The Palmetto Cafe
The Palmetto Cafe

The Palmetto Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.charlestonplace.com/web/ocha/charleston_restaurants.jsp
  • Phone: 8437224900x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am - 10:30am

    Brunch: Saturday: 9:00am - 11:30am, Sunday: 9:00am - 1:30pm

    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Steven Manall
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hassel Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet or validation offered for adjacent parking garage.
A word from The Palmetto Cafe
The Palmetto Cafe offers a garden like setting featuring live green walls, rich mahogany furniture and adjoining courtyard. Located on the main floor of Belmond - Charleston Place Hotel, the restaurant features innovative American cuisine using only the freshest local ingredients. The Palmetto Cafe is open daily for breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
The Palmetto Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since May 18, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (22)great for lunch (14)special occasion (11)fit for foodies (9)great for outdoor dining (6)romantic (5)scenic view (4)good for groups (4)kid-friendly (2)neighborhood gem (2)Show More
  • Great...if you choose the buffet.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    After a great Labor Day weekend as guests at Charleston Place and dining at the several of the fine restaurants the city has to offer, my wife and I decided to have breakfast at the hotel (Palmetto Café) prior to returning home. The restaurant itself is really pretty...with a definite 'southern style' to it. Unfortunately...both the service and the food was sub par. On the service side...we waited 5-10 minutes at the table for our server to stop by. Then I waited another 10-15 minutes for the orange juice I had ordered to make it to the table. Guess we should have chosen the buffet...as by the time our breakfast arrived the food was both dried out and discolored (read: barely edible) from sitting under heat lamps for so long. What a shame.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice brunch buffet.
    eprajapati
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Cafe has a nice atmosphere and service was very good. We had the brunch buffet which was excellent, alot of variety. Was worth the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding restaurant
    Lalo
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The service was great, the location perfect as it's in downtown, close to everything including our hotel. I would really like to come back very soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely brunch.
    jaune41
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My husband and I love to treat ourselves to brunch at the Palmetto Café. We book a table online and our reservation is always waiting for us. We are greeted like VIP's and all of the waiting staff is knowledgeable and polite. Just the right amount of disturbances...meaning a little chit chat here and there and always something friendly and warm. I highly recommend a brunch visit!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad we stayed
    ASandman
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We were getting ready to leave this restaurant after eating elsewhere in Charleston and having a great breakfast at lower prices. The waitress asked us to stay and give it a try. We were glad we did! The food was very good although pricey and the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebratory Brunch Success
    LaPaws
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Our intent was to have a no-holds-barred breakfast for 'our' day 50+. Setting was ideal. Food was to our taste liking and with spark. The staff was more than helpful without being intrusive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fantastic Sunday brunch!
    tomnrobbinVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We were looking for a Sunday brunch spot and this was perfect! Attentive service from knowledgable servers, and food that surpassed our expectations. Traditional fair - but you absolutely have to try their blintzes - delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great breakast menu
    Traveling1VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Elegant setting for breakfast with a view of the courtyard in blloom. Terry,our waiter,was as wonderful as the food:-)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Underwhelmed
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The food was VERY salty. Im sure it was an oversite-the waiter did not give me change on a $14 tip. I gave him $20. I never say him after.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CHS29492
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Excellent breakfast/brunch/lunch. Incredible, attentive service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • WestieMom
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    My son was in town for the 4th of July and the 6th was my Birthday. We went to brunch at The Palmetto Cafe to celebrate my birthday. Food, Service and Ambience outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great breakfast!
    Josie512
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We enjoyed a breakfast as we left Charleston. Perfect ending to a perfect trip!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Normal Fare
    TarheelGuy
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The Sunday Brunch buffet was good but not worth a $27/person price tag. The French press coffee and omelets were our favorite part.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 18, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.9
    • Food4.9
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 27 reviews are from the The Palmetto Cafe reviews archive.
