High Cotton - Charleston
High Cotton - Charleston

High Cotton - Charleston

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.highcottoncharleston.com/
  • Phone: 8437243815x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Nightly from 5:30pm
    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 10:00am – 2:00pm
    Bar: Opens daily at 4:00pm
    Happy Hour: Daily 4:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Low Country, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Shawn Kelly
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: A beautiful blend of form and function, our three private dining rooms offer flexibility in size and style to complement our flavorful food, fine drink and warm hospitality to create memorable moments. Whether a wedding, social or business event, you'll find a room perfectly suited for celebrating.
  • Private Party Contact: Jill Maynard 8776241064
  • Entertainment: Enjoy live jazz nightly and during Sunday brunch. Visit www.highcottoncharleston.com for full music schedule.
  • Special Events: For the 10th year, High Cotton will partner with Communities in Schools for a special three-course lunch in honor of Administrative Professionals Day, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Communities in Schools will receive 100% of the proceeds from the lunch.

    Guests will enjoy a celebration of tastiness with a three-course menu for the event. The lunch is $25 per person (gratuity not included). The full menu is available online. Lunch reservations are available from 11:30am to 2:30pm. Reservations are required and can be made online or by calling 843.724.3815.

    Communities In Schools of the Charleston Area, Inc. is a nationally accredited 501 (c)(3) nonprofit dropout prevention agency that surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, CIS currently serves more than 13,000 students and their families in 30 schools in Berkeley and Charleston Counties.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cumberland
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are two parking garages located within ½ block of the restaurant. One is located at the corner of Concord and Cumberland and the second is located on Cumberland between East Bay and State. Street parking is also available.
A word from High Cotton - Charleston
High Cotton - Charleston is high steppin’ Lowcountry living. It’s a feeling of warmth and celebration that begins the moment you step inside. You’ll find it in our gracious, knowledgeable servers, expertly prepared dishes and a remarkable wine and cocktail program. From conversation and laughter in our bar to our stylish dining rooms of heart pine floors and antique brick, you'll come to understand true Charleston hospitality. That is, there's always cause for celebration - of our neighbors, our food and drink and each other. It's our great pleasure to share it with you.

