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“Always the best!”

Barrington's Restaurant
Ranked #136 of 2,492 Restaurants in Charlotte
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$40
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed 23 November 2013

My wife and I have eaten at Barringtons for years and it is still our favorite restaurant in town. Bruce and his team are like family and the food is world class. For a special occasion, special client or just a Tuesday night out on the town, Barrington's cannot be beat.

Thank Randy S
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Reviewed 23 November 2013

Love that they change the menu seasonally. I always get the foie gras and it's always served differently - but has never been a disappointment. I hardly order chicken when I go out to dinner and I do go out to dinner a lot. Peggy recommended the chicken once and we were hooked immediately. This is one of the best if not the best chicken i have ever tasted. Always bring a friend with you so you can order different entrees as they are all great. The place is not big maybe 45 seats so make sure you make a reservation. Great place to go if you are going by yourself - get a seat in the bar and enjoy a great meal.

Thank Carmie G
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

Nice cozy restaurant. Our servers Peggy and Woody were terrific. Mussels for appetizer were delicious and full of flavor. We also had pate which was very tasty. Entrees were excellent. I had grouper which was cooked perfectly, not overcooked. The chocolate soufflé was incredible. Over all a top notch dining experience.

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1  Thank AlaExpat
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

WOW! All I can say is WOW! Up till now, Zebra was the best restaurant in Charlotte that I ate at. Now, it's Barrington's! My best friends were visiting from TN, and I wanted to treat them for their Birthdays (There were 3 of them visiting). I knew it wouldn't be cheap but what the heck....you only live once, right?

Now understand that me and my group of friends are real "foodies." We've had the fortune at eating at some of the best restaurants in the country. Not bragging, just giving some context here. So we typically go "all out" when possible, and given the special nature of this night, we certainly went "all out."

So, to start the dinner off, we ordered the French Onion soup AND TWO pasta dishes since I read that they are famous for their pasta. This was basically "for the table" (i.e., we made it family style). My GOD. The French Onion soup was nothing like I've ever had before. Obviously reconstructed to a fine, modern twist. It didn't have your regular "toasty cheese" on top. Oh no.....it had a fine "cheese FOAM" in the center which was like a rich, cheesy sour cream but way better. The Onions were sweet and savory. Just about the best I've ever had! The pasta? IF you ever come here, you've GOT to order the gnocchi! It was freakin phenomenal! Don't know how else to say it. It had fresh parmesan, braised veal and porcini mushrooms which was layered with elegant yet powerful flavors. That sounds contradictory......you get the picture. It was GREAT!

As if the pasta and soup weren't enough, we also added the Foie Gras. I mean, how could you NOT order Foie Gras if it's on the menu! It was wrapped in Prosciutto, over a homemade fig bar surrounded by a blackberry sauce. Again, RIDICULOUSLY good!

We're basically full at this point. BUT we've GOT to brave more food! So we got the Ashley Farms chicken, the Crispy Duck and the Beef Short Ribs. Again, WOW! My gourmand buddies BOTH said that it was the BEST duck they've ever had! And I assure you that we've eaten LOTS of little duckies in our lived. This one had to be brinned for days as it was UBER moist......practically melt in your mouth. Yet he kept the skin crispy. That my friends takes great cooking technique. Same with the chicken. The skin was the best part...you can see the bird was pressed down to ensure even cooking while getting the skin very crispy. Some of the best chicken I've ever had, and probably THE BEST my friend had. The shortribs were also delicious. Not the best I've ever had (that goes to Roy's out West), but certainly the best in Charlotte! Oh and just for you know what and giggles, we ordered all 3 of the side dishes: Truffle Mashed potatoes, Garlic Spinach and Roasted Mushroom. Verdict for the main courses and sides? Just incredible!

Now we're WAY overstuffed. So we get dessert. Why not? We do "cut back" and only order 2 desserts (but 3 portions). My friends all got the warm chocolate pudding cake. This title is misleading......it's more like a souffle, a flour-less one! Everything is made in house, including their ice cream. This was a decadent dish, a dream for chocolate lovers. I got the warm cinnamon bun, with some of THE BEST ice cream I've ever had....a brown butter pecan ice cream. We all suggested to the waitress that the Chef sell this in the grocery stores. It was uber yummy! All over a CARAMEL drizzled bun.

Now, here's what I think many people overlook. While the did have a decent and affordable wine list, my group and I are REAL oenophiles. Not snobs by any means, just true wine lovers. So I did some research and found out that Barrington's only charges a $20.00 corkage fee. This is VERY low for a high quality dining establishment. So I brought 3 very special wines from my cellar, and figured at $20/bottle, so $60.00 total for 3 wines that could have totaled $2000.00 in some restaurants (I told you we went all out). So I thought that was a steal. When I got the bill (yes, I paid!) I saw that they only charged me $20 for ALL the wine I brought! Again, WOW!

Finally, I was STUNNED by the final bill. Here we go "all out" and I was thinking maybe $500.00 or something for the FOUR of us. But no, It was under $300.00. Not cheap by any means. BUT keep in mind that we ordered 3 appetizers, 2 full pasta dishes (which are entrees), 4 other entrees, all 3 sides, and 3 desserts. That my friends is a LOT of food. For under $300? For 4 people? I mean, you couldn't possibly order more food. This was a food lovers paradise and the bill was incredibly reasonable!

Out in Las Vegas this mean would have been $1000.00+!!! I can NOT believe at how reasonable the prices are in this restaurant. Again, please keep in mind that this is a FINE DINING establishment! So when I say "reasonable" I'm comparing it to other restaurants of similar quality. From that perspective, it's a STEAL!

Both my best male friends said it was THE BEST MEAL of their lives. It was in my Top 5 for sure.That is a TREMENDOUS compliment to the Chef and this restaurant.

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Thank pcwineguy64
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

We lived just outside do NYC and ate there a lot. Barrington's is as good or better than anything I've had there - or anywhere else - at any price.
We're foodies and this is THE place in Charlotte if you love to eat fine food. It isn't stuffy. It's very small and quaintly but not costume-y in its vibe. It looks like the tavern you'd find a hundred years ago in a rich British neighborhood. But with great food. (Just me?)
They are accommodating (I'm allergic to shellfish) and your waitperson will be focused on you but not unnervingly so. There are only about 40 spots here and they take their time. You might have waited for a while to get your reservations but they never make you feel like they're too busy. It's like they've been waiting for you there all day.
Foie gras? Delicious. Corn soup? Outstanding. Chocolate mousse cake? Wow. Everything in between - amazing. Price? Expensive. We had one appetizer, 2 entrees, 1 dessert and 1 glass of wine and it was about $150.
It's casual enough for the "I won't wear a suit!" guy but not so much that you miss out of feeling like it's a special occasion. I have the man that LOVES to dress up so this is a nice place to air out those cuff links!
I loved it, start to finish. Ask for a gift card for Christmas and eat happily without eyeing the price menu, if you are on a budget. It is worth skipping a few chain restaurants and just eating here once every few months. You deserve to see what chicken can be!

Thank GeekyKestrel
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