Fratello's Italian Tavern - Park Circle

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$30 and under
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Italian
Fratellos Italian Tavern is an American Italian restaurant located in Park Circle featuring Italian comfort cuisine with a menu driven by local seasonal ingredients and a homestyle feel. The word Fratello in Italian refers to fraternity or brother. It is this bond that our proprietor Richard Tuorto and Chef Kevin Bruntz had in mind when they shared favorite family recipes to create a unique dining experience.
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FD
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Two of us dine out frequently and we appreciate good food and service in the Charleston area. Sadly, Fratello's Italian Tavern was a big disappointment. Johnathan, our server, was attentive and answered our questions.

We started off with:
Calamari Fritti
Crispy calamari tossed with sliced sweet or hot cherry peppers. – $13
This dish was tiny, really skimpy. I mean really insubstantial for two to share.
The squid was almost paper-thin but nicely dusted with a crispy batter.

Next, we shared:
Caesar Insalate
Crisp romaine, garlic herb croutons, pecorino romano, tossed in house-made Caesar
dressing. – $11
This dish was greatly overwhelmed with dressing and cheese. Way too much of both. It was almost inedible.

Next, one had:
The house special, Seafood tossed with Linguine in a red sauce. - $28
This diner enjoyed this dish.

Next, one had:
Veal Picatta
White wine, lemon, garlic, herbs, capers, and butter. -$24
This diner said it was dreadful. The sauce of lemon and butter was overpowering. Almost greasy and bitter. The veal was not pounded thin as specifically requested to the waiter. Instead, it was lumpy and chewy and unpalatable. This diner did not finish this dish. The side of angel pasta was served with marinara sauce. The pasta was not al dente and the sauce was thick and gooey.

One diner had two glasses of Chianti and the other had a soft drink.
The total bill was over $120 with tax and tip.

CD
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I can't think of an Italian restaurant in the greater Charleston area that I like better!!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Veal was very good. Much better than the apps and salad.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great!
Service was excellent
Neighborhood feel

VQ
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A bit noisy ! Service and food were excellent

OT
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. Very satisfied!

T
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent find in Park Circle. Great locals spot to enjoy fantastic Italian cuisine.

GC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Special occasion not acknowledged even though on reservation.

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate here with the family for dinner on NYE and we all thought the food was AMAZING! The service was prompt and attentive. Our waitress was very understanding of allergies at our table which was much appreciated. It was a great experience dining here!

JD
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The eggplant was excellent!

OT
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great night, thanks!

MM
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food at Fratello's is close to the Italian food from the New York metro area. Servers were very attentive. The only criticism is that the tables are too close together.

g
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent experience! We will be back !

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lasagne

L
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding. The food was excellent. The deserts were outstanding. Would definitely recommend this place for fine Italian food!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food! Nice staff. A bit loud if you’d like to have conversation.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and service was stellar homemade marinara sauce was amazing. Great for dates

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The meal and experience were good. The stuffed mushroom appetizer was our favorite. The restaurant is pretty load though. We probably would have planned to come back but when we were about to leave a staff member came over to us and soured the experience. We are brand new parents and wanted a nice night out with our family and new baby. The staff member thought it was funny to tell us and the people around us that we needed to be “better trained” because it shouldn’t take two of us to get the baby loaded up. It was embarrassing and uncalled for. We will spend our hard earned money and special nights out elsewhere moving forward.

B
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Average food but good value and fabulous friendly service. It's old school Italian in a neighborhood setting.

EA
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table was the one making it a little noisy in there😊

This place is wonderful, the service the best!

AI
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was plentiful and very good. Would definitely visit again.

SF
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hostess was Michelle and she was outstanding. Also waitress was really great and recommended good items. Staff and food was really great. Well trained and very nice. Will be back..................

BB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Usually love this place but ordered one of the specials and was underwhelmed. Part of it was cold and when I asked, the waiter said it is supposed to be that way, but it was icy cold. Took it home to try and eat and still not good. A lot of $$ to not even be able to eat it.

OT
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious. I have a suspicion that someone with a more refined palette might find it a tad bit oily. Charming date night atmosphere. Server was friendly. The only real downside was the temperature. It was unpleasantly warm.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Have had dinner there many times but my first time having lunch and should have realized they are as generous we their lunch as they are with their dinner servings. Service and food are always terrific. I would highly recommend this restaurant for any Italian Food lovers.

PM
Charleston
48 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We very Mich enjoyed our meal at Fratello's. I started with the Italian vegetable soup which was delicious and then shared the Fratello said with me wife that was also very good. My main course of lasagna was good although I should have preferred the sausage be ground instead of sliced. Mt wife's chicken caciatory was excellent. The best was the tiramisu along with a good cup of coffee for me and a cappuccino for my wife. Our server did a great job. All told with a glass of wine and a cocktail it came to a reasonable $120.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome food. Best Italian restaurant in Charleston.

AB
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We loved our experience at Fratello’s! Our server Jules (Jewels?) was so sweet, our food was delicious and the chef and manager both came over to check on us while we were dining! Impeccable service and teamwork paired with yummy Italian made for a memorable meal! So glad we stopped in!

B
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were not sure that Fratello's was the level of what we usually expect. We were both extremely happy with the experience. Arron our waiter was beyond attentive and steered us in the right direction. The service was excellent and our meal consisted of a mushroom appetizer and the daily special, mahi-mahi on bean salad. This was as good of a meal we have ever had. The chef Kevin came to our table to check things out to be sure our experience was first class. We would have had a hard time finding an experience as good as this one 10 miles to the south in downtown Charleston.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a wonderful dining experience! The food is outstanding!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My husband and I went doe our anniversary and it was very good. The drink selection was unique. The food was plentiful with amazing combinations of flavors. I recommend for any special occasion! Bon appetit!

OT
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

c
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best veal parm in the city! Eggplant is great as well. Enjoy going there each and every time.

DM
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy the food at Fratellos every time we dine there. If you can somehow leave room for dessert the Tiramisu is amazing. The service is very good and if you’re a regular they treat you like family!

F
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience3

The food was average this trip. It seem to have HVAC issues to it was warm in the restaurant

LM
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Food and service was not good. We arrived around 4 and all of the employees were sitting at the bar watching tv
Nobody greeted , there was no other customers at that moment. They brought my order and my sons wrong. And the pasta was too hard and cold. The manager apologized and said it was because they were changing shifts. Then she proceeded to explain how ravioli and tortellini are the same thing and that the Alfredo pasta was supposed to have a minty flavor.
Def not going back or recommending to anybody. I got a gift card for my bad experience that I would not be using.

PS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very much enjoyed our evening and will certainly be back. Loved the variety of the menu.

OT
Richmond
34 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time and won’t be my last, I’ll be back there was so much I wanted to try! I got the nights special I It was delicious! Highly recommend you won’t be disappointed

AW
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Menu variety was great. All entrees were prepared perfectly and were delicious. The bruschetta was not prepared with the ingredients listed on the nenu but our server took it off of the bill. Overall a great dining experience.

FG
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was best we’ve had there in a while. Restaurant was extremely hot.

Please repair/update restaurant

Also, maybe not jam so many tables and chairs in there. It makes it too hard to get into and out of areas especially if you’re elderly.