Permanently Closed - Pawpaw

4.4
1491 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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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4.4
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4.4
service
4.4
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Momo
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Maybe it’s because we had been to so many amazing restaurants during our visit but disappointed in the service here & cleanliness. It wasn’t bad but just not the warm professional service from the hostess to the wait staff. Saw where food is just wiped off the tables to the floor it was noticeable from the front window to the restrooms in back. Food was good just were so ready to leave after we finished eating.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Service, food and atmosphere. We’ll be visiting again. Scallops with risotto was our favorite.

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MicalJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food, great location, and great ambience. Would definitely go back!

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vipCharlie
Tampa
43 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was not that great. I had the chicken fried steak. The steak was a little over done and the gravy was not warm.

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Mike
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food. Try the biscuits for an appetizer. We would go back just for that.

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vipTimM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Delicious food and abundant. We had to take home. Highly recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My husband and I started with the Mac & Cheese. It was superb and with homemade noodle shells. Wonderful! For dinner we had The Market Fish (Red Snapper) which was cooked to protection and the Shrimp & Grits was the best we’ve had. Yum yum, great job all, we’ll definitely recommend y’all.

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DebraK
Omaha
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food2service3ambience5

Our chicken fried steak was very well done on one side...burnt

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PatriciaN
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had biscuits and chicken fried steak. Both delicious. Unfortunately the portions are huge. We also had the best Manhattens. The service by Katherine was attentive and pleasant. I would definitely come back.

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SuzanneP729
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Paw Paw was recommend to me from a local friend as I was visiting Charleston. The biscuits were amazing, and the service was fantastic. Our waitress could not have been more attentive to us. the options were big.

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vipPMJr
Charleston
49 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Decent food and service. A little pricey. Not outstanding but I'd go back.

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Bryant
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at PawPaw’s several times in the last couple years and every time has been fantastic. The food is fresh, flavorful and beautiful. Do NOT miss the hush puppies! The shrimp and grits and fried chicken sandwich (with truffle fries!) are also favorites. Our most recent server, Ashley, was wonderful and so kind to our young kids. Heartily recommend. Eat here, I need them to stay in business for a long time!

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LandriV
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience2

The food was amazing, but it was incredibly hot inside the restaurant... everyone in my group was literally dripping sweat and so uncomfortable. It made it difficult to eat and enjoy the food. It was also very loud inside.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome , waitress was awesome, overall fantastic!!Was loud so maybe not a great place for meetings.....

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DannyF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxed atmosphere, drinks are great and fried chicken was best I have had!!

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vipPatsy
Vancouver
38 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Not what we expected. Was more downscale than anticipated and we had to ask to change our table as we were shown to a back of the house location. Food though was very good. Chicken and dumplings excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal with fantastic service! Fluffy hush puppies and buttermilk biscuits were an awesome appetizer and the fried chicken and fresh grouper were prepared perfectly.

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DeirdreR
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Menu has changed and even though the pork chops are no longer on menu they still are featured on the web page. The girl who brought water to the table was very personable and friendly. Waitress was not.

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Will
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I ate m here for our 6th wedding anniversary. We were seated immediately, and our server greeted us with complimentary Champagne to toast to our anniversary! What a thoughtful touch! And the food, some of the best in Charleston. I’ve traveled to Charleston for years and eaten all over the city, the Biscuit appetizer (don’t think about it just order them) was not only the best biscuits I’ve ever had, but the accoutrements were the best versions of those I’ve ever had. Pimento cheese as good as my grandfather’s, and no one could touch his until now. The shrimp and grits were delicious, although I prefer the traditional Tasso ham in the dish rather than the andouille. And the Fried Chicken dinner...just don’t even look at the menu. Sit down, and order the chicken. I grew up on legit homemade fried chicken, I’m an amateur chef whose cooked fried chicken for the last 12 years in competitions in the Chicken capital of the world, Gainesville, Ga, so I know what great chicken is... and this is by far the best fried chicken I’ve put in my mouth. Period. It’s seasoned perfectly, fried to perfection (from the texture what appears to be in pressure fryers), and the collards to go with it were in the top two I’ve ever eaten. The acid in the collards bring the dish together, and cuts the richness perfectly. Don’t walk, run to this restaurant! My wife and I will definitely be back!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Water glass was dirty and promptly exchanged. Cocktails were great! Server was wonderful. Food was just ok. Breading for the chicken fried steak and fried chicken was a bit on the salty side (and I’m one who salts food often - so that’s saying a lot). Also, the mashed potatoes were instant :( that really brought my impression down of this place. I was excited to try it and then disappointed. With so many other wonderful options in the area I will choose something else.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night with my fiancé. Great for date night without being to fancy.

