Gabrielle Charleston in Hotel Bennett

4.2
35 reviews
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Contemporary Southern
Gabrielle Charleston marries Old-World allure with the character of the South within an elegant and inviting atmosphere overlooking Charleston’s historic Marion Square. Drawing from his culinary background working extensively in both Europe and New Orleans, Executive Chef Michael Sichel has developed a menu that is inspired by the bounty of Coastal Carolina.

Featuring the city’s finest outdoor dining terrace, the refined and lively restaurant is classically Charlestonian, serving guests daily with quintessential hospitality, warmth and grace. Arched floor-to-ceiling windows ascend over the restaurant’s exquisite bar, serving craft cocktails, shimmering oysters, Belgian frites and more. Beyond, the enchanting two-story dining room delivers intimate spaces, fine wines and premium cuts of steaks and sustainable seafood – creating an experience exclusive to The Holy City.




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JR
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ross and the staff took care of us. Kudos to the back of the house as well - food was phenomenal! Looking forward to another meal at Gabrielle

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TK
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing ambiance and wonderfully creative food.

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OT
Charleston
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Service, Great food that brings Louisiana flavor to Charleston.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal we’ve had in a long time! Chef Michael is a genius!! The service was excellent with Benjamin and the host and hostess could not have been kinder. Highly recommend!!!

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible! First class! Everything was amazing! If you haven’t been. Go!

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CL
Charleston
50 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting...wonderful service....simply terrible food

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q
Charleston
33 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely dinning experience. The food was excellent. Brandon and his assistant Alex we're not only attentive, and efficient but also knowledgeable and fun to talk with. The entire space was lovely. A number of people have complained that the with of the tables for two we're too wide, but we found it refreshing to have enough room on the table for your plates, bread, and wine without everything being crammed together. I would highly recommend this restaurant and plan to go often.

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d
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our first experience at Gabrielle in Hotel Bennett. The restaurant is lovely, as is the hotel. We are looking forward to spending time on the outdoor patio in the months to come.

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l
Charleston
192 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was part of our wonderful first stay at Charleston's luxurious new Hotel Bennett, which is highly recommended in every way, including the rooms, the amenities, the lounges, and the dining. We enjoyed a light dinner (we were in town for another helping of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival) at Gabrielle Charleston and loved the entire experience. We particularly recommend the "Lamb Journey," featuring many cuts and preparations. We look forward to returning to explore even more of the menu!

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KG
Charleston
119 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dining experience tonight at Gabrielle! I loved my wild mushroom soup! The bread was tasty along with the homemade butter! The raw oysters were tasty along with my steak! The Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley was a home run!

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my birthday dinner and the food and service was excellent.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful hotel, pricey!

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A
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I will go back but the food was just OK. My steak was very good. My wife's snapper was too heavily salted and my mushroom soup was overly thick...and I like thick soups.

I will say breakfast the next morning was outstanding.

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G
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Much more expensive than anticipated. Excellent meal but not for the price

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CD
Charleston
37 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Beautiful interior, food good, servers were very pleasant, but overtaxed. Pricey

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F
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

50th Birthday

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Wanted to love this place, but dissapointment doesn't begin to describe our experience. Oysters Rockerfeller were mediocre at best, fried shrimp were overcooked and strange breading, Eggs Bennett "medallions" unrecognizable. Only saving grace were the Escargot, which were out of this world.
Decor is downright awful, lighting way too bright, noise level way too high and tables for two are so long you have to yell. If that wasn't bad enough, the cielings have some kind of strange rhinestone chains and tassels, reminiscent of a strippers ensemble ordered from K-Mart. Have no idea who did the design, but they should be ashamed of themselves. Won't go into service, as it's new and obviously still a work in progress.

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t
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Suffering growing pains as staff and food was pleasant but not at level of pricing which is at top of area five star restaurants.

