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The Grocery

4.5
4.5
1507 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
At The Grocery, executive chef and owner Kevin Johnson presents an evolving menu that changes with the seasons, rooted in Southern and Mediterranean flavors and ingredients. The Grocery boasts house-made charcuterie and an in-house canning program to preserve produce for future menus. An extensive cocktail and wine list are available as is craft beer on tap, and a wood-burning oven heightens the cordial atmosphere in the former furniture warehouse.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm Sunday Dinner 5:30pm - 10:00pm

  • Phone number

    (843) 302-8825

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Kevin Johnson - Chef/Owner

  • Private party facilities

    Our private dining room will accommodate up to 26 guests at separate tables or up to 16 at one family style table. Room fee required during the week and minimum to spend required on weekends.

  • Private party contact

    Sally Myers: (843) 302-8825

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,507 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. f

    foodie

    San Antonio

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Reviewed on March 3, 2017

    overall1foodserviceambience
    Attended the Grocery to Grocery wine dinner last night. It was the most expensive and worst wine dinner I have ever attended. Menu had no flow, just thrown together dishes which were very under seasoned. The wine was even worse. I bought a bottle from the bar because the pairings were so bad. No explanations from the chefs on the food or the wine. My wife and I flew down for the food and wine festival and this was our first dinner. Very disappointed is an understatement. I hope the other restaurant's we are visiting take the festival seriously, because The Grocery did not.
  2. 3

    3ladiesdining

    New England

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can't believe The Grocery was not more crowded for a recent Sunday brunch. The green eggs and ham dish was probably the best egg dish I've had in recent memory, and my friends' plates were all cleaned too. The service was thoughtful, engaging and fun. What a wonderful place for a great meal! Can't wait to go back for dinner.
  3. j

    jen59

    Charlotte

    126 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    another great meal, Phillip was great, very knowledgeable which was helpful to our fish and beer selections. we have had many terrific meals here and were surprised how quiet it was that night, and look forward to our next visit. had a great salad and the fish pilau was delicious, we were bummed that wreckfish wasn't in it, but the flounder and triggerfish were so well prepared we got over it!
  4. TC

    TripleC

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took the entire family for a Thanksgiving Eve meal once everyone got to town. Everything was delicious, and the staff was wonderful. We arrived super early for our reservation, and I offered to wait in the bar. They didn't blink an eye, and pulled our table together in a jiffy. My mother-in-law is notoriously hard to please, and she flat-out loved the fried oysters with deviled egg sauce and house-made pickles. The short rib was great, the triggerfish was perfect. Two of our party split a whole order of the roasted chicken and devoured the whole thing. We all decided on ice cream for dessert - the malted milk was awesome. All in all, another great meal at The Grocery.
  5. A

    Alex

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant from decor to menu to service. Food is creatively prepared and presented. Smaller plates allow you to enjoy courses, limit calories, or go for more.
  6. F

    Foodgreatbarnotsomuch

    Austin

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything! We ate family style and were able to try many different things. Upbeat and lively place for dinner.
  7. L

    Linda49

    Charleston

    29 reviews

    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2016

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I consider myself a foody. I have eaten all over the world & give food the respect it deserves. This restaurant was recommended by a colleague. Excellent Martini! We had raw oysters for appetizer, flavor, not so much, but OK. 3 of us had short ribs. It was served with nothing, just meat on a plate. It really needed a starch & veggie. Left us wanting. I had Trigger Fish that was dry & overcooked. It was served on delicious rice with sautéed chopped veggies. Dessert was a Lemon pie that had very mild on the lemon. I got churro with special sauces, too dry. The waitress was excellent! She was pleasant, attentive & most gratuitously charming. We had a great table in the corner. Very noisy. All in all we were disappointed. There are so many great restaurants in Charleston, this is not one of them. Sorry. 😝
  8. MF

    MarciaF

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Superior restaurant ! Never disappoints. Incredible vegetable starters and the best whole fish preparation I've every had.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food
  10. y

    yumyum

    St. Louis

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2016

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    From arriving five minutes early to bidding good night three hours later this was the almost perfect evening. The only reason it was not perfect is because in this world nothing perfect exists. From discussing a bottle of 2005 Rioja Riserva we had brought with us to seeking recommendations on cocktails and what to order we were greatly satisfied at every step. The food is always fresh and seasonal. Don't forget to check the charcuterie selections on the board over the bar. The only (very) picky thing is that their depiction of a pig defines Guanciale as Porchetta . In any case it tastes great . Unless you are aiming for steak or Shrimp and grits the menu will satisfy any eater . I discussed whether they had used Provolone or Reggiano Parmigiano in a dish and they quickly produced a slice of The King of Cheeses thus making a liar of my taste buds. All was in good fun and I would recommend this place to anyone. As a bonus , there is a free parking lot behind the restaurant that makes it very convenient to park. Just go!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2016

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Our experience was initially ruined by the incredibly rude hostess who didn't even greet us when we walked in.
  12. TP

    ThePs

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2016

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    We left after 15 minutes when we watched five different servers make at least four visits each to the tables around us, while no one ever even spoke to us. All of this when the restaurant was not busy.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, drinks, and service!
  14. L

    Lovetoeat

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent! We did not have to wait. Had a reservation for 8:00 pm and were seated right on time.
  15. DL

    DLM4927

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2016

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Limited menu choices. Whole fish for two entre was not cooked through and waitress did not know how to correctly prepare/present individual servings.
  16. W

    Will

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2016

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Have been to The Grocery multiple times. Have always enjoyed it very much. On this particular night, the food was just way too salty.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. We ordered the fried okra, roasted eggplant, butternut squash, duck wings and fried oysters. The oysters were surprisingly our favorite dish. The duck wings needed a bit more sauce and maybe a touch of salt. The churros are a must try - delicious! Having a super friendly and knowledgeable waiter topped it all off.
  18. BP

