Bernardin's Restaurant - Charlotte
Bernardin's Restaurant - Charlotte

Bernardin's Restaurant - Charlotte

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.bernardinsfinedining.com/
  • Phone: 7043323188
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch; Monday through Friday 11am to 2:30pm Dinner; Monday through Thursday 5pm to 10pm, Friday and Saturday 5pm to 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Freddy Lee
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Dinner parking validated at "Parking on the Green"
A word from Bernardin's Restaurant - Charlotte
Bernardin's Fine Dining is renowned for its impeccable service, Elegant atmosphere and sophisticated, succulent Modern American Cuisine. Specializing in Seafood, Lamb, Steaks, Game Meats, Poultry and Pasta. Relax and enjoy soothing music, inviting accommodations, unbelievable entrees, specialty desserts and an extensive wine list. Serving the Triad of North Carolina since 1992, new to Uptown Charlotte. We are confident you will enjoy your dining experience.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Bernardin's Restaurant - Charlotte reviews from OpenTable diners
99 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (63)romantic (54)fit for foodies (53)great for lunch (25)notable wine list (23)neighborhood gem (18)good for groups (11)great for outdoor dining (5)great for brunch (5)scenic view (4)hot spot (4)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Good but probably has been better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Lamb chops were very good as was the mint-pea cous-cous side. Tandoori kangaroo loin was very good, sauce on the side as recommended by our server in order to allow one to experience the flavor of the meat with as much spice and heat as you want. Meats were cooked appropriately rare. The starter salads were only ok, anchovies added to the Caesar salad over-abundantly and parmesan 2 heavy for my taste. Greens in both a little tired. Wine list very good incl. by the glass. Our server was very knowledgable about food and wine, was fantastic working with her. Choc. tort fantastic. A bit dusty on the lights and fixtures overhead. We came away w/ "a bit tired" and a bit more informal than anticipated but still has potential to be great.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Surprise
    jwf2
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We found this when I googled restaurants near the local office I was visiting and knew nothing about it. The food was a great mix of beef, seafood and some things you wouldn't expect like bison, New Zealand venison and kangaroo. Very good service from a professional wait staff. I will go there again on my next trip back to Charlotte.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Disappointed
    underwhelmed
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I made a reservation letting the restaurant know we were celebrating our wedding anniversary and requested a table by the window. We arrived and were seated in the middle of the room. No mention to my wife about our anniversary. Perhaps the waitress would mention....didn't happen. Having worked at 4 & 5 star restaurants, I was not impressed by the food or service, especially considering the restaurant was not busy and the price. The ambiance however was wonderful as was spending our anniversary together. As for Bernadin's, no need to go any more.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    RHS1
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The special grouper curry dish was excellent as was the goat cheese ravioli. Service was excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    Great8
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The service and food were excellent. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out
    RedwineVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    A wonderful menu and we had impeccable service. I will return again. Perfect "date night" spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dinner
    JeffVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Went here with a party of six on a Friday night. It was a little slow, with the dining room only half full. The food was excellent. I had a great venison dish, and others around the table had fish, seafood, steak and duck. All enjoyed. We had a creme brulee and a chocolate creation of some sort for dessert, and both were really outstanding. The dining room is beautiful. The servers were pleasant and helpful. Parking is easy in the garage beneath the restaurant. I look forward to returning here again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A pleasant surprise
    SelectiveDiner
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I was in CLT for business. One of my invitees suggested Bernardin's, which had very good food, a good selection of wine and beer (including local beer but no IPAs on tap!!!) and very good service. And thankfully, not noisy, though it was a Tuesday evening. Well done! I'll go back on a future trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Spot!
    AmimarieVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This is a very romantic place, can be loud so be prepared. Cozy with dim lighting. Food was really good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Vegan
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We are never disappointed. My Vegan request is always met with a delicious repast. Service is professional and friendly. Very convenient to the Knight Theatre.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • elegant menu
    tampagram
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    9 family members were celebrating a special event & wanted a special place for dinner. We all live out of town, so were going by on-line impressions. We chose Bernardin's and weren't disappointed! My shrimp was delicious, and others said their filets were outstanding - & cooked perfectly. The duck, wine & desserts all got rave reviews. Megan was our server, & did a great job keeping everyone happy and the wine flowing. We were a noisy group, so were happy the dining room wasn't crowded. A perfect choice.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Great food and great service. Suggest you make a reservation for lunch or large groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downtown Charlotte NC gem
    Prefer2workinyard
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    What a delight to find Bernardin's in downtown Charlotte. We had four entrees, two appetizers and one dessert. For four of us. Everything was cooked to perfection. Seasoning, temperature, etc. Our son lives in Seattle and said the food out did restaurants there. Quiet, beautiful art, stained glass window at front.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KH289
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    There are some very different adventurous items on the menu at Bernardin's. The choice of appetizers is extensive, we chose the scallops with pork belly and the lump crabcakes. For entrees my wife enjoyed the curried grouper while I tried the tandoorie spiced kangaroo loin; both dishes were well presented and cooked to perfection. The meal portions are quite generous so we didn't really feel that we could manage a sweet dessert, however the waitress had a small cheeseplate made up for us to share, even though this is not a menu item. The decor and atmosphere were very relaxing, but the background music occasionally included some quite strident jazz numbers. Overall, the meal was very good and the service fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Salmon was perfectly done. Service was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing food/poor service
    MunchyMan
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Nice atmosphere, but painfully slow waitress- even with only one other table! Fried sea bass lunch special had some funky pieces and if i wasnt already mad by the time dessert came i might have enjoyed the strawberry shortcake. I wont only NOT return...i am telling all of my contacts in the financial industry - sadly most had a similar story...maybe a Jack in the Box can b the next tenant?
