The Palmetto Cafe

4.8
345 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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RG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter CJ made the lunch fun and enjoyable. He went over and beyond !!

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SM
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Rubber, frozen (not fresh) shrimp, no restroom in the restaurant, slow service

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TH
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had lunch here, nice location. The food and service were very nice too.

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RB
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful Sunday brunch with just about everything you could want and great service. The food was fantastic!

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SC
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The shrimp and grits were the best I've ever eaten. The shrimp were on top and grilled separately to perfection.
One thing I did not appreciate was the 4 oz. glass of wine for $15 at lunch. Please! 4 oz. is chintzy.
Another custom I don't appreciate is that the hostess took us to the table and then waited for me to put my bags down, take my coat off and then she proceeded to put my napkin in my lap for me. I find that kind of service pretentious and disruptive to my visiting with my company. Now, if she had taken my coat away and hung it up somewhere, that would have made up for her intrusiveness.

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MD
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My good to place for lunch, beautiful inside, clean and fresh like the food! Lots of seafood, salads, all fresh ingredient and a nice selection of Good wine!

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SD
Atlanta
27 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was creatively presented and the service was efficient but not overbearing. Sunny, inner courtyard ambience made for a delightful afternoon birthday lunch that lingered for several hours. Never felt rushed.

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CG
Charleston
30 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always delicious food and perfect service. The hardest thing is to decide what to eat and the peach tea hits the spot!

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GB
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The very best crab cake you will ever eat. The sampler was excellent. Service was impeccable. The ambience is lovely, especially when you are seated near the garden. A must visit if you are in Charleston.

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d
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Palmetto Café is our "go-to" restaurant for lunch in downtown Charleston.

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MT
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Exceptional food snd lovely place!! No negatives at all!’

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CJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stayed at the Belmond Charleston Place and had breakfast here. The food was very good and our waiter was very friendly and went out of his way to make our experience a pleasure. The cost of the food is pretty high for breakfast, but it was a buffet and was delicious!

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LN
Vancouver
110 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were staying in the classy Belmond Charleston Place Hotel and were happy to have the opportunity for breakfast in the attractive Palmetto Cafe. They have a number of choices for the French press prepared coffee and we enjoyed the Ethiopian Yrgecheffe. The shrimp and grits were delicious with many succulent large shrimp and a slightly spicy sauce on creamy grits.

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N
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The ambiance is lovely. I have been several times but if the Server knows that you have a discount certificate, he will definitely curtail his attention and service.

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E
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service!

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CC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great breakfast at the Palmetto Cafe. The food was delicious and our server, John, was wonderful. He was attentive and thoughtful, without being intrusive. All in all it was a lovely way to start the day.

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OT
Charleston
87 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Miss ruthie was wonderful! Food delicious! Mike was entertaining! Great restuarant!

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OT
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was outstanding as usual - i am never disappointed!

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MO
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place to have breakfast, anytime we are in Charleston we will come back.

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S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unpretentious, in a good way. Service top notch. Friendly atmosphere. Weather permitting, the courtyard is great.

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MD
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the Palmetto Cafe for breakfast -- which was awesome! It may be equally great for lunch and dinner but we would need to explore that on another trip. It is adjacent to a beautiful hotel lobby and was really a lovely venue. The food was high quality and the service excellent (like most high-end places in Charleston). I was very surprised at how reasonable the breakfast buffet was ($19 I believe) given the quality, service and ambiance. I would most definitely return and if I lived there this could easily become my "go to" place!

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BR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was excellent. Service was slow and poor. The restaurant seemed to be understaffed.
Waiter tried but just could not manage all the tables in a timely manner.

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SR
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm and wonderful service and wonderful food. It is a really beautiful room and I just enjoy sitting there being pampered!

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OT
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience is always second to none.

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BH
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the brunch at Palmetto Café. It was a little difficult to find using Google Maps and Waze since it is tucked inside a hotel. Service was amazing and the food was extra fresh. The Eggs Benedict on the buffet had a base of delicious house-made English muffins that made them really delicious! The fruit was plentiful and the French pressed Ethiopian coffee was the best! Would love to go back any time we are in Charleston!

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L
Charleston
155 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just love the Palmetto Cafe for a special lunch with friends. The Palmetto Sampler is the best!!!

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C
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Made reservations for brunch.
My daughter and I were sat at a very small (rectangular) uncomfortable table.
Our waitress was wonderful, friendly and attentive. The food (brunch/buffet) was just average, the sausage links were hard (over cooked), everything else was just there. Not worth $19. The Belgium waffles mentioned on the buffet, are not served regularly. But our waitresses had some prepared for us. She definitely delivered great service.

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OT
Charleston
87 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always excellent as well as the service! CJ did a great job as our server. Mrs Scott always greets us at the door. She is a good person! We always enjoy our visits to The Palmetto Cafe!

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JP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place with a great southern flare! Brunch had many great options.

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OT
Charleston
87 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous! Service was fabulous!
John was fabulous!
Michael was fabulous!

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OT
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch I’ve had in a long time. Excellent food choices. Everything taste wonderful.

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LM
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Was beautiful setting with great food and excellent service. The surprise was that in the app, it showed $ for cost, and was much higher than that.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely time.. we’ll be back soon! John was our server and he was fabulous!

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Very pretty surroundings, service was very good. French toast and bacon were good but pricey for the quality. Still, it is worth paying for the scenery and convenient location.

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P
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

We had the breakfast buffet. Every item at the buffet was lukewarm. They did have an omelet station but the line was too long and we didn't want to stand around for 15 minutes to get an omelet. We had the scrambled eggs and they were lukeawrm at best as was everything else. For $29.00 it was a complete ripoff.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience, glad I spent my birthday there!

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Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had breakfast there each morning we stayed at the Belmond. The service was exceptional and the food was delicious! The staff was so friendly and always greeted us by name. They made us feel welcome and special.

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OT
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience on the first morning of our vacation! We dined with our son who is allergic to dairy, walnuts and pecans. The staff was accommodating and exceedingly kind in their care of this situation. Thank you!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really skilled waitress and were so appreciative of all her special attention. Please thank her for us.

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RH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed all the service it was remarkable.

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