The Palmetto Cafe

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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Sunday Lunch
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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Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 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

f
Charleston
38 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 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.

NB
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful! I go there frequently and often recommend it

P
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 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!

JS
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SL
Philadelphia
79 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect lunch!

MS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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

DA
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

KD
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual. Great service from John.

S
Montreal
27 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
13 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. You will need a reservation.

T
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful brunch Buffett

AB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

BK
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

GS
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

CL
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

Have always enjoyed going to the Palmetto Cafe. The buffet is just so tasty! Today our server was the worst server we have ever experienced in Charleston. He was miserable & appeared angry every time he came over to our table. It made our entire brunch experience so uncomfortable with how unpleasant he was.

JC
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had breakfast there - the atrium is beautiful, the pancakes and Belgium waffle were delicious and the others in our party had the buffet - everything on that buffet was delicious as well. I like when I go to a restaurant and the waiter has everything we need at the table before we need to ask. That’s excellent service !!!

HS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and ambience. Our waiter (Jeff) was superb giving us several excellent recommendations for food choices. I would recommend this place to anyone visiting Charleston.

DC
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely the best lunch place in Charleston! Old world service, great food, lovely ambience.

B
Charleston
151 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Palmetto Cafe is in a word "Outstanding" and just may be my new favorite brunch spot in Charleston. I'm not normally a buffet kind of guy but when the lady making omelettes has been on the job there for 32 years you just know you are in for a treat. Try the caramel brioche. I wholeheartedly recommend The Palmetto Cafe and we will be going back.

B
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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AL
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Very over priced restaurant... it was just me and my cousin we got the Buffett it costed us 60 total

S
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband went there for an anniversary lunch. It was excellent. We enjoyed the garden view and the atmosphere is lovely.
We will go back when we return to Savannah.

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