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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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4.6

service

4.7

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4.7

value

4.4

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Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (124)
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Creative Cuisine (81)
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Local Ingredients (57)
Notable Wine List (56)
Sunday Lunch (55)
Live Music (54)
Neighborhood Gem (51)
Good for Groups (50)
Authentic (44)
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Quiet Conversation (41)
Comfort Food (39)
Cozy (36)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (35)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2012

What a great place. We loved our waitress and the service was exceptional. The steaks was wonderful. Our favortie place in Charleston...Next time in town "Let's do it" and return to High Cotton......

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 8, 2012

High Cotton came highly recommended, however we found the food to be average at best.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2012

Our waitress was outstanding-we asked that our meal be paced slowly so we could enjoy every cousre, also asked for wine pairing withh all courses. The waitress handled our night beautifully. All food was totally above par and delicous. Will return everytime I am in Charleston.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 6, 2012

Both of us had a great, great experience. Live music in the bar was perfect background touch! Our server was an A plus!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 6, 2012

It has been several years since I dined at your restaurant. I had the Grouper and its presentation looked like some frozen food dinner. It didn't taste that well either. I had the pecan pie for desert. Nothing special and its presentation looked like a pecan pie snack you buy in a convenience store. Overall, I was very disappointed especially as to what it cost to dine in your establishment.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 5, 2012

We did a return trip to Charleston after 2 years and made High Cotton a priority as we had enjoyed it so much the first time. We were NOT disappointed; if anything it was even better. Lots of fresh local produce incorporated into chef specials - if you have a chance try the striped bass! Ben, our server, was personable, knowledgeable, and very helpful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2012

Absolutely fantastic service! Food was excellent and unique. Romantic atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 5, 2012

Thoroughly enjoyed High Cotton! Picked several restaurants to try while in Charleston...and this was a top pick! Service was excellent (thanks Seth), presentation beautiful and food delicious! Would go again in a heart beat - and my husband and I are definitely Foodies!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Nashville)·Dined on August 5, 2012

A visit to Charleston requires a meal at High Cotten. This time, it was for Sunday brunch. The menu choices covered a wide enough range to satisfy my wife and me. Service was wonderful.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 5, 2012

Until our experience yesterday, my family and I felt that High Cotton was the best place in town for Sunday Brunch. They have a new chef, new menu, not the same great experience anymore. The crab cake and grits were a downgraded version of what we were used to, my burger was very pink in the middle even though I ordered it well done, and the kids burger were like pieces of charcoal - I mentioned to our server that they were so overcooked they couldn't eat them, expecting him to offer to take them back and replace them. He not only didn't do that but did not offer any apologies. This is a great venue with a great ambiance and service is always very good. I just think that the server yesterday handled poorly the mishaps with the food.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 5, 2012

Went for brunch only to find out the menu had changed from what was on their web-site and what I wanted was not available.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 5, 2012

Sunday Brunch at High Cotton is fabulous, particularly in the East Bay room. The recent menu updates gare a great reason to draw you back or enjoy for the first time! Kudos!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 5, 2012

High Cotton is great for any meal, but an especially delicious brunch. Brunch options are also at a great price point and is a much more casual atmosphere than dinner. Live band at brunch too! For any meal the shrimp and grits or steak are always great!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 5, 2012

We had excellent service, a great table, and delicious food. We will go back soon!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 4, 2012

A great experience all around. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Western NC)·Dined on August 4, 2012

I am glad to see that this restaurant still maintains its high standards of ambience, service, and carefully prepared food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 4, 2012

Excellent food. Wonderful service. Great location. Comfortable dining, whether it's a casual or elegant occasion.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 3, 2012

We've eaten here many times. This time the service was slower than normal but still overall good friendly service. The two sides we ordered were quite small compared to the two sides the other couple with us ordered. One of the sides we ordered was the butternut squash and we received yellow summer squash instead. We did not return it or even complain as we were starving! Our reservation was for 830 PM, we were seated around 0845 PM and didn't receive our meals until after 1015-1030 PM. Not the norm for sure. Food was excelled and the service was great just a bit slower than normal. Still highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 3, 2012

One of our favorites. Chaucuterie especially fantasic. Veal chop was cooked to perfection. Only disappointment was the prime rib. Service second to none. Keep up the good work.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 2, 2012

