Beef & Bottle Restaurant
4538 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28209
Beef & Bottle
Beef and Bottle Restaurant
Beef And Bottle Restaurant
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Family Style, American, Steakhouse, Seafood
Alcohol: Full Bar
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I debated on the 5th star, but you know what? The Manager asked me if there I was anything he should change and I told him "Please don't change a thing, you can only mess it up".
Concerning the commentary about how it looks from the outside: Don't judge a book by it's cover. Yeah, it has some "Mafia hideout place to bring your mistress maybe it's really a strip club" look to it - but if you haven't figured it out by now, that IS part of the charm and the appeal. One reviewer here thinks none of the clientele are locals. Perhaps he is clairvoyant, but I don't think it is possible to make such a claim.
Pricey? Not really. Making comparisons to Outback? You should probably stick with Outback.
To start - our waitress (also the bartender) Hillary made me one of the better Old Fashioneds with Dark Rum I've had. She left out the orange but it was still pretty great. Now she knows she has Myers on hand, too.
We had "the cheese" but with Panini bread instead of crackers. Sounds silly, I know. I thought the cheese was to die for, and the danger here is eating too much of it. Next time I will eat the cheese with a spoon when no one is looking. The bread is crazy good, too. There is a reason they bring this out to your table when you are seated - it's tastes really good.
We also had Salad with Blue Cheese, Shrimp Scampi (prepared perfectly), Trout (perfect), Ribeye (it was hard to resist licking my plate in public when it was gone), Creamed Spinach (awesome) and Mushrooms. (I love mushrooms, but these are prepared in a wine sauce, wheras I am more of a garlic butter fan).
We had a hard time choosing a bottle of wine, but we described what we were looking for and another waiter made a recommendation - it was spot on. I think it may be crowded on Mon and Thurs for half-priced wine nights, so remember you probably need a reservation any night of the week. When we were leaving a van full of seniors showed up with no reservations. The Manager was trying to accommodate, and I hope they were able to work it out but...trust me, make a reservation.
We had to skip the dessert this time, but it was tempting.
We thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience, and sincerely hope it doesn't change a bit. We are new fans and cannot wait to go back. To anyone who didn't like it, you should probably stick with chain restaurants.
04/27/2012Provided by Citysearch -
The food is really very good. But you definitely pay for it. The environment is polarizing. It's set up in this old shack run-down looking building, but with white table cloths and candles on the table. The manager seems very arrogant. But the server was very personable. If you sit inside the dining room, it's very very dark. You can barely see the food in front of you. But it provides more of an atmosphere if you don't mind how dark it is.
The bar area has a lot more daylight coming in which is better in my opinion.
It's a place that tries to act very ritzy but at the same time will serve you cold cheez whiz as an appetizer. You'd think for $48 for a steak they could afford to give you a little better quality than a tiny ball of cheez whiz.
But if you don't mind spending a ton of money, the taste of the food is good.
04/22/2012Provided by Citysearch -
My sister and I decided to come here for the Oysters Rockefeller. We were just blown away by the service, staff, menu and ambiance. Couldn't have asked for a better, more intimate meal.
My sister's oysters were absolutely perfect and I had the beef kabobs that I have been talking about for days. The french onion soup was perfect, and I can't wait to come back!
10/04/2011Provided by Citysearch -
There was a time when I would have said this was one of the best restaurants in town. But no more. first of all i am a native; have lived here for over 50 years & ate here many times BUT not within the past 10 years. We were on that side of town and hungry...decided to stop in for a wonderful meal. No we did not have a reservation but we were sat within 10 minutes...from there it went downhill. My steak was fine but nothing to brag about, husbands was BAD...I don't know if meat had set out but the taste was so bad I spit it out. Waitress more or less called me a liar..said it was our taste buds/food was fine. Toast did not arrive till after meal was over. Service was tedious at best. We had to listen to the a young man (who manager was sucking up to) tell racist jokes. It is so sad to see this place come to this..but it is so different than how it used to be. Too many other places to spend my money at; we will not be back
07/05/2011Provided by Citysearch -
My hubby and I went here for our first real date night since my son was born. We ordered the frog legs to start since neither of us had ever had them. The were pretty good. I had a Pineapple Upside Down Martini-tasted JUST like the cake. I had the small filet and loved it. The food at Beef and Bottle is so simple. There wasn't much to it but that was what made it so good. The steak was cooked perfectly and we truly enjoyed ourselves. The atmosphere is very romantic and we had such an awesome night!
We can't wait to go back.
11/11/2010Provided by Citysearch -
We've dined at Beef & Bottle a few times now. When you enter, you go back in time ... black and white photos of movie stars, great music! I would highly recommend going there for a romantic evening.
Each time we go, the service and food have been outstanding. You are served complimentary cheese and crackers. The salad is much like a ""salad bar"" that comes to your table. You make your own salad from a variety of vegetables. Salad dressing comes on the side.
We have been several times since discovering this ""jewel"". No matter what you order, a steak, chicken, or seafood, it is cooked to perfection. The wine selection is quite broad and won't disappoint you!! They also have 1/2 price wine night.
Let's just say that when we visit Charlotte, it is our favorite place to dine! Love everything about it!!
I agree with most of what has already been written. Everything is great there, and the steaks are cooked to order, and seasoned well. But, they are not top quality beef. They do have the flavor of grocery store steaks, but cooked very well. Great atmosphere, love the salad presentation, and great dressings. I'd go there as a "regular" steak night. If they just had better quality meat, it would be 5 stars!
05/21/2010Provided by Citysearch -
If you want a great place to go grab a steak with the guys Beef and Bottle on S. Blvd is the place to go. Their food easily rivals the like of Morton's Ruth Chris sand the like
From the outside you wont expect much but once inside you'll be pleasantly surprised at the dark classic setting, then once you try the food you'll be hooked.
