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Aquavina

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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm, Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm, Sat 5:00 am - 11:00 pm
General Info:
Aquavina is an upscale, contemporary, seafood restaurant in Charlotte, N.C. Fresh seafood is flown in daily from across the world and the menu reflects international influences in its executive chef s inventive flavor combinations and techniques. The courses include the award-winning snow crab cobbler, hush puppy dusted shrimp, grilled mahi mahi, broiled main lobster and aquavina surf and turf. Desserts include its Cappuccino Parfait and Roasted Banana Creme Brulee. The restaurant also offers an extensive wine-list. It seats 224 people including 24 people in two separate bars and 60 people in its outdoor terrace. Aquavina is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday and is available for private parties.
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Fax: (704) 377-9912

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Location:
The Ratcliffe On The Green
Neighborhoods:
Uptown, Second Ward
AKA:

Aquavina Wine Room

Aquavina Steaks & Seafood

Categories:
Seafood Restaurants, Bars, Night Clubs, Fine Dining Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information:

Cuisine: American

Price Range : Below Average

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04/09/2010

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
God Awful!

I tried Aquavina this past weekend. Not a good idea. I had been there in the past and did not have the best experience but thought to try it again. The place looks nice from the inside but you can't judge a book by its cover, can you? The food took forever and service was just OK. The server was very inexperienced. I expect a whole lot more with a fine dining restaurant. On top of everything, they were out of the fresh catch (which is why I went to a seafood restaurant) and the wine that I wanted. One meal came out 5 minutes after the first. Management needs to get it together. I will tell people not to go back there. This place is not worth it.

04/02/2010

Overall
Poor Service

My wife and I went there to have dinner before a show at the Knight Theater which is across the street. We were greeted very nice and were seated, after which the waiter came up and took our drink orders. 15 minutes later we still did not have our drinks. We saw our waiter serving others, but apparently since we only wanted water we weren't worth his time.



We went back to the hostess and requested to speak to the manager. I saw the hostess go talk to someone, who left and had the waiter come speak to us. The waiter came out and with a non-chalant tone asked if we were leaving. We again asked for a manager, and the person the hostess spoke to in the first place came out. When we told him we had waited 15 minutes just for water, he acted like he could care less and snidely said sorry. Of course we then told him we would not eat there again and all he said was o.k.



If you are going to eat before a show, go to Ratcliff instead. They gave us great service after the atrocity we received at Aquavina.

01/18/2010

Overall
Couldn't have had a better night!!!!

Wow....what an experience. I was hesitant to try this place due to the poor reviews;however the concierge at the Westin recommended it. I am sure glad i didn't let a couple of bad experiences shy me away.We started with the jumbo lump crab cake and kobe caps.I had the new yorker and my wife had the pan seared mahi mahi.I honestly have to say everything was great; from presentation to palate. Food was timely and our server did a great job spacing out the app. and entrees. Service was also great. I mentioned the bad reviews to the server and suprisingly she was well aware of the situation. She told me that the were in the process of a total restuarant overhaul. New management(already present as a delightful gentleman came over during the dinner to ensure everything was above expectations) new servers( ours was extremely pleasant and very knowledgable) and the only downside is their executive chef had moved on.( I would of never known; at least i didnt taste it and suffer from an inferior product) My wife and i do extensive traveling and have visited many restaurants around the world. I can assure you Aquavina will now be permantly associated with all of my Charlotte visits.Hats off to the team at Aquavina for delivering a wonderful dining experience.My mom always told me to second guess everyones opinion and try to form your own.....this time it worked to my advantage.

09/23/2009

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Fun and Modern Restaurant!!

Tonight my boyfriend and I ate at Aquavina for the first time. We had a few drinks in the ""Wine Room"" which had an amazing wine list and a great bartender! After that, we had dinner on the outside terrace which was beautiful; again with great service. We were unaware that it was restaurant week but were extremely pleased with the deals they had to offer. The seafood was so fresh and my boyfriend (a meat and potatoes guy) LOVED the steaks. We will definitely be back!!

12/15/2008

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Overall
Great for a date!

We recently went on a date here, and both liked this restaurant. The menu was a little hard to understand (first timers), but the waiter explained their ""3-4 way"" entrees. I had the sablefish (with the sides from the sole), and it was awesome! The sides were so good, and a little funky. I am a plain picky eater, and I loved it. The shrimp was a little on the spicy side, and the potatoes were different and great. I left very full, in fact, I couldn't quite finish it. My fiance had the surf n turf 3 ways. It was so good, that we'd like to bring his brother, who is a sous chef there. All 3 looked amazing, and he was surprised to like them all (He sticks to plain filet mignon). The different presentations were tasty and impressive. The atmosphere is modern and cozy, and there is a cool wine room right next door. It is perfect for any date! Highly recommended!

11/19/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
trying too hard

I had a meal at Aquavina while visiting Charlotte. Despite its reputation, the food was completely ordinary. The ""this and that"" three ways or four ways is just trying too hard for a restaurant that hasn't quite mastered the ""one way"" meal. I started with the Aquavina salad. Interesting presentation, but the salad itself was so ordinary and bland. The roquefort toasts on which it was served were not tasty enough; the dressing was too sweet and not flavorful and the greens weren't fresh enough, in part because they were bathed in dressing so that they felt wilted. The cranberries were a nice touch however...My main course, the salmon, was simply non-descript. It didn't have enough flavor to invoke anything other than a flaky fish. The greens were bitter and gross and the grits...well who likes grits really??? Anyway, I would not recommend this restaurant except to maybe some very unsophisticated eaters...The wine, on the other hand, was quite well selected and quite nice. The service was friendly and knowledgeable. Keep trying, just not so hard.

07/31/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
almost like going for tapas

Food was tasty...just be prepared to leave hungry for the price you pay. Kind of like that credit card commercial.
Service was the worst thing though. Server did not know her wines for a high end restaurant. She also didn't really know the entrees either.

02/19/2007

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Saturday night delightful!

Dinner for six on Saturday. Everyone ordered something different, and each entre was excellent both in presentation and in quality. Jason wins the ""top chef"" award! Great service, too.

02/02/2007

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
WE LOVE AQUAVINA

Everything is great about this place: food, staff, wine list, price, location. This is one of the few restaurants in Charlotte where we've gone back multiple times. It is lovely to sit outside during nice weather. The choices on the menu are for everyone and everyone seems happy to work there.

08/22/2006

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Innovative fresh seafood choices with it's own winebar for after dinner drinks and conversation.

From the moment we got there we were taken care of. I was highly impressed with the wine list -we had the Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet- and the prompt and attentive service. We started on the patio with a drink from there extensive martini list and a wonderful crab fondue appetizer. Our server Brett was extremely helpful with our navigation of the menu. I had the Tuna and my date had the Sole. Both dishes were cooked perfectly and just the right amount of sauce to accent the dish without taking away from the quality and taste of the seafood. we decided to end our night in the wine bar. Each week they feature a different wine- we decided to try one of each- a cabernet and a savignon blanc. Both were fantastic and it's always good to learn about a new and tasty wine. Overall it was a gorgeous night and I definately will consider Aquavina as one of my regular spots.

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435 S Tryon StCharlotteNC 28202

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