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

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (27)
Creative Cuisine (25)
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Fit for Foodies (21)
Good for a Date (21)
Business Meals (18)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Cozy (17)
Romantic (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Great for Lunch (9)
Notable Wine List (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Fun (6)
People Watching (6)
Authentic (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Casual (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Healthy (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 25, 2017

I wanted my first dining experience here to be excellent. My CEO from New Orleans flew in to meet, his hotel was in center city and our first inclination is not a chain food store. Sadly the local gustatory store downtown in Charlotte a damned few. Grouper was inedible for me (who outs red gravy on Grouper?) so I had it boxed up and promptly into the trash. Even the Hudson Valley Foie Gras app just poorly prepared and subpar. The first bottle of Meursault was spoiled...that help the slippery slide for me here. Damned sorry too... Slack. I suggest the owner send secret customers to eat there and provide an accurate current status report . I am certain this would be a suprise.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

I don't usually spend to this price point, so when I do, I really hope that the place is worth it. Bernadin's was definitely worth it. The service was fantastic, but the food was other worldly. I had the kangaroo loin which was very good, and it was great that the chef suggested how to cook it because I'd never had kangaroo before. My wife said that her filet mignon was probably the best steak she's ever had. I tried it, and I agree. We will definitely come again...at some point.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Savannah)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Nice setting, downtown. Husband had the peppered filet mignon andit was delicious. I had the lobster ravioli, which did not have much consistency or flavor to the sauce, and came out barely warm. The lobster on top was good, but I have had better. It was a nice experience for the price.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Excellent- enjoyed the meal and service. Look forward to dining there again.

Tags: Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

I was drawn to the place after looking at the menu online. Definitely different than other places. Bernardin's had kangaroo, emu, venison, and a great wine list. My wife and I enjoyed dining there very much!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food was very good but service was awful. Room is very pleasant but noise level is very loud.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Very nice ambiance, decor, customer service and amazing dishes with superb presentation, with a reasonable price tag.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 14, 2017

This is our favorite lunch spot! James is the best waiter (well, all of the waiters really are excellent)! The food never disappoints us and the setting is gorgeous! We are not fond of the small dining area near the bar as it lacks the ambiance of the main dining room.

I would like to drop in during Happy Hour sometime.

This is always a great experience!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Savannah)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Thank You!!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 9, 2017

This was our first time here and we didn't know what to expect. We asked our server what she recommended and she said they were known for their game so we took her advice and had the Kangaroo and Emu. We were skeptical and a little scared, but OMG, they were both wonderful! We will definitely be coming back and bringing others to try. My score is 5 stars in all categories! Excellent restaurant.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The menu is simply structured, but absolutely fabulous quality. Be sure to start with the wine list, as it truly has some top selections that make for a great dining experience. Our native France waiter brought all the attention to the table that one would expect from fine dining. Truly a wonderful evening for my wife and I.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Overall an excellent experience...

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The ambience and the food are always outstanding. The menus is varied and has a great selection. One of my favorite places.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Birthday dinner first time. Loved it. Staff was amazing food incredible

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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