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Mizu Restaurant Review: A Culinary Journey to Japan

Updated: Mar 1

Inspired by the Robata cooking style in Japan comes Indigo Road Hospitality’s latest addition to the Charlotte restaurant scene called Mizu. This is the same group behind recent hits like O-Ku Sushi, Indaco, and Oak Steakhouse in the SouthPark area. Founded in Charleston by 3-time James Beard semifinalist, Steve Palmer, the group owns several restaurants including two in the “south of Broad” section of downtown Charleston.


Mizu is located on the 9th floor of the new boutique hotel, Hyatt Centric, across Sharon Road from SouthPark Mall. For those who have been in Charlotte for a while, you may remember this property being where Sharon Methodist Church, aka the ski slope church, was located. A few years ago with the church’s membership declining, the Methodist denomination partnered with a local developer in a joint venture to redevelop the property. Thus was born a mixed-use project that includes the hotel, luxury apartments, offices, and retail/restaurants. This location is also home to what may be Charlotte’s most expensive steak place - Steak 48.


When entering Mizu, you notice the great views from their expanse of windows. We were there on a cold and rainy evening. But in good weather, they offer some great outdoor seating where you can enjoy cocktails or even your meal.


On our recent visit, we went with our foodie friends, Paul & Melissa. This was their third time to Mizu, so they were helpful in helping us to navigate the tapas-style menu. With Mizu being tapas-style, dishes can come out in random order if you order all of your plates at once. So we ordered in stages. This made the meal much longer but was enjoyable. Some of the items which we particularly liked were the Tiger Prawns, Thai Sticks (grilled octopus), Saikyo Salmon, Seared Koji Sea Bass, Crispy Cauliflower, Confetti Shrimp, Mizu Dragon (good but overpriced), Cali Love roll, and the Tang Salad.


Based on our experience, this would not be the place to go for a quick bite. But if you have time, it’s worth a try both for the food and the cool atmosphere. Unless you are willing to eat at the bar, reservations are strongly recommended. Your parking options are either in the nearby deck which means a short walk over the hotel building. Or there is valet parking in front of the hotel.


If you give Mizu a try, be sure to let us know. We love hearing your feedback!



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