Lowcountry Bistro
Lowcountry Bistro

Lowcountry Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lowcountrybistro.com/
  • Phone: (843) 302-0290
  • 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
141 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (74)neighborhood gem (52)great for lunch (49)great for brunch (38)good for groups (37)great for outdoor dining (36)special occasion (23)hot spot (18)romantic (18)kid-friendly (17)scenic view (13)late-night find (8)notable wine list (5)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • good food, friendly staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Food was varied and regional. Very attentive wait staff
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great South Carolina Food
    Wanderer6360VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    My wife and I ate at Lowcountry Bistro on a Sunday night. As we had been traveling all day, we were looking for somewhere to get a quick meal that was less expensive than Charleston's finest. Instead of just a quick meal, we found a gem. Based on our waiter's suggestions, I had the Seafood (really shrimp) Paella and my wife had the Foxmore Stew (also shrimp). Both were outstanding and way above our expectations. The Paella was oozing "umami" and was simply delicious. My wife loved her Stew. The shrimp in both dishes was excellent. The portions were generous and we both took leftovers home. We also tried their Cinnamon Bread Pudding for dessert; it too was delicious, being served with a praline ice cream. Our waiter Ben was both knowledgeable and delightful. This will definitely be on our must eat places when we return to Charleston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    PEGGYVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Perfect evening. Because the prices were so moderate, we were able to sample so many dishes. Everything was so fresh and delicious;especially the fish. What a fun time the four of us had. I can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always outstanding
    Sienna1955
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The food here is always stellar. My husband adores the chicken and waffles, and I have tried something different every time, never been disappointed. Service is very attentive and friendly. We bring out of town guests here after a carriage ride. It gives them the ultimate Charleston experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    A bit overpriced for the food. Waitstaff were pleasant. Overall experience was disappointing.
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  • LowCountry Goodness
    LT723
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    As out-of-towners, we went looking for local food, and what we had at LowCountry Bistro gave us exactly what we were looking for...We shared the Scallop and Pork Belly app...while small, it was perfect for us each to sample...there were two beautifully prepared scallops on top of a perfectly cooked pork belly, served with jalapeno jam and mulled wine. The flavors together were fantastic! We then shared a bowl of the she-crab soup, which was also delicious, though I prefer a little bit of a kick so added some more pepper. It was very filling and we probably should have ordered a cup to share instead of a bowl... But the be-all-to-end-all was the shrimp and grits entree with fried green tomatoes. The grits were excellent...the best I've ever eaten. This entree was HUGE...three large mounds of grits each with a fried green tomato, and smoked tomatoes (almost like stewed tomatoes but thicker and zesty) and large shrimp. On the whole entree there must have been 9-10 of them, perfectly cooked. Even having shared everything we were stuffed...too full, unfortunately, to try the bread pudding which I'd been anticipating. Our server doubled as the bar tender, but that didn't slow her down at all. One thing of note...we were slightly in a rush to get to a tour, though we didn't mention it...our food came out very quickly and we were out of there with time to spare. I don't know if they knew we needed to get going, or if they typically serve food fast there. So if you are looking for a leisurely meal, you may want to mention that. The restaurant itself inside is small, though I think there was a large area outside to eat. It was chilly when we were there so everyone was eating inside, and we had made a reservation, which was fortunate! We completely recommend this restauarant...but be sure to make a reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great New Find
    GreatFind
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I had not idea the Lowcountry Bistro was there. My boyfriend found it, and I am so glad he did. Everything was wonderful. We got the pork belly and scallop appetizer and it was cooked perfectly. I normally don't like scallops, but this was out of this world. A little pricy in my opinion for such a small appetizer but still cooked perfectly. The food however was a great price and absolutely wonderful! I had the seafood special. Trout with butternut squash and green beans and my boyfriend had the carolina pulled pork with macaroni and cheese and collards. Everything was great! Best food I have ever had. We also got to sit outside and it had a nice view of the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food for the price
    RclmacVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Across the street from the open market. No nonsense place to go when you want great food at a great price without the stuffiness, formality or the need to dress up!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Could be better
    AVE14
