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Sheila Flanders Cox
· December 3, 2017
We we're in town for the ACC Championship, looking for a place to have lunch. Walked by several places with several-hour wait times...and happened upon this restaurant. They were able to seat our part...y of nine immediately; we took a quick look at the menu and decided to stay.

The staff could not have been nicer. The place was pretty slammed, as most of the spots within 10 blocks of the stadium were, but they were working just as hard as they could to serve us. It did take a good bit of time for our drinks. It seems there was only one bartender - and of course everyone there was ordering alcohol, so that is always an issue. You can always second guess a place and say they should have more staff working, but you never know how many might have called in sick, or just not shown up, so we tried to keep an open mind.

The food was good and actually plentiful. One of our number had a little mix up with the burger, but I'm pretty sure it was just a misunderstanding with the kitchen and pretty typical for such a busy day.

Overall I was impressed with the staff and how nice they were, in spite of the increased demands for the day. The food was decent. We would probably visit again if we visit Charlotte in the again in the future.
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Ginger Davis Edwards
· November 19, 2017
Party of 8 on a Saturday evening, with reservations. The restaurant was indeed very crowded, but took 45 minutes to get our drinks. More staff should be on hand for busy weekend nights. Entirely to...o loud. I could only enjoy the company of the people sitting immediately beside me. Forget having a conversation with someone across the table. The food was very good which is why I give a 2 star review instead of a 1 star. No desire to return. See More
Suzy Anderson
· November 10, 2017
So disappointed!!!The music was way to loud first
Of all. Because of that, our waiter couldn’t hear and put in the wrong order. Wine orders were incorrect too, and the manager gave our poor waiter a h...ard time. It wasn’t his fault ! It was also 1000 degrees inside so we were sweating ... The food wasn’t that great either .. not impressed at all... won’t be returning or recommending. See More
Chris Overall
· September 30, 2017
We live in Orlando, FL. I visited for the weekend and this is my gf 6th time here for work and out of all the restaurants I have been to and that she has been to, this is by far the best place for foo...d and drinks. Great atmosphere and ambiance, and again the food is amazing!!! We had 5 small plates and it was soooo good that we couldn't choose our favorite. Our server Chad was great in recommending great dishes better in service. We will definitely come back and recommended to others. See More
Tony Miller
· February 25, 2018
A great small plate and tapas venue that will not disappoint. It offered Combination of international and American flavors as well as some internationals twists. The sushi menu offered a variety of u...nique and exotic options to choose from.The atmosphere was wonderful. The food was offered a variety of menu options for vegan and meat meat lovers . Service was prompt and Our waiter was awesome and very courteous. The prime rib ravioli is a must have. Located right in the central downtown on North Tryon street walking distance from the theater and all the local attractions. Easley put it on the top 10 restaurants to eat in Charlotte. See More
Katelyn Balzer
· February 20, 2018
Great service, great recomendations, a really good cup of coffee, and the food is chronic! If you haven’t been I would definitely recommend this place. Side note the playlist was top notch👌🏼
Kimberly Lewis
· September 4, 2017
I've been here at least ten times. My most recent experience was awful. After a half hour, we only received one of our seven dishes. When we inquired with the server we were told she made the decisio...n to put that dish in first and wait for the others.. what?? Why did she do that???! Then she repeatedly told us the kitchen was very busy. I went to the manager, he brought out two more dishes.. one of which was missing a key ingredient. After an additional half hour, we received 6 of 7 dishes. We cancelled the 7th at that point bc we were out of time. No apology from any employee.. they just blamed the kitchen. Completely unacceptable

