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Gale Restaurant, Charleston, SC

Gale Restaurant

4.7
4.7
457 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Pizza & Pasta; pan Mediterranean plates using local produce, ingredients from all over & everything weird between.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (843) 818-4977
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Brett Chizinski
  • Private party facilities
    Gale is available for hosting large parties and buy outs from 20-60 people. Special menus can be created. Full bar and cocktail program. Great for sit down meals or cocktail party style events.
  • Private party contact
    Private Dining Coordinator: (843) 818-4977
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Charleston
  • Cross street
    Huger
  • Parking details
    Free Parking in the garage attached to the building.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 457 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

457 Reviews
  1. SimoneA

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    EXCELLENT DELICIOUS FOOD and incredible friendly service. Great ambiance and fun atmosphere. An absolute must for anyone that loves great food.

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  2. DaveO

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time and the food was incredible. We re often skeptical about a new place and we would come back here every time we visit. This place needs to be a must for all local folks in Charleston! Excellent Caesar salad, meatball app, pasta, and dessert. The Best!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was amazing! The restaurant is super cute and the food and drinks were amazing! The waitstaff were very kind and knowledgeable about food allergies as well.

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  4. BRew

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best meatball appetizers I have had. The pasta was outstanding. Enjoyed the background music selection as well. Looking forward to trying the pizza sometime as it looks great.

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  5. RandallZ

    Atlanta Metro

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food had some really great flavors to it! I would come back here again!

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  6. MichaelB

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to Charleston for the weekend to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. Upon searching reviews to decide where we wanted to celebrate over dinner, we were so lucky to find Gale Restaurant. The staff was extremely accommodating and the food was amazing. We were fortunate enough to be there during one of Gale’s visits to her restaurant. She graced us with lovely conversations, two glasses of champagne, authentic ricotta filled chocolate glazed cannolis for dessert, and she also had our wedding song played while we enjoyed one of the best meals we’ve ever had. She even offered up her meatball recipe, and they were out of this world. Thank you Gale for giving us an anniversary meal we will never forget. Looking forward to our next meal at Gale!

    1 person found this helpful

  7. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were celebrating a birthday. Food, service and ambiance were great.Zoe our server and manager were very attentive to our needs. 😎

    1 person found this helpful

  8. GregB

    Nashville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Way too noisy and food portions small.

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  9. Noname

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The cocktails are unique, beautifully served and absolutely delicious. The pasta tastes so fresh and has great flavor combinations that just make you want to continue eating! Would absolutely recommend for a casual evening or date night.

    1 person found this helpful

  10. KHer

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We sat for about 15-20 minutes once seated before anyone or our server even spoke to us. The food and drinks were good though. Atmosphere is very hipster like. Would not return, but maybe just wasn’t our vibe.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food were incredible!! Our server Zoe was great along with the manager. We had the pasta alla vodka and a pizza and loved both but the best part was the dessert! The ‘better than abs’ cake was one of the best desserts I’ve ever had! The signature cocktails were also great. Would recommend for a group or a date night!

    1 person found this helpful

  12. MasonT

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great first impression, went for an anniversary and was treated with cannolis on the house. Staff were friendly and helpful and the food was amazing for the price. Great atmosphere and some of the best pizza i’ve had.

    1 person found this helpful

  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My parents came into town so we chose to go there for a meal. We had an amazing time and every bit of the food was incredible! Can’t beat this place ♥️

    1 person found this helpful

  14. ercalabrese

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, drinks (love, love the huge drink menu) and service were outstanding!

    1 person found this helpful

  15. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our favorite restaurant! They always deliver the best food and experience !

    1 person found this helpful

  16. Carly

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My experience at Gale was outstanding. We got to meet Gale herself, and they all made my birthday so special! The food was incredible and the service was top notch!!

    1 person found this helpful

  17. hswanzy

    Dallas

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We recently had dinner at Gale Restaurant when visiting Charleston. We thought the Italian would be a good change of pace from the Lowcountry menus from which we had been eating. As we drove up, we were a little apprehensive because it is a restaurant in an apartment building and is right next to the entrance ramp of the highway so were questioning our decision. However, they do have little cute blue bistro tables outside and the inside is decorated really cool and they play excellent '80's music! Then once we had beverages and food delivered, we were blown away! The cocktails on the drink menu were so creative and intriguing. We ordered the Molly Ringwald and it was so pretty and tasty. I later had a red wine from Montepulciano which was delicious. My friend ordered the Allium Alumni pasta with Scallion, Shallots, Garlic, Pistachio, Arugula, Parmesan. I ordered the Little Italy pizza with Sausage Ragu, Mozzarella, Calabrian Chilis, Garlic, Parmesan. Both dishes were SO flavorful and scrumptious. The pizza had delicious flavors that just bursted in your mouth, sausage, tomatoes, lots of garlic, the hint of chilis, just SO good. We rounded out the night with the Cannoli for dessert which was also very good. Just outstanding food and beverages here and service was good, too.

