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Church and Union - Charleston

4.5
4.5
6161 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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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 178 times today
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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.

  • Private party contact

    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

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Charleston

    Best Ambiance

  • Charleston

    Good for Groups

  • Charleston

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! The service was awesome and the waitress,Laura, even told us the history of the building itself. You receive a complimentary appetizer of homemade hummus and pita chips and the food was delicious. It was a wonderful stop for dinner. Make reservations, it is easier to get a table.
  2. AK

    AmyK

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great server and wonderful experience! Loved the food and atmosphere!

    Church and Union - CharlestonResponded 1 day agoGlad to hear you enjoyed everything, Amy!

  3. MM

    MitchM

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Definitely insist on sitting in the church sanctuary. The side room is not nearly the same experience. Awesome food. So good.
  4. MB

    MarcyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and served exceptional. Plan on returning soon!!
  5. MD

    MelissaD

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had reservations and we were greeted and seated right away. The place is incredible when you walk into the large dining area. Our waiter, I think his name was JP (?), new a lot about the architecture. He was very friendly and offered suggestions. He brought a guest at our table a complimentary chocolate mousse cake dessert for his birthday (which I ate most of :-)) My one complaint is that my meal which was the chicken gnocchi came out luke-warm. I like my food hot. Two of the other people at our table had the fried chicken and it was definitely steaming hot. My husband thought it odd that there was no vegetable with his meal. Other than that, we had a great meal. Very creative way to bring a check (with a guest book). We will be back!!
  6. AM

    AnaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The restaurant was awesome - great ambiance and service. That said, I think that’s what you are paying for. The prices are rather expensive and the food is okay to good. It was a great experience but would probably dine elsewhere next time we’re in Charleston.
  7. l

    lovedit

    Charlotte

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambiance.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    Food wasn’t very good at all. We had a large group but left hungry…
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great. The restaurant decor was super interesting. I love that they picked a theme and went all in. Jon was our waiter and he did an AMAZING job. I would recommend this place to anyone and everyone.
  10. ME

    MaryE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch was amazing! All our needs were meet! I’ll be back!!!

    Church and Union - CharlestonResponded 1 day agoHi Mary! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience at Church and Union, and we can't wait for you to come back. CU soon!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for our friends bachelorette weekend and it was perfect!!
  12. k

    katief

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was superb! The decor is beautiful. The staff was welcoming from the second we entered the building!

    Church and Union - CharlestonResponded 1 day agoSo happy to hear it Katie! We hope to CU again soon.

  13. T

    Trzz

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was awesome, so was the food. The atmosphere is super cool. Drinks were meh, especially for what they cost.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Salad portion very small. Ordered pork sandwich, no bun…. Came on a bun
  15. T

    Team

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great atmosphere, great service. Highly recommended
  16. H

    Humbe

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun place for good dinner. An occasion, great food and service

    Church and Union - CharlestonResponded 4 days agoCheers, Humbe!

  17. H

    Heatherh

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Great food. It was for my birthday. I only wish they had offered a birthday dessert. But we had a wonderful time
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful and delicious food
  19. RP

    RobertP

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    good burgers - nice atmosphere. Service was good.

    Church and Union - CharlestonResponded 1 day agoThanks so much, Robert!

  20. RG

    RichardG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful! We very much enjoyed and Bailey was a fantastic server!

    Church and Union - CharlestonResponded 5 days agoHi Richard! I'll make sure to pass this review along to Bailey and the rest of the CU team. Cheers!

  21. RN

    RoxanneN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Catarina was amazing! Her recommendations were absolutely perfect.

    Church and Union - CharlestonResponded 4 days agoHi Roxanne! I'll make sure to pass this review along to Catarina and the rest of the CU team. Cheers!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Greeter was not pleasant when she seated us, placed menus on the table and just walked away. Waiter smelled like a pack of cigarettes ( totally unappetizing) and would place himself in the space between the tables with his bottom within an inch or two of our wine glasses and food..Kitchen staff brought out butchers block, without any reference to what cheeses you offered and when we asked our waiter he knew 2, guessed at the other two. Cheese was placed on top of prosciutto which made it look like it was just thrown on the board without any thought of food placement. Brie was already spreading on top of meat. Had to ask for refills for wine snd water. Just not the up scale place it use to be. Felt like another tourist restaurant. Decided to not even get an entrée, the whole thing was just unappetizing. Waitstaff looked grubby and unkept in their all black, mismatched, barely tucked in outfits. Will not be a return customer nor will we recommend this restaurant to our family or out of state guests like we have always done in the past.
  23. C

    Charlestonguy

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Gorgeous building! The interior was a marvel! The food portions were smaller but, you kind of expect that at the price point. Our server Bailey was a delight! The hostess was a bit... cold. but once we were in the enviroment was fun and energetic! I recommend every to go atleast once! makes for great photos

    Church and Union - CharlestonResponded 5 days agoHi Charletsonguy! Thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback. I'll make sure to pass this review along to Bailey and the rest of the CU team. Cheers!

  24. HW

    HaleyW

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great food and drinks. Lots of options and everything at the table was delicious! Was especially impressed by the gnocchi. Such a cool building, love the atmosphere. And friendly service!

    Church and Union - CharlestonResponded 5 days agoHi Haley! I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed your gnocchi. It's become one of my favorite dishes on the menu! We hope to CU again soon.

  25. M

    Michelle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend. Our server went above and beyond from start to finish. Some of the best food I’ve ever had.

    Church and Union - CharlestonResponded 5 days agoHi Michelle! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review for us. We're so glad to hear your food and service were great! We hope you'll come back to visit us again soon.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a yummy place to eat. Our host will was quick to sit us down !
  27. m

    marys

    Naples

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Pulled pork sandwich dry.
  28. MF

    MichaelF

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a “go to” Recommendation for me! The wagyu steak was phenomenal, and my date had the scallops which were delicious! Awesome service as well!

    Church and Union - CharlestonResponded 5 days agoWe're so happy to hear we're a "go-to" for you Michael! We hope to CU again soon!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The waiter was excellent and the food was exceptional. There was a large loud party behind us that shouted and were physically intrusive to our table.
  30. BB

    BrendaB

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good good but too noisy in main room. Cool vibe
  31. AM

    AmandaM

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    I've been here more than once (when it was 5Church) and had a great experience. We did sit in the bar side of the restaurant before and I really think that makes a difference. My most recent visit was with a friend for a girls trip and we ate in the smaller section away from the bar. The waiter was very quiet and didn't really offer any suggestions or say much of anything. The apps, drinks, and main course were great (I HIGHLY recommend the homemade braided ravioli) but other than that, the overall experience was "meh." Not what I was hoping for.
  32. F

    Foodjunkie

    Chicago

    45 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The venue was very cool looking and interesting. The apps were amazing, lavash and pimento spread and Arancini. The entrees we had were average. Our waiter was very helpful in selecting food items.
  33. N

    Nikki

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, incredible atmosphere, and friendly service!

    Church and Union - CharlestonResponded 5 days agoHappy to hear it Nikki! Hope to CU again soon!

  34. DB

    DeniseB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Loved it here!!! Such a beautiful restaurant with rich history a fun vibe and delicious food!!
  35. A

    Amanda

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Food was subpar. Was shocked with all of he nice reviews was looking for more of upscale casual food options. Id say the culinary piece needs a little work and chefs need to taste their food before they serve it.
  36. ES

    EmilyS

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was incredible! Great choice for a birthday dinner.
  37. D

    Dennis

    Greensboro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    It was hot, loud , fries too crispy, not very attentive waiter, chicken tough.
  38. CP

    CliftonP

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    It took over an hour for us to get very simple meals. (Brunch. Eggs, bacon, grits, a burger and fries) When served it was served cold. We think the food would have been okay if it wasn't served cold. The server was inattentive. They did discount the bill. We had dinner here in July of 2021 and it was wonderful.
  39. KB

    KellyB

    Houston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My husband and I came here for brunch on a Saturday. We loved it! The building and overall ambiance is so beautiful! He ordered the shrimp and grits and I had their French toast. Both were delicious although the French toast was a little too sweet for my liking. (I know - it’s French toast :) ) I should have ordered bacon or sausage to offset the sweetness. Overall, a fantastic brunch experience. Great service.
  40. AN

    ANNIE

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was fabulous. My only complaint is that there was no sear on the scallops. Nat our server was very attentive and helpful. Fried chicken and oysters excellent

FAQs

Church and Union - Charleston is rated 4.5 stars by 6161 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 178 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.

  • Private party contact

    Sales Manager: (844) 872-6475

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