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181 Palmer

4.7
245 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Great for Lunch (354)
  • Fit for Foodies (275)
  • Neighborhood Gem (122)
181 Palmer is the Culinary Institute of Charleston’s dining room on its downtown campus. The facility’s design, highlighted by bold lines and bright colors, garnered LS3P Associates an Honor Award, the American Institute of Architect’s highest. Inside 181 Palmer’s sparkling glass walls, tables are… dressed in crisp linens and Stolzle stemware, state-of-the-art technology streams in action from the kitchen, and skilled CIC students produce and serve a seasonal prix fixe menu for a value that Southern Living magazine labeled “How to Save Money on Fine Cuisine.” (Please note: Because both the dining rooms and the student-run kitchens of 181 Palmer and our sister restaurant The Relish Restaurant Group® Restaurant are classrooms, the days and hours of operation are determined by the college’s calendar.)
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Lunch : Tuesday & Thursday: 12:00pm - 12:45pm
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Phone number
(843) 820-5087
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Scott Stefanelli
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Cross street
East Bay Street
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Parking details
Street parking off campus in local area.
Additional
Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access
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4.7  based on all time ratings
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4.5
service
4.4
ambience
5.0
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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 14, 2017

This is Trident Tech's culinary school restaurant. The service is superb. The food is very good, but can be a little spotty. Their menus vary from week to week, so be sure to see what their menu will be before making reservations. Expect to pay less than half what you would pay for a comparable meal downtown.

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on October 3, 2017

Really enjoyed our lunch at 181 Palmer. Very accommodating as one of the party is allergic to seafood. Originally scheduled because of the north German menu, but was changed to Asian due to Irma.

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bfood (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on September 26, 2017

Talk about value for your money, you can't do better than having lunch at Palmer. The food was well prepared, and the server we had was just fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on April 20, 2017

The food was delicious. The service wa excellent. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient.

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vipFrugalBoomers (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on April 20, 2017

Love everything about the lunches at 181 Palmer: the food, presentation, and the student staff. Incredible bargain!

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Macy (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on April 18, 2017

I invited 3 of my friends to a "mystery lunch". Over the course of several months I gave them very vague clues about where we were going. When the mystery was revealed as we drove into the parking lot, everyone was so excited! They had all wanted to go there, but never had. We had such fun describing our food to each other and sharing bites with each other. Now I want to go back with my husband! The food was simply delicious and the whole experience was just great. These students do an excellent job.

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erbdiner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on April 18, 2017

This is an amazing value dining opportunity - $15 for 3 courses, no tipping and no tax! I realize it is a culinary school and having had lunch here a few times before, I have to say I was never disappointed until this time. Charcuiterie plate which I always get, used to be fabulous but now it is just mediocre. Very small with limited choices. Also it was served on a wooden plate which did not showcase the food but rather camoflaged it. The Lobster Ravioli entree was delicious and the presentation was outstanding but my dessert (Salted Carmel Chocolate Tart) was hard and tough to eat. Although I needed a knife to cut through the hard pastry the presentation was pretty to look at. Service, as always was excellent.
Go back to the original Charcuiterie plate from a year ago and maybe raise the price from $15 - $18!

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on April 18, 2017

We have been there before, always a pleasant lunch, good food.

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on April 13, 2017

The waitress had the greatest personality. Food and service was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on April 13, 2017

Service was impeccable. The Chef's food presentation added a certain appeal to the meal. Each meal course was enjoyable.

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