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Aya Cookhouse - Permanently Closed

4.3
4.3
116 Reviews
$30 and under
Asian
Permanently Closed - Located next to Whole Foods in Patriots Plaza, Aya Cookhouse is Mount Pleasant’s newest culinary delight. Aya means “for the love of Asia” and Aya Cookhouse delivers Asian influenced cuisine in a relaxed fine dining atmosphere. The libations and cuisine are crafted from local, seasonal, and international inspirations; while the interior is artfully designed to provide an enjoyable experience. Aya offers Happy Hour Specials from 4-7pm Monday through Saturday and nightly dinner specials that will satisfy the most discriminating palates!

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday-Saturday : 5:00pm - 10:00pm Closed Sunday

  • Phone number

    (843) 352-2153

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef South

  • Private party facilities

    We are available for private parties during the day from 11-3pm and nightly from 5pm-10pm. Please book your next holiday party, rehearsal dinner or any other special occasion at Aya.

  • Private party contact

    tony chu: (843) 352-2153

  • Neighborhood

    Mount Pleasant

  • Cross street

    Johnnie Dodds Blvd.

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 116 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. LL

    LovemyLife

    Charleston

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great local, casual setting with delicious food and nice staff.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food for the Asian conousour, shashmi is excellent, other options included steamed buns, sushi, noodle dishes and more. We spent around two hours talking and ordering multiable items and drinks off the menu. My wife had tuna jowel; which was cooked to perfection. To top it all off the owners wife makes specialty ice cream. Which is to die for! Menu consistently evolves which is great if you stop by once or twice a year like my wife and I do. In my opinion the prices are extremely affordable, when considering the dishes you have to choose from.
  3. CM

    ChazM

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great dinner. Love the ambiance, and it was quiet in the dining room...perfect for date night. We had a mix of small plates, a yummy papaya salad and amazing octopus carpaccio. The menu selection is one of a kind in Mt. P!
  4. F

    Foodee

    Charleston

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    I've wanted to try Aya but husband frowned each time I mentioned it so when it was ladies night out this was our choice. This is not your traditional Asian fare, the food was very good, many things to sample in small portions and during happy hour each was $2 off. Our server was extremely patient with us answering all our questions helping us make our selections since none of us had dined here before. Will definitely go back dragging my husband and highly recommend.
  5. R

    Raymond

    Charleston

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The menu has nice variety and good selection of portion sizes. The food was tasty, nicely presented. Our waiter was attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable. Unfortunately the hostess seated us in a corner table next to a group of very noisy and rude customers. The dining room was mostly empty, since we had Open table reservations I expected more sensitivity to our comfort. There were open booths and booths occupied by couples. This distracted our overall experience.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Aya is a stellar restaurant with authentic cuisine and great service. From steam buns to local Cirsea's ice cream this was a complete meal from a highly versatile and well rounded menu.
  7. SC

    SCInternational

    Charleston

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down the best restaurant for excellent, innovative food in the greater Charleston area. Amazing find!!!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and very friendly chef/owner. Definitely a fun place to go
  9. h

    hungryforbetter

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2017

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Love everything I've eaten here! But sadly, the service on my two trips has been pretty bad. I probably won't go back much because of that. We have had groups of 6 both times, and both times I've waited about 10 minutes for a drink and 45 minutes for an appetizer.
  10. TC

    TedC

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding. It was my wifes birthday. We all loved it. We will definetly come again.
  11. DC

    DCTraveler

    Washington DC

    80 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2017

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    we moved from tokyo to CHS. Really good food -- korean and japanese! we come frequently. but service is just "ok" -- they need more service staff to be more attentive and efficient.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2017

    overall3food5service4ambience4
    I made a reservation and got there on time but the gave my booth away to someone else- the other tables are very close to one another so we sat at the bar and it took forever to get our food because clearly the other people at the bar were "more important" than we were. I ordered the seafood and avocado salad - it was amazing but had no avocado! I mentioned it and they brought me a plate of sliced avocado after they brought me my main course- odd- but great food
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal Food! Definitely adding this to favorite places.
  14. R

    Rocket973

    Charleston

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Aya Cookhouse is a great choice if you want very good food at competitive prices. Our last visit (which is what this is based on) was on an off night for this fine establishment. I will go back again, with the family, and I'm looking forward to the same great experience we've had in the past. Please try Aya. It's definitely worth it.
  15. CH

    CHRYS

    Charleston

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    My second visit was superb- just like the first. It's now one of my favorites!
  16. H

    Horrible

    Charleston

    35 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2017

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    They seated us promptly- gave us menus, told us the drink specials, then forgot about us. We never even had a glass of water offered or poured. They were short staffed, which was forgivable. What was not forgivable, is that during our 10 minute wait before walking out, I got to watch the staff- the manager sweating profusely all over everywhere and everything, and a server repeatedly coughing on the back of her hand, but not bothering to wash her hands before serving other customers or handling glasses and other items. It was atrocious. I'll never set foot in there again.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a blast thank. You Averill . You made us laugh
  18. G

    Gary

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our waitress was experienced and very helpful with recommendations. The beef curry ramen, shrimp Rangoon & vegetable spring rolls where exceptional. The pho was very good as well as the fresh shashimi recommended by the waitress. My wife & I both highly recommend this and will be back .
  19. AF

    AnselmF

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Shrimp rangoons and ice cream were amazing.
  20. ET

