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The Lot - Permanently Closed, Charleston, SC

The Lot - Permanently Closed

4.4
4.4
194 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary French / American
Committed to making any meal a true experience, The Lot in Charleston, SC focuses on attentive service and dishes that are created from the season's best, local meats and produce. Foods are minimally handled or treated in order to allow them to really shine in the dishes created, and the menu changes seasonally to reflect whatever is available. The farm to table concept behind The Lot allows the menu to be a surprise with each visit. There will always be salads, but innovative options include choices like the big biscuit with smoked swordfish and gribiche or the beef brisket hash with potatoes and eggs. Other choices include a frittata with yellow curry or the grits bowl with a crispy chicken leg, kale and turnips. Clearly inspired by simple but fresh ingredients, a meal at The Lot is a culinary adventure.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French / American, Low Country

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm Dinner: Tuesday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm Closed Mondays

  • Phone number

    (843) 225-0094

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    RJ Dye

  • Neighborhood

    James Island

  • Cross street

    Woodland Shores.

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 194 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2016

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    The ambience was nice and casual. Server was friendly. We had reservations and our table was ready at the correct time so we did not have to wait. We ate there for Sunday Brunch. The food was just okay. I had eggs benedict. The eggs were barely warm by the time they were served.. It was served with a pate in place of canadian bacon which was a nice idea but the pate reminded me of spam and the flavor dominated the dish. The side was a cold beet salad that was very vinegary and did not pair well with the eggs benedict in my opinion.
  2. russellb

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best brunch in Charleston. Hands down. Creative menu and great staff.
  3. KendraS

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food Wass really great - highly recommend the fried okra, grouper and the burger.
  4. FoodLover

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Although the menu selection is small the food was outstanding. The wait staff operated like a well oiled machine and service was impeccable.
  5. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Lot has always been solid! Service is great with a knowledgeable yet relaxed, non-obtrusive style. Great farm to table restaurant and quickly becoming my new fav:)
  6. mike

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2016

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    this was one of dozens of dinners at the lot. it has been generally disappointing to see a slow decrease in the quality of the food and a sharp increase in price. the management seems to think that more food is as good as excellent food. the wait staff has also declined in ability. our waitress could not even describe the size of a certain item. my advice is to decrease the amount of food served, increase the quality and taste, and beg alex to come back!!
  7. Richard

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    This is definitely a neighborhood gem! They have a very abbreviated menu - the Chef gets all his ingredients from local farms, and so the menu is made up of items of very fresh food! Every dish was amazingly tasty -- my wife had the Bibb Lettuce with purple Cherokee tomatoes, pin nuts, preserved lemons, soft-boiled egg with a butter milk poppy seed dressing; for her main course she had Grouper on black quinoa with a blueberry hot sauce! I had the Summer Peppers with chanterelle and a Grayson cheese fonduta, and main course was Roasted Summer Vegetables with tograrashi peppers, cornmeal fried okras, heirloom tomatoes and cucumber salad, topped with a rutaba goat cheese crema! The service was wonderful -- thanks Carly!! It was our anniversary -- and they gave us a dessert -- chocolate pudding with caramel and pistachio nuts! I told you - great menu, fabulous service, amazingly tasty food! Try it!
  8. Mary

    Charleston

    29 reviews

    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2016

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    The taste and presentation of the food were the notable positives about The Lot restaurant. We sat around for the longest time before anyone even took our drink orders. We waited an above average time for the food to finally arrive. As we were waiting, we were not even offered bread. The happy conclusion was that the food was extremely good, but unfortunately, we were so hungry by the time the food arrived and the portions were a bit small. As a result, I was not filled when I left the restaurant.
  9. Everett

    Charleston

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2016

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great meal and great menu selections. Service a little slow
  10. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Although I am not a vegetarian by any means, I ordered the vegetable pasta because I was in a hurry and the waitress said that might be the fastest dish. (Plus, I felt like I needed some vegetables after having had fried chicken and waffles the night before.) And I had low expectations when it was presented... it looked to be a really simple mix of pasta, butter beans, kale, etc... with no visible sauce at all. But I was bowled over by the taste... there was indeed some sort of buttery/garlic-y sauce on there, with balsamic vinegar (?) SO GOOD... I wish I'd had time for dessert, and I wish I could have gone back later for another meal! I ate in the outside area, since it seemed like it was about to get noisy inside because of the adjacent venue. (It was fine outside... very pleasant.)
  11. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow - first time but won't be last.
  12. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent - fresh, fresh, fresh and locally sourced, delicious!
  13. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This remains my favorite restaurant in CHARLESTON
  14. CKandAH

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, second to none.
  15. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, GREAT service, fun vibe.. Will be back
  16. LisaR

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we ordered from appetizers to dessert was great. I in fact ate 2 more appetizers as my main meal. Great service. Will definitely go again.
  17. Edward

