Pre Theatre Quick Dinner.
WE had tickets to see a play and the staff were very accommodating. As soon as they were informed of this they took it into account. The waiter was wonderful, friendly - but not overly gushy. The food was delicious. My duck was splendid and the chicken of my friend was just as delicious. But the Bolognese of my other partner was a little lack luster. We started with an anti-pasto platter for two - we shared it between three and it was wonderful, interesting and flavourful and plenty for three. We enjoyed the restaurant and I would happily return, but next time i would not be dashing out to the theatre.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was fresh, healthy but
Food was fresh, healthy but exciting and incredibly tasty. An outstanding experience. I recommend the Chef's Table for noise control and ambience.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Birthday dinner was great!
It was my friend's birthday dinner, and I picked the place. She had never been to Lana, and as far as selection and price went, it seemed like a great fit. And it was. Our server was great. Not too pushy and very pleasant. She even got one of our desserts for us. Great time!
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Off the beaten path
Wonderful "locals" restaurant, slightly "edgy" but safe neighborhood, chef prepares excellent meals: try the ribeye steak with whopping portion of perfect pommes frites or the braised short rib. Ask for Kelly as your server. He's a delightful character. This place is a treasure: upscale food, service and ambiance without the inflated tourist prices of downtown Charleston.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have dined at Lana on several occasions. Food and service consistently excellent. It will not disappoint you.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine Dining at Lana
Seasonal choices like gazpacho, and pan seared grouper over a selection of local beans were prepared perfectly by a hands on chef who personally served two of our courses. Service is friendly yet attentive, and atmosphere is just right - not stuffy, but not too casual either. The wine list has a good selection including moderately priced Napa reds. Desserts complete an excellent meal, and the lemon tart did exactly that for a very pleasurable experience at Lana.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a fantastic meal at
We had a fantastic meal at Lana. The grilled peach salad was wonderful, and paired very well with the rose wine on the menu. The entrees were equally delicious. These included basque-style chicken, duck and a special risotto. Great service to boot.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice meal..food was great
Nice meal..food was great service slow but restaurant was slow too. Rainy day
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Once you try it, you'll go back!
took a chance away from mainstream historic area based on Yelp comments. First the Bartender is superb and that's hard to find these days. We were delighted with each course presentation followed by amazing flavor combinations. It hit the to of our return list so we can try more entree's! Mediterranean Fare & Southern Flair
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food and service!
Lana continues to delight us. The scallop appetizer and special grilled peach salad were delicious. The daily catch and its preparation were also outstanding. The server was both professional and engaging. We can't wait to return!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to eat away from
Great place to eat away from the crowds in Charleston. The Chef is very involved in the guest expereince and took the time to bring dishes out at least once to each table while we were there. This attentiveness to detail I have only seen in handful of other resturants in this city. The service was excellent, and our waiter went out of his way to make everyone (including our 3 year old) very welcome and comfortable.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The most consistently excellent restaurant for food and service, well known to locals. We enjoy taking guests there to demonstrate that outstanding restaurants are not necessarily the ones with the biggest PR budgets. Lana proves that innovatively prepared (but not weird) meals need not be excessively priced and that professional staff need not be aloof or pretentious. But don't tell anyone....many residents enjoy having an under-the-radar favorite.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was Amazing! Staff was outstanding... courteous, friendly, and eager to serve! Great for any date!!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and terrific service. Eveybody is friendly and engaging. Always a family favorite!
