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East Bay Meeting House Bar & Cafe

4.5
4.5
305 Reviews
$30 and under
Café
In the heart of Charleston's French Quarter is a cafe described as the marriage of Southern hospitality and European cafe culture. A gathering place for both locals and tourists, the East Bay Meeting House is open daily for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner and all those times in between. Stop in and enjoy our espresso bar, the full cocktail bar, European afternoon tea (by reservation), warming comfort food and decadent desserts. A light bite or full meal, the East Bay Meeting House is the perfect place to relax and be transported to the lost era of salon society.

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2 people

9:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Café, French American, Lounge

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun 8:30 am–11:00 am Brunch Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (843) 723-3446

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party contact

    Robbin Kattas: (843) 303-2847

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Cross street

    Gendron

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 305 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. N

    Nikki

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2021

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great food!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2021

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Upon ordering we were a full informed that several items on the rather limited menu were not available. We ordered other items and after about 15 minutes my husband was informed that his choice was no longer available. I ordered the chicken from Kay’s and he got the shrimp scampi. It appeared that both had the same sauce. It’s not that it was bad although it was excessively lemony but it definitely wasn’t shrimp scampi and the lemon did overwhelm the chicken. We were also charged extra for bread and there wasn’t very much of it as well as being charged extra for Parmesan at a higher rate than one normally does at a restaurant. A lot of the food was really very good and we love the portion size, but the limited options were disappointing
  3. S

    Sparky

    Charleston

    21 reviews

    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2021

    overall2food1service1ambience5
    The service was rushed in spite of their being empty tables. They were out of several items on the menu leaving little to choose from.My entrée sauce was watery however the chicken was delicious and tender. This has been one of our favorite restaurants, but this visit disappointed.
  4. RS

    RichardS

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This has been our second time to enjoy East Bay Meeting House in Charleston, once right before COVID-19 and now that they are back after South Carolina has removed all restrictions, and they have maintained their excellent menu and pricing. Everything about our experience was superb, from the food, the service, to the ambiance, we were extremely pleased. This is a hidden gem in Charleston, with a distinctive European flair, and like everywhere in Charleston at this time, you need a reservation. Don’t pass this place up. People who have lived in Charleston all there lives didn’t know of it, and they run a B&B in the historic district. After we raved about it, they tried it and loved it. It is now on their list of their recommended restaurants. The owner is the chef, so you know they will not disappoint. We loved it before COVID-19 and still love it now. Great food, very reasonable prices, excellent atmosphere, and a perfect location
  5. HH

    HelenH

    Cleveland

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent. It was very quaint and the atmosphere was wonderful. We would go back without hesitation.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quickly seated and waited on. Salad was crisp and easily enough for two. Crab cakes and she crab soup were amazing!
  7. b

    bburns

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Service was terrible and wait staff was rude. Food was exceptionally terrible, I will not return nor recommend to anyone.
  8. KK

    KarenK

    Atlanta

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great intimate experience. I would have appreciated a larger menu selection. Desserts were exceptional.
  9. MH

    MaryH

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best overall experience so far in Charleston (lived here 2 months and trying all the “popular” spots) . Limited menu but excellent ! And best service.
  10. f

    flotown

    Charlotte

    76 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Lovely place for a relaxed lunch with a good friend. It does take a while to get food/service as there was only one waitress, but the place is meant to relax in and have an unrushed lunch. Going at 1215 was very helpful as when we were leaving at 145 several people had to be turned away. Make a reservation
  11. BJ

    BillJ

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a reservation and were seated on time. The service was good but a little slow. The chicken franchese was good and the beef Bourguignon seemed to be a small portion with limited meat.
  12. a

    anne

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great place for a quiet night out. Staff was very friendly.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance, service and food. Small little family restaurant. The menu was different than any in Charleston and it was great. We’ll recommend to family and friends. Look forward to our next visit !
  14. RO

    RO1838

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very pleasant staff and great service. Food was very good and appropriately priced. Wold recommend.
  15. T

    Tomcat

    Charleston

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Small but great restaurant . Enjoyed the meal and easy discussion with friends.
  16. TD

