Wren Bistro & Bar

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$30 and under
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Wren Bistro & Bar is a hip neighborhood restaurant that boasts a relaxing, yet upscale environment. We serve delectible dishes with locally grown ingredients, unique micro brews and carefully selected wines. Wren is located in the heart of historic downtown Beaufort, South Carolina. Join us for lunch or dinner, or have a relaxing beverage at our inviting bar. See you soon!
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RickieB
Charleston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First chance to enjoy Wren Bistro, not disappointed. From the hostess to the service, very relaxed, accommodating atmosphere. The food was outstanding, our waiter's personality added to our experience. We will definitely be back.

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vipSteveO
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited Wren for the first time this weekend and was happily surprised. My wife had the crab cake and I had the steak and both were exceptional. We started with the garlic shrimp which was fantastic! Service was quite good as well.

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BillC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I will say that the Wren Bistro is on our must stop list anytime we go to Beaufort. This trip was no different. I booked the reservation at least a week in advance for July 24th. We were not sure what to expect with Covid-19. We arrived early about 5:30pm and found a near empty restaurant. After removing the tray of silverware from the top of our table our maitre ‘d sat us in a back corner of the restaurant near the kitchen entrance. It was odd that our table did not have the usual candle or table cloth. Our waiter Andrew was great. The food was excellent. I had the crispy flounder that was prepared and seasoned perfectly. Although I was disappointed with our table location the Wren will continue to be one of our favorite places to eat in Beaufort.

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vipMollyC
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place. Not loud, perfect service and amazing seafood pasta!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wren was recommended to us by Janet, on her historic Beaufort walking tour. Fabulous experience from checking to leaving
. Staff was extremely friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. Everyone adhered to ordinance requirements for Covid virus. Food was delicious and other guests were very friendly and helpful to us as tourists. Would definitely recommend Wren.

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vipKimberly
Atlanta
98 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time dining here....have a second home on HHI and have been to Jane many times, so with Jane being a sister restaurant, we were not disappointed! The salads are delicious and the burger night price of $10 was a winner with my dad. Our server (I cannot remember her name) was very good. I got the shrimp and grits and asked for no onion on it, but it DID arrive with the onion...just picked it out, but really the only disappointment.

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LindaR
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Great downtown location. Service was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Manager was sooo rude... rather than quietly asking ppl to please keep their masks on until they got to their tables she would yell it across the bar in front of all customers. She was so unprofessional! And the wait staff (including the manager) were eating off each other’s plates at the bar and licking there fingers in front of customers while customers were trying to enjoy dinner.

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Unhappy
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Very rude staff and terrible food

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

It really is the protocol during pandemic...we ate there a week ago and would have rated all a 5, however this time, glasses were refilled rather than a new glass being brought to us, the table we were at was against a wall, a bit stuffy when we are to be in an airy spot, and when the pandemic is over, will return, however, for now, not our choice. Recommend to a friend with caution, but if over that, delicious and friendly place to be.

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vipMartinI
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Slow and detached bar staff, out of ingredients for cocktail, no silverware on table = wait to eat food, wait staff overworked

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Jake
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Liz was excellent in taking our order and checking on us periodically. My chicken salad (best in SC) was delicious. I'll will be back again to enjoy the WREN.

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CarolB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Unfortunately there was a party of 14 there and only 2 cooks so kitchen was backed up. Our server was attentive and kept us informed. Hopefully next time will be better.

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Saundy
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, very accommodating, and blessed with a wonderful waitress, Grace!
Food was delicious...pecan crusted chicken and the meatloaf.

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vipKimS
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drove over to Beaufort with friends from HHI and decided to try Wren. The only regret is that we haven't been sooner! The decor, ambiance, quality of food and service were all 5 stars. Worth the drive!!!

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RDFB
Key West
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We're so glad that Wren is nearby - a great place to meet friends, or have a "just us" meal. My current favorites are the shrimp and grits, and the pecan chicken.

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vipsatisfiedcustomer
Savannah
53 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and attention to detail. Because we were conducting an interview, I had asked for a quiet table when I made the reservation, weeks in advance. They made note and accommodated us. Food and service were excellent. Couldn't ask for a better place for lunch.

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vipfoodie469
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went early. Had a great time. Food and service was really good. Shrimp and grits were delicious. Shared everything since the portions are generous and we’re old. The beet salad was outstanding.

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vipEcurtis
Charleston
61 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Mixed bag. Fried green tomatoes were great. They were out of grits so served the “shrimp and grits” over a fried grit cake. May have been passable but the sauce was extremely runny like it had been watered down to stretch what they had left. Sent it back and got a fairly bland plate of salmon with sides. The hamburger was over cooked and under “dressed” for a 12 oz. patty..... one small thin slice of tomato, a few slivers of onion and ketchup served in a small paper cup . Unlikely we will return.

