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“Thanksgiving Buffet”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Upstream

Upstream
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Ranked #49 of 2,354 Restaurants in Charlotte
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Sushi
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Fort Mill, South Carolina
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12 reviews
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“Thanksgiving Buffet”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2011

They really got this right! Excellent seafood. Excellent Thanksgiving traditional cusine, with a southern flair. Excellent servers. Fair pricing We look forward to returning for Sunday brunch buffet and fresh fish. They told us the fish is delivered in less then 8 hours from the catch.

  • Visited November 2011
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Thank tevegal
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Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
“Fabulous Sunday buffet brunch - with a twist”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2011

I love Sunday buffet brunches and this was one of the best I've been to. They didn't have hundreds of selections but more than enough to satisfy. The fresh seafood station was well stocked with oysters, shrimp and other treats. The carving station had a wonderful, tender beef roast. They had fried chicken, an interesting pork stroganoff, and other main dishes. The twist is that you can also order small "tapas" portions of about 8-10 other dishes including scrambled eggs, crab eggs Benedict and other interesting dishes. Excellent service.

  • Visited October 2011
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2 Thank TRHinHouston
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The Sandhills, North Carolina
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“My long-time favorite....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2011

This has always been my favorite seafood spot in Charlotte (and it's not a chain!) Imaginative dishes from appetizers, mains to desserts. Service has always been good, but during my last visit service was just ok - it was more like an afterthought, maybe it was the server's personality. I won't let that stop me from coming back though.

  • Visited October 2011
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Thank Grazing
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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119 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
“A regular spot for me and the husband. Sit in the bar - more fun than the dining room.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2011

My husband and I are regulars at Upstream. We like it because it is locally owned and near to our house, which is in the upscale Southpark area of town. Our favorite thing to do is sit at the two top down at the end my the wine cellar and work through several courses, including martinis, raw oysters, salad, sushi and fish and then dessert.

I think Upstream has some of the best sushi in town. The cocktails are very good. Service is typically very good. I've never been fond of the floor management - a bit slick for me. But you can't be perfect.

The atmosphere in the bar is fun, with a few televisions and typically a lively crowd, but not too crowded. The dining room is more formal, which is where we sit for 'proper' events.

If you are a visitor, Upstream is a must-do. As a Charlotte local for 17 years, I really recommend it.

  • Visited September 2011
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1 Thank SeenAlot
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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“Create Service and Food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2011

Met some really good friends of ours at Upstream to have wine and to hang out on the patio. Ended up having their muscles and they were mouth watering! Loved the outdoor seating area, the service and the location. All was well with this place!

  • Visited September 2011
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Thank Amber M
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