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Essex, Charlotte, NC

Essex

4.3
4.3
1465 Reviews
$30 and under
International
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.

We reserve the right to allow only one check on parties larger than 10.
We reserve the right to add a service charge on parties of 6 or more.

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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 27 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    International

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (980) 406-3857

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Haim Aizenberg

  • Catering

    Please email Ashleigh at events@essexnc.com for information on catering.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Lauren Shoaf: (855) 982-0866

  • Neighborhood

    Uptown

  • Cross street

    Trade St

  • Parking details

    Essex Bar and Bistro offers valet parking! Valet Hours:Mon-Fri: 5pm until 11pm Sat & Sun: 2pm until 11pm*Please call to confirm as some days it is not available.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,465 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. E

    Elmcityboy

    Charlotte

    21 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food4service1ambience2
    Terrible service. Ruined the dinner experience. Food was great Diners were going to the bar to get their own drinks! Come on, Essex. U can do better. So disappointed with our night out.
  2. TT

    ToyarnaT

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    We came during our 1hr lunchtime, and service was prolonged and unattentive. The server was unobtainable and not around to get service started or when we needed items at our table. Even other servicers ignored our raising our hands or calling for them to come to our table (horrible). We also got COLD Fries; however, the server did bring out hotter ones.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. My daughter and I both enjoyed our dinner selections and the salad and appetizer we shared were excellent. We needed to finish our meal in time for a show and the server was extremely responsive to our concerns.
  4. CH

    CoryH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Way overpriced for what you get. Small portions, table was dirty, waitress didn’t smile even once and seemed unhappy to be there, table vs seat height was way too tall and seat way too low. They tout the place as a mid level classy restaurant but the patrons there wore baseball hats, football jerseys, jeans, and athletic clothes. Cocktails are $17 across the board. If every menu item was $10 cheaper it wouldn’t be so bad but not a good place for a date, or a place to take business associates or clients. Very casual vibe for luxury vibe prices. Wouldn’t recommend unless you have deep pockets and a small appetite and like the “sports bar vibe”. The girlfriend and I won’t be back at all. At least the food was okay but not worth what we paid. All I can say is yikes…
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Lamb lollipops were so good!
  6. JG

    JessicaG

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always amazing
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was all, just okay. Our reservation was set for 9:15, but they had the table ready at 8:30. It was fine, but slightly inconvenient for the specific time we chose. The place was busy, which was expected, but the noise level was unbelievable. It was difficult to carry a conversation across the table even after most other patrons emptied out. As for the food, it was just fine. Nothing spectacular. Portions were hilariously small for the price. Shrimp tacos were literally one single jumbo shrimp and the sauce in a tortilla. The skirt steak was decent with delicious sauce, but again, just not quite what was expected for the price. Not sure I’d return on another trip, but if you just want a regular night out, I guess it’s a decent stop.
  8. B

    Bermy

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The lamb lollipops were excellent. All the food was good
  9. EM

    EricaM

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Butter chicken and salmon was very flavorful! Waitress/host was so nice and informative. The fried calamari portion is way too small for the price. Would highly recommend for a date night
  10. SM

    SarahM

    Charlotte

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    Very odd experience. No one served us for 20 minutes after we were sat and then proceeded to hand us the check before we got our food and we had not taken a sip of our drinks. Their entrees rarely come with a carb included so they trick you into paying for a side of rice. Everything is an extra charge. There’s better places to spend your money at.
  11. BK

    BillK

    Charlotte

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Service was pleasant but slow. Cocktails took more than 30 minutes and arrived halfway through our food.
  12. J

    Jackie

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    My daughter and I tried this before a show at Blumenthal and were extremely disappointed. We were seated in a makeshift booth that required moving the table and climbing over the edge to get in. Then we waited 30 min for her cocktail. The server was enthusiastic and knowledgeable, but she was covering too many tables. The food was fair, but the presentation of roasted cauliflower and eggplant app were impressive. The quinoa salad w/chicken was pretty good. After an hour and 40 min we had to get the mgr to get the bill, and he was very helpful. Unfortunately, the ladies restroom had caked on dirt around the whole sink area, and we won’t be back.
  13. N

    Nadiac

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great food! It was a nice vibe for our date night.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and great staff!!
  15. KT

    KathieT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    First time eating there after working uptown for over 15 years. I will most likely go again and try another dish.
  16. MJ

    MrsJackson

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice atmosphere. Awesome service! Great place to meet with coworkers after work.
  17. BZ

    BobbyZ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    chicken tikka was surprisingly amazing. great choice of options.
  18. S

    Shorty

    Oklahoma City

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, several seating options, friendly staff
  19. m

    mgdt1221

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Pretty pricey but the food and drinks were outstanding
  20. SD

    SaturdayDiner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    The food tasted good , but service was very SLOW and portions were small.
  21. J