    TomD

    Charlotte

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved everything about this restaurant. The food was great, atmosphere was great, no loud tourists in there. This place became one of my favorite place.
  17. JR

    JasonR

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2021

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    must have had a disaster in the kitchen. We ordered and an hour and half later only received our charcutier board appetizer
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had made reservations a week in advance and thought we were booking the afternoon tea, however we found out that you have to call the restaurant to book the tea. The table next to us had the tea and it looked very good. We were a bit disappointed that we didn’t get to try it, but the food we had was very good. The service was very good. Overall a good experience.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time at East Bay Meeting House and we will be back. Ivy was very friendly and attentive. The food was fabulous!!!!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in town for our daughters engagement and took both of our boys. The food was amazing, but the charming experience is my favorite . Everything was delicious and the service was great! Can’t wait to be back!
  21. SF

    StraussFan

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2021

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    The ambiance is great, but they were woefully understaffed, with the poor bartender doubling as the waitress for all 8 tables. There was no hostess. The food was average - not what you’d expect on East Bay Street.
  22. S

    Scott

    Charleston

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cute little place with very friendly and professional staff!
  23. B

    Brad

    New York Area

    112 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    112 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I only had one night passing through Charleston a d picked East Bay for dinner. We were not disappointed. Good, fresh seafood. Professional service. Nice, casual vibe.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We didn’t even have a chance to have lunch. The
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2021

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    When we arrived the waitress was upset we were there and didn’t believe we had reservations. Then she said loudly to the whole restaurant “don’t let any more people in guys!”
  26. M

    Mareidy

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    They were short handed that Friday night, but the sole waitress did a great job covering and keeping up with the busy tables.
  27. TH

    ThomasH

    Charleston

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this Parisian-style cafe!
  28. LS

    LisaS

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal and exceptional service(Robin was awesome!). Definitely will visit again.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent atmosphere and delicious food
  30. SS

    SteveS

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is lovely ! Small and classic, gives you an intimate and personal vibe...really a fabulous spot and highly recommended. An undiscovered gem!!!
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    diningkev

    Raleigh

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. The latte was one of the best I've had. It was a perfect late morning breakfast.
  32. s

    stempdog218

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was such a nice experience. We went for restaurant week and the menu was limited but very tasty. The atmosphere was great and it was about the dining experience, they didn't rush you or push you out at all
  33. CS

    CathyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From our arrival, till we left, we had impeccable service. Very friendly and a nice, comfortable environment. The food was delicious. Each course was better than the first. We will be back!!
  34. JR

    JessRud

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2021

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    I personally didn't care much for all of the food, but that was completely just personal preference. My husband was over the moon about everything that was served. The atmosphere was amazing and they were able to seat us early, which was very appreciated. Our waitress was dressed a bit unprofessionally in my opinion (very short tight dress, sneakers, hair thrown up in messy ponytail), especially for a more upscale place. But overall, we had a very nice date night and would definitely consider going back. Recommended for anyone who enjoys dishes that are cooked with plenty of wine.
  35. V

    Visitfoodgem

    Pittsburgh

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very quaint place. Great service. Food was good, especially fig Gorgonzola app.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was very good and food was excellent
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Years Eve
  38. WK

    WillK

    Charleston

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was great.
  39. K

    Kate

    Charleston

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been here many times and it never disappoints! We went on Christmas Eve this time since we couldn’t travel hone for the holidays and wanted something special. The owner is always so wonderful in his greeting to us and the space is warm and inviting. We also felt “safe” with spacing and door was open for proper airflow during this crazy pandemic. We enjoyed a five course meal and a lovely bottle of wine. Each course was perfect! Can’t say enough about this place and have already planned our next visit in a couple weeks with friends.
  40. BM

    BarbaraM

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Was very cozy and food excellent! Very small could be larger!

FAQs

East Bay Meeting House Bar & Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 723-3446.

East Bay Meeting House Bar & Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 305 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Google Map for East Bay Meeting House Bar & Cafe

160 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Gendron

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun 8:30 am–11:00 am Brunch Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Café, French American, Lounge

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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