Poogan's Porch Restaurant
Poogan's Porch Restaurant

Poogan's Porch Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.poogansporch.com/
  • Phone: 8435772337x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch:Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30-2:30 Dinner: Monday-Sunday 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Daniel Doyle
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Please call or email with any questions. Poogan's would be honored to cater your next special event. Call 843-577-2337 or email events@pooganswporch.com

  • Private Party Facilities: Poogan's Porch offers several private dining rooms newly renovated to suit your distinct style. From wedding rehearsal dinners to farewell brunches, to holiday parties and business meetings, we are able to accommodate groups of 10-110. Personal time with our party planner and you will be set for your next event in no time. We would be honored to host you next special event. Hope to hear from you soon with any of your questions or concerns.
  • Private Party Contact: Beth Walton 8435772337x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Meeting & King
  • Parking: No
A word from Poogan's Porch Restaurant
Tucked away on a charming downtown street, Poogan's Porch is one of Charleston’s oldest & most reputable culinary establishments, serving upscale Lowcountry cuisine daily. Since opening in 1976, Poogan’s has been a favorite of well-known celebrities, politicians, tourists & locals alike who rave about this Southern institution. Recognized by Martha Stewart Living, Wine Spectator & the Travel Channel, this beautifully restored Victorian house is the perfect southern locale for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch. Whether it’s a warm homemade buttermilk biscuit & sausage gravy for brunch, a bowl of she-crab soup for lunch, or our signature buttermilk fried chicken for dinner, your meal at Poogan’s will be unforgettable. Open year-round, Poogan’s Porch serves dinner seven days a week, & brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Both indoor & outdoor seating is offered, & a variety of rooms are available for special events throughout the year. Reservations are recommended.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSouthern
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Poogan's Porch Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
495 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (286)fit for foodies (278)special occasion (268)romantic (222)great for outdoor dining (129)good for groups (106)notable wine list (83)great for brunch (70)great for lunch (66)hot spot (62)kid-friendly (46)scenic view (39)late-night find (18)vibrant bar scene (8)Show More
  • Not just for dog-lovers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The story behind the restaurant-naming is indeed heartwarming. However, the real story of Poogan's Porch lies in its' ambiance, quality of the food, and knowledgeable servers. Request the second floor veranda and order any of their deliciously crafted dishes and you'll enjoy Charleston at its' best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The food was great and our waiter Jamie was even better. We were taken care of from the time we walked in. We would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Charleston Classic
    Garf
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Archetypical Charleston! Excellent Low Country dishes in an old Charleston House. Service both attentive and friendly. Noise level is low, making for easy conversation. I always take out of town guests here for a genuine Charleston dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Accommodating for food allergies
    MrsH
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My husband and I dined here upon recommendation, so I booked a table on Open Table. I noted my food allergies when I reserved the table. We arrived and I let the waitress know about my my food allergies, then she went back to the kitchen and the chef came out to speak with me about how we could modify the menu item I was interested in for dinner - he had printed out the note I wrote when booking my reservation through Open Table. They prepared a fresh salad for me with oil and vinegar then sauteed veggies with a filet for dinner. The meal was really nice and it was a relief for me that they took such great care to prepare a meal for me that I could eat without worry. My husband enjoyed the pimento fritters very much and the chicken.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What fun!
    Susan
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great experience with our out of town business guests. They loved it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great venue especially
    ballera33
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    It's really cool to have a meal in an old Charleston home so I would definitely recommend. I've been here for brunch before and it was awesome! My friend and I opted out of Restaurant Week for our dinner and I had the duck entree, which was the star of the show!! She had the scallops and they were great, although few of them, but the bacon risotto cake (which sounded like it should have been the star) was quite bland! That risotto cake was very disappointing, but everything else was delicious. The server misheard my wine order, but generously offered a free glass afterwards.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Gem!
    AuntieJan
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This is our 2nd visit and the food is fabulous! I enjoyed the Red Snapper tremendously, so delicious with every bite? Everything was so good. We arrived early and they were able to seat us 25 minutes ahead of our reservation. Great service, great knowledgeable staff. Love it here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Locals, don't go during rest. week
    Jennifer
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I'm a local who goes often. Normally we are greeted as return costumers with superior service to go with the outstanding food. It was my daughter's birthday and despite the notes I put on the reservation, we were treated like a tourist, spoken to as if we were just passing through and were only after a good deal, and mostly ignored. The waitress stopped with our food in her hands while it was cooling every second, to check on two tables along the way. My daughter's birthday went unnoticed and we were generally shuffled through "en mass". I will make sure we do not come during large events like this again because this is NOT the Pogan's Porch she specifically requested for her birthday meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my favorites.
