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Essex, Charlotte, NC

Essex

4.3
4.3
1352 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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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

Popular dishes

Menu

To Start

  • Falafel$13.00

    chickpeas, garlic, onion, parsley, cilantro, Mediterranean mix, tahini, harissa

    • Essex Dip Trio$13.00

      pimento cheese, guacamole, feta-yogurt, Essex baguette

      • Hummus$13.00

        chickpeas, garlic, Essex baguette

        • Fried Artichokes$15.00

          greek yogurt, balsamic glaze, arugula, parmesan, almonds

          • Cheese & Charcuterie Platter$14.00

            chef's selection of fine meats & cheeses, assorted accoutrements, Essex baguette

            • Fried Cauliflower$14.00

              chickpea tempura, curry sauce, tamarind glaze herb tomato sauce, candied pecans

              • Mediterranean Dip Trio$13.00

                hummus, tzatziki, spicy eggplant & butternut squash salad, Essex baguette

                • Essex Lettuce Wraps$13.00

                  ground chicken, water chestnuts, Szechuan sauce, scallions

                  From the Garden

                  add Mediterranean chicken skewer $5, shrimp skewer $7, churrasco skewer* $10

                  • Warm Brussels Sprout Caesar$14.00

                    house-made bread crumbs, parmesan herbs, asiago caesar dressing

                    • Fresh Market Salad$15.00

                      cucumber, tomato, avocado, red onion, artichoke hearts, mediterranean olives, feta, zaatar, parsley, Greek vinaigrette

                      • Roasted Beet**$15.00

                        arugula, candied pecans, feta-yogurt, shaved parmesan, sherry vinaigrette

                        • Quinoa Salad**$15.00

                          quinoa, parsley, scallions, roasted almonds, feta cheese, roasted sweet potatoes, lemon, olive oil

                          Flatbreads

                          • Sausage Bacon Ham Pepperoni$15.00

                            tomato sauce, mozzarella, herb ricotta sausage, bacon, ham, pepperoni

                            • Braised Short Rib$16.00

                              garlic cream sauce, mozzarella, herb ricotta caramelized onion purée, shaved parmesan

                              • Essex Margherita$15.00

                                tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, basil pesto, oven-roasted tomato

                                • Turkish Pizza$16.00

                                  harissa, ground lamb, parsley, cilantro, grilled vegetable salsa

                                  From the Field

                                  • Lamb Chop Lollipops* **$23.00

                                    grilled lamb chops over tzatziki, olive oil roasted fingerling potatoes

                                    • Asian Style Skirt Steak*$16.00

                                      szechuan sauce, parsnip purée, candied pecans, cilantro

                                      • Chicken Dim Sum$14.00

                                        steamed wontons stuffed with garlic, carrots, onion, chicken, served with a sesame soy sauce

                                        • Short Rib Sliders$16.00

                                          braised short rib, garlic aioli, served on a brioche bun

                                          • Churrasco* **$20.00

                                            chimichurri sauce, hanger steak, butternut squash cream, broccolini

                                            • Short Rib Ravioli$17.00

                                              house-made ravioli, demi-glace, shaved parmesan, roasted onions, peas, olive oil

                                              • Butter Chicken$17.00

                                                chicken marinated in indian spices, micro cilantro, herb tomato sauce, Essex baguette

                                                • Chicken Skewers**$17.00

                                                  grilled Mediterranean chicken, tzatziki, roasted fingerling potatoes

                                                  • Honey Buffalo Fried Chicken$19.00

                                                    quarter chicken, honey buffalo sauce, wilted arugula

                                                    • Lamb Kefta**$17.00

                                                      lamb kefta, tahini, hummus, red cabbage, grilled tomato, onion and zucchini

                                                      Off the Dock

                                                      • Tempura Shrimp Tacos$16.00

                                                        corn tortillas, tomatillo salsa, red pepper salsa, avocado mousse micro cilantro, queso fresco

                                                        • Grilled Octopus**$18.00

                                                          parsnip puree, chimichurri

                                                          • Bang Bang Grouper$19.00

                                                            fresh local grouper, spicy mayo, scallions, Szechuan sauce, sesame seeds, kim-chi glaze

