Brasserie Gigi
Brasserie Gigi

Brasserie Gigi

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.brasseriegigi.com/
  • Phone: (843) 722-6393x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday from 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Dinner: 5 - 10:30 p.m.
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Chef Frank McMahon
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Special Events: We are delighted to welcome private dining to our lovely, light-filled second floor dining room. This is a favorite venue for bridal luncheons.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: The Charleston City Market
  • Public Transit: Charleston's free DASH hop-on/hop-off trolly stops in front of Brasserie Gigi.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Public parking is available 1/2 a block away at the corner of Church and North Meeting Street as well as three parking garages within two blocks of the restaurant.
A word from Brasserie Gigi
Located across the street from the Charleston City Market in the very heart of the Historic District, Brasserie Gigi serves lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch in a lively, casual French atmosphere. Brasserie Gigi is situated adjacent to the acclaimed Planters Inn on North Market Street.
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Brasserie Gigi reviews from OpenTable diners
256 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (136)special occasion (91)neighborhood gem (80)romantic (77)notable wine list (55)great for lunch (49)good for groups (44)great for brunch (37)vibrant bar scene (36)hot spot (30)scenic view (10)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (7)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Enjoyed the experience
    D4Ewombat
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Our party of six took a long time to make up its mind on food and wine choices, but our server was very patient, polite, and professional. We developed a good rapport with him during the meal. The food was good and imaginative but not really French focused, despite the name of the restaurant. The prices were somewhat high but were in line with most of the places that Gigi is striving to emulate. However, unlike many similar restaurants, side dishes were not included with most of the entrees and had to be purchased separately, which made this a more expensive experience than most if you wanted a meal and not just the "meat" portion. We did appreciate the manageable noise level because we could talk without shouting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gigi's Charleston
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Perfect end to a fascinating stay in Charleston. So glad Open Table app made a quick reservation possible. Terrific blond Bloody Mary!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bit of France in Charleston
    Buffalogirl67VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Everything you would expect of a Brasserie is on the menu, including French onion soup, mussels, oysters, delicious roast chicken, steak frites, a delicious fish of the day presentation, and a variety of other entrees. The pot de creme and crime brûlée are lovely. We have been regular customers since it opened which says it all. Food is delicious, the service is excellent. Always a good time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous experience
    LorraineVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Restaurant is beautiful, just like a French bistro. Food and service were terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant
    James
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Everything was excellent. The food was delicious and the portions were perfect. Our waitress Marisa was outstanding and was very knowledgeable of the entire menu. Ben, the manager, also visited our table to inquire about our evening and was very friendly. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming
    Jamo
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    A nice place to have a meal downtown Charleston. Great service and good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • new2chucktown
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We have been to Gigi's five or six times this summer with out-of-town guests. Each visit has been wonderful. The atmosphere, food and staff are terrific. It does not really matter why or when you chose to dine at Gigi's, you will be pleased with everything. Enjoy!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great meal.
    BirdGuy7VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    While I still lament the loss of this restaurant's predecessor Mercado, its latest incarnation is a winner. I was very disappointed when Mercado closed as there is a dearth of Italian cuisine on the peninsula and I was half hoping to hate Brasserie Gigi so I could say "I was right, they should have kept it Italian." I have to be honest and say that my wife and I had an excellent meal during Charleston Restaurant Week. While they did not skimp on the portions, I do not feel that the restaurant week menu was a bargain. We likely could have arrived at about the same total by ordering off the regular menu - everything was there. Also I still dislike the tiny tables - those were carried over from Mercado.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch and dinner
    yummytummy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I ate Sunday brunch last week and had the best omelette I have ever eaten. Nicely sized with mushrooms and béchamel cheese, which is hard to find. The side potatoes were sautéed with onion, perhaps shallots?, and were delicious. Heather was my server and was pleasant and very attentive. I enjoyed the ambiance and great music so much that I returned later in the week for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gerald
    dontrushme
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    It was good, but not great. We went to several restaurants during Restaurant Week and we felt the food was good, but not extraordinary. We were rushed by our server toward the end of the meal when he dropped off the bill without our requesting it. We might stop back there for lunch and see what the food and service are like then.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun new French brasserie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great restaurant! Good find in a touristy downtown area. The ambience is fun and true French feel. Had raw clams which were fresh and light. Had the scallops after which were huge and perfectly cooked! Not overdone and tender inside. Felt like I was in France again. Our server was great. We had an hour til we were seeing a play. In and out no problem! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    avemimi
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Will definitely go back again!!! The food was wonderful. The atmosphere was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food and did not Disappoint !
