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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OT
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and perfect. The shrimp appetizer was so good but what was better was the broth that you should dip the good bread in.

Our server Richard was outstanding! Give helpful ideas to change up a few things to make our night and meals more perfect. I left my desert up to him and he came out with something not even on the menu. As well as you have to try the tiramisu.

NY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always delicious!! Staff is great!!

d
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Absolutely fell in love with this place there was nothing I would’ve changed the food was excellent the wait staff was excellent the owner even came out and asked everyone how they enjoyed the mail I can’t wait to go back!

G
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding

OT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very nice people. Fido’s was Good-plus. Nice downtown street to walk around.

S
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service excellent. My only complaint was the peroni I ordered. It was not served in a peroni glass but one about 10ounces and charged $6, which I feel was excessive.

g
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Typical italian. Menu somewhat limited or would have been great. Fun evening The waiter got slammed when we arrived but handled it well

CA
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food is great. One of the better Italian Restaurants in Charleston (for food). Service was disappointing. Waitress was friendly but our table was never cleaned in between courses so large particles of food were just lying around (not from us, knocked off when the plate when they were changing courses). They did not bring the proper plates for the bread that is served with oil/vinegar so we had to do it ourselves on our own plates. One of the servers touched my fork on the end I was (supposed) to eat off of. Another server dragged her sleeve through the parmesan cheese bowl... Many little things like that made this a below par for what you expect from a nice (higher priced) restaurant. Sloppy is the term I'd use. It's definitely not a quiet place either. We were on a date and like a quiet atmosphere, although that may appeal to other groups so I get that. Overall, good food, sloppy service.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best spot ever 💯💯💯

RS
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fratello's is outstanding. Took my Mom, who loves Italian, to dinner here. Wine cocktails and lots of food. We had the shrimp antipasti, Ceasar salad spaghetti meatball marinara, and beef medallions. Chocolate cake for dessert was perfect.
I was very pleasantly surprised by how little the bill was when we finished and looked it over several times to ensure they hadn't forgotten to charge for something. Very affordable for this level of dining!

RF
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Loved everything about this restaurant except for the noice. The food was fantastic as well as the service. We will go back to dine there very soon.

EG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of six and were seated quickly with great hospitality. Service was timely and the food was very good. Our server was quick to the table and informative of the specials and any questions we had. We love that they offer split on larger dishes. And the fratello salad with chicken is a favorite. This is our go to spot before we attend shows at the coliseum or performing arts center. Happy to recommend it.

h
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Fratello’s used to be one of my favorite restaurants. After a respite of a couple of years, I returned with my husband and some friends only to be disappointed with the quality of my meal. My veal was cold, chewy and veiny. The piccata sauce had little taste. The spaghetti was a lump of sauceless pasta dumped on the side. I should have returned the whole thing. My husband’s linguine with seafood was much better as was a friend’s eggplant parmesan. However, the restaurant just didn’t have the feel it used to have. We won’t be back.

OT
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We are so happy to find a good Italian restaurant in Charleston. My husband loves eggplant lark and he was happy.

Service and food all excellent and outstanding. Cannot wait to return. You will be happy after eating here. Yummy

HM
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed the food and the atmosphere and the service was excellent. We will certainly be going back!

G
Columbus
26 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went last week for the first time. Everything was so excellent we went back again a week later and had the same fantastic experience. Our new favorite Italian restaurant.

t
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Our waiter Johnathan took great care of us.

OT
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! A Charleston favorite for us!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I love Italian food in this restaurant absolutely is one of the finest in the Tri-County area. A delicious lasagna, so big we had to bring some of it home. Fantastic service and a very reasonable price. A really great Italian restaurant!

CG
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group of 5 visited this restaurant while visiting Charleston over the weekend. Great ambiance, delicious food and a very attentive waiter (Preston)! Thank you.

CK
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience1

Very dark..honestly could not see menu or food..finally moved to a table with a lamp..This needs to be corrected! Spaghetti and meatballs..meatballs good..spaghetti did not have enough sauce..veal, both Marsala and picatta dry....not our best experience!

TB
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never had a bad meal at Fratellos’s they have wonderful dishes and it is in a great location.

FD
Charleston
23 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
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
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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

OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
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
26 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
20 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.

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food and experience. Wish menu was more robust with classics.

g
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent experience! We will be back !

OT
Montreal
2 reviews
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