UFL’s Guide to Charlotte’s Most Expensive Restaurants

In New York you would go to Masa where the average bill is $1,000+ and in Tokyo you would head to Aragawa for the most expensive kobe beef in the world… but if you’re looking to stay within the Queen city, we’ve got a breakdown of Charlotte’s Top Ten Most Expensive Restaurants. Since the original posting of this list there have been several more top contenders that have opened their doors in the Queen City. Baku, Stagioni, and Lumiere French Kitchen are all recent additions to Charlotte’s food scene and if they’re still open after the first year they will get added to the list… until then this is our Top Ten.


#10 the Fig Tree Restaurant

A Chef owned and operated restaurant featuring seasonal French and Italian cuisine. The Fig Tree is one of our favorite swanky spots in Charlotte (click here for our recap) and its worth every penny. The menu changes seasonally (so will the prices) but this gives you a decent idea of what you could expect.

  • Appetizer – $18 Pan Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras over Huckleberry Bread Pudding with Blueberry-Port Gastrique and Sauternes-Macerated Golden Raisins
  • Salad – $8 Traditional Caesar Salad with Parmigiano-Reggiano and House Made Croutons
  • Entree – $42 Grilled New Zealand Elk Chop with Smoked Bacon-Braised Cabbage, Potato Gratin and Boursin Dijon Cream Sauce

Grand Total = $68


#9 Bonterra Dining and Wine Room 

Bonterra boasts an elegant, casual setting located in the heart of Dilworth near Uptown Charlotte. Housed in a renovated 110-year-old church, Bonterra’s menu features a variety of exquisite American cuisine. We’ve been there a few times (click here for our recap) and its always been a steady favorite of ours.

  • Appetizer – $21 Fried Lobster Tail in a Wild Flower Honey & Soy Reduction with a Sweet & Sour Aioli
  • Salad – $10 Autumn Salad with Mesclunine, Haricots Verts, Butternut Squash, Bacon, Bleu Cheese, EVOO Balsamic
  • Entree – $37 Fire-Roasted Certified Angus Beef Filet Mignon (8oz) with Olive Oil Whipped Potatoes, Sautéed Local Kale, and Red Wine Braised Shallots

Grand Total = $68


#8 Barringtons

Bruce Moffett’s original creation, Barringtons serves upscale American cuisine with a “homey twist” featuring a seasonally changing menu with local and organic produce. We went there early in 2012 (click here for our recap) and absolutely loved it… especially the coconut cream pie!!!

  • First Course – $16 Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Corn Bread French Toast, Duck Proscuitto, Fresh Figs and Aged Balsamic
  • Side Item – $19 Handmade Parmesan Gnocchi Tossed with Braised Organic Veal and Italian Porcini Mushrooms
  • Main Course – $34 Pan Seared Sea Scallops, Creamy Risotto, Wild Boar Ragout, Brussels Sprout Leaves & Crispy Fried Onions

Grand Total = $69


#7 Zebra Restaurant

The Zebra restaurant features fine dining with a contemporary French concept. We haven’t hit them up since starting UFL but Ella was there a few years ago and said it was AMAZING!!!

Ten Course Grand Tasting Menu (Sample Menu Options)

  • Truffled Mushroom Foie Gras Soup le Glaçage Royal
  • Organic Beet Salad with Sheep’s Milk Roquefort, Praline Walnuts, Turnip “Ravioli”
  • Seared Foie Gras “Slider” with Pancetta Crisp, Organic Micro Arugula and Organic Berry Compote, House-made Brioche Toast
  • Dover Sole Amandine, Tomato Confiture and Toasted Almonds, Beurre Noisette, Pommes Tournées and Haricots Verts

Grand Total = $88


#6 Bentleys on 27

Bentleys on 27 serves a menu of Classic French dishes prepared and presented tableside. We haven’t tried them yet but after looking over the menu.. I think we will be making a trip there soon :)

