The Lot
The Lot

The Lot

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thelotcharleston.com/
  • Phone: 8432250094x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Brunch:

    Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm


    Dinner:

    Monday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

    Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American, Low Country
  • Executive Chef: Alex Lira
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Woodland Shores.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Lot
The Lot is committed to making each meal an experience through thoughtful service in a casual setting. Each dish is crafted using the season's highest quality, locally sourced meats and produce. Our ingredients receive minimal treatment to allow their natural flavors to be the focus of each dish. The menu is approachable and showcases flavors brought to the plate through the use of traditional techniques.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
The Lot reviews from OpenTable diners
68 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (54)neighborhood gem (49)great for outdoor dining (29)great for brunch (16)good for groups (16)special occasion (11)hot spot (11)romantic (9)kid-friendly (9)notable wine list (6)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (5)great for lunch (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I pass by the Lot every day, but never stopped in until I began hearing rave reviews from friends. It is definitely worth the praise and I will be a regular!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great little funky place. It was our first time and really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inconsistent food
    jvmooresc
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Been to The Lot several times and have found the food inconsistent. The risotto was PHENOMENAL - creamy and beautifully flavored. The noodle bowl was, at best, insipid. Too much thin, watery, broth that lacked flavor with some broccoli, radishes and 6 or 7 teeny heads-on shrimp in it. It wasn't worth the $13 price. And, for some reason, service from the kitchen was extremely slow when it came to getting our second courses. Took 45 minutes. They did try to make up for it by comping us some fantastic desserts. A chocolate-caramel mousse with a little salt on top was to die for and the gelatos were extremely good. I've never had mint chocolate chip ice cream that was made with actual mint in it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This is one of the finest if not the finest restaurant for original and local quisine in the whole Charlieston area! It's imaginative fresh and the service is always warm and friendly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Particular
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We have been several times to The Lot and each experience has be excellent. Our server, Chelsea, is a gem! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but a little noisy
    Diva4dining
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was very good, but place so noisy, hard to completely enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Kept Secret!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This is one of the best restaurants in the Charleston area for a genuine Farm-To-Table experience. The Lot is located on James Island, away from the downtown tourist scene. With the menu changing daily, Chef Alex Lira's plates remain inventive and exciting. We've had several dishes and ALL of them have been delicious! The menu prices are reasonable for such high quality of food. The ambiance is fun, laid-back, and hip with a nice patio area. I highly recommend this place for anyone wanting fresh, local, nourishing food that is prepared like no other place in Charleston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Surprise!
    DI123
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    With all of the great restaurants in the Charleston area (we live here), this was a real treat. This is a bit off the beaten path (there are other excellent restaurants on the Maybank Highway stretch, however), but the food here is creatively prepared, most being locally sourced. The drinks and short wine list is good, and reasonably priced. The salads were refreshing, the main courses wonderfully tasteful (this is a meat-heavy restaurant, but we non-red meat eaters can be very happy here), and the desserts beyond yummy. A completely pleasant experience. (We went on a Thursday night; there were few customers, and the service was exceptional.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    chuck
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The Lot is a refreshing addition to the Charleston food scene taking its place along side of some of the better restaurants in town. The menu is imaginative and changes daily. We found all of the items we ordered, appetizers, entrees and deserts, very enjoyable. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MamboGirlVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Amazing find! Everything was delicious- fresh, local and different. Our server was very knowledgeable about every item on the menu. She patiently explained where the foods came from, how prepared and offered suggestions. We were all impressed in how our server inquired about food allergies or issues. Also, the cocktails are fabulous! Service ran slow, but we were not in a hurry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eat at the Lot - Now!
    SandDiner
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I've been going since the first, have recommended to many, never disappointed. Eat and drink there. Yum. Great service always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining at The Lot
    MrsEatwell
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The food is creative and delicious. The menu is small and never looks all that wonderful but whatever you order brings your taste buds alive!! The restaurant is adjacent to the Pour House which has live loud bands so very noisy. Go anyway!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not a good night.
    EatsoutAlotVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We were a party of 6. The server was nice, but the experience was poor. Two orders--burgers prepared to different temperatures-were mixed up and presented to the wrong people. The error was not discovered until after each person started their meal. The food was returned. The wait for new dishes was so long, one person cancelled the order. The second asked for burger to go. When she got home she discovered was given a chicken sandwich. Two orders of the squid salad entree were placed. One came out, the second order 30 minutes later, long after others finished their meal. The waitress relied on her memory (the restaurant custom)and denied forgetting the order. Someone screwed up. Not a good night. Second time there. Not for me.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Creative and Delicious
    junebug
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    What a treat to have locally sourced food cooked in such a beautiful and creative way! Something for everyone...and the chef is not shy about creating special dinners for your special needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious as always!
    ECMBVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Fresh and fabulous food! The wait staff is intelligent, professional and personable! Kudos to Jenna!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Great food but the service was a little slow. If there had been a few more tables it would have been really slow
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A favorite spot, never disappoints
    surfbird
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The Lot is a do-not-miss spot if you are anywhere within driving distance of Charleston. Totally worth your time and money. Everything on the menu is delectable, creative, and well-prepared. The staff is passionate about food and it shines through their service and presentation. Fine-dining quality, in a relaxed and casual atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Love The Lot! Loved it so much after the first visit, that I had to return again that same week! Cuisine is outstanding - simple, elegant, super creative, and perfectly prepared and presented.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming funky place
    LoveDiningOut
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Good food, reasonably priced; good portion size (not too large; important since the food is hardy/filling). Wonderful farm-to-table purity. Artsy, funky decor/feel. Outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly Recommend
    DebP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was our first time and it was wonderful! We've been talking about going since we moved to this area, but were in fear of a limited menu. Well that was silly since there really is something for everyone and the food is incredibly fresh! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good meal
    mrbrmVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    great food, great service, portions on the smallish side, but priced accordingly. highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome!
    Beach4me
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Once again we had a fantastic meal, the shrimp was divine! Charred green beans were so tasty, the tomato salad was delicious along with the red snapper. Great bottle of wine our server recommended. This Lot delivers again and again,always something different! Love it!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Staple
    Polo
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Wife and I are always finding a reason to go. Food is great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The service was excellent and personable. They made our group feel like honored guests. The food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    One of the BEST restaurants in town! Took my dad for the 1st time and he loved it! Staff is always very friendly and very informative of the menu. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced!
    Localdiner14
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    An unassuming fairly nice atmosphere but way, way overpriced. The pasta dish with chewy chunks of bacon was quite "basic" for diners who like first-rate fine dining, although it seemed tasty to a more "down home" diner. Still, more expensive than warranted. The appetizer salad was quite minimal as was the charcuterie plate, and both also overpriced. The shrimp dish was disappointing owing to the mushy and perhaps overcooked state of the shrimp, and there were very few shrimp to begin with; fewer than the cost would suggest. The service was friendly and attentive. Generally, not an impressive restaurant by Charleston not withstanding the local fare policy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Third time not a charm
    Highcotton64
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    First time here my new favorite. Second time Hmmm pretty good. Third time , doubt if I return. My husband ordered tomato salad. Was told a generous amount. We planned to share, but the salad was about 2 bites...and no heirlooms although told they would be included. Our main courses were meh..edible but not exciting. The couple we were with were unimpressed with the restaurant. Seats are uncomfortable, so if the food isn't awesome, you are ready to leave early
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • imaginative farm to table food!!
    terrigil
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Our recent dinner at the Lot was really great! The dinner selections were imaginative combinations of proteins, vegatables and pasta and the result was very good!! I had a take on cavatappi pasta that was made with ricotta along with vegetables and chicken. The flavors were very well balanced and the pasta was excellent! My husband had pork that was tender and flavorful. We sat outside, and while the terrace adjoins the parking lot, it was still very pleasurable. We had the best, most enthusiastic waitress - she really knew the food and was good at wine pairing as well! I highly recommend a visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The Lot never disappoints! I try and come here every couple of months with my family. We are lucky to live nearby. The food is always amazing, we LOVED the grouper and steak. The staff is very friendly and always enthusiastic about the food and how it is prepared. Keep doing what you're doing, I can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Hidden Gem
    Alan2525
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    A wonderful meal. All fresh herbs and local fish. Outstanding. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food was great as was service. Noise level was so high we couldn't hear one another. There was a table right behind us where they screamed in laughter
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Experience
    uscgirl54VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Very different menu but excellent. We really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tremendous
    steven
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We were pleased to learn about this true- to- the- core farm- to- table restaurant off a highway; it was recommended by a knowledgeable person in Charleston. What a find. Great vibe, and even better food--each dish cooked with talent and respect for and deference to the flavors of the local ingredients. Also well-priced given the quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • gourmetcook
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The food was good, but portions were very small and prices too high for amount of food served.. No bread or starch was offered. The fish portion was fine, but had two small pieces of broccoli and one very small Japanese eggplant cut in half (which was very bitter). Some fingerling potatoes or grits added to the plate would have been welcome, since they served them with other entrees. There are so many good restaurants on JI, we will not be going back to The Lot. Wine prices were too high also...$9 for a glass of $15 chardonnay.
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  • Excellent!
    LuckyShucker
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    After hearing about the Lot from foodie and farmer friends, my expectations were pretty high - and the Lot exceeded them. The food was excellently prepared, locally sourced, and creatively composed. My wife had the cucumber and pea soup which was a real gem, and I enjoyed the charcuterie - and while there could have been more meat on the plate, the interesting parings of heat, sour, tartness, and pickled flavors from the veggies made the dish fun and tasty. For dinner we enjoyed the snapper, a meal that I would eat as often as time would allow for it, and the Mrs had shrimp & grits which were spot on, succulent, and creamy. Be sure to save room for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unpretentious, fresh food
    63sp
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Enjoyed excellent farm-to-table meal and casual atmosphere. Entrees balanced between seafood and meat; nice offering of appetizers and desserts, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 45 reviews are from the The Lot reviews archive.
  • Yummmmmm!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Wow. I was blown away with every bite. The food tasted light and fresh but also packed with flavor. Will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Chophouse
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Very knowledgeable and friendly waitress. Food was delicious. Had eight people and everyone loved their food and the service was excellent. Will go back again and again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CFMC
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Our appetizers were quite tasty, so we looked forward to our main dishes. For over an hour, we had to wait for our next course. We noticed people after us retrieve their dishes, so I asked the server for our food. Suddenly, our meal came right out and it was cool to the touch as if the food had been sitting for a bit. We mentioned this to the server and she claimed it is part of the meal. Not too often have I had a cold meal unless it is mentioned prior to our menu order. In my opinion, both the prices and food are over rated. There are too many excellent restaurants to dine in Charleston before choosing the Lot.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Harmony
    Boobie22
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    My first time at the lot was amazing! It was on a Friday, I was so excited to take my boyfriend there! but when I took him the fallowing Monday the food was ssooo salty. it made me sad It wasn't as fabulous for him like it was for me the first time, especially when it cost $100 before tip :( but it's such a beautiful place and the freshness of the food can't be beat, I'm gunna try to take him again.. On a Friday
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.