The Palmetto Cafe

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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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LM
Miami
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality food. The short rib plaintains and chicken salad are awesome.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have breakfast in a quit intimate setting.I highly recommend this place.

J
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

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

FX
Charleston
47 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best in Charleston for an elegant lunch. We keep going there!

T
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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.

AT
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always beautiful and delicious. Kid friendly. Exceptional!

C
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

J
New England
71 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breakfast was wonderful. Our sever was very nice. The food is second to none!!

Y
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely setting. Brunch is a tad pricey but selection is worth the splurge!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Such a delicious restaurant!

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always happy with Palmetto Cafe. Great service and food on a consistent basis. Highly recommend

JH
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servers were wonderful. We come here about once a year for special occasions. It is a bit pricey..

H
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Charleston must. Clearly a cut above. Went for lunch. Great food and service. Attractive surroundings.

OT
Vancouver
35 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

MU
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Rebecca, made the entire Bday celebration a Win-Win! Loved everything!

SH
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a special lunch location for catching up over the holidays. Perfect

OT
Charleston
82 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends Christmas lunch!

H
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and exceptional food! Beautifully decorated to reflect the holiday spirit!

OT
Atlanta
35 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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.

BG
Charleston
31 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

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.

ES
Charleston
58 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service friendly staff and excellent food!

SH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

j
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was divine

h
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing as was the food.

OT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

BP
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.

LG
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

MW
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way!!! Impeccable service, ambience and delicious food that was beautifully plated!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Beautiful restaurant. Food was food. Great service

v
Kansas City
16 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

f
Charleston
38 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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.

NB
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful! I go there frequently and often recommend it

P
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

JS
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service!! Great brunch buffet, lovely atmosphere, were happy to accommodate bringing in our stroller.

SL
Philadelphia
83 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Sunday Brunch was very good. They also have Gluten Free bread/toast is you ask for it.

S
Glasgow
25 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good! Just a bit overpriced - like $30 for 3 seafood tacos. But for a special occasion, it's a great place to go for excellent food.

G
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stayed at the Charleston Place hotel for a weekend and had two breakfasts and two lunches at Palmetto Cafe -all excellent. The crab salad for lunch is unbeatable and blueberry pancakes for breakfast -divine. The servers were outstanding -made you feel welcome and appreciated.

MB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful brunch in the Palmetto Café - will definitely be back!

OT
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect lunch!

MS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible brunch. It's not the biggest spread ever, but they make it count. The caramel brioche is one-of-a-kind. The hollandaise on their eggs benedict is like silk.

While overall in Charleston the service we encountered was excellent. John, a 13-year veteran here, provided exquisite service and provided another level of hospitality that I've rarely experienced.

Great spot for brunch and classy-southern-vibes.

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