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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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
3 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
5 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
9 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
10 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
81 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.

j
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The atmosphere was lovely - a table looking into the garden. Food and service excellent as one would expect in this first class hotel. Our kids stayed at the Belmond celebrating their wedding anniversary. It made sense for us to drive down from Pawleys Island to meet them for brunch. The others had omelets and I ordered the smoked salmon platter. The coffee was fresh and served in a French press.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I had a spending brunch at The Palmetto Café. The food was outstanding. The service was superb. The setting was outstanding. I live in Charleston from 1991 to 1994 and have only been back once. What a memorable brunch.

GY
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever friends are in Charleston, they ask to go to Palmetto Grill because of the great menu, delicious food, and particularly on Sunday when they are able to enjoy the brunch. This past Sunday was especially enjoyable. The lovely lady cooking omelets was so personable, making our brunch even more special!

F
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Overpriced, service sub par for a hotel of this caliber, had to ask for drinks.

DA
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent buffet with outstanding food. Excellent service from check in and throughout the meal.

KD
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual. Great service from John.

S
Montreal
27 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great little spot inside the Belmont hotel. When there to grab a bite around 13:00 with no expectations. The ingredients are of high quality, the recipes are researched and innovative. The chef as done a great job. The waiting staff is one you expect to find at an high end white table cloth dinner restaurant. The prices are a bit high, but you get your moneys worth. Great place for an important business meeting or a date. The guest will be impressed.

T
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. You will need a reservation.

T
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Our waiter was less than attentive on several points. Thank God Lilly was there to help us with most of them. I am NOT a whiner. The Palmetto Cafe is among my top five places to go ever and I would like to keep it there. Thought you might like to know about who was not paying attention to detail. I expect that two good friends will be visiting soon and will continue to recommend without reservation.

BB
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I had the most wonderful experience at the Palmetto Café... the food was wonderful, the customer service was great and the coffee was outstanding. Thank you for such a great experience.

DC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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AD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The Buffet is a little bit overpriced $31 pp. Would like to try their regular menu. Not sure if would be back for the brunch Buffet.

EC
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An exceptionally high quality breakfast buffet with an extraordinary range of items. Omelets cooked to order.

KR
Jacksonville
10 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch Buffett

AB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful. Light, wonderful ambiance, good service, food always amazing!

BK
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and ambiance, as always. Always a pleasure!

GS
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I come to lunch quite often as l reside in Charleston and enjoy it very much the menu is great! Just would like to see a change in the tricolor butter maybe regular butter or a honey butter , just for a change for a while thank you .

OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very friendly and efficient. The brunch was outstanding—-every single item was fresh and delicious!

FX
Charleston
47 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful, superb. Best place for an elegant lunch in Charleston.

CL
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed having brunch at the Palmetto Cafe. Paul, our server was very attentive, helpful and accommodating. Food was well prepared -- hot food was hot, cold plates were cold. Omelet station attendant was very accommodating in making sure my selection was prepared just right!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food. We had the breakfast Buffett and was absolutely delicious

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