Peninsula Grill

4.8
5559 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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San Francisco
117 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening. Food wonderful and service outstanding. We will come back. Soft shell crab was yummy and couldn’t leave without having dessert. The famous coconut cake is out of this world.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience was outstanding! Our meal was delicious and the service was among the best we’ve ever had.

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New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service...food was phenomenal!

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Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every body love the restaurant

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Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food and service at this upscale place in the heart of the historic district

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

The food and service was excellent. Make sure to save room ( if possible )for the coconut cake!

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always go to Charleston for the culinary experience, but this was my first time at Peninsula Grill. By far the best food and dining experience I've ever had. So upset I hadn't been there sooner! It is the first reservation I'll be making for my bi-annual visits to Charleston.

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

Great food and service. Everything was outstanding.

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DB
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall, an amazing evening! The room was beautiful, food was absolutely delicious and service was impeccable!! We are from NY and have been to many fine restaurants in NY and in other parts of the country but truly enjoyed this fine dining with such southern hospitality. Jonathan, our server, was so professional and wonderful. Made our evening at Peninsula Grill even more special. The coconut cake was a perfect way to end our evening!

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OC
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed a very nice dinner with excellent service. A great choice for her Birthday. Just a heads up: Be prepared for a pricey meal.

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DS
Dallas
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner was great!

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M
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location for a special occasion! Our server, Taylor, was friendly, attentive, and extremely knowledgeable about the menu. She made great menu suggestions. The food, from the She crab soup, snapper, soft shell crabs to The Ultimate Coconut cake, was superb.

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Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten at some of the best restaurants in the US and I'd have to put the Peninsula Grill it the top 12.
Excellent food and amazing service.

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JO
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been coming here off and on from Dallas for over 15 years, and Peninsula is
ALWAYS the best in town. Service, food, and the overall dining experience is top notch.

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GP
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good but not great. Too crowded and hectic to be really enjoyable. The food was very good but not up to the level I’d expected based on it’s reputation.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was fantastic and the food was absolutely delicious. Make sure to finish with the coconut cake! Highly recommend!

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SR
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Oysters on the half shell were very good. A member of the party ate the duck and really enjoyed it. The side of goat cheese mashed potatoes were tasty. The gin blossoms cocktail was the best thing on the menu.But the vegetarian offerings were NOT great. The chef’s salad was banal. Literally no main course (only sides) vegetarian dish on the menu. The vegetarian special was “perloo”- an overpriced, super bland rice pilaf with cooked vegetables mixed in. A rice pilaf was the best they could offer as a vegetarian main course- that’s pitiful. Then we ate their $12 slice of coconut cake-specialty of the house (totally skippable). It was wet, not moist- reminiscent of a Mexican milk cake. (I have eaten much better coconut cake).Service was stellar. But $$$$$ food was really not across the board great. Vegetarians should not eat here.

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DA
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice time. Great courtyard outside the restaurant and great service and food.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome wine list!

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New England
16 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Justin and the other waitstaff were ultra professional and personable, —soft shell crab, swordfish, triggerfish were all excellent! A bit noisy but not uncomfortably so—great dinner and will return next year!

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c
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

I always try to eat at the Peninsula Grill when I visit Charleston because the food is outstanding. This past week's visit was disappointing, however, because service was very slow and the noise was absolutely deafening. It seemed like there were more tables crowded together than usual, or it might have been my imagination since everyone near us was screaming to be heard over everyone else. Also, why still say that jackets are preferred when so many diners were in shorts? Next time I visit, I'll request a booth in the bar area if reservations are accepted there.

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FG
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just fantastic

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T
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Peninsula Grill is, without a doubt, the best restaurant in Charleston. This is our second visit and it did not disappoint. The menu is broad, the service top notch and the food...absolutely delicious. Be sure to save room for the coconut cake.

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SH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Awesome food - service was a little slower than prior visit but they were vet busy. Noise level was really only negative- last time it was much quieter. Would highly recommend! We had a birthday celebration and thy decorated plate without prompting. Very nice!

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St. Louis
15 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exactly as advertised- highly recommend. The wine list is world class.

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Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great place. Special treat to go. She crab soup is out of this world! Soft shelled were wonderful as well

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AD
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sophistication with an inviting and courteous staff!

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Tahoe
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting Charleston and just as excellent ad it was six years ago

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This place was absolutely beautiful inside. And the food was out of this world. I had ordered the scallops and was not disappointed in any way. Definitely save room for coconut cake too. It literally came out ever 10 seconds while we were there. And was so delicious. Our waiter was absolutely wonderful, the food did take a little long, but I did appreciate his honesty in coming to let us know that was kitchen was behind and he did check up on us very consistently. Would recommend to anyone for any occasion. Would have eaten twice in a row, so many options on the menu. Will definitely be back.

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CC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant and service oriented, our visit to the Peninsula Grill was wonderful. Try the Paper Plane, or a great champagne, at the bar. The sommelier was very knowledgeable. Dinner was superb with melt-in-you-mouth steaks and luscious sides. Don't miss their famous coconut cake.

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LI
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was perfect. Great service. They have the best coconut cake in the world!

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Charleston
23 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Not sure if I would recommend. Our server was very nice but frequently disappeared when you needed him. Their version of the wedge was tasty but half of it were the dark green outside leaves that were not cold & crisp. The soft shell crabs were very large and tasty but served on limp undressed greens . I had requested fresh lemon for the soft shells since there was no dressing of any kind on either the crabs or greens, did not receive lemon till almost done with a strong apology. I had asked the server if I should order a side vegetable and he said it wasn't necessary and describe the greens quite differently then they actually were. Of course the coconut cake was as good as ever.

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Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was outstanding, but for the cost the food was mediocre.

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DT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Too expensive, not enough menu choices. Fantastic bar and drinks.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dining room with great service.

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TJ
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the complete dining experience. From the personalized wine selection to the amazing people who work there, this is a must for those who want to really enjoy what Charleston has to offer.

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AP
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whole family enjoyed. Salad was great, husband said scallops were best on this trip, end kids liked the steaks. Glad they offered a kids menu choice of a 4 oz filet for our youngest.

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SS
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful, excellent service and a great place to celebrate an anniversary.

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m
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience in an elegant atmosphere. Food was delicious including the famous coconut cake! Great place to dine with friends.

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