The Palmetto Cafe

Star_8_Created with Sketch.Star_8_Created with Sketch.Star_8_Created with Sketch.Star_8_Created with Sketch.star-threequarterCreated with Sketch.
4.8
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
395 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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.
What 395 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Quiet
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
B
Charleston
146 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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.

Report
Helpful
B
Charleston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father’s Day

Report
Helpful
AL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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

Report
Helpful
S
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

Report
Helpful
CB
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the Sunday brunch buffet! Food was well prepared and well presented. Service was exceptional.

Report
Helpful
j
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot for a relaxed, delicious breakfast. A good way to start a morning in the historic Charleston area.

Report
Helpful
MA
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Service. Paul was a friendly, informative, very pleasant waiter. He provided excellent service.

Report
Helpful
j
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped for brunch and selected the buffet vs ordering off the menu. It was outstanding. The food on the buffet was really excellent and constantly being refreshed. There was an incredible selection of hot items, fruit, pastries, and everything you could want. The caramel brioche was something you don’t normally see on a buffet and was worth the trip all by itself! The peach tea was exceptional. In addition to the excellent food the ambiance was great. Large walls of glass looking in to a beautiful garden courtyard made for a very peaceful brunch. To top it off, the service was outstanding. While I selected the buffet, the wait staff and servers were all extremely attentive and just added to the overall excellent experience. While not inexpensive, the whole experience was worth every penny and then some.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is lovely in the garden. I thought that the menu was inovative and when our entrées arrived I was very impressed by the presentation. They also served three butters to accompany the bread. The food was not only great to look at but it was very very good I especially loved the peach tea with the sugar syrup.

Report
Helpful
WB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our courtyard lunch at the Palmetto Cafe on our anniversary. The selection of bread and seasoned butter that was served was fantastic! Our menu choices were the scallops and burger. Both, well prepared and nicely presented. Service was efficient and friendly. We hope to return.

Report
Helpful
J
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for lunch! Excellent seafood tacos!!

Report
Helpful
MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great to revisit one of our favorite spots in Charleston. This relaxed, atmospheric cafe made lunch an indulgent experience. Engaging service and the food was superb. She Crab Soup (appetizer) was world class as were the main courses. Highly recommend this classy piece of Charleston Place.

Report
Helpful
M
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday brunch! Lots to chooses from and the buffet was quite lovely. I would definitely take my family back there again.

Report
Helpful
RL
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The hostess was rude. In an empty restaurant, she try to seat us by a service door. Food was not good. Too salty Price is ridiculous for the quality of food. Will not go back or recommend to anyone.

Report
Helpful
n
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just the most elegant lunch in Charleston, with fab service and great food. Eat in or outside and enjoy just the best. Our go to- always- just love it-

Report
Helpful
CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 4

The Saturday/Sunday buffet was not good, but weekday breakfast menu was good

Report
Helpful
SC
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice Sunday Brunch. Bright, comfortable dining room. Served as breakfast buffet. Enjoyed the omelettes and Bloody Mary’s. Attentive service.

Report
Helpful
Y
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

While I have dined at the cafe numerous times in the past 6 or 7 years I found this experience to be different. The service is still excellent and the ambiance has not changed, but I was totally caught off guard when I was presented for a bill excessively high for a complimentary voucher I had received at the manager's meeting.

I have taken both of my children there for lunch as a birthday gift and have never had to pay anything in addition to the voucher. One year I offered our server an extra $20 for his exemplary service and he refused to take it.

In addition, the crab salad was extremely overpriced considering the lack of flavor.

Report
Helpful
OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I’m afraid that the outdoor courtyard is all that still makes this place special. The buffet is a glorified breakfast bar. Much of the clientele was wearing blue jeans and T-shirts. Not enough food options for this price. I used to love this place. Now it’s overpriced and they need a dress code. Service was good st first, then waitress got hard to find at the end.

Report
Helpful
G
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

A very nice breakfast buffet with a disappointing omelet station. Service was very good, decor was lovely and it was overall a good value for a hotel breakfast buffet.