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MikeS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent! Be wary of bottled beer. I ordered a stout and it was $20! I like dark beer but not that much. Need to post prices and include salmon on the menu. Other than that it’s outstanding!

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DerekandCheritaEaly
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I dinned there for our 27th anniversary. It was our first visit. We normally do the dinner cruise. But we will go back To PawPaw on our next visit. The food was EXCELLENT, the staff was OUTSTANDING, and the location was GREAT. We took a short walk to Joe Riely park after dinner and enjoy a nice walk and seat by the bay. We HIGHLY recommend PawPaw if visiting the area. Even if your not staying very close, they are worth the short drive from Mt Pleasant or Isle of Palms.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We live in Charleston. First time here, food was good but nothing special. For the price per plate we didn't feel it was on the level of other local restaurants. Service was great. Pretty loud for 6pm on a Friday.

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JessicaL
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hush puppies were amazing! As well as the rest of our meal!

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vipfoodiedc
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I feel that the server could have been more knowledgeable about the menu.

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TedA
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Mediocre average food. Typical overpriced meal at a touristy restaurant in a touristy location.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Wife’s Birthday dinner and she chose PawPaw. Had a really nice time, good food and great atmosphere. Definitely on our list for a revisit.

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vipluvchs
Charleston
47 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

This is our third or fourth time at Pawpaw and it did not meet our expectations. Food was fair, not as good as previous visits. Doubt we will return.

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DanaA
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our first visit! We’ll definitely be back in the future!

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ChasityH
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was wonderful! The food was amazing!! We had the fried chicken (best fried chicken ever), chicken fried steak (so moist and tender), steak (so juicy and full of flavor) and the fish special (soooooo yummy). We will definitely be back when we visit again.

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James
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new bride and I stopped by on our honeymoon. Megan kindly brought us complimentary champagne on her own. The food was delicious. The shrimp and grits was great.

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kolette3
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I have no specific complaints about PawPaw; the food was fine, and actually, the cocktail was quite good (I had the Aviator). Overall, though, there was nothing especially memorable about the experience. Despite the fact that I went early and the room was fairly empty, my server was disinterested and was impatient with questions about the menu. The scallop risotto was good, but that's the most descriptive thing I can say about it. Again, at a fairly slow time of the day, I was seated in the back of dining room, near the waiters' station. Unnecessarily drab, and a forgettable experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! We loved everything about our experience at PawPaw. The food was delicious. The service was impeccable. I loved the decor.

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MicheleB
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food excellent but Very disappointed in service and no local fresh fish specials. Waiter told us salmon was on special because they had it last night! Told us they were out of scallops then came back and said they had scallops, the chef just didn’t want to make risotto for the dish. Then he came back to tell us he had forgotten the other order. We stared at a dirty table next to us most of the evening. We had heard good things, not up to par for a Charleston dining experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a wonderful date night out. We don’t get out much and treating ourselves to a night out is very rare! I had the swordfish, which was wonderful!!!! Probably one of the best fish I’ve ever tried. My boyfriend had the steak. A little over priced for what we payed. But over all it was really great! Have and would definitely recommend!

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NancyC
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Unexpectedly poor experience. Have eaten there several times but won’t be back for awhile. All of the food was over salted to the point that 2 dishes weren’t edible. Another dish the scallops with risotto had such a strong apple taste that it was like eating applesauce - which didn’t work with the scallops nor the risotto. The biscuits and hush puppies were still exceptional

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Had reservations at 7:30 arrived 15 minutes early to them say we had to wait for our table to clear, went to the bar ordered drinks. Escorted to our table, which was right when you walked in, which no one had been sitting at since we got there. Anyways, food was pretty good. Our server, Ashley, was phenomenal. We had a large party next to us which made it hard to have a conversation over theirs, but overall a. Good experience

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LewisL
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Disappointed by limited menu and high prices. My scallops were soft like Jell-O. B. Perhaps undercooked. The best of the menu were the homemade biscuits. The fried chicken was alright but not for $25!

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vipsaraht
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was good, service sucked. Was during the day needed for workers

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Permanently Closed - Pawpaw is rated 4.4 stars by 1491 OpenTable diners.