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Church and Union - Charleston

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4.5
5775 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

A 5th Street Group concept. Church and Union serves New American cuisine in a casual yet refined atmosphere. Cutting-edge design, stellar service, and world-class food by Top Chef Alum Chef Jamie Lynch and Executive Chef Alex Spencer are all part of the Church and Union experience. Located in a 105-year-old church. The patio is weather dependant.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:30 pm Bar Mon–Wed, Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am Thu–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 am Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (843) 937-8666

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Alex Spencer

  • Private party facilities

    Whether an intimate dinner party or an extravagant gala for 250 or more, our team can create a truly memorable experience for you and your guests. Please contact our sales team for details and availability at sales@churchandunioncharleston.com.

  • Private party contact

    a sales manager: (844) 872-6475

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Cross street

    N. Market Street and East Bay Street

  • Parking details

    Parking can be found on the street at meters or in approved parking lots around the area

  • Entertainment

    Live Music Wednesday's 6PM-10PMLate Night DJ 1Saturday's: 10PM -2AM

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Gluten free options available

First Course

  • Moroccan Meatballs$16.00

    spiced BBQ glaze, whipped feta, cucumbers, gremolata

    • Butchers Block$24.00

      hand cranked daily Chef selection of prosciuttos and ham, seasonal accompaniments

      • Red Pepper Arancini$14.00

        Smoked bacon, espelette, chives

        • Wagyu Tataki$18.00

          yuzu ponzu, pickled vegetables, togarashi, crispy garlic

          • Wedge Salad$14.00

            little gems, braised beets, grape fruit, spiced pepitas, cotija, cilantro, jalapeño dressing

            • Burrata$18.00

              arugula, brown butter and pecan vinaigrette, grilled bread, espelette

              • Gazpacho$12.00

                watermelon, corn, cilantro, lime

                Entrée

                • CU Burger$16.00

                  truffle cheese, mushroom duxelles, truffle aioli

                  • Fresh Catch

                    Anson Mills farro, romesco, wild onion, pistou, herbs

                    • MKT
                  • Pan Seared Scallops

                    califlower purée, charred cabbage, bacon lardons, grape compote

                    • MKT
                  • Keegan Filion Pork Chop$32.00

                    cassoulet, baby carrots, hoisin glaze

                    • Ricotta Gnocchi$26.00

                      brie, arugula, tomato vinaigrette, crispy artichoke

                      • Handmade Braided Ravioli$26.00

                        garlic tomato sauce, capers, Parmesan

                        • Fried Chicken$28.00

                          dijon crushed Yukons, pickled red onions, chili honey

                          • NY Strip$45.00

                            corn salad, cotija, cilantro, espresso demi

                            • 9 Oz Filet$45.00

                              chermoula, confit fingerling potatoes, gorgonzola fondue, tomato conserva

                              Sides

                              • Hand Cut French Fries$6.00

                                • Broccolini$7.00

                                  butter glaze, mustard

                                  • Fingerling Potatoes$12.00

                                    dijon, pickled red onions, parmesan

                                    • Brussels Sprouts$14.00

                                      spicy soy glaze, citrus, crispy shallots

                                      Last updated: May 18, 2022

                                      What 5,775 people are saying

                                      Overall ratings and reviews

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                                      4.5
                                      4.5 based on recent ratings
                                      • 4.4Food
                                      • 4.6Service
                                      • 4.7Ambience
                                      • 4.3Value

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                                      1. b

                                        barry

                                        Chicago

                                        27 reviews

                                        vip
                                        4.0

                                        27 reviews

                                        Dined today

                                        overall4food5service5ambience3

                                        Everything was wonderful except for not being able to have a conversation without yelling.

                                      2. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 1 day ago

                                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                                        Everything was fabulous. Food, service, ambience on point.⭐️ I am a stickler for cleanliness so wanted to say the bathrooms and corners need some attention. Baseboards and corners were visibly dusty from lack of care. I know people are shorthanded these days but if you are going to stay a 4/5 star restaurant, these small things are important. Also dirt has a way of getting out of hand if you don’t stay on top of it. Love the restaurant and just saying this to keep you at top of your game. I definitely will dine here again!! ❤️

                                      3. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        New England

                                        1 review

                                        2.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 1 day ago

                                        overall2food5service5ambience1

                                        Food was delicious but our table had cockroaches crawling up the walls and around our feet. Did not make it seem like a good eating environment.

