About 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.

435 S Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28202
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch; Monday through Friday 11am to 2:30pm Dinner; Monday through Thursday 5pm to 10pm, Friday and Saturday 5pm to 11pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(704) 332-3188

Website:
http://www.bernardinsfinedining.com/

Parking Details:
Dinner parking validated at "Parking on the Green"

Executive Chef:
Freddy Lee

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Bernardin's Restaurant - Charlotte Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Quiet Conversation (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Authentic (8)
People Watching (7)
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Tasting Menu (5)
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined 3 days ago

Our food was delicious and service was excellent. We always ask for James to be our server because we know he's going to give us extra attention and make sure our dining experience is pleasurable. James you rock! Thank you!

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Greensboro)·Dined 4 days ago

It was my first time in Bernardin's. My wife and I chose it for our anniversary. Everything from appetizer to salad to the main course was delicious. It was a little loud, but it was just people having fun (on a Saturday night). The service was excellent too. There were a lot of restaurant choices, but we decided on Bernardin's and we were very happy with our dinner experience.

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined 4 days ago

I definitely recommend getting the exotic plates. My husband got the emu. It was delicious. I went safe and got the boring chicken. I've had better at lower caliber restaurants. And the duck egg rolls were made divine by the accompanying sauce. So good!! Their chocolate torte was so much chocolate. Almost too much to take. But if you really love chocolate you'll be in heaven. It's just really thick. The Apple cobbler was ok. Nothing to write home about. The service was nice. Very friendly gentleman. He did forget an extra side I ordered but made up for it by comping one dessert. I was just really wanting to try the truffled mac and cheese. Oh well. We sat up top in one of the two tables that set alone up there. Very romantic atmosphere up there. Overall a good time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Outstanding waitress!! She was from Pureto RICO. I don’t remember her name but I would hire her myself. Excellent people skills and a delightful lady!!✅✅👌

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great spot for good American food in Uptown; conveniently located to stadiums, quick service, decent wine list.

Tags: People Watching, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 1, 2017

My third visit, can't get enough of the Duck! Had perfect service before going to a show. I can't wait to get back and try something new!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Dinner was great, the atmosphere was perfect for our party of 6.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Love a chef not afraid of flavor. This menu always intrigues. This visit we enjoyed the duck spring rolls, foie gras, daily soup special, the kangaroo and the strawberry shortcake. We love the range and the use of spices.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great atmosphere. Very personable waiter. Making reservations was very easy. I will definitely be back.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

The food was absolutely incredible. My parents and I were able to get a last minute reservation and were served an extraordinary meal quickly. Highly recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Food was excellent and our server was friendly and upbeat. She also recommended a great Malbec for our dinner.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This is a favorite spot when my in laws come into town due to the exotic meats that are offered. Bernardin's is always a must go place when they visit from Florida. The food and service from our server Kelsey was superb. She understood we wanted to take our time and pace the night with cocktails, apps, main course, then dessert, and an after dinner drink. You never feel rushed here. The only draw back is the bar area. Our table wasn't ready when we arrived, so we had a martini at the bar. There wasn't room for 4 of us to sit together due to the small size of the bar. The bartender told us we could scoot one barstool over to have 3 on one side and my husband stood beside me. One server 5 minutes later while the bartender was away came up and looked at my mother in law and said ma'am you're going to have to move, this is the server's well and your in the way (the server was pouring a bottle beer into a mug). My mother in law said the bartender said it was fine. The server said OK in a very snippy voice and walked away. That's unacceptable in my opinion and I'm just glad she wasn't my server. Kelsey did a great job of turning the night around, not that we mentioned this issue. But some of the server's attitudes and the lack of a waiting area and seating area in the bar are a drawback.

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The goat cheese tart and the goat cheese ravioli are absolutely delightful for any goat cheese fan. The decor is lovely, the wine list excellent & the food delicious, with extraordinary service. What more could anyone ask?

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Bernardin's is consistently good and offers an interesting menu. My clients always enjoy the dining experience.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Our dinner was absolutely amazing. We started out with the scallop & pork belly app. My husband wanted to order 10 more. We ordered the lamb chops and kangaroo & already want it again. For Desert we had the strawberry shortcake and the crepe brûlée and again, it was to die for! Such a wonderful experience and a one of a kind dinner sitting on the balcony for our anniversary! Highly recommend.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The good is excellent. The location is perfect and the service is wonderful!