    Judy
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Poogan's is fantasic. It never lets me down.. The service is great, and the food superb. I am never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • low country gem
    katmix0527
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Absolutely loved every bite. Very diverse low country inspired menu and fast, excellent service. Make sure to call in a reservation as this place books quickly. We want on a Wednesday during the off season and this place was still pleasantly packed. Lots of charm and history. Loved it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Always a treat to go downtown for a dinner in one of the many historic landmark buildings such as this one. After dinner you can stroll around downtown and enjoy a wonderful evening in Charleston. Our server was terrific and the food, as always, was great. We will be back...again...and again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must dine in Charleston
    ONEJourneySteve
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    No Charleston trip would be complete without a meal at Poogan's Porch. You might also be interested in the ghost who lives there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • poogans restaurant week dining
    dessertpro
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    the biscuits and now the benets were delightful, the wait was 20 minutes but it was restaurant week- a pesky fly interfered with dinner- and we were not outside- seafood was very good
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Southern Hospitality!
    KarenCVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Lovely old home setting divided into rooms that gives some privacy from the number of diners in the place simultaneously. Our server Rosa was attentive and gracious. We had the snapper and grouper entrees and the fish was cooked perfectly. Snapper was accompanied by cheddar grits cake, pulled pork and wilted arugula in a stack. Now, in my mind, pork and fish should not be on the same plate. But Rosa's advice was to get a bite of everything on the fork at once. And that worked! The sweet pork, slightly bitter arugula and grits and fish all melded into a tasty bite. Save room for dessert. The pecan pie is to die for (better than my homemade version) and is served with a small scoop of chocolate and bacon ice cream. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Southern Charm
    JMG12
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Our dinner experience was wonderful; everything we would expect from a Southern hot spot like Poogan's Porch. The wait staff was friendly and the food was excellent! We enjoyed the fried green tomatoes, shrimp & grits and bread pudding. It was all delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good
    Honey
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Overall the food was good just not as good as a previous visit. Crab appetizer ok. Bourbon Pecan pie good but not what I expect. Main course for both excellent. Waitress was excellent never wanted for anything! 5 star
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Extremely Disappointing
    notnew2dining
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    On a recent trip to Charleston, my husband and I carefully planned our evenings around highly recommended restaurants in historical downtown. Although Poogan's Porch was an easy walk from our hotel, the Belfour Charleston Place, we were met by apathetic hostesses, a dirty restaurant, less than mediocre food, and a waiter who thought he was just about the cutest pirate-wanna-be in the city. Altogether a bad experience for us. Will not recommend.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Need to revisit
    Wantgodfood
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Finally got around to eating at Poogan's Porch last weekend. Our son attended the Citadel for college and never came back home to Maryland. As a result, my husband and I have eaten in just about every restaurant in Charleston during the past 6 years. Poogan's Porch has a somewhat standard low country menu, but with some interesting additions which does make it standout. Unfortunately, I don't feel like the food measured up to my expectations. I don't believe anyone was thrilled with their dish. The duck was ok, the pork chop (fried, not grilled) was also good and the fish (trout, I believe) was mediocre. The prices are quite reasonable for downtown. I will go back to see if we just got a bad night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    like2eat
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was our first visit and it happened to be during restaurant week. Fantastic. The Snapper was so good. My wife had the ribs which were also great. Environment was very different, like an old house.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    lowcountrygirl
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had a really great meal during restaurant week. The server was very attentive and polite. I asked to sub the snapper onto the plating for the catfish dish and the kitchen was kind enough to honor my request with no problems. And it was really delicious! We both enjoyed our meals very much and left extremely full. Great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food was very good but the service was a little rushed. I don't think it was the fault of the server rather the kitchen seemed to prepare the food very quickly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dinner
    CandC
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My wife and I joined two friends here for Restaurant Week and had a great experience. The food was well presented and beautifully prepared, with a diverse range of Charlestonian and Southern favorites. Seafood and all ingredients were locally sourced and of very high quality. While the restaurant was full, we did not feel rushed in any way, and enjoyed dining and talking in leisurely style. We look forward to returning to try more options from the menu. Overall, and outstanding experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Low country classics
    Frogkiss
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Poogan's Porch's fried chicken was featured on FN's show "The Best Thing I Ever Ate," so we figured we couldn't go wrong by dining there for our last meal in the Low Country before heading back North. The entree menu has 2 sections: Classics and Modern Dishes; we stuck with the classics. We started with an heirloom tomato salad and a bowl of she crab soup. (I had to try the soup as it was on the menu of literally every restaurant we visited on our trip.) My wife had the buttermilk fried chicken and I opted for the cast iron skillet pork chop. Both dishes were well presented and delicious; my wife said it was indeed the best fried chicken she has eaten in a long time. Our server was friendly, attentive and helpful with recommendations.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JBrown
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Food was very good and server was efficient and timely. Items came out rapidly but we were slightly earlier than dinner rush. The dining room decor, at least on the first level, in my opinion didn't quite jive with the historic property (it was atttractive, however). All in all, a very pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Resting on laurels?
    PHXfinedinerVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Had a nice restaurant week dinner here but honestly I expected more than I got. We had salad, veggies & crab toast for starters then Snapper (base VERY salty), catfish & flat iron steak for entrees with pecan pie & beigne's (?) for dessert. I guess I wondered why they didn't put any of their entree 'specialties' on the RW menu. The service here was lacking and it seemed that we were particularly service deprived as we noticed the service level at other nearby tables, in the hands of different waiters, was superior to ours. The overall feeling is that this is supposed to be a upscale/gourmet dining venue and, in our experience, it is not. The plates are pretty and the decor is very nice. No espresso machine….r-e-a-l-l-y…!!!???
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vols2002
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    WENT THERE FOR RESTAURANT WEEK. GREAT FOOD AND SERVICE. WILL RETURN.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poogans is the #1in charleston
    Celtic19
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I would definitely recommend poogans porch to anybody, it was our second time there and it is a must in charleston. We waited at the bar for our table and the bar man very attentive. We were seated upstairs . The waiter was excellent very knowledgable about menu and wine list. We had FRied green tomatoes and soup for starters excellent choice, it was restaurant week and my husband had hanger steak good choice. I had grouper beautiful,nicest I've ever had.the wine recommend was a very good choice also. It was busy but noise level was quiet. The ambience was great as always. It was worth every penny,I would not think it's overpriced as the service and food you get is unbelievable. It has a nice little bar scene. I would definitely go back ...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    Julie1964
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I must start by saying that Charleston in general has wonderful food. Poogan's Porch was outstanding and reasonably priced for the quality. The seared tuna was amazing! Very good, relaxed service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Enjoy Poogan's
    jamesoneatsalot
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I love to bring friends, family, and visitors to Poogan's Porch to show them some real Charleston charm. Poogan's has my favorite shrimp and grits in town and I'm never let down by the buttermilk fried chicken and I'm always pleased by the delicious the scallop dish. Our waitress was friendly, accomodating, on-top of it, and sweet. It's always an enjoyable, lovely evening (or brunch) at Poogan's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    ASmith
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We dined at Poogan's Porch from the recommendation of a friend. I am so glad we chose to do so. The food was awesome and our waiter was top notch. He had wonderful recommendations and was very knowledgeable of the menu items. We would definitely return if we visit Charleston in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable but not notable
    Lovegrt8food
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We were seated upstairs at a nice table. Our waiter was nice, but spoke so quietly we could barely hear what he was saying throughout the entire evening. Our food was good, but nothing was over the top, which was disappointing because friends had given us rave reviews about the food here. After completing our entrees, the waiter asked if there was anything else he could get us. He had something behind his back (which I assumed was a dessert menu). Typically one doesn't have to ask a waiter to bring dessert or coffee - they suggest it and one replies either yes or no, so I thought this was odd. At any rate, I'd give Poogan's another try when we visit Charleston again, but I really can't give it a rave review for this visit.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Chef was flexible and accommodating on specific request. Our meal was fabulous. The pimento cheese fritters were yummy! Service was perfect. A "must do" in Charleston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Couldn't ask for better . Pork chop was delectable drinks from bar was perfect .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant Dining
    Herbie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This place came highly recommended by a few of my friends. I was not disappointed. The atmosphere was very nice and it was not loud at all. The wine selection was excellent as well as the food selection. There was something on the menu that would satisfy everyone. The portion size was perfect and surprising. It was more than I expected. I will definitely make this restaurant a must visit on my next trip to Charleston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great place to eat, just make sure you book a reservation for the best experience. I loved it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Charleston dining.
    TxTravlr
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Excellent meal and service. Superior to prior night meal at the Peninisula. Pimento cheese fritters were awesome!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    KiawahFan
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was our first visit, and we understand why this place is regarded so highly. We were seated at a lovely window table, and every one of the 12 menu items we ordered was superb - we liked the menu and food here better than that of its highly acclaimed neighbor. We will definitely return to Poogans on our next trip to Charleston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner at Poogan's Porch
    Greatfood4U
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I took my wife there for her birthday. Great food and great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Venue - superior service
    kmo13
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    What a wonderful find, and right in downtown in the heart of Charleston. Service was excellent as was the food. And the staff went above and beyond to provide us a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic Charleston dining
    Tony
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This is a great place to feel historic Charleston while enjoying outstanding food prepared in the best Southern style. Dine in the rooms of this old historic home, or eat on the outdoor 'porch'! You can not go wrong with either choice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate