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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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.5
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4.7
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CJ
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The service was slow and not attentive as you would expect in a small and intimate setting. The starter and salad were good. My wife's shrimp scampi was overcooked - as though it sat under a heat lamp for a while as the shrimp were chewy, the angel hair was tough and the sauce was separated.

CR
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal from beginning to end. Quaint, cozy place to eat with great food and service.

KF
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lobster ravioli I ever had!,Lovely dining experience!

N
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was like discovering a jewel. We had the very best service and the very best food in a charming intimate setting. All 4 of us declared it our best dinner experience in Charleston!

TK
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire evening was perfect. The food was indescribable. We had the pork medallions which were perfect! And the desserts incredible!

OT
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

My friend wanted to only order quiche for dinner and was told it was not an dinner meal and that our reservation would be cancelled. I ordered a dinner salad so they allowed us to stay but the owner came off rude

East Bay Meeting House Bar & Cafe
Responded on October 29, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind review. please let us know the next time you come in and we'll make the experience extra special. Kind regards.

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D
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gem of a place not discovered by the masses. Excellent food and initiate atmosphere of a small French bistro.

TP
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service. Drinks were great. Food was very very good. Quaint atmosphere. Will go back for high tea when I can.

AW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We arrived at a 5:30 Friday reservation to an empty house. We were treated like royalty. The food was ample and superb, and the owner chatted with us at length without being intrusive. If offers very good French fare at very reasonable prices. Some folks were drifting in around the time we left, and a crowded house might change some of my opinions, and I will be back to see if that happens.

J
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine dining experience at very reasonable prices. Our best meal while in Charleston.

CA
New York Area
106 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We went for lunch due to recommendation.
Will not visit again

I had a skimpy chef salad , prepared with Boars Head meat that was $14.00. Really..2 of the 3 salad dressings were not even made in the restaurant.
Husband had curry chicken salad and left hungry .

The menu was limited, over priced and uninteresting.
For $60 with tip we were very disappointed.

I have no idea why the reviews are so good.
Sorry East Bay Meeting House. You should re-evaluate the quality of what you are offering.

CR
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious, and the service was perfect. Thanks for a great dinner.

SV
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our dining experience was so wonderful! The ambience, service and cuisine were fabulous! Recommend highly!

SA
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Prompt and friendly service. Food was delicious. Booking essential as the seating is limited. Full bar service. Highly recommended

AD
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

DL
Charlotte
92 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DC
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The spinach and artichoke dip stuffed omelette was fantastic.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday - we had a great time!!

OR
Baltimore
123 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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

DM
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice casual spot in Charleston. Tasty food!

D
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Would definitely go back.

MM
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
39 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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