Essex Bar & Bistro

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Essex Bar & Bistro

101 S. Tryon Street, Suite 14

Charlotte, NC 28202



Welcome to Essex Bar & Bistro, Charlotte’s premium 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 world cuisine. Our Chef and Mixologist bring in only the freshest ingredients to ensure the very best for our guests. Our bistro-style service makes Essex the perfect spot to try different cuisine from all over the world! Located in the heart of uptown Charlotte at Trade and Tryon, and only steps away from the Spectrum Center, Essex is the perfect place for happy hour, evening cocktails, after-dinner drinks, late night rendezvous, and private parties!

$35 per person (does not include tax or gratuity)


First course (choice of one)

Warm Brussels Sprout Caesar - house-made croutons, Parmesan, herbs, Asiago Caesar dressing

Kale & Apple Salad - kale-radicchio-spinach blend, Granny Smith apples,candied pecans, goat Gouda, apple cider vinaigrette

Second course (choice of any TWO)

Tuna Poke Tacos - Ahi, wonton chips, avocado mousse, spicy aioli, ponzu, olive oil, seaweed salad, micro greens

Korean BBQ Shrimp Tacos - gonzo sauce, tomatillo salsa, avocado mousse, micro cilantro, queso fresco, house-made corn & flour tortilla

Coconut Curry Mussels - yellow coconut curry, sundried tomato, cilantro, garlic naan

Gambas Al Ajillo - rock shrimp, olive oil, garlic, chili flakes, parsley, garlic naan

Spicy Tuna Tartare - garlic aioli, avocado mousse, radish, served on a wonton chip

Shrimp & Grits - creamy grits and shrimp, served with a Creole sauce, andouille sausage, red peppers, onions, chives, shaved Parmesan

Crispy Calamari - flash fried, cherry peppers, tomato sauce

Lobster Tacos – house-made corn & flour tortillas, tempura fried, crema, tomatillo salsa, guacamole, queso fresco, red cabbage slaw

Fish & Chips - catch of the day fried, served with French fries, house-made tarter sauce

Shrimp & Scallop Ceviche - jalapeño, tomato, red onion, micro cilantro, tomatillo salsa, avocado mousse, wonton chips

Seafood Provencal - shrimp, mussels, squid, white wine tomato sauce, garlic naan

Bang Bang Grouper - fresh grouper from Murrells Inlet, tossed in a spicy mayo, Szechuan sauce, sesame seeds, scallions, kim-chi glaze

Cheese & Charcuterie Platter - chef’s selection of fine meats & cheeses, assorted accoutrements

Charcuterie Platter - chef’s selection, five items, assorted accoutrements

Al Pastor Tacos - roasted pork shoulder, guacamole, tomatillo salsa, onion, queso fresco, cilantro

Lamb Kefta Sliders – house-ground lamb & beef blend, hummus, harissa, Mediterranean mix, onion, parsley

Kalbi Beef - parsnip purée, quick kim-chi slaw, pickled cucumber, sweet chili sauce, bulgogi glaze, micro cilantro

Chicken Dim Sum - Asian vegetable medley, Napa cabbage, garlic, ginger, carrot, onion

Short Rib Ravioli - house-made ravioli, demi-glace, shaved Parmesan, roasted pearl onions, carrots, olive oil

Beef Carpaccio - tomato jam, arugula salad, garlic aioli, Parmesan, olive oil, balsamic reduction, radish

Butter Chicken - chicken marinated in Indian spices, herb tomato sauce, micro cilantro, garlic naan

Chorizo-Stuffed Fried Olives - Greek yogurt, fried cauliflower, pinenuts, fresh lemon juice

Cheese Platter - chef’s selection, five items, assorted accoutrements

Kalbi Beef Tacos - quick kimchi, guacamole, tomatillo salsa, cilantro

Beef Sopecitos – house-made sopes, braised short ribs, tomatillo salsa, queso fresco, micro cilantro

Veal Meatballs - tomato sauce, whipped herb ricotta, Parmesan, scallion

Shawarma Pita – house-made pocket pita, shawarma, harissa, tahini, grilled onions and tomato, Mediterranean mix, red cabbage slaw

Asian Chicken Salad - Napa cabbage, cashew, peanut, candied pecan, avocado, Asian vinaigrette, tamarind sauce, scallion, wonton chips, micro cilantro

Korean-Style Pork Bun - steamed bun, quick kimchi, garlic aioli, Szechuan sauce, cilantro-cucumber salad

Churrasco - chimichurri sauce, hanger steak, roasted potatoes, Alfredo sauce

Beef Shortrib Sliders - served with a garlic aioli

Asian-Style Skirt Steak - Szechuan sauce, parsnip purée, candied pecans, cilantro, mint, parsley

Prime Ribeye ($10 supplement)

Mediterranean Lamb Chop Lollipops ($10 supplement)

Grilled Lamb Chop Lollipops ($10 supplement)

Pan-Seared Scallops ($10 supplement)

Mushroom Flatbread - mozzarella, caramelized onions, shaved Parmesan, garlic basil oil, herb ricotta, parsley

Sausage Bacon Ham Flatbread - tomato sauce, mozzarella, herb ricotta, sausage, bacon, ham

Mediterranean Eggplant Flatbread- tomato sauce, feta, mozzarella, grilled eggplant, Kalamata olives

Essex Margherita Flatbread - tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil, oven-roasted tomato

Braised Short Rib Flatbread - garlic cream sauce, mozzarella, herb ricotta, caramelized onion purée, Parmesan, oregano

Four Cheese Flatbread - garlic cream sauce, mozzarella, herb ricotta, Asiago, Parmesan, olive oil, arugula tossed in cider dressing

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

Meditteranean Dip Trio - hummus, Moroccan tomato confit, baba ganoush, garlic naan

Fried Cauliflower - chickpea tempura, curry sauce, tamarind glaze, candied pecans

Vegetable Samosas - potato, carrot, green peas, cilantro, Szechuan tamarind sauce

Potato Gnocchi - mushrooms, peas, brown butter sauce, shaved Parmesan

Stuffed Mushrooms - spinach, mozzarella, Parmesan, topped with bleu cheese

Third course (choice of one)

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

Triple Chocolate Mousse

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