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Brasserie la Banque, Charleston, SC

Brasserie la Banque

4.7
4.7
643 Reviews
$30 and under
French
Brasserie la Banque is a neighborhood French restaurant nestled in historic downtown Charleston, SC. Paying homage to traditional French cuisine in a lively and welcoming environment, Brasserie la Banque celebrates life's memorable moments from impromptu drinks to convivial gatherings and leisurely meals. Led by owner and industry veteran Steve Palmer of Indigo Road Hospitality Group, the restaurant is a culmination of Palmer's work and his passion for the classic French brasserie and its cuisine. The menu features a selection of traditional French dishes alongside more innovative fare. Aptly named for its previous role as a city bank, Brasserie la Banque is located within the iconic 1 Broad Street corner building that dates back to the 1700s.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, Unspecified, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (843) 779-1800

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Brasserie La Banque is a neighborhood French restaurant nestled in historic downtown Charleston, SC in the historic South of Broad neighborhood. Paying homage to traditional French cuisine in a lively and welcoming environment.

  • Private party contact

    The Indigo Road Event Team: (843) 779-1800

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Cross street

    Broad Street and East Bay Street

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

What 643 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Charleston

    Great for fine wines

  • Charleston

    Romantic

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  1. PhilM

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good and service were great. Our server, Stevie was really good.

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  2. Hollywood

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely evening celebrating my special lady's birthday! Service was over the top awesome and the food was excellent. Highly recommend! We will definitely be back to try more of the menu. Good vibes in this charming old bank building. Check it out! You won't be disappointed.

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  3. LaetitiaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A great, fancy please for refined tasty french meal. The steak frites is a must!

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  4. NicoleV

    Pittsburgh

    50 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service1ambience4
    Disappointing in comparison to my last time here. We had a terrible waitress who simply kept passing by our table asking what we wanted without giving us any information. We overheard another server telling specials to a table next to us and when we inquired she only told about only one of the specials that we overheard (only after being asked to) and acted like it wasn't even worth telling us. When we asked for suggestions she said everything on the menu was good, but she was incorrect. Typically when I ask for a suggestion, I really want a suggestion. The coq au vin was dry, very little meat, some mushrooms and greens-I'm not sure I would even call it coq au vin. I make this better at home. The burger is two small patties smashed together. When I asked for a medium rare burger, the waitress should have told me they were pre-made patties. The last time I was here service and food was excellent. Our waitress wasn't doing her job at all, made us feel rushed, and the whole experience was a disappointment overall. I'd recently suggested this restaurant to a friend but would be apprehensive to do that again. I thought it wasn't the typical Charleston tourist trap but now I'm not so sure. The only reason I gave 3 stars today was because we had an excellent bartender at the bar who was attentive and the restaurant manager gave us a complimentary cheese dish and was also very kind.

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  5. Marilyn

    Charleston

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyable French restaurant, the server was very knowledgeable and the crepe torte was outstanding.

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  6. PaulH

    New England

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Good, friendly and efficient service. Food was average and way overpriced.

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  7. DMer

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at Banque and can't wait to go back! The food, atmosphere and service were all exceptional! The caviar service was a great experience.

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  8. CandiceK

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was so good! food, ambiance, waiter, everything! Love!

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  9. candicep

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2023

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    Great place. Good food and service, but where is the French bread. A French restaurant without French bread?

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely lovely. The space is 10/10, the host was WONDERFUL (a brunette young gentleman, didn’t catch his name) and gracious. Our server was sweet and knowledgeable. The food was delicious, and presentation was wonderful. We’ll be back :)

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  11. BrandonH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent. It was our anniversary, and the staff went above and beyond to make our experience special.

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  12. Eatdrinkandbemerry

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Disclaimer, we went to Brasserie during Spoleto so a packed house was to be expected. That being said, the service was terrible. There were 4 in our party and patrons who came in 30 minutes after us were receiving their orders before us. I know it was busy, but the restaurant should have foreseen that and adjusted accordingly. (Sat less tables, maybe). The wait for water/coffee/food just interminable. The server just could not get it together. The food was good but the service just overshadowed it.

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  13. KathieV

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous restaurant with great food ad wonderful service! We went for a birthday and everyone went over the top! We were there for a delicious brunch and can't wait to try dinner the next time.

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  14. LisaP

    London

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A nice addition to the neighborhood…excellent service.

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  15. ChrisR

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and outstanding service. Highly recommend

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  16. FredM

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Exceptionally good service and consistently good food - one of our go-to places

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  17. 0jw0

    Denver

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Of course it's expensive but food is good, service in the southern tradition (courteous and friendly but slow).

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  18. StephenH

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Overall OK experience, good experience, clean and nice ambience - nothing to do with French cuisine though just French names and pretense. Food average to below average for Charleston. Will not go again

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  19. Yellowjacket

    Charleston

    89 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely outstanding. More than classic French dishes but with enhanced flavors and local ingredients. Hint: the bar has four seats that extend to overlook cook area “Chefs Table”. Terrific interaction with these men. Very skilled and friendly. It was my wife’s birthday and they went over the top with decorated reservation at seat, extra oyster, glass of champ. Thanks god No singing. All the staff were great. Have not mentioned home good the duck cassoulet and beet salad were …a real gem on Broad Street

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  20. SarahG

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great service, good food, wonderful dessert, and the inside is so beautiful!