Personally I strongly disliked this place from the food to sitting in a dark corner. Go to Magnolia instead.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on August 2, 2012

shrimp and grits were outstanding; deserts were outstanding
the ribeye with bourbon sauce was very average
the Caesar salad was wilted and bitter, thus below average

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 2, 2012

Another wonderful meal here. This is a really good steak house with lots of different sauces and reductions for perfect filet mignons.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 1, 2012

We dined at High Cotton for a birthday celebration. The restaurant came highly recommended by a friend and it was everything we expected and then some. Our server Crystal was exceptional; she as well as the other staff members who assisted her were very attentive.
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner, from the appetizer through dessert. The food was outstanding; we were not rushed as is the case in some restaurants and felt very relaxed.

After dinner we enjoyed listening to the trio while having an after dinner drink at the bar.

High Cotton is the best restaurant I've eaten at in Charleston and one of the best I've encountered in this area in a while.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 1, 2012

Jazz in the bar. Charcuterie plate was excellent as was very fresh triggerfish. Our server knew her menu and was a well trained pro.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 31, 2012

The addition of jazz music in the bar, which is also piped in to the dining room is a lovely addition

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 30, 2012

great place, will go back

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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 28, 2012

Incredibly knowledgable staff, fantastic new chef and an inventive southern style menu. The rabbit entree is out of this world.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 28, 2012

We have eaten at High Cotton for the last ten years and this time it was less than excellent. The service was par, the food was ok, and my favorite soufle tasted like it had been heated up!

So disappointing.....

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 (Savannah)·Dined on July 28, 2012

Went to High Cotton on the recommendation of a friend, and it was fantastic. We started with the Appetizer Special and ended with Pecaon Pie.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 28, 2012

The Maire d, Katie, mastered my visit with grace and beauty, my service was smooth as silk. the food preparation and presentation were excellent!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 28, 2012

This was not our best experience at High Cotton. I ordered the oyster and grouper Po' Boy and I got an oyster Po'Boy. When they brought me a new one with the grouper, I really was disappointed because it was mostly bread and the seafood wasn't seasoned. I wish I had ordered something else. It was hard to eat (bread was super chewy and huge, I had to cut it to take a bite) and the whole thing was really dry. The service was great. Better luck next time.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 27, 2012

This is the one restaurant in Charleston you don't want to miss. Classic dishes. Just a superb restaurant.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 26, 2012

Wonderful! Food was delicious, and the service was great!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 24, 2012

Four of us shared the picnic plate appetizer. Great sampling of low country favorites and generous amount. Two couples each shared a new York strip and it was plenty. The food was great and the atmosphere perfect for conversation .

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 23, 2012

Great restaurant - wonderful server Seth. Best shrimp and grits I have ever had. Everyone loved their food.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 22, 2012

Another wonderful Charleston restaurant. Great food, great service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 22, 2012

Sunday Brunch at this High Cotton was fantastic. Great server at the bar, he (forgot his name) was knowledgeable and engaging. The food exceeded our previous experience at the Greenville location and the Jazz was entertaining and not over-powering. Highly suggest a trip

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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 21, 2012

Had higher expectations, from the Upstate and have dined at the Greenville location many times. For entrees priced at $30, I expect more than what we had. My grouper was just baked and some sliced zuccini thrown on top, no creativity from the chef, very plain. Same with my wife's scallops, simply cooked and sliced squash on the side, heck just like it is so easy to do at home. For same price range, meals that I have had at Husk across town indeed show the chefs talents with sauces, flavoring, etc. Meal was not bad, just very plain and not worthy of the price point.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 21, 2012

This was our first visit to High Cotton and we were not disappointed. Delia was our server and she was spot on with her recommendations and excelled in her service. Our food was outstanding. Both the steak and the pork chop were tender, tasty, and cooked perfectly! High Cotton leap frogged other restaurants we have dined at in Charleston and may very well be our number one favorite now.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 21, 2012

Ordered steak. Should have ordered something more Southern. It was very good, but there was nothing special about it. Friends ordered the rabbit and pork chop. I got to taste both and they special. Will try them both another time. Service was very professional, but very friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend.

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