Gale Restaurant

4.6
149 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Pizza & Pasta; pan Mediterranean plates using local produce, ingredients from all over & everything weird between.
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    Sun 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Wed - Sat 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 149 people are saying
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JennH
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

honestly it was a perfect evening and every staff member that approached was amazing.

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vipGOmraju
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Ambiance….noisy if you elect outdoor dining.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from drinks to dinner was fantastic.

BO
BaileeO
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Margherita pizza was INCREDIBLE!! Highly recommend getting it if you go!

KD
KD30
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meatballs were amazing for an app! The ricotta pasta was fresh and fantastic! Margarita pizza was also amazing.

Cannot wait to visit and come back! So authentic!

JB
vipJasroopB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DELICIOUS food, great atmosphere, and friendly service! We will be back!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, drinks and service

SM
SamanthaM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I had in Charleston! This place is a hidden gem!

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BobbyL
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very limited menu, 4 pasta choices and 4 pizza choices. Our sever was very attentive and the food came out quickly but the bartender spilled quite a bit of the "Gale" cocktail yet offered no apology or retaking of the $12 drink.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every bite was delicious. Wine paired lovely. Fun ambiance and environment. Would highly recommend!

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vipBusTraveller
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gale was a great way to kick off our bachelorette weekend. The food and drinks were amazing and the service was great even for our party of 9! Gale herself came around and spent time with us and made the experience really special. I would definitely go back next time I’m in Charleston. I loved how unique the dishes and cocktails were and how much care they were prepared with.

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vipStevenS
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gale was awesome

KC
KimC
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was Italian food with a twist. I would love a cooking class to the make the curry corn and the pasta of the day. Delicious.

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vipkatieb
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gale really went above and beyond for our group. From the outstanding drinks (even one with a fire show!), to the cool ambiance with the old black and white movie playing in the background...we really enjoyed our experience. The food & beverage manager even took a fun polaroid of our group as a takeaway. Highly recommend. :)

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rynochs
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Gale was definitely noisy, but not overly obnixous. I loved that they played vintage black/white movies on the wall. The tables were very closely spaced not idea for intimate conversation. By 7:30p or so, things really started to pick up.

The cocktail list was fantastic. Love the creativity and variety of spirits used. It is no small feat to have THAT many cocktails of their own.

We ordered the faro to start and both ordered a pasta dish. All were good. We also ordered a Margherita pizza to take home (for lunch the next day). Loved the pizza though the sauce was a tad spicy — I enjoyed it but might be too much for others. We also had the "better than sex" cake which was superb, but its naming might be a stretch. 😆

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fresh.

MJ
MarcJ
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We gave GALE a try as part of our desire to visit a new restaurant each week, and it happened to be out 29th wedding anniversary. Noise and limited menu put a small dent in the experience but the food was amazing (albeit, a bit pricey). I’m aware of the increase in food cost and supply issues due to COVID. The real Kudos are awarded to the single server who managed to rock it with 7 tables (2 were 6+ parties)! She was Stellar- just wish I remembered her name!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was a hip hidden gem right outside downtown Charleston. The staff was friendly and the atmosphere of the restaurant was great! Cannot recommend enough the shrimp pizza. Best seafood pizza I have ever eaten!! The pasta is also very tasty. They have a wide variety of unique cocktails as well. Will definitely be coming back to eat when back in Charleston.

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CharlesP
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The food was pretty decent. A little pricey for the restaurant and location. We might have to back for a pizza but more than likely the place will be forgotten as it really was nothing special.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! Made us feel special as guests. Food was fabulous.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Undercooked pizza, overcooked meatballs, gross liquor drinks

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal at Gale! This is a bit off the beaten path but worth it! The appetizers were delicious, drinks were creative and the pasta was outstanding. The owner came around and spent time with all the guests and we did not feel rushed. Highly recommend taking the short drive from downtown.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, can’t wait for our next visit when in town again!

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vipCulinaryQueen
Memphis/West TN
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This little jewel in Charleston is a treat with great music and fantastic southern hospitality. The menu is small but delightful. The dishes combine flavors to be impactful.

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DCfoody
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place with great food, good music and nostalgic movies playing on a huge screen up above! The owner hangs out too! Will go again!

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vipsurprised1
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The pasta dishes we all had were very good, however the portion size could be a little bigger.

EJ
EricJ
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional!! Narrow assortment of culinary creations that were amazing, GET the Brussel sprouts, mushroom pizza and the pasta with marinara and basil. Felt like we were in Milan except the music was better! Great playlist, great food, great staff. Great vibe AND we got to meet Gale! This place was a 100.

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RossT
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small but doesn't feel crowded
Place was clean, fresh, and sheik
Food was INCREDIBLE
Gale, the owner is the sweetest lady that comes and actually busses tables while she is mingling. She is amazing!

Best Italian food I've ever had!

DH
DavidH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food! Loved the atmosphere too! Piazza was amazing !

JB
JennyB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a hidden gem! Stumbled upon this place, and it was such a pleasant surprise. Food was delicious, the people were fantastic. Even though it was a bustling night & they were definitely short-staffed (like all places right now), the staff was smiling, kind, and very engaged. Gale and her husband Tom were there, and we enjoyed talking them and learning the story of the restaurant. Brussels Sprouts were the best I've ever had. A must visit!

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Ultimatefoodsnob
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time trying Gale and I can’t say enough about how good the food was! There were four of us and we shared a Sambal Margherita Pizza for a starter and each ordered an entree. Everything was amazing! The wine list was short but my wine was excellent for a $13 glass, two others ordered drinks as well and enjoyed theirs. For dessert my daughter ordered the chocolate cake to go and said it was fantastic! If I could change one thing, it would be the music volume. It was so loud we had to shout at each other the whole time. Hopefully that will be considered because I plan on returning soon!

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thomasc
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit to Gale and once again, enjoyed every part of the experience. This time around, I had to bring my pooch along so sat outside. While it is on a fairly busy street, it was a nice evening and worked out well for me. Service was attentive including a water dish for my dog! Tried their new shrimp pizza on menu and it was outstanding.

SS
SuzanneS
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Sorry, but this is just a neighborhood place. Certainly not of par with the Charleston food scene.

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MrEB
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Good food, but small portion sizes with pasta compared to the pizza. The music was loud, but loved the lights and atmosphere.

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lynnm
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had all of the small plates and they were all delicious, especially the curry corn. The sambal margherita pizza was also very good. The drinks were creative and delicious.

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RobertE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very limited menu but service and food was excellent.

CC
vipChrisC
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food with a really neat vibe. I felt like our meal was a bit rushed and choppy. Our server could use some mentoring.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bartender was incredibly. His creative mixology for his cocktails was out of this world. Hands down the best cocktails we had on our trip. THe Brussels on the Small plate menu were outstanding. Just want to thank the bartender again for giving us an experience with his Craft. He takes making you a cocktail to another level.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was wonderful and the meatballs were amazing!

FAQs

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

Gale Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 149 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.