High Cotton - Charleston

4.5
5886 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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High Cotton - Charleston is high steppin’ Lowcountry living. It’s a feeling of warmth and celebration that begins the moment you step inside. You’ll find it in our gracious, knowledgeable servers, expertly prepared dishes and a remarkable wine and cocktail program. From conversation and laughter in our bar to our stylish dining rooms of heart pine floors and antique brick, you'll come to understand true Charleston hospitality. That is, there's always cause for celebration - of our neighbors, our food and drink and each other. It's our great pleasure to share it with you.

Enjoy live jazz nightly and during Saturday and Sunday brunch. Private dining rooms available for wedding, business and social events.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak, Southern
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday-Friday from 5:00pm, Saturday & Sunday from 5:30pm
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 10:00am – 2:00pm
Bar: Opens daily at 4:00pm until 12am,
Happy Hour: Daily from 4:00pm-6:00pm (in bar only)
Private dining available for brunch, lunch, hors d'oeuvres, and dinner seven days a week.
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Phone number
(843) 724-3815
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Daniel Nightengale
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Cross street
Cumberland
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Parking details
There are two parking garages located within ½ block of the restaurant. One is located at the corner of Concord and Cumberland and the second is located on Cumberland between East Bay and State. Street parking is also available.
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Entertainment
Enjoy live jazz nightly and during Saturday and Sunday brunch. Visit www.highcottoncharleston.com for the full music schedule.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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New York Area
25 reviews
Reviewed on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Forgot To Make A Reservation, Was Our Anniversary, Not A Local, The Manager Went Out Of His Way To Seat Us, Sent Over A Drink And Desert For Our Anniversary, The Food Outstanding, The Service Exceptional, The Atmosphere Warm And Romantic. Next Time We Are Visiting Charleston, Will Definitely Come Back And This Time Make A Reservation!!! Memorable Experience, Total Joy !!!

Lou D

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BS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High Cotton was the best meal we had in Charleston. The restaurant was extremely busy, which meant our table wasn't ready when we arrived. But that didn't matter we found a seat at the bar got a glass of champagne and a martini and listening to some amazing jazz. We were actually happy our table wasn't ready yet. Once we were seated we ordered a bottle of wine and the sommelier was incredible. Then we had oysters, which I must mention were the only perfectly shucked oysters we had the entire 5 days we were in Charleston. Then we had some crab, salad and ahi tuna for the main. Lots of food and an amazing menu. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is going to Charleston.

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AR
Richmond
30 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our anniversary dinner experience could not have been more pleasurable. Our table was perfect, the food was exceptional and the service couldn't have been more attentive and professional. Our server, Lisa, was a gem. This was our first visit to High Cotton and it is now at the top of our list of favorite Charleston restaurants.

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Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Enjoyed every minute. That is for the champagne

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch from tip to tail. Smoked trout is excellent. Steak to perfection. White chocolate peach creme is just as awesome as the staff.

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BK
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the brunch on Saturday morning and the food was fantastic! Highly recommend the fried chicken biscuit, it was phenomenal

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WT
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch! Charming atmosphere! Perfect Charleston experience.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The server really saved the day. Ron is the best! However, very disappointed with hostesses. We arrived on time for our reservations and were informed our table was still occupied and they had no eta for when it would be ready and asked us to sit at the bar where we had a bartender who was annoyed with a simple question of what do you think is better the bellini or sangria. In addition, after 30+ minutes of waiting the hostess came by and said “did you close out your tab because your table is ready” as if we were being an inconvenience.

I’d recommend some additional training to make sure Customer Service starts at the front of the house.

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VF
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a fabulous brunch. The service and food was impeccable. My only complaint is they skimped a little on the hollandaise sauce for the crabcake benedict, however, the eggs were perfectly cooked, the crabcakes were delicious as well as the shrimp and grits. Would definitely go there again. It was a delightful start to our day!

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PI
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food not that interesting. I had some grilled swordfish over beans. Can’t even remember it. Yucky. Husband had Lane Snapper fish dish and it wasn’t great, either. Buttermilk fried oyster appetizer was good but so filling. All in all, same old stuff on menu. I would eat at SLightly North of Broad, Puggans Porch, or Peninsula Grill before this place. Lovely atmosphere and bright cheerful room. But food lacked heart.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Anniversary

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing great decor

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ME
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful Saturday brunch here! Highly recommend. Loved the food and ambiance.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with delicious food! Great wine list, first rate service and a very nice atmosphere. Enjoyed it very much!

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G
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary and oh, boy, did Ron take care of us!! Live music, quiet atmosphere, phenomenally delicious food. The baked oysters with pancetta was sublime. The jumbo scallops with micro greens was perfect. The tenderloin was perfection. We give High Cotton a perfect score on everything!!

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B
Charleston
145 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We came for Father's Day with family. The food was good and the service was what could be expected from a Hall's restaurant. I had the steak and eggs cooked just right but not on par with Hall's Chophouse. The Jazz made the afternoon pleasant.

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JR
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner with great environment. Service by Seth is the best I have ever received in Charleston. They genuinely care about your happiness.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to high cotton for dinner and got together with both old and new friends. There were 6 of us total. Jen was our server and couldn’t have been better! She was attentive, personable, and even took several group photos of us. Everyone’s meals were perfect. I got the filet and it was cooked perfectly. Highly recommend.

