Upstream - Charlotte

4.5
2114 reviews
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Seafood
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.
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Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining! Marshall is awesome, and the manager, Jess, was very friendly. Thanks for another great dining experience!

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TD
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Brunch value is worth it. All you can eat tasting menu.
Staff lacks knowledge of items as well as table numbers. We were constantly given other people’s food and our food was given away.

Lacks management and culture that it used to have.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been a patron since it opened, consistent menu and service.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food and service were excellent . Mixed drinks were not very good. Cost of wine by the bottle was overpriced

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1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Waiter was awesome!

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Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food! Awesome service she was very informative and lovely. We didn’t feel rushed at all which was the best part. Thank you for a wonderful night

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1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 4

They forgot to put in my first round so my friend received two rounds before I got one. Then the waitress was very slow to come back around and told us that it was last call. Didn’t get the “unlimited” worth for my money.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious but portions were small given the prices.

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Atlanta
39 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was excellent. The service was great and they were spot on with their recommendations.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We loved the sea bass and the baked oysters were incredible! However the calamari and the hamachi appetizers were not very good at all, unfortunately. We also had the king crab and sea scallop risotto, which was decent, but there literally was two tiny pieces of king crab in it. The pieces were so small that you could barely taste them. Overall was a decent experience, but we were left disappointed.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Eh. Steak was mediocre.

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Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Desert was not as good. Creme Brulee was not like their usual. Very thick (like there was an additive) and not creamy.

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious grouper. Amazing service.

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C
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The cuisine is very original. The “all you can get” sushi is a great deal and chocolate dessert is amazing. The waiter was excellent. Lovely place for a leisurely lunch.

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RB
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks are always super delicious! Our waiter Jason was great.

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HR
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager was great ! Brought us wine because they were a few min behind ok reservations ! No one hardly does that these days !

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Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Despite having reservations on a Saturday night, we had to wait a half hour for our table. We were given a free drink for the long wait which was very lovely and appreciated.
Our server was very nice but she was very busy and we had to look for her when we needed something( like bread after another long wait at our table. The entree for one of our group was already out for the evening by the time we got to order. Disappointing but I feel like management tried very hard to show their appreciation for our patronage. So, food was excellent, service spotty, pricey but house very accommodating. We really appreciated how hard they tried to acknowledge the difficulties...

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Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was delicious. There was a mix up with the wine and the check. Waiter kept disappearing and telling us he was the New Guy. Well if the waiter isn't experienced enough to get things straight, management should let them work with someone experienced until they do. All in all a delightful evening, service was just a little off.

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Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upstream is BAACK and we are so excited. After a period of major menu and food changes, the old great gourmet and seafood restaurant has returned.

The food was awesome, great menu selection, great service.....some new very personable and professional wait staff are on board. The place was packed...people waiting at the door. The place was lively, happy and just a great dining experience. We can't wait to return!

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The Chilean Seabass is awesome!!!

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Best Seafood Brunch in CHARLOTTE!!!! I am always stuff when I leave.

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Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was great. The sauces, presentation and service were top notch. I had the salmon and my husband had the Chilean seabass. Everything in the menu looked good. I’m gluten free and they had several options. We both really enjoyed our dishes. My only criticism would be that the food wasn’t served hot. My biggest pet peeve when dining out. We will definitely be back.

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l
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner. We will definitely return. Good food but a little pricey, not too much just a little.

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BR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food has always been excellent in the many years I have been there. Was a very quiet nite there but could have been because it was a Monday

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This was our first time trying Queen Restaurant week we are new to Charlotte. I'll put this in three categories:Service,
food,ambiance. The service was impeccable I wish I had taken the hostess name. I do remember he had a usual first name, I think he said he was Croatian. He was great. Now the food that was another story. Subpar steak very bland not seasoned well at all, my lobster was great but I guess you can't mess that up too much. Desserts where horrible, I had apple crisp with no crisp and hubby had tirmusi. which he didn't eat but several bites. Lastly ambiance was perfect for a evening date night. We hope that the food wasn't on point due to the high demands of restaurant week.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Food was wonderful and the kind staff made the experience even better. There is complimentary valet here too which was nice

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Charlotte
32 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not for intimate Dinner for sure. But it is still an awesome place to eat.

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great birthday celebration

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. I was unaware that they participated in restaurant week, so there was more people than expected. Overall it was great and we will return.

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent first visit to Upstream! Food was amazing!

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service and food for Queens Feast event. A little disappointed that the sea bass had a $15 supplemental charge compared to comparably priced entrees. Also, Upstream overprices their wine by the glass and bottle. Those negatives aside, it was the amazing meal for foodies. The roasted oysters and the mussel appetizers were terrific. Lobster, sea bass and steaks were cooked to perfection. Desserts were okay, but not prepared to the same level as the appetizers and entrees. Apple crisp lacked the “crisp” and tiramisu was not at the level that other restaurants prepare

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We went for restaurant week. The menu was very wide in options. The only downside was the desert. It just wasnt up to the same standard as the starter and main.

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FS
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing here! The service was perfect and the lobster and my date’s tuna steaks were SO good. I would definitely go back!

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent, especially given it was restaurant week. Ambiance is excellent and food is very good. Because it’s been around longer than other restaurants, I think ppl forget about it- but I would highly recommend it. Whole lobster on restaurant week menu- it was phenomenal!

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Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Levtka was fantastic! Pleasant, personable and so efficient!!

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall this was a great experience. The food was of gourmet quality and gourmet portions. It’s restaurant week and a 1 lb Lobster was on the menu, which I chose. The lobster came with melted butter and another sauce made from butter and ginger...it was delish! 😀 My appetizer was 2 petite crab cakes which were quite good...but not quite Maryland good..for anyone that’s familiar with Maryland’s seafood (excuse me while I wipe my 👄) 😂 Moving on to dessert...I had the Tiramisu, with a cup of coffee...which was fabulous! Our waiter was very friendly and engaging. All and all it was a great evening! I highly recommend 😀

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Charlotte
21 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff was very kind and helpful. The lettuce wraps were excellent as well as the salmon. The dessert was very lackluster. It was supposed to be an apple crisp but it seemed to just be apples chopped up in a bowl with a tiny bit of sprinkle on top. That was pretty disappointing.

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1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Restaurant Week

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