Lowcountry Bistro
Lowcountry Bistro

Lowcountry Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lowcountrybistro.com/
  • Phone: 8433020290
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch:

    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm


    Dinner:

    Daily: 4:00pm - 10:00pm



    Brunch

    Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Low Country, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Steven Lusby
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Church Street and South Market
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is parking on the street as well as many convenient parking garages nearby.
A word from Lowcountry Bistro
SIMPLY LOWCOUNTRY: Lowcountry Bistro focuses only on the freshest ingredients since all of the food we cook is from scratch. On the menu you will find cult favorites like Chicken and Waffles to Lowcountry classics like Shrimp and Grits. We also believe that great food can be affordable. Many of our lunch dishes are under $10.

Our goal as a restaurant is to serve high quality, delicious food, at a fair price. We hope you agree after your meal at Lowcountry Bistro.

SISTER RESTAURANT TO 82 QUEEN
As an icon of the city for over 30 years, we have seen restaurants come and go. We pride ourselves on the fact that we were one of the first original Lowcountry cuisine restaurants to open their doors in the city. We know Lowcountry and after diligently researching Market Street restaurants, have come to the conclusion that what the area needs is a true, authentic Lowcountry restaurant.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSouthern
Lowcountry Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
160 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (74)neighborhood gem (69)great for lunch (50)great for brunch (42)great for outdoor dining (37)good for groups (36)kid-friendly (30)special occasion (29)romantic (24)scenic view (18)hot spot (17)late-night find (11)notable wine list (10)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Ok But Not Memorable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Facility is old Charleston charm. Market Street setting is a great location. Atmosphere was welcoming, laid back, and friendly. Service was excellent from the hostess to the waiter. Problem: food was good but unremarkable, somewhat bland.
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  • Best shrimp and grits hands down SC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Traveling to charleston the first time all I wanted to eat was authentic "shrimp and grits". I'm a natural born "foodie" and work as a line cook in a Houston TX restaurant... All I can say is- this place delivered. Farm to table restaurant, knowledgable staff and great food as well as plating. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must for eating in Chraleston
    Sandy
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    A wonderful choice for dinner in Charleston - the Shecrab soup is the best ever and the shrimp and grits was delicious - great spicy Bloody Mary's - I would highly recommend it for a dinner on the veranda
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great intro to low country cooking
    birthdaygirl
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We went here on our first night in Charleston. They have all the low country staples on the menu: Shrimp and grits (you can get an appetizer portion or a dinner portion), fried okra, fried green tomatoes, chicken and waffles, etc. Also some yummy seafood (we ordered the swordfish), and good beef (steak or burgers). The waitstaff is friendly and informative. Salads are excellent and a bit different from the usual menu fare. Decor is basic pub style, with lots of wood. The restaurant is right next to the Market, a great place to wander after dinner on the weekend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good dinner experience
    iluv2eat
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Although we had seen some mixed reviews, our experience was quite good. Service was attentive. Food was very decent. Fried okra and shrimp and grits were quite good. Atmosphere is simple and pleasant. I would return for a good solid meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch
    Pickyeater
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Low County Bistro is a nice place to have brunch. My girlfriend and I ate outside. The chicken and waffles were delicious. My girlfriend loved the fish and grits as well. The background music was very soothing. The service was great. I would go back and I'll be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Had a wonderful evening and dinner for our 10th anniversary. Our waiter was great as well as the food. They held the best table in the place for us on the veranda overlooking Market Street. A great evening all around.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Don't go by the look and location. The food is very good. We were suspicious of the bar/pub appearance and the location in the midst of the Charleston tourist area. But we went by other Open Table recommendations and gave it a try for dinner. We were very glad we we did. We had a table on the second floor patio on a lovely evening. The shrimp and grits, and the scallops were excellent. The service was good, but not fussy. We went back a few days later for lunch. Also very good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food pleasant surroundings
    chucktwnfoodie
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Well prepared food in nice surroundings. Reasonable prices and attentive staff. Upstairs is nicer than the bottom floor. There is a small balcony that they serve tables for two also. A mix of Mediterranean and southern food,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ho Hum entrees
    Localyocal
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My husband and I went here for Restaurant Week. Both of us agreed the appetizers were above average. He got the she-crab soup, and I ordered the lobster crab cake. For our entrees, I ordered the shrimp and grits, and he ordered chicken and waffles. I thought the shrimp and grits was just average. It was too tomato-ey and quite honestly I prefer smaller shrimp. The fried green tomato was a nice addition, but the extra tomatoes all over it was too much. He wasn't super excited about chicken and waffles to begin with, but didn't see anything else on the entree selection he wanted. I'm not sure it was the restaurant here; he just doesn't seem to like this combination in general. The desserts we ordered were both tasty.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lowcountry favorite
    Southernatheart
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We ate at Lowcountry Bistro twice during our five night stay in Charleston and loved it both times. Personal favorites were the green fried tomatoes, shecrab soup and shrimp and grits. Would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for delicious Lowcountry food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lowcountry cuisine!
