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High Cotton - Charleston
High Cotton - Charleston

High Cotton - Charleston Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.highcottoncharleston.com
  • Phone: (843) 724-3815
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Nightly from 5:30pm
    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 10:00am – 2:00pm
    Bar: Opens daily at 4:00pm
    Happy Hour: Daily 4:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, Steak, Low Country
  • Executive Chef: Shawn Kelly
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: A beautiful blend of form and function, our three private dining rooms offer flexibility in size and style to complement our flavorful food, fine drink and warm hospitality to create memorable moments. Whether a wedding, social or business event, you'll find a room perfectly suited for celebrating.
  • Private Party Contact: Jill Maynard (877) 624-1064
  • Entertainment: Enjoy live jazz nightly and during Sunday brunch. Visit www.highcottoncharleston.com for full music schedule.
  • Special Events & Promotions: For the 10th year, High Cotton will partner with Communities in Schools for a special three-course lunch in honor of Administrative Professionals Day, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Communities in Schools will receive 100% of the proceeds from the lunch.

    Guests will enjoy a celebration of tastiness with a three-course menu for the event. The lunch is $25 per person (gratuity not included). The full menu is available online. Lunch reservations are available from 11:30am to 2:30pm. Reservations are required and can be made online or by calling 843.724.3815.

    Communities In Schools of the Charleston Area, Inc. is a nationally accredited 501 (c)(3) nonprofit dropout prevention agency that surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, CIS currently serves more than 13,000 students and their families in 30 schools in Berkeley and Charleston Counties.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cumberland
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are two parking garages located within ½ block of the restaurant. One is located at the corner of Concord and Cumberland and the second is located on Cumberland between East Bay and State. Street parking is also available.
A word from High Cotton - Charleston
High Cotton - Charleston is high steppin’ Lowcountry living. It’s a feeling of warmth and celebration that begins the moment you step inside. You’ll find it in our gracious, knowledgeable servers, expertly prepared dishes and a remarkable wine and cocktail program. From conversation and laughter in our bar to our stylish dining rooms of heart pine floors and antique brick, you'll come to understand true Charleston hospitality. That is, there's always cause for celebration - of our neighbors, our food and drink and each other. It's our great pleasure to share it with you.

Enjoy live jazz nightly and during Sunday brunch. Private dining rooms available for wedding, business and social events.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSouthern
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "The food and service made a special birthday celebration amazing. Our server, Michele B, was so warm and professional. She made excellent recommendations and even smoothly up sold my boyfriend (which NEVER happens!) The kitchen sent out smoked salmon deviled eggs that were delicious. Not a drop of the ginger curry clam broth was left in the bowl. My peach salad was perfect and generously portioned. The duck and salmon entrées were the perfect temperature. I don't think we could find something wrong if we tried. We really enjoyed it and hope to be back soon."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Awesome food, awesome service!!! Best night!! The atmosphere was so romantic and relaxing, made our night wonderful."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We were traveling from Chicago and picked this place while traveling to Charleston through open table. This place did not disappoint! It had elegant decor and reminded me of 'English High Tea'! We were promptly seated and our server was very polite bland courteous. Tons of vegetarian options! Server was helpful as one person in our party was vegan and she came up with options that were not on the menu. Would def revisit and recommend!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The Maverick Group including High Cotton are some of the best in Charleston. We always enjoy our visits. This was our first brunch and it was wonderful."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Excellent food, service and ambience. The noise level is very do-able, not too loud like a lot of restaurants in the area. We thoroughly enjoyed the jazz quartet playing the bar."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The cheese tray was amazing followed by yummy shrimp and grits. The service was great."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Since High Cotton is our favorite restaurant in Charleston my husband & I wanted to celebrate our 20th anniversary there. Once again the evening was PERFECT, food DELICIOUS & service OUTSTANDING!! Look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We lived in Mount Pleasant for five years and this has always been our favorite Charleston fine restaurant. Incredible food, great service, great atmosphere with jazz and on East Bay. Incredible fried oyster appetizer, fresh fish with a great southern flair without being fried, and great bar specials."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Elise our server was very knowledgeable concerning all menu items and delivered with a smile and a very friendly attitude. The food was excellent."