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great little gem-uptown Charlotte
    BeachgirlVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great food with a large variety. All the servers I have had are wonderful. They make great suggestions for food or wine. They also allow you to taste some items before you choose. Love this restaurant. Not too big, but not so small that you can't get in when you want to go!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great entrees
    Cici
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    little pricier than what was reflected on the menu on open table, and several of the options on the listed menu on open table were not available on current menu we received. The salads weren't very impressive. However, entrees we chose were delicious and wait staff was friendly.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We arrived at short notice and the staff was more than happy to make us comfortable and arrange seating for us. The dinner was wonderful. We were amazed to find one of our favorite wines, from a small vineyard in Nappa, called Elyse.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good
    YumaYumma
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I have eaten here many times and it is always delicious at an affordable price. Nice portion sizes.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    ChasinTaleM8t
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We had a 7PM reservation. As we approached, the specials board described a pan-fried Tilapia s- GREAT! I was planning on fish anyway. We were promptly seated and during our drink order was told what was NOT available. No Beefeater's, no lobster, and no pork belly and the Tilapia? That was the LUNCH special, they just forgot to take down the board. After all that, I decided to go with something very simple, Pepper Jumbo Shrimp over sautéed spinach; my husband ordered the duck breast. Shrimp was overcooked - Jumbo went to medium (at best). My husband's duck breast was tough-I do have to mention the sides; my caesar was fantastic, the polenta and sautéed spinach also good. In the end - dinner was to expensive for a mediocre meal.
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  • Restaurant Week at Bernardin's
    VAinNC
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My husband & I tried Bernardin's for Restaurant Week and are glad we did. Their 3-course menu offered variety enough to suit any palate. My husband demolished his tuna appetizer, while my salad was decent but not amazing. But hey, it was salad. My entree of mustard glazed salmon with fennel and summer vegetables was the best salmon I've had in Charlotte. My husband's steak entree was fantastic, too -- once the kitchen got the temperature right (on the 3rd try). Both desserts, a chocolate torte I would marry and the hubby's vanilla crime brûlée, were delicious. The staff was attentive and helpful. The restaurant was really loud, but we chalked that up to people like us out for Restaurant Week. Overall, very good!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food in town
    Natt
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Bernadin's food is outstanding. My husband could not get over the wonderful flavors and tenderness of the CAP, my salmon was cooked ot perfection and the flavors and delicate sauces were delicious and not heavy. The shrimp appetizer was amazing and the crown I would give to their dark chocolate cake - it is the best in town, may be the best I ever had anywhere. Every spoon of it melts on your tongue and you can't but savor every spoon slowly. Our whole group of 6 ordered this cake and felt the same way. Our friends thanked us for introducing us to this Restaurant and said this was one of the best places they had eaten in!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    NoDaFoodLvr
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We couldn't say enough great things about the food here. The lamb was probably the best I've ever eaten. Would have given it a perfect rating but we kept having to wait on our server for one thing or another and it wasn't that busy. The food, however, was impeccable !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food & Service
    jonwbrady
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Kudos once again to Bernardins. The food was excellent and I was very impressed with the Kangaroo dish. This is one dish that I have never had and it was wonderful with the Indian influences that this restaurant has. I'm not sure how to describe the menu, but some really great continental dishes with a hint of Indian ingrediants. The noise level is quite high and this might be a bit of a problem if you are sitting in the main dining room and are looking for something quiet. Other than that, I highly recommend this new favorite restaurant in Uptown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tenderliciously yummy
    foodie411VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Bernardins is a beautiful restaurant that makes you feel important just to be there. The decor is chic, the ambiance is lively and the food was amazing! Specifically, the moist, tender, juicy filet melted in my mouth with each bite! One of the best I've ever had! All of my friends were impressed by this selection, and I can't wait to go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for business lunches
    JinxhouseVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    If you are looking for a great place to take your client or new employee Uptown, this is the place. The service is courteous, attentive and fast every time I am there. The food is delicious and great attention to detail on every dish. If you want a sandwich, try the grilled chicken breast club and be sure to get the french fries. YUM! If you would rather beef, the hamburger is delicious, juicy and the chef knows what medium-well looks like! If you are having an entree, try the salmon, I've had this a few times and it never disappoints. Great place for date night or dinner with friends too.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food, chose table wisely
    Rhodes
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We had a table for 2 pinched between 2 columns. the 5 top next door forced all wait and customer traffic to walk and almost brush our table. Chose location carefully, food was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Visited Bernardins during Restaurant Week. The restaurant was full and very loud. Beautiful environment. Food was good. We had steak and salmon. The steak was awesome, the salmon not so much. Clam chowder was great. Need to work on the cream brulee. Would definitely go back and give it another shot. Great location, convenient free parking.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meal
