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Leaf
Leaf
  • Address:
    15 Beaufain St.
    Charleston, SC 29401
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown Charleston
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Leaf Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.leafcharleston.com
  • Phone: (843) 793-2230
  • Hours of Operation: Daily: 11:00am - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

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A word from Leaf
Awaken your culinary senses to Leaf - Charleston's premier café + bar featuring a casually chic atmosphere with indoor and outdoor transitional dining, Southern cosmopolitan cuisine, and a fine selection of wines.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Four of us had dinner at Leaf. I should have seen it coming when every 15 minute interval was available. My calamari was ice box cold on top of an OK Ceasar Salad. My friends brussel sprouts were so firm she couldn't eat them and another friends pasta was bearable. The fourt item, a rib-eye was good. We were given water about 40 minutes into the meal. I used to love this place but there are way too many other better places to go."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Leaf was a really nice restaurant with well priced entrees and generous portions. Enjoyed the Leaf burgers and salad as well as the meatloaf. Our server was polite attentive and knowledgable"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "This was my second visit to Leaf, having had dinner there last November. The lunch menu had a great variety and each of our three choices were wonderful and definitely worthy of a return trip. The grilled ceasar salad was outstanding as was the grilled chicken and rice! All in all it was a very pleasant and relaxing dining experience."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We really enjoyed brunch. There was a live two piece band, nice atmosphere, and the food was great, especially the croissant with Brie, Apple, and bacon. Yum. The portions were huge. There was one problem: it's a kid friendly place and there were tons of families, but the restaurant has a cigarette vending machine next to the bathroom where unsupervised minors could access it. This is very troubling and possibly illegal. I hope they will remove it."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Wife and a friend went here for dinner last week. Cesar salad (grilled lettuce head) was awesome, just needed more dressing. My steak was average, my wife's shrimp risotto was very good and I forget what our friend had. Overall a good meal and I'll give it another try."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our dinner at Leaf. Several diners had commented that the quality had gone downhill recently, which I can't comment on, since we were just visiting Charleston, but the Lemon Chicken soup we shared was delicious, the salmon on my grilled Caesar salad was perfectly cooked, and my husband liked his crab cakes. I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My wife and I went to leaf for Brunch on Father's Day. Tried something new and thought the menu looked good. Staff welcoming and good atmosphere. I ordered the leaf benedict with crabcake . My leaf benedict had cold crab on a small piece of toast that was cold as well. The poached eggs on top were also cold, so much so that the yolk was solid and not runny at all. My wife got the leaf croissant which was supposed to be toasted ( but was cold), egg overcooked, and the apple and brie were cold as well. I would think you would have warm ingredients if you are toasting the croissant? I. We would have complained but we had 2 small kids and had to go. I should have known something was up when the food came out 2 minutes after ordering."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Decided to try Leaf for date night. When we arrived we were worried as we were the only people on the patio on a Saturday night. But the more people showed up throughout the dinner and the food was outstanding. The eggroll appetizer was terrific and the rest of the meal did not disappoint. Off the King Street path but worth the visit."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I'm a regular at Leaf. I love the bacadillo, the cucumber lemonade and the overall feel of the place. But something has changed. The bocadillo used to be so gooey with cheese and butter on the bread and this great crispy bread. Friday night it was on texas toast with almost no butter and the cheese wasn't melty; it was just not nearly as good. I ordered the chicken under a brick, and although it was quite tasty, it was so tiny; literally a chicken thigh. The service was really bad. A nice guy, but extremely slow. I had to go to the bar to get waters and silverware. No anticipatory service. I tried to change the reservation and they acted like it was really difficult to do, but when we got there, there was almost no one in the restaurant."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Server was nice but inattentive; drinks stayed empty, food was late and cold. Burger was the only decent thing. Risotto was starchy and flavorless, salad had chewy chicken and the wrong (unadvertised) dressing and accoutrements, and atmosphere was blah. Wanted to like it because it seems like a great local place but it was just awful. Don't waste your money."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite restaurants in Charleston. Great food and service. The bar is open to the patio and very welcoming when you walk in. We always sit there. The bartenders are very friendly."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "A great find, wonderful food, not a huge choice on the menu but plenty to suit all tastes. Ingredients were fresh and flavorful. Presentation excellent. Staff were helpful and attentive. Lighting was a little understated on the patio and the menu was difficult to read once it went dark. Certainly going on my list of favorites for Charleston."