East Bay Meeting House Bar & Cafe

4.4
305 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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Nikki
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Upon ordering we were a full informed that several items on the rather limited menu were not available. We ordered other items and after about 15 minutes my husband was informed that his choice was no longer available. I ordered the chicken from Kay’s and he got the shrimp scampi. It appeared that both had the same sauce. It’s not that it was bad although it was excessively lemony but it definitely wasn’t shrimp scampi and the lemon did overwhelm the chicken. We were also charged extra for bread and there wasn’t very much of it as well as being charged extra for Parmesan at a higher rate than one normally does at a restaurant. A lot of the food was really very good and we love the portion size, but the limited options were disappointing

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Sparky
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience5

The service was rushed in spite of their being empty tables. They were out of several items on the menu leaving little to choose from.My entrée sauce was watery however the chicken was delicious and tender. This has been one of our favorite restaurants, but this visit disappointed.

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RichardS
Savannah
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been our second time to enjoy East Bay Meeting House in Charleston, once right before COVID-19 and now that they are back after South Carolina has removed all restrictions, and they have maintained their excellent menu and pricing. Everything about our experience was superb, from the food, the service, to the ambiance, we were extremely pleased. This is a hidden gem in Charleston, with a distinctive European flair, and like everywhere in Charleston at this time, you need a reservation. Don’t pass this place up. People who have lived in Charleston all there lives didn’t know of it, and they run a B&B in the historic district. After we raved about it, they tried it and loved it. It is now on their list of their recommended restaurants. The owner is the chef, so you know they will not disappoint. We loved it before COVID-19 and still love it now. Great food, very reasonable prices, excellent atmosphere, and a perfect location

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vipHelenH
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. It was very quaint and the atmosphere was wonderful. We would go back without hesitation.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quickly seated and waited on. Salad was crisp and easily enough for two. Crab cakes and she crab soup were amazing!

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vipbburns
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was terrible and wait staff was rude. Food was exceptionally terrible, I will not return nor recommend to anyone.

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KarenK
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great intimate experience. I would have appreciated a larger menu selection. Desserts were exceptional.

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MaryH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best overall experience so far in Charleston (lived here 2 months and trying all the “popular” spots) . Limited menu but excellent ! And best service.

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vipflotown
Charlotte
60 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Lovely place for a relaxed lunch with a good friend. It does take a while to get food/service as there was only one waitress, but the place is meant to relax in and have an unrushed lunch. Going at 1215 was very helpful as when we were leaving at 145 several people had to be turned away. Make a reservation

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vipBillJ
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a reservation and were seated on time. The service was good but a little slow. The chicken franchese was good and the beef Bourguignon seemed to be a small portion with limited meat.

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anne
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place for a quiet night out. Staff was very friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, service and food. Small little family restaurant.
The menu was different than any in Charleston and it was great. We’ll recommend to family and friends. Look forward to our next visit !

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RandyO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very pleasant staff and great service. Food was very good and appropriately priced. Wold recommend.

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vipTomcat
Charleston
33 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small but great restaurant . Enjoyed the meal and easy discussion with friends.

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TomD
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved everything about this restaurant. The food was great, atmosphere was great, no loud tourists in there. This place became one of my favorite place.

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vipJasonR
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

must have had a disaster in the kitchen. We ordered and an hour and half later only received our charcutier board appetizer

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
5 reviews
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
6 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
4 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
4 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
25 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute little place with very friendly and professional staff!

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vipBrad
New York Area
102 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I only had one night passing through Charleston a d picked East Bay for dinner. We were not disappointed. Good, fresh seafood. Professional service. Nice, casual vibe.

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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
2 reviews
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
4 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
41 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this Parisian-style cafe!

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LisaS
Charleston
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
40 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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Visitfoodgem
Pittsburgh
12 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
7 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
54 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!

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 4.4 stars by 305 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.