    Dee55
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The chicken and waffle was outstanding, and the service was very good. I appreciated my server's advice on several items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bland Food
    MemberVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Not what I expected of low country cuisine. Food was not all fried (thank goodness), but was very bland. The vegetarian mushroom dish was a joke. Looked like the chef created it but did not taste it. My dining partner could not find anything interesting in the Restaurant Week menu, so ended up getting a hamburger.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Shrimp & grits
    thenotsopickyeater
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    While I haven't done exhaustive research on who has the best shrimp and grits - I've only compared about 3-4 places - in my opinioin, LCB has the best. The grits are creamy and flavorful, they add fried green tomatoes with some kind of red sauce and the combination is wonderful. We had the pulled pork tacos and the pork belly sandwich for the restaurant week lunch. It was my first time trying pork belly, and while I'm not sure what I had expected, the reality wasn't to my liking. My pulled pork tacos were good - a sizeable quantity and well-flavored. The hit was really the potato salad which had a little kick & very interesting spices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and fun
    cuisineart
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Every taste was memorable. The cornbread was the tastiest and densest I have ever tried. Everyone in our party (6) raved about their entrees.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant food week!
    foodlove
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Absolutely delicious meal! We lucked out and got 4 courses for $30 since it was restaurant food week. Highly suggest ANY dish with the grits. Making a reservation is a must as we saw several people turned away with moderate size groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "THE" Charleston Experience
    2inCharlestonMinusKids
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My wife and I have been visiting Charleston multiple times annually for the past 15 years. Never have we had a meal and experience this fantastic. The staff were very attentive and welcoming. The food was superb (three words: Shrimp and Grits). The atmosphere was electric. We recommend dining on the upstairs balcony for the ultimate Charleston experience. Kudos to Executive Chef Matt Paul and his team! We will be returning and recommending Low Country Bistro to our friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Enjoyable
    Suze
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great meal and the service was excellent. Plenty of food and we also enjoyed sitting outside upstairs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Impressed!!
    cshell
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My husband & I have done "Restaurant Week" before without much success. But we still believed there would be that "diamond in the rough" place to say we would definitely go again...It was Lowcountry Bistro. We were very impressed 1st of all with our server Nichole, she was friendly & knew about the food options. 2nd, the listed food was also on the regular menu, this tells me the restaurant wants you to return, so you can enjoy the food served not only for restaurant week but again later. Our dinner was exceptional! We also are very impressed with the idea of "farm to table". My husband also commented the shrimp "were local". I would & have recommend to my friends to go there. Thank you for a great experience for "Restaurant Week".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No disappointments here!
    MakeItSpecial
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    It was so good, we came back a couple days later to experience some of the other delights available. Like it says, No Disappointments! Both were for lunch times, first was lucky to be seated without a reservation, the 2nd time, we were 5 minutes late, they called to see where we were (getting out of the car), and was grateful we made the reservations with OpenTable.com. The Sue Crab Soup was delicious, the Short Rib sandwich special was equally as good, the salads were fresh, crisp and dressings ample. The Mahi Mahi Taco fantastic. The side of Mac n Cheese was very good and just the right portion. Loved the house made chips.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very loud
    Kathy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was just so so. Waitress never asked how everything was. Location was perfect for where we were staying. We had reservations and got in quickly but very shortly after being seated a very large party was seated next to us and they were very loud.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Bistro
    Lowcountrygent1
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Having sampled many items from the Bistro during local events such as a Taste of Market Street, I was eager to visit the restaurant for a full-fledged dining experience. Unfortunately, I had to do this on my lunch break from work on a Friday, and was really worried about getting in and out in time. My guest and I were greeted promptly by our server, a friendly young woman who put our order in quickly so we could make the most of our time there. The food was excellent, we had the southern tacos and crab cakes - both of which were a pleasure to view and even more so to eat! Our server brought our checks shortly after the food came out, and I was able to make it back to work in time with no problems! Bar downstairs was really cool!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect location, good food
    SusanwithaGoodBook
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had eaten at the sister restaurant, 82 Queen, so we were interested to see how this compared. The menu was simpler, but really good... maybe even better. The pork chops at 82 Queen needed seasoning. Everything I tasted at LCB was seasoned well. Will recommend for anyone traveling to Charleston.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First time at LBs
    SParfrey
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My husband and I took my parents to LBs to celebrate my father's 62nd birthday who is quite the foodie. We had a great table on the 2nd floor and started with a few sangrias and the calamari and mussels (on special) to start. Our entrees included ciopinno, stuffed flounder, and the scallops which all lived up to our "picky" standards when it comes to seafood. We definitely plan on returning. My only complaint is that I wish they had done something special for my father's birthday which we mentioned in the OpenTable reservation and while at the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food for a good price
    bsilverVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We ate here during our last night in Charleston and it was a little more relaxed than some other places, but the food was just as good. It seemed to have a good menu for children as well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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  • First Time in Charleston
    dineNdashVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We absolutely loved it here. The décor was adorable, and the food was fantastic, very fun and filling. I had the chicken and waffles; simply amazing! The chicken was cooked perfectly and the waffle seasoned well. This dish was truly a southern treat! We would definitely come back here! The service was outstanding as well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, laid back atmosphere
    wakebrina
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Good place to get solidly good, but not outstanding, food in a casual atmosphere. It was great for our visit this weekend with children (have a children's menu), but also good options for the adults. Reasonable pricing as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Find!!
    Puigy22
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The Lowcountry Sweet Tea Mojito is one of the best mojito's I've ever had! Everyone at my table raved about their food. You could tell everything was cooked with fresh quality ingredients. This place was a great find and I will go back for sure! :)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Give it a try
    trvler
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    New to Charleston and overheard some tourists discussing this place. They had been reccomend to go by Hotel. They loved it. Not having plans for the next night decided to try it out. Shrimp and Grits were good. Would have been execlent but I did not care for the tomatoe sauce on top of the fried green tomatoes. Scraped it off and much better. The grits were awesome! As to ambience, they have a table stuck anywhere they can and it's kinda shabby chic is the impression I got. Would I eat here again? In a heartbeat! Service was excellent prompt polite and effecient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch
    MarcVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Brunch was all it was cracked up to be. Bloody Mary's with Shrimp to start, fried green tomatoes, and shrimp and grits. Quality food and beverage, not the normal fare! Balcony provides a great view of town, if you can get a seat on it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I had the Chicken and Waffles which is a signature dish for this restaurant. The fried chicken was outstanding. The outside coating was incredibly crispy while the chicken itself was juicy and tender. My husband had the Frogmore Stew which was also very good. The dessert special that evening was Cornbread Strawberry Shortcake. I didn't know what to expect from cornbread, but it was incredibly good. The cornbread was moist and sweet; and added to the flavor of the strawberries and whipped cream.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • over cooked
    Dryspell
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The outdoor seating on the porch was pleasant. The service was of a consistently slow pace, which would have been fine, considering we were on a porch. The problem was that all the food was somewhat dry, like it had been sitting under a heat light too long. I was disappointed. In the end the server forgot to process my ticket adding 10 minutes of sitting after dishes were cleared. She admitted her mistake to her credit.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Great food. Would recommend and return. Particularly enjoyed the Chicken & Waffles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Jrc412
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Went here for the first time on July 26th. The place is small and easy to miss from the outside. Decor is very simple but the food was great. My wife had the chicken and waffles and it was awesome. I had the sword fish and it was excellent as well. The prices were very reasonable given the location and would go back in a heart beat.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great local spot in Charleston!
    AnnaB615
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I was visiting Charleston with my family and stumbled across the LowCountry Bistro through OpenTable and was not disappointed! We had a party of 4 and had no issues getting our table on time with our reservation. We got the parmesean okra and the special crab stuffed fried green tomatoes for appetizers and both were awesome! For dinner the couple I was with wanted to split an entree and they offered to split it on to 2 plates and added a few veggies for them. Everyone was full and enjoyed the meal! I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant...
    Tabascoguy
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Had friends visiting the area, so I made a reservation at the Bistro. Everything was excellent, from the hostess, the server, Nicole, and the meal. The fried calamari was wonderful. Everything was hot, fresh, and the timing of service between courses was perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    Boba
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The food was excellent, the service was friendly and attentive.we had an early dinner, so the it wasn't too crowed yet,but as we were leaving,we noticed the crowd waiting to get seated. I would highly recommend making reservations at this restaurant,if you want to be assured of getting in.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good find
    rarefind
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    you would not think that a small place like this in the market area would have such good food, but it does and the servers are very nice as well. I would recommend this for lunch and dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    SuJayVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Although we had a reservation, no table had been reserved. We refused seating in the noisy bar area and had to wait for an upstairs table. Service was slow. The "hot" appetizer was not served first, as it should have been, and was cold when it arrived.
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  • Last minute save
    AshleyWH
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Girls weekend in Charleston with every minute and meal planned...except Sunday brunch. Thankful that we saw Lowcountry Bistro while walking back to our hotel from the Straw Market. Biggest BLT I've ever seen with housemade chips and ranch, buttermilk fried calamari with tomato sauce and grits, and Lowcountry Benedict (biscuit, pimento cheese grits, crabcake, country ham and hollandaise!!) were all delicious. Sat upstairs - open & airy. Service was spotchy, but otherwise LOVELY.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic