We had an amazing time here. Such a cool experience and will definitely be back. They ask what your budget is as soon as youre seated so they craft the experience to fit that mold. I spent $350 for a bottle of champagne and an Italian red, each coming with their own 3 dishes to pair. We also went for dessert, an apple tart and it was amazing. My one qualm was the paella was over salted and had no real substance to it. Felt like just rice but as youll see in my photos, the rest of the dishes were beautifully plated and very inspired.
Ive been so excited to finally eat at Biblio, and Im happy to say it lived up to my high expectations! This place is truly an experience the wine may be the star of the show, but the food gave it a run for its money. After being greeted and shown our table, Somme Elyse explained how Biblio works and helped me select a bottle of wine within my price point. The bottle included bread along with 3 plates of food. Each course was brought out directly from Chef John, who explained each dish. Beginning snacks: strong start with house made focaccia and pickles. First course: Paella this was my favorite of the evening. Ive been missing the paella I used to get in Chicagoand this surpassed what Ive had before. Still thinking about it! Second course: Squid Ink Pasta with Mussels and blistered tomatoes. Paired beautifully with the wine and again delicious! The noodles were the highlight for me here! Third Course: Chicken with roasted vegetables on top of a carrot pure. The chicken and veggies were also amazing but the best part of this dish was the carrot pure. SO. GOOD. After hearing about Biblios concept (and knowing they carry some hard to find bottles!), I was a little concerned at how pricey the evening would be. But, in the end, it felt like a steal considering the amount of food that comes with the bottle. (See pics!) This space really just evokes great conversation with its unmatched vibe. Perfect for date night or groups!
Such an enjoyable experience! We will definitely be back. I love that they keep track of the wines you've enjoyed because I can never remember what I specifically like. The sommelier was so helpful meeting not only our price points but the very diverse wine preferences the 4 of us at the table had. We enjoyed 2 very different bottles and I'm happy to say my preferences have expanded to finally include a beautiful red. Extremely pleasant evening and a really fun new concept for Charlotte. I wish I'd remembered to take pictures of the food - everything was delicious and at the end we decided to keep enjoying ourselves with a dessert and another drink. I was surprised that the bill was much lower than I had anticipated.
Biblio, sibling restaurant to Counter, provides wine aficionados with a twist on the traditional wine pairing concept: you choose your wine and the chefs will prepare food to match. On the whole, the idea works and the execution is excellent but there are nuances that may throw diners off their normal game. Your sommelier/guide will either make available a wine list or, if youre adventurous, you can provide a grape, region, or overall characteristic, and several bottles at various price points will be brought to the table and presented for your consideration. If youre not sure about what each bottle costs, just ask: as evidenced by the conversations around our table, the staff are wonderful at reassuring guests. Each bottle of wine brings with it 3 small plates to share. (Think generous sized tapas.) The plates will come from the shared kitchen with Counter, are generally matched to your wine selection, and the cost of the food is added to the bottle. (Additional single plates are available at $15 each at time of review.) Your table is yours for the evening and the room is a wonderful place to spend several hours. Tables are widely spaced and its easy to have a quiet conversation. The staff is wonderful and knowledgeable; its clear they enjoy the restaurant and what they do. Now: how much does the experience cost? As mentioned, your guide will assist you in finding a price point and although the pricing isnt as transparent as more restaurants, an open conversation will be your best bet to enjoy this excellent restaurant.
We always have the best date nights with Chef Sam and his attentive and knowledgeable team. We visited Biblio for dinner in February and we were impressed with the flow and concept. It's a different concept than Counter- so you have to change your expectations of the experience. We sat at the bar for dinner service and the spaces were large enough to still feel intimate like a table. Bill came around and gave great feedback for a wine selection based on our palette interests for the evening. The small tapas plates concept to pair with our wine selection was unique and a new experience for us. I did openly state the food I needed to avoid and the server accommodated perfectly! The food was fantastic. I do like a little more choice and direction with my dinner selections normally, but dining here is more about the experience than getting your favorite thing off the menu every time you return. I think they've updated the concept since we were there in February and we look forward to returning again soon. We hope to bring some friends with us this next time! Thanks to the creative folks who make Biblio a unique experience.