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Upstream - Charlotte

1861 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Seafood, Fusion / Eclectic, American
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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
Scott Wallen
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For information on Upstream catering, please contact Lauran Thorndyke at or phone: 704-556-7730
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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.
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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.

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What 1861 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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vipOpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
2.0  Dined 13 hours ago

Actually did not seem like the same restaurant I have been to before.

What is going on? If there was ever such a thing as a minimalist menu they have it.

Uninspired food selections.

After many years of being a favorite that possibly was my last visit.

OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
2.0  Dined 3 days ago

New menu is very limited. Service was slow in the bar as well as the dining room. Have been to this restaurant many times, probably won’t be back.

vipOpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

Really disappointed with the new menu (new chef). Upstream has always been a go to restaurant but wont be back with new menu. Maybe just working out the bugs with the new items.

vipOpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
2.0  Dined 3 days ago

They completely changed the entire menu to a modern Japanese type food versus the contemporary American seafood . They had no description of the new items other than 1-2 names with no description of what exactly it was.
The food was good, but if your changing the entire restaurant, then change it and advertise that. I went there with the expectation of (A) and got something completely different.
Its too bad they eliminated everything. What originally made upstream so great was they constantly changed the menu based on fresh items. Now bring your chop sticks!

OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great food and service!

vipxumie (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Excellent Valentine's Day dinner at Upstream. My wife's order was sold out so the manager personally came by to explain, walked her through replacement options, created an entree for her using a small plate feature and comped her dinner and dessert. Can' ask for better service than that! Our only complaint was that the new menu no longer includes their "to die for" mussels in smoked tomato broth. That was our favorite menu item and perhaps Charlotte's best appetizer. Sad to see it gone.

vipBonappetit (Charlotte)
2.0  Dined 6 days ago

Upstream has changed their menu and their concept. The menu is limited and the style of cooking produces strong smells and smoke that their ventilation doesn't handle well. If you have asthma, beware. Portions are smaller. This was our "go to" place in Charlotte, sadly, no more.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

We arrived and the restaurant was still fairly empty at 6:15. There were about 5 staff me members standing at the front door. We were seated at the table closest to the door on a busy section. There were plenty of nicer more private tables but when we asked to move the only table they offered was in another room which was brightly lit so we stayed at the table near two entry points.
The food was mostly very good. Our waitress was good but could have been more knowledgable about the new menu. However the staff was very accommodating and attentive.

Sondra45 (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

My husband and I went here for Valentines Day. We had a great time. Our favorite starter was the Rock steak, which you cook on your own at your table. Very cool. We tried several appetizers and ordered from the Raw Bar. The portions are purposefully small. My entree was the Scallops which were divine. The atmosphere was fancy and classy. When it’s pleasant outside, I prefer their outside seating.

glasgow (Charlotte)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

ran out of the wine we chose first. next choice of wine had the wrong year on the menu. 2015 instead of 2014. luckily it was quite good. the salmon came a tad under-cooked. despite a couple of misses, my friends & i had a good time & great meal. this has been our 2nd visit here. hopefully the 3rd visit will b much better.

deafdiner (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Having eaten here in the past, we anticipated another wonderful dinner. It was somewhat disappointing. The filet was grossly underdone, even after it was returned and we were only minimally comped. Service was very good. They are in the process of revamping their menu and are removing some of their best selling dishes.

vipOpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Delicious food and beverages! Made our experience very enjoyable! Would recommend and go back!

OpenTable Diner (Western NC)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

They were in transition with a new chef. I tried the 39 dollar “house specialty,” sea bass, and was fine with the small portion, but it was way over cooked and a bit tough. My mother had salmon, and really enjoyed it. I would have told the kitchen it was over cooked, but my mother really wanted me to have a good time, so, I faked it. I ordered the server’s recommendation of the scallops which were really salty to the extent you could not enjoy the subtlety of the delicate scallop flavor and all you got was the texture ( which was cooked better than the bass).
The dessert menu must have been truncated as well as there was not much on it besides crepe brûlée ( yawn) and gelato.
There could also be more options for non-alcoholic beverages.

StephanieB (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We took our 4 year old daughter there for a Valentine's Date Night. Could not have asked for anything better, even though it is a more upscale restaurant, everyone was wonderful with us. Our waiter was exceptional. He did "magic" for her and treated her like a princess. He made origami for her and had a special meal for her. Our meals were awesome and the wine list is amazing. Will definitely be back!

vipOpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Love this restaurant. Have been there many, many times by ourselves and with friends. Last night, our food was delicious however, the wine we ordered off the menu was not what they brought to the table. This has happened on other occasions as well. The staff was very apologetic and brought us an appetizer. The management might want to update the wine list as it is not good practice to pawn off a wine with a different date. We were a little pushed as well. The food is great but it is not pleasant to be rushed. We will be back again often but these are things that irritate customers who might not return so easily. Upstream is one of our go-to restaurants and especially with a new chef and new menu, I hope these small items are discussed and taken care of.

vipherbqueen (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Food and service were exemplary. Staff also very personable. Definitely will be back when we are in Charlotte.

Bjose (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed the food. The sea bass I was wonderful. And the service was superb! I think it’s well worth the price.

TomJ (Charlotte)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Atmosphere and food were , as always, very pleasant and relaxing. Value for sure. Service was average.Our server forgot twice utensils for our appetizers and main courses. All in all a nice date night for my wife and I.

OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Fantastic brunch!

OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Its always so so good! Can go casual or dressed up ! Sushi and wine is so good!! Always hit for us!