                                                            • Tuna Poke Tacos*$16.00

                                                              ahi tuna, wonton chips, avocado mousse, ponzu, olive oil, seaweed salad, micro greens

                                                              • Fried Calamari$15.00

                                                                fried rings and tentacles, Szechuan sauce

                                                                • Lobster Mac & Cheese$19.00

                                                                  lobster claws and tails, asiago, cheddar, shaved parmesan

                                                                  • Shrimp & Grits$18.00

                                                                    creamy grits, shrimp, creole sauce, andouille sausage, red peppers, onions, shaved parmesan

                                                                    • Catch of the Day* **$20.00

                                                                      creamy tomato sauce, grilled broccolini

                                                                      Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                                                      What 1,352 people are saying

                                                                      Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                                      4.3
                                                                      4.3 based on recent ratings
                                                                      • 4.4Food
                                                                      • 4.3Service
                                                                      • 4.3Ambience
                                                                      • 4Value

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                                                                        AngieB

                                                                        Charlotte

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined 1 day ago

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        Great service y our waitress and the Ahi Tacos were AMAZING!

                                                                      2. L

                                                                        Linda

                                                                        Charlotte

                                                                        23 reviews

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        23 reviews

                                                                        Dined 2 days ago

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        We had a great server Kaitlin and all the shared small plates were very good

                                                                      3. KM

                                                                        KristenM

                                                                        Charlotte

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        1.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined 5 days ago

                                                                        overall1food2service1ambience4

                                                                        The location was fun and the energy of customers was good. The servings were small. My meal was very bland, the other meal at our table was good. We only saw the server twice before I requested the check from the hostess. Our server never came to the table (or even by the table) after the food was delivered (by someone else). No drink refills from any other servers who came by, no teamwork from the servers/team to check on customers or even try to make eye contact with customers. Not a good experience.

                                                                      4. WO

                                                                        WayneO

                                                                        New England

                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                        Dined 7 days ago

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        Food and service was excellent! Lamb lollipops and Asian skirt steak.

                                                                        EssexResponded 2 days ago

                                                                        Thank you Wayne for the 5 star review!! We are so happy you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to see you again soon!

                                                                      5. C

                                                                        Chipmunk

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        3.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined 7 days ago

                                                                        overall3food4service4ambience2

                                                                        Food was overpriced, bathroom trash was overflowing, very crowded and music was to loud.

                                                                      6. S

                                                                        Starr

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        3.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined 7 days ago

                                                                        overall3food2service1ambience4

                                                                        Very poor service- The server made no attempt to make us feel welcomed and acted very rushed. He didn't even say "thank you" after receiving the tip he didn't earn. The quinoa salad which is normally delicious, was dry and lacked flavor.

                                                                      7. LT

                                                                        LaurenT

                                                                        Atlanta

                                                                        20 reviews

                                                                        vip
                                                                        5.0

                                                                        20 reviews

                                                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        Amazing A+! Mothers Day lunch and my first time at Essex. Wonderful service from being greeted at hostess check in and our waitress (Caitlynn)! The first table was chilly and we were moved w/no issue. The meal was excellent from cocktails to our lunch. Caitlynn continued to stop by, make recommendations….just lovely. Essex delivered why we go out for meals:)

                                                                        EssexResponded 2 days ago

                                                                        Thank you Lauren for the 5 star review!! We are thrilled you enjoyed your time with us on such a special day. We are so happy to have Caitlyn apart of our team and that everything was great for you. We cannot wait to see you again!

                                                                      8. H

                                                                        Harry

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        2.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                        overall2food2service1ambience4

                                                                        The server was inattentive. The portion size for the calamari was poor for the price. The cocktails were very good. What set the experience off was the shenanigans the server played with the bill. The bill showed the price of our meal and suggested a 20% tip amount. When the server returned with the bill for signature, she fast talked her way explaining she ran the card for the total including the 20% tip and presented her electronic devise for signature stating to “select the tip amount below” options were 7%, 10%, 15%, 20%, other, or no tip. The server was rude when I asked, “how do I just pay the bill that includes the 20% her reply was select “no tip”. That’s misleading and like I said shenanigans. Won’t be back.

