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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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4.7

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (124)
Special Occasion (124)
Good for Anniversaries (116)
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Romantic (93)
Creative Cuisine (81)
Good for Birthdays (81)
Fit for Foodies (76)
Worth the Drive (63)
Great for Brunch (60)
Local Ingredients (58)
Notable Wine List (58)
Sunday Lunch (56)
Live Music (54)
Neighborhood Gem (51)
Good for Groups (51)
Authentic (44)
Business Meals (44)
Quiet Conversation (41)
Comfort Food (39)
Cozy (36)
Handcrafted Cocktails (36)
Bar Seating (35)
People Watching (34)
Fun (30)
Pre/post Theatre (30)
Hot Spot (26)
Great for Lunch (26)
Vibrant Bar Scene (25)
Happy Hour (19)
Casual (13)
Scenic View (13)
Tasting Menu (13)
Seasonal (7)
Healthy (7)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Waterfront (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Tapas (2)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined 2 days ago

Have been to High Cotton before and always enjoy dinner when we visit Charleston. Our server Jonathan was great, knowledge of menu and wines, great enthusiasm without before overbearing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 2 days ago

High Cotton is my favorite restaurant in Charleston! I've lived here several years and always find myself going back time after time. The food and service are impeccable and I highly recommend you try it if you are looking for authentic Charleston upscale southern cuisine.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Special Occasion
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·Dined 4 days ago

This is our favorite place in town. We celebrated a milestone birthday this summer with a party of ten. It was so well done, we all had a wonderful time. This weekend it was just the two of us as it often is when we are there but Sunday was especially memorable as we got engaged at the end of our brunch. Thank you for being the go place that never fails and always delivers to te highest standard.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

Went for brunch, pastries were amazing and the best shrimp and grits I’ve had.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined 4 days ago

Delicious!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Our waitress was amazing! She was very knowledgeable and attentive but not overwhelming. I was a little disappointed by the food preparation. We had a strawberry shortcake to start and the biscuit was dry. For our main course (brunch), we had a Benedict and one of the "poached" eggs was cooked over medium. Not something I expected based on the reviews of others.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Scenic View
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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

I had a great evening delicious food great server made for a wonderful evening I highly recommend High cotton and will definitely have dinner there my next time in Charleston.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Southern hospitality and great food to match

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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was very good. The service was outstanding. We will be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

This is where we take visitors to Charleston who want to experience this town . The atmosphere, the food and the excellent service all put right at the top.

Our 7th visit excellent but becoming expensive .

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Foods was good, but with a heavy hand on the salt. Had to send back the vegetables because they were inedible. I should have sent back the salmon too, instead I removed the top and ate the rest. Still I would return but request no salt on my food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The BEST in downtown Charleston. All 5 stars and I would give them more stars if possible. Pricey, but WELL WORTH IT! EXCELLENT a around.

Tags: Comfort Food, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Not the best meal we had in Charleston. The first dishes were wonderful. The fish dish my husband had was very good. The pasta dish with shellfish was mediocre at best. The scallops included were delicious, but the sauce was thick, gooey and blah - reminded me of supermarket chicken pot pie. The ambiance and service were lovely. We may try again - the pasta may have been an off-night.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Can always count on a good value even for a tourist trap. Help wanting to refill water glass way too often; almost to the point of being annoying. Flounder was a bit bland.

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Tags: Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

A very disappointing meal this time, although we have been several times before and it was good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Our dinner at High Cotton was fantastic !! The food was delicious, the ambience perfect and the service impeccable. We especially enjoyed talking with Jason and Brett who were so friendly and knowledgeable about Charleston. We would highly recommend High Cotton to anyone !!

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Our evening was romantic, delicious, and relaxing. I was treated (quietly) special for my birthday & loved the complimentary creme brûlée. Our waiter, Ron, was superb. The food was incredible & the low lighting wonderful. Thank you!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food, service and ambience was absolutely amazing!!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Romantic
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Dined here a couple times over the past 7 years, always a pleasure. Food is fresh and plentiful but service is just outstanding.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Everything was great! The food was amazing, especially the shrimp and grits. Creme brulee and praline ice cream was the best I've ever had. Overall, we had a fantastic experience.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Exceptional service, atmosphere and menu. I highly recommend High Cotton and can't wait to visit again.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I think High Cotton is overrated. The pork was pink and when we told our waiter he said this is how the chef was cooking it. Pork should not look like sushi. The lobster tails were salty and mushy. Clam appetizer was just ok. Crab salad was very good. Drinks were very good. All in all i definately don't think the food is worth the price. I wouldn't go back.

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Found this restaurant on Open Table. In town for a friend’s wedding and needed a good place to eat on our own tonight. We chose wisely! Great service, excellent food and delightful ambiance. The salad portions were generous and very fresh, with light dressing. (From California & in the vegetable industry so we know a good salad!) The pork loin chop with crunchy Brussels sprouts was perfection. Shrimp and grits the best we’ve had. Vegetarian in our group had grilled portobello and raved. And OMG the beet salad was mouthwatering. But the true highlight was the excellent service!!

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Toller unaufdringlicher Service. Essen geschmacklich sehr gut..klasse Ambiente...preislich im oberen Bereich aber jeden Cent wert.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Went for brunch. Entertaining Blue Grass trio. Meal was delayed in coming . Eggs Benedict just ok. Cheese grits were clumped and lumpy. Coffee was good. Just mediocre overall .

Tags: Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Live Music
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

It was a wonderful experience. I took my son to lunch Sunday for his birthday and it was as special as I knew it would be. Our waiter, Ron, was great!

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Good for Groups, Fun, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Sunday brunch at High Cotton is not what it used to be! Still a lovely space w/great service & soft live bluegrass music in the bar; however the lumpy grits, greasy stuffed mushrooms w/crab & eggs Benedict w/overly fried crab cakes were a huge disappointment. Fried oysters were the only food highlight.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great setting, nice wine selection! Food prep was ok, but fish was over cooked.

Tags: Live Music, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Our experience at High Cotton was absolutely fabulous. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and the wine list. Everything we ate was brilliantly cooked & served....appealing to the eye as well as the pallet. I would not hesitate to go again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great food and the waiter was top notch. I would recommend to anyone.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had a lovely dinner at High Cotton. We were seated in the back room, which was a bit noisy but we could still hear each other across the table. The oysters, shrmp and grits, and fish were great. The steaks were fine but nothing out of the ordinary. The almond cake was fabulous. 😁everyone enjoyed the evening. The coffee martini was great!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Although my dinner was Marlin - served rare, the spaghetti squash under it and my plate were cold

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Love the atmosphere, live jazz, beautiful food presentation, attentive service, and the fact that all food was cooked perfectly. Only having the jazz musicians closer would have improved the experience. Thank you for a great evening.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

High Cotton was our venue for Thanksgiving lunch. The food was absolutely fabulous and the service superb. Well worth it if you are ever in charleston. We will definitely go again in the future.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Went for Thanksgiving. Meal options were good. Length of time to get food was slower than normal.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went for Thanksgiving and the food , service and atmosphere were awesome!!!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Romantic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Food and service were outstanding: service provided by Fabian was superior!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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 on November 20, 2017

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 on November 20, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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