03/28/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Never judge a book by it's cover! This cute little steak house on S Blvd may lack curb appeal, but it more than makes up for it with amazing food and service. I've eaten there numerous times and each time the food is excellent as well as the service! It's a great place for a first date or to celebrate.
01/10/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Hubby and i went here for New Year's Eve becuase we knew it would be good. I think we like this place because it's not pretentious. It's not about high end finishes or glamorous dishes. It's just food done right everytime. This place is so consistent. We always start with the oysters rockafeller. The only dissapointment is that there are just 4. I'd prefer 6 or 8! I love how you can prepare your own salad right at the table. I'm not a red meat eater but i always get the small filet. It's seasoned to perfection and with a side of broccoli, it's the perfect serving. The portions are not huge, but i'm always completely satisfied when i leave. And the ambiance - how can you explain it. It's low key, and sometimes i feel like the crew from ""Goodfellas"" will walk in the front door. We always recommend this place to friends. It's way more fun than a stuffy uptown overated steak chain. Enjoy!
10/13/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I wandered into Beef and Bottle quite by mistake last night when looking for a place to eat while on a business trip. When I saw the place, I did not know what to make of the name and the exterior of the building reminded me of a BBQ place in Texas. I figured that with a name like Beef and Bottle, I had to try it, just so I could tell people that I ate there!
When I walked in, I was quite surprised at what I saw. It is dimly lit and I did feel under dressed in jeans and a t-shirt. They still welcomed me heartily and sat me at a great table.
The service there was impeccable and very friendly. After glancing through the menu I immediately ordered a ribeye, for about $27. It came with a simple salad of iceberg lettuce and a plate with onions, bell pepper, tomato and a couple of other salad bits on the side.
My Steak came medium rare, as ordered, and my impression with the first bite was that it was simply a good steak. While it is good, I think that comparisons to Mortons and other such places are WAY out of line. I would say that the steak was worth maybe $19.
The bread that was served with the meal was outstanding however.
Over all it was a *good* experience, but I am not sure that I would recommend going out of your way for it.
10/14/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Last night my co-workers and I dined at the Beef and Bottle. From the outside, the restaurant doesn't look impressive, but on the inside the restaurant has plenty of character with time period pictures and old school flair. I had the ribeye steak which was flavorable and a Idaho baked potato cooked as desired. Also, had an appetizer of the largest oysters that I've tried in years. Overall, I'd recommend and go back to the restaurant again.
04/11/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I heard many things about B&B and after living in CLT for several years, I finally gave this old staple a try. When I walked inside the door, I felt like we stepped into a time warp. This quiet den was dimly lit and had several framed pictures of old Hollywood stars adorning the wood paneled walls. When I said wood paneled, I mean painted plywood. The place had character and was fast becoming an experience. Once seated, the waiter took our drink order. The glasses of wine are extremely healthy and their cocktails generous. We ordered our steaks and delighted that they all come with a salad and side. The salad is unique in that it comes out as a plate of lettuce and all your accoutrement's (cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, etc,) are served on a platter for you to choose what you want. The dressings are all made in-house. The steaks were served and surprisingly well seasoned and cooked to perfection. There was butter on the steaks so make sure you ask to hold it if you're not interested. The meat is the same quality you would get at a grocery store. It wasn't prime but you're not paying prime prices. Overall, this was a good experience and place I am glad we visited. With drinks, appetizers and tip, it came to $50 a person. Try the Oysters Rockefeller...they're pretty tasty
11/16/2006Provided by Citysearch -
The Beef & Bottle used to be my favorite steakhouse in Charlotte and I highly recommended it to everyone, but I think that George Fine (the owner) has lost his mind or has no clue as to what is going on when he's not there! My wife and I were very disappointed and quite honestly, embarrassed that we brought friends there!
We brought another couple in on Saturday, November 11th for a birthday dinner. We have always been treated great by the managers as well as most of the service staff that know us by name or recognize our faces. We happened to get a new waitress that had no clue as to what she was doing. I mean, no clue at all! Even though she was nice, that didn't make up for the fact that she seemed to forget about us once we got our first round of drinks! We had to ask if we were ever going to get our salads and when we finally got them, we had to flag another server to bring us dressing after having waited 10 minutes for Kelly to bring it. I don't know if the kitchen was backed up that night or if our order was not turned in, but it took over 30 minutes from the time we were done with our salads to get our steaks. That was just a little too long. Once our food arrived and I looked at it, I was not very happy. My wife had the ""Bits of Tenderloin"" which is usually very good and flavorful. On this night, it turned out that it was overcooked, greasy and had no flavor. I had the ""Thick Filet Mignon"" that was served on a greasy plate swimming in either grease or butter! I can honestly tell you that I was rather embarrassed to have brought my friends here.
One of the waitresses informed us that the Beef and Bottle was under new management in both the front of the house and the kitchen and things were very different. They had all ready lost quite a few regular customers due to the decline in quality and management changes.
Please Mr. Fine, get the Beef and Bottle back to the excellent, unique, one of kind restaurants that it was!!! We really miss it.
10/10/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Between the awesome steak, the fabulous service, and the wonderful setting, I didn't want to leave. I felt so welcome when I walked in the door, which seems to be more and more of a rarity these days. It's clear that the owner takes great pride in the restaurant. It was even clearer when I tried the Oysters Rockefeller! Such a great beginning to a great meal. The steaks were perfectly cooked and definitely rival the much pricier ones at Mortons or Sullivans. The restaurant was very dark and cozy. Loved everything about it!