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

Bernardin's Restaurant - Charlotte

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.bernardinsfinedining.com/
  • Phone: (704) 332-3188
  • 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 WinnerContemporary American
Bernardin's Restaurant - Charlotte reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (57)fit for foodies (49)romantic (48)great for lunch (28)neighborhood gem (23)notable wine list (23)good for groups (15)late-night find (5)great for brunch (5)hot spot (4)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Excellent food, service and ambience for $55
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    This was an excellent choice for a first date. You don't spend all your money in one night and you get to enjoy comfortable but still upscale fine dining. The setting was perfect, it was like something out of a movie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bernardino's never disappoints.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    I've eaten here for lunch a number of times but never dinner. The dinner menu is different and much more expensive. As a special lunch place, it can't be beat. Everything on the menu is excellent, service is always great, atmosphere has a charming old world feel that is almost impossible to find in Charlotte.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stache & Cook
    StacheVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We were promptly greeted and seated and then forgotten. We sat for 10 minutes with no one approaching us until we spoke up. Our waitress then appeared and said she was "upstairs tasting food" which apparently made her neglect okay. Two of our party of four ordered the signature dish of lobster ravioli. It arrived with a split lobster tail which was overcooked on top of 3 or 4 raviolis in an insufficient amount of sauce. Also included were some small shrimp which were not mentioned in the menu description. No one from management seemed to be on the premises let alone concerned about our dining experience. With many better choices in Charlotte, we won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The restaurant was very beautiful. The location is wonderful also. I thought the food was just ok. I don't know if I would come back to try any different dishes. The servers were very polite and attentive.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Lunch
    ChristineVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    My friend and I ordered the vegetable penne w/tofu, beef stew, and talapia w/polenta and green beans. The stew, entrees, and service were excellent as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Real Gem
    AlanVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Across the street from Knights Theatre and Betchler Museum this gem is great from pre-show dinners or a romantic evening. Easy to get to and complimentary parking is in next door. Food was generous and very flavorable with outstanding service. The setting can be casual lunch or elegant white cloth dinners. Look up for the art and unique ceiling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Lunch
    ChristineVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Excellent food and service. My friend and I ordered the crab crake entree and steak wrap. The food portions were perfect for lunch and the quality was excellent. The lunch menu had a nice variety of sandwiches, salads, soups, and entrees at reasonable prices for the quality of the food and beautiful atmosphere. I hope to have lunch here on a weekly basis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food but....
    IamAFoodie2
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Restaurant was packed when our group went for lunch. Everyone raved about the food (mostly the salmon and crab cake entrees) and service was top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent Lunch
    jackdining
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Mate had scallops, I had broiled sirloin. Both were accompanied with fresh green veggies and mashed potatoes that I suspect came from a box. Surprising. Nice desert selection.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleased...we will return.
    Sugafoot
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I absolutely love this restaurant. I just visited this past weekend for my partner’s birthday. The food & service (Great Allie) was AMAZING!. I had the black peppered shrimp with white bean and sautéed spinach and my partner had the salmon with sautéed spinach. We will defiantly be visiting this place again. Hats off the team!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Took the wife here while visiting for a panthers game. Our server was pleasant and prompt. We started with the goat cheese tart and it was amazing. I had the salmon and the wife had the scallops. All wonderful
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    service was great. Food came out super fast which made me question how fresh it was. The portions were very small. I ordered a steak which was cooked to the correct temperature however was on the small side. I paid 40.00 for steak and truffle fries. Way too much.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Outstanding
    CarolindaVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Susan, the bartender, is the reason we began frequenting Bernardin's. Even though we only go there maybe 6 times a year, whenever we walk in she knows our names, what we drink and how we want it prepared and goes all out to please. We have also learned that the food there is outstanding! The seared scallops with pork belly, arugula and Chinese five spice is the best appetizer I have ever had. All the flavors are just fabulous. Makes me wish we lived closer and could go in every week (We come up from Fort Mill).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GeneS
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Unique restaurant with gourmet food at fair pricing. Excellent option when visiting Charlotte.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but probably has been better
    supprclub
    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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 52 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 497 reviews are from the Bernardin's Restaurant - Charlotte reviews archive.
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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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.