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The Palmetto Cafe, Charleston, SC

The Palmetto Cafe

4.7
4.7
463 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
The Palmetto Cafe offers a garden like setting featuring live green walls, rich mahogany furniture and adjoining courtyard. Located on the main floor of Belmond Charleston Placel, the restaurant features innovative American cuisine using only the freshest local ingredients. The Palmetto Cafe is open daily for breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am - 10:30am Brunch: Saturday: 9:00am - 11:30am, Sunday: 9:00am - 1:30pm Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm
  • Phone number
    (843) 722-4900
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Steven Manall
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Charleston
  • Cross street
    Hassel Street
  • Parking details
    Complimentary valet or validation offered for adjacent parking garage.
  • Additional
    Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 463 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

463 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great! Lovely outdoor seating

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  2. Tater

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is remarkable beginning with Lily(on weekends) as the hostess with the mostess(and I do not mean maybe). The staff is well trained and close to perfect in every way. The buffet is beyond great. Always fresh. The pastry chef must come from pastry heaven. Truly a master at what he does. Food/service/value- the tops.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fine hotel restaurant, but not worth it if you are looking for an authentic Charleston experience.

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  4. RoxanneG

    Atlantic City

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server Paul was very attentive and pleasant

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  5. Wes1

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect place for lunch!!

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  6. LittleMac

    Miami

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great quality food. The short rib plaintains and chicken salad are awesome.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to have breakfast in a quit intimate setting.I highly recommend this place.

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  8. Jmc4152

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    On our visits to Charleston we usually have breakfast at the Palmetto Cafe. And most of the time we go through the breakfast buffet. This visit we were a little disappointed as the eggs Benedict which had always been delicious was overcooked and dry. We rebounded with a good omelette however. Next time we may order from the menu. We will return as it is a great place to enjoy breakfast. Fresh OJ and French press coffee is delish

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  9. FXM33

    Charleston

    60 reviews

    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Best in Charleston for an elegant lunch. We keep going there!

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  10. Thomas

    London

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    A little disappointed as it was touted as such a great place. Good service but food was overpriced and not to the standard we expected.

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  11. AnnT

    Charleston

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Always beautiful and delicious. Kid friendly. Exceptional!

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  12. Cathy

    Charleston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Saturday lunch consisted of shrimp and grits and the sampler. She crab soup was excellent as was the burger. Paul, our waiter, was fantastic. Atmosphere was upscale but not stuffy.

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  13. Jack

    Greater Boston

    125 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    125 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Breakfast was wonderful. Our sever was very nice. The food is second to none!!

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  14. Yummyinthetummy

    Greater Boston

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely setting. Brunch is a tad pricey but selection is worth the splurge!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing! Such a delicious restaurant!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always happy with Palmetto Cafe. Great service and food on a consistent basis. Highly recommend

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  17. JaneH

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Servers were wonderful. We come here about once a year for special occasions. It is a bit pricey..

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  18. Hiltonheadlocal

    Charleston

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A Charleston must. Clearly a cut above. Went for lunch. Great food and service. Attractive surroundings.

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  19. GGMac

    Vancouver

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible! Beautiful surroundings of natural light and gardens. The buffet is where it’s at so you can sample all the amazing brunch foods. Truly a beautiful spot for an amazing bite.

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  20. MarionU

    Charleston

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, Rebecca, made the entire Bday celebration a Win-Win! Loved everything!

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  21. Sandy

    Columbus

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a special lunch location for catching up over the holidays. Perfect

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    87 reviews

    5.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friends Christmas lunch!

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  23. Hoppy

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and exceptional food! Beautifully decorated to reflect the holiday spirit!

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  24. DIHappy

    Atlanta Metro

    42 reviews

    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Made the reservation and requested table 21 well in advance. When we showed up, not only was someone else JUST seated at table 21, there wasn't any table ready for us, so we had to wait. The lady, who I believe was one of the managers, was very friendly and apologized profusely. Our waiter was nice, but forgot to bring an item we ordered, so had to flag him down to remind him. This is the second time he's waited on us and both times he went to get something we ordered and got side-tracked. Food was excellent and has been consistently great every single time we come to the Palmetto Cafe (we've been coming to the Palmetto Cafe for many years). Will be back, but will also start dining at their competition at the new Bennett Hotel just down the street.

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  25. BobG

    Charleston

    32 reviews

    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was somewhat lethargic, and our server not very enthusiastic. We waited to place drinks orders, and they arrived after about 5 minutes. The food is okay, not outstanding by Charleston standards.

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  26. Everett

    Charleston

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service friendly staff and excellent food!

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  27. SheilaH

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I didn't realize this was a hotel restaurant when I booked the reservation. I might have considered another location had I realized it was in a hotel. The food and service were very good. The brunch buffet was fairly fresh and hot. It was a little noisy and very expensive. But overall an enjoyable brunch.

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  28. JADS

    Charleston

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was divine

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  29. hsnyder71

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was amazing as was the food.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Brunch is a buffet which is unexpected for such an expensive and nice restaurant. Lunch menu mainly consists of seafood and salads which is rather disappointing, but nevertheless the shrimp and grits are great.

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  31. BriP

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    For a “first” class establishment the Sunday Brunch was a disappointment. Besides a beautiful appearance of the fresh fruit and some smoked salmon only scrambled eggs cooked three different ways with potatoes or grits with shrimp in a soap tasting sauce was available. No ham, roast beef or similar was served. Comparing this brunch to the ones served Upstate the Palmetto Cafe event comes out like the “poor relatives menu”. Definitely not worth the expense.

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  32. LyndaG

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Palmetto Cafe was elegant, bright, beautiful and welcoming. We (two female friends visiting from out of town) did plan smartly ahead with a late afternoon reservation (2 p.m.) The portions are large and this was our meal for the day since we had evening tickets for a play. The short rib appetizer on plantains that we split was superb . I ordered the caesar salad with both scallops and chicken for my protein. I had ordered the salad with dressing on the side but it did arrive fully dressed. I chose not to send it back. The scallops were divine but the chicken was overcooked and tough. I left about half of what I was served. With one large table near us it was a little noisy, but the ambience of the room more than made of for the noise. I would definitely go back but probably share an entree if you are not a big eater.

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  33. MaryanneW

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding in every way!!! Impeccable service, ambience and delicious food that was beautifully plated!!!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful restaurant. Food was food. Great service

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  35. volman

    Kansas City

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. The Palmetto Omelette was outstanding. Our waiter John was both professional and courteous. He made the experience a pleasure and enjoyable. We look forward to our next opportunity to dine there

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  36. foodfan

    Charleston

    50 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    In my opinion, a high-end breakfast buffet should have a made-to-order omelet station, not just a pan of scrambled eggs. Also, it is doubtful that the small shrimp in the shrimp and grits were local. More likely, they were frozen imports from Asia or South America. I enjoyed the cheese blintzes, smoked salmon, and fresh fruit, though. Service was slow at 7:30 am, although there were several servers milling about and only a few diners. My husband, daughter and I have dined at the Palmetto Cafe on several occasions (usually holidays) and have generally been happy with the food and service, but this visit was disappointing.

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  37. NellaB

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always wonderful! I go there frequently and often recommend it

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  38. KnifeandFork

    New York City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a pleasant way to spend a Sunday brunch, in a relaxed, comfortable bright space! We had a lovely experience and a terrific meal, complimented by well prepared and very tasty cocktails. Frankly, everything on the menu looked so good it was hard to decide what to order. The good news is that we could only enjoy so much at one sitting. We will be back!

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  39. JessicaS

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service!! Great brunch buffet, lovely atmosphere, were happy to accommodate bringing in our stroller.

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  40. SteakLovers

    Philadelphia

    113 reviews

    4.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Sunday Brunch was very good. They also have Gluten Free bread/toast is you ask for it.

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Google Map for The Palmetto Cafe

205 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Hassel Street
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Charleston
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am - 10:30am Brunch: Saturday: 9:00am - 11:30am, Sunday: 9:00am - 1:30pm Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Complimentary valet or validation offered for adjacent parking garage.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Steven Manall
  • Additional
    Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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