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Ranked #74 of 2,730 Restaurants in Charlotte
Price range: US$ 16 - US$ 33
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Groups
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Fairview Road
Description: Craving fresh, day boat seafood and sushi? Upstream, located in the heart of the bustling South park area at Phillips Place, offers guests an innovative menu created by Executive Chef, Tom Dyrness. With a list of awards, including the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, The Dirona Award, Zagat and being named one of the “best new restaurants in the country” by Esquire’s John Mariani, Upstream is the place to have a spectacular dining experience whenever dining in Charlotte.
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Being in Charlotte, North Carolina, during the Queen’s Feast 2017 (24th to 31st July) we decided to try one of the participating restaurants offering a “starter, main course, dessert” meal for $ 35. We chose UPSTREAM a restaurant well known for seafood and that offered an “innovative cuisine” and rated to be one of the “best seafood restaurants in Charlotte”.
Living up to its reputation the restaurant was full on a Friday evening.
We were a party of 4 and we tried the Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Salad, Sweet & Sour Calamari, Spicy Shrimp Lettuce Wraps and the Daily Ceviche as starters. The Tomato & Burrata salad was tasty and so refreshingly different from the other cheese and tomato starters that are staple. The Calamari was excellent and not rubbery as it often tends to be. The Spicy Shrimp was inspired by similar Pacific Rim specialities, but with the spice making the difference. The Ceviche, on the other hand, was fine, but certainly not up to the standards in a good Japanese restaurant and tended be a bit “watery”.
For the main course, it was the Roasted Scottish Salmon and the Pan Roasted Halibut. As requested the Salmon was well done and the Halibut was very lightly done. The fish was fresh, the vegetables and coulis/puree that accompanied the fish made the dish so different. That was certainly the “innovative” Pacific Rim contribution. We especially liked the cucumber-shiso coulis and the edamame-shiso puree.
Nothing like a good dessert to complete a great meal. The Chocolate Walnut Cake was outstanding and rarely have we had a dark chocolate cake that was not sweet (as is often the case in the US). This dark chocolate cake measured up to the standards found in Belgium & France. The Graham cracker crumble went perfectly with the cake.
The Lavender Crème Brulee came up to expectations. We were a bit hesitant about ordering a crème brulee, which tends to taste more like a custard in most places outside France. The crème brulee that we ate here in Upstream passes our discerning test with flying colours.
Without a doubt, a special word of praise for the pastry chef!
Service was good but tended to be slow.

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

We took advantage of Restaurant Week to have dinner here. There were four of us in our party. Everyone except me ordered the lobster. They raved about it. I ordered filet mingnon which was delicious. Our server was attentive, but not intrusive. They did not rush us. We had a very good time.

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

Visiting charlotte and found this nice place. Never had a reservation so my wife and I went into the bar for a 30min wait. Joesy our server was so informative and professional I had to ask if she was an owner. Recommend a drink for my wife and told us about the sushi they offered. VERY impressed.

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed 28 July 2017

Received 2nd worst table in restaurant. The worst was to my right. I was able to be part of their conversation during the entire event. Like, you know. Having said that, the great majority of folks attending were dressed better than in most places you see now days. Everyone was enjoying being there, and being seen. The martinis were well made, and they carried my wife's favorite pinot noir "on tap". Raw oysters were excellent. Try the east coast ones from Canada. The tomato appetizer was ok, skimpy on the burrata. The grouper was very good, though microscopic. My trout was very good and paired will with the creamy grits. The berry crumble dessert was good. We'll definitely come back to try other entrees, and more oysters.

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

We had gone to Upstream's Sunday Brunch few times in the last 3 years. Just went to it today and it was a major disappointment!!!! The price is $29.00pp. We were aware if the price, but did expect a bit more quality and attention to good replenishment. First, the oyster platter was left there for the first hour we were there with a handful or less of oysters. Those that were there were laying upside down and there were 7 or 8 with empty shells lying in the melted ice. Shrimp platter was empty for over 30 minutes and cocktail sauce empty.
The chicken had the same 3 pieces there the entire time and was not replenished into a large group came. My husband finally tracked down the manager after walking around for awhile and shared the fact that there were empty oyster shells and wanted to make sure someone had not eaten them and left the shells on ice platter. I think the carving station had a boneless ribeye that was fatty and so tough you could barely get thru the gristle. The cooked salmon was left there with crumbled pieces for the first hour or so. Finally, there was spilt food on the carpet near the warm food left there as people walked over them.
This was and isn't the type of Brunch experience expected as a standard for this type of restaurant.

Date of visit: July 2017
Thank Nanceetom
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