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  21. MyReply

    Charleston

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious! Celebrated a birthday at the Chef’s counter and has a blast. Party hat were included! Thank you Brasserie La Banque for making it a special night! Definitely recommend it!

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  22. HowardE

    Charleston

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very cozy and fun spot downtown. This is my fifth visit. In the past every thing was first rate. But this time I tried the Bouillabaisse . It was disappointing and not up to the standard for a French-style bistro. A couple of shrimp, a few tiny mussels, one scallop in a thin and rather disappointing broth. For $34. My guest enjoyed her escargot and we both loved the cheese board. The service was exceptional. The bar downstairs is romantic and worth a visit so do visit this place, just don’t order the bouillabaisse

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  23. MatthewH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was incredible. My girlfriend and I went after our proposal and the service was fantastic and they even brought out a gift bag to us after the meal to congratulate us! The food was fantastic, we would definitely go back.

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  24. BMaverick17

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were welcomed kindly by the hostess and enjoyed a sparkling rose in a coup. The hostess complimented my dress and gave a Polaroid of me while waiting which was very sweet and unexpected. The steak was amazing as well as the trout. We had a very attentive server who checked in with a great service and demeanor. The building is gorgeous...

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  25. KathrynH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was simply wonderful! Highly recommend making a reservation ahead of time.

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  26. LUPEN

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent. Wish their dishes did not come with fries. Guests were using their fingers like eating at McDonalds.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal, have always eaten in the basement bar. The CoCo Van was lovely!

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  28. DrNine

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Got there early for reservation at the counter. Was taken downstairs to the basement bar by the host. We ordered a drink and around fifteen to thirty minutes later we go back upstairs. We speak with the same host who tells us they have given our table away because they could not find us that he even called my phone which is a lie. I had no missed calls on it. The hostess, which I find out is the GM of the restaurant was down in the basement twice and I asked if the table was ready and she said no, I bring that up at the host stand and she said she did not recognise us. The food was lack lustre at best. The coq au vin was not traditional at all. The duck breast was tough. Heads up for those wondering about the chefs counter. It’s a bar where you can see a bartender and three men cooking. Minus the alcohol part it’s what you see at the waffle house. Save your money and try somewhere else.

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  29. Maggie

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ashley our server was delightful and knowledgeable about the menu… our food and cocktails were excellent, highly recommended

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  30. Happy

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and Great Service. We will be back soon.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good service and food was great. Atmosphere was great too.

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  32. Jill

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and food was excellent. Highly recommended

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  33. Marion

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Restaurant for a Birthday Celebration!! Never seen so much detail giving for a celebration! Highly recommend!!

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  34. MargaretJ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2023

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    The greeting at the door was friendly and service throughout the meal cheerful and attentive. The food was well presented and tasty although not exceptional. A shrimp cocktail consisted of six very large shrimp and a sea of peppery sauce . Steak Frites came with a small steak covered in a very good cream sauce but overwhelmed by an absolute mountain of thin, crispy fries - somewhat off-putting. Dessert too was large . A stack of small crepes , sadly somewhat stodgy, made palatable by a tart raspberry sauce and rhubarb coulis. The refurbished bank surroundings are attractive but sadly the whole experience was ruined by the overpowering base booming of "music ". There was no melody , we could barely conduct a conversation and other patrons too had to shout rather than talk to each other. A Brasserie needs background music not noise that is more appropriate for a hard rock session. Overall this was not a dining experience we want to repeat.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice place love the service. Everything was amazing and delicious.

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  36. WendysFinds

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding. Delicious. Culinary delight! We did not know what to expect from this restaurant, as we had never dined there before. We brought a friend with us who is from France. She verified the restaurant was truly a French experience. With the exception of the servers not speaking French, we were transported to a another country and time. The food was out of this world delicious. The ambience was relaxing. We felt pampered. Plus, the wine list was perfect.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent above and beyond other restaurants in the area. Highly recommend

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  38. KGK57

    Charleston

    140 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    140 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch today at Brasserie La Banque! The service was excellent Get the Eggs Benedict with potatoes for sure! My red wine Boudreaux was excellent! I look forward to my next visit.

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  39. Sandwriter

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall1food3service2ambience2
    Mediocre food, convenient location. staff was relatively friendly, but it didn’t really seem genuine. Quite noisy. First time visit probably will not return. But it was OK.

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  40. Sancy

    Bath

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious seafood, prepared well. Great friendly service.

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Brasserie la Banque is rated 4.7 stars by 643 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today
Google Map for Brasserie la Banque

1 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Broad Street and East Bay Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, Unspecified, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (843) 779-1800

  • Private party facilities

    Brasserie La Banque is a neighborhood French restaurant nestled in historic downtown Charleston, SC in the historic South of Broad neighborhood. Paying homage to traditional French cuisine in a lively and welcoming environment.

  • Private party contact

    The Indigo Road Event Team: (843) 779-1800

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