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About High Cotton - Charleston

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.

199 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Southern, Steak, Seafood

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.

Cross Street:
Cumberland

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 724-3815

Website:
http://www.highcottoncharleston.com/

Entertainment:
Enjoy live jazz nightly and during Sunday brunch. Saturday Gospel Brunch is offered on Saturdays from 10-2pm. Visit www.highcottoncharleston.com for the full music schedule.

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.

Executive Chef:
Shawn Kelly

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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High Cotton - Charleston Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.8

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (129)
Good for a Date (119)
Good for Anniversaries (112)
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Romantic (91)
Good for Birthdays (82)
Fit for Foodies (78)
Creative Cuisine (74)
Great for Brunch (62)
Live Music (59)
Worth the Drive (59)
Local Ingredients (58)
Notable Wine List (54)
Business Meals (52)
Sunday Lunch (50)
Neighborhood Gem (48)
Good for Groups (46)
Authentic (44)
Quiet Conversation (44)
Bar Seating (39)
Comfort Food (36)
People Watching (36)
Cozy (33)
Handcrafted Cocktails (32)
Pre/post Theatre (30)
Fun (27)
Hot Spot (27)
Great for Lunch (26)
Vibrant Bar Scene (25)
Happy Hour (18)
Casual (15)
Scenic View (13)
Tasting Menu (10)
Seasonal (8)
Healthy (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Waterfront (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 3 days ago

Good place to fine with a love one or celebrate a special occasion

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

We have been fans of this restaurant for years, however this time I was a little disappointed.
The service and atmosphere were excellent as always but the prices seem to be higher vs value than our last visit a couple of years ago. Four adults and two children cost was over $200. Kids split s meal and three out of the four had an entree salad.
8 oz filet was cooked to proper temperature but was the saltiest piece of steak I’ve ever had. The pasta dish for the kids was totally bland and the chicken was dry. We ended up eating most of the meals but left less than satisfied. It seems like a great menu poorly executed.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

Great location coupled with great food and excellent service. Truly a worthwhile restaurant to try .

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 5 days ago

Our dinner at High Cotton was absolutely delicious! Our server was fantastic as well

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 5 days ago

Try the French Toast! Service was great! Can't wait to go again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Service was excellent and really enjoyed the ambiance. A absolutely beautiful space, the waiter was very attentive . Too bad the Food just mediocre disappointed with Taste.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

Our food was not great
Six different meals and the best word to describe .. average
For the price.. definitely NOT worth it

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Western NC)·Dined 6 days ago

My husbands 80th birthday celebreTion with family in town from Maryland. Have been a long standing member of the Maverick collection and now Halls. Always my first pick for restaurants.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

We had a delicious brunch on a Saturday. My husband loved the shrimp & grits, and I loved the eggs Benedict. It's a lovely restaurant, the waiter was great, and an altogether pleasant experience. Would like to try dinner there the next time we're in Charleston.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Food didn’t live up to billing and recommendation, although dessert was very good.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Waterfront
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 (Charleston)·Dined 7 days ago

Fabulous as always, my favirite...in Charleston and else where.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 7 days ago

The seafood here was exceptional! The waiter Tony was very nice and gave great suggestions. Great place for a special occasion/date. Definitely will be back again.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

My only complaint is that the bill was initially inaccurate and the waiter did not inform me. I had to find out from my Citi Card Fraud alert. But it was completely taken care of and handled courteously and professionally.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, People Watching
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·Dined 7 days ago

It was my Birthday and we had a great night full of good Jazz music, declious food and delightful staff!!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Casual, Cozy, Live Music, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

I try and eat here a couple of times a year or whenever I am in Charleston - I am never disappointed.

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

We loved everything about this restaurant. We had a short wait for our reservation but the staff was looking out for us from beginning to end. We got seated at the window and there was a Birthday card with 2 glasses of champagne on the table. Our server Melissa was fabulous, she had great suggestions and her service & friendliness exceeded our expectations. The baked oysters, stripped marlin and Haddock were all delicious. They come with sides which is not always the case. The focaccia bread was really good and the wait staff was always checking on us. I was really surprised to get a birthday slice of chocolate cheesecake since they had already treated us to champagne. It was so good that we ate all of it even though we were full from dinner. Loved this place, had a wonderful evening The ambience is nice too, live music in the bar.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 15, 2017