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WeLoveIt
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent!!! We will definitely be returning soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have never been disappointed here. The fish and grits are both top notch. The menu is creative and interesting. The service is top notch. Tonight we stopped in without reservations - 6:30 on a Friday night. They were able to seat us immediately at a high top in bar area. Service was still faultless and the experience was still great. That’s why we return time after time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the seafood bisque and steak. Both were wonderful, steak was expertly seasoned. Delish! One of our new favorite dinner places.

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vipDargan
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Energetically served and pretty food but just really not very good. Fish fry fell apart on arrival, crab cake had only a little crab, dirty rice bland. Shrimp and grits an improvement.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mahi was outstanding!!

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vipJoan
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Wren is my favorite restaurant for lunch. However , on Saturday, they did not have enough wait staff, and service was slow. Food was still delicious

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vipBonnieJ
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful hostess and wait staff,,,the food is superb! This is our favorite place to eat in Beaufort.

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Blueman
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Our lunch order was a burger and a Reubin Sandwich. Both were below average. The Reubin was made with chunky corned beef that fell out onto the plate. Sour Kraut was all lumped on one side and could not be respread because the meat kept falling out. And the hassled waitress would ask if we needed anything and begin walking away as we answered.

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RogerL
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Very casual elegance, our service was very good, the food was very good and came out in a timely manner. They were out of several items we wanted to order however what we had was excellent! We would definitely go back again!

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TomW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Service was great, the food was excellent and it wasn’t too loud

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johno
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good range of menu selections. Presented in a timely manner by friendly staff

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Ashley731
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend if your looking for the perfect place to dine.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Good food. Prices not bad. Our waitress was slow, even by Southern standards. Overall very good.

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vipsatisfiedcustomer
Savannah
54 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new go-to place for dinner in Beaufort. My husband is still raving about his flaky flounder that he had a few nights ago, saying it is the best fish dinner he can recall in terms of taste, presentation and sides. I had a dinner salad that was equally good. Service was excellent. The restaurant can get noisy. If that's a problem, ask for a table on the side. I've already booked the restaurant for an upcoming special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff. The host and our waitress were very polite and nice. Food was great! Loved the atmosphere as well.

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vipjacquelinee
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Wren is usually our 'Go To' restaurant when we go to Beaufort. We love the food, and the atmosphere. Not so on our last visit though. We wanted to get the mushroom flatbread appetizer. We were told that there had been a truck delivery problem. So we picked something else, a hummus plate. We were told that that too, was not available; same reason. I was struck by the lack of initiative. Surely a 'replacement' hummus could have been found from the supermarket around the corner. As it was we both had something we did not really care for. We should have gotten up and left.

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vipWadeW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Very disappointed with Wren. This was the first time in seven years, and Wren did not live up to our memory. Salad was overdressed significantly, the sauce on the Maui & Shrimp was heavy and bland, and the mashed potatoes with the ribeye we’re getting cold. Not worth the money, and we will find somewhere else the next time we travel to Beaufort. On a good note, the server and the overall ambience was great.

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vipChristineB
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are in the mood for a great burger this is the place to go. It is huge, flavorful, juicy, has all the toppings and comes with perfect fries.

We have also thoroughly enjoyed the Uptown Grilled Cheese sandwich, Southern Tier (Fried green tomatoes, goat cheese, etc.) and the Butcher's Sandwich to name a few.

You just can't go wrong with any menu item. The first bite makes you pause to savor all the flavors.

We love eating at the Wren. Not only is the food great, the service is always perfect.

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Spruce18
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

We we’re meeting our friends at the bar for dinner. It was unclear whether there was wait service at the tables in the bar. Staff was milling around and chatting with each other for 10 minutes; finally ordered from the bartender. Then the waitress arrived.... Then our friends arrived and again, no wait service. The woman who waited on us for dinner seemed chronically annoyed . Didn’t check on us. Didn’t bring the water one guest requested. Rolled her eyes when we asked for two checks.
The food was very good!
(we have been to Wren several times. The wait staff there seem more interested in chatting with each than serving customers. It’s a chronic problem there).

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SusieR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

As much as I enjoy the food at Wren, the service is always lagging behind expectations. I had a noon reservation, yet waited several minutes because the hostess was tied up handling a carry out order. Small infraction, but noticeable. This is followed by the inability to get our waitress’s attention on several occasions when we were in need of various items forgotten at the table: sugar, salt & pepper, others.

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DebraS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Both my husband and I were happy with our meals and price. Our server Tina was excellent.

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Wren Bistro & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 524-9463.

Wren Bistro & Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 426 OpenTable diners.

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