  • Appetizer – $18 Tasmanian Crab Martini Layered with papaya salad & cucumber-fennel slaw, topped with guacamole
  • Salad – $14 Crispy Brie Salad with a bourbon jam & brie wrapped in puff pastry, watercress, baby arugula, fresh berries with raspberry vinaigrette, and Jim Beam glaze
  • Entree -$65 Stuffed Lobster Tail with a three cheese potato cake, sautéed baby carrots and haricot vert, lemon butter sauce

Grand Total = $97


#5 McNinch House

The McNinch house creates dishes using seasonal ingredients prepared in a  “New American” style, combining indigenous Southern ingredients with classic European technique. We hit them up for our three year anniversary (click here for our recap) and although we thought everything was good… we didn’t think anything was great.

Ten Course Chef’s Tasting Menu (Sample Menu Options)

  • Georgia Royal Red Shrimp and Ricotta Gnocchi with McNinch Garden Radish, Smoked Trout Caviar, and Brown Butter
  • House-made Intermezzo Sorbet
  • Rosemary and Dijon Crusted Rack of New Zealand Lamb with Chevre–Arugula Cous Cous, Glazed Carrots & Braised Mustard Seeds
  • White Chocolate and Coconut Rum Soufflé with Caramelized Pineapple Sorbet, Candied Walnuts and White Chocolate Gelee

Grand Total = $109


#4 Del Friscos

Featuring a menu of Impeccable chef-driven cuisine, extensive award-winning wine list and unparalleled hospitality… Del Frisco’s is often the chosen location in the Queen city for anybody that wants to be seen. We havent been there yet… but we’ll make our way there soon enough.

  • Appetizer – $18 Crab Cake with a Cajun Lobster Sauce
  • Salad – $10 Tomato and Mozzarella Salad
  • Entree – $89 Wagyu Longbone (32 oz. Ribeye)

Grand Total = $117


#3 BLT Steak

BLT Steak is a Classic Modern American restaurant serving USDA Prime or Certified Angus® steak naturally aged and broiled at 1700 degrees. We checked them out in 2011 (click here for our recap) and although we didn’t care for the steak (not a fan of the 1700 degree broil), we loved everything else on the table.

  • Appetizer – $34 One Dozen East & West Coast Oysters
  • Side – $14 Hen of the woods Mushroom
  • Entree – $82 40 oz Porterhouse (you might argue that this is meant for two… but I would eat it myself)

Grand Total = $130


#2 The Palm

The Palm is yet another prestigious steakhouse in the Queen city featuring a host of tantalizing menu items. We haven’t been there yet, but they are a regular participant of the Charlotte Restaurant Week so we’ll probably hit them up the next time it comes around.

  • Appetizer – $24 Colossal Lump Crabmeat Cocktail
  • Salad – $16 Louis “Gigi” Delmaestro Salad with shrimp, green beans, tomato, onion, bacon, iceberg lettuce, roasted pepper, egg and avocado tossed in a garlic vinaigrette
  • Entree – $99 Prime Double Cut New York Strip 32 ounce sliced tableside

Grand Total = $139


#1 “The Bat Cave”

More of an urban rumor than a verified reality… the Bat Cave is rumored to be a private “invite only” dinner club that serves most exquisite and creative  food in the Queen City. The Chef is unknown, the location is unknown, and the price is unknown… but we do know (through our own investigation) its suppose to feature a steadily changing menu of seasonal, local, and organic ingredients. The Bat Cave is said to cross the boundaries between Contemporary.. Classic.. Modern.. French.. American.. etc… and recreate dishes that are as mouthwatering as they are memorable.

The Bat Cave menu is rumored to have previously featured Ossobuco with Gremolata, Braised Short Ribs  over Risotto, Foie Gras Sliders on Fresh Made Cornbread, Duck Confit with Apples and Herb Roasted Potatoes, Caviar on Toasted Butter  Baguettes, and a long list of creative “one-off” dishes that are only known to a very lucky group of dinner participants

Although none of this can be officially confirmed we are still on the hunt of the elusive invitation. Once we get our hands on it… you guys will be the first to know all the juicy details :)





  1. Any one hear of this bat cavE?

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