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About Relish

Experience downtown dining in this bright contemporary restaurant that garnered LS3P Associates an ASID Merit Award in Institutional Design. Located in the Culinary Institute of Charleston’s Main Campus, skilled CIC students produce and serve the creative cuisine. Diners may select either a day featuring the diverse dishes of the Americas produced by Chef Donald Barickman’s American Regional Cuisine class or one featuring the global flavors of world fare from Chef Randy William's International Cuisine class. Various regional cuisines are offered as well. Offering both lunch and dinner service (when available), The Relish Restaurant Group® Dining Room provides the most attractive value and venue in the neighborhood. (Please note: Because both the dining rooms and the student-run kitchens of The Relish Restaurant Group® Restaurant and our sister restaurant 181 Palmer are classrooms, the days and hours of operation are determined by the college’s calendar.)

7000 Rivers Avenue
Building 920
North Charleston, SC 29406
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, International

Hours of Operation:
Determined by the college schedule. Dates and times are posted accordingly.

Cross Street:
College Drive

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 820-5087

Website:
http://www.culinaryinstituteofcharleston.com/

Parking Details:
Free off-street parking

Executive Chef:
Donald Barickman and Kevin Mitchell

Additional:
Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access

Relish Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Good for Groups (4)
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Worth the Drive (4)
Casual (4)
Business Meals (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Fun (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Good for a Date (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Authentic (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Cozy (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Our group always enjoy the food, ambience and the pleasant and courtesy.
Our server Enrae was fantastic and the food delicious!!
We will be back!!! Grade A Tech students, soon to be, chefs!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fun, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Yes, we would recommend Relish as long as you are patient. A high point of coming to Relish was buying pastries from their bakery shop, it was not open. We understand it is a learning environment, but the servers were really under manned, it was difficult to flag one down for assistance. Meal started with dry biscuits, they used to serve artisan breads. First course we had roasted beets and charred tomato, both were great starters. Second course had amazing chicken with farro, the other plate was delicious ravioli and smoked salmon which had to be sent back as it was uncooked and cold in the middle. Dessert was a great selection of cheeses and crackers (would have been better with french bread and butter) and "chocolate pudding" forget the name. The pudding was flavorful, but rubbery. Good experience but "been there done that" and no need to go back for the same menu. Basically a "one and done" place now.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails
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food3
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I was there with a party of 4. We had reservations for 11:30am but they didn't open up the doors until 11:45. We were waited on promptly and our server was very courtious. The first course was very good, but I had pork loin for the entree and it was so salty I could barely eat it. The dessert was chocolate panna cotta, which I love, but it was very rubbery. Hazelnut Lattee was delicious.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great Food, Ambiance and Service! Lunch with friends. Definitely will be going back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Portions are small, soup and salad should be offered together

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

We enjoyed a wonderful experience. The meal was beautifully plated and delicious. Our server was extremely courteous and polite. The staff and cooks were all students under Instructors supervision, but overall this restaurant was far superior to a lot of restaurants I've dined in.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 6, 2017

This was my 1st time here and it was a delightful experience. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone wanting to experience fine dining.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Authentic, Casual
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 11, 2017

We were not greeted / seated promptly. Breaded Calamari was served cold. Service was slow and somewhat impersonal (Axxx) two of the three entrees were poorly prepared and lacked substance. The roast pork tenderloin was OK and chutney flavorful. Hostess tried to make everything right, but you can't poor food prep. Sorry guys I expected more. The bakery / Cafe was a lot better.

Tags: Casual
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food1
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 6, 2017

been here before several times. always enjoyed most of the foods served.

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 5, 2017

My wife and I introduced Six of our friends to Relish. A great , and easy to impress friends. The décor, food presentation and service is always excellent. Thanks for making life Grand !

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 30, 2017

As always, fresh ingredients made everything excellent. The food was served with such care, and each plate that arrived was served in a beautiful presentation. We will go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 23, 2017

We have eaten here twice before. This was the best meal yet! The crab cake was very good, the Virginia chicken was tasty and moist, and the collards were tender and prepared perfectly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 23, 2017

My friends really enjoyed dining at Relish for lunch. The price was ridiculously low for the service, meal (the whole package) that was prepared compared to what we would have paid at another restaurant.
Hats off to our students!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Wait staff are learning so made for a slow response to each table assigned and need to learn how to handle plates and glassware. Noticed involved hands on rim if glasses. Spilled half my drink and did not offer to get me a full glass. Bowl of soup served less then 1 cup not even a 1\4 of a cup..not given a spoon. Many customers had to ask for spoons for the soup. Should not be served in a large bowl, if less then a cup. Curry vindaloo not tasty just too much smoked paprika for heat. Curry should be flavorful. Bowl served in should not be handled by the rim. The food was too overpriced for the lack of flavor. It was not even worth a $5.00 price tag. I'm being critical because I'm a retired caterer with a great track record.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 14, 2017