Enjoy live jazz nightly and during Sunday brunch. Private dining rooms available for wedding, business and social events.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSouthern
High Cotton - Charleston reviews from OpenTable diners
372 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (233)fit for foodies (192)romantic (158)great for brunch (104)notable wine list (95)neighborhood gem (71)good for groups (64)vibrant bar scene (50)hot spot (45)great for lunch (30)scenic view (27)kid-friendly (20)late-night find (16)great for outdoor dining (4)Show More
  • We eat at SNOB, this restaurant's
    opentablevipVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2008
    We eat at SNOB, this restaurant's sister, fairly often but had not tried High Cotton. We enjoyed it, although my wife and I still prefer SNOB.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/6/2008
    We had a wonderful experience at High Cotton. The food was outstanding. You will be on our list to revisit in our future trips to Charleston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was my second visit to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/6/2008
    This was my second visit to High Cotton and as the first time, everything was wonderful! A third visit is in order.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • High Cotton was our first
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/6/2008
    High Cotton was our first restaurant experience in Charleston. We had reservations for Sunday brunch and had to wait about 20 mins (which was fine). There was a lovely jazz ensemble in the bar area, however where we were seated we could not hear any music. Another table (not ours!) remarked that another room enjoyed jazz while our room sounded like Denny's. Service and food were excellent, and would recommend to anyone visiting Charleston to do brunch at High Cotton.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch was outstanding and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/6/2008
    Brunch was outstanding and the service was even better. We loved it- as always!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Whether it is for Dinner,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/6/2008
    Whether it is for Dinner, Saturday lunch or Sunday Brunch you can never go wrong with High Cotton! The Maverick Group knows what a complete package dining experience truly is. High Cotton has the atmosphere, vibe, quality food, friendly home feeling, but above all has the best employees. Every time I dine at High Cotton, I am always thrilled and leave with that feeling like I have just left my best friends house. There is no where else you can have a meal and walk away happy that you spent money. As a Chef myself, I can be hard to please, but High Cotton does it every single time! Trust me, I have eaten at High Cotton three nights in a row and found each night to be a completely new experience. It is home away from home for me!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Every time I eat at High Cotton
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/5/2008
    Every time I eat at High Cotton they impress me! I am a Chef and live Atlanta, but also have a house in Charleston, and I come to High Cotton for the complete dining package. The food, enviroment and service are always outstanding, no matter if it is for Saturday lunch, Sunday Brunch, or a weekday Dinner. High Cotton is a can't miss dining experience in Charleston and my personal favorite.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a fabulous time. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/5/2008
    We had a fabulous time. The food was great, our waitress did a great job and made us feel very comfortable. Overall, I do recommend it!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food left nothing to be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/5/2008
    The food left nothing to be desired. My meal was sent back because it was overcooked and salty beyond the point of being edible. The meal was comped but my wifes was similarly prepared, albeit not as bad, and the fried oyster appetizer left nothing to be desired. The ambience was nice but we felt rushed through the meal. Overall, this was a weak dining experience, especially given the price. On the positive side, the wine list was great and the bar scene, with a live band, was hopping.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Two of the people in my group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/4/2008
    Two of the people in my group got the Arugula Salad with Applies and Fried Goat Cheese medallion.....they are still talking about it!!! Best salad they have ever had...Tehy plan to get 2 when we come back for the Bridge Race next year....
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantasic as always - plus
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/4/2008
    Fantasic as always - plus the staff made it extra special or our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was very good ( I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/3/2008
    Service was very good ( I think it was Brandi who was training someone, Wes??), the food over all good, lobster tail was a little disappointing (small and a little rubbery), but the rest of the meal was tasty and well prepared. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was solid; graceful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/1/2008
    Service was solid; graceful execution w/ respect to fast, friendly seating, menu. The place was a bit busy (and noisy) for an anniversary dinner. Great ambiance for an evening after touring Charleston (we were seated on the sidewalk side w/good view of the street and the downtown Charleston charm). Food was very good -- but (perhaps because of the business) not the chef's best that evening. Lobster (the surf) was a bit on the "rare" side, while (the turf) tenderloin filet was too good to be true -- this was the best feature that evening. Lump crab was strong, not the "sweet" one expects for fresh lump crab. Great setting for folks on the go, and a good bit of attention to detail -- but it's always a daunting task to keep up with the crowds.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place has very expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/30/2008
    This place has very expensive food. Dinner for two with tip and no alcohol was $85 dollars. Grouper was good but the sweet potato soufle(not very sweet) and green beans (undercooked and very crunchy) were ordinary. The quantity of food was small. I will cross this one off the list. Wife's meal was similarly over priced. Listed to a live two piece band which was good. Next time I will vist Hank's Seafood for the special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My Wife is a serious foodie
    GeneVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2008
    My Wife is a serious foodie and this is her favorite restaurant in Charleston.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding service from the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    Outstanding service from the moment we walked in to the time we walked out.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was an exceptional evening.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    This was an exceptional evening. The Chef sent my husband a wonderful soufle dessert, High Cotton's specialty, in celebration of his 63rd birthday. We loved this Saturday night so much that we went back for brunch the next morning(Sunday). Next year we will be there again in early April. This is a must for us in Charleston. The service was fabulous. Every waitperson seemed to be thankful to be able to serve us. I bet it is a great place to work! The staff seemed so happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have been to High Cotton on
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/28/2008
    Have been to High Cotton on several occasions and have never been disappointed. Food is great and the wait staff as good and friendly as the City of Charleston.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hostess was rude and placed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/23/2008
    Hostess was rude and placed my wife and I in the dining area where they had placed all parties with children. That was after the seating hostess inquired as to the certainty of the decision made by the door hostess. Food was overated and service was weak. The worst of any restaurant we have visited in Charleston, SC.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Fried Green tomatoes,
    TastyVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2008
    Best Fried Green tomatoes, Fried Oysters in Charleston. Delightful Sunday Brunch.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The restaurant was fun and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/22/2008
    The restaurant was fun and upbeat. Our table wasn't in such a great location, especially since I had made my reservations through Open Table quite a bit ahead of schedule. But in general it was a good dinner out....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Visting from Dallas. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/20/2008
    Visting from Dallas. The food was awesome, music was fun - - great date night : )
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice restaurant, good food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/20/2008
    Nice restaurant, good food. I checked "good for groups" because the group dining next to us was permitted to be as loud and annoying as they wanted, much to the disappointment of us and other diners in the vicinity. Had to send a tough steak back, but the problem was eventually remedied. Overall a good experience, but would not recommend if you are looking for a serene or intimate dinner. The ambiance is nice, but the big open rooms result in a lot of noise.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food, nice decor,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/16/2008
    Excellent food, nice decor, very good service mad for an enjyable and memorable evening!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The service was truly great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/16/2008
    The service was truly great. From being greeted by the hostess, to the bartender for making espresso martini's (which were excellent) and very special kudos's to our waitress Daniel. She was well informed and descriptive about all the specials and answered all our questions pertaining to other food selections on the menu. This was a special day for us. We had just gotten married and the staff at High Cotton made it even more special. Again, thank you all for a wonderful dining experience at High Cotton. We look forward to returning to Charleston and dining at High Cotton.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thoroughly enjoyed Sunday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/16/2008
    Thoroughly enjoyed Sunday Brunch at High Cotton!! Jazz playing softly, superb food, excellent service. Everything we had heard it was!!! A must do again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is one of my husband
    SWMichigan
    Dined on 3/16/2008
    This is one of my husband and my favorite restaurants. The food and service are continually outstanding. I was especially happy to the the TAP Project that they are working on. I thought they advertised it tastefully and in a manner delicate to their type of clientelle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as always, and the weather
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/15/2008
    Great as always, and the weather was terrible, but High Cotton was a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My wife and I had a fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/15/2008
    My wife and I had a fantastic time at High Cotton. It seemed like everyone was working a little harder to make it a special evening for us, especially because we hadn't been on a "date" in quite some time. Chef Gray and his team prepared quite possibly the best meal that we've ever had. And it's not too often that you receive a chance to meet the Chef. We've been telling everyone about this spot and can't wait to get back ourselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was good, but the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/12/2008
    The food was good, but the main entree took a little too long to be served. My wife had ordered the chicken w/ the pot-pie side dish; I suspect that took longer to prepare than the special I ordered (surf and turf). My food was a little cooler than I would have liked, but at that point I did not want to delay eating any longer. Overall, though, we had a nice evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently Wonderful
    Rich
    Dined on 12/16/2007
    A Charleston Classic Restaurant that is consistently wonderful every single time. Everthing is delicious...everything..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The food here is excellent.
    Brian
    Dined on 9/1/2007
    The food here is excellent. Great for client dinners or dinner with friends. Not so great for romance, as the dining room is very large and can get quite loud.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite restaurant in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/21/2007
    My favorite restaurant in Charleston. The right combination of excitement and soothing ambiance with superior food and service. Fairly active environment and great view of Charleston street activity. Get advance reservations and get a window seat. Order the souffle upon arrival. (The BEST mini cheeseburgers at happy hour)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great "southern" feel to it.
    PickyBeerGuyVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2007
    Great "southern" feel to it. A must try while in Charleston. Get the lava chocolate dessert!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall