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
354 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (217)fit for foodies (200)romantic (149)notable wine list (101)great for brunch (92)good for groups (82)neighborhood gem (70)vibrant bar scene (59)hot spot (44)scenic view (21)late-night find (20)great for lunch (16)kid-friendly (15)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • We always try to make it for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/25/2008
    We always try to make it for brunch on Sunday when we're in Charleston. We love the atmosphere, the fans and the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The only disappointment was
    AdamVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2008
    The only disappointment was that the white wine we ordered was not at the right temperature. The server admitted to this and did her best to chill it table-side but it reached the proper temperature well into our lunch. I commend her efforts but this should never happen at a restaurant of High Cotton's caliber. We should have been compensated for the trouble.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our 2nd visit to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/24/2008
    This was our 2nd visit to High Cotton. Both times the food was outstanding and the service was second to none. Thank you for a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A MUST for all Charleston
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2008
    A MUST for all Charleston visitors! Excellent food, wine list, and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We liked High Cotton very
    Desirae316
    Dined on 5/20/2008
    We liked High Cotton very much but only becuase there are so many wonderful restaurants in Charleston we won't be going back soon.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I travel for business and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 5/20/2008
    I travel for business and have eaten lots of places in Charleston, this one moves to the top of my list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We have been coming to Charleston
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/20/2008
    We have been coming to Charleston for over 15 years and have eaten in many of its fine restaurants. This was our first (but not last) visit to High Cotton. It is definitely in our top 5 favorite Charleston restaurants along with Circa 1886 and Blossoms. The service was excellent - friendly and attentive but not obtrusive. The food in taste, presentation, and innovative combinations was a multi-sensory treat. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • We celebrated our anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/19/2008
    We celebrated our anniversary in style at High Cotton. An outstanding dinner. The special chocolate praline soufle is to die for.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was outstanding...the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/19/2008
    Food was outstanding...the steak was incredible, with the bacon sauce...wow. Also the best crab cake I've ever had. The waiter was not that great. He wasn't very polished and was very distracted.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A dining experience that leaves
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/19/2008
    A dining experience that leaves one wanting to come back soon.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was extremely overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/18/2008
    The food was extremely overpriced and not extremely flavorful. The service seemed to be better for those who where dressed to go to a fancy event. After dining there this past weekend, I will not recommend it to anyone looking for a good meal. Also, I will not return to High Cotton for dinner either.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great evening. The lamb was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/16/2008
    Great evening. The lamb was most tender and the swordfish was wonderful. Service was attentive. We can't wait to go back to Charleston so we can have dinner there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service and presentation were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/15/2008
    Service and presentation were wonderful. The food seemed a bit wanting.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice. Food was very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/15/2008
    Very nice. Food was very good and the service was also very good. The waiter was very friendly and attentive waiter - but seemed to rush us just a bit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good, solid dining experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/12/2008
    Very good, solid dining experience. The food was excellent especially the lettuce wedge presentations for both the regular and ceasar salads.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is one of Charleston's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/12/2008
    This is one of Charleston's best restaurants for a reason. If High Cotton could figure out how to cut the noise down in their large dining room I think it would be even better.The only disappointing thing was that when I didn't use the total amount on the gift card, I was not given another for the unused balance. This left an unreasonably substancial tip for the waitress. She did a great job, and would have been tipped well regardless. I received the gift certificate from The SERTOMA Club of Charleston as I am a member and I am going to highly recommend that we switch our gift certificate purchases to restaurants that debit a card leaving the unused balance to be used at a separate visit. I see no reason why HC cannot change this policy.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The experience was overall
    Jimmy
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    The experience was overall great. We sat in the corner window seat which was/would have been amazing except that two gnats flew around us all night until I killed them both and a small beetle was swatted away and the buzzing fly in the window. I know this is not common for this restaurant but unfortunately this night was the night for bugs. It really didnt down our time too much and we did overall have a great time. It was just frustrating for a bit. One last thing that we didnt let spoil out evening is that a lady came by our table (not our waiter) and took our plates/food. I informed her I wanted mine in a box and she said ok, and then proceeded to pile plate on top of mine. 5 min later, a box with my food came. I refuse it.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Took my Mom for Mother's Day.
    AtldeuceVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    Took my Mom for Mother's Day. She loved it. Thanks
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Although we had reservations,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    Although we had reservations, we waited an additional 30 minutes past our reservation time to be seated.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The wait to be seated was
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    The wait to be seated was rediculous!! And I had an 18 month old with me. The food was not nearly as good as it normally is and the wait for the food itself was out of control!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best fried oysters ever!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    Best fried oysters ever! Great celebration of my birthday and Mothers Day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic experience, incredible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    Fantastic experience, incredible food. Really enjoyed it! Everything I would expect from a Fine Dining Restuarant! Exceptional!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Have had 5 meals here. Each
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/9/2008
    Have had 5 meals here. Each one was outstanding. Great wine list!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We dine here every time we're
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2008
    We dine here every time we're in Charleston, and are never disappointed. Beautiful low-country-inspired dining room, attentive service, and wonderful southern favorites with a modern twist. Some of my favorite fried green tomatoes!
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great atmosphere,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/8/2008
    Great food, great atmosphere, great service. One of the best
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The new menu is exceptional!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/7/2008
    The new menu is exceptional! You can never go wrong whether brunch, lunch or dinner. My personal favorite Charleston restaurant.
    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, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of the restaurants I never
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/7/2008
    One of the restaurants I never miss while in Charleston. Try the espresso martini. Or two.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We felt the restaurant was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/6/2008
    We felt the restaurant was overly expensive and not as good as similarly priced restaurants we ate at during our Charleston stay - Roberts and 82 Queen. While the waiter was good and attentive, he pushed the steaks - which we ordered. They were good, but there was nothing different or inovative. For $44 a plate, I would expect more than a steak and fries. It was nothing different than I could make at home if I purchased a quality piece of steak. We might have done been better ordering other things from the menu, but the waiter really pushed that the restaurant was a steakhouse and known for the steaks. The souffle dessert was excellent though.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had heard about what a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/4/2008
    We had heard about what a great restaurant this is, so when trying to find the perfect place for a graduation celebration, we thought High Cotton would be a memorable experience. We were not disappointed! My entire family found it to be a fantastic experience! The food was exquisite and the service was impeccable!!! We will definitely be returning often to dine with you and are looking forward to trying many other dishes on your incredible menu. One thing we love about Charleston is the variety of dining experiences. But rest assured, High cotton is now at the top of our list!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good food. An excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2008
    Very good food. An excellent Charleston downtown location and the dining room is very well decorated. Would higly recommend. We went for Sunday brunch and will have a brunch for our wedding guests there in October.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My husband and I enjoyed the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    My husband and I enjoyed the food and service very much. The service was good and we will go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very concientous waitress,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    very concientous waitress, also gifted us with free desert for having to wait 20 minutes to be seated. Nice touch !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the food was amazing; i had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    the food was amazing; i had the oyster appetizers, and the were nearly beyond description. forgive my fustian, but i couldn't believe how spectacular each one was after the one before it. all of the food was unbelievably well-prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 30 minutes delay from reservation
    JamieVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    30 minutes delay from reservation time to be seated with no good place to wait other than bar which was small and crowed with others waiting and people eating meal at the bar.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • High Cotton remains my favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    High Cotton remains my favorite place (I am a resident of Charleston). This evening however we had a little problem with the food--I ordered the KC aged steak--the most expensive itme on the menu--and it was frankly terrible. I've had seriously aged beef before so I know what to expect and this was just not good--tough and flavorless. But as always the rest of the meal was memorable, and even the best places can have an off night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just outstanding. We can't
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/28/2008
    Just outstanding. We can't wait to go back. Our server was delightful and attentive without being intrusive, knew the menu well. The restaurant is lovely and all four of us loved our food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good but not as good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/28/2008
    Food was good but not as good as previous experience. Not memorable.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was a nice place to celebrate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    This was a nice place to celebrate my anniversary. The atmosphere was nice and the food was great.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food was excellent. Hostess
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2008
    food was excellent. Hostess selected less desirable table next to kitchen for us. Will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we had outstanding service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/24/2008
    we had outstanding service and a great meal. The atmosphere was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate