210 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC | Directions 2820235.225325 -80.842187
Neighborhoods: First Ward
Love Mez. – Great music. Great vibe and ambiance. Definitely recommend it for a nice dinner, cocktails, and going out at night. One of my favorite places in Charlotte.
Stay away unless you are only buying drinks or eating bread! – The food at Mez is awful. It really is. I hate to be so blunt, but for what it costs (I spent $130 last night between dinner and a movie), it has been a disappointing experience for me on the last three occasions.
I first went to Mez back in 2008 for an event and had appetizers. I was intrigued so I went back again about a month later for dinner. Loved the food (which had more of a Mediterranean vibe), and I loved the ambiance. I went back again in spring 2010 and the food was still good. However, I went a couple of months later in August 2010, and there was a new menu and a new chef. I tried the Salmon with dill butter which tasted like it had been poisoned. I immediately sent it back. I tried the Mahi Mahi....awful as well. Not even palatable. I just gave up and didn't eat. Yes, I'm a little crazy for going back two times after hating it, but I really wanted to love Mez. I was told that the chef had improved the menu, so I went again a few months later. The food was still bad the next time. And last night, I went and had the cod and my hubby had the lobster tail. Both were really bad and not really edible. And the dessert menu was a joke! The server recommended the ice cream sandwiches which are basically choc. chip cookies and vanilla ice cream. I can make that in my kitchen. I expect more from a restaurant.
When I went last night, I only chose Mez because my hubby and I were seeing a movie in the theatre. However, I will have go to Flemings or Ruth's Chris instead next time which both have AMAZING food. Yeah, it's not the same vibe, but at least I will be excited about what I'm eating.
And just to give you a little bit of background about me, I've lived in Chicago, New York and Boston...all places with great restaurants. I'm a foodie and Mez has just been a disappointment for me. I recommend that the chef reconsider the menu. Or the management should search for a new chef. Please!!! I really want to like Mez but I can't with the current menu. I have a group of 6 girlfriends that I've gone there with who all feel the same way. There's no way that place can stay in biz with food that bad.
Favorite Date Night or Girls Night Out Spot – Mez is great for a low key movie night and apps, or a girls night out/cocktails destination.
The movie theater is great because you can pick your own seats ahead of time online! You can also eat an actual meal, and enjoy a cocktail while you watch the movie!
For a night out the patio at Mez has an amazing view of Uptown, and the inside of the bar has a really cool lounge feel that is still upbeat.
Best of the Epicenter – Mez is "the" place to be on Friday and Saturday night. It's packed with fresh faces and a great place to mingle. Grab a bite to eat before catching a movie or have a glass of champagne with a friend. The DJ's keep the crowd moving!
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