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American, Sushi, Bistro, Wine Bar
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1941 Hoffman Rd., Suite 1, Gastonia, NC
+1 704-853-1693
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11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Private Dining
Description: Our approach is simple: Good food... Fine drinks... Friends & Family...
Our approach is simple: Good food... Fine drinks... Friends & Family. These are the ingredients at Lotus. We bring them together under the same roof, and combine these elements into a memorable experience. Sound complicated? It's not. We begin with an incredible variety of locally-sourced products and imported fresh ingredients, searching far and wide for distinct local flavors, and bringing them home to our close-knit community. Here at the crossroads of the Carolinas, we set our sights upon presenting to you, our valued customer, a time-honored feast that we hope will evoke a long-lost meal, an eye-opening experience at a five star restaurant, or a favorite that you haven't even discovered yet. With signature cocktails made fresh from scratch, over 80 domestic and imported micro-brews, 40+ wines by the glass, premium sake, and rare, small-batch spirits, we stock a drink lover's library to quench your thirst. Our sushi bar specializes in traditional fare as well as creative signature rolls, serving only the freshest fish: raw, cooked, and everything in between. Our kitchen finds inspiration in classic American comfort food, bringing together a wide range of regional influences and culinary know-how to produce a modern twist on homespun favorites. With fresh catch specials brought in daily from the coastal Carolinas, and everything from prime steaks, all-natural free-range chicken, and house-smoked BBQ to jumbo lump crab cakes, shrimp 'n grits, and homemade pastas, we have something for everyone regardless of taste, appetite, or budget. We Love what we do, and know you will too.
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Good for:
Special occasions
Breakfast/Brunch
Reservations
Private Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 30
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Fantastic food and wine list!!

Excellent sushi! Fantastic appetizers! Their mussels are the best! Excellent wine list as well. I lived in Gastonia for about two years and this was by far my favorite restaurant in all of Charlotte. I miss it. I have yet to find better mussels than the ones at Lotus.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Gastonia, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Private Dining
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54 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Gastonia, North Carolina
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Excellent sushi! Fantastic appetizers! Their mussels are the best! Excellent wine list as well. I lived in Gastonia for about two years and this was by far my favorite restaurant in all of Charlotte. I miss it. I have yet to find better mussels than the ones at Lotus.

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

First time to try shrimp and grits which was great. Can also recommend the lotus roll - spicy tuna. Great margaritas - went down a treat. Feedback from my friends - who eat there on a regular basis - was that service can be very slow, luckily we had a great server who shared some interesting stories with the table.... More 

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Gastonia, North Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

My wife and I have had dinner here on several occasions. This time I had Sea Bass, one of their specials for the evening. WOW! Moist and tender, It was SCRUMPTIOUS! My wife had stuffed crab and it, too, was great. We are not heave eaters, so we got to carry "lunch" home with us. It is a bit pricey,... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Overall a nice place and great atmosphere but it's too nice of a place to have such poor service. Both times my husband and I have been to Lotus, our waiter/ waitress have been rude!

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Hickory, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

We went here because of other reviews from Tripadvisor. We were not disappointed. My husband had sushi and raved about how good it was while he ate and all the way home. Presentation was excellent, fish was very fresh and the sushi roll was wonderful. I had the Shrimp and grits and the Shrimp was so good and cooked to... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
218 helpful votes 218 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Though you can certainly get a very good meal in a plaza restaurant, as a rule they tend more to casual dining. You know shop, pick up the dry cleaning get something to eat while we're there. This place breaks the rule. Yes you park in the same lot as the grocery store but once inside it is a destination... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Have eaten here several times. Once was on Mother's Day (had reservation fortunately as it was completely booked) they served a buffet that had more food choices than you would be used to at a regular breakfast buffet. We like to go to their Sunday brunch after church the food is always impeccably cooked and presented. The service has always... More 

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Gastonia, North Carolina
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

You must try the shrimp and grits or the tuna - you will not go wrong! They also have a great beer and wine selection.

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Kirkwood, Missouri, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I visited this restaurant with business associates. It took 15 minutes to get menus because" everyone arrived at once". The entree that I ordered wasn't available because I was given an outdated menu. I took the waiters suggestion and bought something that I wouldn't have chosen and didn't enjoy. There was a problem with my credit card and I arrived... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 via mobile

Great food and atmosphere ! I have eaten here on many occasions and have always been highly impressed. Lovely bar area with a great wine list'

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1941 Hoffman Rd., Suite 1, Gastonia, NC
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Gastonia
  • Phone Number: +1 704-853-1693

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Sushi, Bistro, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions

Description

Our approach is simple: Good food... Fine drinks... Friends & Family. These are the ingredients at Lotus. We bring them together under the same roof, and combine these elements into a memorable experience. Sound complicated? It's not. We begin with an incredible variety of locally-sourced products and imported fresh ingredients, searching far and wide for distinct local flavors, and bringing them home to our close-knit community. Here at the crossroads of the Carolinas, we set our sights upon presenting to you, our valued customer, a time-honored feast that we hope will evoke a long-lost meal, an eye-opening experience at a five star restaurant, or a favorite that you haven't even discovered yet. With signature cocktails made fresh from scratch, over 80 domestic and imported micro-brews, 40+ wines by the glass, premium sake, and rare, small-batch spirits, we stock a drink lover's library to quench your thirst. Our sushi bar specializes in traditional fare as well as creative signature rolls, serving only the freshest fish: raw, cooked, and everything in between. Our kitchen finds inspiration in classic American comfort food, bringing together a wide range of regional influences and culinary know-how to produce a modern twist on homespun favorites. With fresh catch specials brought in daily from the coastal Carolinas, and everything from prime steaks, all-natural free-range chicken, and house-smoked BBQ to jumbo lump crab cakes, shrimp 'n grits, and homemade pastas, we have something for everyone regardless of taste, appetite, or budget. We Love what we do, and know you will too.
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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