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Permanently Closed - Lana Restaurant & Bar

4.4
772 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Cozy and sophisticated Lana Restaurant & Bar offers old world cuisine with local and sustainable ingredients. Chef owned and operated Lana is off the beaten path and a local favorite. In house cured meats and pates, house made gnocchi Lana has garnered local regional and national acclaim.The freshest ingredients are delivered daily by local farmers and fisherman. Join us for lunch or dinner we look forward to serving you.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm;
Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Thursday: 6:00pm - 9:30, Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm-7:00pm at the bar
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Phone number
(843) 720-8899
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
John Ondo
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Catering
Let us create a special event catered around your personal taste.
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Cross street
Cannon
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Parking details
Free parking for Lana customers is now available across the street on Rutledge in the Holy Communion Church lot 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Attendant is on duty during these hours.


There is also ample street parking is available along Rutledge Avenue and Cannon Street.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.2
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4.3
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on December 31, 2016

I visited Lana on an impromptu trip to Charleston last weekend. Love the cozy neighborhood feel. Service was outstanding. I ordered the Risotto of the day and it was just OK; others at the table ordered the Basque Chicken, Steak and they were pleased. I would go back for a second chance.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Ate at Lanas for New Years Eve! Food was superb. Festive atmosphere which was somewhat loud but feel that it was because of the holiday. My sons steak was a bit overdone and he returned it. The follow up was quick and the second one was perfect. The pasta dishes were delicious and the service was excellent. Can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2016

Quiet neighborhood type restaurant. Comfortable booths with seat and back cushions. Laid back dining. Paparadelli Bolognese quite good but the Pork scallopini was incredible, adding almonds, capers and lemon which all arrived piping hot. Delicious seafood tomato based soup. A nice tray of two fresh pâtés completed our experience.

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2016

My wife and I joined another couple for the first time. The dumplings with broccoli and the dumplings with mushrooms were very very good. The bolognaise was the best I have ever tasted but the one poor dish was the scallops that were cooked beautifully but were over salted when cooked or when plated. The re-cook was pretty but still a little salt for our taste.

We also very much enjoyed our salads to start the meal as they were unique and lightly dresses. Our waiter was very knowledgeable on both the food and wine.

Great effort was made to correct our one poor dish. We will go back for sure when back in Charleston

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3.0Dined on December 28, 2016

I reluctantly give this a 2 for service since our waitstaff was fabulous. But there were apparently staffing issues both in the back and in front and it was out of her control. We waited what seemed like forever (finished two cocktails waiting). I will go again, hopefully it was just an off night during the holidays.

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2016

This was our third visit to Lana and it's become one of our favorites, though this visit was a little uneven. The service as always was fabulous, but some of the food was not as good as it has been in the past. The soup du jour (curried carrot) and the vegetable platter were outstanding and well worth going back for. The fish and the risotto of the day were both bland and under-seasoned. Still, we love the neighborhood feel of Lana, and we expect the food will be back up to its usual standards on our next visit!

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2016

Lana's was just a couple of blocks from where I was saying in Charleston. It's a great quaint restaurant in the neighborhood. They only had two waiters working and they were kept busy but our waiter was very attentive to the tables he was working. I had their steak frittes and wasn't disappointed.

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2016

Service and food was exceptional! Loved this cozy little restaurant! Great date night out!

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2016

Excellent restaurant. All 4 of us had different entrees and they were all great. One of our favorite restaurants in the ultimate foodie city.

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2016

Lana is one of our "go to" places for date night in Charleston. The food is always spot on and the vegetable plate is outstanding. Great wine list and great service.

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4.0Dined on December 10, 2016

Seafood selections were fresh and prepared perfectly.

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2016

Four diners all loved their meals! Only one tiny critique is that the coconut gelato wan not smooth and creamy nor did it taste at all like coconut. Otherwise, the duck entre, the seafood "stew" and the pastas along with the salads were all terrific!

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5.0Dined on November 26, 2016

Loved Lana, great neighborhood spot. Delicious food in a comfortable setting. Will come back!

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2016

Visiting Charleston, restaurant an easy walk from our B&B. Wife and I found the entire experience excellent. Great food, nice atmosphere and not too noisy. Great service by Sarah. We did the $40 price fix meal where one doesn't know what one will get until served. As Sarah promised, it was fun. The restaurant is fairly pricey and hence the 4 stars on value, but certainly other restaurants of this quality are pricier yet.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2016

We reserved a table for two based on reviews and the location, which was a few minutes walk from our apartment. It was a great experience from start to finish. The wine list was very nice, the entrees were every bit as good as we expected (you have to try the Duck Confit - nice local twist on a classic dish) and the house made lemon tart was excellent. Good selection of after dinner drinks as well. We would go back, and in fact did go back the next night for a last drink at the end of the night.

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2016

We love Lana
Service is always exceptional , the fish entree is always delicious, chef changes up the vegetables and flavors seasonally if not weekly.
Soups are special.
Cannot say enough about this great restsurant.

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2016

Delicious pasta dishes and great appetizers. Beautiful and quiet restaurant, too

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2016

So sad to see that Lana closed. It was one of my all time favorites. I wish the chef luck on his next adventure.

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5.0Dined on November 2, 2016

Can't believe that this was my first trip to Lana's and it has been in business since 2005. I've been missing out. Enjoyed the food so much! Anywhere I can get a carafe of Amarone and not the $100+ bottle, I'm in! Loved everything about Lana's Restaurant.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2016

Stellar as always.

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5.0Dined on October 25, 2016

The service was AWESOME and the food was memorable, especially the mushroom gnocchis and the homemade mint gelato...Authentic Mediterranean Italian food!

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3.0Dined on October 24, 2016

I have always been a Lana fan but had not been in quite some time. On the waitress' recommendation, I ordered the Basque-style chicken...it was not good. The seasonings tasted like a taco seasoning mix. It was not a good meal.

Our service was spotty...starting with arriving and no one there to greet me for a few minutes, although I saw wait staff there. We had to ask that our waitress return to our table so we could order. They were not busy, so I don't know why the service was so spotty. She did check drinks regularly.

I've always used Lana as a great "go to" spot that the tourists don't know about...and I've sent many out of town guests there. I'll reconsider now. Hope it was just an off night, and maybe it's just the chicken recipe.

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4.0Dined on October 22, 2016

Always love Lana! It's a great restaurant for us locals! Food is always prepared well and is tasty. Service is always top notch.

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4.0Dined on October 22, 2016

we always like Lana; the food is good, service is friendly. We can come casual or dressier.
the staff is knowledgeable about the food and wine offerings. I've never had a bad meal there, over 10+ years.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2016

We have dined at Lana's a number of times and the food and service area always outstanding. Because it is away from the major tourist spots, there is a more local clientele, many who seem to be regulars. Great diversity off selections and a nicely assembled wine list that has less frequently seen wines (particularly the Spanish wines) at fair prices.

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2016

The service is always so wonderful and there isn't a dish I've tried that I didn't like.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2016

We eat at Lana's quite frequently. I can honestly say, we have never had a bad meal here. The house salad is terrific. I often eat it as an entree. This past visit, I had a snapper special that was excellent. Another member of our party had the Putenesca pasta. It is consistently tasty and well made. Our third member of our party had the chicken- which she raved about. The potato croquettes that come with the chicken were irresistible. If I had one issue, it would be that sometimes things get a bit spicy but they are very willing to lower the heat if you ask.
Service is always excellent. It appears they have a staff that is stable- not a lot of coming and going. Excellent choice for lunch or dinner.

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2016

The flavors were amazing! Will definitely be back!!

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4.0Dined on September 17, 2016

Visited Lana on 9/17. Made reservations and was glad we did, as Lana was verybusy. We had a party of four, and our table was ready for when we arrived. It was Restaurant Week and they had a special Menu in addition to the regular choices. We all selected from the Specials and all enjoyed our meals. Service was excellent and we were impressed that the Chef assisted in serving each dish prepared. Lana is located in a neighborhood setting outside the main historic district, but was easy to find and worth the trip!

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2016

We had a great meal during restaurant week. Especially loved the shrimp appetizer. Our server was great and very attentive. I love that it's a smaller restaurant with a neighborhood feel.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2016

You could tell the courses were brought out as they finished in the kitchen. All the food was piping hot! The house made gnocchi was fantastic!

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4.0Dined on September 13, 2016

I agree with the majority of the reviews, Good food, good service, an adequate wine list, and overall a very pleasant dinning experience. We have been to Lana's 3 or 4 times and have never had a bad meal. And a big plus, free parking after 6:00 PM across the street.

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3.0Dined on September 10, 2016

The duck is what I ordered. It was had a peach sauce. You could not taste peach. The confit was a little more greasy than normal with not as much flavor as usual. I normally would rate the Lana duck very high just no this time. My brother ordered it as well. The breast portion of his duck was overcooked.

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2016

I'm a regular. This particular experience was more personal. The chef actually brought our food items and spent time with our table
Our sever was very knowledgeable with wine list as well.

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5.0Dined on September 8, 2016

I loved the food! I had some of the best pasta I've ever had here. Also, everyone was so friendly! It was a lovely spot.

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2.0Dined on September 8, 2016

Food was mediocre at best. Highly overpriced. Far better places to eat in Charleston.

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4.0Dined on August 31, 2016

Lana's was excellent. Good, simple food, well prepared. Service was terrific.

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4.0Dined on August 29, 2016

Very good food with fine service. Rustic setting in corner house with a dinning room that could become very noisy if full.

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2016

Food was delicious and it was the perfect place to eat dinner and enjoy each other's company

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5.0Dined on August 20, 2016

Fabulous as always!

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