have been any nicer, and the food was fabulous!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 13, 2017

I have dined at this restaurant since I relocated to Charlotte fifteen years ago for weekday lunch, Sunday Brunch, dinner and New Year's Eve. It is not only a quiet place for good conversation, but the service and food has been consistently outstanding.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Outstanding seafood; attentive service. Fantastic place for a special dinner.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent in every way. From hostess to final check it was memorable. Very good and intelligent service. Great wine list. Calamari appetizer was the best I have ever had. Very creative and amazing fish dishes. Sunday brownie dessert was to die for. Will come back to Charlotte more often just to dine here.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 4, 2017

One word excellence

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Very enjoyable. The food was terrific, the service was good and the ambience relaxed.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Staff and our waiter were fabulous the food was excellent .our waiter very friendly and helpful in deciding which dish to choose

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 21, 2017

All of the above, great everything... service - food and experience!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Fantastic dinner, we had the Ahi Tuna and the Sea Bass. Service was excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Upstream continues to amaze over the years. Best, freshest seafood along with inventive sushi, restaurant style versus "bar" style. Great wait staff, attentive but not "too" and very knowledgeable. The specials always please. Order the Halibut, when in season or the Grouper, any time. You will not be disappointed.

Tags: Tapas, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Excellent food ; very enjoyable ..wonderful halibut and sea bass

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Service was great! Food was just ok. The sushi wasn't the type I prefer but there were plenty of other things I like there!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food was good. We had a problem with the raw oysters. We ordered the chef special which was 12 Premium West Coast Oysters and the last two in the bunch tasted terrible. They offered to give us 2 new ones to replace the bad tasting ones that we had but I took a pass since dinner was on it's way. Other then that everything was great. Nice place to go if you have a special night.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food and atmosphere at Upstream are wonderful. Very creative, healthy and delicious dishes!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Stranded by American airlines on our way to Ireland, we needed a special place for dinner to unwind and have a special meal. Finding"Upstream" was a genuine lode of gold service. Food was fantastic as we devoured the grilled octopus starter and the Pacific tuna on a bed of peppers and vegetables. Our server was articulate, helpful with suggestions and over abundant with accommodations.
What a perfect evening after the connection fiasco.
Then we left for the Emerald Isle the next day. And American airlines followed suit by running out of beer and wine after only one beverage run. Who ordered that inventory supply?
Maybe the staff at "Upstream" could offer a tutorial in customer service.

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Crab cakes come on a bed of mayonnaise- this is not listed on the menu, and terrible if you don't like mayo based things. Gazpacho didn't taste as fresh as I had expected. I expected the sushi to be better since the reviews were good, but I was disappointed. So much rice, you couldn't taste the fish. The crumble dessert did not have a crumble taste- it was mushy. The compote on top of the walnut cake tasted sour, like it was bad- had to scrape it off.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Normally I have a basic rule about seafood - If the restaurant isn't in the vicinity of the actual Ocean/Sea then I usually will not go i.e. It would be hard for me to eat Halibut in Kansas! Even though North Carolina boarders the Atlantic, Charlotte is ~6 hours from the coast. I thought I would give it a try.....well, what a pleasant surprise! Their seafood was fresh and prepared well . I have been twice now and have had the Sea Bass and Dover Sole (which was a special that night). Each time I had the "Ceviche of the Day" which was really good - I would go back just for that with a couple of drinks at the bar. If in Charlotte NC I would not pass the chance to sample their dishes.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 26, 2017

This restaurant always hits the mark! They have the best calamari we have ever had! Friendly staff and great atmosphere. I had the sea bass which was delicious and my date had their salmon special. The server didn't mention that the salmon special had "kick" to it and my date isn't a spicy person, but made due. The server asked and reported back to the manager who came by and acknowledged, apologized and made it right. He certainly knows how to take care of the customer and ensure that we would be back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Excellent all the way around! Already planning a repeat visit!

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 23, 2017

I have been here many times and with the new management it was wonderful. However,
last evening was not for one of my guests, who is a renowned Duke physician. The waiter while
clearing the plates from the first course hit him in the back of the head with a plate. He felt it was intentional. I don't want to believe this, but it seemed a little odd being that it was not crowded to cause him to bump his head with a plate. The doctor later told me he didn't want to
make a scene in front of our other guests. As the host, I am so embarrassed and will never return. Also, two of the guests had upset stomachs after their meal.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Our second time eating at Upstream in two weeks after a long period of time of not eating there. Both times the service and food were excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Healthy
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Fantastic food. Ambiance needs an upgrade but definitely should not hold you back from enjoying the awesome seafood dishes!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Healthy
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Upstream might be the perfect restaurant. Food was exceptional as was the service.

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