                                                                      9. MG

                                                                        MaryG

                                                                        Charlotte

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        2.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                        overall2food2service2ambience3

                                                                        We arrived at noon for Mother's Day brunch only to find that the only menu was for "dinner". Unfortunately it was too late to change our reservations. The service was adequate but not worth the 20% mandatory tip. Just not the experience that we had envisioned. The food was ok but was no better than Yafo, Cava.

                                                                      10. OT

                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        2.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                        overall2food4service1ambience2

                                                                        The environment was great and so was the food. However, the Managment/host did not make us aware there was a large wedding party renting half of the restaurant. It was very loud and made the experience a poor one. Also, the customer service by the waiter and manager was not a pleasant one once we made a request that the music be turned down. Just poorly handled imo.

                                                                      11. HJ

                                                                        HendriaJ

                                                                        Atlanta

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        Amazing experience..vibe was nice. Food was delicious

                                                                        EssexResponded 2 days ago

                                                                        Thank you Hendria for the positive feedback!!! We are so happy you enjoyed your experience with us! We hope to see you again soon!

                                                                      12. OT

                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        Everything was excellent!

                                                                      13. OT

                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                        Charlotte

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        1.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on May 4, 2022

                                                                        overall1food1service5ambience5

                                                                        Food was completely overpriced for small portions. I think this place will end up closing down soon due to consumers finally catching on to what goes on here

                                                                      14. SM

                                                                        SteveM

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        4.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                        overall4food3service4ambience4

                                                                        Unusual menu, difficlult to assemble complete dinner from items offered. Food was OK.

                                                                      15. OT

                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        Friend birthday

                                                                      16. LG

                                                                        LGJ912

                                                                        Charlotte

                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                        3.0

                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                        Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                        overall3food3service5ambience4

                                                                        Fantastic cocktails and quick service. Our server was very attentive. Food portions were small.

                                                                      17. OT

                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                        Charlotte

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        3.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                        overall3food4service3ambience4

                                                                        Food and ambiance were great! Portions were very small, left still hungry & prices were high

                                                                      18. OT

                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                        New York Area

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        vip
                                                                        1.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                        overall1food3service1ambience3

                                                                        Terrible service

                                                                      19. BH

                                                                        BenH

                                                                        New York Area

                                                                        19 reviews

                                                                        vip
                                                                        3.0

                                                                        19 reviews

                                                                        Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                        overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                                        Bartender didn’t show up so we couldn’t order cocktails. Food was decent. I had the Essex Burger. Bottom half of my bun was hard. I took it off.

                                                                      20. LO

                                                                        LatoshaO

                                                                        Charlotte

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service3ambience5

                                                                        Food is excellent! Great ambiance. The service was a little slow but overall a great experience. I will be back.

                                                                        EssexResponded 2 days ago

                                                                        Thank you Latosha for the positive feedback! We are so happy you had a great experience with us! We cannot wait to see you again soon!

                                                                      21. JG

                                                                        JGKM

                                                                        Baltimore

                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                        vip
                                                                        5.0

                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                        Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        We sat on the patio. Great view of Charlotte. Food was very good and service was excellent. Cocktails were a bit pricey. Wine selection was nice.

                                                                        EssexResponded 2 days ago

                                                                        Thank you for the 5 star review!!! You can't beat the view we have! We are so happy you enjoyed your time with us!

                                                                      22. CD

                                                                        ChuckDee

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        4.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                        Crazy night at Essex...short staffed, but our server was great- she was attentive and moved our order along quickly. As always, the food was excellent

                                                                        EssexResponded 2 days ago

                                                                        Thank you for your feedback! We strive for great customer service and are happy we met your expectations. We hope to see you again soon!

                                                                      23. OT

                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                        Charlotte

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        vip
                                                                        1.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                                        overall1food2service1ambience3

                                                                        This restaurant is across the street from the Theater - and Hamilton is in town. Wouldn’t you staff accordingly - or limit you tables for reservations prior to the show? We had reservation for 6 pm - got seated - had to find someone to get us water after waiting til 6:20.being avoided. Finally get a server - told not to order drinks because bartender to slammed. Ordered 1 salad with chicken and the dip trip.. (guacamole,pimentos cheese, 1 other dip) it came at 7:05… show starts at 7:30 … oh and never got the dip trio. Luckily I won’t starve to death - but that was ridiculous. Have been to the restaurant 2 other “non theater” times — and have to admit it wasn’t much better then. Come on if you are going to have a restaurant in a prime location - get staffed and managed properly.