    vtoria98
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We made a reservation for 8 for a large work group. We were seated right away so that was great. The server seemed a bit overwhelmed, and was not that great but the food was excellent. It was also restaurant week so the limited menu was only $30.00 per person so that made this an even better meal. I would certainly recommend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nostalgic location exceptional food
    FineFoodHealthyFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Highly recommend! Located in the historic Ratcliff Florist building, a charming building with high ceiling and a beautiful glass picture window overlooking the busy sidewalk. The uptown location is ideal - across the street from the art museums and beside "The Green", a small park with winding walkways dotted with interesting art objects and modern sculptures. There is a cozy upstairs seating area over the end that accommodates one or two tables and overlooks the restaurant below. The décor is upscale traditional, with dark wood and white table linens, and contemporary artwork on the walls. The service and food are exceptional. The food is fresh and creatively prepared, and there is something on the menu for all tastes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch for four upstairs
    car737
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Requested a quiet place for a meeting of four people. Got the upstairs table overlooking the restaurant. Lovely spot. Was quiet at first and then the noise from below became such an issue, we could hardly hear ourselves much less our waiters. Would suggest better knowledge of where noise is an issue, especially when specifically requested with the reservation. I think we would have been better off downstairs. Not only that we walked past an unattractive room with no door. That definitely did not impress.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    greatchoice
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My husband and I went to Bernardin's to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We happened to go during Charlotte's restaurant week so the food choices were limited. The atmosphere was very romantic and personal. The food was delicious...highly recommend the salmon if you are a fish lover. Overall the experience was a great way for us to celebrate our special occasion.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • underwhelmed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The Cold Apps were served at room temperature as if they were premade. The creme brulee didn't have the crispy sugar top as if it had been sitting premade as well. Very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • QueensFeast Fantastic
    Chefissimo
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    During restaurant week I like to try different restaurants in order to find a place to get a great dinner when Uptown for the theater or a special occassion. Bernardin's was a nice find. The place is quaint and a great place to have dinner and drinks with the love of your life or a great group of friends. The CAB filet was outstanding. I even enjoyed my salad which was dressed perfectly. The restaurant is in a perfect location right next to the Green for parking and across the street from Levine Theater. I highly recommend and I would definitely return to try other dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Difficult Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    While the location for Bernardin's Restaurant does indeed provide some value, an uptown location does not make for a pleasant experience. As this space is limited, it is best to state that far too many problems arose during our evening at Bernardin's. Listing all of them would far exceed the character limitation. Major issues included the establishment of the reservation, the presentation of a bottle of wine that was NOT wanted/ordered (this was after much discussion regarding the selection) and a general failure at service and attention to detail (one needs a fork to eat dinner). The food was indeed excellent, but this restaurant needs to provide some basic training for its staff when considering the presentation of its food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Restaurant
    Datenightfun
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My husband and I love to try new restaurants when we have the chance. Charlotte has many places to eat. This was our first time at Bernardins Restaurant and I was extremely impressed with the variety in the menu. I ordered the Filet and my husband had the Salmon. Both were amazing and perfectly cooked. We will definitely be back.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • taste and rate
    luv2dine
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I had ordered the Salmon with vegetables when I receive the plate the salmon, was a small portion size and there was barely any vegetables on the plate and to me that was unacceptable so the portion size needs to be increased concerning the the vegetables for this particular dish that I had I was not satisfied with thatbased on the price that you're charging for the food entre
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    LKW1977
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We went to dinner here because the menu looked good and we were looking for a new restaurant to try out. We were pleasantly surprised by how delicious the food was. We were promptly seated and well-cared for by our server. I had a cocktail with ginger that was delicious. Our appetizer was very good, but paled compared with our entrees, which were fabulous. My husband had the kangaroo which was cooked very well and served with a delicious "potato pancake" that I would eat again and again. I had the curried grouper that was cooked perfectly and very aromatic. Would definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DEE LISH US!
    Schlr
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I found this restaurant using the Urban Spoon app and I'm glad I did. After walking the few blocks from my hotel, I found that they are closed from 2pm -5pm but my reservation was for 5pm so that was ok. I walked into the restaurant and was seated immediately. I ordered the calamari, which was cooked perfectly. I don't normally care for dipping sauces, but I could tell that to someone with a more diverse palette they would enjoy the sauces that came with the calamari. The main course I chose was the stuffed chicken, with potatoes, and asparagus, it is one of the few meals that I have ever completed in a restaurant leaving nothing but the sauce on the plate. I paced myself so that I could enjoy every bite.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall