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The Lot
The Lot
  • Address:
    1977 Maybank Hwy.
    Charleston, SC 29412
    Neighborhood:
    Charleston
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary French / American
    Price: $30 and under

The Lot Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thelotcharleston.com
  • Phone: (843) 225-0094
  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I've been going since the first, have recommended to many, never disappointed. Eat and drink there. Yum. Great service always."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Fresh and fabulous food! The wait staff is intelligent, professional and personable! Kudos to Jenna!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Great food but the service was a little slow. If there had been a few more tables it would have been really slow"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "great food, great service, portions on the smallish side, but priced accordingly. highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Wife and I are always finding a reason to go. Food is great!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The service was excellent and personable. They made our group feel like honored guests. The food was delicious."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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"
    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!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "A wonderful meal. All fresh herbs and local fish. Outstanding. Will be back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Enjoyed excellent farm-to-table meal and casual atmosphere. Entrees balanced between seafood and meat; nice offering of appetizers and desserts, too. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Wow. I was blown away with every bite. The food tasted light and fresh but also packed with flavor. Will definitely be going back. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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 "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "If you're looking for a local organic restaurant The Lot is the place to go! Food is from local farmers and the chef does an amazing job! A definite return for us when we visit Charleston!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Great food and service!! Delicious trotters. Very knowledgable staff. Local brews. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Fresh local ingredients prepared perfectly. Excellent dinner. I'm not a huge fan of having the menu read to me. Would prefer to have a normal paper menu provided. Can't wait to go back though!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "We'll definitely add this to our "go back to" list for future Charleston visits, which we do several times a year. For Easter Brunch my husband was surprised by the exterior and questioned if we were in the right place, but I assured him that every review I had read on Open Table highly recommended it for the food and service...and I have to agree. The food was excellent and the service was also. We will be returning."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We had the best time. My mom was in town&we branched out&tried the Lot for our dinner on the first night. My boyfriend, who drives by every day on his way to work was thrilled to finally try The Lot&even more thrilled with his pork belly. My mom&I both have obnoxious food intolerances and the waitress was awesome about them. Our food was amazing, not incredibly expensive, and better than so many of the Charleston 'institutions'. They clearly appreciate the local&healthy aspect of their food without being pretentious about it. My fish was cooked perfectly, the portions were just enough (although my gluttonous side wanted more). We had the pate which was fabulous, I only wish that there was a cheese plate available. Overall, a GREAT night."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "so nice to find a new place with very nice staff, good food and a fun atmosphere!!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Absolutely delicious. We love the small local menu. Will definitely return next time we are in town!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was my first trip to the Lot for brunch and it did not disappoint! I loved the variety and unique selections offered and cannot say enough about the delicious bisquits and gravy! The service was wonderful as always - you can't miss with the Lot!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The Lot is my go-to spot for brunch. If I could permanently book a table for Sunday morning, I would. You will not be disappointed if you give this place a try."
    Dined on 3/30/2014