Essex Bar & Bistro
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
Makeda Tiye Young
Presentation and Taste: 10/10. The ambience was perfect and warm for a cold night! Get the flat bread first- the sauce was so delicious and the bread was baked perfectly- not a burnt edge in sight. The lamb had the perfect texture and we got it both medium and well done. The drink was an old fashion- very strong! Get an appetizer if youre going to drink so you can walk straight leaving the restaurant . We are definitely going back!! Enjoy
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.
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.
If I can be a little picky, I wished those falafels were warm inside and kind of crispy outside. But the taste was really good and the sauce was AMAZING! And chicken curry was great too! A little bit salty but I liked it a lot. I want to say thank you to our server Kaitlyn who picked my drinks and made me happy! She was so kind to us and knew my taste! We will definitely going back again soon!
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.