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Gale Restaurant, Charleston, SC

Gale Restaurant

4.7
4.7
375 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 Mon, 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 375 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
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Charleston

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  1. AS

    ArianaS

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    GALE goes to GALE and meets GALE
  2. LB

    LauraB

    San Antonio

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service, food and cocktails were outstanding
  3. C

    Charlestonian

    Charleston

    25 reviews

    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    We're locals and have frequented many restaurants downtown Charleston. Tried Gale's for first time for dinner on a Friday night. Both of us chose the Alla Vodka Pasta with meatballs. The pasta was cooked aldente, so that was good. The meatballs were pretty good, but the whole dish had too much of something - couldn't tell if it was pepper or another spice. It just overwhelmed it. Unfortunately, the worst part about the visit was the ambiance/noise. They have to make do with a single square room, no walls, and tall ceilings, so it's on the loud side and sort of feels like you're eating in a warehouse or something. Our server was quite young so she didn't know anything about the wines and probably doesn't have the same difficulty with a noisey open space as 50-somethings like us do (ha!) so we had to have her repeat herself multiple times. Lighting is also not good when dining at night, so get your phone flash lights ready to read the menus. On the plus side, they offer some interesting dishes we would have loved to try, but with so many other choices in the area...we're probably one and done. We wish them well.
  4. JH

    JaneH

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We received attentive and knowledgeable service. The craft cocktail menu is worth exploring! The curry cauliflower dip is fabulous. The pizza was one of the freshest I’ve had!
  5. MK

    MichaelK

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating our anniversary and had asked for a table by the window -which we not only got, but were welcomed with a complimentary glass of champagne and outstanding service by CayLee! The atmosphere was eclectic and interesting as always. The food was great and the cocktails were superb. We always love the cocktails there and it’s part of the reason we love eating there. An excellent evening in total.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service and some of the best food we had in Charleston!!!
  7. JB

    JBnSC

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great little place! The mnue is simple but AMAZING! You must try the curry cauliflower, my taste buds were in heaven! The portions are very shareable too. I highly recommend for dinner or even happy hour!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was good and the service was excellent.
  9. s

    samanthasnacks

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I cannot say enough fabulous things about Gale! My family (group of 9) came for dinner on a Saturday night and enjoyed everything about the experience from start to finish - so much so that it put our Sunday night dinner plans to shame and we wished we had gone back. The service was lovely and timely, and they were accommodating for a large party. The cocktails and mocktails were all fabulous. They have a zero proof cocktail list that was a big hit with us! The restaurant itself is very cool, loved the ambiance/vibes and they played great music. Not too loud though, really just enough to add to the experience. The food though...THE FOOD. Every single thing we had was marvelous, and I'll dream of the melted leeks pasta for the rest of my days. The apps are a bit pricey ($15 each for 2 pieces of bruschetta, 3 meatballs, etc) but delicious. Also highly recommend the cauliflower curry but note that it does have a it of a kick. Overall a fabulous experience and highly, HIGHLY recommend. It's not a cheap place for dinner but it's not wildly expensive. Worth every penny IMO!
  10. PS

    PaulS

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great little bistro style restaurant. The food is the main star here along with attention to detail that only an owner/family member will strive to give! Every plate was good. The mushroom pizza is delicious as was the shrimp pizza and the pasta dish. Great place to order a bunch of plates and share. I had the best negroni I've had in a long time. I think their attention to detail with food and drink is what sets them apart. Looking forward to going back.
  11. C

    Chrstneats

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We LOVE this restaurant. Great service. Cocktails are made with passion. Food has never once disappointed us.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Gale is a hidden Gem ! The service was excellent I have a food allergy and they went above & beyond to make sure everything was perfect! The food is outstanding I will definitely be going back
  13. D

    Deb21

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every time that I go to Gale, I love it more & more. The food was beyond delicious & our host, Gale, was extremely charming, attentive & lovely as ever.
  14. SF