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Leaf was so conveniently located to dine well between Spoleto performances. The Shrimp Cocktail and Fried Oyster appetizers were perfect starters. Moussaka and Scallops were nice, lighter entrees. The patio is a very nice place to be on a late spring evening, so we were totally happy!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Service started a tad slow but once they realized we were trying to make a concert, really pulled out the stops to make sure we had quick service AND were able to enjoy our meal (very quick but not rushed). Duck egg roll was crisp and fresh and the roasted beet and arugula salad was perfectly executed with a nice balance of flavors."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I have been here before. It's not really a memorable place, but it's not bad and it's one of the few places in downtown Charleston where you can eat outside. We had show tickets, so we made the reservation 3 weeks in advance and yet they had us waiting for 30 minutes to sit us (though the outdoor area was almost empty) once we sat down, we decided to order only appetizers due to lack of time and still took over 30 minutes to get our food. They might have been having a bad day, but the metre just didn't seem too organized. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Leaf is a pleasant get away from the crowds on King Street, yet only a block off Kings and walkable from central Charleston. It offers limited free parking. Their Parmesan Fries were excellent as was the Smoked Salmon BLT. The fish in Fish and Chips was cooked perfectly, and the cilantro coleslaw was a welcome change from mayonnaise based dressings. Definitely will go back again for lunch and for dinner. Good wine menu. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We love Leaf. We have been on a few occasions for lunch and for just drinks at happy hour. Each time was excellent. The food and the staff are amazing. Eating outside under the branches of their giant tree is really special. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Inconsistent, starchy, tasteless. A disappointment."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Although I have eaten here on many occasions, this was my first brunch at Leaf. It was DELICIOUS!!! The service was great!! The ambiance was delightful….really enjoyed the jazz duo! Highly recommend this place for any meal….brunch, lunch, or dinner. It is hard to beat!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Had great experiences in the past at Leaf, unfortunately standards have slipped. Went for Sunday brunch with my husband and son. We were seated on the patio. Our waiter introduced himself twice. Not a good sign. We waited over 45 minutes for our food. I watched the people seated next to us leave because they had been ignored. There were plenty of staff and as it was after 1pm they were not slammed. When our food finally arrived it was barely warm. My son had about 6 potato pieces on his plate as a side to his burger. My salmon BLT was barely edible. My second glass of wine was comp'd due to the sluggish service. There are many fabulous restaurants in Charleston and I would recommend trying them before resorting to Leaf."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "A great place for Sunday Brunch..and GREAT parking next to FREE. Brunch under live Oak Trees on a brick court yard surrounded by the irongrill fences popular in Charleston"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We had great experience. Had a reservation for Sat. night and the greeter gave us our choice of seating. We chose the small table between the outside and inside dining and it was perfect. All of the food that we ordered was delicious and well-prepared. Not an extremely extensive menu but all of the food was good. Seemed like there were many cocktail and drink choices but we aren't drinkers. Craig, our server, was very good, enthusiastic but not pushy. The bar also seemed very "happening." Only wish they had desserts too!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Leaf has a very large patio for outdoor dining, so it has a nice European feel and with mild May weather, perfect. We had the portobello and oyster po boy sandwiches and both were delicious-- the best part, though were the fabulous truffle fries. They were delightful and added to that European lunch experience. Highly recommended for outdoor lunch or brunch."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Great appetizers, loved the duck spring rolls. Fried oysters were good, wished for a bit more crisp. Beautiful scallop entrée. Great steak frites. Roasted beet salad arrived same time with entrées and large enough to share. Liked the chocolate mousse. It had hint of hazelnut and bites that reminded us of Ferrero Rocher chocolate balls. Amazing, refreshing tasty cocktails (golden iris, drunken mule...). Good quality espresso. Friendly service in nice ambiance. Our table was inside, right at the edge of beautiful outdoor courtyard patio."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The patio was an ideal spot for a relaxed brunch with friends. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The atmosphere was really nice with options to dine inside or out. Meatloaf and duck meals were very good. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We wanted to try a different restaurant downtown and this was available. I am glad we tried it. The food choices were abundant and prices fair. The atmosphere was incredible an what I enjoyed most...we dined outside and reminded me of foreign travels nestled in a quaint courtyard. