The Grocery
The Grocery

The Grocery

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thegrocerycharleston.com/
  • Phone: 8433028825x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm Sunday Dinner 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Johnson - Chef/Owner
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Off - Street parking Located Directly Adjacent to Restaurant
A word from The Grocery
We feature ingredient driven cuisine with Mediterranean and Southern influences. Evoking memories of groceries past, the Grocery's menu displays a commitment to sustainability through Chef Johnson's relationships with local and regional farmers and fishermen. The restaurant also features house-made charcuterie and an in-house canning program, which helps preserve the harvest. For a communal dining experience, guests are encouraged to share the small and large plates on the continually-evolving menu.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
The Grocery reviews from OpenTable diners
308 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (250)neighborhood gem (137)special occasion (125)good for groups (104)hot spot (65)great for brunch (60)romantic (48)notable wine list (40)vibrant bar scene (21)great for lunch (17)kid-friendly (15)late-night find (15)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Simply wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My wife and I had a wonderful dinner here. The ambiance was perfect and the food was incredible. Service was too notch, as was the wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Went late on Saturday during Restaurant Week, what a wonderful night. It's also my birthday coming up and the waiter was nice, fun and accommodating, even giving us prosecco to celebrate! The food was AWESOME. Best meal from start to finish I've ever had. We had the salad, seafood stew, gnocchi, snapper, banana pudding and churros. The standout for me was the stew, especially with table-side service. SO delicious. Their sourdough was outstanding too. We'll definitely be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shouldn't be forgotton
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We don't remember this as often as we should. A delightful dining experience in a simple setting. No pretenses, just good food and service. They did a great job even during restaurant week.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Finale
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    It was a great Charleston Restaurant Week finale with friends. Everything was wonderful, however, it was rather difficult to have a conversation due to the amount of noise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Schzippy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We went for Charleston Restaurant Week. Food was excellent and served promptly. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The experience was memorable for the food and service. The food was outstanding as was the service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for dinner
    jimp
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Excellent choices during rest week. Very good service. Noise level ok in smaller section we were in. Definitely on list for a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Find
    adoran34
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I happened to stumble upon The Grocery during restaurant week and within that week ate at there 3 times. Everything on the menu was amazing! Even foods I traditionally would stay away from we're mouth watering. I thoroughly plan on eating here many more times!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Dinner at The Grocery proved to be as good as we had heard it was. The dining room was large with tables spaced a comfortable distance apart. We each had a three course Restaurant Week meal. My husband had the piglet platter, snapper and chocolate mint ice cream on a brownie. I had fried oysters, the herb shrimp gnocchi and frozen lemon meringue pie. The pie could have had a stronger lemon flavor, but otherwise everything was wonderful. The service was just the way we like it - helpful and attentive but not overly solicitous. There was a medical emergency at the table next to us and our server asked if we would be more comfortable at another table, which we declined but thought it very thoughtful of her to ask. We will be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Grocery
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Our experience was wonderful. Food was amazing, from the appetizers to the delicious desserts and everything in between! Service was top-notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    TigerfanVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We went there during Restaurant Week, so the choices were 3 for $35. Started at the bar which has some very good craft beers on tap and some very interesting concoctions on the cocktail menu. Reminded me alot of Husk. Food was very good, service as good, all around great time and enjoyed finding a new spot. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was excellent
    zman
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I really enjoyed this restaurant. The stew was amazing as well as my ribs dinner. I was here on a business dinner and everyone totally enjoyed it and raved about there dinner. I would recommend this place for any occasion
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dining experience
    LoveCharlestonDining
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This was my first visit to The Grocery and I was very impressed. The atmosphere was pleasant, the food was outstanding and our server, Jackson, was exemplary.....very friendly, knowledgeable, and timely. The seafood stew was absolutely superb as was the Beeliner snapper.....the entire staff was very friendly and made us feel comfortable.I am looking forward to my next night out at The Grocery.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bobm
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Great service and awesome meals! Special occasion (anniversary) feted with surprise flutes of champagne wth dessert! Nice pricing of 3 courses for Restaurant Week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice selection for restaurant week
    Matt
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Wife and I went for restaurant week. Lots of selections, knowledgable waitress, great service, awesome churros for dessert. My wife was more pleased than I was with the food, but it was still all pretty good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I live in Charleston and best meal in Charleston bar none
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Chucktown21
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We decided to go here because of the restaurant week menu and The Grocery delivered. Excellent food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Restaurant
    MattMan
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    My wife and I were in Charleston and decided to go to The Grocery for her birthday dinner due to a recommendation from a co-worker. It was restaurant week so they only had a limited menu but with that said, six items we had were amazing. For a main course, my wife had the snapper and I had the beef - both were fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable
    DeliciousBaker
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    From the moment entering the restaurant we were greeted with excellence. My guests were from Texas and I was reunited with my childhood best friend. The Waitress was perfect, the food was exceptional and the desserts were out of this world!!!! I was thrilled with my restaurant pick because of the vast new places to choose from.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently over the top!
    limbeeVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We reluctantly dined during Restaurant Week and were blown away with the top quality and amazing selections. We have eaten here numerous times and it is a favorite. The service and food have always been superb, but to experience the best during the special time was amazing. The Catalan Seafood Stew as one of my top lifetime dining experiences. Thank you for always delighting us and exceeding any expectations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    And it's good for the planet. That should make you feel good. The Grocery is good, local food sourced from people who care about what you eat and your health. It's great to have this kind of dining experience available. Wish there were more restaurants like The Grocery. Food was fabulous. Service was flawless.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    First time there. This was our anniversay dinner and everything was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We tried Grocery during restaurant week. We were so pleased with our entire experience. I must take the time to give extra credit to the wonderful food. Everything the 4 of us ordered was a dining pleasure. The flavors were combined that they exploded in our mouths with delight. We cannot wait to return and enjoy the chefs beautiful and talented efforts. How lucky to have this wonderful restaurant here in our home town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    MimooVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I love this place! Great interesting dishes that are truly divine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • How sad.
    perky9penny
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was terrific and the waiter just right. However, the noise level was so high, I could neither hear nor understand the waiter or my companions!. If I come again it would be very early. If you could add acoustic ceilings, and walls to lesson the noise, your place would be wonderful..Unfortunately, right now it is not.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New fave!
