102 N. Market Street
Charleston, SC 29401Neighborhood:
FrenchPrice: $30 and under
- 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.
- 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.Continued
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Brasserie Gigi reviews from OpenTable diners
256 reviews since May 26, 2014
- Ambiance4.1Noise LevelModerate
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 experienceD4EwombatDined on 9/14/2014Our 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Gigi's CharlestonOpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 9/14/2014Perfect end to a fascinating stay in Charleston. So glad Open Table app made a quick reservation possible. Terrific blond Bloody Mary!Special Features:
- A bit of France in CharlestonBuffalogirl67VIPDined on 9/13/2014Everything 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fabulous experienceLorraineVIPDined on 9/13/2014Restaurant is beautiful, just like a French bistro. Food and service were terrific.Special Features:
- Great RestaurantJamesDined on 9/13/2014Everything 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- CharmingJamoDined on 9/13/2014A nice place to have a meal downtown Charleston. Great service and good food.Special Features:
- new2chucktownDined on 9/12/2014We 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!I would recommend this to a friend.
- A great meal.BirdGuy7VIPDined on 9/12/2014While 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Brunch and dinneryummytummyDined on 9/12/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- GeralddontrushmeDined on 9/11/2014It 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:
- Fun new French brasserieOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 9/11/2014Great 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Loved it!avemimiDined on 9/10/2014Will definitely go back again!!! The food was wonderful. The atmosphere was great!Special Features:
- Great Food and did not Disappoint !RictysuDined on 9/10/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent food.PacoDined on 9/10/2014Excellent food well priced. Love management team. 2 different ones came to our table. Please keep that part of service up!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always Great!DeniseDined on 9/9/2014We 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:
- Delicious.azureblueDined on 9/9/2014Went 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Rushed serviceLocaldinerDined on 9/8/2014We 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.
- EnjoyablenightoutDined on 9/8/2014Went for restaurant week. Picked from the fixed menu. My chicken was great. Enjoyed the evening.Special Features:
- yummytummyyummytummyDined on 9/7/2014I 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:
- dissappointed....gostinDined on 9/6/2014I 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:
- OUTSTANDINGOpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 9/6/2014My 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 9/6/2014We 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:
- Ooh La La BUTScottVIPDined on 9/6/2014The 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- nice eveningdeliciousDined on 9/6/2014Good 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:
- Disappointing Restaurant Week MealJohnnyVIPDined on 9/6/2014We 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.
- Went for restaurant weekDanieMDined on 9/6/2014A 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not Ready for Prime TimeDVanDined on 9/5/2014Had 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.
- OK+LeFrogDined on 9/5/2014Good but not great. Bezt of all, parking availability nearby.Special Features:
- LunchOutDinnerOUtDined on 9/5/2014Very 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- HappyDined on 9/4/2014Very 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:
- Great additionBalvenieDined on 9/4/2014Onion soup, schnitzel, pot de creme. All excellent. Portions were generous, almost to a fault. We'll definitely be back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- howobinDined on 9/4/2014good food, portions were more than enough, was full after the appetizers, desserts were incredible, would definitely returnSpecial Features:
- Well trained staff, delicious food.DiningCharlestonVIPDined on 9/4/2014Decor was reminicent of a San Fransisco cafe, meets upscale hotel restaurant. Well done.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fantastic food, poor serviceBauschVIPDined on 9/1/2014We 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:
- Brasserie Gigi- disappointingHcpmVIPDined on 8/31/2014It 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.
- Gigi not so goodRlongDined on 8/30/2014First 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 .Special Features:
- All in were completely satisfiedCelebrate60Dined on 8/30/2014Very well managed, food presentation perfect as we're portionsSpecial Features:
- First French ForayTophermimsDined on 8/29/2014Never had French before Brasserie Gigi. Food was excellent. Server was amazingSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- My 60thB-DayLuieDined on 8/29/2014The 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- TravelgramDined on 8/29/2014Great 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: