Bay Street Biergarten

4.3
133 reviews
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Contemporary American
Big (i.e. Bier) things are happening on the corner of East Bay and Chapel in Charleston, SC! Taps at your table and craft beer always on tap. Charleston's first high-tech Biergarten. I'm talking real cool stuff here y'all. Things to look forward to: 70+ Taps, Tap Tables, Bavarian inspired-southern made cuisine, bier cocktails, wine, liquor, TV's, Outdoor Patio and a Bier Wall (yeah, you read that right, a wall full of bier). We're all about bringing everyone together in the ultimate communal atmosphere.
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MG
Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We made 8:30 reservations for outdoor seating. When we showed up, thr hostess was a little shocked after losing track of time. The hostess did not save us a table so we were seated at a large picnic table on a separate patio. But, we were outside on a nice evening. We were given a complementary appetizer from our server who was great!

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t
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, great service, and super ambiance. Not only all of those, but their own parking lot -- never a given in downtown Charleston.

Definitely five stars!

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JH
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Slow service but it was a busy night. Food was good but menu was limited

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C
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

It's a beer joint. Liked the taps on some tables. Rated low on service bc although we made a reservation in the Seinfeld classic way " they did not HOLD" the reservation" and even after waiting at the bar and having an appetizer there front desk person had to be reminded twice that we were still waiting for a table. Food was good. Beware wings are hot! Atmosphere was very nice..... beersy.

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AN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, great beer, and great atmosphere! I visited with a couple friends and we had a great time.

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Charleston
23 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It can get raucous in there, but it was relatively quiet on Easter Sunday afternoon. The food is decent pub food. Don't expect more than that and you'll be happy. They do have a good selection of beer. And if you've not been here, but have been to a German Bier Hall, this won't be exactly like your German experience, in spite of the name. It's more like if Applebee's and a German Bier Hall had a love child. Some tables do have taps in them where you pay by the ounce. But you only have a limited number of choices of beers from them. And if you don't feel comfortable with your beer knowledge, the staff will be happy to help you make a selection.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Took a very long time for food and the German food was below our expectations. The beer was great and servers very pleasant. German potato salad was very undercooked and not authentic... our German grandmother was disappointed. The place was clean and had good atmosphere. Would come again for beer and tots but not dinner.

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S
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my wife enjoyed ourselves self back home. This restaurant was a wonderful selection. The waitress Ashley was very nice and very knowledgeable. The beer and cider selection was great a lot of deferent options. Most definitely will come back!

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PM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place...good beer...good service! Beer on the expensive side per pint.

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TT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside on a beautiful day. Enjoyed some delicious food and great beer!

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RL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot to watch sports and enjoy a casual meal with friends and family. Burgers were prepared exactly as requested , servers friendly and efficient

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C
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great find! Parking was easy and staff was friendly and knowledgeable about menu and beer choices.

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New England
43 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere and service. Such a pretty place. Felt like I was in Europe! The food and drinks were great too!

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DB
E. Tennessee
10 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our visit very much. The waitress, while new, was very attentive and answered every question we had, even when she had to go find someone to help her with the answer. While we didn't use them, the beer taps at the table were quite the novelty! The beers on tap at the table simply weren't ones that interested us. The crazy tater tot appetizer was amazing!!! The reubens were not quite up to expectations for a german restaurant - light on ingredients, but the cheeseburger and BLT were great. The most amazing meal was the chicken breast dish which came out as a 1/2 chicken dish. It was quite delicious! We also enjoyed the pretzel ball and chocolate cake desserts. We enjoyed the variety of beer options too. The most disconcerting thing was the amount of noise. We understand about sports bars feeling the need to have the volume turned up, but there were only a few tables inside with people. The excessive volume for the basketball game going on in the background was quite distracting. Our waitress was kind enough to ask to turn it down - which resulted in a slight reduction in volume. If our allergies weren't so bad this spring, we would have opted to sit outside where the sound was not as bad. Would we go back? Yes. There are not enough negatives to keep me from wanting to go back and try more beers and more items off the menu - I recommend you give it a try, especially if you are a sports fan!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

We didn’t receive a brunch menu, so wasn’t aware there was a separate one until after we got our food. Our server consistently forgot to bring us what we needed and didn’t take our order until we had already eaten our appetizer.

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AH
Charlotte
23 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place. Wide menu. Excellent patio and inside atmosphere. The service was exceptional. Beer selection was wide and varied. Will definitely be back. It's a hidden jewel.

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AM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food & drinks very tasty, really cool atmosphere, great service!

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. Fast and pleasant. Food was delicious.

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LY
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time having brunch. Great staff. Great service. Amazing food! Just moved here and will definitely be coming back with friends to have a brunch again.

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L
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in Charleston for the Super Bowl. The Bay Street Biergarten was highly recommended by a family member. We were NOT disappointed. The food was good, there were plenty of TVs to watch the game and the atmosphere was wonderful. Our waitress Sara(h) was incredible. She was not phased by anything we threw at her. If you have a chance to visit, don't let it go by.

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S
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food not to our liking. The mussels were dry and bathed in a thick pesto sauce. The pierogies were deep fried. The beer was good.

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Northern MI
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This is a great 20s crowd spot with something like 70 beers on tap! Food was above average but I would say it's a great meeting spot for young people! Not highly German authentic cuisine. Good service and easy to get to! A beer lovers paradise !

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bar tender was not good! He ignored me as he had conversation with other employees, he didn't want to give me nor the other guest a lime in our drinks. Young guy, black hair.

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JA
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time!!

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NM
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent, and the atmosphere was fun and lively. We were there on a college football Saturday, but it was not too obnoxious to enjoy dinner . Yummy potato salad and bratwurst. I would not expect anything less from Clemson grads.

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P
Charleston
72 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A great place to have a evening out with friends! Food was great and no one had an issue with their orders. The beer selection was outstanding!

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Appetizers very pricey for what you get. Food was excellent. Server was not really attentive. Came and handed us bill before asking if there was anything we would like. I for one wanted something else to drink. We had to ask her her name. It just felt uncomfortable. Put a damper on an otherwise nice meal.

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k
E. Tennessee
30 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food selection. Interesting items I've never seen on the menu. Food tasted great and was presented well. I really enjoyed this place all around.

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Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, staff and beer, nice spot in Charleston. Enjoyed different fiid options, great staff and beer! Highly recomnend for all.

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SN
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to see see The Midnight City band play live. As always, great service, great food, great beer selection. I love that their beer of month deal is a local favorite... Palmetto Brewing Huger Street IPA. Always love coming to the Biergarten!

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

We had reservations asked for a table with beer dispensers their were 3 open they wouldn't let us sit there because we weren't a party of 6 or more. We were 4 adults who drink beer. They sat a family with 3 small children they never used the in table beer dispensers we complained to waitress who said sorry and it was management policy and asked the host when we fist sat. They definitely have management issues. They actually place is very nice with a great outdoor set up. I would not go here again but if I could do it all over again I would of sat outside even though it was super hot and sat at cool outside bar.

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LB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Good portions. Original choices. Best hot pretzel - soft and chewy, but crusty on the outside, with great taste of beer and yeast. Yummy fried pimento cheese with hot bacon jam too!
Had live music, and they were very talented, but it was way too loud for dining, and we could barely hear each other.
Out waitress had too many tables and it took her a good while to get back to us, for additional drinks, etc. Apparently everyone sat in her section all at once , and another server should have assisted.

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good stuff!

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SS
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good food but the name "biergarten" implies German cuisine. There may be some influence but it is more American than German which was somewhat disappointing. I found it to be too loud to enjoy conversation. However, the locals really seemed to enjoy it. I ordered the schnitzel with spaetzle rather than potatoes. The flavor was good but had a bit too much breading. The service was very good. Friendly staff and quick.

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Charleston
42 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had been here a few times for dinner, drinks, and watching sports, and decided to try brunch. I loved that they offer brunch reservations, as not everywhere in Charleston does. The food was delicious! We got the chicken and waffles and the biscuits and gravy. It may not sound monumental, but the way they prepare both was unique and super tasty! I also got a side biscuit, and have to say their berry vodka jam is amazing! The portions were good for us, but if you're not a 5'1" runner and a man whose stomach has been permanently shrunk by high school wrestling, the portions may not be big enough for you.

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KP
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

For anyone with a passion for beer, this is a really cool place with beer taps at many tables that will allow you to draw your own. The food was nice, but the beer and selection was really good.

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MW
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was very slow. Took approximately 45 minutes for food to arrive.
All four meals were barely warm when they finally arrived at the table.
Portions were very large but the quality of the food was "just OK".

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BS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Tasty German-esque food in a fun environment and on-table on-demand taps make this place a fun visit every time I'm in Charleston.

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Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The chicken sandwich and pork schnitzel were dry, tough, and cold. Our waitress was nice and pleasant but disappeared. Various Nirvana and Eminem music playing VERY loud. It made it very difficult to hear my 70 year old in-laws during our 7:00 dinner.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Sat outside. Appetizers were great. Beers were great. Enjoyed this place.

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