    BlytheP

    Charleston

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the OKRA! Wow! Loved the steak tartare and Paul loved the Pork Schnitzel! Everything was yummy!
  19. DC

    DeborahC

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful meal here! Very interesting and seasonal menu.. The roasted eggplant and the chorus were particular favorites!
  20. K

    Kate

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    this was the best meal we had on our trip to Charleston (and we ate at husk, too). Not only was the service and the value outstanding, but we had 6 smaller plates that continued to get better and better. Fried oysters, squash, okra, broccoli, corn agniolotti, and shrimp. Everything was delicious and well worth it. We had 6 options in addition to 3 drinks and the cost was just over 105. Considering we're from Boston, this was an insanely good value for the best meal in the city.
  21. J

    Julia

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a treat! We were five women celebrating 30 plus years of friendship and all of us thoroughly enjoyed the experience. From cocktails at the beginning of the meal to dessert at the end, everything was perfect. My favorite items were the seasonal vegetables that were familiar (turnips, butternut squash, okra) yet prepared in a completely unexpected manner. The noise level was just right, the seating was casual but not slouchy, and our server was delightful. Bravo!
  22. f

    french07

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Grocery was one of our best dining experiences since moving to Charleston. The atmosphere, ambience, hostess, drinks, waitress Dana, and our food were perfect. I was thinking this place was more casual, but it was definitely fine dining at it's best. The food seriously was out of this world (braised short ribs were to die for). If you haven't tried The Grocery, make it your next date night!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We have eaten here several times, loved it every time!! Great, fun restaurant!
  24. T

    Tinhow

    Tucson

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2016

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Service was slow. 2nd part of entree came 10 minutes later. Large groups were noisy. Food excellent and interesting.
  25. JI

    JulieI

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The fried oyster brunch entree was hands down our favorite. Would order again. Green eggs and ham was good but the we werent the biggest fan of the pancake bottom layer. Really enjoyed the Bloody Mary as well. Service was fantastic. Definitely will be back for another special occasion.
  26. ML

    MicheleL

    Atlanta

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! Fresh ingredients, beautifully prepared. We had a party of four and consider ourselves foodies. We are all over the city this past week and this was probably our best dining experience. Outside of the phenomenal meal, our server, Lauren was outstanding! We are our way through the evening and started with two fresh salads, omg, delicious! A pasta/crab appetizer and fired oysters and then we all had different entrees and desert. The Grocery is about 1.5-2 miles away from the market/downtown area of Charleston, but don't let this sway your decision to eat here. I travel extensively (almost every week) and again, this was an amazing find. I highly recommend The Grocery if you too are a foodie and appreciate local, fresh and imaginative, delicious cuisine, you must dine here.
  27. L

    Legrosso

    Charleston

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2016

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    I love the food and cocktails but the service is always just ok unless we sit at the bar. We always get great service there.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From our initial greeting at the door, all of the staff provided us with thoughtful and attentive service throughout our evening. The menu presented many attractive choices; we chose several and were delighted by each one. Each featured fresh, full-flavored ingredients, perfectly matched and executed. From the dirty green tomato martini to the okra trifecta to the angnolotti to the barrelfish and duck, we enjoyed our meal, tremendously. We can't wait to go back. Excellent wine and beer list, too
  29. T

    Tony

    Baltimore

    308 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    308 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food!!! One of the best places in Charleston
  30. BJ

    BJ100

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our meal thoroughly. Excellent service and ambiance .
  31. BD

    BarbandDick

    Charleston

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2016

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Dined here prior to play at Woolfe Street Playhouse. Since it was our first experience there, we didn't know what to expect but we weren't disappointed. Different kind of fine dining which probably supported higher prices than we had expected.
  32. PB

    PBJeats

    Charleston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've eaten here several times. It's our go-to place for out-of -town guests. Great local food with a twist.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2016

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The cocktails were great! We ordered the butternut squash appetizer and it was very tasty! The beef short rib was a good serving and delicious! I did not try it, but was told the tilefish was just okay.
  34. JN

    JohnN

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2016

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Excellent meal-I had the duck. The lady who waited on us was very inattentive and this distracted from would have been a five star experience.
  35. LD

    LindaD

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great spot in Charleston we are from PA. Saw it on line and lived up to what we expected.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2016

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    I would highly recommend the shrimp and grits and the French toast for brunch! The space is beautiful with expansive windows and rustic pickling jars.
  37. P

    Prose

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2016

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Food was cooked well but lacked taste & seasoning & was cold. Biscuits were tasteless. They should buy Callie's! Cheese grits & bloody Mary's were best part.
  38. CG

    CandG

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have dined at the Grocery multiple times and have never been disappointed. The food is excellent and the menu is creative. Our service is always above and beyond.
  39. T

    Toby1

    Raleigh

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food and ambiance done in a minimalist way. Fresh ingredients and interesting selection, small portions but more than enough to satisfy. Staff very helpful and service really good. Definitely worth a trip when in Charleston.
  40. LL

    LLL3

    Cincinnati

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Absolutely the perfect choice for our evening! Thank you we will be back!

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The Grocery is rated 4.5 stars by 1507 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm Sunday Dinner 5:30pm - 10:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Kevin Johnson - Chef/Owner

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (843) 302-8825

  • Private party facilities

    Our private dining room will accommodate up to 26 guests at separate tables or up to 16 at one family style table. Room fee required during the week and minimum to spend required on weekends.

  • Private party contact

    Sally Myers: (843) 302-8825

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