                                      4. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        New England

                                        15 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        15 reviews

                                        Dined 3 days ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        We visited for the second time during our five day trip to Charleston because the first visit was so enjoyable. The second visit was as good as the first for all of the new menu items we tried. A very unique environment with great food and service.

                                      5. BD

                                        BillD

                                        Raleigh

                                        3 reviews

                                        3.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined 3 days ago

                                        overall3food3service2ambience3

                                        Eclectic building Sun Tzu Art of War is written in the ceiling and walls. Lunch was chicken BLT was fine. Ordered and was served in less time then to get the check and pay. Didn’t hate it but not a place I’d go back to.

                                      6. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        San Francisco

                                        1 review

                                        2.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 3 days ago

                                        overall2food4service4ambience4

                                        So our Uber driver left us off at 5 Church Street which is the name of the restaurant never knowing the name changed to Church and Union. We ended up having to walk a mile to Market Street only to find a stupid sign that doesn’t even say Church and Union. It has a strange C and U intertwined. Why name a restaurant Church and Union when it’s on Market Street. Maybe say under the C and U “formerly known as 5 Church”? Just saying…..

                                      7. L

                                        Local

                                        Philadelphia

                                        4 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined 3 days ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Atmosphere, food and service were great! Would highly recommend this restaurant.

                                      8. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 4 days ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        We came in from NY to visit my son in Myrtle beach and took a trip to Charleston . I had made a reservation on open table on the blind and was very pleased with the service , the food and the atmosphere . Even the music was at a level where we could talk ….not yell Over the music . Every bite was incredible . The gnocchi, ravioli, sword fish and burger …..excellent . Next time we come to visit , we will definitely come back !

                                      9. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Charleston

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 4 days ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great time. Service and food were amazing. Could have had a better portion for the price but everything was awesome

                                      10. B

                                        Brenn

                                        Tampa

                                        4 reviews

                                        vip
                                        4.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined 4 days ago

                                        overall4food3service4ambience4

                                        Mimosa were great! Server was excellent and he was very knowledgeable about dietary restrictions. Food subpar. Potatoes cold and overcooked. Breakfast sandwich featured a burnt croissant. Servings quite small in general. Great location though.

                                      11. OG

                                        OhioGirl

                                        Cleveland

                                        48 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        48 reviews

                                        Dined 4 days ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        We loved this place! It is so unique and interesting. Our server was great and the food was delicious. Also, I loved the extra incentive the owners are doing as a matching program to provide the kitchen staff with extra income for their hard work.

                                      12. SM

                                        StacyM

                                        Charleston

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 4 days ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        We went for my daughters 16th birthday. Our waiter was Bailey and he went over and beyond to make it the best dining experience ever. The food was outstanding.

                                      13. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Atlanta

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 4 days ago

                                        overall3food4service4ambience3

                                        Rushed. Entree came with the appetizer and salad. Felt they were just rushing us out. Food good. Wasn’t same experience we had 3 months ago.

                                      14. C

                                        Case

                                        Baltimore

                                        3 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined 5 days ago

                                        overall5food4service4ambience4

                                        When we made a reservation in advance it was in the effort to be seated in the gorgeous dinning room of the church. Sadly we were put in a side room in the corner very close to another couple. A little bit of a bummer. Grabbed a drink at the bar afterwards so we could enjoy the ambiance. Cocktails were great.

                                      15. E

                                        Elizabeth

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 5 days ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Casual dining with amazing plates with great service. The food was appropriately presented and prices matched size. We will 100% be back to try the rest of the menu!

                                      16. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 5 days ago

                                        overall3food3service4ambience3

                                        I was disappointed to not be sat in the “church” and was at a very tiny table in what felt like the back room. The food was okay but I missed the ambience I was hoping for.

                                      17. JL

                                        JennaL

                                        San Antonio

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 5 days ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Had a great time! Food was great, vibe was great and we will definitely be back! Only thing to note is they don’t have dairy alternatives for your coffee which was unfortunate. Sub for a bloody and you’ll be good!

