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181 Palmer
181 Palmer
  • Address:
    66 Columbus Street
    Culinary Institute of Charleston
    Charleston, SC 29403
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown
  • Cuisine:
    American
    Price: $30 and under

181 Palmer Details

Getting there

  • Cross Street: East Bay Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking off campus in local area.
A word from 181 Palmer
181 Palmer is the Culinary Institute of Charleston’s dining room on its downtown campus. The facility’s design, highlighted by bold lines and bright colors, garnered LS3P Associates an Honor Award, the American Institute of Architect’s highest. Inside 181 Palmer’s sparkling glass walls, tables are… dressed in crisp linens and Stolzle stemware, state-of-the-art technology streams in action from the kitchen, and skilled CIC students produce and serve a seasonal prix fixe menu for a value that Southern Living magazine labeled “How to Save Money on Fine Cuisine.” (Please note: Because both the dining rooms and the student-run kitchens of 181 Palmer and our sister restaurant The Relish Restaurant Group® Restaurant are classrooms, the days and hours of operation are determined by the college’s calendar.) Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I dine at 181 Palmer at least once ever semester. It is always a special treat. Nothing ever disappoints...the service is great and leisurely even though the staff is finishing up a class and want to get out of there on time. And I will sum up the food in one word: FLAVOR, FLAVOR, FLAVOR that was three words but the fare is oh so good. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "My quest from out of town loved the entire experience. Another lovely luncheon. Thank you."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "You can always rely on 181 Palmer for a wonderful lunch experience at a great price. The dishes are updated versions of old favorites, beautifully presented, and delicious! "
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Excellent food and service! We really enjoyed our lunch and hope to return soon!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Not many people seem to know about an excellent spot for lunch in an uncommercial location near Charleston. Trident Tech's Columbus St. campus houses the Culinary Institute of Charleston, a cooking school. At this time, for $15 they serve an excellent 3-course lunch. The service is impeccable, (fine dining quality without the usual snootiness) and the atmosphere is anything but a campus cafeteria. Open Monday through Thursday by reservation (820-5087) during the semester."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Restaurant connected with the Trident Culinary School. Prix fixe with 5 appetizer choices, 5 entrees and 5 desserts for $15!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We love going to the 131 PALMER House for lunch! They have something special on the menu each time that we are there. The food and service is outstanding. It is better than going to a 4 Star Restaurant.!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "I had eaten at the restaurant two days in a row. The staff commented on seeing me the day before. This was embrassing In front of the current table. However, it is always a pleasure to eat at your restaurant!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Not much publicity, a little hard to find, but well worth the effort. The food was exceptional, the atmosphere friendly, and for once, we got to enjoy our food and discuss it without shouting. SO nice to find a quiet restaurant. We would have come back the next day and the next, but they were all booked up. Advice: make reservations in advance."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "1. Our waitress didn't show up until the people who came in after us were getting their beverages. 2 Kelly spilled iced tea as she was pouring it, apologized, and proceeded to spill it two more times during refills until I had a puddle the size of a bread plate on the table cloth where my glass sat. 3. My appetizer, empanadas, was lackluster. My entrée, lamb was tender and tasty but the puddle of eggplant under it was muddy and non descript. Dessert, a tart, was delicious and beautifully plated although the espresso I requested be brought with it did not arrive until I was finished with my meal. I have enjoyed this restaurant in the past but feel on this occasion the chef and waitress didn't have their hearts or heads in the game."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "First time for business lunch. Great value!!! Great taste!!!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Amazing lunch that is truly a well kept secret. Hidden jewel in Charleston! What a treat for a special gourmet lunch prepared by well supervised students. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "I had a great lunch at 181 Palmer, including the best buttermilk tart ever. It was accompanied by Meyer lemon jam and fresh strawberries. Backing up - my first course was a lovely lump crab and asparagus salad. I had the fish of the day, which was local swordfish with butternut squash puree and sauteed baby kale. A cappuccino to finish. All for $15.00 Super deal."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "In the lovely dining/classroom setting of the restaurant at the Charleston Culinary Institute, you will have a fine gourmet dining experience. Meals are prepared and served by students learning the trade and the overall results are first rate. Sure there is an occasional mix up or the server mispronounces an ingredient, but that is part of their learning experience and I've had worse occurrences at established restaurants. One chooses between four appetizers, four entree and four dessert choices and the menus can be viewed beforehand on line. I have never been disappointed. For my money it is the best deal in Charleston. Lunch only. Reservations are necessary. No alcohol is served."
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "Always enjoy meeting friends at this special dining room. Love watching the students at work on the video screen Food excellent and beautifully served."
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "It is a treat to dine with the Culinary School Students. Best value in town."
    Dined on 10/29/2013