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Gale Restaurant, Charleston, SC

Gale Restaurant

4.7
4.7
305 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Pizza & Pasta; pan Mediterranean plates using local produce, ingredients from all over & everything weird between.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (843) 818-4977

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Brett Chizinski

  • Private party facilities

    Gale is available for hosting large parties and buy outs from 20-60 people. Special menus can be created. Full bar and cocktail program. Great for sit down meals or cocktail party style events.

  • Private party contact

    Private Dining Coordinator: (844) 558-7577

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Cross street

    Huger

  • Parking details

    Free Parking in the garage attached to the building.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 305 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Fit for Foodies

  • South Carolina

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • South Carolina

    Italian

  • Charleston

    Best Value

  • Charleston

    Fit for Foodies

  • Charleston

    Healthy

  • Charleston

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. K

    Karebear

    New York Area

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First time visiting Gale, a fun, hip, restaurant in Charleston. Although the menu isn’t huge, there’s plenty of pizzas and pastas from which to choose . We even got to meet the woman for whom the restaurant is named. She was charming as is this restaurant!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    It was pleasant. I would go again, but nothing I would especially seek out. Cocktails and mock tails were great. Server was efficient. Nothing bad but nothing exciting.
  3. BP

    BPNL

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. Unique cocktails. Also Easy close parking!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible place , we were happy with this place, when we visited it first time, but second time - food was just phenomenal! Starters were so good, that we didn’t have place for an entrées , so we had to take it home. Highly recommend!
  5. TP

    ThomasP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was very good, noise level was a little high. Service was ok. They were very busy
  6. SA

    SandyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was wonderful!!! Our server was so wonderful as well. So so good! Highly recommend and I never write reviews so you know it has to be top notch! Also I forgot my sweater there and the server called my cell phone immediately to inform me (had out number from reservations). Excellent in all areas!
  7. LJ

    LeahJ

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The space is quite small, hence we were practically touching elbows with the party sitting next to us along the seating against the wall. It reminded me of the movie "Valentine's Day." Despite that, we enjoyed the Margherita and Pesto pizzas we shared as well as the creative and tasty cocktails. I liked the addition of arugula to the pastas, however some in our party did not. Service was a little slow but very friendly and accommodating. We would definitely go back, mostly for pizza and cocktails.
  8. PF

    PaulF

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, atmosphere and service! Would definitely recommend and we plan on returning back.
  9. CF

    CathyF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Asked for a Child’s menu and was told the options , ordered pasta with red sauce and a little cheese it was delicious but actually an adults portion and price.
  10. AC

    ACMom2

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We found this place last minute….but are so glad we did. Best dinner we had in Charleston. Everything we had was delicious but the Papalina pasta was my favorite. Friendly staff, delicious food, great ambience….the location is not downtown but worth the 10 minute drive from our hotel. Highly recommend.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was made with care & love & I will be a regular!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were here with a group of 9 women for a bachelorette party. Gale herself came to our table several times and interacted, checked on us, and even treated us. We all LOVED our experience and highly recommended Glae to everyone we spoke to the rest of the trip.
  13. P

    Patrick

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at Gale as we heard about it from some friends. This place is a gem. Very intimate place with a cozy vibe. The food alongside the friendly waitstaff could not have been any better. Pesto pizza and the Alla Vodka pasta were both 5 stars every day of the week. Craft cocktails were also delicious and the restaurant owner even stopped by to speak with us for a moment. Will definitely be back here!
  14. SS

    SiobhanS

    Western NC

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A group of 6 of us ate at Gale, we reserved our table ahead of time and were promptly seated. The menu is limited but interesting and we enjoyed everything we ordered. The Caesar salad was amazing to start (the crouton crumbles were a crunchy surprise) watch out for the hot pepper , I mistook for a tomatoes and was gasping for water ( which we had plenty of lol). The pizza and pasta dishes were delicious and hey accommodates our 2 kids with a basic cheese pizza which they scoffed up. We ended by sharing the chocolate dessert , crazy delicious and worth every calorie. We tried a couple of the specialty cocktails too. All in all a super find. Casual and friendly atmosphere where the owner greets every table and can be seen bussing tables and Chatting with the regulars . Parking was in the parking garage behind the restaurant and was free (once we found it ) we will be back
  15. SB

    ShellyB

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a fun place that is a little off the beaten path. The atmosphere was friendly, like a neighborhood spot should be. We ordered drinks, appetizers, main courses, and desserts. Nothing disappointed!! Would highly recommend for a casual and relaxed dining experience.
  16. MR

    MarthaR

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amber is amazing and all of the food was delicious!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was amazing!
  18. LA

    LeslieA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was super yummy and the staff was very friendly and had wonderful recommendations. We will definitely go back on our next trip to Charleston.
  19. HS

    HannahS

    Charlotte

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. We had the brussell sprouts and ricotta pasta. Our server did a great job recommending wine to go with our meal.
  20. VI