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ML
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister, niece and I dined here on June 15, 2018 to celebrate a "birthday of significance"! From the moment we walked in, we were pampered and taken care of. We were seated at a table that had a wonderful view of the street as well as the restaurant. Our server was Scott and he took excellent care of us, offering suggestions but never overbearing. The She Crab Soup was divine, as was the shrimp cocktail we shared as an appetizer. Our entrees included the special of the day and the swordfish; both were prepared to perfection and the right proportion for sharing. Although we didn't order dessert, Scott brought a piece of their coconut cream pie as a tribute to my sister's birthday. If you get the opportunity to try this dessert, I highly recommend it!
The evening was a wonderful and relaxing time together and one that we will long remember!

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SS
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best time dining at High Cotton for our anniversary. The food was delicious, atmosphere was wonderful, and service was exceptional! Our server Scott did an amazing job! He was very friendly, personable, and gave wonderful recommendations. The manager even gave us complimentary champagne for our anniversary. Will definitely be back next time we are in Charleston.

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EM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We vacationed in Charleston and dined frequently. High Cotton was, by far, the best dining experience in the city! Will recommend to all my friends that plan to visit.

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San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for Drusilla's birthday dinner. She says it's the best. Staff very attentive, shrimp & grits perfect, great desert. Corner window table get the noise to acceptable. Excellent soft jazz.

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s
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Go to Magnolia instead! Asked for a black napkin twice - he delivered it but left the white one in place, the waiter was absent from our table - had to ask to have the water and tea refilled several times, the bread/clean up girl was either on her first night or lost in space - she was busy looking around but not focusing on what needed to be done. The manager was attentive to the table of pretty young girls next to us and talked about how he could get them extra sauce for the lobster gnocchi but oddly never mentioned that to us. The waiter was so oblivious he missed the fact that the girl at the next table ordered Tuna and while everyone at her table told her it was prepared properly she hated it and wouldn't eat more than the first bite - it sat in her plate without him being aware her expensive meal was less than tasty. Our bread basket was brought out with a crusty dirty napkin wrapped around the bread. I asked for a tea spoon to stir my sweet n low in my tea only to be presented with a regular spoon - it is tough to stir a sweetener that sits on the bottom of a tall glass with a short spoon. We were in the main dining room on the right with the tall windows looking out at the city walking by- the view of those walking and construction was the highlight … the lobster was good and thankfully I overheard I should ask for more sauce!

Skip the misery and go to Magnolias … and while there try the Fried Green Tomatoes!

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d
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food . Great service. Would highly recommend.

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G
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful. Noise was pretty bad but there was a large party that was making all the noise. Once they left it became bare able. Little disappointed with food but would probably return.

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TC
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Great food and service. Definitely recommend!

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C
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmospher, food and service, all a perfect 10. You will not be disappointed.

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V
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a very good Sunday brunch even on a very busy day for the restaurant!

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MS
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like always, High Cotton delivers. Exhausted

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GB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good. The service was attentive. The atmosphere inviting. We'd go back in a heartbeat! We went for Sunday Brunch. Some very unique brunch items.

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j
Savannah
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal brunch in a great atmosphere with groovy live jazz.

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C
Western NC
17 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delight! Jennifer was an attentive and pleasant server. So very glad we made a return trip and have the opportunity to say how great it was! Our experience in March was decidedly different, but thrilled that today was back to a High Cotton experience!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday and they went above and beyond. Our waiter was amazing. Will definitely be back next time we visit!

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B
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had to wait about 35 minutes past our reservation but that was not a problem because the manager gave us 3 free fantastic appetizers. Food and service was great and it's a beautiful restaurant. The only disappointment was the beer selection. Very weak draft selection especially for Charleston.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about the dining experience. It is indeed a fine example of Southern Dining at its best. The service is also exemplary. My old favorite is now replaced and my new is walking in High Cotton.

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ES
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although I have lived in the Charleston area since 1991, yesterday was my first visit to High Cotton. Everything was fabulous! From the wait staff (Fabian was wonderful!) to the presentation of the food, to the choices on the menu to the liquor selection. This was a special occasion with a meeting of friends I went to college with and had not seen in maybe 28 years! High Cotton did not disappoint on any level and we will certainly be returning sooner than later. Thank you for making this occasion extra special the way only Charleston can do.

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JA
Orlando
17 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I went here for brunch when we were in Charleston for a girls weekend. It did NOT disappoint!!! Not only was it the best brunch we had over the 4 days we were there, but the service was impeccable. Everyone was so friendly and attentive. It was such a cute restaurant, as well. Loved the atmosphere. Food was excellent! If we had discovered this on our first day we probably would have gone back again :) Highly recommend!

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SR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely amazing! By far my favorite brunch spot!!

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RR
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever family or friends come into town we take them to High Cotton. From the minute you walk in the door you are greeted warmly and it continues throughout your visit there. The atmosphere is classic Southern Charm. The food is complex but not over the top. They have something on the menu for every palate. Big bonus is a great ensemble if your in the bar area for drinks

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Denver
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful dining room, great atmosphere with live music, a must see in Charleston

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