                                      18. AK

                                        AllisonK

                                        Phoenix

                                        19 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        19 reviews

                                        Dined 5 days ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        We were delighted by the meal. Everyone’s meal was delicious! Server was great.

                                      19. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        New England

                                        16 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        16 reviews

                                        Dined 5 days ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Brady was an attentive, friendly and knowledgeable server. The food was excellent and generous in the portion sizes. It is a very unique and historic building which adds to the appeal.

                                      20. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Atlanta

                                        5 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        5 reviews

                                        Dined 6 days ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Food and cocktails were fantastic! The structure and ambiance was probably the best of any restaurant we’ve ever been too. Can’t recommend this place enough.

                                      21. L

                                        Laura

                                        Dallas

                                        6 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        6 reviews

                                        Dined 6 days ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Amazing ambiance; great food; great service. It was such a great place to start our Charleston trip.

                                      22. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 7 days ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Excellent choice for lunch.

                                      23. K

                                        Kimr

                                        New York Area

                                        6 reviews

                                        3.0

                                        6 reviews

                                        Dined 7 days ago

                                        overall3food5service5ambience1

                                        Great food, very loud atmosphere! Cannot hear the people sitting at the table with you. Beautiful building but the noise level was ridiculous.

                                      24. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 9, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Ladies trip

                                      25. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 9, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Food was delicious!!! Service fabulous!!

                                      26. BK

                                        BrianK

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 9, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Highly recommend! Great food and service! Cool set up.

                                      27. KG

                                        KatG

                                        Houston

                                        4 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on May 9, 2022

                                        overall4food4service3ambience4

                                        Wish the lunchtime menu was a little bigger.

                                      28. J

                                        Jenk

                                        Las Vegas

                                        12 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        12 reviews

                                        Dined on May 9, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Visiting with mom for Mother’s Day weekend. Randy was awesome. The place is exceptionally beautiful. Food and drinks were great

                                      29. G

                                        Gringo

                                        Charleston

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                        overall3food3service3ambience3

                                        Union and Church was chosen because a previous visit found it to be outstanding - this time it was mediocre. Service was adequate, the Malbec wasn't bad, and the dinner was OK... just. The oysters were the tiniest ever, but the cocktail sauce was perfect - for reasonably sized oysters. The oyster service was late in arriving; I used the dinner fork to begin as there wasn't an alternative. Everything was "A la Mode" but fell short of the goal. Took the chicken breasts home for today's salad.

                                      30. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Raleigh

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Chelsea was an excellent server, she told us all about the history of this beautiful venue, and was a huge part of making our dining experience such a fun success. We love the food, and enjoyed the congeniality of all of the staff. We will definitely be back and hope to visit your Nashville location soon!

                                      31. E

                                        Etsharp

                                        Charleston

                                        16 reviews

                                        vip
                                        3.0

                                        16 reviews

                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                        overall3food5service4ambience3

                                        This is loaded Q. We made Mother's Day dinner buffet reservations - as did everyone sitting around us. There was NO dinner buffet. We were told it was a "misprint" on Open Table, buffet was brunch not dinner. At least 30% of the food items printed on the "Mother's Day" menu weren't available and were told it was next week's menu even thou it said Mother's Day. The waiter did great job, dealing with this fiasco, crossing off what wasn't available, writing in the food items that were. It was a mess. That being said, the arancini was very good, moroccan meatballs were okay. Taglitelle w/sausasge was very good. Finally, we were seated outside where it was shady and very windy and so cold, the waiter gave me a tablecloth to wrap around my shoulders. As were were leaving they starting bringing out gas heaters. SO, it's a good thing we're locals and we've been here before because we like the food and we normally have an enjoyable dinner. Not so on Mother's Day

                                      32. I

                                        Iwantmore

                                        Charleston

                                        51 reviews

                                        vip
                                        1.0

                                        51 reviews

                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                        overall1food1service3ambience4

                                        Mother's Day Brunch. Arrived for a 3:30 reservation, waited till 4:00 to get seated. The buffet was either low or without, it was not attended to keep in order or clean, the food was obviously sitting there for a long time because our food was overcooked, rubbery, burnt, dry, etc... We went back for seconds in hopes there was any refresh but no....all the same overheated food plus items missing like the main Prime Rib. For $60 a head we should have demanded our money back, but we didn't and now I regret not doing so, so shame on me. What a terrible experience on an expensive and special day, but live and learn. Shame on management at the Church for not caring about the buffet.

