great little place!The atmosphere is intimate and casual, but the food is superb! We went there for brunch, but definitely want to try dinner there next time! Terrific!6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMBrunch FavoriteThis was our first visit to Carter's Kitchen and we were not disappointed by our leisurely Sunday brunch. The seafood omelet was filled with crab, shrimp, and scallops . . .yum! The crab benedict was very good as well. The grits accompaniment were creamy with flavorful. The breakfast sandwiches and huge waffle passing our table looked tasty too. The staff was friendly and the dining room was cozy. We will return for dinner.6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazed Again!!Every time we bring guests to Carter's Kitchen, we all walk away telling ourselves that was the BEST meal... it happens all the time without fail!!! Keep it up Carter's Kitchen!!6/5/2013 12:00:00 AMA pleasant surpriseDuring my family's vacation to Charleston, I'd made several reservations at well-known names in downtown Charleston but had nothing planned for this evening. After perusing opentable, we chose Carter's Kitchen for its already-great reviews. Exceeded all my expectations!! The service was unreal—so friendly and knowledgeable. The outdoor dining area was so cute. And the food was amazing. We started with okra chips and pimento cheese, both wonderful. My dad loved his lamb chops, my mom raved that she had the best crab cakes she'd ever had. Others in our party loved the fried shrimp and catfish. I had the kale Caesar (amazing!) and the vegan bolognese, with kale, soy chorizo and house-made vegan mozzarella which was just incredible. Such a gem!6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMA true find!This is a wonderful little restaurant in ION, just outside Charleston. The food is southern-inspired but very creative. Everything is hand-made and they are easily able to accommodate allergies. The service is excellent and very friendly. This is a true gem and a great dinner experience! Highly recommended.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways a treatWe're never disappointed in Carter's Kitchen - really good food, the whole package in a neighborhood restaurant. Truffle fries and benne seed lavash with pimento cheese spread shared by the table got things started on a high note. Entrees kept pace with the lump crab cakes being a star.5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMChicken GizzardAs always we enjoyed the chicken gizzards. Nice added tocuh with the soft shell crabs. Nice and light!! Our waitress was outstanding and very attentive.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMCan't wait to go again!Had an amazing dinner here Saturday night. It was packed and the kitchen got very behind but the staff was apologetic and tried their best to keep everyone satisfied. The food was absolutely worth the wait. Don't miss the truffle fries(fabulous), okra chips, she crab soup and scallops. Perfect spot for a leisurely meal with friends.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and atmosphereVery nice experience, great food and overall refreshing and relaxing night out, thank you.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent as usualThis was our third visit in as many months and they are three for three on excellent meals. This time we brought a guest who was visiting from out of state and once again, Chauncey took the time to explain the menu options and offer suggestions. We are never rushed, even when the restaurant is packed, although this time they were moderately busy. All of the staff is very helpful and go out of their way to make you feel welcome. If you go, don't get too attached to anything on the regular menu because when you hear the specials you might change your mind.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMSuperbWe were blown away by the food. Possibly the best meal we've ever had. I would highly recommended for any occasion. We went for a birthday and they accommodated our needs like no other restaurant ever has for us before.5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Service and Great FoodWe made our 8:30 reservation just two hours earlier that evening. We arrived ten minutes early and the hostess didn't seat us until 9:00. That was way too long tp me.
Thankfully, once we were seated we were greeted by the nicest and most enthusiastic server we have had in ages. Mary Ashley quickly rid me of any frustration I had from the hostess because she was so positive about the restaurant, the menu, and the executive chef Bob Carter. (Bob, you have a gem of an employee here.)
The food was great. Our server explained how the menu was set up with entrees and small plates. So two small plates could give you more variety. We enjoyed the desserts too.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMCasual and comfortable, withCasual and comfortable, with the service and quality of a 5 star restaurant. The staff was attentive and so friendly, the food excellent! Worth the drive to Ion.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMGood experience cFood was superb. Service was excellent. Our server, Meg, was on top of things. Noise was a problem for us.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMPortions could have been bigger.Reserved via OpenTable and much anticipated with all the good reviews. We dined indoors as it was a wet evening with torrential downpours. After a short wait at the bar, we were seated and waitress Kathy Jo or KJ for short took care of us quite nicely. We opted for light since were are watching our calories. They do have vegetarian and gluten free items on the menu. Prices are above average high for the quantity that arrives at the table. Bibb salad was good but very light for 2 to share. The doormat flounder was more napkin sized and overly battered and fried. The scallops light plate for $12 came w/ only 3 scallops, should have been 5 for the price. Overall Good, met Bob the chef, who was a jovial and friendly fellow.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic Dining Experience!Fantastic Dining Experience! It was our first time at Carter's Kitchen and Waitress Megan did an excellent job making wine suggestions and explaining the dishes.