  • Pricey but worth it
    TellsitasIseeit
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Once we got over the initial shock that lunch would cost at least $30.00 per person with no sharing, the food was definitely worth it. The quality of the food items was outstanding, whether it was the fresh fruit plate, the hot salmon entree, the caesar salad with scallops and chicken, or the three tacos of fresh shrimp, lobster claws and fresh tuna. There was gluten free bread for our gluten free friends and a wonderful choice of other breads with delicious spreads or butter. Let's not forget the delightful peach tea served with simple syrup, which was replenished as often as desired. How often in Charleston can a table of four people have a leisurely, quiet atmospheric lunch, where we can hear hear each other's conversation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch at the Cafe'
    jimparsons
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We were seated promptly and given menus, wine list and a flyer on the buffet. The server said the buffet was best for sampling all the different food items on the menu. We chose the buffet and found most of the offerings different and very good. The only choice we did not like was the macaroni/cheese with lobster -- it was somewhat dried out and not too warm. The she-crab soup was delicious and had much crab in it. However, we went back for a refill and there was no crab left in the pot. The made to order tacos were excellent and the pulled pork was also very good. The crab cakes were best we've ever had, full of crab. There was an excellent selection of wines.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic lunch
    OliRobVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    As always, The Palmetto Cafe provided a wonderful luncheon setting. Something different and delicious as ordered by every member of our party. Everyone was more than pleased with their meal. And the service provided by Carrie was superb.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    BTPB
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Lunch was first-rate. Excellent in every respect . . . a must for lunch . . . wonderful!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    Rkeyes85VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The brunch was very good and we all enjoed ourselves. I was hoping for a "carving station" but it was not available. Courtyard provides a unique dining experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow lunch service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    This is a wonderful dinner spot, but service a little slow and too relaxed for Charleston Place. The waitress was too casual and not very attentive.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty Elegantic
    ChristyViewpointVIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Perfectly designed venue - low county plantation elegance without being overly precious. Brunch hit all the high notes with a nod to regional classics grits and cheese in addition to classic brunch fare. The garden count yard feel made the experience spa like and relaxing. Why they had the staff dressed in baggy gray janitor clothing is a mystery. Oh and if you are a woman with gray hair and you've brought your daughter or son for brunch be prepared to be dismissed and ignored because you are irrelevant and old even if you are paying the check..all part of the charm...not.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful and easy
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    2nd Sunday on King was made more pleasant by starting at Palmetto Cafe. So busy chatting with friends that I didn't try everything on the buffet but it was there and what I did have was wonderful. We always enjoy Charleston Place and this is just part of the whole experience of the property.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Non-existent service.
    CharlestonLocalVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Waiter could not be found for 20 minutes. Very cold. Unimpressed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A gem in historic Charleston.
    FurbyVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Cafe is located in very upscale Charleston place Hotel and is in keeping with the ambiance of the hotel. Dining is either under the enclosed sunroom area or outside in beautiful patio located in center of hotel. Food and service match the ambience. Service upscale but laid back. One sign of good service is when ladies are given a napkin that does not leave o their outfit based on color. Food was also superb. Both of opted for salads. Caesar salad was very fresh with accompanying shrimp and scallops and well presented in a bread bowl. My crab salad was very large and mostly crab with some greens on top and a very tasty sauce. Side of lobster mac and cheese was a good value at $9. Prices overall are high but good value
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything I expected
    DelightfulVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Excellent food well prepared. Staff was very attentive with good knowledge of the menu. It was all about the customer. The way it should be. Potions could be smaller.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This lunch was outstanding.
    LocalEatr
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    This lunch was outstanding. The food was creative in combinations and in presentation. The tastes were bold. Service was a good combination of personal and professional. Compared to most lunches, this one was expensive, but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SEWE Valentine Lunch
    luv2dineonvalentines
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    What a perfect lunch ! The lunch of shrimp salad, salmon, and the perfect crab cakes ! John our server was top notch !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Breakfast/brunch buffet!
    HolleyVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    What a beautiful atmosphere to enjoy fresh squeezed OJ, French pressed coffee and a buffet that will satisfy any palette.. We went back the next morning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambiance + Service
    RM116VIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    I was a guest at the hotel, and had the chance to eat both breakfast and lunch here. The room is airy and beautiful, the service attentive but not overbearing, and the food good. I'd definitely return. It's not a budget option, but it is calm and relaxing.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy, romantic lunch
    LoveEatingOut
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    The ambiance was superb, our waiter was beyond excellent, striving in every way to make our experience memorable, and the food was indescribably delicious and so creative. It was so much fun to start off with 3 different types of bread and 3 different flavors of butter. Even the menu was different, the cover being made of wood. The portions were quite ample and everything is made in house. I would go back in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect place for lunch downtown
    ADL2013VIP
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    I was looking for a "special" place for a lunch celebration and found it with The Palmetto Café. I was most impressed with the fact they had octopus like you can't find anywhere else in SC. The service was perfect and the manager was nice enough to stop by to speak to us to make sure everything was good. The food and service were wonderful and the view of the courtyard on a cold, sunny day made our lunch celebration just perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Coffee / Food just ok
    3gullsandabouyVIP
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    An early breakfast... We were the only diners. Eggs over cooked for the Benedict at which I am very particular... Yoke cooked throughout. Forgot the bacon in the bacon and cheese omelette for my friend but a side order was immediately brought. Everything plated nicely. Would give another shot for lunch, maybe.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    Michael
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    The reservation was honored, and the brunch was great, from the waiter to the omelette maker and the seating staff, it was a wonderful meal.The dishes were fresh and very tasty, and the lidded food warmers were the best I have seen, as the lids stayed up without being all the way open. The chocolate dipped dehydrated pineapple bite was the crowning finish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a gourmet lunch treat
    LynneVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    We don't go to The Palmetto Cafe very often for lunch, as is is dinner priced lunch, but it is worth every penny. I love the sampler, and it was just as good as I remember. Our waiter was lots of fun - had a little "edge" to his humor, but he helped out a lot when I bumped my tea and spilled it all over!! We had a wonderful anniversary lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • rather so-so
    shepVIP
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Went for family luncheon during Christmas holiday. Had a broad selection of items at the table. Seafood tacos were tepid and tough, and the fish was bland - fairly uninspiring flavors. Several had the roast chicked and liked it very much. Two people had she-crab soup and loved it - be forewarned that this is a rich dish and should probably be your main course unless you have quite an appetite. Did not have the wine-by-the-glass that I had ordered, but was able to order an upgraded selection at the same cost.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ladies' Christmas Lunch was super!
    HappydinerVIP
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    We had a marvelous time at lunch at Palmetto Cafe! All of the item that we ordered were perfect! Just too much food! We loved the sampler plates, but two of us could have shared one! The special iced tea, peach, I think, was wonderful! Our waiter couldn't have been more attentive, and the service was impeccable! I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Breakfast Spot!
    LindsayMVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    We had breakfast here this morning, and the service was outstanding. Our server was John, and he went above and beyond to make our experience enjoyable! The food was fantastic, and came out fast and hot! We will be dining here again upon our return to Charleston!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful and delicious
    MimiVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    If you haven't been to The Palmetto Cafe in Charleston Place Hotel recently, you are missing out on one of the most beautiful full-service restaurants in Charleston. Last year's renovation has opened it up, brought the beautiful outside garden into full view, and lightened the entire space. Our server, Ruthie, was delightful with her low key manner, gentle sense of humor, and attention to detail. Andre inquired as to our satisfaction and engaged in brief chat with us but he did not linger too long at the table, as some managers do. The lunch menu is varied with many tempting choices. We both chose the crab salad and were delighted with our selections. For an upscale social or business lunch, you can't go wrong here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun, fun lunch
    casablancaVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    We treated two friends for lunch (who had never been before), and they were thrilled with their meals, beverages,service and atmosphere as we always are. Our waiter was pleasant, funny and polite and we enjoyed a leisurely and fun two-hour lunch. Excellent Bloody Marys by the way.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Stay
    MachessVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    My wife of 40 years and I finished our weekend stay at Charleston Place with lunch at the cafe. The food was excellent as it was the night before at the Charleston Grill. I would find it hard to believe that someone would not love any of the food items offered. Cooked and seasoned perfectly. This weekend was truly a dining experience. Then you add a very professional down to earth staff and this is why these are the best restaurants, for lunch and dinner, in Charleston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2013
    Had brunch for the fourth time at Palmetto Cafe in the Charleston Place Hotel. As always, a lovely experiene. One can choose the buffet or order from their menu. The staff is always welcoming and takes good care without being intrusive. The buffet has breakfast dishes as opposed to the giant variety that serve every dish of the day. Keeping it simple puts the focus on quality, which is outstanding. We'll be returning to this pristine and delicious spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.