East Bay Meeting House Bar & Cafe

4.7
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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
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner at East Bay Meeting House. it would be wise to make reservations, because they had to turn people away that hadn't made reservations that didn't want to sit at the bar. The food was outstanding, as well as the service. Everything was fresh and everyone ate all of their food. I would definitely recommend it and we will be back!

b
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a find. I have lived in Charleston for a little over seven years and didn't know about this restaurant until a week ago. Same for the other couple we dined with. We just love the cozy atmosphere here, nicely appointed, white cloth table cloths and very comfortable cushioned chairs. This is a big deal for Charleston since so many restaurants here have hard wood chairs and tables with no tablecloth and frankly, very little atmosphere. East Bay Meeting house has all this in spades along with a darling bar area. We had a delicious dinner but I'm excited to try them for breakfast, lunch and high tea as well. There was a darling young girl who was the main server for all the tables as well as the bar tender and she did it all with perfection and ease. The restaurant is very, very small...maybe 7 or 8 tables which can be pulled together for larger groups. We all had great meals and enjoyed the experience overall and will definitely be back.

b
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner was great! Very hospitable a d a joy to chat with!

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional care by owner and staff. Food was fantastic.

JR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful find for dinner before attending the Dock Theater. We enjoyed having a couple of glasses of wine during Happy Hour, quite the deal! The setting, service, meals and dessert were very enjoyable. We would highly recommend East Bay Meeting House for a relaxing evening, wonderful food at a good value.

KW
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

East Bay Meeting House was hands down the best meal we had in Charleston. It was like being transported to a small European cafe. The ambiance was perfection. The wine selection was nice and reasonably priced. The fig terrine was the perfect start to our meal. Entrees were flavorful and not overly heavy like so much of the food in the area. We received kind and knowledgeable service and had a truly wonderful evening. Highly recommended for a quiet romantic dinner.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely meal. The service was great. Very enjoyable.

EP
New England
17 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience

MH
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great time

OT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Appetizers through dessert were very good. First time in restaurant, will patronize restaurant in the future.

J
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for restaurant week and had a wonderful experience. 5 courses and each one was delicious and the perfect portion. I loved every single course! Service was great too!

L
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Everything was plated nicely. My husband loved his beef Bourginon and my pork loin was very tasty but not hot. The dessert crepe was delicious as was the coffee. Would have given 5 stars if my meal was the proper temperature

J
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Small portions.

TR
Omaha
32 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great special menu for New Years Eve. Service and atmosphere were very good.

D
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Great ambience. Nice Charleston experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing little find and the New Year's special was fantastic! Can't wait to go back and try the other items and different meal times

DE
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really like this place. The ample fig and cheese appetizer was delicious. My pasta and shrimp was tasty, and my husband enjoyed the pork medallions. We did not have dessert but on an earlier visit we had Creme brûlée which was terrific. It was a quiet Monday night, but tables are arranged so even if this small place had been full, your neighbors would not be in the conversation. Cordial owner came over to the table a couple of times.

CR
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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.

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
19 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
11 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
108 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
7 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
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

DL
Charlotte
98 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.