Eleve Restaurant & Rooftop

4.2
363 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Rooftop Restaurant, Contemporary French American Cuisine, Featuring Seasonal Seafood and Produce from the Carolinas
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Farm-to-table, Seafood
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Hours of operation
7:00am to 11:00pm Daily
7:00am to 11:00am (Breakfast, 7 days a week)
11:00am-3:00pm (Sunday Brunch)

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Phone number
(843) 724-4142
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Lauren Vershon
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Cross street
Meeting St.
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Parking details
Street parking also available
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Public transit
A CARTA bus stop is right across Meeting Street from the property. Local ped-cabs will drop you off at the front door of the hotel.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 363 People Are Saying
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64% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The place is very attractive and the roof top bar is great. But....it took 1 1/2 hours to get our food. Had to ask for my salad twice. Friend got the escargot it it was horrible. Baked with NO butter or garlic. The lobster soup is VERY spicy. More of a Thai thing. Lamb chops were good but the side of peas and mushrooms had no flavor. Steak was good but the side was shoestring fries. Not worth $38.
Beware..prices are very high for the food that you get. Had to ask 3 times for bread. Seemed to be only 1 waitress for the restaurant and 1 for the roof top bar. Need more competent help. Or a good manager

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place for any special occasion. The food, service, and atmosphere was outstanding!

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ME
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was very good, but everything was very overpriced.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Service was very slow& it wasn’t busy. After our drinks the waiter didn’t ask if we were ready to order or wanted apps, then he didn’t come back for >20 minutes

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GA
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Really horrible food and way over priced. Patio was funky but messy. Not chic as it appeared in photos.

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D
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice dinner ate outside on the deck. The food and wine were very nice.

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CR
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Our waiter was very accomodating; but one of the couples in our group of 8 never got their dinner. We had all finished eating, and their food had still not come out.
The "heirloom" tomatoes on my caprese salad were so hard that I had to chew them, and the crab cake was
over-cooked and dry. My escargot was overly salted, and there was no bread to soak up the juice.

I had to go into the kitchen to look for the manager to ask why one of the couples had not been served yet; and when he came out to speak with them he didn't offer anything in the way of making amends.
These Charleston residents are part of our 30 member happy hour group who have been together since 2003. We try out different restaurants every Friday and either recommend them to our friends or tell them to stay away.

Unfortunately we love the patio and previously had two excellent dinners at Eleve with our group.
It's too bad we won't be going back now.

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NT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Server was the only good experience. Hostess and food was horrible.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great and the food was wonderful! We had the oysters as an app and I had the fig and goat cheese flatbread, it was delicious but the fig jam was a little overwhelming, maybe a little less fig and maybe add some
Prosciutto? Along with all the other components it would be outstanding I think. Other than that I throughly enjoyed my experience and will be back. Also Sarah was our server and she was fantastic!

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MR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been to Charleston many times before but never here. Definitely would recommend- beautiful restaurant, bar and out door space on top of top rated hotel. Food was prepared and presented perfectly. Great cocktails and service. Even good for families- went with my family and little nieces. Restaurant had kids menu and coloring placements for them.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you to Sam who made our night so so wonderful!!!!

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SB
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant and excellent service. Very quiet and easy to converse. Food choices were good. Portions are relatively large. Food was good looking and tasting but not truly outstanding or unusual. Lacked the "wow factor". Prices in line with other top tier restaurants in Charleston, SC. Nice wine selection.

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PG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Total lack of training for an obviously new staff. Cocktail glass had lipstick on it. Waiter left used and food filled utensils between courses. No noise abatement amplified by a guitar player who competed with the entire room.

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K
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We chose it because it was a roof top restaurant but it wasn't much of a view. The tables were along the side of the building and sat low. The plastic saftey glass basically kept any breeze at all from blowing so it was uncomfortable even when the sun went down. Food was good, but if you are going for a pleasent rooftop experience, I would say no.

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DH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 4ambience 5

We went for a bachelorette party and it was a beautiful atmosphere. The menu wasn’t that awesome and the food was just ok but it was very instagram worthy

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Very loud, and food was mediocre. The wagyu carpaccio was excellent and lamb was great. The lava cake was not too fantastic (no lava) just cake on top of Nutella.


We had the lobster soup that did not know what it’s identity was. It didn’t know if it was Asian or French. All the ingredients clashed with each other. The calamari had old oil and you can taste the oil, very sad because we were really excited to have that app. The flamkuchen or thin pizza was called a flambé but there was no flambé of the thin style pizza, which also was drenched in overpowering guyre cheese, and to top it off the lava cake was a cake on top of Nutella spread, not a Nutella lava cake.

Server was very nice, but not a quiet sit down place for sure. We did have an enjoyable time.As for the food, I had to critique a bit.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Sarah was an absolute darling, Thank you for making our experience personal.

