Peninsula Grill

4.8
5147 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
This AAA Four-Diamond restaurant located in the very heart of Charleston’s famed Historic District has been recognized by Departures, Condé Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, The New York Times, Southern Living, Travel + Leisure, Wine Spectator, and others for serving the finest and freshest ingredients sourced locally and globally.

With velvet-lined walls in shimmering oyster tones, woven seagrass, and indigenous cypress molding, the Peninsula Grill Dining Room ambiance is supper club sumptuousness. The Peninsula Grill Champagne Bar is an intimate jewel box space that offers several outstanding champagnes by the glass and a delicious bar menu. The lush Peninsula Grill Courtyard is one of the Charleston's true hidden gems and the most romantic al fresco dining setting in the city.

Peninsula Grill is a proud member of Relais & Châteaux, an exclusive collection of restaurants and hotels in romantic destinations around the world. Business casual attire.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, Southern
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 11:00am; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(843) 723-0700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Preferred
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Executive chef
Ramon Taimanglo
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Cross street
Meeting Street
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Parking details
Off street parking available with a parking garage on Hayne street
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Combine a beautifully restored circa 1844 building, charming courtyard, experienced staff, and truly exceptional Peninsula Grill cuisine to create a spectacular Peninsula Grill Private Dining experience. For more information, visit www.peninsulagrill.com or call (843) 723-0700.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

In Charleston, the most delightful & most memorable private dining events take place at Peninsula Grill. When exceptional cuisine and world-class service are combined with a lush garden courtyard, a beautifully restored circa 1844 building, and three private dining venues, the result is spectacular.

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience. Staff was very professional and attentive. Food was delicious. Atmosphere was terrific.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I started with the She Crab soup and it was delicious. I decided on one of the specials for my entree, halibut, and it was perfection. My wife ordered the scallops and was equally impressed. Great food and superb service!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful, romantic setting. Wonderful food, with expert wait staff. They are making sure each need is met including culinary senses. Very upscale dining, but an incredibly laid back South Carolina atmosphere.

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New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Peninsula Grill is a beautiful venue when dining in Charleston. We traveled to Charleston for a family wedding and chose this restaurant for dinner the day we arrived. We had a very fine dinner with superb service which was friendly and attentive .The dining room was lavish yet very comfortable. There is a beautiful entrance from the street through a garden with outdoor dining. We highly recommend this restaurant for all it offers.

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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restsurant week! Fabulous meal!!!

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful outside dinner experience service was outstanding

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MM
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

I have been to Peninsula Grill many times and it has always been outstanding however this was the worst experience ever at what once was my favorite place in Charleston. Never go during Restaurant Week, took over an hour to get food . Restaurant week is for people that would never patronize as they are looking for a bargain
Normally Peninsula Grilll service is outstanding as well as the food. During restaurant week something had to give and it was their normal patrons as my experience was disappointing

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CR
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious. one of our favorite restaurants.

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j
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

While we went for restaurant week, we were keeping that in mind when reviewing for another visit. I am not sure that they were prepared for such a crowd, it was very loud, and the attire for some of the guest was inappropriate for the atmosphere. The food itself was delicious except for the main course, which was dry and not prepared properly., however the appetizer, cocktails, and dessert were amazing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and servuce. It was also restaurant week so it was a fantastic value.

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JP
Charleston
23 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Peninsula Grill never disappoints. We dined here during restaurant week. This was an accident, not planned when we booked. We ended up having the prix fixe menu which was fantastic and a great value for the three courses. The service was exemplary. We all had a lovely time.

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RC
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening that started with great service and conversation with Korey and Cassandra at the bar. The we got to enjoy our meal in a booth in the bar. Great food. Great service. A special night!

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great good. Great service. Highly recommend. I've dined all over, this place overdelivers.

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TH
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Great service. They are expensive; however, you get personal service and that helps make the restaurant one of Charleston's best.
Always, the best coconut cake. Staff addressed you by name as you left. As I said, great personal service.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Guest in town

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SJ
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter we had was very friendly & personable. Was always one step ahead of us with refills on drinks & keeping us updated about status of our food order. The food was great. Had great flavor, not too much salt and portion size was just enough. The environment was good. Lighting could have been a little brighter. It would have been nice to have either live music or some jazz throughout. We attended on 9-5-2018, it was our wedding anniversary and the hostess congratulated us as we checked in which was very nice and plus for usexwanting to come back again. This was during restaurant week so the price & selections offered were very appealing for a 3 course meal.

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R
Nashville
68 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a five-star establishment in every sense. Great ambiance, excellent service and food.

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Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, as always, as was the service. We came for restaurant week but were not at all thrilled by the choices on that menu, so we ordered from the regular dinner menu.

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C
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 25th Wedding Anniversary dinner. Well worth it! Was very special and romantic.