                                                                      24. AI

                                                                        AlexisI

                                                                        Charlotte

                                                                        7 reviews

                                                                        vip
                                                                        1.0

                                                                        7 reviews

                                                                        Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                        This was an awful experience. Made reservations before going to attend a show. After an hour all we received was water. Restaurant was woefully unprepared. Ended up leaving.

                                                                      25. OT

                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                        Raleigh

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        1.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                                        overall1food3service1ambience2

                                                                        We had 5:30 reservations made, with a theater show at 7:30, we thought we would have plenty of time to eat and make the show on time. We were seated and told by the waiter that the bar was backed up and it would take a while for drinks. So we ordered beverages and appetizers, then our waiter disappeared for 30 minutes - never came by to take our dinner orders, refill water, etc. Finally we caught his attention and ordered, got more water, still no drinks. They ultimately came to our table 50 minutes after we had sat down. Due to ordering so late, we had to leave before dinner was even served in order to make our show on time, 1 hour 45 minutes after our reservation time. We asked to speak to a manager multiple times - the manager cowardly never made his or her presence known. I get that the staff was not at full capacity, but we were forgotten about and never kept apprised of the situation.

                                                                      26. J

                                                                        Jada

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        2.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                                        overall2food2service1ambience3

                                                                        Maybe it was just the time I visited, as it is a highly recommended place. My coworkers and I arrived to be greeted by an unwelcoming host. After being sat the place is clean, the atmosphere is nice. However, the server was rude, We asked our waitress for a check then she proceeded to ignore our request and help the table next to us pack their meal to go and pay their tab. she was forgetful to bring drinks back, but she was knowledgeable about the menu.

                                                                      27. AT

                                                                        ATLfoodLUVR

                                                                        Baltimore

                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                        vip
                                                                        2.0

                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                        Dined on April 27, 2022

                                                                        overall2food3service4ambience1

                                                                        Dining room was LOUD. First visit since prior to the pandemic. This used to be a good restaurant for a business meal but it is no longer. Also the prices were ridiculous for the food being served. The food was not bad but not appropriate for the type of food (I paid $29 for sliders and fries—glorified bar food).

                                                                      28. OT

                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                        Charlotte

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        3.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                        overall3food4service3ambience2

                                                                        Booth seats were terribly worn, greeting from sever was slow, service team seemed in disarray, bathrooms were dirty

                                                                      29. ES

                                                                        ESPHMP

                                                                        Unspecified

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        We arrived for our reservation right on time and were promptly escorted to our table. We had the option of sitting outside, and we chose to do so. I love their little patio area, and it was the perfect day to be out in the sun. Our waiter was beyond excellent and the food was incredible. Would very much recommend this place to anyone considering it.

                                                                        EssexResponded 2 days ago

                                                                        Thank you for the 5 star review!!! Our patio is the perfect place to be on a nice day! We are so happy you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to see you again soon!

                                                                      30. DL

                                                                        DavidL

                                                                        Charlotte

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        1.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on April 19, 2022

                                                                        overall1food3service1ambience1

                                                                        Lack of help really but a buzz kill on our dinner. We stared at our water glasses for 50 minutes before we received our beverages and food.

                                                                      31. OT

                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                        New York Area

                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                        4.0

                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                        Dined on April 19, 2022

                                                                        overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                        The eggplant carpaccio was dynamite, as was the butter chicken — get both rice and bread — and the Gorgonzola shrimp. Our food was outstanding.

                                                                        EssexResponded 2 days ago

                                                                        Thank you for the positive feedback! Our Butter Chicken is a very popular dish and one of our favorites! We hope to see you again soon!