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k
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Stopped in for appetizers and drinks before heading somewhere else does a heavier meal. Service was good and there's plenty of space, but the food was just average (and in Charleston there are just too many options for that!). The rooftop lounge area is fun, but the outdoor dining tables are squeezed in workout much of a view

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KJ
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We went to Eleve for my daughter's 19th birthday. She doesn't live in Charleston and found it online. I made the reservation weeks in advance and got reminders and a call regarding the reservation but when we got there they didn't seem to be expecting us and there was no table set for 5. It wasn't a problem because the place was almost empty (Monday night at 7:00) so after some back and forth trying to find a good place to sit that was not on the plastic chairs and tables outside and not at the end a long table for 20 or 30, we finally sat down. It took quite a while until someone came to take our drink order, but our waitress was very good in the end. It seems like the restaurant does not make very good use of the space available, maybe it's intended more as a bar than a restaurant since there are 2 large bars on either side of the room. Only 1 was open this evening. My biggest complaint is that it was the most expensive average dining experience I'd had in a very long time. The entrees are in the $30-$35 range and apps and drinks around $11-$15. Nothing was bad, but nothing was outstanding. For that price, I expected something more innovative. I can see going back on a weekend to have a drink at the bar or sit outside if it's a nice night and we're feeling casual, but can't imagine a time in this city of fine dining where I'd want to go back with a group for a full meal.

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P
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Ambiance: kind of a mixed bag; sports bar, dining room and watering hole (4th floor deck with nice views).
Service: very good, considering. Our waitress, Danielle, was new and I noticed a bit nervous. She was attentive and very cordial. I would certainly ask for her again. I would also suggest more thorough training concerning menu offerings and ingredients before allowing wait staff to work on their own.
Overall the staff was competent and most welcoming.
Dinner: my wife had steak au poivre preceded by the grilled peach salad while I had escargot preceding the wreckfish.
The steak, escargot and fish were all a bit overdone, not to the point of sending back but still a bit overdone. The peach salad with the fig and sherry dressing was a total delight.
I would recommend Eleve to my friends but with the caveat about enjoying a fine dining experience.

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PR
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoy this restaurant, the atmosphere and food are spot on for a nice night out.

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Miami
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It took a really long time to get our food. We arrived at 7:12 and we didn’t get our food until 9:05. We only ordered 3 salads and a soup. The overall atmosphere is very beautiful but it’s extremely slow service and the prices are wild!

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LC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The relaxed atmosphere of the rooftop was the perfect setting for lunch and drinks with my friends.
Even though we are locals it made us feel as if we were on vacation!!

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JW
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we had a fabulous waiter, food was great. A little pricy but worth it!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!! The food was extremely fresh and everything tasted as good as it looked.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a 5 star experience here. The food is devine, the service is unmatchable, and the whole establishment was just elegant - wonderful ambiance. Highly recommended.

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

We were on vacation and made reservations and there was no host to greet us. Once a server noticed us she sat us down at a table in the corner. After looking over the menu for about ten minutes there was no one that came to ask us for drinks or to take our order. We ended up leaving and couldn’t even make other reservations because it was late and a wait everywhere else. Was such a disappointment, could have been a great experience.

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J
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner at Eleve! Great atmosphere and food was great!

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KT
Charleston
44 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

No fireworks... well, yes there were, but not at Eleve. Wanted a high perch for the 4th of July, and Eleve fit the bill.

Must have been understaffed for the evening, because the whole evening was painfully slow. However, the food was excellent, there was a great beer selection on tap, and the people were friendly.

Access to this gem, setting atop the Bohemian Hotel in the heart of Charleston is via two elevators... a bit of a design mystery. But the outside patio sets you just above the trees and historic homes. Not the highest... but just right.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Adam was amazing. He was so efficient and timely with his service. The atmosphere was great however the lighting was awkward and the surrounding entertaining music was weird. Overall, fabulous with service and food.

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P
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We dined at Eleve. Loved the decor. Because it was a Sunday evening, there were few people there. The food was excellent and our server was knowledgeable and nice. After dinner, we ordered a piece of key lime pie and expresso. When it did not arrive after about 20 minutes while servers were standing around, we decided to cancel the order and leave.

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C
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Lovely space. Interesting decor and art. Food was good.
Very slow service considering it was not at all busy.
Water carafe remained empty for a long time until we had to ask for it to b refilled, but we were asked if we cared for more wine.
Remains of a meal at adjacent table left by previous diners was never picked up from floor.
We were asked multiple times if we were done with our bread and we replied multiple times that we were not. That was annoying.
I realize some of these comments are nit picking, but with the competition and caliber of so many highly rated restaurants in Charleston, I feel they are worthy of mention. Sometimes it’s the little things that make one decide it they wish to return to a restaurant.
I repeat, it was NOT busy.

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K
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great brunch location! Delicious menu and drink selection and lovely view.

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and ambiance where great, but our server Sam was amazing!!!

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AN
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Second time there, pleasnt evening
Service has greatly improved since my first visit
The bartender made good drinks and the food was well executed
The server was training a young man, both of them were very attentive
We were there Saturday evening at 7:30 PM

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Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Sam. He's a server. He's The Server. Exceptional. Period. If I had ten Sam's, I'd open a restaurant. Beyond Sam, the roof is great, the food was hot, fresh and delicious!

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m
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous, fresh food! We were pleasantly surprised by the excellent food at this rooftop restaurant over the Grand Bohemian Hotel. The gruyere skillet bread is a ‘must’ order and the salads were delicious and refreshing. The ambience and service are also wonderful and there is an outdoor terrace as well.

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J
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Great setting but very slow service. Our food was very good.

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Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Our waitress Benita was excellent! The food was amazing!

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F
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Wonderful sunset over the city ! Great Breeze and the food and drinks were delicious!

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