East Bay Meeting House Bar & Cafe

4.5
283 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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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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StraussFan
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

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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Scott
Charleston
24 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute little place with very friendly and professional staff!

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We didn’t even have a chance to have lunch. The

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

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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vipMareidy
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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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vipThomasH
Charleston
39 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this Parisian-style cafe!

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LisaS
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and exceptional service(Robin was awesome!). Definitely will visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent atmosphere and delicious food

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vipSteveS
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipdiningkev
Raleigh
39 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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stempdog218
New England
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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CathyS
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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JessRud
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

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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Foodlover
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very quaint place. Great service. Food was good, especially fig Gorgonzola app.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very good and food was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve

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vipWillK
E. Tennessee
21 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was great.

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vipKate
Charleston
52 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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BarbaraM
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Was very cozy and food excellent! Very small could be larger!

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FrankS
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very enjoyable visit. Charming and cozy with delicious food.

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vipShannonC
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Great little cafe styled restaurant near the water. Had a nice quiet breakfast on a Sunday morning!

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CherylM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great breakfast. Very fresh. Waitress exceptional. Will be back.

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BillD
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem of a restaurant. Owner, Robin, was a delight to talk to after dinner. Pork medallions were delicious and nicely presented. Beef Bourgogne was also very tasty. Will definitely return.

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vipThomasM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I made impromptu Sunday Brunch reservations. We really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, deep window sills and a view onto an old cobblestone street in Charleston's French Quarter. Great food and service! The daily specials must be tried and the Fig Terrine starter.

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SydS
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my girlfriend visited on Halloween night. It was very quiet and not busy at all. I had a delicious glass of sparkling wine, the shrimp scampi was yummy, and my girlfriend loved the chicken frances. She also enjoyed a cup of tea. Very cute, small, adorable restaurant.

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LisaW
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Long wait even with reservations but understandable with limited seating. Food was excellent after a long wait. Service was so-so.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu - Great food - Great staff! We had a truly enjoyable time!

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MelissaR
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh and delicious. Very quaint

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EricM
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small, cozy atmosphere...good food and great service

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ThomasM
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have enjoyed this place a few times in the past few years. Every experience has been great a d this one lived up to that expectation!! Erin was our server, she was prompt, professional, and friendly. Our meal was a pork dish and a beef dish, both amazing. This place is a little gem!!

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PhyllisK
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

East Bay Cafe was a great delight! First time we dined there. It was elegant, with white fabric table cloths and napkins, excellent, friendly service. The food was seved at a grat pace, cocktails were delicious. our appetizers and dinners were varied and all prepared beautifully and very tastey. We'll be back again, and will bring our friends!

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viprvdreamin
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and Service... It's our second time eating here and both times were great. Intimate and attentive service...

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vipFoodlover777
Columbus
24 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
Charleston
2 reviews
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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vipJulie
Richmond
15 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!

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 283 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.