    Rictysu
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We ate at several places during restaurants week. Gigi's was the best by far. Great mussels and just an excellent menu Going back to enjoy their regular menu...they have escargot ! Excellent service, nice hostess !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food.
    Paco
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Excellent food well priced. Love management team. 2 different ones came to our table. Please keep that part of service up!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great!
    Denise
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We loved this place when it was still Mercato. Now, as then, we do not have a single thing we would change. We love the food, the service, and the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious.
    azureblue
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Went to Gigi's to eat a late lunch with a friend. Waiter was prompt and very friendly, and lunch was delicious. Loved the French music playing in the background. I'll definitely be returning to Gigi's soon. :)
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rushed service
    Localdiner
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We went with another couple we hadn't seen in a while during Restaurant Week. Our server made us feel like he couldn't wait to move us out. He came back every five minutes to ask us for our order, even though we specifically told him we wanted to have a relaxing dinner. We had two rounds of drinks and three courses, spent over $250 and was out in a little over an hour. The restaurant was not even crowded. It certainly was not a pleasurable experience. Although the food and atmosphere were very good, I would not go back. There are so many good restaurants in town where we can leisurely enjoy the experience of dining out and Brassiere Gigi is not one of them.
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  • Enjoyable
    nightout
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Went for restaurant week. Picked from the fixed menu. My chicken was great. Enjoyed the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • yummytummy
    yummytummy
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I enjoyed my Sunday brunch on 9-7-14 so much that I returned for dinner on 9-12-14. My server was Johnathen, who was alert and aware of my needs during dinner. I had a wonderful, flavorful salmon dish and enjoyed every bite. A great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dissappointed....
    gostin
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I understand that restaurant week can be challenging, and I did partake in the three course meal, the main course of pork schnitzle was huge, but very dry, a sauce accompaniment would have helped. the creme brulee was as always, excellant. My friends ordered off the menu, both having the onion soup which was critiqued as fair, the salmon dinner was almost non-existant, although tasty. The wine could have been a touch more generous. Being a foodie I must say, I expected better.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OUTSTANDING
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband and I can't say enough about our visit... We were so impressed.. Everything was just the best... My husband mentioned it while we were eating and made reservations to go back upon leaving the restaurantl.. The occasion is to be my birthday and also our daughter's..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We dined here during restaurant week and had a lovely experience. The portions were very generous, well presented, and very tasty. Very "country French"....exactly what we were hoping for. In a world of restaurants that seem to go out of their way to combine unusual ingredients, it is wonderful to know there is some place that wants cook traditional recipes and do them well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ooh La La BUT
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was very good at Brasserie GiGi. The offerings on the tasting menu were very good choices and the menu items were very good as well. The seafood (oysters and clams on the half shell) were a total disappointment. They were so small and cost so much that it cast a shadow over the entire dinner! There were 6 clams of which 3 had hardly no meat. The PEI mussels were terribly small. With careful wording we could have been persuaded to not order this waste. The wait staff got too busy as the 2 people who ordered off the tasting menu received the desserts before anyone else at the table was even asked. When mentioned dessert orders were taken and we had dessert at the same time as it should be. Could have been a 5, needs work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice evening
    delicious
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Good friends, restaurant not too loud to hear them! good food, we asked for a booth and got one, I asked for spinach instead of potatoes and got that. Great coffee too! All were satisfied. We'll return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing Restaurant Week Meal
    JohnnyVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We thought we would try Brasserie Gigi for Charleston Restaurant Week. Got a down right right off the bat when they refused to allow sharing. This was proven ludicrous when the entree was enough for three hungry diners. The potato leek soup was pretty good, but my dining companions both said the French onion soup was way too cheesy, with virtually no broth. The salmon only was ordinary, although the asparagus side was excellent. Both of my dining companions said the pork schnitzel was tasteless and reminded them of fried chicken. The service was dreadful, even though we had a early 5:30 reservation and there were few table occupied. We waited more than 20 minutes between clearing the soup course and the appearance of the entree.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went for restaurant week
    DanieM
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    A friend of mine and I went for restaurant week, neither of us had been before. The place was cute, quaint, charming. The service was fabulous! The tables are very small and put closely together- the way they would be in France. We had 2 glasses of wine, 1 white, 1 red. We had the French Onion Soup, Mussels, Roasted Chicken, Salmon w Asparagus, the pot de la creme & a lemon tarte w raspberry puree. Everything was very enjoyable. We agreed that the Salmon by far was the best dish- crispy skin (almost poached on the inside) served w a unique ketchup aoili and asparagus that appeared to be blanched perfectly w fingerling potatoes. Everything was sooooo good, just felt there could have been a little more seasoning/flavor for all other items.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Ready for Prime Time
    DVan
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Had heard good things about Brasserie Gigi. New restaurant, beautifully redone. 3 out of 4 of us ordered the fish special. Mine was dried out, hard as a rock. Took a while to find the waitress (had a habit of disappearing). Finally got her and said she would have it redone. I waited and waited. Everyone else ate and finished. Waitress never stopped by to check About 20+ minutes later she came with my fish. I asked for the manager. She was totally unaware what was going on. Lack of kitchen quality control, poor waitress training and a manager who did not know a problem existed. Bad combination. Took fish off bill and the second one was delicious. Damage was done. Would not return. Too many great restaurants in town to go through that.