    VICTORM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Could not get reservations elswhere on this holiday weekend so we tried Gale restaurant. The food and the service knocked it out of the park. We go to Charleston at least twice a year and this restaurant is now on the top of our list. Forget the tourist trap restaurants and give Gale a try!
  21. MS

    MeganS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful food and drinks! We enjoyed the atmosphere and have recommended Gale to all of our friends!
  22. DH

    DavidH

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a awesome time ! Food was delish and service was excellent. It was my husbands birthday , our service surprised us with a tasty dessert. We all sang happy birthday to him ! Thank you will come back when we are down in Charleston again !
  23. p

    partyof6

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The drink master made us amazing cocktails! My husband and I both had the Ricotta Pasta and added meatballs. Both were absolutely delicious with such fantastic flavors! This is a hidden gem, off the busy path of downtown, so easy to park in the garage behind the restaurant…well worth the visit!
  24. a

    am43230

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great wood fired pizza, and love the look and feel of the inside
  25. c

    cftodd

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for belated Mother’s Day date with my hubs. I’m vegan and the restaurant altered dishes to accommodate and all were delicious. I also had a few yummy mocktails. My husband ordered straight off menu and also thought everything was great. The owner Gale came and introduced herself as well. It was a nice meal. Would definitely recommend.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Food was very good! Brussels with feta was creative and delicious! Meatballs and Caesar salad were equally as good. Ricotta pasta a bit lack luster but shrimp was cooked perfectly. Portions generous and pricing fair. Service was very friendly, if a bit overwhelmed. Room okay not very warm but okay. Arrived for an 8:90 reservation and was done by 8:45…with apps, drinks and dinner. Felt very rushed and uncomfortable. Waitress too busy to follow up with more wine suggestions. Would return on the earlier side and sit at bar because the food was worth it.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience, food, drinks, and service!! The owner came and spoke to us as well and she was so sweet! This was a great date night!
  28. t

    thomasc

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've been to Gale several times and never disappointed. Food is always delicious and there are always new options with each visit. I'm not usually one for fancy cocktails but those served here are really outstanding. Service always attentive and atmosphere fun and relaxing.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went on the earlier side, but a great atmosphere and nice team! The drinks were great and so was the shrimp pizza as well as the falafel. Highly recommend trying Gale out for lunch or dinner!
  30. E

    Emsworth

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome all around!!
  31. KD

    KarenD

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Mother’s Day!
  32. SS

    SusanS

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Had an after graduation celebratory diner there with our graduate and family. Great appetizers, entrées, and drinks. I would return and recommend.
  33. N

    Neighbor

    Charlotte

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic!!
  34. JD

    JohnD

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Not near the hubbub of downtown but an awesome restaurant with great Italian food and awesome service from Amber. Free parking in the attached garage was a nice surprise. Our party shared the meatball appetizer, the penne ala vodka, and two of the pizza’s. Everyone raved.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Great service! The chocolate cake was to die for. The pizza was delicious. Highly recommend.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was 👍! 5/6/22
  37. B

    Beerfriend

    Charleston

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The drink menu is long and creative. The food menu is short but every single item was well thought out and absolutely delicious. The Brussel sprout appetizer wasn’t the commonly found soaked-in-soy variety. They were laid over a red sauce & sprinkled with feta. The pizzas crusts made in the brick oven had the perfect blend of chewy, doughy and crispy. The fettuccini with ricotta was circled with cherry tomatoes that had been blanched and popped perfectly when I bit them. I’m sorry we didn’t have time for dessert - but we’ll be back.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    The food was good. The menu should be expanded. Unfortunately the service was off. I am aware of workplace shortages in staff but that wasn’t really the issue. The front door was left open allowing in a continuous stream of gnats and mosquitoes. Swatting fruit flies does not wet the appetite. The serving staff was fairly inattentive to us as she was tending to other large groups. The tables were not cleaned between courses. I was asked to take my silverware off the plate as they cleared the appetizers only to place them on the table as there were no other dishes left. This is not acceptable for this level of dining. The small details make a big difference. I hope these issues improve because the quality of the food is worth returning for.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, service and great atmosphere! Everything was prepared fresh. We couldn’t stop talking about it! Will definitely go back when we’re in Charleston again.
  40. AS

    AngelaS

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at Gale. Great experience. Wonderful spirits and wine. Good food and good service. We will go back.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Gale Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 818-4977.

Gale Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 305 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for Gale Restaurant

601 Meeting St Ste 140 Charleston, SC 29403-6942

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Huger

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Free Parking in the garage attached to the building.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Brett Chizinski

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (843) 818-4977

  • Private party facilities

    Gale is available for hosting large parties and buy outs from 20-60 people. Special menus can be created. Full bar and cocktail program. Great for sit down meals or cocktail party style events.

  • Private party contact

    Private Dining Coordinator: (844) 558-7577

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