Report
Helpful
CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday brunch. Hostess Lilly does an awesome job. Great food, service and ambiance.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was visiting from out of town and was very impressed with the atmosphere and taste/presentation of the food.

Report
Helpful
TD
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall, our brunch was amazing! Had to wait a bit for coffee/tea service at first, so we just headed to the buffet instead, where the omelet station had a lovely woman cooking! Once we got back to our table, server mentioned he hadn't seen us sit down the first time. Prices a bit high (can't possibly eat enough to justify), but for a once-in-a-blue moon, we would definitely be back! The overall beauty of the cafe is enough to get us back there!

Report
Helpful
B
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Palmetto Cafe is in elegant surroundings. The food was good, the service was mediocre. I would recommend you pay the Cafe a visit.

Report
Helpful
CM
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Ambiance was amazing but the food was not very good. Our lunch was not worth $100.00. I don’t think we will be returning.

Report
Helpful
OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Best pancakes ever!

Report
Helpful
AC
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is gorgeous and the service was top notch. My husband and had breakfast and it was truly wonderful. I loved the buffet because it not only had traditional fare but local favorites like shrimp and grits. My husband had the corned beef hash omelette and it was incredible. The ambiance was great. The natural light coming in from the ceiling made the space incredible.

Report
Helpful
L
Central Texas
49 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Firied shrimp tacos, crab salad, chicken salad etc were all exceptional. Lovely day outdoors in the courtyard too. Just perfect.

Report
Helpful
OT
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, great service. Palmetto platter checks all the blocks, fabulous food. One of our favorite places to eat in Charleston.

Report
Helpful
AT
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Sunday Brunch here. The atmosphere is great, big open and bright glass window seating areas. Food was excellent, fresh and great buffet choices. You have to try the caramel glazed brioche rolls by the omelette station. They are to die for. Paul our waiter was excellent. Can't wait to go back and sit in the open courtyard when weather gets nicer.

Report
Helpful
AT
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love

Report
Helpful
c
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been to the Sunday Brunch buffet many times and it is consistently excellent. The variety of items in the buffet and the quality of the food will not disappoint. Good choice every time.

Report
Helpful
SA
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite always!

Report
Helpful
AD
Charleston
134 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were taking someone to lunch who had never been to Charleston and chose Palmetto Cafe because I remembered the octopus was the best in the U.S. i was disappointed they took it off the menu but everything we had was excellent. From the peach tea and bread to the crispy plantains and fried snapper - it was excellent. Brianna was the perfect server and very helpful and professional. Highly recommend.

Report
Helpful
OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience, perfect service and delicious, fresh food. It’s our “go-to” brunch place when we want a nice, relaxing meal.

Report
Helpful
h
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lily, Gray, and Michael were exceptional. They helped make my birthday very special. The food was amazing as usual and the service was impeccable!

Report
Helpful
C
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This cafe is always wonderful.We come here for breakfast and lunches.Their food is amazing and such a beautiful presentation.You will never be disappointed !

Report
Helpful
OT
Charleston
92 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, Service and Ambiance fabulous!

Report
Helpful
M
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

We live an hour from Charleston so we visit the city frequently. Unfortunately, my husband and I looked at the menu on line; a menu associated with a Google search under Palmetto Cafe. I still have it downloaded on my phone. We were expecting to spend $50 to $75 for brunch with a mimosa each for 3 but ended up paying, with tip, well over $165. Clearly the menu posted on their Google search is not the correct menu. Having invited a friend to lunch, we were mortified and yet, did not feel it was appropriate to leave after we were seated and given our menus. We felt hoodwinked and did not feel the food was good enough to have paid even what we initially were expecting to pay.

Report
Helpful
OT
London
46 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, and ambience were all excellent. Best cheeseburger I have had in a very long time. The restaurant has American cheese available for cheeseburger traditionalists. Simple syrup for the iced tea a great touch. Staff all very hospitable. My scallop appetizer was perfect as were both shrimp entrees that I tasted.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
10

Tweets by The Palmetto Cafe

null