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I have dined at Leaf several times, and each time I go the service gets worse. The entire meal, the server only spoke to us 3 times. We got our drinks and placed our order and didn't get our meal or talk to our server for 55 minutes. It's a true shame that the service is so bad, because the food is delicious. Do not bother with Leaf if you are in a hurry. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Some menu items really work (asparagus and egg; fried oysters) and other need work (duck egg rolls - very heavy; cappuccino creme brûlée more like cappuccino pudding). The service was really good and when I wasn't happy with the egg rolls the server quickly offered to substitute it. Great spot and great outdoor space. I look forward to the day when it can be described as a Neighborhood Gem vs a Neighborhood restaurant."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Great for out door eating and delicious food and mimosas! "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We had lunch with a party of eight. The service was great as is generally the case in upscale joints in Ctown. The appetizers were good, with raves by the younger (20 something) set for mac n cheese. Four males enjoyed their grilled cheese and braised beef shortrib. I loved it. The shrimp po boy had great shrimp but needed tarter sauce or something being too dry as served. The calamari and fried pickles were excellent. I would return for sure. In a town with the dining options of Charleston, that's a high mark. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Sunday brunch is very good. Prices are VERY reasonable ($14 for a brunch entree AND a Mimosa or Bloody Mary)."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "The food was good, the ambiance was civilized. There was a keyboard/bass duo that did wonderful American music (nothing before 1980 that I noticed, and they knew about Rodgers and Hart!). And the brunch included the first drink - choice of mimosa or bloody Mary, plus sides of potatoes and fruit salad. It helped that the weather was perfect, we sat right inside the restaurant, but the restaurant has huge open window walls, so we had the advantages of being outside without actually being there, But what set it apart was that your entree ($16) included a choice of mimosa or b mary, fruit bowl and hash browns. No starters or sides and very limited desserts. Free parking out front. Our group will be back."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "We had an amazing brunch on a Sunday afternoon the first time we visited this lovely restaurant and were excited to return. We invited several others to join us for lunch on a Saturday afternoon and requested one of their outside courtyard tables. The setting is beautiful; too bad the food didn't measure up this time. My husband's fish and chips were inedible - clearly both the fish and potatoes has been cooked in the same, old oil. The miso bowls I and my daughter ordered were awful - the noodles were under-cooked and the seasoning was unlike any I had tasted in miso soup - my husband later admitted that the smell of the bowls was almost nauseating. Fortunately, the fried oyster appetizer and trio of dips and pita chips was excellent."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I was at Leaf with three other ladies. We had reservations but got there early. We were pleasantly surprised when we were able to be seated right away. The appetizers were good but not exactly as described in the menu. The drinks were all very good. The Eggplant Mousaka was amazing! The Shrimp Risotto very tasty. However, the Basil Linguini was dull and under seasoned. The service was there worst part of our dining experience. That was a bummer. We were all in great spirits and we were in the mood to have a good time. But our waiter was unattentive & a bore. We had to wait & wait for him to come around for a check on drinks. We will go back, but will make sure we have a different waiter and ask for more info on the menu items. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Second time we ate there. Service was bad both times. "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "We had a delightful Easter Brunch at Leaf. We would recommend this outstanding restaurant to anyone who wants great food, outstanding service and a visually lovely place where it is possible to talk to each other! Great find!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Our visit to Leaf left one of us mostly satisfied and one dissatisfied. We shared the rice flour calamari which both of us found tasteless and slightly rubbery. The accompanying aioli was good. My husband got the shrimp risotto, which he enjoyed very much. I had the charred pork, which the server said was the belly section that night. It came in a sea of sauce, completely overwhelming, and sweet potato fries. Almost half the portion of pork was fat. The sweet potato fries were very good. After my husband had finished his entrée and I was finishing the fries, our server asked how the food was and we told her about my dish. She left for a moment and came back asking if I'd like something else to eat. I declined her offer. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I have eaten there twice. I had the steak and fries one time and had company there. None of us were impressed. I went back again. The calamari was not fresh. It was frozen and rolled in rice flour which came our like glue paste. Yuk. I had the mini shepherds pie in a cast iron skillet. That was good Nice ambience but food is boring. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Had friends in from out of town and walked King Street before dining. Great food and service. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014