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2016

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    My husband and I tried The Lot on the Spur of the Moment one evening. We were able to reserve a table and were pleasantly greeted by the staff. They had placed a "Reserved" card on a nice table for us. Appetizers, dinner and drinks were wonderful and I would go back again. Service was efficient and not intrusive. All in all, it was a very pleasant experience. My only complaint is that sometimes there's loud music from the "Pour House" which is right next to The Lot. However, I would not let that stop me from returning to the restaurant.
  18. JanineM

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was charming and the staff were warm, friendly and attentive. The drink menu offered some wonderful options that were different than the norm. The flavors of each dish were memorable and everything was cooked to perfection.
  19. VegasinCharleston

    New York Area

    100 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Fabulous farm to table food
  20. Native

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2016

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Limited menu. Meat dish was not cooked to order. Outdoor dining within 75 feet of major highway with lots of traffic.
  21. KenT

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2016

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    This was one of our favorite local restaurants, but our dinner there last week was sub par. They have a new menu (and chef?), very limited offering. Menu was on a small 2" x 2" piece of paper. BRING BACK THE PREVIOUS MENU AND CHEF!!!
  22. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved this place. The menu changes with the sustainable vegetables they use. The chef has a unique way of creating everything. I will go back and definitely recommend to friends.
  23. GlendaH

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2016

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    We were excited to get reservations on such a busy weekend in Charleston. The staff was great - friendly, helpful, courteous. The menu was eclectic and everyone found a entree they were excited to try. Two of us had the flat iron steak and were not impressed. The pork chop was huge and smoked to be more like ham. The socca was delicious but needed more filling. The chicken schnitzel was great, too. The atmosphere was loud but fun.
  24. Queenie

    Charleston

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is always innovative and it's different every time we go. Great service and great value.
  25. Allan

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really great place to eat. Everything about it is excellent. We are regulars at the Terrace Theater, but for whatever reason, we'd never gotten around to trying The Lot after the movie. Should have done so long ago.
  26. RayW

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We brought another couple. The four of us ordered almost everything on menu just to try. Very affordable. Our guests loved it. My wife and I have been multiple times. Always great. The chef does some amazing things.
  27. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was good and fresh. I had the squid ink dyed pasta with crabmeat. The dish was bland and lacked something special. Service was great.
  28. Sgmm

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Restaurant was a great find while we were vacationing in the area. After nice brunch, we enjoyed cruising the farmer's market behind the LOT. Pleasureable experience!
  29. Casey

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2016

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellence service! Great local food options and delicious brunch.
  30. Everett

    Charleston

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2016

    overall5food4service3ambience4
    Sunday Brunch was good. Good food but the service was a little slow. The outside was open and full as well as inside so that may have been the problem understaffed.
  31. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2016

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    My girlfriend and i went after hearing a lot about how great the food was supposed to be. She got something that she loved, a vegetarian socca dish, but my orange chicken was not too good. The ingredients tasted fresh enough, but the final product wasnt very appetizing. We only had 2 of the less expensive dishes, a small (like 2 pieces of bread small) appetizer, and a couple drinks, but the bill was over $75. Not worth it, from my experience.
  32. MattS

    Charleston

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food!
  33. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eclectic daily menu with fresh local ingredients. The combinations are different and strange at first glance. The results are extremely yummy. One of our favorite restaurants.
  34. AndrewD

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Pork chop for 2 was great. We liked The Lot a lot,
  35. Anne

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Everyone does farm to table menus these days. However, the Lot is somewhere that dials into the flavors of what all the fresh vegetables bring to the table. Everything we sampled was spot on. Can't wait to return!!
  36. MatthewB

    Chicago

    65 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was a nice treat. A lot of interesting things made with mostly locally sourced ingredients. The fish stew and scrapple were what really stood out to me.
  37. PatS

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated immediately and had a great meal with outstanding service.
  38. chsfoodie

    Charleston

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2016

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The last three meals we've had at The Lot have been outstanding. They've actually blown away the last few downtown restaurants we've tried. The recent decor upgrades look great and were a definite improvement to the ambience. On our most recent visit we brought a friend from out of town who is in the F&B business and she was really impressed. Love what you guys do. Keep it up!
  39. oliveoilman

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I like were Chef RJ takes his menu and supports them with such great supporting stars. The wreck fish, and braised short ribs, have both been outstanding.
  40. kopoba

    Tucson

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Lot never disappoints - the food is fantastic and the service is always impeccable! The Gnuddi is one of my favorite dishes but you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. The Lot is also a great place to drop in for a drink and dessert and the staff is always super accommodating!

FAQs

The Lot - Permanently Closed offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 225-0094.

The Lot - Permanently Closed is rated 4.4 stars by 194 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Google Map for The Lot - Permanently Closed

1977 Maybank Hwy., Charleston, SC 29412

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Woodland Shores.

  • Neighborhood

    James Island

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm Dinner: Tuesday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm Closed Mondays

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French / American, Low Country

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    RJ Dye

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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