Relish

4.5
147 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Experience downtown-style 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 Thornley Campus, skilled CIC students produce and serve the creative cuisine. Diners may select either a day featuring the diverse dishes of the world produced by Chef Scott Stefanelli's International Cuisine on Tuesdays in Fall 1, or one featuring modern Charleston fine dining from Chef Randy William's Capstone Restaurant class on Thursdays. Fall 2 will feature American Regional on Tuesdays and French Regional on Thursdays. Offering lunch seatings, The Relish Restaurant Group® Dining Room provides the most attractive value and venue in the neighborhood.
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Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful lunch thanks to Lisa and our server Nic. The "setup" on the table was terrific and everything from the introduction of our server until the final sip of coffee went smoothly and was professionally done.

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Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the “mock tail” Great thought process
We enjoyed the Hawaiian theme. The food was delicious, but my spouse thought the pork entree needed “flavor”. Portions are perfect. We noticed students with smiles and needed information about menu items.
Very clean and look forward to returning

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit! Our server Ashley did a remarkable job and made the meal special for everyone at our table!

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MK
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and great service! Always satisfied!

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k
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

there were 4 of us celebrating wife birthday....good place for lunch...quiet, great service, and tasty food.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

great!!! highly recommend

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JX
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Future Iron Chef in action and a good place to stop for lunch.

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j
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy dining at the culinary school because of quality, service along with a reasonable cost. It allows us to enjoy students and contribute to their learning experience. To date I have never had a bad meal there.
Jerryk

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OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great meal

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable! The staff is attentive and very knowledgeable.

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JU
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I really enjoy myself when I am at this establishment. The students do an outstanding job. The value is well worth it. I will continue to return this place.

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k
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good lunch meal with friends it was a taste of Japanese.. the students did a good job in preparation and service.. looking forward to returning in the fall

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C
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Alina was wonderful. She explained the menu in great detail. She was attentive,personable and always smiling. We had a great experience.

We will be back!

Charlie

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Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the food, server & surroundings. Lots of food for a noon lunch. Wish they had early bird dining.
I did bring half of my lunch home.
This is always a great experience- Relish & Palmer.

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k
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for a meal. Food was a delight.. the only concern was the centerpiece was too tall which interfered with conversations... this is one place all should try for a memorable dining experience

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MK
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!!! Food and Service was Excellent!

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k
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We celebrated my wife's birthday with a couple of our close friends at a noon meal. The restaurant was part of the Trident Tech Culinary Program where students are involved in all phases of a restaurant operation. A three course meal was served. The food was well prepared and delicious. Service was outstanding....Recommend this restaurant to all...will be going back again next semester...

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My son is a student in the culinary arts program and we were curious to experience his class environment. It was very professional and we enjoyed seeing the students working in the kitchen. The portions were perfect for lunch. I had the Halibut, delicious, my husband had shrimp and enjoyed it. The panna cotta portion for the dessert was a bit too much for me. The service was timely, professional, and friendly

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R
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!

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m
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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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MK
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Portions are small, soup and salad should be offered together

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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p
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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r
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

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.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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TO
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 !

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P
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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P
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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R
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!

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EE
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

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.

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MK
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

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.

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PD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

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C
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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MK
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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H
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

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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E
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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FG
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!

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