Their service is below par and even though they have good food it can't compensate for the rude staff
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Carol Aaron
· January 14, 2018
My favorite restaurant in Charlotte. Great menu...fantastic for vegetarians with lots of options. Can’t wsit to come with a big group so I can sample lots of different things. I keep ordering the c...auliflower and flatbread or samosa’s. See More
Mandea Harper
· September 5, 2017
The atmosphere is great, both on the patio and inside. The food has been delicious every time I've been. The first time I went, we went for a birthday dinner and had ordered a bottle of prosecco for t...he table, when we ordered a second bottle and were told they had run out, our waiter presented us with a more expensive bottle of the most similar type of wine and did not charge us for the difference. I found this to be great customer service! See More
Philip Loera
· August 29, 2017
Food is amazing! Seriously, this food may be some of the best in Charlotte! However, and I've been here a number of times, but this time the service was really bad. And I'm in the industry so for me t...o say this is kinda a big deal. It takes a lot for me to complain but even my girlfriend mentioned it.
So, I still recommend this place because of the good, it really is amazing, but the service was horrible.
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Monica Watson
· August 23, 2017
I dined there for lunch 8/22/17, approximately 11:30ish and seated at the bar area. The female bartender sanitary habits are deplorable. I watched her make 2 sangria drinks. She proceded to grab the ...blueberries 1 by 1, cuffed them in her closed bare hands before placing in the drink. Then she grabbed the orange slices and slid them inside the drink to the bottom of the glass, her barehands clearly touching the sangria a customer is about to drink. And the two customers that ordered the drinks were sitting right there in front of her drink the sangria. gross See More
Eric Rendleman
· January 21, 2018
Quick service and delicious food. Our waitress was very attentive and friendly. I can't brag about the food enough! Can't wait to visit Charlotte again so we can make a return visit.
Anna A. Setola
· October 22, 2017
Calamari were rubber. The rare lamb chops came out well done but what I’m still trying to figured out is we got seated at 8:16 ordered food at 8:40 all the food was on the table at 8:50 .... was it pr...e cooked ? See More
Tonya Arnette
· January 22, 2018
The food was great... had the ribeye medium rare and it was on point... seasoned well! Seemed as though the staff was short but they worked it out. Would definitely go back at a later time. Compliment...s to the Chef! See More
Linda DeMoss
· September 4, 2017
Food was good, mussels great,,, Only bad thing was a raspberry drink that was delicious and $10, served in a small martini glass and only about 1/3 full. Think the waitress should have said something... to a lousy bartender! See More
Peter Laatz
· November 26, 2017
Great spot. Just start ordering and stop when you are full! Sushi rolls are fantastic. Super friendly bar staff and a cool vibe in a great space. Highly recommend.
Carl Montney
· December 23, 2017
I'm giving the Essex two stars but only because the food was tasty. If not for that it would have been a one star rating at best.

Stopped in to Essex gastropub after enjoying the Nutcracker ballet p...erformance at Blumenthal uptown Charlotte on 12/23/2017. Since Essex is close and my wife occasionally gets lunch there, we went there for an early dinner. She's always said the lunches are great there.

Uptown was somewhat busy on a Saturday and we were surprised we were able to get right in and be seated. We were a party of 4. After being seated my wife and her Mother went to use the restroom. Both came back complaining about the dirty and filthy restroom. Not a good start.

One of the biggest red flags for any restaurant is a dirty restroom. Especially one that needs paper towels and toilet paper replaced. Usually there's only one pair of restrooms and the employees also use them. If the supplies are missing, how do the employees wash their hands?

My daughter wanted the Korean BBQ pork sandwich. As she ordered the waiter proceeded to explain how the Kitchen was out of the larger size buns. He said they bake them there they and ran out. The kitchen could however still make the sandwich but on two small slider Buns instead. I have to wonder how a restaurant could be out of a menu item at roughly 5 pm on a Saturday night! The rest of us ordered without issues.

Then came the next issue. Our food was served in "steps". Sorry but my years of restaurant work taught me that all the food should be brought to the table at the same time period. No exceptions. Any decent chef, line cook, Hash slinger, or hell even someone who flips burgers knows how to time out and prepare orders so they are served together, hot, and all at the same time. If not get out of the kitchen. One person in our party had to wait till the other three were almost finished eating their entrees before being served and since the orders were dribbled out one at a time, that made for a long wait. AFAIC this is completely unacceptable and shows poor kitchen management.

IMO part of the dining experience especially at a gastropub where they serve a wide variety of different menu items is enjoying them together and possibly sharing a small taste of each other's entrees. The way we were served completely eliminated that possibility.

IMO the portion sizes are very small for the amount of money charged. They are almost appetizer sized. I felt like I was watching the TV show CHOPPED where the judges tell the cooks "hey this is supposed to be the main course. Don't you think it's too small?" Also you only get the single item as there were no sides included. In our case it was two slider sized bbq pork sandwiches with no fries or chips. Three small Al pastor tacos with no rice or beans. I did get waffle fries with my fish and chips though. Which is expected as it's fish and CHIPS.

While the food was tasty, the other things combined to sour the whole experience. Won't be returning there anytime soon. The dirty and improperly stocked restrooms being a major concern. Sorry Essex a poor showing.
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Carlos Alberto Brito
· January 20, 2018
Hands down the best food downtown Charlotte! I bet you’ll love it as much as my wife and I did!
Terrance Le'Ron Crowder
· February 25, 2018
My new face place! Great for a fun night with family or a night out with friends!
Michael Peters
· June 30, 2017
The service was mediocre to poor. The waitress was short and snippy with us. 10 minutes after entrees were served we had to ask about he naan that came with one of the meal and we had to ask for bever...age refill. Server was not polite.... a bit on the curt side. When check was dropped off the server disappeared. After approximately 10 more minutes we had to ask another server to take check..... by this time the restaurant was 1/2 empty ...... See More
Grand Opening is coming soon! We're shooting for the week after the 4th of July! Here we come Charlotte!
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Join us Sunday, April 1st for an Easter Brunch Buffet!

Brunch Buffet features Pork Loin, Prime Rib, Ham, Eggs Benedict Station, Shrimp & Grits, Salmon, Butter Chicken, Short Rib Ravioli, Shrimp Tacos, Warm Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad, Kale & Apple Salad, Cheese & Charcuterie, Smoked Salmon, and so much more!

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