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Hidden Gem in Charleston
We are visitors to Charleston, we ate here last 5 months ago. When in area again we went back and took a couple who live in Charleston and are physicians in town. Once again all aspects excellent. Chef/Owner makes the rounds and does most of the serving. Will keep going back when in town, as it is away from the congestion of the Battery Area and is as good as anything in Charleston.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic evening at Lana's
We had a lovely dinner at Lana's. Everything about our experience was fantastic! We were in foodie-heaven! Fancy Cocktails - with unique flavors, like star anise and Scrumptious Appetizers, an updated version of Spanokapita. Our main course was the ultimate in flavors. We had the Bolangase and the Frutti Di Mare. Both excellent but the Frutti Di Mare stole the show with the basil broth and fennel. This might have been our first visit to Charleston - but certianly will not be our last. And Lana will be on our list of meals!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We dine often at Cafe Lana, and always look forward to what we know will be a delicious and varied menu. The wine list is great; they have an excellent selection of Spanish wines, which is a treat. Chef Ondo is always there to bring your entrée to the table, which is a lovely (and rare) gesture. Seldom does one see a chef at work in his restaurant. Clearly he takes great pride in his kitchen, and has a staff of capable, creative sous chefs. The kitchen flows like clockwork. It is always fun to see the different plates that come out and that remind us to come again and try something different. We look forward to our return.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife's birthday
Reserved at Lana because of the great job they did at Accent on Wine in Summerville. Our expectations were exceeded. My wife had the best fish ever (black bass) and I had the ribeye steak. Pear and gorgonzola salad was fantastic. Lemon tart for desert was heavenly, however the chocolate cake with espresso gelato was a little disapponting.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lana was able to take a 10 person birthday dinner reservation one day ahead of time - when I called a few hours before my reservation they were able to accommodate 2 extras. Great service and food.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Food was fabulous! I would
The Food was fabulous! I would call this place Charleston's little secret or best, One of Charleston's little gems.
8/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Under appreciated gem
Lana has been around now for many a year and I have dined here at least 20 times. Every time I dine here I ask myself, "Why am I not eating here more often?" Of course that reason is that it's Charleston and there are tons of amazing options for where to dine out. Few can match the fish preparations from Lana or the great salads I have had here. My wife claims the Bolognese to be her favorite in town. The best part is that you'll spend at least 20% less dining here than the more famous restaurants in town and get a meal that is on par with Husk or FIG.
8/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Go to place
Being fortunate enough to live in a city with lots of great dining, we choose to return to Lana again and again. Food and service are consistently good.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The way restaurant week should be.
Loved that they offered a more comprehensive restaurant week menu than most. For $6 dollars more than the 3/$30 offerings, you could try any of the other entrees not included in the RW menu. My friend got the duck and loved it. I stuck with the RW menu and just got the beef shortrib, which was a little dry. Loved the gnocchi and the olive oil lemon cake. Skip the chocolate thing. We also tried the lamb spanikopita, which was pretty delish. I highly recommend you try it.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food at Lana's
The food and service at Lana's was great. We went for restaurant week and were not disappointed. Our waitress was capable and pleasant and our meal was brought to the table appropriately and at the right temperature.
All in all a memorable evening out with friends!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
great off-the-beaten-path find
Went for restaurant week because it was in walking distance, and were very impressed with the selections and preparation of every course. Seafood and spareribs were perfectly cooked and delicious, nicely plated. Combined with a well decorated but intimate dining space, it was a great experience and somewhere we'd come again.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this restaurant!
Love the food here -- very fresh and cooked to perfection. I had scallops with zucchini and summer squash and homemade gnocchi in a wonderful broth. The service is friendly and attentive. The only issue is the parking. There are 2 spots in an alley right next to the restaurant and one of them was taken by a truck that was there when I arrived and still there when I left. Otherwise, it's mostly street parking limited to one hour. Unfortunate for such a great place.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had such a good time enjoying a really good meal and having fun with our delightful waiter
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
FRIENDLY SERVICE, GREAT MIX OF VEGGIE AND MEAT/FISH ENTREES,
AND SMALL PLATES, AMPLE WINE AND BEER LIST AT REASONABLE PRICES. NOISY BUT COMFORTABLE ATMOSPHERE.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
little favorite spot
My husband and i love Lana. It was the first restaurant we were recommended by our realtor when we wanted to celebrate making an offer on a house. We go back there at least once a year and i personally like to take seminar speakers there too. Lovely little place with a great menu, friendly and attentitive staff and a.nice solid wine list.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
we went during restaurant week, it was our first time there but the couple who joined us had been before.
The whole dinning experience was just great, some of us stayed with the special menu and others did
alacarte , the food is just delicious and service great you will not be disappointed
9/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
What a great surprise Lana's was. A group of six from out of town looking for a nice neighborhood restaurant with good ratings. Now we know why. Our server Kelly who has been there most of the 8 years Lana's has been open was informative and attentive. The whole serving staff helped each other which is nice to see. The food....awesome. Great blend of flavors in all dishes. The gnocchi is to die for. We had it as an appetizer for the table so we could all enjoy. This is a MUST GO when in the Charleston area.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great environment, friendly staff, delicious food. I would definitely return to this restaurant!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lana Restaurant and Bar is a gem!
We have dined at Lana's many times and have never been disappointed. The wait staff, food and homey atmosphere are all wonderful. We think it is one of Charleston's best!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Favorite Place
Lana is a wonderful place to meet friends at the bar for a drink and small plate, for a great dinner, and/or perfect for a special occasion. Food is expertly prepared with menu items that have Spanish, Italian and Middle-Eastern flavor profiles. Servers are knowledgable, friendly and professional. Corkage fees waived on Mondays, and we were able to enjoy our own special bottle of '98 Barolo with Lana's excellent entrees of pappardelle with Bolognese and gnocchi with wild mushroom, sage & pancetta. The Bolognese was perfection--best we've ever had anywhere, and the gnocchi were so light and delicious, they literally melted in your mouth. We can't wait to return!
9/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
I'd go again
Four of us had dinner here on a Tues night. Not very busy. I had seafood soup, lamb spanakopita, and a shrimp/eggplant appetizer; others at the table had scallops, veggie plate, and steak. We had chocolate gelato for dessert. Also, cocktails and wine. My dishes were good to average, but others at the table were very happy with their choices. Next time, I will order something different (may try the soup again). Service was fine, if not outstanding. Nice decor and ambience.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Waitress in town!
I live a few blocks away and always have a great dining experience here. The waitress we always have is absolutely wonderful. She has a great personality and is very helpful with the wine list and suggestions. We eat out several nights a week and I have to say that she is truly the best in town!!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the friendliness of staff - quality of food and very reasonable prices.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Experience... Excellent meal,
The food was outstanding and the service excellent. Looking forward to returning soon!!!!
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lana is wonderful
We are locals, but had never been to Lana until last night. The people who work there were all soooo nice. The food was excellent and the atmosphere is great. A gem. We will definitely go back!h
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were so pleased to have found this restaurant . The dining room was lovely and our server Kelly was very attentive. My chicken and my husband's pasta were excellent. The portions are large. We had no room for dessert!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We took a chance with all
We took a chance with all the wonderful restaurants in Charleston and were well rewarded.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our first time there. Food
Our first time there. Food was wonderful. Our waiter was one of the best. will return
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food experience.
The problem is that there is too much to choose from on the menu. It all sounds so good. Expect five star cuisine but don't expect a bargain.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We ate at Lana again. High expectations. No disappointment. Did the lamb spanakopita app again -- because it is always good. Tried some new wines. Paul had strong opinions (when asked for) and he was right. The pork marsala was rich and dark. My wife's duck confit was what duck confit is all about. The molten chocolate volcano did not erupt as ballyhooed, but was darn good anyway. Lana is one of those places that doesn't get too into itself with Bon Appetit or Conde Naste reviews, like some other Charleston restaurants. It just keeps on delivering "food for foodies" in a nice neighborhood place.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
WOW- great spot
Fantastic array of choice on the menu. I was not only surprised but looking forward to going back and having more.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice litte place. Great fish dinner, well prepared. Attentive service, but not overly so. Suggested wine was perfect.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food and service were
The food and service were excellent and I would highly recommend this restaurant.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a great experience. The food was excellent and everyone was super friendly. Would recommend to anyone looking for a great restaurant that is not all tourists in Charleston.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
I think this one of best restaurants in Charleston.Every thing on menu is outstanding.Chefs vegtable plate is wonderful. Pasta dishes
are yummy. The barman knows how to make super cocktails.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
very good service for our
very good service for our party of 6 friends, with diverse tastes. only food drawback noted was the pork cutlet seemed to be processed pork roll, slightly overcooked. mushroom sauce with marsala was excellent, so I ate around last of pork. servings substantial. salad with pears and gorgonzola very good with crisp chunks of fruit. service excellent.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM