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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:
Seafood, Steak, Southern

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:
Daniel Nightengale

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

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (109)
Good for a Date (104)
Good for Anniversaries (96)
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Romantic (71)
Creative Cuisine (64)
Fit for Foodies (63)
Good for Birthdays (60)
Local Ingredients (56)
Great for Brunch (50)
Worth the Drive (46)
Quiet Conversation (45)
Sunday Lunch (45)
Good for Groups (40)
Notable Wine List (38)
Live Music (38)
Cozy (37)
Business Meals (36)
Neighborhood Gem (35)
Bar Seating (33)
Authentic (32)
Comfort Food (31)
Fun (31)
Handcrafted Cocktails (31)
Pre/post Theatre (26)
Vibrant Bar Scene (23)
Great for Lunch (22)
People Watching (18)
Happy Hour (15)
Hot Spot (15)
Casual (14)
Tasting Menu (14)
Seasonal (13)
Healthy (8)
Scenic View (8)
Late-night Find (6)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Waterfront (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Organic (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Perfect atmosphere. Exactly what we were looking for on our first night in town. Food was excellent and the staff extremely attentive. Highly recommend the shrimp and grits. Would definitely visit again.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients
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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

Food was very good overall. Baked oysters were at best ok, lobster gnocchi was delicious. Had bread plates on the table but never got bread. Friendly service and enjoyed our visit, expected just a little more in general as far as service and food quality. Will be back though

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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

oh my god! The best staff and best food ever! My wife and I went there for Valentines Day and we absolutely loved everything about High Cotton

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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

We opted for the Valentine Day special dinner for two featuring aPorterhouse steak. I started with the She Crab soup. I have never had a better version. Creamy, full of crab meat, very tasty. The steak was cooked to our desired temperature. The accompanying mashed potatoes were good but the collards were outstanding. The desserts were quite good. Our server Jess took excellent care of us. There are not that many servers who seem to show up just when you need them and no more or no less. Excellent job. We have dined here before and were pleased. This visit however was a cut above. Kudos to the front and back of the house. You made our evening.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

I was offered off the menu, trigger fish with squash. I was also accommodated by adding a 8 oz steak.

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·Dined 3 days ago

We return to Charleston for the great pleasure of dining at restaurants such as this.
Impeccable service, wonderful ambiance, fabulous food, AND great entertainment!
The complete package for a perfect memorable evening!

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 (St. Louis)·Dined 5 days ago

Our server was excellent. The food was great, the ambiance wonderful.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

We had a delightful time! Loved the build your own mimosas! Great Wine. Great Food. Would go back tomorrow if I were still in Charleston!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 7 days ago

The food and service were excellent. Thank you for serving our large table and getting the food out quickly for the children. It was a great place to celebrate the baptism of our little boy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We had a wonderful meal at High Cotton. We were seated promptly and our waitress was very attentive but not over-bearing. I had the seared scallops while my wife had a shrimp cocktail and salad. Both were outstanding and well-portioned. I'd highly recommend you add High Cotton to your list of places to eat in Charleston.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We wanted to have a date night out at a different place for seafood. I loved the scallops! We enjoyed a drink at the lovely bar then off to dinner. They had a band with soft music which made the night special. It was a lovely relaxing night. I would recommend High Cotton to anyone.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 10, 2018

On holiday in Charleston - this a great place

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent as always!! Son was visiting from Atlanta and he said HC was better than any restaurant he had eaten at there.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Very good Martinis, food and service was very good as well. Definitely one of the best restaurants in Charleston.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 5, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner. Service excellent as was the food.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I added a quick note in my Open Table reservation that it was my wifes birthday. I assumed that I would tell the waiter when we arrived, but from the moment we walked in, every single employee came and wished her a happy birthday. When we ordered dessert, they included a candle to just make it perfect. The service was absolutely amazing. Being a local to Charleston, we often times stay away from the places that tend to be more touristy, but High Cotton has shown us we need to give them the locals business too. Great job to the whole High Cotton team.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The staff was very friendly. The birthday note and dessert was so nice and the window seats met our expectations. Everything was great! My mom enjoyed her birthday thanks to the High Cotton Staff!

