4310 Sharon Rd Ste W01, Charlotte, NC | Directions 2821135.152634 -80.828616
Sunday-Thursday: 11am to 10pm
Friday- Saturday: 11am-11pm
Shi**y!- In a Word! – After reading the majority of the prior reviews, all I have to say is it is astounding to read my own thoughts before I have verbalized them into the universe! The food was bland, cold, and I can honestly say at best barely mediocre. A Total rip off for quality of food and attitude of staff. Upon arrival on a Friday night, we should have seen the signs when there were only 6 tables seated with the rest of the restaurant empty at 9 p.m.. Our waiter took 10 minutes to take a drink order and when asked for recommendations, stared at us blankly. We ordered 2 filthy martinis and when they arrived clear and we asked for a glass of olive juice, a food runner promptly popped off at the mouth responding," Wow thats a lot of olive juice'- I really don't need to be judged about my drink or cop attitude from a 25 year old college student paying his way through community college. Their "specialty" drinks are not so special unless you call no alcohol the surprising special. Our appetizers arrived fast, but again, the hummus was bland at best along with the trio. Mind you , if you want required pita bread for your hummus order, its $2 per pathetic side order.Mind you- the pita bread is the best and the ONLY hot item that arrived t the table. All entrees came out two by two with 5 minute spans. After returning steak for arriving ice cold, they took it back to return the same plate, just as cold, 5 min later. The greek fries are straight Ore-Ida potato wedges with feta and sage. When our waiter asked us if everything was ok after we had already asked for our check, I told him he was ok. And I'm sorry, but when its obvious everything is awful from the minute you sit down and they know, they should own up to it. Even the manager returned my cold food and dropped it at the table like a scared little boy and ran away like a scared pathetic child. Without asking us anything about the meal. They need to invest their money into training and quality of food- Not decor.
Don't waste your time or money! – This place was such a dissappointment. Everything was mediocre at best, but with extraordinary prices. Example: A $16, 6-oz GLASS of Conundrum wine that typically costs somewhere in the $20 price range for a BOTTLE. Food was typical for a generic restaurant, but definitely not worth the price. You are much better off spending your money at Brio down the street. We also went on a Friday night and the patio was almost completely empty. I think this is a sign of things to come for M5, given the current market and changes in consumer spending. Such a shame because it really has a great location.
Very recommended. Try the Feed Me Chef!! – Let me clarify some things about M5. There are a lot of mixed reviews here and I'll summarize a little bit more consicely. First thing to know, the restaurant IS a little pricey. However, they use a lot of organic vegetables and farmers market items. The meat and fish are all extremely fresh. So the quality is definitely worth it. As for the decor, it can be slightly overwhelming if you are expecting to go somewhere that is more of a family dining experience. However I felt very comfortable dressing up a little an going there. Khakis a a dress shirt are perfect for guys. Everytime I have been there the bar has been so much fun. It's not the typical "tween" crowd, it's more of a sophisticated after work crowd. A lot of amazing people to talk to. The patio is AMAZING and has a great atmosphere, with a DJ who plays really chill and original music. Some people have been saying the portions are very small but Im a little confused on that part because I couldn't even finish my meal and we had a little bit left on each plate. Whoever is claiming small portions must be insane or expecting to eat the caloric equivalent to two Big Macs. Also- the restaurant is called MODERN Mediterranean. I don't recall the menu saying "authentic Mediterranean food". They don't "lie" to you. I suggest you try this restaurant yourself and establish your own opinion with an intelligent and open mind.
Poor Imitation of Mediterranean Food – The name "M5" was very unique and generating our interest in dining there. We started with there hummus appetizer which should be very flavorful; instead the hummus tasted only like mashed chickpeas and the flat bread was presented soaked in olive oil which made it a mess to tear off a piece to dip in the hummus. The Mediterranean salad dressing completely lacked any seasoning and I wasnt sure what we were suppose to derive from it as olive oil would have had more flavor. The spciy prawn appetizer had a piece of bread soaked and was as hard as a piece of wood - couldnt cut or bite into it!
The bartender "Rachel" had an attitude as if you were interupting her workflow to ask for something extra, not expected attitude for Charlotte hospitality. And not sure when then wiped down the bar last - but for 6pm (before the rush) it shouldnt be sticky to touch.