                                      33. DL

                                        DonL

                                        Charleston

                                        24 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        24 reviews

                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        This is an absolutely fabulous place to have lunch or dinner. We had the Mother’s Day buffet and it was, as all their special days are, tremendous! Dylan Is, without a doubt, more than a server. He is like family to us and the service he provides far outweighs anything we’ve ever had in any of the restaurants we’ve eaten in worldwide. The entire staff shows dedication and hard work every time we’ve been there. It is a pleasure both to eat there and to meet them. You don’t want to miss this restaurant if you’re in Charleston.

                                      34. MW

                                        MichaelW

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                        overall3food4service5ambience3

                                        We had fantastic service for the Mothers Day Brunch, food selection was amazing and so very good! BUT what was frustrating was the serving area (food on the floor and serving spoon with sticky handles) wasn’t kept tidy and many chafing dish lights were out resulting in some COLD dishes…but with long lines waiting for warm food was overwhelming. So we felt for the cost, the food should have at least all been warm. Big difference in the enjoyment level if food is served warm. A big shoutout to the wait staff that was spot on especially for such a busy day. We were seated in a very busy traffic area which hard with my elderly mom and they would change tables even though I had requested a certain area days before when they called to confirm our reservation. But truly fantastic food…just wish all the dishes had been served at the temperature it should have been. Also they had no small containers for cocktail sauce or horseradish sauce…and really no place on your plate for it. Debra

                                      35. C

                                        Christine10

                                        New York Area

                                        3 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Food was delicious for the Mother's Day Brunch and our server was great! He even gave us a $25 gift card to come back. It was a wonderful Mother's Day!!

                                      36. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        St. Louis

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Mother’s Day Brunch for the win! We come every year and love it!!!

                                      37. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Charleston

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        We are here for the Mother’s Day brunch and got there a little early and they sat us right away. The food was amazing, lots of choices for a buffet brunch. Service was good and the atmosphere was lovely. It was nice to see right out on market street at all the passers by. Will definitely go again and recommend to others.

                                      38. MB

                                        MichaelB

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Excellent food and service. Decor is unexpected and outstanding.

                                      39. MB

                                        MelissaB

                                        Charleston

                                        1 review

                                        2.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                        overall2food1service4ambience4

                                        Building and ambiance is really cool. Overpriced/ not great food . although very friendly service.

                                      40. KW

                                        KymberlyW

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Overall it was a great experience and we will be back again!

                                      FAQs

                                      Church and Union - Charleston is rated 4.5 stars by 5775 OpenTable diners.

                                      Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                      Booked 172 times today
                                      Google Map for Church and Union - Charleston

                                      32B North Market Street Charleston, SC 29407

                                      Additional information

                                      • Cross street

                                        N. Market Street and East Bay Street

                                      • Neighborhood

                                        Downtown Charleston

                                      • Hours of operation

                                        Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:30 pm Bar Mon–Wed, Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am Thu–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 am Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

                                      • Cuisines

                                        Contemporary American

                                      • Dining style

                                        Casual Elegant

                                      • Dress code

                                        Casual Dress

                                      • Parking details

                                        Parking can be found on the street at meters or in approved parking lots around the area

                                      • Payment options

                                        AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                      • Executive chef

                                        Alex Spencer

                                      • Entertainment

                                        Live Music Wednesday's 6PM-10PMLate Night DJ 1Saturday's: 10PM -2AM

                                      • Additional

                                        Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

                                      • Phone number

                                        (843) 937-8666

                                      • Private party facilities

                                        Whether an intimate dinner party or an extravagant gala for 250 or more, our team can create a truly memorable experience for you and your guests. Please contact our sales team for details and availability at sales@churchandunioncharleston.com.

                                      • Private party contact

                                        a sales manager: (844) 872-6475

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