This was a rare situation - the food was too spicy. The main entrée was spicy but everything else was great. I've been here 15 - 20 times and this is the first time I couldn't eat all the food because of the highly seasoned dish.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 14, 2017

The food was wonderful. The value was exceptional and we had a wonderful lunch experience. Looking forward to our next visit. The staff were so cordial and accomodating. We met the supervisor who answered all our questions about the restaurant. We would defintely recommend this for a very pleasant lunch experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 9, 2017

I enjoy tasting the different menus that they provide. It is a great price for the value and you can enjoy a conversation with friends.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 9, 2017

Enjoy eating here every week. It's a hidden gem. Each week the menu changes so it's always a surprise the country or region you will be sampling each week.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 8, 2017

Great food and great service! We always enjoy eating at the Relish Restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 2, 2017

I enjoy going to the Relish and tasting what the students are doing. It's nice, the food is good and you can enjoy a conversation.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 31, 2017

The food is always impeccable but service can be hit and miss. Alas it's a learning experience for students so I don't mind the hiccups along the way. I wish Relish was open for dinner, even if it were just a few days per term.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Outstanding Value, Business Meals, Seasonal
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 31, 2017

New to area and interested in getting a taste of local places. This was a great choice. Not a rushed lunch. Learning experience for me as well as the staff! Great job. Definitely will be back next opportunity!!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 30, 2016

Excellent food and value with a varying menu The servers are Well informed

Tags: Outstanding Value, Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 15, 2016

Great meal and excellent service! A nice dining experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 10, 2016

Excellent food! Great Service! Everything was wonderful....as usual!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 28, 2016

This was our second visit to RELISH. Everything was just great. We will be returning in the near future to sample some different cuisine.

Tags: Casual
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 22, 2016

Excellent!!! Our server provided the very best in service. My friends and I love the bread!!!

Tags: Fun, Outstanding Value
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 22, 2016

We took a friend to lunch with us to Relish, her comment was that she felt that she was dining in a 5 star restaurant! I have to agree we always are treated wonderfully and lunch is superb.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 15, 2016

Entre was great, main dish with the risotto and dessert was OK. Overall was very good . Love to come back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 8, 2016

Great Food! Excellent service! This was a wonderful lunch experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 19, 2016

The food was fantastic. The meatball first course was great and so was the dessert.
The salmon wasn't cooked all the way through and was sent back to the kitchen, but when it was returned to the table it was seasoned to perfection!!!
All in all my friends and I enjoyed every bite. Did I mention the bread/butter and coffee?
My friends and I could not get enough!!!
My friends are looking forward to many more occasions to dine at The Relish.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on April 5, 2016

Only way to get a gourmet meal for the price of fast food

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 31, 2016

THIS IS A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO TRY NEW LOCALLY SOURCED REGIONAL FOODS FOR A BARGAIN PRICE WHILE SUPPORTING THE STUDENTS OF THE CULINARY INSTITUTE OF CHARLESTON. ONLY TWO SEATINGS WEEKDAYS FOR PRIX FIXE 3-COURSE LUNCH INCLUDING BEVERAGES AND COFFEE, ADVANCE RESERVATION REQUIRED, BUT TOP NOTCH ATMOSPHERE, PRESENTATION AND SERVICE BY ERNEST STUDENTS AND THEIR INSTRUCTORS. UNFORTUNATELY, NO TIPPING ALLOWED!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 31, 2016

I went to Relish for Cuisine of the South week because I knew the dessert would be Chef Donald Barickman's sweet biscuit with strawberries and custard. It's a tradition. The menu also featured she-crab soup and shrimp and grits. Delicious.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 30, 2016

Love this restaurant! Every visit is a new a0dventure.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 29, 2016

Overall the food and service was Great. The blackened fish was way tooooo hot and sp[cy that I could not finish it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 17, 2016

We must remember that this is a college and based on the level of knowledge and experience these students showed made this lunch experience very enjoyable! Would recommend anyone who gets a chance to make reservations and check out the lovely cuisine these students create each semester. One just cannot beat the price you pay for a 3 course meal and plus this helps grow our market as these students learn the tools and skills needed in their career.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 10, 2016

I was not impressed with the food and the service on our last lunch. We will go back because at other times the food and the service was outstanding.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2016

A tremendous homecoming for me. The chefs and students are very inviting and knowledgeable thank you for welcoming me to your fine restaurant. Chef Gregory
Steinhauer

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 27, 2016

Food was good and fresh. Pleasant experience had by all. Would definitely return.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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