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LJ
Charleston
29 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Not very good food or service, and the atmosphere leaves something to be desired too. I thought that I must be hearing music from the street through an open window, when I noticed some kind of techno-house music totally inappropriate for dining.
The bread service was good, the foie gras appetizer was very good, and the 2 amuse bouches, served to me by 2 different waiters with 2 different descriptions, were nothing special and similar to a typical seafood salad. But the fact that I received the same course twice, in a not busy dining room, gives a view of the service. A half full water glass wasn't refilled until I requested it.
The green beans were overcooked and the waiter said he would replace them but came back with Brussels sprouts because all of them were "already blanched. " By then I had gotten to the raw part of my fish entrée and decided to give up on dinner and sent that back too.
I would say I don't know how a chef could serve food prepared that way, I know I wouldn't. But then I saw him shmoozing with a table of four and realized he wasn't in the kitchen while my meal went astray!

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SA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was nothing to write home about. Presentation was so-so. They are definitely still working through the new-ness of the hotel/ kitchen. Cocktails at the bar just outside of the restaurant were good.

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H
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The snapper was delicious and the service was wonderful.

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MP
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Open only three weeks and already the best restaurant in Charleston. We had the prize cut 45 day dry aged bone in ribeye, which was absolutely impeccable, and the red snapper filet which was also delicious. Our server Benjamin, was great, he was very attentive, polite, and had a great wit. We allowed him to pair wine with our menu choice and he did a great job. The entire staff from the moment we walked into the Hotel Bennett seemed to want nothing other than to ensure we had a pleasantly memorable evening. They succeeded in every way on that goal, 10/10 for every part of our experience. We will be returning for many more meals.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Two top tables were so large I had to almost yell to talk to my husband. The fact that they are so close together so did everyone else. Food was good, very overpriced for what you get. Wait staff was knowledgeable and food arrived on time. Would be nice if there was a restroom closer to the restaurant.

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A
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Brand new restaurant, fabulous food, timing and finesse not there yet.

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BM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Gabrielle is a new Restaurant in Charleston only about 2 weeks old so must make some adjustment for it being new and getting into a good flow. We had a pre- Valentine's Day dinner there and were underwhelmed. When we arrived we were taken to a table that had not been cleaned and reset, then moved to another table. All two tops were very wide which made conversing "quietly" more difficult because your dinner partner was so far away. Since we were in a row of two tops we were unwillingly hearing all conversations around us. One of the main dinner entrees (the duck, which is what I was planning to order) was not available. Since we were dining at a reasonably early hour that was a surprise and disappointment. Our waiter was very nice and efficient. Maybe we will try again at a later date however, with so many wonderful restaurants in Charleston not sure.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a treat!

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A
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful hotel! The bartender David was especially welcoming. We will definitely come back!!

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T
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We had lots of problems with our order but the restaurant was quick to refund and make right. We will go back. I think it is grand opening jitters. Beautiful hotel, beautiful restaurant, responsive and courteous staff. A must for all to see in Charleston.

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f
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s a beautiful hotel! We loved the ambiance and service! The staff at both Gabrielle’s and the Rooftop bar was great. The only issue we had was with one of the dinners being served cold. We will try the establishment again in a few months after they settle in a little more.

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OT
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience.

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ET
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding evening! From the moment we walked in were taken care of with 5-Star service. Both of the host staff were great and made the experience top notch!

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LT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although it was the first Sunday Brunch service, the kitchen was firing on all cylinders, putting out elevated modern takes on Southern Classics like Beaufort Oysters Rockefeller, Grits and Grillades, Eggs Bennett, Biscuits with White Sausage Gravy and amazing Shrimp and Grits that arrived de-veined and perfectly poached in a light seafood broth laced with fennel on top of the best yellow grits I've ever eaten. The croissant basket and bite size tarts served to begin and end are an authentic nod to the finest French Pastry. (I heard Chef Remy opened for Daniel Boulud) The Bloody Mary was spot-on and our table agreed the menu is crave-worthy and when the patio opens, reservations for Brunch at Gabrielle will be a hot ticket.

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M
Charleston
27 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was wonderful. A bit pricey but great for a special evening. A great place to see and be seen.

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EG
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

First night they were truly opened and they need to work out the kinks. Has the potential to be amazing but really need to step up the food and service.

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j
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Service a little slow but first week. Soup not hot enough. Noisy when all tables full.

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