We expected good food and drinks, given the location near our hotel in Charleston and the comments and reviews; however, the evening exceeded our, as it turns out, mundane expectations. 1st, the food was superb, elegant, well prepared, timely yet allowed for discussion and before dinner cocktails. 2nd, the wait staff were excellent, gave excellent advice including what they favored or didn't - unusual but very well received by us. The ambiance was nice, well done, meaning comfortable but upscale. There were two gentleman in the lounge/bar, who were playing guitar and banjo, singing wonderful Appalachian, 50's and before folk songs I had not heard since I was a child. They provided a nice background rather than dominating the ambiance. As to prices, a bit up there, but if one can manage (we didn't!!), one can have a delightful experience without feeling as if it was too expensive. Both of us loved it, 3 days later are still referring to the experience and would highly recommend the High Cotton Restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great food and service

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great for a family reunion . Very friendly atmosphere and service.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Attentive and friendly service, flavorful food and unique scenery

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Delicious food and great service and the atmosphere was wonderful!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Wonderful experience! Excellent food. Will definitely go again. Until next time Charleston!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Everything our party got on the menu was fabulous. Definitely recommend for a special occasion!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Overall excellent . My wife's fish was undercooked and she had it replaced with a great filet.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Had a 20min wait for our Saturday brunch reservation, but once seated, everything went smoothly. Recommend the sparkling wine and fruit nectar flight for the table and the pastry selections to start. Depending on how hungry you are, that might be enough, but the full menu will tempt you to order more. Good food, good vibes, banjo playing - lots of fun.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

20th Anniversary- they made it very special. We would highly recommend.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

My wife and I were celebrating our 16th wedding anniversary and the staff went out of their way to make our night extra special. The food was excellent and we had a wondering anniversary dinner. :)

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

This restaurant was beautiful inside and had a nice bar area. The food was pricey, but good, although both my friend and I (she had halibut and I had scallops) thought they were a bit on the salty side. And the bread they bring to the table is very salty and garlicky. The noise level was high and it was hard to hear each other.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We ate here for my husband’s birthday and they treated him like royalty. The food was great. What a fun night!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We were seated in the middle of the restaurant and forgotten for almost 10 minutes. My wife finally asked the water pourer if we had a waiter. Overall, I don't think we can recommend this restaurant. You know, first impressions and all that. Oh yeah, to make it even better, they couldn't find the wine we ordered off the wine list! We don't think this was their opening night. Who knows?

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 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2017

She crab soup and baked oysters are a must. Focaccia bread very good. Husband had the stuffed trout which was very tasty. My halibut was also good but I’d try something else next visit. Great service and nice ambiance. Would recommend for special night as it’s a bit expensive.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Third or fourth time there, really like the smaller room to the left as you walk in. I requested that we be seated there and they accommodated that, we were right at the front window. Just makes for a nice evening to be able to look out to the street. Food was excellent as always and the service was very good. Just enough attention when we needed it, always a balance that he pulled of effortlessly. WE split and entre as we most times do and they were very receptive to that.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fun
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 6, 2017

My meal was very good; excellent actually however my husbands oysters were horrible. They were small and tasteless. He did send them back. The wait staff and management were very good about it without being overbearing. Because the oysters were obviously small I feel the chef should have been aware and not sent them out from kitchen. I would have preferred a comment of "Our oysters are not available this evening as they do not meet our standards" then to send them out and have an uncomfortable situation. My salad and halibut were great! As was the dirty martini with extra handmade blue cheese stuffed olives!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Long time very satisfied customer. Jason Bearden always makes us feel welcome. Why go anywhere else when the food is outstanding, the service is top notch , and you are appreciated?

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

My wife and I went to High Cotton for dinner Sunday night. There was entertainment by a small band, which was fine, but the overall noise level made it difficult for the two of us to carry on a conversation, even when the musicians were not playing. This was not the place for a quiet, romantic dinner. I thought the food was quite good. I had oyster stew, and then baked oysters. My wife had a beet salad to start, and also baked oysters, both of which she enjoyed. The dessert chosen was apple crumble, with vanilla ice cream. One serving shared between the two of us would have been quite enough, but of course we didn't do that! There was a very nice wine list, but my wife could not drink due to medication she is taking, so I was limited to wine by the glass, since I didn't want any police trouble on the way back to our hotel. An Albariño paired nicely with the oysters.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We enjoyed our first experience there and look forward to returning

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We really enjoyed our delicious Sunday Brunch at High Cotton! Don’t forget to order a pastry basket to accompany your meal!
Great service, too!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Had brunch at this lovely southern spot. Great food service and atmosphere. Loved the live music at brunch.

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vip
 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Portion sizes were huge but food was fantastic!

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Well run business. A class act. Pricey but worth it for an excellent value.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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