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  • OK+
    LeFrog
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Good but not great. Bezt of all, parking availability nearby.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LunchOut
    DinnerOUt
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Very nice atmosphere. Clean and classy. The back of the restaurant, away from the windows was a bit dark, but that would be nice for an evening meal. We sat in the front room and it was sunny and very pleasant. The three of us had the same Mahi fish meal, which was delicious. Based on what we had, I would venture to say all would be delicious. Will definitely recommend this place to friends and will be back to try dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Very nice, good food, nice service...will be a restaurant that will be on our list to often. Prices for the food and wine were reasonable for what we had,an enjoyable evening. A nice place to go with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great addition
    Balvenie
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Onion soup, schnitzel, pot de creme. All excellent. Portions were generous, almost to a fault. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • howobin
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    good food, portions were more than enough, was full after the appetizers, desserts were incredible, would definitely return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Well trained staff, delicious food.
    DiningCharlestonVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Decor was reminicent of a San Fransisco cafe, meets upscale hotel restaurant. Well done.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food, poor service
    BauschVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We had lunch. Things we loved: The food was fantastic. We have a home in the area but live up North. We are perplexed at the amount of sugar and sweeteners that seem to be added to everything (food and drinks) in the Charleston area--not to mention salt--that completely take away from the natural flavor of food. Didn't detect that at Gigi's. Just fantastic food, prepared very simply but flavorfully. All 6 of us raved about the food. Also, I ordered a French 75 cocktail and likewise it was light, tart and not heavier up with the sweeter ingredients (like the Cointreau) that it could have made it sweet. One thing they will need to work on is service. There were only 3 tables in the restaurant and service was dreadfully slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brasserie Gigi- disappointing
    HcpmVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    It did not live up to the hype and the reviews. My wife & I are locals and have high expectations for restaurants of this supposed caliber. Though the service was very good and attentive, the food was only average. I had the potato and leek soup & the mussels were both under seasoned- very bland. My wife's salad nicoise was the best item that we ordered, though it only contained 1/2 of a hard boiled egg, barely 2 oz of tuna, & the largest haricot verts (green beans) - the waiter described it as a dinner salad- we would disagree. For dessert we ordered the strawberry tart- it was all crust & topping (very good), but only essence of strawberry.
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  • Gigi not so good
    Rlong
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    First and last visit to former Mercato .....bring it back.... Wait staff knowledgeable, nice pleasant especially John...menu is minuscule,wine list. Ugh! Appetizers great. Then down hill.. Price of appetizers a little high but the leek potatoe soup and the beets were great.. The main courses were with a stretch good.. Steak frites too salty and fish special..fair. Dish presentation unimaginative... I had to pick a side so my fish would sit on it?Charleston doesn't need another fish house. This is not a French restaurant ,oh! Deserts ,a French necessity were poor the lemon tart was dry and tasteless. The chocolate pot creamy but fair... This is the first negative review of a charleston restaurant .
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All in were completely satisfied
    Celebrate60
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Very well managed, food presentation perfect as we're portions
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First French Foray
    Tophermims
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Never had French before Brasserie Gigi. Food was excellent. Server was amazing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My 60thB-Day
    Luie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The staff was so accommodating & attentive. Our server was just a delight. Food was fabulous. All in All a wonderful experience for my "big day". We have & will continue to dine at GIGI's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Travelgram
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great food and ambience. Just came back from a trip to Paris. Brasserie Gigi was very reminiscent of the restaurants we frequented in Paris.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate