Permanently Closed - The Islande

3.9
87 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch

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This restaurant is permanently closed. The Islander features a tropical blend of island fare set amidst the laid-back elegance provided by its Daniel Island surroundings. Located just 12 miles from Historic Downtown Charleston.

Serving inspired cuisine and cocktails in a chic, open surrounding, the Islander offers guests a taste of the good life in a casual, tropic atmosphere. Cuisine selection includes fresh seafood, perfectly cooked meats, and refreshingly bright salad selections that are prepared with the use of locally produced South Carolina ingredients.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Happy Hour: Mon - Fri: Starting at 4pm, Dinner Hours: Mon - Thurs : 5pm - 10pm/Fri - Sat : 5pm - 11pm, Saturday Bar Hours: Starting at 4pm, Sunday Brunch: 11am - 3pm
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Phone number
(843) 388-6366
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
John Whisenant
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
River Landing Dr.
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Parking details
Ample Parking
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Entertainment
Live Music Wednesday, Friday & Saturday nights from 5:30pm - 8:30pm on the patio.
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Special events & promotions
Yes
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
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1.0Dined on August 21, 2017

This restaurant is apparently going to be closed at the end of August and our dinner experience was almost like it was already closed. The food was not good and it took almost an hour from the time we ordered until we received our food. I can see why it is closing down soon.

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4.0Dined on August 13, 2017

Place was fairly deserted so we were skeptical on the food, but it was delicious I would recommend the crab cake Benedict

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3.0Dined on August 11, 2017

We decided on The Islander since it was close to Volvo Car Arena. The menu was limited. The service was friendly. The martinis were fair. The food was good, but the grouper was bland. My party was not impressed with food flavoring, most were bland.

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2017

Waitress took a long time to take our order and our food was almost all gone before she checked on us, and that was because we reached out to another waitress for something. The fish was overcooked, but was replaced by a better piece when mentioned to the waitress. Waitress was very attentive after that.

Brought our desert with a candle when we mentioned the birthday we were celebrating.

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2.0Dined on July 24, 2017

Quality of food and quality of service was average.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2017

Food was good but I thought over priced. Service was good after I engaged the waitress in conversation. Not good was that someone was fixing something in the ceiling while we were eating. Also, someone stood by waiting for me to pay the check, not my waitress though.

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2017

The first bad meal I've had here. The scallops were extremely small & the sauce was very salty. The calamari was good but the bread was stale

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2017

Our service was exceptional as was the meal also. My husband and I were celebrating an anniversary and just decided to walk over from our hotel after checking in. We were more than pleased with our meal. We both chose the Shrimp and Grits and loved them. We shared a slice of Key Lime Pie for dessert and it was delicious also. I would recommend The Islander to anyone who wants fresh seafood with good service.

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3.0Dined on June 25, 2017

I was disappointed with the food our waiter needed to be told we needed spoons for our coffee,cream,sweetner,. We had to ask for salt and pepper. If it hadn't been for Nicole it would have been a total dissapointment

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2017

The meal was enjoyable. Everyone agreed the wahoo was a little overcooked. The tuna appetizer was awesome!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2017

We were looking for a quick bite with good food. We found the Islander and loved the outdoor patio. The salmon entree was incredible and the shecrab soup was outstanding!

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2017

The Islander is my go-to place for bringing out of town business guests for seafood. It is consistently great and there is no issue with parking or traffic.

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2.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Mother's Day

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2.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Living on DI, we have been to The Islander many times for drinks and a bite to eat at the outdoor Bar. Never had a bad experience until yesterday, Mother's Day brunch of ALL days. It literally took 50 minutes for the 4 of us to get our food and twice I had to ask a passing server (not ours) to freshen our drinks while we waited for our food. When the food finally arrived it was mediocre at best. My mother had to send hers back because it wasn't prepared correctly and my two kid's meals were no better than a microwave meal. I was shocked at how poor the they performed on what should have been a huge Sunday brunch seating for them. Due to a lack of options on DI, we will go back to the bar for drinks and casual food but I don't see us sitting in the dining room again.

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2017

All was better than average to very good except for the reception by the host that seated our party. He never smiled and actually seemed like he did not care whether or not we were there. I think he was probably too young for the job.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2017

We especially enjoyed the salmon and the outdoor eating area

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2017

I am joyed our meal at the Islander, but my cell phone was stolen off of the table, not a good evening!

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2017

Service was super slow!! Menu options aren't that great. Brought soup to the table with no spoon. Potatoes were very over cooked.

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2.0Dined on March 16, 2017

We had high hopes for The Islander, but we weren't impressed. The tomato and artichoke pie appetizer was delicious, and the she-crab soup was acceptable. Short ribs were good, but the grouper was rubbery and served with grey Lima beans and little else. Appetizers took a while to come out, and our main course followed less than five minutes later, leaving us to manage four plates of ever-cooling food in front of us. Service was pleasant but nothing spectacular. The Islander is conveniently located next to the Hampton Inn Daniel Island, so if you're held captive at the hotel, and it's your only option, then go. But there are other, far better choices in Charleston.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2017

The BEST SHE-CRAB SOUP!!!! Chunks of crab meat. Have thought about it since I've left!!! Worth the drive, just for that alone!!!!

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2.0Dined on February 22, 2017

We have tried. We love other Holy City restaurants . . . how wonderful it would be if we could have Coast or Rue de Jean on Daniel Island. But we have The Islander and it is sad. The layout and decor are confusing: the restaurant itself is small and uninviting. The outdoor bar seems like fun, but outdoor dining is not always possible or desirable. The service was fine and the server delightful. But the food was terrible. Gluten free options barely exist so I ordered the worst looking and worst tasting NY strip steak that I have ever eaten. There are times when you do not complain to staff, so off we went after a terrible meal . . . .never to return again.

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2017

Limited menu, awful service. Took 10 minutes to be greeted @ our table, even though our server walked by our table 2 or 3 times and there were only 2 other tables seated in whole restaurant! Service went downhill from there, we won't be returning.

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2017

It was a very satisfactory if not outstanding meal.

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4.0Dined on January 22, 2017

Good for a Sunday brunch. Not crowded if you go early. Food was good. Service was good. Will probably go back because it is close to where I live.

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2017

Enjoyed two delicious entrées with my husband during restaurants week, as well as a great salad and key lime pie! Staff were very friendly, only drawback was ambiance is pretty nonexistent unless it's nice enough to enjoy the patio dining option.

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2017

Wait staff friendly. Food was good but slightly overpriced I think. My basil shrimp was very good and beautifully plated. My husband enjoyed his steak also but said probably not worth $29. Overall if I was in the are I would probably stop in for a visit to try one of the other menu options.

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2.0Dined on January 7, 2017

Food was very salty. My wife and my dishes had way too much salt on them

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2016

I have returned to The Islander each time I am in the Charleston area! It continues to be one of my favorite restaurants! It has always been a great dining experience. I recommend this restaurant to anyone who would like a romantic night out.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Great server. Early on New Year's eve so not much action there. The food was good. It took a little longer than expected to get out of the kitchen but the meal was good. It is a little pricey on the appetizers and the amount of food on entrees is a little thin, but overall not a bad deal. I wish they carried Local Choice Spirits at their bar and we would frequent more often as we follow Local Choice Spirits for the more premium liquor options and to support Local trade.

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4.0Dined on December 6, 2016

Good food, good bar and outside dining as well as inside. Good for business lunch discussions.

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3.0Dined on November 26, 2016

The Islander did not leave me with the warm fuzzy of "I gotta go back".
First: Location... downtown would likely be better (versus a business park)
Second: the music... OMG... stuck in the early 80's for the hour we were there... from Heuy Lewis to MJ's Thriller.
Otherwise the food was good (steak was very tough on the 2 plates we had, Seafood was good)

Glad we tried it.

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4.0Dined on November 14, 2016

My husband and I went on a chilly weekday night and had a very nice time. We sat at the outside bar that was inclosed with clear barrier, and with the overhead heaters, was quite nice.
The she crab soup was outstanding but the food was B+ from what we had...I'm sure when we go back (which we will) we will be able to try more things to rate them.
Inside seating was OK, but the outside seating was great, both bar area and uncovered patio areas.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2016

Very enjoyable every time we go! Service is lovely and we enjoy the background music as well.

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3.0Dined on October 14, 2016

We had dinner on a Friday night. It wasn't crowded, fairly easy to get reservations. The food was average and a little overpriced. I had the shrimp and grits which I didn't love, but my mom had the tempura shrimp and that dish is amazing. The shrimp are huge. I was disappointed in the service. It started out really well, but we had to wait a long time to see our server again once we had our food. We'd planned on ordering dessert but by the time we saw him again we just didn't have time. And it was a long wait for the check. So that was frustrating, especially since it wasn't busy at all. They had someone singing outside by the bar and that was really nice. If you're on Daniel Island its not a bad place to stop by, but I probably won't go again.

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4.0Dined on September 23, 2016

Excellent dinner. Best crab soup I've ever had and the tempura fried shrimp was perfect. My wife's not a seafood fan and had the 1/2 chicken which she thoroughly enjoyed.

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4.0Dined on September 20, 2016

Menu was good and reasonably priced. The patio looks to be a great location to enjoy food and drink.

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1.0Dined on September 17, 2016

I never post a bad review, but this was by far the worst dining experience I have ever had. The food that we actually received (because part of our meal never came, both appetizer and dessert!) was terrible. We were charged for food we never got and instead of giving us a refund, we were told they could give us vouchers for a free dinner. Like we would ever return. We had to wait over a hour for food and ending up having to leave before dessert even arrived bc we were late to our special event after. But we still were charged for it! Absolutely terrible and I would not recommend to anyone.

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3.0Dined on September 12, 2016

My meal had too many different flavors that did not blend well together, (lemon, jerk, and burnt) The salmon and toast had a burnt taste, The server never came back to check to see f the entree was OK. He didn't even comment that I only ate half the food and didn't offer if I wanted it boxed. The cocktail was lack luster as well but I drank it because it was the better than the food. We was very disappointed, however, would try again but try a different dish.

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3.0Dined on August 19, 2016

Food was good overall. Ordered crab dip which never showed. Hamburger was under cooked, had to be sent back. Server was pleasant but not very attentive.

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4.0Dined on August 7, 2016

Good food and service. A dozen raw oysters were quoted at $32 so I did not order them. This was my only disappointment in a city where you can get a good dozen for half that. Awesome half price wine special on Sunday night and the she crab soup was outstanding.

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