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JM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

When my wife and I come to Charleston, at least once a year, we always make sure that The Peninsula Grill is on our "must visit" list. The service has always been impeccable and the food wonderful!! Over the last couple of visits, the service we had come to expect has been lacking and the number of men wearing jackets has decreased. I realize that the dress code says that jackets are requested but not required, but that was one thing that we always thought set The Peninsula Grill a step above other fine dining restaurants. I also realize that many people do not realize what clothing is appropriate in many cases anymore, but we noticed diners in polos, shorts and in some cases jeans. I am not old fashioned by a long shot, but our society continues to be dumbed down by those who don't know or care what dressy casual is. To the management of The Peninsula Grill, please do not relax your standards for those serving nor for those patrons that insist on dressing for Applebee's but coming to your fine establishment!!!

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AC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We have enjoyed celebrating special occasions at the Peninsula Grill since it first opened! While we miss Bob Carter, the food, atmosphere, and service continue to be outstanding.

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PT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great evening celebrating our anniversary. Worth the long drive from Pawleys Island

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HM
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The fish was incredible, as was the coconut cake. Service was also incredible.

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M
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jessica was excellent. She helped us craft the perfect 4 course celebration for the launching of “Meet Me In The Kitchen...removing life’s obstacles”.

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SM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our waiter.Beautiful table near the window!Special every time we go.

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KW
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best scallops I have ever had. Service was impeccable.

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JP
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best place we have enjoyed anywhere in Charleston.

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K
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the service to the meal, everything was spectacular. Celebrated my birthday here with friends. Was treated like a queen.

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E
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW. Charleston dining at its finest! Every bite was swoon-worthy. At our hotel, they said that if we had coconut cake anywhere, we HAD to have it here, and such a great recommendation! 6 layers of cake with a cream cheese frosting and toasted coconut or almonds on the side. My husband said his pork chop was the best he had ever eaten. Plenty of good choices and nice specials as well.

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KL
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and the service impeccable. I loved it and will be back on my next visit!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Incredible service, delicious food and even better dessert! First dinner spot on our trip and well worth it! Pricy but a perfect date night spot!

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Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Have dined at the Peninsula Grill for many years. I have to say that our first and second visits were the best from a food quality aspect. This was an anniversary celebration. Service and ambiance were excellent, food in general was below expectation with exception of lanayap starter and “Happy Anniversary” surprise dessert which were excellent and very much appreciated. I believe that my baked oyster, my duck and my wife’s snapper with shrimp could have been much better but both suffered from clumsy execution.
R. Kanner

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RS
Charleston
26 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had not been there in years and decided to go back for our anniversary. Food was as delicious as it was the last time we were there. Never disappoints!

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New England
44 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a Charleston standby and has been in business since 1997. It has an outdoor patio in the gardens where we dined. We chose the outdoor patio as they highlighted it on the website and we said why not. Took a chance as the walk from the car was really hot but we got a cooling breeze through out the meal - until the very end when it died out and the heat and humidity came back for a short time. Be warned! The service is topnotch and very good. The menu is limited and we usually like to split plates but we each had an entrée with my wife getting the scallops that she loved and me a sirloin which was good but not great. Known for it coconut cake but I detest coconut and the creme brulee we had was very good. Only complaint was that we asked if we could push back our early 6:30 reservation and they said 9:30 so we rushed to get there and we were almost dining alone - think they could have given us a half hour. Overall would recommend for those who want the fine dining experience but there are better choices in Charleston!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It would have been nice for our waitress to ask if there was a special occasion for our visit....she did not. Noise level prevented us from hearing her soft voice.

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R
Atlanta
66 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of five reviews of Charleston restaurants my wife and I dined at during late August/early September. The grading is based upon each individual restaurants character. i.e. Casual, Upscale, Tourist,...

We were told by a Charleston native that the Peninsula Grill was one of the seminal upscale restaurants in Charleston and his personal favorite. I can see why. A diner at Peninsula Grill should be aware that this is a "traditional" and more formal upscale restaurant. Jackets for men "requested but not required". My wife, as is usually the case, was dressed impeccably but I had neglected to bring a jacket. Using my wife for cover I was made comfortable in "business casual" with a collared short sleeve shirt and slacks. Probably not a good idea to wear shorts and a tee. When we arrived we were greeted by a friendly hostess and seated promptly. The attentive service began immediately with drink orders and menus. The staff was very helpful with both the food and wine orders and most important made one feel genuinely welcome at the restaurant. The restaurant is nicely decorated in a traditional supper club look. The tables are spaced to allow for quiet conversation. I would also note that there was outdoor dining in a beautiful garden courtyard. We started our meal with a 1/2 bottle of Taittinger Brut champagne. My wife had the she crab soup which was creamy and delicious. I had the wedge salad also very tasty. For our main course we both had the day's special, poached flounder accompanied by a bottle of Sancerre. For desert we had the creme brulee. Every course was well prepared and the service was impeccable. If you are looking for an upscale restaurant with excellent food and service for a special occasion you will not be disappointed at the Peninsula Grill. Highly recommend.

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Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not inexpensive but well worth it. Outstanding meal, superb service in a comfortable atmosphere.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing!! From the service, to dinner, to ambience A++ My husband and I went for our anniversary. This was a perfect place for a quiet, intimate dinner. Just like the other reviews said, the coconut cake is a must! This is fine dining at its best, so dress code is a little more formal than casual.

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I recommend sitting outside, it is beautiful. The was amazing. Highly recommend it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Great restaurant with great service.

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