I would only recommend M5 if you dont know what good Mediterranean food tastes like.
What is up with these reviews? – i dont know if the people that are reviewing this are other restrants trying to bash M5 but im sorry, ive been there 8 times and havent had 1 bad meal. M5 never has been and never will be a family resterante. so if your looking for that kind of resterante go to ruby tuesdays, thy have cheaper prices and it looks like your grandmas house...But if your focused on true medditerranean food, a new enviroment and a FRIENDLY staff, then go to M5. its not for children, and its not for people who can eat 3 "BIG MACS" for lunch, its for people who have a palate that enjoy flavorful foods, and eye catching dishes. I have spoken to the staff and they def. arent rude, so maybe people are very very self concious but they never acted rude. and the staff is over 20, i have personaly met them and they were very nice. So dont come if your expecting Ruby tuesdays, do come if your expecting an expirence.
Best restaurant in Charlotte hands down – By far the best restaurant in Charlotte. The servers are obviously very well trained. My server took me on a tour of the menu offering up many great suggestions. The culinary fare is on the same level. I had the halibute and the goat cheese salad; both were to die for. The decor of the restaurant screams high end prices but I was very suprised to have recieved such a high quality meal for such a low price. The menu features locally grown vegetables and niamen ranch meat for under $25. I will be back and often.
Horrible Service – I just recently moved here from Los Angeles and was very excited to try this restaurant because I had heard it was hip & trendy with more of a big city feel than most Charlotte restaurants. What a major disappointment. While the food wasn't bad, it was not worth the price. But that isn't even my major complaint. The service was in a word, pitiful. Our waitress rushed us like I have never been rushed before. She made the experience extremely unpleasant and when you are spending that kind of money on a meal, you would expect decent service. I would most likely never return.
If you like insincerity... – I'd heard great things about this restaurant, so I decided to take my colleagues there for lunch. I've never felt so uncomfortable. We were "greeted" quickly, but with such insincerity, I can only assume the staff is required to jump the customers within seconds of when they enter--regardless of how the greeting is delivered. Shortly after we were seated, we were rushed to order our drinks, as if the clock were already clicking on our table. Our server seemed to know the menu well enough, but he needed a course in hospitality. He answered my questions but without a speck of friendlieness. When I asked if he'd tried one of the dishes, he said he had, but when I asked a few more questions, it was obvious that he'd never tasted the dish before. As I looked around the restaurant, I noticed what I assumed was a manager speaking in hushed tones, but obviously very harshly to an employee (I believe such reprimands should be handled out of the public eye--it's uncomfortable for the employee and for the rest of us who have to witness it). I was even more shocked when I overheard one server tell another that "the real posers" come in on Friday and Saturday nights.
My food was very good--but terribly overpriced. Other reviewers have had a much better experience here, so perhaps I'm just not the target market for this restaurant. I noticed that there seemed to be no one on staff over the age of 30, and I felt as if I were sullying the restaurant's image merely by eating there. Not to worry, I won't be going back.
M5 (most overhyped Restaurant in Charlotte) – The food to the interior design was a complete train wreck. Everyone has been talking about this place for months so I figured I would try it out. We ordered appetizers, I couldn't even get them down without a drink they were so dry. There was no music in the bar at all. The bar was completely full and no one was talking.
For the interior design! The light level was so bright; I felt I was sitting in a gymnasium having a drink. Some of the lights were green fluorescent, some were red incandescent (and not low voltage) they were screw in floodlights! Everything was lit, or backlit, or down lit, give me a break.
The detailing of every corner was horrible. Plastic, aluminum, fake stone, real wood, laminate, tile, more tile, tile running a different direction, leather, alligator skin, bamboo...on and on. This place is probably 2,000 sf. Some architect pulled out the a detail cataloge and sat in front of a computer for 900 more hours than they needed to. It was the most disgraceful design I have ever seen. What can people possible see in this place?
It's the Britney Spears of Restaurants in Charlotte, everyone is talking about it, but it is a fake flop.
JH, local Architect
WOW – I travel to San Fran, LA and New York for work and this restaurant in Charlotte is My favorite place. It has truly wonderful food and is so chic. YOU MUST GO. Great brunch!
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