Pawpaw

4.3
1310 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Pawpaw is a fine dining casual, southern-inspired restaurant featuring a live fire grill, handmade pastas, and shareable plates. The locally sourced, seasonal menu is complemented by a lineup of high-end bourbons, craft cocktails, Charleston brews, and boutique wines from North Carolina.
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LV
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Decent food. Today's experience was less than ideal and enough that I probably won't go back but the beignets are delicious and the hush puppies are some of the best I've ever had. I recommend it, but I just hope you get a different server than the one we had.

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CV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Disappointing experience all around. Poorly cooked food and staff were not responsive.

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I
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

We were sitting by the kitchen and were disappointed with what we saw. Most food is pre-made and sitting in large bowls. Food was not good and over priced in my opinion. Disappointing for sure.

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RC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic, ambiance very cool! Would highly recommend. We’ll be back!

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KR
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, not too many brunch options. I expected more traditional options like chicken and waffles or eggs Benedict. The portions for some meals were huge while others were lacking.

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d
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent - from the starters to dessert! Highest quality ingredients, salad were fresh and dressed perfectly. Fun atmosphere with a lively crowd and reasonably priced. Loved it!

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I stole away for a quick trip to The Holy City. Our experience was fabulous and the highlight, dinner at PawPaw!

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AR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is underrated as one of the best places to eat in Charleston! I visited Pawpaw on a family trip last year and have dreamed about the shrimp and grits since then! When organizing a friends trip - I made sure this was on the list and they did not disappoint. As we were leaving and talking about what we loved the most about the 3 day trip, 5 out of 6 friends said the biscuits at pawpaw - it was THAT good! This is a must-visit restaurant!

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Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Our meal was fabulous, but the noise level was very hard to take when we both need hearing aids.

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Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!!

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SW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Cream Salad was excellent, rainbow carrots not so good. They tasted like plantains, buttermilk biscuits were dry. Service was exceptional

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MC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

In town for work and ready to eat!... but we waited quite some time for the waitress initially come by. We had to ask the hostess to get the waitress. Otherwise, the food was tasty. The hush puppies were soooo good, but my pork tacos were mediocre at best. The flour tortillas were lacking and I definitely could have used more pico de gallo. In the end, I’d be willing to give Pawpaw a second chance.

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a
Toronto
28 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for a late afternoon semi-dinner, the four of us ordered drinks and 6 appetizers. Wife's favourite was the garlic roasted cauliflower and the fried brussels sprouts. We all agreed they were excellent. Certainly different than how we have them in Canada. Different is good. The tuna tartar was very nice, but did not really jump out at us. Next time maybe a bit more wasabi. The blue crab dip was a favourite of our guests, plenty of crab, and a very flavourful. None of us ever had truffle fries before, a real treat. Of course everyone loved the Pawpaw's Mac & Cheese. Serving sizes were reasonable as was the pricing. The wait staff were very attentive, and the Manager came over to see how we were doing. It could not have been better experience for the four of us.

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l
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

SO disappointed. We had reservations 2 days ahead of time. The restaurant was not busy and yet we were sat at the booth even with the open kitchen where we looked at trash cans, dirty floors, and smelled smoke from whoever was outside the back door. It took 10 minutes to get a waitress, 10 minutes to get the drinks, and almost 2 hours to complete our meal. The food was good, but the service and table were so bad we couldn’t enjoy our meal.

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C
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

Our waitress was really not good. She purposely ignored us. Said she would bring things she never did. Served salad and all food at the same time. We were seated by the kitchen which was VERY distracting.

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Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was amazing! My gf and I were attending the Food and Wine festival this past weekend. We asked around
Town for great places to eat and someone suggested this place and we’re glad they did. Try the succotash! Omg it’s
Out of this world. I want The recipe now. We both had it and the Chicken Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes w a side of mac and cheese to try. Good prices.

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E
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was outstanding!! We had the fried chicken and shrimp and grits. Server was not bad, but definitely not on the ball. Would return for the food any day of the week!!!!

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Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Inexperienced, inattentive staff. Average food. Waited 45 minutes for appetizers and our entree came almost immediately after. Had to flag the waiter down for drinks and then refills. There are just way many great places to eat in Charleston, so avoid this one.

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J
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fabulous dinner. Very accommodating staff.
Pretty loud though and we were in from Baltimore to celebrate our anniversary so a quieter spot may have been a little nicer.

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MK
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very loud and we had to wait for drink refills but the food was good.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was disappointing and service was apathetic and slow. Similar quality to a Chili's but with high prices.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect southern experience with out of this world food.

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ST
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As Editor of The Scout Guide Charleston I am continually out and about and Pawpaw never disappoints, amazing service, incredible crab dip app and blackened fish sandwich! HUGE fan!

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SM
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good southern food with AMAZING friend chicken. Wait staff was great at recommending items to try.

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RD
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fried chicken is great!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a great restaurant to cap off our babymoon. Great food and service.

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Server was very unpleasant. She made everyone at the table feel uncomfortable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Mainstream. Restaurant was empty and my date and I were seated next to a family- quite annoying. By far the worst liquor drink concoction we’ve ever had. Overall C- due to much higher expectations

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They need to figure out how to tone down some of the noise. It was hard to have a conversation but everything else was great. I just considered taking a group there next week but decided not to because I think we won’t be able to talk to each other without yelling. However, the food and service were terrific! Just add something to the ceiling, etc to help with the noise.

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MS
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Excellent service. And atmosphere was great. Nice decor.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

We arrived and the hostess who was on the telephone did not greet us with a smile or a “hold on just one moment”... she got off the phone and instead of her asking our name she just ignored us. I waited a couple minutes before telling her we had a reservation and then we were seated.

Our waitress then came and dropped off water at our table, never said hello, nor told us her name, we didn’t get it the whole dinner. We didn’t even realize she was our waitress until she came back with menus 10 minutes later. She never told us about the menu or the specials, we honestly probably came in contact with her maybe 3 times the whole meal.

The food was delicious but we were pretty upset about the service we were shown. We have really never tipped any waiter or waitress less than 20% even if they weren’t great, but we did this time and honestly we should have tipped her less.

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B
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a good meal shrimp and grits was great I loved chicken fried steak

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NN
Wilmington
16 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. I always choose a restaurant based on the menu. The plates offered were using ingredients in imaginative ways. I was curious and I wasn't disappointed. But above all, we were greeted and taken care of by a wonderful, funny, and attentive waiter (with a great singing voice, I must add). Thank you, Parker for making our last night in Charleston memorable.

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RF
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food!

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MR
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large group of 16 and they accommodated us as well as offering excellent service. The food was fantastic! Very happy with our choice of picking this place out of all the amazing places in Charleston. Highly recommend!

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JH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

So disappointed ! !!
Biscuits: dry and tasteless
Mac and cheese : horribly tasteless
Brussels: tasty
Crab cakes: mediocre ,cold
My drink went to the wrong table... after I had to go to the bar to order it...
There are so many other options in Charleston... don’t waste your money/time here !!

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B
Charleston
143 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food is always top notch at PawPaw. We had outstanding service and our timetable was judiciously observed. PawPaw is a place we will return to.

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious. Decor was very cool.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sundae was nice, but they just made it and didn’t ask what we wanted on it...they just put sprinkles and chocolate sauce on it...oh well! It was fine.

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XX
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Server Parker was the best. Truly made the dinner experience enjoyable and memorable

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