    SusanF

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We decided on the Gale for New Years Eve. The staff were so friendly and welcoming . We started our dinner with the shared appetizer, Brussel sprouts and they were delicious! Highly recommend! For the main course we split the mushroom pizza and pasta Norma. Both are great to share while getting a taste for the various types of food served as it was our first time dining at the Gale. Pleasant ambience, friendly staff and fresh ingredients were a recipe for great success.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fettuccini ala vodka was very tasty.
  16. MA

    MAS1

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second time going in a week. We love it so much. Inlaws are going back tomorrow! Thanks for fab food, ambience, and service. We can wait to be back the next time we’re in Charleston.
  17. MA

    MAS1

    Miami

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone was so nice. Cute ambiance. The food, drink, and decor are FAB. Service was awesome. The poor chef was all on his own for the entire restaurant and it was busy and he crushed it. We’ll be back!
  18. AD

    AshtonD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious food and great dimmed lights colorful vibes inside. Was the perf spot for a ladies night with my girls :)
  19. KW

    KeithW

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The cocktail menu is full of creative and original drinks, both alcoholic and non. The wine list is fairly small but adequate. The food was very good, especially the alla vodka with meatballs which was recommended by our server.
  20. ME

    MaggieE

    Charleston

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our new favorite restaurant! Everything was outstanding and we can’t wait to return!
  21. P

    Patricia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an awesome meal at the Gale. The meatballs with champagne and parmesan were exceptional. The pasta dish competed with the best I have eaten in Rome and we also REALLY enjoyed the brussel sprouts and shrimp pizza.
  22. ET

    ErinT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for my mom, Gale’s 60th, and it was so great. Service, ambiance, cocktails were fabulous. Would have liked to see a few more meat entrees but that’s ok!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food is always delicious here, service tonight was a bit slow, not sure why.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been here several times and always have an amazing experience! From the bar tenders to the waiters and owner, always an immaculate vibe with delicious food and drinks.
  25. a

    alyssam

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great cocktails and food. Gale personally made sure our experience was excellent.
  26. CP

    ChadP

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great drinks and setting. Would go back!
  27. J

    Jerseydiner

    Philadelphia

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great innovative small plates and cocktails. Very creative and delicious food
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Gale was fine. I saw it was on Downtown Charleston and assumed it was walking distance from hotel. That was a mistake. It’s an Uber ride from the historical part of the city. The menu is very simple, just pizza and pasta. I should have studied the menu more online. We had the mushroom pizza which was excellent and the vodka pasta, also excellent. There is a huge emphasis on the bar.
  29. R

    Robman

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal!
  30. AF

    AustinF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for our two year anniversary, food was amazing! The service was also amazing. The one bartender even brought us a complimentary champagne toast. Drinks are fancy, and did I mention the food was amazing! (Alla Vodka pasta with shrimp and the margarita pizza)
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of the best restaurants I’ve been to in Charleston. The food is amazing and I love the ambiance. Can’t wait to go back!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best place to eat in Charleston
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Gale for the first time last night. We will be back. Food was fantastic and cocktails were amazing. Katie our server was spectacular and fun. We had a great dinner!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We were pleasantly surprised about how delicious the food was. Also loved their unique drink menu. Definitely will be back!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been coming to Gales for over a year now. Their food is always spectacular and the workers make it an even nicer experience to dine out there. They’re an amazing restaurant. I highly recommend it.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great experience. Food is amazing
  37. SW

    SarahW

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is so good! Fabulous cocktails. Food is to die for. Best curry in Charleston. Loved every bite!
  38. KY

    KimY

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food, drinks, and service was great. The place is smaller than I had expected, but it was still nice and cozy. Came when it first opened on Saturday, so it wasn't busy yet. I would definitely come back again.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of the best restaurants I’ve been to in a long time. Will definitely be going back. The best pasta I have ever had!!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gale restaurant was absolutely amazing! Had a larger party- 12 people- for a birthday party! The service was amazing and Gale and the waitress were so attentive and timely! The food was absolutely amazing- definitely get the meatballs and one of the wood fired pizzas! Thanks Gale! Also great cocktails and just really great touches around the restaurant! Very inclusive!

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 375 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 Mon, 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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