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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Grocery reviews from OpenTable diners
281 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (233)neighborhood gem (122)good for groups (105)special occasion (100)hot spot (68)romantic (43)great for brunch (41)notable wine list (41)vibrant bar scene (23)kid-friendly (16)great for lunch (14)late-night find (10)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    This is my second time visiting The Grocery. Outstanding service and even better food. The pork skin pad thai is my favorite! Would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TASTY
    Nibbler
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Very tasty and innovative, too. Great flavors, surprising mix of veggies and sauces. Terrific!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Grocery was a disappointment
    missvidalia
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Despite the friendly staff and the good recommendation from a friend, the meal was just okay. The food has too many complicated seasonings so that not one flavor shined through. The wine list was pricey and would recommend that you select by the glass instead of by the bottle. I would not go back again to give them a second chance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently good, go-to restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Friday night large party, including foodies, jet-lagged children and vegetarian: Everyone was pleased! Children's menus were offered, a nice touch, although not sampled. We opted for a couple of large entrees for the table, plus two smaller entrées (also shared), several apps and several vegetables. Lettuce salads are sometimes boring, but the blue cheese dressing was divine. The wood roasted squid was exceptionally flavorful. The corn and shrimp agnolotti was a hit and could be an entree. The generously portioned cassoulet was an excellent version with a local twist. The whole fish did not disappoint. We were happy to consume two orders of the daily special pumpkin side dish and also particularly enjoyed the roasted okra. Love the parking!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Karen
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Excellent Food!Love All the Vegetables!Things to Share,Small plates.Excellent Fresh Food! I Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a disappointment!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    What a disappointment! We were anxious to try this newer restaurant after much hype, but now sorry we wasted our first night in Charleston there. It took forever to be seated, though we had a reservation. The bartender had an attitude to go along with his tiny, watered-down martini, the food was slow arriving (even after the gratis "I'm sorry" appetizer of what was essentially fried pimiento cheese -- thanks but no thanks), my husband's duck VERY fatty and my shrimp and pasta dish so-so. Though our server was very apologetic and implored us to return for another go-round, we'll never go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wonderful
    JofromATL
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We really enjoyed our meal here. The service was outstanding. Not intrusive in the least yet right there when you needed something. Our servers suggestions were spot on and we ate each course with high praise sent back to the kitchen. Go for a delightful meal, you'll be hard pressed to find fault.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Occasion
    meme
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My wife and I like to go to restaurants on special occasions. The Grocery is a restaurant that I would recommend for that purpose. The service was excellent and the food was very good. The waiter was very attentive and knowledgable. They have a very good selection of wines and helpful staff to make your special occasion enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Menu is confusing so be careful of cost "creep" . Would still recommend a visit. Rating it a 4 star.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All Around Great Local Spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Loved visiting The Grocery on our recent stop over in Charleston. It truly captured the essence of the city and we enjoyed the "Death by Mimosa" too much!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Consistently great food
    kmreviews
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Everything is always incredibly flavourful and interesting. Love the cauliflower and the squid small plates. We had the whole fish and it was cooked to perfection, seasoned and served beautifuly. AND finished dinner with the churros - they are spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Farm to table
    Kiawahfoodlover
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Excellent choice for those people who love Farm to table! Daily changing menue based on what is offered by the best local suppliers. We loved every bit (bite) of it. Fantastic list of starters - which you should share ☺️Food makes you happy! Very good wine list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    Deedee
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    My husband and I don't go out to eat much so we try to pick highly recommended places when we do. The Grocery is a great restaurant. A lengthy wine menu and lots of yummy dishes on the menu. The atmosphere was not too loud but had a good energy. The customer service was awesome. Would definitely recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Must!
    EOfan
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    A waiter from another restaurant suggested we try The Grocery. We were not disappointed. We had several small plates (produce appetizers) that were everywhere. The eggplant and pesto filed burrata were our favorites. The service was exceptional and they did a fantastic job of making us feel our toddler daughter was welcome, though she was the only child there. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    There were 7 of us in our party, and we all thoroughly enjoyed the food and service. Five of our party were from out-of-town, and they thought everything was great. They loved their visit to Charleston, and recommended The Grocery to other visitors that were in Charleston for a Show held at the North Chas Convention Center this week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • robustnc1
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Excellent Sunday brunch....will have to return for dinner
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  • Spectacular experience
    gwj049VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This was one if the best meals I gave had all year. The problem was we couldn't decide what to order since everything sounded unique and appetizing. Thanks goodness for Caitlyn who helped us navigate the best dishes and was extremely helpful and provided excellent service. We opted for several small plates and highly recommend the following: marrow brûlée, pad thai, cauliflower, gem salad and burrata. Each dish had robust flavor and were something you wouldn't be able to find on another menu. I've had burrata several tunes and this was by far the tastiest and most beautiful version if the dish. Such a wonderful experience, thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great atmosphere, food was awesome and the service was friendly.....loved it!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth Another Visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We are time share owners in Charleston and this was our second visit to The Grocery-once again, the service was excellent and the food was very good. We will return each time we visit Charleston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    LoveLocalFood
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Fab meal, fresh flounder fantastic, all dishes well prepared, interesting menu, outstanding service, love the decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food and service was very good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    When looking at some of the ingredients that were put together for brunch selections made me question how they would go together. To my surprise and delight they all went togther very well. I had fried oysters over a frittata with remoulade sauce which was excellent. My husband had Green Eggs and Ham and was very happy with his meal as well. The waiter was very good and attentive. The bloody mary was also very good. The special mimosa was not at the top of my husband's list. I would stick with the standard mimosa. Will definately go back the next time we are in Charleston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great brunch
    foodnhops
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Sunday brunch, great service, excellent food, the house cured meats are a real highlight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beyond Amazing!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Coming from Atlanta (a known foodie city), I made the assumption that I'd be let down by the Charleston restaurant scene. I was pleasantly surprised to have not only an amazing dinner, but overall experience at The Grocery. The food was by far better than any food I've had in Atlanta, and the ambiance was even better. I will absolutely tell all of my friends this is a must on their next visit.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and delicious food!
    tennispals
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our group of 8 ladies found the service and atmosphere to be wonderful and our entrees delicious! We shared 3 appetizers....pesto filled burrata, okra and fried oysters....all were incredible! Several of us got the snapper entree and would order it again! The Low Country seafood pilau entree was really good as well. The peanut butter chocolate dessert was amazing, we have a picture of one of us licking the plate! We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING food, always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I can't even tell you how many times I've been here and every single time I have tried something different and LOVED it. ALL of the food is fantastic and they have a fabulous wine selection. I recently tried a Kentucky red (yes- crazy) and it was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tasty and fresh
    JISherryVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    great location; amazingly convenient parking for the area; interesting menu with fresh, local meat and produce for a fair price; lots of options and fun cocktails with nice wine/beer list
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worthy of Ten Stars
    MountainjimVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    What a wonderful Restaurant. If you are in Charleston, do not miss this very special dining experience. if you are with four people, the selection of small plates enables you to have a total selection of what the chef is preparing that day. A terrific farm to table experience whether that be the farm or the sea. Just delicious parrings of vegetable and herbs with all dishes. I would visit Charleston just to go to The Grocery.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Vacation destination
    Ldubois2
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Visited Charleston last year and went to The Grocery based on reviews. Came back this year and it was the first reservation we made. Cannot go wrong. And excellent churros with salted caramel and two other dipping sauces to end the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Grocery Delivers!
    SouthernBelle
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Thoughtful and imaginative food and presentation in a relaxed yet energized environment. The servers know their menu and make good recommendations. The Piggy Plate was savory but not sharp, and almost melted in your mouth. The wood roasted peach salad was fantastic! Churros for dessert lived up to their reputation for excellence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Porgy in Charleston....no Bess
    Steakman55
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Dinner at The Grocery was outstanding. Wife and I first there at 7 PM on a Monday, but it started filling up fast. Waiter very knowledgeable about the menu and talked us through to sharing three apps and one entree. The whole roasted porgy with a side of cauliflower was very good as was the wine, a blend of Rhone and pinot noir. Service was top notch.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Brunch
    Lucythefoodie
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We went in for a Sunday brunch and overall had a good experience. Nothing spectacular, but all in all a good meal.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food and Staff Exceptional
    zack
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Food and staff were all exceptional. Would definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great farm to table
    Juranimals
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    ate here based on staff at double tree hotel recommendation and comments we got from Culinary Tour guide that morning. Food was well prepared, inventive ... sea bass and braised beef entrees were excellent.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but could have been better.
    Rookie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Had reservations at 8:30 so got to the restaurant at 7:45 for a drink. There was no wait staff in the bar area, tables were not cleaned and had food and dirty napkins on them, had to go to the bar to get a drink. Got seated on time. Water glasses on the table were dirty and we asked for replacements. The service was good and the food generally good. There was a party of 8 across the room from us that was so loud we had a hard time having a conversation during our meal - very bad acoustics on the far end of the restaurant. Not a bad spot but there are much better places in Charleston for the same price.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We had a little of everything and it was amazing I will certainly return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    megly
    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
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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.
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    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Schzippy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We went for Charleston Restaurant Week. Food was excellent and served promptly. Service was excellent.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate