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Church and Union - Charleston, Charleston, SC

Church and Union - Charleston

4.4
4.4
8011 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
A 5th Street Group Concept. Modern-American cuisine served in a casual yet refined atmosphere. Menu by Executive Chef Doug Watson & Bravo Top Chef Alum Chef Partner Jamie Lynch.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 173 times today
Experiences are available.
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed 10:00 am–12:00 am Thu, Fri 10:00 am–2:00 am Sat 9:00 am–2:00 am Sun 9:00 am–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (843) 937-8666
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Doug Watson
  • Private party facilities
    Whether an intimate dinner party or an extravagant gala for 250, 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: (843) 937-8666 ext. 3
  • 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, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Mother's Day Buffet | $75 a person, $35 12 & under

    May 12, 2024 only
    Join us for our Mother's Day brunch buffet from 9am-5pm on Sunday, May 12! It will be $75 per person + tax and gratuity, and includes the choice of a Bloody Mary or mimosa. The buffet will be $35 for children 12 & under. Payment is due at the time of your visit. We look forward to celebrating with you!

What 8,011 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

Noise • Moderate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Most Booked

  • Charleston

    Great for brunch

  • Charleston

    Innovative

  • Charleston

    Good for groups

  • Charleston

    Hot spot

  • Charleston

    Great for scenic views

  • Charleston

    American

  • Charleston

    Most Booked

8,011 Reviews
  1. Lydia

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The atmosphere and the building itself was amazing!! 🤩 We got a glimpse of the menu and thought “this is the place!”. Unfortunately, after making a reservation on open table for 8:30 and arriving on time, they couldn’t seat us for another 30 minutes. We had to feed our parking meter 3x while there. It was LOUD so speaking to each other was nearly impossible but I didnt care that much. I was hyped about the meal. Our waiter told us that half the menu wasn’t available, including the two menu items I was deciding between. I chose another. We didn’t start eating until almost 9:30pm. My friend’s meal she said was good. I ordered the crab cake and it was mushy and cold and laced with mayo (which I don’t care for). The side was supposed to be “crispy potatoes and ribbon root veggies” but it was raw thin sliced veggies with a couple potato chips on top. It was too crunchy to eat. A $34 meal was a complete waste. I ate about two bites. Luckily they gave us complimentary dessert (only one though). It was supposed to be tiramisu but it just tasted like white cake and icing. Poor experience. I guess I was expecting too much. Maybe it was just an off night for them.

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  2. CalistaW

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful brunch! Fair prices for yummy food! It was our servers first day and she was great! Loved the atmosphere!

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  3. Devon

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Atmosphere and service was great! Food was meh and overpriced for the quality.

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  4. MichelleK

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Do not recommend. Really bad experience. The server was very awkward and uncomfortable. She forgot to put in the side we ordered and I finished my main meal before it came so I asked to no longer get it. She then offered champagne or dessert on the house but the food and drinks were so bad I didn’t want either. It would have been nice if she had taken the appetizer off the bill instead. The homemade ravioli was more like a tortellini. The cocktails tasted very basic, ordered a whisky one that only tasted like whisky and ginger beer. I can make better cocktails at home. We had a reservation and were seated in the side room so didn’t even get to enjoy the church atmosphere which is why I chose this restaurant. It was SO LOUD!! My husband and I were seated in the middle of three bachelorette / bachelor parties. It was an irritating and not enjoyable atmosphere. We regret going and I am so disappointed I wasted one of my dinners in Charleston here. Highly do NOT recommend.

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  5. Brei

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the best time at church and union!! We were celebrating my friends 30th birthday and they went out of their way to make her feel extra special with champagne on the table when we arrived. Our server Madison was amazing she was so sweet and helped guide us through the menu and made sure our drinks stayed full all night. The food was phenomenal from the duck dish to the lobster grits it was hot and so tasty! The manager Lawrencia came by the table to wish her happy birthday and make sure we were having a great time. I'd highly recommend going for any event or even just date night!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience. The ambiance, food and service were 5-star. Looking forward to going back and to the location that is closer to us in Charlotte.

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  7. JimiH

    Charlotte

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was outstanding from Sam! The menu needs to be expanded as there was not much to our liking.

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  8. MichelleM

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Server was great… place was nice way over priced for what you got!! Portions are small and prices are high for what you get

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  9. BethD

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely perfect! Food was incredible and the church is beautiful!

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  10. DorothyH

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were great. Sam our waiter was wonderful. The manager checked in on us and the Holy S&$T breakfast was amazing!! True southern hospitality in a beautiful setting. Highly recommend.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was great. From the location to the service, everything was perfect.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was amazing… one of the best meals I had in Charleston… but the place is quite loud.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Right off the bat, our server was fantastic. But having eaten here before, we were severely disappointed with the food, the overall ambience, and our experience. The food tasted below average and not worth the cost versus when we’ve eaten before, we’ve been obsessed with our food choices and talked about even after dining there. We made a reservation so we’re seated quickly but the place was crowded and not just in the sense of busy with tables, but people standing around the bar crowding our table. Just really was not worth what we paid to enjoy our evening!

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  14. Joseph1

    New York City

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The worst dining experience ever. Crazy expensive and we both got sick. Stay away!!!

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  15. Rinoresident

    Denver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you’re thinking this will be a quiet meal because in an old church, think again! The happening vibe is so much fun and such a great contrast to the setting. We loved it. The food and service were to match- an overall great night - we’ll be back.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    52 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    52 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Friends recommended this, but disappointed. Very noisy, couldn’t carry on a conversation. Good menu served fast, but food quality is a step above pub grub. Good service. In the heart of Charleston. Beautiful building, main dining is not in the great hall shown but in a side room that was once the stable. Our experience turned into an energetic night out, not a relaxing, romantic, nor elegant one.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We originally were suppose to sit outside but we didn't want to be in the sun, so we sat at the bar. The bartenders were very friendly and the food was pricey but very good. It came out super fast. Very enjoyable and very cute touches with the decor.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambiance and environment is absolutely unbeatable. Food was great, we got a couple dishes to share. Our service was the best I’ve experienced in Charleston. Will definitely be returning as soon as possible.

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  19. Coop

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tory was unbelievable, great service and the food was unreal

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  20. Luvs2eat

    Tallahassee

    35 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Not the best night tonight. Service was slow. Food was lukewarm. First time here and in Charleston- unfortunately wasn’t impressed.

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  21. jpl67

    Charleston

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great menu choices, freshly made, attentive service but not overbearing, awesome place to dine.

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  22. Chayzoo

    Grand Rapids

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The building is spectacular! What a story behind the owner and how he renovated.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location, though you would think the setting would be loud, it still feels intimate. As first time guests we really appreciated a complimentary hummus brought to the table. The prosciutto and burrata was out of this world. Our waiter was phenomenal, not a single complaint.

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  24. DonaldC

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service & food. Loved the setting & recommend checking it out.

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  25. PatH

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waiter was very attentive The entree salads with chicken added were like side salads The chicken had gristle in it that I had to spit out Terrible value for $27 each!!!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful location, staff was very friendly and helpful. We were seated quickly and server was very attentive. Nice variety of food. Everything was quick and tasted good.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We were honestly disappointed. We’d been told by several people we had to eat here! I’m hoping it was just an off night for the restaurant/chef. None of the dishes stood out, we weren’t seated for our reservation for over 30-minutes, and while we were treated to a couple of appetizers for the delay, it set a low bar from the outset. The hummus was delicious, everything else we tried was just a poor version of what it could be! Muscles were tasteless and in a weird broth, meatballs were really dry, truffle Caesar was kinda wilted/soggy, and the kitchen had run out of the ravioli we were most excited to try. The 3 cocktails we had were pretty good, but nowhere near what the Dewberry/Citrus Club serves. The interior is gorgeous and the staff were nice. But based on this experience we won’t be back anytime soon. Bummer!

    1 person found this helpful

  28. FShah

    New York City

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was excellent. The appetizers were delicious especially the ravioli. The entrees were just ok. We had the poke bowls which tasted really good but the ratio of rice to tuna was too much. Cocktails were tasty. We were seated on the other side of main area. Very noisy and the AC was on and was cold and loud.

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  29. McMom

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal. Thank you Shelby for wonderful service and care!

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  30. SueD

    New York City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing, it came out of the kitchen so fast. Service was excellent. It’s my second time there for brunch and I will return again!

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  31. JenniferP

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Late reservation at 9:15pm. Didn’t seat us till almost 9:46. Had to send 2 meals back, one room temperature, one very small filet, end piece. Other steak was over cooked. They did comp one meal and replaced the other so very accommodating and apologetic. Manager came out as well and apologized. We were a large group and they seated us in the very noisy bar area so we couldn’t hear each other which was a bummer. The roasted salmon was outstanding and my cocktail was made to perfection! The decor and structure/building/decor almost leaves you speechless!

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  32. EdwardL

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Did not enjoy having an important dinner for our 40th anniversary in a seating that is reminiscent of eating in a cafeteria. Tables were positioned for maximum occupancy. Any personal conversation was shared with the tables on either side of us. Music was tasteful, however, it was so loud that any conversation was impossible. I am not sure what the waiter said... he could not be heard over the music. The entrees were approximately $50 each. The scallops I had was seared only one one side. We did not stay for dessert.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious, great music, wonderful service, and would go again - and I might hahaha

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is delicious. Ordered burgers, avocado toast and praline French toast during brunch on a Saturday. It was busy but easily doable for a last minute reservation! Service was good. Our waiter was friendly. Drinks were good! Atmosphere is neat and beautiful. Definitely recommend making reservations!

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  35. HonestDiner

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I really really hate to say it, but I’m hoping that the kitchen was having an off day. We ordered the Huevos Rancheros and the Southern Breakfast, which came to our table in about three minutes. Literally. Was very obvious that everything was pre-baked, pre-cooked, etc and they just “warmed it up”. English muffin. Warm and dried out. Chorizo. Dried out. Home fries. Barely warm and dried out. Tortillas. Dried out and falling apart. Eggs. Far too runny. Obviously, it’s a great space, but the food was an absolute disappointment. We understand that it’s a big space and cooking for 100+ people isn’t easy, but it’s not an excuse. Need to find a way to do better. Sam G, our server was lovely though. Cheers to him.

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  36. jereree

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waitress was fantastic from giving stickers to the kids to being on the spot with drinks, etc... Food was great for an early lunch and it was nice being able to eat and walk out the door into the market. Thanks!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and drinks and suburb service! We had such a great time and the atmosphere and vibe is soo nice!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, large portions! The service was friendly and the restaurant is beautiful.

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  39. Gemlady

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Manger checked on us as my friend has pepper allergies. Very accommodating. Food was hot and good. We had steaks. My husband loved the lamb burger. Server was new but tried. For the most part my water glass was kept full. Loved the interior. I def eat here again. I did think $19 for a salad was a tad crazy but the steak was reasonably priced. Hope you enjoy eating here. We did.

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  40. TrishW

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice quiet dinner. Good food. Great service.

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FAQs

Church and Union - Charleston offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 937-8666.

Church and Union - Charleston is rated 4.4 stars by 8011 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 173 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Church and Union - Charleston

32B, N Market Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    N. Market Street and East Bay Street
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Charleston
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed 10:00 am–12:00 am Thu, Fri 10:00 am–2:00 am Sat 9:00 am–2:00 am Sun 9:00 am–12:00 am
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, 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, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Doug Watson
  • Entertainment
    Live Music Wednesday's 6PM-10PMLate Night DJ 1Saturday's: 10PM -2AM
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (843) 937-8666
  • Private party facilities
    Whether an intimate dinner party or an extravagant gala for 250, 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: (843) 937-8666 ext. 3
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