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I gave this 3 stars only because the shrimp and grits were ok. I have definitely had better. The tomato mix that was on top was very sweet, and they distracted from the overall taste. Another in our group ordered the eggplant parmesan, but it should have been described more as a stuffed eggplant (and a small one at that). Overall, we were disappointed in the food at the Lowcountry Bistro. We know how great food can be in Charleston, and this restaurant didn't stand up.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Admirably Delicious
    BenLfromCanton
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Table for 6, please. I realize it's only a week away from the reservation; and you're in one of the most celebrated dining cities in the Southeast. I also understand your She Crab Soup has been rated the best in the city for some years and that your take on traditional Lowcountry fare is deceptively compelling. I expect that you'll do what you can to give us decent food at a decent table with decent service on a Saturday night at peak evening dining time. What blew us away was the fantastic food coupled w/the attractive dining room overlooking one of Charleston more famous attractions. Next time (and there'll be a next time), we'll give you more heads up. I imagine your service will be as professional and attentive this meal had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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  • Kinda disappointed
    RixsVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Menu looked great with reasonable variaty of southern goodies. I had paella which was notable for the obvious fresh local beans and veggies. Nice sized shrimp and sausage. Dish was very salty. Partner had an unassuming fish stew which was more like a soup. We will be back to try again. Nice wine list!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food quick service
    PetalVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Enjoyed a good breakfast here. My pecan waffle was as good as any I have ever had. Sausage was very good. The bacon was undercooked for our taste.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • High food in low country
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    This was very good place. Food was very good, service was good, the ambience was a little off because it was a very big place but with little tables and it was an old place so the floor creaked and moved whenever someone walked past. But the important part, the food. App. Was a special mussels in coconut lime broth, excellent. Their specialty of chicken and waffles was special. I got the southern cioppino, very good but maybe a little undersized in some points. Overall recommended
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jack
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Best she crab soup ever! Service was super. I plan to go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ellen from WI
    food4soul
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We had come to Charleston with many recommendations on restaurants to try but this wasn't one of them. This was in our neighborhood and the menu sounded interesting. We were not disappointed. First let me say that the lobster sweet potato cake was to die for! We came back later in the week for lunch and had another one! The frogmore stew was outstanding and I had fish served on a bed of rice and succotash. True southern fair that did not disappoint. Pecan pie was the perfect end to the meal. They also offer very interesting drinks . It is also a great place for lunch as you can get great food for a reasonable price. You could walk away feeling like you had ate healthy and delicious food just by combining starters and sides.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch
    LynnMack
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We enjoyed brunch here on our last day in Charleston. I had to go for the chicken and waffle - figured I'd never get another chance, as this isn't a hot menu item in the north. Outstanding sweet potato, corn, and bacon waffle, great fried chicken, pecan butter, and bourbon maple syrup. My husband enjoyed his ham grits too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!!
    Reets
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was amazing! There was a very southern twist to every dish which was great! It had an open table for 2 at 7:30 on a Friday night so we went and it turned out to be so great! Wish we had found it earlier in our trip so we could try their brunch and lunch menus (we went on out last night). Great customer service from hostess and server. Very cute and cozy ambiance. A must try for delicious southern Charleston food!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner at the market
    dwntwn2diner
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We ate at the Lowcountry Bistro based on other recommendations. We were not disappointed. The restaurant certainly made good on their goal to provide great food at a reasonable price. We sat outside upstairs on the balcony and had a wonderful dinner of she crab soup, swordfish, and mahi. We split each dinner so we could both enjoy each of the entrees. The service was great and the waiter recommended a great local beer. This is a great casual place to eat.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy
    Markus87VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Music played over speakers was very loud making us and everyone around us talk very loud just to be heard. Not pleasnt. Food was good but $10 salad with $9 fish on top was too small a serving. Add some more greens to the beet salad.
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  • Great BUT ALL PORK!
    CheriCoCoVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Went for brunch and it was great except EVERYTHING on the menu included pork. Some people don't eat meat nor eat pork. Where are the options for those people?!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, Reasonably Priced
    dinner42
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My wife and I stayed in Chrl;eston for a weekend getaway. After a day of much walking marveling at this beautiful city we were tired and cancelled or reservations at another restaurant in the city. We had noticed the Lowcountry Bistro on our walk and made a quick reservation for the evening. We were not disappointed. Although the ambiance is not much and the table we were sitting at had a precaroius, the food and service made uop for these shortcomings. Our table did overlook the Charleston Market, which was nice and they do have outdoor balcony seating. My wife had the shrimnp and Grts while I opted for the Chicken and Waffles. Both were well presented and had wonderful flavor. Would recommend them to anyone looking for very good reasonably priced food in downtown Charleston.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable dining experience
    Erinl
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We ate here for a late brunch when we were in town on vacation. It was an easy walk to get to the restaurant. We were looking for good old southern food and they provided what we were looking for. They even made sure the tv channel could show the game we wanted to watch and that we were sitting in a good position.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than expected
    bdayboy
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Though reviews indicated that the service was lacking in this restaurant, we found that it was quite good - prompt and friendly. The food was very good, though we did not order a lot of it. We sat downstairs, which is the quiet alternative. It seemed much noisier upstairs. This is not really a very fancy place but the food and service were great.
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  • Wonderful
    Biketheboat
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We were a group of four in town for a business meeting. We shared most of the appetizers on the menu and all were wonderful. Terrific food and wonderful service. Highly recommend !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Wow! Totally impressed by the food and service at this restaurant. At first glance, its not all that impressive, but I would 100% return without hesitation. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals, and their specialty drinks are delicious as well. I recommend the Big Bubba. Waitress was very friendly and had lots of recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Food & Service
    proplaw
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We arrived on a busy Friday night with reservations. Our table was ready. She-Crab soup, trout special, and appetizers were all excellent. The waitress did a fine job and made helpful recommendations concerning the menu.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor service
    Luvthefood
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Our waiter "Garret" was condescending, obnoxious and delivered poor service. We waited for drinks or acknowledgement after we were seated for 15 minutes. He responded to other tables first that were seated after us. Other staff realized the problem and dropped off water to the table. Refills were slow, follow up was poor. We won't be back and we will tell friends.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great homemade dressings
    eatsoutVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We started with a salad and the dressing was delicious. We also had the lobster hush puppies and they were excellent. Frogmore stew was good but more bland than I had expected. All and all a good meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lowcountry NOT low quality!
    Tennesseefoodie
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    First time eating at Lowcountry Bistro. We will definitely add it to our list of " must go" restaurants when we visit Charleston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Gigantic portions of mediocre food, with added sugar in everything. If you want good soul food - head to Justines Kitchen. It's authentic and half the price of Low Country Bistro.
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  • Delicious!
    bsmith
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Had lunch reservation between tours. Was seated immediately. Food and service were excellent. Would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Service started out well, our server was friendly, answered questions & made suggestions. Food was okay. Husband has duck breast over risotto which was underwhelming. Risotto was really dry & very undercooked, little flavor. Seafood bouillabaisse was so-so, a little skimpy on seafood although broth was decent. Server got a large party inside & we didn't really see him again. Will probably not be back. Brunch experience a few months ago was much better.
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  • Very good southern fare
    NancyD
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had a late dinner on a Saturday and the food was very good. There are lots of choices for seafood lovers, not as much for the non-seafood lover but the pulled pork was awesome, nice large pieces of pork, not the really fine kind. The trout special was also prepared with a sweet potato base that was excellent. Fried green tomato appetizers were also good. I would definitely recommend to out-of-towners who want to try some typically southern food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Shrimp and Grits
    Benny
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I made a reservation to Low Country Bistro and had read on-line about a nice balcony area. We were greeted by the hostess and told her we had a reservation. She said we could sit anywhere in the front room. I asked her about the balcony and she told me it was full and it would be a long wait to be seated there. The restaurant was not crowded at all and having a reservation made me think that we would get a decent table. The ambiance of this restaurant isn't much. Our waitress was great and almost made up for the lack of care the hostess exhibited. I had the shrimp and grits and they were delicious. My husband had the same as an appetizer and also the crab cake appetizer. I probably wouldn't go back to eat here - nothing special.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    While others in our group enjoyed their meals of chicken and waffles and sword fish, I was disappointed in the "special" duck dish that night. I have been to this restaurant before and enjoyed the braised short rib special. The duck, however was really over the top salty and I couldn't eat it. I did enjoy the appetizers we had of lobster/crab hush puppies and spinach dip. I will not try duck for a long time! Service was good and we do enjoy the atmosphere here.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok But Not Memorable
    lfordsii
    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
    Katemc422
    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.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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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
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    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.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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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.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate