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six dower Oct 21, 2009 05:10 PM

Hello Chowhounders. I am staying at the Westin downtown next week and will have to take a few clients to dinner. Can you provide a few suggestions? Price not an issue. Nice atmosphere. Thanks in advance!

  1. lynnlato Oct 25, 2009 12:40 PM

    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.
    http://carpediemrestaurant.com/index.php

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      Chocolate Toe Oct 25, 2009 03:23 PM

      Ratcliffe on the Green, Alexander Michaels, Zink.. but if you're in the Westin, definitely Ember.

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      billyjack Oct 23, 2009 04:32 PM

      I third the Ember Grille. Very surprising for a hotel restaurant. Although I guess take a look at the atmosphere when you get here, might not be what you want depending on you and your clients expectations for a business dinner.

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        teelou Oct 23, 2009 10:21 AM

        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.

        1. SkinnyChef Oct 23, 2009 09:36 AM

          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.

          1. mcap Oct 22, 2009 09:27 AM

            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)
            Monticello (French-American)

            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

            1. bbqdawg Oct 22, 2009 02:51 AM

              www.chowhound.com/topics/656764

              1. clteats Oct 21, 2009 08:15 PM

                Haven't been to too many places downtown but of the few that I've been too Fleming's was my favorite. There are loads of other great places that I'm sure people will chime in on soon.

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