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Hot Spot, Romantic, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Restaurant situated in the downtown. Food ranged from local to exotic as venison, kangaroo and emu were not specials but on the regular menu. My son had the kangaroo and said it was delicious.

Ambience is very upscale but noise resonated a bit.

Highly recommend!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Very exotic menu choices and excellent service too.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great as always. Wonderful food and service. The Emu was the best!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Very good but the dining area needs to be much cleaner. The woodwork directly table height was dirty and in need of paint. The food was expertly prepared and the service top notch.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 21, 2017

This is my favorite uptown Charlotte spot. The building is the old Ratcliffe florist shop and it is beautiful. Add to that the exquisite cuisine and delightful wine and wonderful service and it makes the fabulous experience that is Bernardin’s. I am a huge fan.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Went for my girlfriend's birthday dinner and we were amazed by our experience. James was a fantastic! We absolutely will be coming in again for dinner!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food good
Service great
Art on the walls — appalling (sorry, but it is really awful)

Tags: Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Made a last minute reservation for two on a Thursday evening and had a wonderful dinner. They were doing a tasting menu with two small plates and two glasses of wine for $35. Really great selections and a wonderful treat to just have a lite dinner with four different food selections to share. As always, the servers were very attentive but not over bearing. Allowed us to really relax and enjoy our evening.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Alexander was our waiter and made our evening very delightful. The food was food and creative.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 17, 2017

I love to have a nice business meeting/lunch at Bernardin's. The service is always great!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was very good and lots of choices from kangaroo to emu , would have liked more bread with our meal. Waitress wasn't very friendly

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We went on first night of the Tapas & Vinos Week. Tapas were amazing - try the "foie gras" and the scallops. Wines were good choices too: Vouvray and Cabernet. Unfortunately we arrived late after a show and were pretty much the only 2 in the restaurant by 10pm. Restaurant kindly accommodated us arriving late and we were served professionally and quickly !

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Notable Wine List
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 10, 2017

So when you are choking and ask for water quickly, should the waitress ask which one of 4 types and then take 10 minutes to get tap water? Or another 10 minutes to fix a wobbly table? And when you are asked how your meal is and say the meat is tough, shouldn’t there be some sort of follow though?

This restaurant really needs to up its game. In a city with some great eateries, Bernardin’s disappoints. Quality of the meat and tuna was not what I would expect at this price point, risotto was not tasty and other dishes arrived too heavily sauced. Won’t be returning.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Service was very poor. Waited nearly half an hour for drinks. We had already received our appetizer and finished it when our drinks arrived 10 minutes after that. Food was great. Wish the service would have been better.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Attentive service. Tasty food. Extensive wine list.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 5, 2017

After we were seated and received our menus it took the server too long to return and take our order. I ordered the heirloom tomato salad. The tomato was mealy and tasteless. A different server cleared my salad plate and said he steers his customers away from the salad this time of year. He indicated they would make it up with a free dessert. There was no free dessert mentioned by our server. My wife ordered the stuffed chicken. There was zero stuffing. I ordered the Snapper special and it was good. The server never came back to see if I wanted a refill on my wine until she delivered the entrée. Not a good experience

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Exceptional waiter

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Wonderful evening celebrating our anniversary. We were seated in a great table and offered us a complimentary glass of champagne to celebrate the occasion. The waiter had a great personality and was very knowledgeable - we enjoyed him tremendously- but one of our food items didn't make it out on time. (App arrived after the entree).
Despite the little snafu, we truly enjoyed the night and would definitely go back.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent meal, wonderful atmosphere, servers provided just the right amount of attentiveness. Highly recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Bernardin's was a wonderful experience. The cocktails were a pleasant surprise, and if you get the chance try the Blackberry Collins. The food was fast and delicious! The staff was quick and attentive without at all being an intrusion.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great atmosphere, excellent service, wonderful location, delicious, creative food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Wide variety of menu selections. All 3 entrees ordered were excellent.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fun, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Lunch was awesome! Thought ahead and made reservations through Open Table and was greeted with a smile and escorted to my table. I come here often and will continue to!

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Business Meals, Healthy, Quick Bite
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

I go to Bernardin's for lunch on a fairly regular basis. I'm never disappointed with the service or the food. The staff has gotten to know my friends and I, so it's always a pleasure to dine with them.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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