What we ordered:
Starter- Strawberry Bibb salad
Starter- She Crab Soup (My husband says its the best in Charleston!)
Small Plate- Crab Cakes
Entree- Swordfish over blue crab succotash
Entree- Surf and Turf- Pork Belly and Scallops
Dessert- Strawberry Basil hand pies
Drink- Blueberry Mojito
Wine- Saivignon Blanc4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMSometimes, small plates areSometimes, small plates are just right ! And here, they are perfectly prepared- just as well prepared as the full size entrees.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a really good dinner,We had a really good dinner, and Mary Ashley (correct name?) was an excellent server. We also appreciated talking briefly with Chris, one of the chefs.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious and delightful!Our first visit here and it was delightful. The staff went overboard on friendliness. We were initially seated by a family with unruly children and even though we'd met our server, Kelly, she cheerfully honored our request to move to the other side of the restaurant. Our new server was Little Meg and she's adorable. Kelly came over to check on us and make sure all was well. The manager came by, also. It was our anniversary and all the employees seemed to know and wished us a happy anniversary. Both of us had their special of meatballs and a fried pasta. Beautiful presentation and quite tasty. We shared peanut brittle chocolate cake of 8 layers and it was wonderful. A small, intimate place, not a good place for children.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways good food, good vibes,Always good food, good vibes, wonderful attentive service.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMMet or exceeded my expectationsMet or exceeded my expectations in all categories. Service, especially, helped make the experience enjoyable (hostess, bartender, and server)3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMFrom the moment we arrivedFrom the moment we arrived my wife and I were pleasantly greeted. I could tell the food that we would order would be good because of the bread they served. I would go to Carter's just for the bread, it was served very warm and freshly baked with soft butter not hard like other restaurants. Our waitress KJ was very professional, attentive and informative. The butternut squash ravioli's and the fried chicken were excellent. Don't forget dessert, warm chocolate pudding was too die for. They do say dark chocolate is good for you, don't they. We will be back with friends.3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMWe enjoyed a delicious mealWe enjoyed a delicious meal and appreciated the creative items on the menu. Any chef who can make chicken gizzards a very good appetizer deserves a lot of credit! The chef stopped by each table to check on things which was a nice touch.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst time there and everythingFirst time there and everything was outstanding. Lamb chops were terrific. Would highly recommend.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMCarter's Kitchen had beenCarter's Kitchen had been recommended to us by friends who dined there several months ago, and as we were staying in Mt. Pleasant during a recent long weekend in Charleston, we decided to make a reservation there for our 1st night in SC. We were not disappointed. From the roasted cashews with rosemary (off the bar menu) that we chose to nosh on with our first glasses of wine, to the appetizer special of fried oysters on grits with a sweet corn relish, to our entrees of baked salmon with root vegetables and crispy flounder with shrimp, the food was superb--everything was done to order, served hot, and beautifully presented. The service was friendly, low-key, and efficient. Alas; no room for dessert, so we must go back!3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMFriends from Sacramento, CaliforniaFriends from Sacramento, California were in town staying downtown and obviously they had lots of choices for dining. I convinced them to meet me at Carter's Kitchen and we were the last to leave, the food was excellent and the ambiance was perfect. They promised to return ! Thanks for making me look so good!:)3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMA gem!Loved every meal we had here! Gourmet food at reasonable prices! Very well prepareed and presented! We will be back!!!3/12/2013 12:00:00 AMA hidden gemPretty little building, tucked into a beautiful Mount Pleasant neighborhood. Delicious food for all 4 of us. The Chocolate pudding was unbelievable! Really special to have Chef Carter stop at our table and talk. Great night. Check it out!3/12/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved it!First visit and we were very impressed! Everything from appetizer through dessert was delicious.1/20/2013 12:00:00 AM