Let me start by saying that I had no idea what to expect when I made reservations at Ratcliffe's for my wife and I's anniversary. When I called to make the reservation I requested the bay window. I have lived in Charlotte since the days when Carpe Diem occupied the space and have always wanted to sit there. The hostess taking my reservation was very accomodating with my request and my wife adored our seat. I had heard many good things but had never been there or even seen the inside since Chef Hibbs took it over. It was one of the best anniversary dinners we've had, right up there with Barrington's. It's not the cheapest place to eat and for good reason. Chef Mark Hibbs is a member of the slow food movement. His ingredients are about as local and fresh as it gets. Everything we had that night was well prepared and well presented. Our service was excellent, there for you always without being overbearing. The wine selection was great and the food was delicious. It was Chef Hibbs night off apparently, but his sous chef, Greg took very good care of us. It was nice to see the chef making rounds of the dining room every 15-20 minutes to check on the tables and answer questions about the ingredients. They are very passionate about their ingredients and it shows when they start talking to you about it. Although our entrees were delicious my favorite part of the meal, and I can't belive I'm saying this, was the salad. Sounds crazy, right? But this was a grilled baby romaine with bacon, shaved parmesan, caesar dressing and a sunny side up quail egg. Probably the best salad I have ever had. Our dessert was equally amazing. We preordered the souffle. It comes out bursting from the souffle dish, the server cracks it open and pours creme anglaise into it until it seeps out onto the plate. Delectable! This restaurant is definitely worth a visit.
Pros: beautiful restaurant
Cons: only one table in the bay window-but that's what makes it special!