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Church and Union - Charleston

4.5
4.5
6530 Reviews
$30 and under
American
A 5th Street Group Concept. New American cuisine served in a casual yet refined atmosphere. Cutting edge design, stellar service, and world class food by Top Chef Alum Jamie Lynch and Executive Chef Alex Spencer are all to be expected.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 116 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Unspecified

  • 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

Experiences

  • New Year's Eve 2023

    $90.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    We will be offering a special 3-course prix-fixe menu on New Year's Eve. Pricing is based off of reservation time + tax and gratuity: -$90: 5-5:45pm -$100: 6-6:45pm -$110: 7-7:45pm -$125: 8-until Reservation includes 1/2 bottle of champagne for parties of 2; 1 full bottle of champagne for parties of 4. A credit card is required to book the reservation and we have a 48 hour, $50 cancellation policy.
  • Christmas Eve | 3-Course Prix-Fix, $75 per person

    $75.00 per person

    Dec 24, 2022 only
    Please join us Christmas Eve for a special 3-course prix-fixe menu from 12pm-9pm. It will be $75 per person and $30 for children 12 and under. Our regular menu will not be offered. A credit card is required to hold your reservation - your card will not be charged for your meal until Christmas Eve . We do have a 28 hour $25 cancelation fee for the holiday. We look forward to celebrating with you and your family.
  • Christmas Day | Buffet, $75 per person

    $75.00 per person

    Dec 25, 2022 only
    Please join us Christmas Day for a special 3-course prix-fixe menu from 1pm-9pm. It will be $75 per person and $30 for children 12 and under. Our regular menu will not be offered. A credit card is required to hold your reservation - your card will not be charged for your meal until Christmas Day. We do have a 48 hour $25 cancelation fee for the holiday. We look forward to celebrating with you and your family.

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What 6,530 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

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  • South Carolina

    Most Booked

  • Charleston

    Hot spot

  • Charleston

    American

  • Charleston

    Most Booked

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  1. AM

    AmyM

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food4service4ambience1
    Be warned that you might not get to sit in, or even see, the church. I was seated in the side room and was told the main area was unavailable (roped off to prevent access) because of an event that was wrapping up. I was placed at a table just a few feet inside the front door in the very cramped and loud side room. You could not hear the music, only the very drunk, large group in the same small room. Maybe this is a better restaurant for groups. I wish I had been told prior so I could’ve chosen one of the many other amazing Charleston restaurants for both food and ambiance, because this was a total miss. I got the 3 course prix fixe which was a good value. Service was professional.
  2. SP

    SPR1

    Detroit

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    The manager did step in because everything we started with was over salted. Unfortunately we just picked at our main courses but then really weren’t great. I ate here right before the pandemic and it was phenomenal but after last night I wouldn’t go back. Honestly, it was uncomfortable sending food back and they graciously tried to make it right but was a waste of money.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and service. Food was great
  4. BR

    BarryR

    Charleston

    66 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    66 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    For the most part, the food was served cold and it was supposed to be at least warm. Server was less than attentive. No need to return. Strange that they share the same kitchen with Tempest and their food has always been exceptional there.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Ambiance nice But very noisy, especially when seated next to loud people with non stop talking ! Asked to move and they accommodated us. Service was very good, and food was good
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great services. Interesting menu
  7. K

    K1234

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service1ambience4
    Service was not good. Waited about 30 min for a drink and had to ask for it twice. Food was so so. There are good reviews about the ravioli but I thought it was undercooked and gummy. Didn’t like that they asked for a ‘kitchen tip’…do they have a hostess tip? Or a manager’s tip? Both the hostess and manager contributed to providing a service, so why don’t they get tips?
  8. JL

    JeffL

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bailey was awesome. Everything was great.
  9. BR

    BrianR

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. One of the best brunches in Charleston.
  10. CS

    CrystalS

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the atmosphere! Service and food were terrific too!
  11. CW

    ChristinaW

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good selection for brunch options, beautiful building with a lot of history.
  12. FK

    FranKeeDee

    Atlanta

    62 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    62 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food3service4ambience2
    We were VERY disappointed in the seating that we were provided ... and the poor excuse/story provided. We arrived 10:00am for brunch and were the 4th group to be seated (we were a couple); they first open at 10:00. We were told we could not sit in the main dining room because there was so many large groups that the '2-tops' were taken - we were therefore then seated in an the adjacent room with no view of the main dining room (and through which all the bathroom traffic flows). We stayed for Brunch about 90 minutes - at least 3x checking the seating in the main room ... I counted at least 4 empty 2-tops for the entire duration of the time we were there. When booking on OT, there was no option to select main dining room. As an improvement in your reservation system maybe options to select main dining room, ancillary and patio could be implemented - many others I dine at provide such options. On the food side, the crab-cake Benedict was to come with asparagus... only after the arrival of the food, and my questioning it, were we told that their asparagus had not come in yet so the kitchen substituted zucchini (yeah, that is almost the same - maybe ask the guest if OK first). We ordered oat milk Latte's and were told no oat milk.. understandable as not everyone has that ... asked then for skim milk .. that too was not to be had..... low fat, nope.... just full fat. The food was OK, but nothing extraordinary ... the main draw is the main dining room and as written above we were not permitted to sit there. A disappointing experience.
  13. E

    Erica

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My second time here and it did not disappoint! Food was great and the atmosphere is incredible.
  14. JD

    JeffD

    Atlanta

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great date spot. Love the look. Dark and moody
  15. AS

    ArthurS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleased that my Love and I took a chance on going her for her birthday. A little shocked at first with the price of the entries, after having the delightful meal and dessert we were pleasantly surprised. Excellent service and the food is really amazing. The coffee and dessert add to the enjoyment. We would recommend this fine establishment to all. Be prepared for a great meal and friendly service with the price to go with it.
  16. JS

    JamieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time there and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The food and the drinks were excellent. The beef rib is very tender.
  17. JL

    JLB1

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect meal at CU. Our server Kayla K was great. Look forward to another great meal there
  18. CC

    ChsCulinaryTours

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a beautiful time at Church & Union! Love the atmosphere, great cocktails, and killer ahi tuna bowl!
  19. B

    Bruce

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Received outstanding service for our dinner. Every time I come back, they have new menu items and I have not been disappointed by any of their selections!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    C&U had overall great vibes! Such a unique dining experience. Everything was great with the only exception being the one ravioli meal I ordered. Decent, just nothing that packed a punch. All other meals had in our party were great. Would recommend this place to anyone and will be back again.
  21. D

    Debbie

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have been going to this location from the beginning when it was a Mexican restaurant! Love it as it is now. Good food & good choice of food. Service was excellent.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very charming and unique place, delicious food and great service!
  23. BH

    BrendaH

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Amazing service and food. Not the best option if you are vegetarian or heart healthy but non the less a great stop on our first tour of Charleston. The building the restaurant is in is a historical and beautiful masterpiece.
  24. LA

    LesA

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Food was delicious! A little loud inside, but over all a great restaurant. Wine selection was phenomenal.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    The food was very average. We were expecting better based on the reviews. I sent back a dish which I have almost never do, it was very salty. The service was ok. The restaurant itself is nice. The environment is pretty cool. But the food felt like tourist trap food.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Great service. Food was very salty. Drinks were good
  27. MF

    MarcieF

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Mike was most attentive to us! He explained the Art of War decor. Fascinating story of how the story appeared on the ceiling. The food was fresh, locally sourced and well prepared although the French fries were average. The restaurant filled quickly. We would return.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and so was the service!
  29. GH

    GaryH

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    We had a 5 o’clock reservation for Thanksgiving dinner, and was seated 5:35. Many patrons were unhappy with the way and there was constant complaining at check in.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    Everything was salty on Thanksgiving day except for dessert
  31. GD

    GregD

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    We were very rushed… dessert arrived while we were still eating dinner and the check was dropped as I was trying to order a 2nd glass of wine. That being said food was good.
  32. LM

    LMKkkkk

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was overall great tasting and attractive. Pear tart dessert was a bust: over baked and tough.
  33. L

    Luvgoodfood

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The overall restaurant was great. Had to wait a bit for our table though it was Thanksgiving, so was not in a rush to be seated. While waiting we hung out at the bar. Drinks were great. Love the atmosphere. Food was for the most part outstanding, though the gravy on the turkey dinner was salty, though my husbands sea bass meal was excellent as was the pasta dish my daughter has. Overall I would definitely go back and try the regular menu. Loved we were not rushed through our meal.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving. Reservation was delayed 30 mins (they were slammed!) but well, well worth the wait. Incredible start to finish. It’s not cheap but everything we had was excellent. Highly recommend.
  35. NB

    NancyB

    Naples

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was very noisy but it has high ceilings so… Food was good and good portions, especially for Thanksgiving. Wine was very pricey - $23 / glass, which is the price of the bottle at the grocery. Otherwise is was fun.
  36. JC

    JamesC

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    Thanksgiving
  37. DG

    DavidG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    A lot of money for food that was rewarmed to the point it was like leather not served fresh. Very disappointed
  38. K

    ezKeeper

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    We went for Thanksgiving dinner. Love the space and ambiance. Service was great. The dinner was too salty however. The beans were inedible and the gravy way too salty. All of the dishes on the plate were over salted. I wonder if the chefs lost his or her palate. Everyone at our table agreed.
  39. O

    Ohio555

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    In fairness, we went on Thanksgiving, so I can’t vouch for regular menu, but service wasn’t the best, took forever for a pri-fixe meal (which was interesting) AND it was a very average meal for the cost. I would try again on a non-holiday.
  40. JE

    JanetE

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Thanksgiving day meal was delicious. There were four options for 3- course meals. Each one was chosen by someone in our party. Delicious all around. Our server was great. Attentive and we did not feel rushed. The high ceiling and stain glass windows in this former church made for a pretty setting.

FAQs

Church and Union - Charleston is rated 4.5 stars by 6530 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 116 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Church and Union - Charleston

32B, N Market Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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

    American, Unspecified

  • 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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