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "I grew up in charleston so I would say I am hard to please and a pretty harsh critic of "new southern cuisine". High Cotton was the highlight of our trip! The fried oysters appetizer was absolutely perfect - crispy, hot, lightly breaded & the sauce Green Goddess was a perfect pairing! The portion was huge! Could not stop eating them though! Moved on to salads - I had the Bibb - very nice & fresh (fried green tomatoes were heaven) - my mom had the peach/ arugula salad & was very impressed. We shared the grouper - well prepared light broth --- finished off with a soufflé which was perfectly light & fluffy! Thumbs up! The service was also amazing! Anticipated out needs but did not hound us & we were allowed to enjoy!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "The restaurant was great. The service and ambiance was wonderful. My wife and I wanted to hear jazz music as we dined. The music was in the bar area and we couldn't hear the music which was disappointing. Besides that, amazing restaurant that was worth every cent."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Very expensive for what you get, which three out of four people in our party thought was mediocre food. The shrimp and grits were absolutely the worst I have ever had (grits were insipid and mushy; the dish had no flavor; shrimp were rubbery)....and this is in Charleston! Leave this one for the tourists who want to overpay for bad food. The waiter even (thankfully) steered us somewhere else for dessert."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Brunch at High Cotton was even better than promised. First of all, we were floored by the atmosphere which exemplified Southern charm and hospitality. From the fan blades to the upholstery, it looked just like you would hope a Charleston high-dining restaurant would look. Straight out of the pages of Southern Living. The food was also good. Nothing mind-blowing, but delicious nonetheless. The crab cake Benedict was excellent, and the biscuits and jam were wonderful. My only complaint was the Charleston signature cocktail lacked flavor. I was imagining and Arnold Palmer with a splash of fun, but got a bunch of ice with no real flavor other than something alcoholic. Still, I recommend High Cotton as true taste of local fare."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "we had brunch on a recent Sunday and were seated immediately when we arrived the next day - the wait staff was superb as was the food! Having such a great experience that morning we decided to go back that evening and sit at the bar to enjoy one of their fabulous Espresso Martinis!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Love Sunday brunch here listening to the live jazz band and sipping an espresso martini. Ben is a great waiter and love the small dining room off the bar for an intimate dining experience. Great food!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Went for the first time on Thurs night for dinner. Our server Andrew was great with recommendations. I had the caprese salad, it was excellent. Friend had the peach n prosciutto salad- she said it was also great. I had the swordfish with corn, sweet potato n asparagus- perfect portion and cooked medium. Friend had the steak with goat cheese n squash casserole n broccoli also a hit! Would certainly go back and would recommend."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "It was our first time to Charleston and this restaurant did not disappoint! The food was delicious! The waiter was attentive to all our needs. High Cotton offers jazz every evening and is right downtown. Great location!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Had the strip steak medium. Was cooked properly but wasn't a very good cut of meat. Service was fine, but food should have been better especially for the price."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Great service, great food, beautiful restaurant. Have someone monitor that bathroom though! It was a little messy..."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Picked this spot because they had live Jazz entertainment. Wow! What a great evening we had. Food excellent. Service was spot on!. Atmosphere was terrific. We wandered over to the bar to catch the last set from the band and have some special coffees. It was a very memorable evening in Charleston. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Come to the Sunday Brunch at High Cotton. There's lovely, melodic jazz when the New South Jazzmen play, not to mention the great food -- have you tried the peanut melon salad? -- excellent service, and ability to carry on a conversation at a normal voice level with the sweet, live music in the background. Totally Southern, modern, fresh. Go!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "The food was okay not spectacular. In a fine dining restaurant you are not supposed to rush your customers. I did not go McDonalds and I don't want to be rushed like I am there. We received our appetizer and before we had even eaten half of the appetizer our entrees came. Our server was not friendly. I will NEVER return to High Cotton ever again."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Excellent service and some of the best food I've ever eating. If you are ever in Charleston you need to go to High Cotton"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "After two consecutive negative experiences (both food and service) several months ago, we resolved to give High Cotton another chance after hearing that issues had been acknowledged and addressed. The rumor of improvements was true and High Cotton has returned to our list of restaurants to recommend to visitors and friends."