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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vipFoodlover777
Columbus
21 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant and scrumptious food! The decor and furniture was the perfect atmosphere. We felt very safe eating here despite COVID-19.

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JuliusS
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

A great looking quiet spot in Charleston. Excellent ambiance and lighting. The service was friendly and prompt. Everything started great. Our drinks were pleasant and well made. The fruit and cheese board was fresh and well assembled. Our meals, on the other hand, were very sub-par. My wife had the beef bourguignon, and it arrived lukewarm. Somehow the beef, though tender, was very dry and difficult to eat. I had the Chicken Francaise that was tough, served on a bed of mushy overcooked angel hair pasta, and tasted as though the capers might have been an afterthought while the chicken overcooked.
I had hoped for a much better meal that evening and was very disappointed.

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Julie
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A quaint dining experience that we enjoyed very much.

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kmc518
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good, as always! The pain perdu for dessert was excellent! my husband loved his beef bourguignon. I had the chicken francese which was just ok. Next time I will go back to the pork medallions. Staff wore masks and requested guests without one, to put them on. All in all a great dining experience. We will definitely return!

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Mike
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and great service who can ask for more. Definitely will spend some time here again.

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JeanMarie
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent. Hummus and pita some of the best I have had. Caprese sandwich very good. My husband had curry chicken salad and liked it. Its a rather quaint place, not a lot of decor - but quaint in a Charleston way.
But so much of the food on the menu was not available. No chardonnay. But my husband liked the Bloody Mary alternative. The first 2 items I ordered were not available. The first ones my husband ordered were not available. In the end, the food we had was delicious, very fresh .....His salad was full of fresh lettuce. s
So would recommend going for lunch, but don't have your heart set on certain items.
They are still a new restaurant, and I believe will get it all together soon.

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CelenaCR
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!

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bergerqueen
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.

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vipHealthyeater
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Vacation splurge.

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brianc
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional care by owner and staff. Food was fantastic.

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JanetR
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.

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KelliW
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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

Wonderful dining experience

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MichaelH
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great time

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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Julie
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!

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vipLove2dine
New York Area
75 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

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Johnma
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Small portions.

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vipTrishR402
Omaha
32 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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Danielc
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Great ambience. Nice Charleston experience.

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OpenTable Diner
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

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DonnaE
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.

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CindyR
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.

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CraigJ
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.

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KarenF
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Nan33950
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!

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vipTKJMK
Charleston
20 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!

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OpenTable Diner
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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vipDanjsul
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.

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TeresaP
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.

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AllenW
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.

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Jesnebas
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipCATD
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.

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CathyR
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipSuzanV
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!

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StuartA
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

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AmandaD
Charleston
7 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.

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 252 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.