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About Bernardin's Restaurant at the Zevely House
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Continental, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm-until
between Summit & Brookstown
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Contact:
Terry Lee, Freddy Lee: (336) 725-6666
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
Bernardin's Restaurant at the Zevely House Ratings and Reviews
Consistent quality with a menu that is seasonally updated but holds own to some tried and true favorites. (I've lived in FL & on Long Island yet the crab cakes at this place are one of, if not THE best I've had.) Upscale but not pretentious; this includes the staff who are attentive and knowledgeable but not snooty. This would be a wonderful time to learn more about wines by asking your server for assistance in choosing from a varied wine menu.
Charming old house can get a bit loud due to wood floors and all the happy, well-feed people having a good time but there is both a back room & outside dining if you want to whisper sweet nothing to your dining partner.
Lobster lobster was delicious, my husband had the filet, but the only steak sauce they had was tobasco steak sauce and he got a surprise mouth full. The food is very expensive so we only go for special occasions. This place is not handicapped friendly, i.e. Stairs and cobble stones. The small rooms get loud as the place fills with people.
We visited for our anniversary and were very pleased with the food and service. Waitress was friendly and helpful. Food was very good. Portion sizes were exactly what they should be - just big enough to fill you up - not giant portions. Dessert was very good as well. We enjoyed our visit.
I enjoyed it and enjoyed my emu. It was a little bit overcooked but I personally like it this way because I do not want to eat undercooked red meat. Other than that, the ambience and the service is top par. I will always come back but there is a catch: I can only come whenever I have the money 😂😂😂
Wonderful meal! Every time we go there we have a hard time deciding what to order, as there are so many things delicious sounding items on the menu. Cory ,our waiter , was exceptional and suggested a great bottle of wine to complement the meal. I highly recommend you try this restaurant whether you are local or visiting. You will not be disappointed.
As always, the staff was perfect; attentive, without being intrusive.
We were there the day before a two week closing, so one menu item had been taken off (camel), which was a little disappointing.
Instead, I had emu, and that was wonderful. The venison was also very good.
You really can't go wrong with anything on the menu here.
We've been to Bernardin's many times over many years, but our last visit was a big let down. The location is wonderful, the staff is attentive (although a couple coming in as we were finishing up were left alone so long after getting their menus, the husband finally got up and went for help) and the menu is enticing, especially if you like unusual types of meat (emu anyone?). The outdoor terrace is a gem.
But, the terrace was closed after a rainstorm and the main dining room upstairs is very loud. It has strange acoustics that let you hear some conversations quite clearly. But how can you complain when the people are just having fun?
The food was really the let down. A heritage tomato salad came with hard, mealy tomatoes that were really unexpected this far into summer. The tomato bisque, on the other hand, was creamy, fresh tasting and hit the spot. The lobster-lobster, a signature dish was good, but not great, with the lobster ravioli (the second lobster in the name) covered with a soggy, dense pasta. The desert (a freebie to replace the tomato salad - they should have just comped the salad) was a soggy, overly sweet bread pudding that was markedly below the the restaurant's usual standards.
So I don't know, was it just a bad night, or the sign of a once great restaurant in decline? Considering the cost, I'm not sure I'm going to hurry back to find out.
We are regulars at Bernardin's, two times a month or more. We are not regulars at other restaurants in Winston-Salem, although there are many fine restaurants. The outdoor dining is gracious, the service is superior, and the food is the best we have encountered in W-S.
We have heard incredible reviews and comments on this W-S landmark. Nothing needs to be said about the history, quality and standard of such a great longstanding establishment. When we went this week the restaurant had apparently closed all rooms except the front room which is very small and was full therefore somewhat noisy. Our waitress failed to mention the lobster special in her discussion of the evening's specials. I would have ordered that for sure. I did get the emu and my wife got the duck which we found satisfactory but not to the standard of what we had expected. The service was good and I will return for another try.
Our food was good at Bernardin's, but not sure it's worth the cost. Our biggest complaint is that we were seated in a small room with 5-6 tables. There is nothing in the room to absorb sound, so you could hear everything the other guests were saying, and conversely, they could hear everything we said. It's very awkward trying to whisper the entire meal. One couple at another table asked to be seated outside, after they sat a few minutes in the room we were in. Wish we'd thought of that!
My son and his date enjoyed a lovely meal. The food was excellent. The service was great. Up until the end. They paid their check and left the tip on the table. The server approached them as they were leaving and asked them rudely why they only gave a .10 tip. My son told him the tip (20%) was on the table. At that point my son wanted to go back and take it off the table because he found that offensive. Not a good practice.
Very nice restaurant but service was a bit weird. Two waiters who seemed not to each realize the other was also waiting our table. Neighboring table talking loudly about medical issues--not the restaurant's fault, but definitely hampered the meal. Food was interesting and excellent.
A very nice surprise and hidden gem in Winston Salem. We've dined at most restaurants in the area over the years while visiting our daughter a WF University. We decided to try Bernardin's as it somehow stayed under our radar. We enjoyed the uniqueness of the menu with influences from Asia, India and other parts of the world. All the dishes were nicely portioned and full of flavor. The setting is quaint and unique as well as the restaurant is a converted house. The service provided by Alex was excellent... he knew the menu in detail, cared for the various allergies at the table, and recommended a nice bottle of wine that was reasonably priced.
We have been to Bernardin's several times but not in quite a while. This visit did not disappoint. The menu was wide ranging & offered dishes we had never tried before. Each one was fantastic. I wouldn't order camel (no kidding) just anywhere, but I was confident it would be good here, and it was. The server was comfortable describing it both in terms of preparation & taste, which made me more sure about it. (My husband had venison, which was less of a stretch for us.) All in all, it was great meal.
The one down side was that we were in the upstairs front room, and the floor shook noticeably whenever someone walked through the room. (It's an old house.) It's less noticeable if you sit on the wall-side. It certainly didn't keep us from enjoying our dinner. We just sat next to each other. ;)
Sharing a meal at Bernardin's is always a special occasion. The food is delicious, with some very unique choices available as well as beautifully prepared standard choices. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and our server was prompt and attentive without being overbearing.
The restaurant is also in a very convenient location for us.
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