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Very consistent and high quality of food and presentation. Service was a bit rushed. Noise level where we ere seated made conversation difficult."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We use to go to High Cotton as often as we could and it had been a few years since we have been there so we decided to go back. I wasn't ever happy with my food. I tried then duck. It was okay. It had this grain on the plate that was horrible. It was like a hard risotto. I would think at a restaurant like this they would have better sides. My husband did enjoy his lamb."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Despite beautiful ambience and excellent food, our server Chuck was borderline rude. My husband and I brought our 4 daughters - our eldest is 21. When asked for an extra wine glass, Chuck requested her ID, despite the fact her parents were dining with her. She did not have her purse, so no ID and no wine. This would not have been so bad, except Chuck embarrassed her everytime he came to the table..."what about Miss Little I forgot my ID"... what will she have. Terrible! Ruined our evening. Certainly not the southern charm we were hoping for. Terrible attitude!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Nice service..kitchen split our plates of salads & entrees. I was looking forward to the seafood cocktail but was disappointed. Not very cold, tiny slivers of shrimp. Not what I expected. Our surf and turf was undercooked. We were hoping for better."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary and we couldn't have been more pleased with the food, service and atmosphere. See you next year too!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Everything was great. We had reservation, but when we hear the combo in the bar we ate there.service was great until they moved our waiter to the dining room. Our new server dropped the rarely came around."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I came here for his birthday dinner and were expecting really great southern cuisine. We shared the clam appetizer and a cup of their crab soup to start with. The soup was good but the clams were incredibly bland. I ordered the surf and turf for myself and he ordered the swordfish. My entree was delicious with the steak cooked perfectly and a lovely lobster tail, but my boyfriends swordfish lacked any kind of real flavor. He said it was the most bland dish he had ever had. I ended up giving him half of my steak and potatoes because he lost interest in his meal. We will not be back. There are too many great restaurants in Charleston for us to bother coming back here."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "For the price you pay, there are better options. Food was not very flavorful and the flavors did not blend well."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Our last day in charleston, we had brunch at High Cotton. Food was really good especially my Buckle berry Pancake. Kid friendly as we went with our 6 year and 2 year kids. Nice and friendly environment."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "High Cotton was excellent as always. They have always been accommodating to my wife who has chosen a vegan lifestyle - thanks again."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was the best dinner we had in a city known for good food. What added to the excellent food was the great wait staff. They timed everything well but didn't interrupt conversations. Great specialty drinks and the dessert was worth the wait too! It wasn't an inexpensive meal but well worth it for service and excellent food."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Made reservations here for a bachelorette party. Absolutely amazing service. Waiter (Andrew) was very attentive and helpful in selecting the perfect drinks and meal to celebrate!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "High Cotton never disappoints. The food and service we received were both superb."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "My husband and I visited Charleston for our one year wedding anniversary and chose High Cotton based on internet reviews. I'd noted on the reservation that it was our anniversary in the hopes of getting a good table. Not only did we get the best table in the restaurant, we each got a complimentary glass of champagne and a handwritten note was waiting on the table from the manager. Our server, Ben, was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. Definitely get the swordfish; it's to die for! The restaurant has beautiful exposed brick walls and large windows that look out onto Bay St. We can't wait to return and have already recommended High Cotton to family who will be in Charleston soon. Definitely a must-visit!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We had a great dinner. We started with drinks in the bar before dinner. The cocktails were reasonably priced and there was a great band in the bar while we had drinks. For dinner, we had a great table- one of the intimate booths overlooking the dining room. The menu is good and has enough variety to suit both of our tastes. The service was good and we did not feel rushed. We ordered the peach and prosciutto salad which was excellent as well as the cheese plate. For entrees, we had shrimp & grits and the Ribeye steak. We were very happy with both entrees. The service was great and the food was just as good. We will return in the future."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Service was fast & efficient. Food had excellent flavor and prepared correctly. Nice wine list."
    Dined on 7/15/2014