The gentle breeze from an outdoor patio wafts the scents of certified Angus grilled steaks and seafood dishes throughout City Tavern's dining rooms, where guests gather to celebrate milestones with dishes that are at once elegant and familiar. Crackling fireplaces cast a soft glow that illuminates meals of sophisticated comfort cuisine featuring high-quality ingredients, such as seafood-stuffed eggplant with roasted red pepper cream sauce and build-your-own bison burgers. Back in the kitchen, chefs age Angus steaks for 21 days to unlock a mature flavor that can stand beside one of 45 specialty martinis without getting carded. The bar serves dinner and small bites—including fried cheesecake and vegetarian hummus with toasted pita points.
Friendly servers weave through Beef & Bottle's dimly lit, unpretentiously sophisticated dining rooms, delivering instantaneous grins in the form of savory steaks and freshly caught seafood. Meat mavens will need to request extra napkins for happy-tear blotting when they see Beef & Bottle's menu for the first time, which is topped by prime proteins including filet mignon ($26–$32), special-cut sirloin ($19), and New York strip ($27), each cooked to order. If you're hankering for seafaring grub, start with a piquant appetizer such as the wine-sautéed shrimp scampi ($9), fresh from performing “Come Sail Away” on Crustacean Idol. For dinner, let the sweet bourbon salmon ($25) melt in your mouth or the lobster-infused fettuccine alfredo ($22) practice its curvy penmanship on your tongue. Decadent desserts include blueberry-topped New York–style cheesecake ($5) and deep-dish apple pie ($5); the latter is served with a generous scoop of cinnamon ice cream and a complimentary side of instant friends.
Fire isn't usually regarded as a condiment, but at Yamato Japanese Steakhouse, leaping flames are a key ingredient. That's because the restaurant's chefs flip juicy steaks and fresh seafood through flames at tableside hibachi grills, giving the proteins their signature flavor. They also hand cut fresh calamari and prepare the same artful sushi and sashimi served at Kobe Hero, the spot's sister restaurant. Visitors can also stop by the bar for specialty cocktails such as the 007—a libation that's shaken, not stirred.
Filled with wrought-iron railings, murals, and a stone fountain, Steak Street's decor exudes southern charm. One seating area evokes the spirit of New Orleans' French Quarter, whereas another section calls to mind the streets of Charleston.
A Trio of Culinary Concepts
Bar and Bistro
In addition to the main dining area, Steak Street includes separate bar and bistro sections. With a vintage fielder's glove and baseball bats hanging on the walls, the lounge-like bar channels Cooperstown, New York while guests sip from the southern beers on tap, including several from North Carolina breweries. The bistro features a private patio sheathed by wisteria vines and a retractable enclosure that offers indoor or outdoor seating depending on the weather and number of meteorites expected.
T-Bones On the Lake not only provides diners with waterfront views, it goes one step further. The restaurant's ample deck actually juts out over the water, creating a laid-back spot to enjoy sweeping views of Lake Wylie. Visitors can even park at one of the eatery's 38 available slips before grabbing?a seat at one of T-Bones'?umbrella-shaded tables.
Casual American Cooking
True to its name, the restaurant's menu features a hearty 16-ounce T-bone steak. However, the chefs also offer guests classic comfort foods, including baby back ribs, flash-fried pickle chips, beer-battered fish and chips, and soft tacos loaded with grilled Pacific cod.
Ryan's intimate, upscale surf-and-turfery lures fine diners with its gourmet starters, hearty soups, succulent steaks, fresh seafood, and other carnivorous delights. Signature menu offerings include the bemonocled oysters Rockefeller ($11.95), grouper Key West (with roasted new potatoes and fresh asparagus, $28.75), and the steak au poivre, a pan-sautéed pedestal of bovine decadence with classic cognac cream sauce ($32.95). Meal toppers include a gooey, delectable slice of southern-style pecan pie ($6.25) and caffeinated pick-me-ups such as Ryan's cappuccino (with cocoa and cinnamon, $4.95) or the sprightlier Irish coffee (with Old Bushmill's Irish whiskey, $6.95).