    Sherry
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We went for the first time during restaurant week. Everything was great from start to finish! Having your own parking lot in downtown Charleston is a big plus, warmly greeted by the hostess, seated promptly for our reservation. Our server Brandon was more than knowledgable about what foods were gluten free for my celiac husband. Makes things so much more enjoyable! Everything we tried was a hit! Charcuterie, lamb ham starters, through dessert! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fair
    Calicarly
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    With all the great restaurants in the Charleston this would not make my list of recommendations. In fact when I mentioned to a foodie friend that I was going he told me he had given the grocery 3 chances and to cancel my reservation. I did like the atmosphere.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Find!
    nexcusey
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We were here for restaurant week in Charleston, and although they were very busy, service was great, obviously a well run kitchen/ restaurant. Food was local, fresh and service prompt. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    SoMuchSouth
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The food, the atmosphere, the wait staff, everything was great. There for a business dinner, but will make it a regular place for sure. Can't say enough good things!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great food. 4 of us went and just ended up sharing everything. The layout of the menu is great for sharing and sampling. Loved it. Also some different choices than your usual Charleston menu so that was refreshing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inventive
    DLHdiner
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We were exploring upper, upper King Street after a lunch off the beaten path and we stumbled upon The Grocery. We already had reservations for 2 nights later, but since there are SO many good choices throughout Charlestown, we wanted to look at the menu. Although the restaurant was closed, the Chef who was on the phone near the front door, invited us in. Just so gracious. The dinner 2 nights later put FIG to shame. This is a don't miss restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's always about the food
    Athtochas
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The Grocery has great atmosphere. It is upscale dining, but casual enough to relax and just enjoy. In the end, it's always about the food. This was my second visit, and both times the food was exceptional. Seasonal, local, and skillfully prepared. Having dined all over Charleston, the Grocery is easily one of the city's top restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ladies Brunch
    Foodfan
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I took a group of out of town guests (all ladies) here for brunch. I've been here before for dinner twice and loved it, but was a little worried about the fact that we had three "pescatarians" and a person with celiacs who has to have gluten free items or else she gets severely ill. The waiter was polite, accommodating, and knowledgeable and even offered a special vegetarian option off menu for the table. Delicious aromatic coffee, fresh crispy bean salad and creamy cheese grits, fennel sausage with lima beans and ham, bright flavorful chorizo black bean egg breakfast, herbed ricotta breakfast flatbreads; everyone at the table loved their dishes, we all left full and happy. Definitely highly recommend this place to diners. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • finn
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We ordered and array of smaller plates. Grilled peaches, tomato salad, shrimp, tuna were all delicious.. We were seated across from exposed kitchen and chef expediting which was entertaining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highly Recommend The Grocery!
    Debby
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We celebrated our 27th anniversary at The Grocery and had both a fabulous meal and memorable evening. I selected it based on the chef's philosophy of supporting local purveyors and his interesting menu. We started with a Roman style cauliflower and a calamari dish. A fish lover, I had a beautifully prepared snapper in a shrimp broth - my favorite fish preparation - for my entree, and my husband enjoyed the duck. We ended the evening with banana pudding in a mason jar, true Southern style and delicious. We're from Chicago, and think the prices are very fair and a good value for the quality and service. One server Wes made our evening exceptionally special treating us to Proscecco and outstanding service. He's a gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Loved the menu. We had a group of four so we used this as an excuse to try 3/4 of the menu. Their food was delicious, creative and hearty. At times I felt like I was in my Mothers kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh,
    Garglewhiskey
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was the second time at the Grocery. After being highly recommended we trekked all the way up north King St. And had a great meal. So great that we decided to try again during our latest trip 3 months later. What a difference. First off, the octopus. Chewy, rubbery, tasteless. Always a difficult dish to prepare, the chef needs to get the technique down before serving it as a special. The duck we had was prepared well but the rest of the meal was overly salted. Our waiter's first day as a waiter so that should say enough. You've got to start somewhere and it was the luck of the draw for us. All in all, given the number of great restaurants in town not sure if we will be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • never lets you down
    teresahsVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    It is so nice to have a restaurant that is solid in every way; every time you visit. My husband, 2 friends and I had a perfect dinner. The ingredients are fresh, the cooking in innovative but not pretentious, the service was great... There are other restaurants on upper King trying to copy the concept of The Grocery, but they fall short.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    GalwayGirl
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Visiting from DC and received recommendation from a neighbor before leaving. We are glad she did! Great food and impeccable service. My husband had the steak, my son had the duck and I had a mix of appetizers/salad. Good wines and dessert too. I heartily recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh find in historic area.
    redwagon
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This was a first visit to this amazing restaurant located in an historic building. We were greeted and seated promptly. All four of us loved the layout of the menu and especially enjoyed the fact that the dishes were designed to be shared. The eggplant appetizer was outstanding. We almost ordered a second serving. All of the main course entries were delicious. Service was attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.