Lana Restaurant & Bar
Lana Restaurant & Bar

Lana Restaurant & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lanarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (843) 720-8899
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: John Ondo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Let us create a special event catered around your personal taste.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cannon
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking for Lana customers is now available across the street on Rutledge in the Holy Communion Church lot 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Attendant is on duty during these hours.


    There is also Ample street parking is available along Rutledge Avenue and Cannon Street.
A word from Lana Restaurant & Bar
Cozy and sophisticated Lana Restaurant & Bar offers old world cuisine with local and sustainable ingredients. Chef owned and operated Lana is off the beaten path and a local favorite. In house cured meats and pates, house made gnocchi Lana has garnered local regional and national acclaim.The freshest ingredients are delivered daily by local farmers and fisherman. Join us for lunch or dinner we look forward to serving you.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Lana Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (69)fit for foodies (51)romantic (38)special occasion (35)notable wine list (19)good for groups (16)hot spot (11)great for lunch (9)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (4)scenic view (4)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Never Disappoints
    StevenInCharlestonVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I have been going to LANA for several years now, and this little gem never disappoints. A warm and inviting atmosphere, delicious food, and stellar service all combine to make every evening spent there enjoyable and memorable. John Ondo has created a culinary home that is the perfect combination of "Gourmet" and "Mother's Kitchen." Every time I leave, I look forward to my return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Charleston locals.
    Laura
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Always dependable, non-tourist trap Charleston restaurant. We brought friends and they considered it a new "find" for them. Menu offers many options, and food is consistently very good. I had the pate platter and shared it around, we all loved it. Spouse had the calamari and it was great. Nightly they vary the risotto - that is always a good choice. Fish options also very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    crieger
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I was looking for a cozy Charleston restaurant that we hadn't tried, and Lana's fit the bill. We arrived before our scheduled reservation and sat at the bar to wait for the rest of our group. The bartender was wonderful and told us all about the restaurant. I loved that the restaurant was situated on the corner, it had great windows facing 2 streets. Our waiter was prompt and friendly. The food was outstanding! We shared the calamari appetizer, which was quite a large portion, and it was delicious! I order the grouper which was also cooked to perfection. Everyone was very pleased with their dinner selections. It was a bit pricy to be our every week restaurant, but we will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful fins off the beaten path
    JEKinSA
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We found Lana on OT while looking for restaurants in downtown Charleston. The reviews were great and it was near our hotel (on the west side of the city) so we tried it. How fortuitous! All four of us ordered different entrees and we all were very happy with the food, delightful staff, wine and ambiance. Creative and tasty dishes abound. I had the Monk's Bowl with a first course salad. It was delicious! The noise level was loud when we arrived, as the restaurant was packed. But we could still carry on conversations. Not at all a tourist place, so we felt loke we were locals. Definitely recommended Lana to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely but salty
    Like2dine
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We applaud their spirit and creativity in dish composition. Soups were especially good! Veggie entree was good but did not meet up to raves of other reviewers - though very generous in portion size. Calamari and main dishes were too salty. Another nearby table sent back salty scallops. This was our only disappointment - lighter on the salt, please. Parking was convenient but hard to see the sign at night - know where it is before you go.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    Feedbag
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We've been here many times, and it has always been fantastic. Chose this as our destination for 10th anniversary as we knew we would have a good experience - we were not disappointed. Great food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Awesome spot off the beaten path. Great food, service and ambiance!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    iop4usVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Our second visit to Lana and it was just as wonderful as our first. So happy that this restaurant continues to deliver a fabulous dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Last minute choice
    scotm
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Found on open table and glad I did. Great food, excellent service in a beautiful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Lana consistantly has great food. We have frequented the restuarant for years-it is one of our favorites !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Return Trip
    DowntownConciergeVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Wonderful experience once again. This was our second trip to Lana and we will be back again. I hesitate to write a great review for fear that all the tourists will find this hidden gem. But, they deserve it. Wonderful cocktails (Seelbach), awesome appetizers (Antipasto for 2), and of course house-made desserts that you have to save room for. I had the grouper as my main course this time and of course it was very very good. Service is always attentive and the place is a must try if you're in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great date night-spot!
    pearlzfoodie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This place was fantastic! It was tucked away in a less busy neighborhood of Charleston, but the food and wine were terrific and the place was well decorated inside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • hidden gem
    degom
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Lana's is a hidden gem. wonderful restaurant and never dissapoints.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skip it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My boyfriend and I went here for date night and had read good reviews. We were disappointed. The location is nice and it has parking so that is huge in downtown Charleston. We ordered the calamari and it was really good a bit salty but still really good. My boyfriend got the Gnocchi Broccoli and it was nothing to write home about. I got the Gnocchi ai Funghi, unfortunately there were so many mushroom it was absolutely overwhelming! There was no tasting anything but mushrooms. Extremely disappointed to not taste anything like garlic and sage or a porcini cream sauceThe consistency of the Gnocchi was just perfect, I found myself using the side of the bowl to wipe the sauce off just to eat it. Overall not good but not bad either. Skip it
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Remember this place!
    DiningCharlestonVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The wines by the glass are top notch affordable selections. 10 dollar Cab from '09 tasted like a 70 dollar bottle.. Caramelized cherries, forrest floor, and minerals. The menu is constantly changing and seasonal, representing Spain, Italy, and France. Beautiful dishes excuted in a smart way. Can't say enough really, it's a neighborhood gem that needs to be remembered and sent business once again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    paulq101VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We have dined here several times and it never ceases to amaze us. The food is always outstanding as is the service. We have entertained several visitors to Charleston there and all have raved about Lana and want to go beck when they've returned.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary in Charleston
    abrooks
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We celebrated our 5 year anniversary at Lana Restaurant and it was amazing! Our service was wonderful and our meals were outstanding as well. Would strongly recommend for a romantic night out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    lovebrunch
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Lana is the perfect spot for a fun low key evening. The pasta is wonderful and the service and drinks are great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Good!
    ADL2013VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I've been a fan of Lana since it first opened and my last experience reinforces my opinion. The food is always great and so is the service! My favorite appetizer is always the lamb spanakopita. From there, I usually choose the seafood special. They have an excellent selection. It's quiet so you can hear yourself talk. What I did not know until I left is that they have a parking area that I have been unaware of which makes it really convenient for parking as well. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent soup but...
    Cpdpk
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Excellent bacon veggie soup but down hill from there. One side dish in edible. Main was ok, nothing special. Chef needs to watch seasoning and not to overcook fish.
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  • NOM!
    WestsideDiner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Excellent food, killer service, reasonable prices. I hadn't eaten at Lana since around the time they opened, roughly 7 years ago? I'm kicking myself for so many missed years of great dining.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful evening...
    Foodee
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was delicious, the menu creative, the service attentive and friendly, the chef gracious, attentive, and generous. A perfect evening. I will certainly go back for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Repeat Customer
    SatisfiedCustomer
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is probably the 8th time I have ate at this restaurant. I am never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food snobby service
    Traveler
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We ate at Lana's while on vacation on the recommendation of hotel staff. The food was excellent unfortunately this was offset by a waiter that treated us as if lanas was a private club and we were not members.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    joyatiop
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    One of my favorite restaurants in Charleston. Always great food served creatively. Chef Ondo is on site, cooking and making sure you are happy. The Mediterranean style food is excellent but won't break your budget. Now parking available across the street (after 5 p.m.) makes eating here very easy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    David
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Food and service were fantastic. We split a dinner (there is a small charge) and they brought our appetizer and entrée on separate plates. Very nice touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great find off the beaten path
    Pdsnyder123
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Lana's has stood the test of time and that says a lot in charleston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service, good food
    MayorJasp
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Overall, it was a pleasant dining experience. We all agree the gnocchi first course on your Restaurant Week menu should be an entree! Our server was excellent!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always very good
    debpod
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Lana is our go-to, quasi high end stand by. If the location were a little more convenient, we would definitely go more often. The food is excellent, the staff is always knowledgeable and friendly, and the dining room is nice but comfortable. I have been for dinner and lunch, but are great options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely
    jwgjr
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    small, charming and magnificent food, great prices....allowed to bring your own bottle of wine in (corkage fee applies) we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    Ernie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Being a Charleston native this was not my first visit to Lana. In my opinion, one of the finest, most consistent restaurants in city of great restaurants. Never been disappointed. The food is always amazing. My only regret is not getting here as often as I'd like!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well kept secret
    proudmami
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The Charleston Restaurant Week menu gave great options. The waitstaff was pleasant, courteous and attentive, the atmosphere charming and the food simply delicious. Conveniently located at the corner of Rutledge and Cannon, Lana doesn't get the attention it deserves. Grilled shrimp was perfectly prepared as was the tender short ribs, and the panna cotta was simply divine! Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great choice for our group
    jksreviews
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We were a party of 5, and we went during Restaurant Week. They had wonderful options on the 3 for $30 menu which was a great value. The first course gnocchi was excellent as was the pork tenderloin entree and the panna cotta with dried fig dessert. We had more than one wait person, but the manager was one of them. She was hilarious and delightful! Would probably go back just to see her, but the food was very good also and we enjoyed the lively atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place failed food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Recommended by friends it's a lovely spot with great vibe and look. Unfortunately I let waitstaff tl me into a ribeye over the fish special. Ordered medium came olmost cold. Sent it back with predictable results. My wife's meal was excellent however so willing to give it another try
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Service
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    My fiance and I had dinner here recently and the food was fabulous as always but the service was truly exceptional. It was a wonderful evening. They have a prix fixe menu with 3 courses for 33 dollars in addition to their regular menu, and it is a great deal. This restaurant has been a local favorite of ours for years!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    ByronVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The best restaurant in Charleston. Always perfect in every aspect. Thanks Lana
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great surprise
    DebT
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was our first visit to Lana's and definitely won't be our last because the food was delicious with obvious care in it's preparation. I had pappardelle bolognese which was mouth watering and a delicious house salad and my husband had a ribeye with a ridiculous amount of great French fries. We both loved our meals and can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grandforksgal
    JRTerrior
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Lana is a hidden Jem. Nice quiet but active ambience. Nice for conversation,staff well versed on menu. Nice set menu. Food was creative and very good,,flavorful, interesting combinations of flavors. Parking across street helpful in busy neighborhood. Would definitely go again and take friends. For a evening of conversation, good wine and food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 503 reviews are from the Lana Restaurant & Bar reviews archive.
  • Great food and service
    edirose
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food is outstanding, every time I have been. Fresh ingredients and creative combinations make it a favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    coateddiVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    we arrived in charleston with no idea of where to go for dinner so turned to open table & selected Lana as closest to our hotel. we were delightfully surprised to find inventive delicious cuisine. The antipasta was fantastic as was everything else. Go there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.