Recs for Downtown Charlotte Restaurants for client dinners
Ratcliffe on the Green. Chef Mark specializes in farm to fork food with a focus on French brasserie style cuisine. It is chef owned and operated, lovely formal dining room and downtown location (S. Tryon near 2nd). http://www.ratcliffeonthegreen.com/overview.html
Another option, just southeast of Uptown, is Carpe Diem on Elizabeth St(Travel south on Stonewall to left on Charlottetown to right on Elizabeth). Another non-chain option that has been in town for a long time. Gorgeous dining room (think art nouveau) and a delicious eccletic food with somethting for everyone. I'm a big fan of their seared sea scallops over an almond brie risotto. Also good is there carpaccio and they always have an interesting pan-seared duck breast entree. Good wine list to boot.
Try the Ember Grille. The menu is wonderful and the food is fantastic. Not your typical hotel restaurant. The chef is very innovative and uses many local ingredients. We ate there twice, once with clients and they enjoyed it as well. We had a working dinner so it was convenient. Great food, top to bottom their menu is delicious.
You might want to check out Ember Grille inside the Westin. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/654165 Quiet, comfortable and refined.
If you step out of Uptown a bit, try Fig Tree. A bit more intimate, real good food.
The new sushi spot in Epicenter, Enso has a swanky NYC feel for something more informal.
Do a search on this board and you will find tons of ideas, but to name a few that are specifically good for client dinners (which, to me, means some energy and life to it without being too loud)
Coco Osteria or Luce (Italian)
Steak places everywhere (Mortons, Chima, BLT Steak, Capitol Grille, Ruth's Chris)
Blue (Mediterrean inspired)
Then, there are more casual, fun places like:
Mert's Heart & Soul (southern)
Nix Burgers & Brew
Brixx's (wood fired pizza)
...and then take your clients over to Alexander Michael's for an after dinner drink and fried pickles