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lotus bar & eatery

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French, Japanese, 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: Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Private Dining, Reservations
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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  • 36
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
One of the best restaurants in Gaston County

Since it opened about 10 years ago, Lotus has remained, IMHO, the best restaurant in Gaston County or, at the very least, among a small elite group of the best. Lotus has the best sushi in Gaston, for sure, but also great steaks and fish dishes, among other things. Lotus can hold its own against... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Since it opened about 10 years ago, Lotus has remained, IMHO, the best restaurant in Gaston County or, at the very least, among a small elite group of the best. Lotus has the best sushi in Gaston, for sure, but also great steaks and fish dishes, among other things. Lotus can hold its own against the best of Charlotte. If... More 

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Gastonia, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We had had a terrible dinner at Old Stone Steakhouse in Belmont and went for dessert and coffee at Lotus. The staff went beyond the call to make up for a bad evening. Thank you.

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Gastonia, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Sandwiches at lunch are plentiful and very good. My husband had the BBQ sandwich which was not the typical BBQ but was excellent. Shrimp and grits were tasty at dinner. Nice atmosphere and lively.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

On route to Atlanta my wife and I searched out this restaurant on Trip Advisor. It's not that accessible from I-85 and I was hoping for better. Service for a Friday night was very prompt and courteous, but the crispy calamari was not that crispy. Bread was OK but oil and vinegar was not well mixed so balsamic vinegar was... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Stopped for dinner on our way down to Atlanta. The service was wonderful. Our server Lauren was courteous & offered good suggestions. The calamari was a little chewy but the crab cakes were tasty.

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Gastonia, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Lotus is one of my favorite places to eat. The food is a little more upscale and will cater to a discerning palette better than the average chain restaurants. I manage a hotel and our staff refers people here all the time when a guests requests a "nicer" place.

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Gastonia, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This is a great place to dine. The staff is always pleasant and the food is absolutely delicious no matter what you order! They offer a wide variety of food and beverage choices along with a good selection of high end liquors!

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Gastonia, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Probably the best seabass and risotto I have ever had...absolutely perfect. The sauteed bok choy was our choice and was wonderful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

I have eaten here before - but had forgotten how nice a setting this and great food. We all ordered different plates and everyone at our table loved their food. The service was FINE and the price was better than expected. I will be back and hope these folks keep their chef, he is doing a great job!

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Five friends met for dinner and I have to admit it has been a while but another friend recently raved about Lotus so we went back for dinner. The food was excellent and the service was handled by a lovely young lady. We dined and did not rush through our meal and we truly enjoyed it. We will be returning... More 

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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: French, Japanese, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?