    Junkinmyfrunk

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    I dined at Essex with some girl friends. All of the drinks we ordered were very good. We ordered the dip trio app, which was also tasty, but we finished the bread quickly with probably 75% of the dips remaining. We requested more bread that came eventually. 2 of the 3, Lamb chops and Shrimp & Grits, meals were perfect. The third, the gnocchi, came out with the beef too rare (diner is pregnant). They did not ask which temp to cook the beef while ordering, and just brought it out med rare or so. My friend asked for it to be cooked a little longer, and they gave her a hard time sort of. Saying the kitchen is very busy and it would be 30 mins to cook the beef a little longer because the grill was full. She said OK. They took the plate away. After a few mins the server came by to check on us, and we asked for them to return the everything except the beef so that she could start eating the pasta and just get the beef when it's done. They seemed confused by the request and said they could not return the gnocchi by itself, which was odd. Anyway after a few more minutes, the whole replacement meal came (less than 30 mins), and the beef was now over done -_____- and the meal just was not good. The pasta was decent, but the sauce was way too salty. We did not complain further and she just ate her meal. When the check came, the server did not show it to us to review, only told us the total. We had him run off everything, and learned that they charged us for the extra bread which seemed strange, because we received so much dip and ran out of bread quite quickly. We tipped and paid, and were ignored the rest of the time we were there. I'd say service left way more to be desired. Food was decent, but I'd skip the gnocchi if the sauce is always as salty as it was and take it super easy on the bread for the dip trio.
  22. KT

    KailsT

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great lunch spot in the city with a great variety of options. Their dip trio appetizer is wonderful & so is their butter chicken dish!
  23. CS

    CareyS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A very nice restaurant, I enjoyed the atmosphere. Menu is limited, i feel like they could use a few more options and the price is high for what you get.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks!
  25. CH

    CarolynH

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The quality of the food was excellent as was the selection. I feel the value for the money spent was very good for the area. I would definitely recommend it. Oh, and the service (Gigi) was great.
  26. MR

    MychalR

    Miami

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Birthday dinner
  27. CT

    ChrisT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Food wasn’t proportional to the price. I ordered shrimp and grits, and the amount of grits I received was laughable. The plate costs around $25. My fiancés meal was also undersized relative to the price of $27. It’s a good thing we filled up on the Mediterranean trio appetizer before the main course. Overall, the food was tasteful, but not worth the price. We will not be returning.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, drinks, service, and vibe!
  29. BB

    BillB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    My wife and I dropped in for an evening dinner because we happened to be near uptown. The location was good, right on Tryon in the heart of the city. I had the tempura shrimp tacos. While they were good, I was extremely disappointed with the portion size. It was three street-sized tacos with, literally, one large shrimp each. This was an entree and priced accordingly. Nothing on the side, just three tiny tacos. Also, I had a 2 oz pour of bourbon over ice that cost $20. I had the same exact bourbon at a bar around the corner for $7 that same night. I understand paying a little more for a nice meal in a downtown setting, but this was absurd. Disappointed to say that we won’t be back. 😕
  30. ND

    NeilD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ChickenLT was outstanding. when you garnish with Arugala you can't go wrong. server was quick and very nice.
  31. H

    Hannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I really enjoyed our lunch here on Monday. Their menu is diverse, they have something for everyone. We split the Brussel sprout caesar salad which was perfectly dressed and really a good portion. She got the salmon sandwich and I got the butter chicken. Everything was amazing. The patio space was beautiful and it’s in the perfect area of the city. The only complaint is that they didn’t have a bartender for lunch, so only wine or beer was available. But honestly, that’s fine. The wine probably paired much better with the food than the cocktail I was going to order initially. It was $110 after tip for a party of two, which may be pricey for just an everyday lunch, but her and I did go all out. I’d definitely go back with any friend I want to have a more elevated lunch experience with.
  32. DE

    DianeE

    Jacksonville

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best shrimp and grits I have ever had and believe me, I have consumed plenty.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food was great as was service. Only downfall was the noise level. It was deafening loud as it was completely full inside and out. Despite being just a few feet apart, I couldn’t carry on a conversation with my friend due to the noise level.
  34. g

    garyj

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Food was disappointing. For the price I expected something better than what I got. Service was great
  35. KZ

    KristinZ

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food was good. Not great, but good. We chose to sit inside since the outside patio was very noisy. Inside got noisy too unfortunately. Service was fine. Not great. We had better service at other restaurants in Charlotte.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Husbands birthday
  37. PB

    PamelaB

    Charlotte

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Can never go wrong with your hummus….and loved the fried cauliflower!!
  38. H

    Hayley

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We ate outside. Service was incredibly slow, especially for drinks. We had to rush our server to get out in an hour and a half, and I didn’t really get to finish my food before our event. Our server mentioned that they are tapas size portions, however, they do not have tapas prices. This place is very expensive for slow service (20 mins for our drinks to come out) and small portions.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were wonderful. Food did take a little while to come out and the interior can get very noisy. We sat on the outside patio and had a lovely time
  40. AG

    ArthurG

    Charlotte

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food & Service is great, very pricey though but portion sizes are huge and shareable.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Essex offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (980) 406-3857.

Essex is rated 4.3 stars by 1465 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 27 times today
Google Map for Essex

101 S Tryon St, Suite 14, Charlotte, NC 28280

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Trade St

  • Neighborhood

    Uptown

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    International

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Essex Bar and Bistro offers valet parking! Valet Hours:Mon-Fri: 5pm until 11pm Sat & Sun: 2pm until 11pm*Please call to confirm as some days it is not available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Haim Aizenberg

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (980) 406-3857

  • Catering

    Please email Ashleigh at events@essexnc.com for information on catering.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Lauren Shoaf: (855) 982-0866

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