                                                                      32. B

                                                                        Bryan

                                                                        Charlotte

                                                                        85 reviews

                                                                        vip
                                                                        3.0

                                                                        85 reviews

                                                                        Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                        overall3food3service2ambience2

                                                                        Interior booths in bad need of renovations. Food good, not great. Service was adequate, seemed disinterested. Automatic 20% gratuity. Generally tip over that, but not this time

                                                                      33. CM

                                                                        ChrisM

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        Wonderful Easter brunch experience. The patio has a great view of the square and is elevated so you are a bit removed from foot traffic. The Korean steak and eggs are delicious! The octopus was smokey with great texture. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive. I asked for a craft cocktail that they were out of and she suggested some nice alternatives.

                                                                        EssexResponded 1 day ago

                                                                        Thank you Chris for the 5 star review!!! Our patio is such a great view of Charlotte, we are so happy you enjoyed your time with us on Easter for our Easter specials!! We strive to have great customer service and are glad that we met your expectations. We hope to see you again soon!

                                                                      34. OT

                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        5.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                        Our server was amazing to start. Responsive and attentive. Then came the Essex dip board appetizer, which was phenomenal. Our server was awesome with our boys and gave great suggestions. My wife and I shared the Essex Gnocchi, quinoa salad and falafel. What an amazing trip, we would suggest that combo for any date night. The drinks were also very good. Around 9PM a DJ started playing music, which for our music loving family just elevated the entire evening that much more. We will highly recommend this spot for any family, group or date night.

                                                                      35. GE

                                                                        GoodEats

                                                                        Charleston

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        4.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                                        overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                        Be mindful all entrees do not include sides

                                                                      36. OT

                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        3.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on April 14, 2022

                                                                        overall3food3service2ambience3

                                                                        Overall poor service. Server was preoccupied with a larger table that was spending much more in alcohol. The noise level was very loud and difficult to have a conversation. The cheese and charcuterie tray as well as my grilled octopus was wonderful; however my wife’s chicken skewers were over cooked and extremely dry.

                                                                      37. OT

                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        3.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on April 14, 2022

                                                                        overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                        Very attentive but hurried staff. Very understaffed. Fried cauliflower overcooked and thickly breaded, but sauce tasty. Hanger steak and gnocchi delicious. Gorgonzola shrimp under seasoned and overcooked. Seating threadbare. Noisy atmosphere. Great value and we got to the play on-time.

                                                                      38. JJ

                                                                        JessicaJ

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        4.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on April 14, 2022

                                                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                        Our server was friendly and helpful when asking for suggestions on the menu. Atmosphere was perfect for a girls night. Will definitely visit again.

                                                                        EssexResponded 2 days ago

                                                                        Thank you Jessica for your positive feedback! We are so happy you enjoyed your time with us. We cannot wait to see you again!

                                                                      39. OT

                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        2.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on April 12, 2022

                                                                        overall2food3service1ambience2

                                                                        I think they were greatly understaffed. We ordered drinks and got them after we finished our meal. We ordered bread and it came after the check did. The waitress was really trying but they were so understaffed and the bar was backed up for days. Just not a great experience.

                                                                      40. RS

                                                                        RolfS

                                                                        Charlotte

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        1.0

                                                                        1 review

                                                                        Dined on April 12, 2022

                                                                        overall1food4service1ambience1

                                                                        Please don't waste your time and money at this restaurant until they get their communication and team work in gear. Showed up on time for our reservation and even though the restaurant was empty, took 5 minutes to be seated, server came over about 15 minutes later. We place a drink and meal order, meal came out in about 15 minutes, however the drinks on the other hand took a lot longer. The drinks came about 35 minutes after we placed the order and they were wrong. Our server was no where to be found after placing our order. Manager delivered drinks and we shared some feedback around the wait and all we got was a hollow insincere apology. Rather than hunt down our server I went to the bar to order a glass of wine. Unfortunately the bar was even worse. I stood unacknowledged for about 8 minutes, when I was finally acknowledged by the bartender and I placed my order, his reply was "yeah that will be a while I don't have any clean wine glasses". How does a restaurant not plan and account for enough clean glasses? The whole experience was very disappointing which is a shame, its a great location with a really good interior and the food was good. The service I receive at a fast food restaurant is superior to this restaurant for a fraction of the price.

                                                                      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 1352 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                                      Google Map for Essex

                                                                      101 S Tryon St Suite 14 Charlotte, NC 28202

                                                                      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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