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Always excellent.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Always one of our favorites when we are in town (which is frequently). I am particularly fond of the jazz combos in the bar area where we gravitate for our pre-dinner cocktail.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Crowded tables. Average service. Just a place to eat not dine. You can see the carriages pass by which does help.

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Short trip to Charleston. Picked 2 restaurants to visit. High Cotton was great. It took some time for our server to come to us but when she did she was fantastic!!!!!!!
Very helpful and knowledgable about the menu. Great dining expierence

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 1, 2018

I had informed the restaurant during the reservation that the dinner was for my husband's birthday. As soon as we entered the establishment, we were greater with a happy birthday. We arrived early and were seated right away. Our waiter was very kind and placed a handmade card on the table wishing my husband a happy birthday. We don't go here often because the food is pricy but the food is always amazing and the staff go above and beyond for it's guests.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Fun experience Fantastic food Staff very attentive and friendly

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Family in town

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

What a wonderful surprise this was. Celebrating this special occasion this was the ideal place to go, the service was excellent and the atmosphere perfect.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent place for a sunday brunch!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Love This Place!
Service is terrific I wish I could remember our bar server and waiter they were both awesome!
Food is great and reasonably priced. always live music.
My go to for happy hour and with out of town visitors.
Oh and best Manhattan in Charleston!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Happy Hour, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 28, 2018

I love this place for Sunday brunch. The mimosa trio is the best! Our server was wonderful and the pastry assortment was decadent and delicious. But....I didn't care for the grits. They were too stiff; I like them creamier. The eggs on the benedict were too well done. They should run when cut into. These were almost hard. Other than that, everything was fine.

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Our waiter was fantastic. By far one of the best steaks I have ever had. Worth the money for sure. Convenient downtown Charleston location. Great atmosphere. Highly recommend. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We made last minute reservations on Open Table and had a wonderful experience. The entire waitstaff was attentive and our waiter was fantastic. The food was excellent.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Great service one of our most favorite restaurants in Charleston

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Next time we will be drinking AND eating by the bar. Bartender was outstanding and we liked the ambiance over there better. We were freezing where we were seated for our meal and it was uncomfortably close to the people next to us. Great food though!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 21, 2018

High Cotton has always been one of our favorite restaurants in Charleston -- reliably and uniformly excellent. My wife and I went to dinner on the last night of Restaurant Week. The waiter said he was able to upgrade the petit filet to a ribeye if I was interested. I was and I ordered the ribeye which was great. But to my surprise, it was not at the same price as the petit filet on the Restaurant Week menu -- 50+% more! This took away my enjoyment of an otherwise great meal.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Our experience at High Cotton was amazing! The food, service, music and scenery was very pleasant. It was our date night but we had to bring the baby along with us. They made sure that we were well taken care of, and even checked to see what we needed for our little guy to make things go smoothly for us. We had a great time and look forward to our next visit there.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Live Music, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Fantastic food and service.

Great ambiance. Only one suggestion, the country music was a tad bit loud for those of us who do not like country music. (not the jazz trio)

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I went with my husband to celebrate our birthdays and had an ok experience. The food was good overall but we were not impressed with the service. The server was nice but not outstanding like all the other restaurants we had been to.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We were seated promptly in a lively dining room with a window to the outside. The food service was excellent and the wine pairing a good value, the staff were friendly and helpful, and the food selection was great.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Exceptional - décor, service, menu, location. It was wonderful!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We had a fantastic evening at High Cotton! Food was excellent! Environment was beautiful, comfortable and good for celebrating or a nice date night. Our server was Seth and he was excellent. Made the evening all the more enjoyable. I would love to go back and sit the bar with the live music. This is a place we will absolutely visit again! Highly recommend!

Tags: Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Had a great evening/dinner at High Cotton. The manager and our waiter took the time to chat with us, make us feel welcome. Really enjoyed our time, thanks!

Tags: Good for a Date
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