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
My fiancee booked a private party for my birthday at Essex. They created such a beautiful space for us including some special food requests. They dont just serve you food, they go out of their way to create an experience. It was super fun, super delicious, the staff was on point all night. I have every intention of having a few wedding related events here as well.
Our experience was amazing and made all the better because of our server Nicole!! She helped us pick menu options and was super flexible when I changed my entree choice. The lamb chops are worth every penny. Will definitely come back!
So this one was interesting. First, it's literally in the heart of Uptown Charlotte so it's cool for that if you like to eat in a city vibe. That out of the way, the food is fresh and the service was good but everything you eat had a Indian flavor found in almost everything we ate, which for me personally, I like, but if I'm specifically looking for Indian food I wouldn't come here again, but if I'm looking for a type of Indian fusion thing, there are some good things you'll find here. Just go here informed that whatever you get, it is basically Indian food.
Husband and I went here for our 1 year anniversary. We reserved a table and specified it was for a wedding anniversary. I'd normally be told happy anniversary or some sort of celebratory cheers would take place but it didn't. But that's here nor there. The server was polite and and the food was great. It's quiet and elegant, just what we were looking for. 4 stars.
Essex has food that is delicious. On a Saturday, I went for brunch and there was no line. As I was leaving around lunchtime, things started to pick up. They charge reasonable prices for the amount of food they provide. You will undoubtedly be satisfied. The wait staff was courteous, professional, and personable. I'll be returning.