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The Palmetto Cafe
The Palmetto Cafe

The Palmetto Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.charlestonplace.com/web/ocha/charleston_restaurants.jsp
  • Phone: (843) 722-4900
  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent breakfast/brunch/lunch. Incredible, attentive service."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We enjoyed a breakfast as we left Charleston. Perfect ending to a perfect trip!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The Sunday Brunch buffet was good but not worth a $27/person price tag. The French press coffee and omelets were our favorite part."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Lunch was first-rate. Excellent in every respect . . . a must for lunch . . . wonderful!"
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Waiter could not be found for 20 minutes. Very cold. Unimpressed."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "What a perfect lunch ! The lunch of shrimp salad, salmon, and the perfect crab cakes ! John our server was top notch !"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/8/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/18/2013