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  18. HiWay

    Greater Boston

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This special spot tucked into meeting Street has a small menu, but they do what they do very well excellent brick, oven, pizza, delicious pasta, and a wild plethora of cocktails A Pizza Price increasing is a drag. But this restaurant is worth returning to.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was ok. Our waitress was wonderful, but the time it took to get the food was a tad bit long. Food was good, but not as good as our first time here. The brussel sprouts and meatballs was amazing though. The alla vodka pasta was ok, and tad bit over seasoned.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was an excellent experience for our dinner. Exceptional food and even better service.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our time there very much!! The food was amazing! The service was excellent and we will definitely go back!!

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  22. StaceyN

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Some of the very best food I have had in Charleston! The cauliflower appetizer was so delicious! The pasta was outstanding! We will be back.

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  23. AmberH

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely perfect dining experience, staff and food was superb!!

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  24. IsaL

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gale is one of my favorite restaurants in Charleston. They have staple dishes but there is always something new on the food and drinks menu which makes it a new experience each time. Everyone that works there is super friendly and nice and truly goes out of their way to make it a wonderful dining experience.

    1 person found this helpful

  25. CharlestonEDiner

    Charleston

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fabulous. A must try…the curried cauliflower. And the chocolate cake? To die for.

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  26. timc

    Coastal Georgia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were in Charleston with my husband and ! Omg! The food was amazing and the servers were fantastic!! We need to back!!

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  27. HiWay

    Greater Boston

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. Spendy but excellent. Little Italy pizza stands out as does the chocolate ganache dessert.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wasn’t sure what to expect, then BAM!!! These fine people took good care of us, had excellent food, the atmosphere was great and overall a great night/experience. The menu is short and sweet, plenty of options without being overboard. We had a large party, and they completely killed it with us. Will be going back for sure definitely Recommend A+++

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  29. GigiT

    Charleston

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our evening was wonderful! There were 5 of us, and 4 different types of pasta was ordered. We all tried everybody’s, and all were delicious. Half price wine wasn’t too shabby either.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service and delicious food! The cocktails were fun and well prepared. We will definitely be back and recommending to others!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gale was amazing! Not only was the food great, but she was so personable. Don't skip on this place if you are in town.

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  32. JadaES

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Not a single disappointing bite or sip! So yummy and such pleasant vibes!

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  33. cbtampa

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed everything we ordered. Loved the curry cauliflower appetizer. Pasta al dente - perfect.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best Italian food experiences ever. The Bruschetta was amazing and perfect for two people. My wife chose the pesto pasta and I chose the Aglio e Olio. Both entrees were perfectly dressed and very scrumptious. We could not turn down dessert and chose one of each option. As expected, both desserts were perfect. This place is a great value, packs a punch of flavor, and I am already looking forward to my next visit!

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  35. EmilyR

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious food. Welcoming and helpful staff. Had to wait a little longer for food because of a large party that entered, but we were given complimentary drinks for the slight delay. The cauliflower curry was incredible. We will 100% be back for more date nights and to show our friends and family. Thank you for a fantastic evening!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The meatballs are a must have and the cocktails are amazing. Everything exceeded expectations.

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  37. ROBERTK

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Reservation made and arrival prior to the time and was seated promptly. Service was very good and food excellent especially the desserts. Noisy music made it hard to hear.

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  38. DominicS

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were greeted by a server who was hospitable and engaging. Seated promptly. From the first exchanges she was responsive to our questions, especially about accommodations for a guest with a serious gluten allergy. She provided the culinary information needed to match my tastes. The wines, a Vetliner and Montepulciano, were satisfying. The Rigatoni alla Vodka struck the right balance. My partner wanted to try the meatballs, ordering a side. They were a bit too bread. The pasta Pomodoro was dressed with a diced salami; the spices of the salami were overbearing. The flavor of the tomatoes and cheese were lost. My partner asked for the cannoli. The pastry was just right- crisp and a sweet suggestion. The pistachio filling was dry, a bit too much like a paste than a cream. The strawberry gelato was fantastic: the pieces of strawberry, the chocolate sauce - so tasty a compliment, and the crushed nuts. Well worth it. We salute the chef for aiming for pasta with a character of its own. You haven't quite hit the balance between the ingredients that produces a taste that appreciates each one.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and wonderful ambience. You can find quality Italian food in this city!

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  40. London2Olathe

    Kansas City

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was great. Kind of a limited menu. Noisy with patrons.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Gale Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 818-4977.

Gale Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 457 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Gale Restaurant

601 Meeting St Ste 140, Charleston, SC 29403-6942

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Huger
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Charleston
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Free Parking in the garage attached to the building.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Brett Chizinski
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (843) 818-4977
  • Private party facilities
    Gale is available for hosting large parties and buy outs from 20-60 people. Special menus can be created. Full bar and cocktail program. Great for sit down meals or cocktail party style events.
  • Private party contact
    Private Dining Coordinator: (843) 818-4977
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