    EllenT

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh, creative Asian fusion with sushi options. Delicious! Great service, too.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and atmosphere was perfect! It was understandably busy for Valentine's Day and our server was very professional and accommodating for us!
  22. p

    plasticnavymike

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food - Tony runs a wonderful restaurant with excellent service from the servers and kitchen, even during a busy holiday evening (Valentine's Day). The space itself is comfortable and very attractive. Server was especially knowledgeable and personable. And Kelly's homemade ice cream sampler was superb!
  23. LB

    LizB

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    I particularly love the crunchy salmon roll. Recommend Aya as a good place to eat out alone, too, especially if you sit at the bar
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Louis is the man
  25. R

    Raleigh

    Baltimore

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Aya Cookhouse was a great new addition to my list of restaurants. We had to wait quite a few minutes before we were seated. They were very busy, after one of the waiters sat us the host came over. He was upset that the waiter seated us but we were glad because he just wasn't around when we arrived. It was a bit odd. They had a large table of about 20 women celebrating and a lot of people at the bar. Our waiter Johnny was really good, he was a big fan of the food and made several helpful suggestions which we really appreciated. There is nothing worse when asking for an opinion to get no response. The food is unique and familiar at the same time. It is all Asian but the combinations were different, there are several veggie options which I like. The portions are quite large and we decided to taste a lot, happily having leftovers. I ordered a shrimp mu shoo taco at $9, I was surprised when they brought 2, an even better deal. One of the other things I tried was the kim chi friend rice with shrimp, I eat veggie or seafood only, it was so large that I split the leftovers with my daughter. Johnny recommended the curried beef ramen and my husband loved it, there wasn't a spot left in his bowl and again it was a large portion. They also have a nice selection of unique ice creams to cool off the heat. Enjoy! I will visit again.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding. Best Asian food I've ever had. The service was impeccable. Great selection of craft beer and appetizers.
  27. JH

    JanH

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent Asian Cuisine. Nice atmosphere and caring service.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2017

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    unique Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine. Incredible home made ice cream
  29. A

    Ani2477

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great meal, and the device was excellent!
  30. m

    mayor

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I absolutely love this place. I am able to order really healthy fresh food. My husband can order moderately good choices as well. Our daughter ordered the fried egg rolls and the tempura avocado taco and ate everything. Excellent food, good value and Tony is a wonderful host. I love this place!
  31. P

    Pete

    Charleston

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2016

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A very good mix of offerings, tasty and exciting. Got their day after Christmas. They were busy but the service was still good. The owner was very gracious and provided us with a complimentary drink due to the delay of seating us. A very nice touch. We liked the decor, done beautifully. Will go back.
  32. LB

    LizB

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I've recommended Aya to many friends and have loved my meals there. Tony is a true host. He reserved a nice quiet table for my hard-of-hearing father, even turned the music down a bit, and was funny and warm to us. The service is great and there's nothing like this place in the area. I love it.
  33. LG

    LeGrandE

    Charleston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dining experience! Best value in Mount Pleasant. Friendly and efficient service, delicious food and nice atmosphere. They have excellent specials on sushi and other items during the week. We will become regulars!
  34. DT

    DocTor

    Charleston

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    A neat twist on Fusion-Japanese. Besides the sushi offerings, there is more, some on the Korean side, some straight up Japanese and others Chinese. A big mix of an Oriental with American/Western influence here. Temp Shrimp roll is killer... worth ordering two of. Lotus Roll is very good the BBQ Eel Wrap is fun to eat sandwich style Try the Crunchy Salmon Roll with a funky topping KFC Buns are fun and imaginative Bulgogi Tacos are addictive Don't leave without a sampling of the home-made ice-cream. Apparently one of the owners crunches out these interesting combos like Black-Sesame-toasted ice cream, Lavender and vanilla and ginger/cinnamon. For $8 you can sample 3 scoops. Atmosphere is upscale, a full bar scene and outdoor seating is available. Tucked away in a strip mall and close to other eateries. But this one rules supreme in the neighborhood. Last commented on this place was a year ago... ain't going to wait another 12-months before dining here again, that is for sure.
  35. L

    Local

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great ramen and pho.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was good. Service was good the bartender came up and introduced himself and talked about the drinks we ordered which was nice. But I was very loud. The regulars came in and were moving tables around and being very loud made us want to leave as fast as possible. We couldn't even hear ourselves talk.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    innovative cuisine, high quality ingredients, generous portions and great service. always a great experience at Aya Cookhouse. The only place like it in Charleston!
  38. JB

    JillB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Loved their attention we had from our knowledgeable charming waiter.. The sushi was great and the choices of entrees was huge. I think the restaurant would being doing even better if it wasn't in a shopping center. I think it could easily get over looked- but I would say don't hesitate ! We are locals and we love it !
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Stumbled into here on a recent trip and LOVED IT! Everything on the menu I tried was amazing and I considered ordering several things "to-go" just to be able to taste them before I left town. The next trip I make to Charleston will be primarily to eat here again!!
  40. MC

    MargaretC

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2016

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    I enjoyed a great dinner here during restaurant week. The food was well priced and very authentic.

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Aya Cookhouse - Permanently Closed is rated 4.3 stars by 116 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Johnnie Dodds Blvd.

  • Neighborhood

    Mount Pleasant

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday-Saturday : 5:00pm - 10:00pm Closed Sunday

  • Cuisines

    Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef South

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (843) 352-2153

  • Private party facilities

    We are available for private parties during the day from 11-3pm and nightly from 5pm-10pm. Please book your next holiday party, rehearsal dinner or any other special occasion at Aya.

  • Private party contact

    tony chu: (843) 352-2153

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