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Essex Bar & Bistro





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Located in the heart of Uptown at the corner of Trade and Tryon Streets, Essex is a great place to grab drinks and a bite after work, or before the concert or big game at the Spectrum Center.

Cuisine Type: Tapas

Ambience: Casual Dining

Price: $$

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Cody Weikel

7 months ago

The patio is what brought us to Essex Bar & Bistro. It was a fantastic afternoon and the patio looked great to sit out and enjoy the people on the plaza. We had street tacos and pizza and the drinks were great. Be sure to ask questions if you don't know what something is. I ended up with a full glass of tequila. It was good! Just unexpected. The service was great and really enjoyed the experience.


Tricia Marcolini

10 months ago

First time at Essex for a large group lunch. The apps and food were fantastic! I enjoyed our time there. The service was good but not out of this world, could have been a bit more attentive to the large group. Would happily eat here again for a lunch with a smaller party. Butter chicken was a large portion and the bread was a interesting touch. The tacos were also great.



8 months ago

Our hotel recommended this restaurant and we had a lovely lunch during the St.Patricks day bar crawl. The service and food were incredible and started off our anniversary weekend in the best way. Everything was incredibly flavorful and we honestly enjoyed the food so much more than other places we had to make reservations for. We had tacos (shrimp and fish) and a few mules. Its definitely a must return on my Charlotte list.


Brittany Lynn

a year ago

Going to Essex is a STAPLE in each of my Charlotte trips! I go here several times throughout my stay whenever Im in Charlotte and I LOVE IT HERE! The Lamb Lollipops are A MUST! The pictures: Butter Chicken, Hummus, Lamb Lollipop, Chocolate Cake. The environment is nice and the staff is always welcoming. Chris was our waiter both times this time around, and he is THE best! We went back the second time requesting him as our waiter due to how much we appreciated his service! Hes kind, welcoming, and entertaining! Thank you, Essex, for always making the stay in Charlotte the best!


Erick Paulson

9 months ago

The service was quick and we were seated fast. We came here on a Saturday night late after a show at the Belk theater. It might have been the time of the night (10:30 pm) but the music was so loud that we could not talk at a two top. Besides that, the drinks were top notch and the food was good (my wife loved it). I would visit again if it wasn't as loud. But if you're young or young at heart go for it the ambiance is great.

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