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East Bay Meeting House Bar & Cafe, Charleston, SC
East Bay Meeting House Bar & Cafe, Charleston, SC
East Bay Meeting House Bar & Cafe, Charleston, SC
East Bay Meeting House Bar & Cafe, Charleston, SC
East Bay Meeting House Bar & Cafe, Charleston, SC

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

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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

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

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

NoiseModerate

305 Reviews
  1. Nikki

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    London

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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

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  3. Sparky

    Charleston

    21 reviews

    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  4. RichardS

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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

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  5. HelenH

    Cleveland

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was excellent. It was very quaint and the atmosphere was wonderful. We would go back without hesitation.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quickly seated and waited on. Salad was crisp and easily enough for two. Crab cakes and she crab soup were amazing!

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  7. bburns

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Service was terrible and wait staff was rude. Food was exceptionally terrible, I will not return nor recommend to anyone.

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  8. KarenK

    Atlanta Metro

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great intimate experience. I would have appreciated a larger menu selection. Desserts were exceptional.

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  9. MaryH

    New York City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best overall experience so far in Charleston (lived here 2 months and trying all the “popular” spots) . Limited menu but excellent ! And best service.

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  10. flotown

    Charlotte

    87 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    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

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  11. BillJ

    Richmond

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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  12. anne

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for a quiet night out. Staff was very friendly.

    1 person found this helpful

  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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 !

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  14. RO1838

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very pleasant staff and great service. Food was very good and appropriately priced. Wold recommend.

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  15. Tomcat

    Charleston

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Small but great restaurant . Enjoyed the meal and easy discussion with friends.

    1 person found this helpful

  16. TomD

    Charlotte

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  17. JasonR

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    must have had a disaster in the kitchen. We ordered and an hour and half later only received our charcutier board appetizer

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time at East Bay Meeting House and we will be back. Ivy was very friendly and attentive. The food was fabulous!!!!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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!

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  21. StraussFan

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  22. Scott

    Charleston

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cute little place with very friendly and professional staff!

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  23. Brad

    New York City

    125 reviews

    5.0

    125 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We didn’t even have a chance to have lunch. The

    1 person found this helpful

  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    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!”

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  26. Mareidy

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They were short handed that Friday night, but the sole waitress did a great job covering and keeping up with the busy tables.

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  27. ThomasH

    Charleston

    47 reviews

    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this Parisian-style cafe!

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  28. LisaS

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal and exceptional service(Robin was awesome!). Definitely will visit again.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent atmosphere and delicious food

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  30. SteveS

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  31. diningkev

    Raleigh

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent. The latte was one of the best I've had. It was a perfect late morning breakfast.

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  32. stempdog218

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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

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  33. CathyS

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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!!

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  34. JessRud

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  35. Visitfoodgem

    Pittsburgh

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very quaint place. Great service. Food was good, especially fig Gorgonzola app.

    1 person found this helpful

  36. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was very good and food was excellent

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    New Years Eve

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  38. WillK

    Charleston

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was great.

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  39. Kate

    Charleston

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

    1 person found this helpful

  40. BarbaraM

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Was very cozy and food excellent! Very small could be larger!

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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

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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