East Bay Meeting House Bar & Cafe

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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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Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was fantastic and the service was exceptional. We had family in town from Michigan and they loved the experience.
Thank you.

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal I have had in Charleston. So delicious from start to finish. Very friendly awesome quite atmosphere.

OT
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful quiet dinner with my husband and parents. Very quaint and intimate spot. Delious cocktails, apps, entrees and desserts.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an absolute gem of a restaurant.
Having dined there for dinner, food was fantastic and the restaurant had a lovely ambience to it.
We were greeted by the owner on arrival who is clearly very passionate about the business he is running. This shows in the quality of the food & service.
Absolutely delightful!!!

G
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very quiet --- classy --- not your usual Charleston menu. Pleasurable evening.

DL
Charlotte
92 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Had 7 pm reservation which was required because it’s a very small place with about 8-10 tables and a bar in the same room. Only one very casual server and the bartender who also had to serve. However food was excellent. Even the bartender told us to not evaluate them by the service. The food was actually excellent though my mashed potatoes were cold but perhaps that’s because it sat while the one server was running around. Took 30 mins for our appetizer and 1 hour for our meal. Fortunately due to the close quarters we had good conversation from the couple at the table next to us.

L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place was great. The food was great. The owner was a pleasure to talk to. We would definitely eat there again

AJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and charming bartender! Smoked trout and lobster ravioli were delicious!

DC
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beyond great reviews, I had little to go on that would have set my expectations, so I suppose I can best describe my experience as "wonderfully distinct." My wife and I had brunch here, and though the food was very good and the cocktails anything but watered down, it was nothing traditional that shaped my opinion. Rather, what will always stick out in my memory about this place is the vibe...the incredibly relaxed vibe. My spinach-artichoke infused omelet was excellent, but I came away from the experience with an inside joke with our server and a new signature family-gathering shot (green tea), and I was not over-stimulated by a ton of surrounding activity or an implied rush to get us out of there to make way for the next wave of patrons.

CJ
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Very quiet and romantic. Enjoy dinning at East Bay each time we visit Charleston.

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The spinach and artichoke dip stuffed omelette was fantastic.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday - we had a great time!!

OR
Baltimore
118 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed a great early morning breakfast- would return & recommend!!

DM
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have NEVER been disappointed with dining here. Meals were spectacular during Restaurant Week and certainly did not disappoint recently.

JS
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice casual spot in Charleston. Tasty food!

D
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Loved the quiet atmosphere so it was easy to have a conversation. I will come back the next chance I get to return to Charleston!

HH
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Would definitely go back.

MM
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food and great service. You must have reservations, small seating area but perfectly located in the heart of Charleston.

TB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great and the food was delicious. Ambience was nice.

MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We ate there for breakfast on two of the days we were visiting Charleston. We chose it because it was the closest option to our Airbnb, and we were happy we found it. It's a nice place with a small menu but good food. Just two blocks down from Market Street on East Bay, so we avoided the 30 - 60 minute wait for a table at the other places we tried to get in on other days. Its location is convenient to sightseeing, between the east end of the Charleston City Market and Waterfront Park.

W
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was very attentive. When we made the reservation online, she saved a great table for us. There is outdoor dining available as well.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, friendly service and delicious food. We were looking for a meal on Easter and wanted to try a new place. Stumbled upon this gem and we're delighted from the start. Smaller restaurant, more intimate setting, very friendly service.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stumbled upon this restaurant last minute and will definitely be back again next time we are in town. The owner was very attentive and our kids loved him. Highly recommend.

C
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food with personal service and a homey environment. It was apparent that the food was personally prepared and very fresh for each of us. We would recommend the East Bay Meeting House Bar & Cafe to those who want great food and a good experience in a small, quiet environment in Charleston.

OT
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must eat place on every trip to Charleston. Such wonderful food at any time but, brunch on Sunday is a must.

J
Nashville
39 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great breakfast find. Excellent crepe and a quaint little ambiance.

JH
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, nice stop on E Bay Street, good place for quiet date, not overpriced. Lobster ravioli was excellent. good selection of wine, and some french Kronenburg.

o
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In all my years to Charleston, I cannot believe that we have never tried this restaurant before now. It was wonderful!!! I will definitely be back. Service, food, wine...all was exceptional!

TF
New England
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the intimate atmosphere and attention to detail at the East Bay Meeting House. Plus the food is really wonderful - best creme brulee we've ever eaten.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the BLT and it was delicious. It was not crowded, around 11:30 a.m., so it was a very quiet lunch.

SN
Omaha
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, impeccable service, wonderful dining experience. Highly recommend the East Bay Meeting House for an intimate dinner or fine luncheon experience. Great East Bay location.

KM
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always make a point of eating at East Bay Meeting House when I visit Charleston. The hard part is deciding whether to do happy hour, dinner or afternoon tea. For the location and quality of the food, the prices are exceptionally reasonable. I can't say enough about my favorite (the pork medallions with fruit). My daughter had the lobster ravioli and it was excellent as well. We love the gorgonzola, fig, pecan appetizer and managed to make room for a decadent piece of chocolate cake as well. Such a little gem I am delighted to have discovered. Amazes me how such a small place with a small staff can put out such quality and elegance. Love the ambience.

CR
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy our experience at East Bay Meeting House. Relaxed, quiet atmosphere, great food, service and cocktails make it a favorite of ours

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service, and excellent value. We will be back. Thank you Robin.

OT
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was declicious; however, the service was poor. The server seemed miserable and was rude.

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing little place perfect for Date brunch.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always great brunch

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall, a memorable dining experience.
Delicious food, romantic ambiance - noise level - low.
Great venue for date night.

OT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very helpful and accommodating. Nice presentation.

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and service. Small location. Overall great experience.

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