Wren Bistro & Bar

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$30 and under
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American
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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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the restaurant. Also, the service by Barbara was excellent. She did a wonderful job!!

z
Washington DC
93 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was a very nice restaurant that we could walk to from our hotel. My dinner (pork chop, spoon bread, asparagus) was fabulous. I thoroughly enjoyed it. My husband got meatloaf which was a serving large enough to serve several others. I thought the dining room was a little under-decorated and dark. Nothing really charming about it. Overall, however, it was a very pleasant dinner and experience.

m
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

frankly- portions are very large-nobody needs a 12 oz burger even if it is fabulous

MK
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

My friends enjoyed the cranberry chicken salad and I thought the LowCountry Tier was very unique, with it's fried green tomatoes and sweet tomato jam. I would definitely return and order the same dishes.

RE
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Took the server 20 min to come to my table.. her services felt very rushed although friendly. I got recommendations to try the meatloaf. I took a picture if it and sent it to my friend. Even my friend said WHAT DID THEY DO..THEY CHANGED IT. The meatloaf was wrapped in chewy bacon..took that off..the toppings were good ,but now I know why..the meat was very bland. The cocktail 210 twist was good. The garnish was bit on the lazy side. If you are going to come across as upscale..sell upscale product.

S
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very casual, relaxed atmosphere with a good array of food options (although a little less so for vegetarians) and a decent selection of wine and beer. Burgers are great.

w
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Our food and waitress were wonderful! The hostess was rude! When we walked in I inquired about our table. She was snippy and not friendly at all. She even made a comment to another waitress/hostess about how we didn’t want a certain table. It wasn’t a very nice welcome for our group.
However, we had a wonderful waitress who made our dinner pleasant.

SD
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a very nice restaurant! Generous portions for the price. If you want something that sticks to your ribs, I strongly recommend Mama's Freakin' Meatloaf!

TM
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Over all really enjoyed - will definitely go back and recommend to others, but price makes it an option reserved for special occasions. Food was delicious - I am not a fish lover, but absolutely devoured the flounder. My husband had the Saturday steak special, which he said was good, not great - he helped me finish the flounder and we took the steak home. Along with a piece of coconut cake, which was delish 😋. Our service was less than stellar, but we observed other tables getting what seemed to be very good service, so maybe just an “off” night for or server.

BL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

4 people, all ordered salmon. Asked how we wanted cooked..rare, medium, well done. We all said medium. Came out very, very rare. We all took a couple bites and then said no more. Chef offered to cook more and said in future we should order medium well. Didn't want to send back..how do you know whose plate your getting back? Were not charged for salmon. Only charged for appetizer and wine.

CM
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant was highly recommended and lived up to all expectations.
Everything we ate was wonderful… Would like to have the recipes!

c
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Uninspired menu. Cobb salad came swimming in dressing.
Fried green tomato app was the exception
Friendly server
Music was loud and annoying

C
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A local favorite and in an excellent downtown location...as well known for its bar as for its menu. Its a favorite among Beaufort professionals for lunch or dinner and has a lively atmosphere. All selections off the menu were excellent....great personable service too.

OT
Wilmington
14 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

An excellent lunch

DC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicken cranberry pecan salad is awesome! Attractive setting

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience in a wonderful restaurant

PA
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delightful local eatery with an interesting menu. We’ll definitely return.

LN
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. We were there celebrating 3 birthdays and the birthday gals loved it. Only one issue - we brought a birthday cake and the restaurant charges $10 for cutting it. We had a knife with us so it was no big deal, but I think that is over the top in a charge.

M
Pittsburgh
25 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was fab---we loved the food! We'll return when in Beaufort! Highly recommended. Interesting, peaceful atmosphere. Great martini! Thanks!

KF
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely lunch. We will return on our next trip to Beaufort.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting with delicious food and wine. Excellent service and hospitality. A charming experience!

OT
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food drinks service and friends

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely experience!

B
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful fish! Great new waitress. Really nice time

C
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We met friends there for lunch. It turned out to be a very good place. The food was very good, as was the service. The ambience was upscale modern, and our overall experience was very enjoyable.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

We are in the area once or twice a year and have always had lovely meals with attentive service. Sadly, on our recent visit, this was not the case. After fifteen minutes, we asked the hostess to please send over a server who finally arrived five minutes later. Drinks were slow to arrive at the table and came in three waves for four diners. We had to ask that plates from our starter be removed from the table and when the the entrees were served, they arrived in two waves nearly five minutes apart. The food was fine but not memorable has it had been in the past. Let’s hope things were just off this particular day.

C
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Service was a little slow.
They kept saying they weren’t under staffed but it really seemed like they were for how slow our waitress was.
Especially for a Friday night.

KF
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and the atmosphere! The customer service was amazing as well!

T
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

We visit the area a few times a year and always dine here once during our stay. We invited my in laws to join us for dinner. The table we sat the lighting was very dim. The server was not attentive in the slightest. It was 15-20mins before she came to get our drink order. After the entrees were served she came back to ask if the bill would be split. We had to ask her if there was dessert. The food was great as always, but we were disappointed in the service. It wasn’t a great 1st impression for my in-laws.

CC
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to eat a delicious meal. The staff and the food were great, no concerns or disappointments. Portion sizes are more than enough, prices are good from this excellent menu. We had the mushroom flatbread, meatloaf and flounder dishes and all were so tasty. The special touches for our anniversary were generous and kind. We really enjoyed and will be back when in the area. Thank you.

SP
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Love the character of Wren, food is always delicious. It's just too darned noisy for our old ears.

m
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal
First time we went for dinner
It was great

EW
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was absolutely perfect and so patient with my elderly Mom. Everything we ordered was delicious.

B
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was efficient and pleasant. The food very good. I love the mango tea. The happy neighborhood atmosphere is relaxing.

MG
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service. Would definitely recommend

J
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met a good friend for supper! Food was great as usual! Enjoyed our meal & time together!

CM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delightful...from the food to the service to the ambiance!

AD
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Food is always outstanding. We come here at least 3 times a month and never disappointed with the food. We had friends in town so we made reservations, they loved the food and atmosphere. Service however this time was not so wonderful. I asked for a Togo box, the woman rolled her eyes, grabbed my plate, removed my silver wear and never came back with my leftover food I asked to take Togo. We ordered another round of drinks, never showed up. Next time we will sit at the high tops (where we typically sit)

P
London
21 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Wren, one of our favorite places locally.

A
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I had 3 childhood friends in town for a visit! We had a 6:00 reservation & we were seated right away, however, the hostess wasn’t the least bit welcoming. 2 of us enjoyed their meals, but the 2 who ordered chicken couldn’t even cut it, it was so tough and over cooked. When the waitress cleared our table, I told her, but she just didn’t seem to care.