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About The Palmetto Cafe

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.

205 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:


Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am - 10:30am

Brunch: Saturday: 9:00am - 11:30am, Sunday: 9:00am - 1:30pm

Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
Hassel Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 722-4900

Website:
http://www.charlestonplace.com/web/ocha/charleston_restaurants.jsp

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet or validation offered for adjacent parking garage.

Executive Chef:
Steven Manall

Additional:
Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

The Palmetto Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.8

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (17)
Great for Brunch (15)
Quiet Conversation (15)
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Sunday Lunch (13)
Special Occasion (12)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Romantic (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Afternoon Tea (6)
Casual (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Authentic (6)
Good for a Date (4)
Healthy (4)
Business Meals (3)
Scenic View (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
People Watching (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

Service was SUPERB! Ate there twice during our meetings and both times, had a great experience. Had the buffet, which was expansive and really appreciate the choice of intensity of bottomless coffee and the to go cup! My only issue was the price; $30 for breakfast plus tip is really steep and there aren’t other options available in the hotel. Other than price, this was a wonderful option and I highly recommend it!

Tags: Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Consistently great food and excellent service!

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great food, great service, beautiful setting. Very good brunch selections.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual
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food4
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2017

The bellini was great and the shrimp tacos were good, but not great, especially for the price.
It was nice that I got a piece of cake for my birthday. The service was excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent service, good ambiance and delicious food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Been dining at the Cafe since 1999...it's our favorite spot in Charleston...the She Crab Soup is divine...entirely appropriate for dessert...very fresh food, the subtle and simple elegance of the low country...excellent atmosphere for conversation and quiet, leisurely dining...sophisticated service...

Tags: Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Tea, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Amazing experience and brunch was exquisite! The scenery was beautiful and the service was on point. A great start to our anniversary!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Romantic, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, People Watching, Disabled Access, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

A "go to" place for us when we want a white tablecloth restaurant, friendly and professional service and classic American food. Server John Scott was a 10/10 as was the food (Caesar salad with oysters and scallops; and scallops). Dessert was also very good - a chocolate molten cake like none we've ever had with roasted nuts and a sweet drizzle. Palmetto never disappoints.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Afternoon Tea
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Food order incorrect & over cooked. Initial attempts to correct not taken seriously. 2nd attempt correction did happen..2nd attempt meat over cooked, side dish properly done. Didn’t think to take photo but will if happens again

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 28, 2017

My wife and I went to brunch last Saturday with a reservation. Lily was as charming and professional as ever. Unfortunately the waiter we had(Gray) did not pay attention to detail or timing as we are accustomed to. It is not a big deal to me but I think management should be aware. For example, I've never had to clear my plate after going to the buffet and then have to borrow silverware from another table. Hope this helps

Mark and Suzanne Galloway

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 21, 2017

On our list for not to miss when visiting Charleston. Nice updates to the menu while retaining the favorites. I loved the shrimp panzanella salad. So many great flavors layered in it! Grilled shrimpseasones so very well. The olive oil cake is great!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Lovely at
O sphere with/ southern charm & fantastic seafood platter & fish tacos (lobster)

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Good food, lovely ambiance

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The Palmetto Grill is my FAVORITE dining venue of any kind in Charleston. The sunny atmosphere is elegant yet casual and the service is exceptional. The Sunday brunch buffet is delightful with an abundance of scrumptious selections ranging from healthy and light to irresistible-and-worth-every-morsel! The gracious staff is most efficient and pleasant. I have enjoyed brunch at this establishment twice; on both occasions, Paul was our server. He is such a gentleman and treated us like royalty - while exuding a friendly and hospitable manner. I can't say enough about this lovely restaurant. It is not to be missed!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great experience every time. Superior service with good options from healthy to decadent.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We had a delicious lunch, and the service was wonderful. Our waiter could not have been any more attentive.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Wonderful brunch in a perfect setting. The service and attention to detail are exceptional.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Palmetto Cafe is my favorite lunch spot. Great food and terrific service from John.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 17, 2017

This is one of the best brunch/lunches in Charleston. We are local and for some reason never made it the Palmetto Cafe (have been to Charleston Grille). We intend to make up for lost time. The brunch buffet was amazing with so many choices, my husband did not know what to select. I ordered the "Tasting Sampler" from the lunch menu and it was so delicious.

The atmosphere is elegant without being stuffy. Our server (Gray, the best!) gave us impeccable service and we will ask for him when we return.

Tags: Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Coffee, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 5, 2017

We loved our waitress Norma Rae. She was so sweet and made an already excellent dining experience even more memorable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Delicious breakfast!!!! My husband and I both had the smoked salmon and bagel. Very good!
Service was exceptional! They couldn't have been friendlier!!!

Tags: Healthy, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Casual
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The food was prepared very well. The dishes were tasty, creative and fresh ,top of the line ingredients were used. The service was top notch as was the ambiance. The only recommendation would be a revamp of the desserts, offfered. After such a delicious main entree the dessert was a let down. They are in need of a good pastry chef, and a fine meal would be complete.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We had brunch at Palmetto for our daughter's birthday. We ordered from the menu instead of having the buffet. The food was very good as always but the service was terribly slow. We felt as if the wait staff preferred that patrons have the buffet. A little disappointing especially since it was a special occasion.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 23, 2017

It was my birthday brunch. They had a buffet and no brunch menu which wasn't expected. Also our food arrived w a hair in it. The waitress quickly took it away and we didn't pay for the replacement meal. Great experience and amazing food.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on July 3, 2017

We lunch reservations for our anniversary. We had the best waiter, a wonderful lunch and we are so happy we chose this restaurant for our special occasion. The She Crab Soup is the best we've ever had. Thank you for treating us to this lovely lunch!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 1, 2017

A favorite place for lunch. Food is always delicious. Recommend highly.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Our lunch was perfect and it was a quiet place to conduct our business.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 24, 2017

This was my first time dining at the Palmetto Cafe. I enjoyed the experience. I ordered the seafood sandwich. It was fresh and full of flavor. The staff was very nice and the ambiance was very relaxing. I will definitely be returning.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 20, 2017

John was our waiter today...loved him! All around great experience and delicious she crab soup!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Excellent food and service. Definitely will return for another meal.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Overpriced and noisy! We went there for Father's Day brunch and it was a zoo. We ordered three a la carte breakfast items and it took over 30 minutes for them to be served. I think they assume that most people will go with the buffet so weren't staffed in the front or back of the house to deal with anything but buffet service. The noise level was so bad that we could barely hear each other talk. (Lots of out of control babies and kids which isn't the restaurant's fault.) The bill was $84 for three breakfasts (no alcohol or extras) which I felt was a bit much considering the slow service and the chaotic vibe. Our server was sweet but completely frazzled and overwhelmed. The management needs to have more staff on schedule especially on a busy holiday weekend.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Overall, the food was borderline awful to terrible (across 3 meals and appetizers). I am a local and can assure you that the seafood is NOT fresh. My meal was almost inedible (avocado crab salad). The presentation was lovely but the food was not. The service was the best part of the experience and it was quite good. The ceiling has noticeable water damage. The restaurant is in need of a deep cleaning overall and major cosmetic repair. The cost was exorbitant. Cost is a nonissue for an excellent (or even good) meal, but this meal was a waste of money. I'd avoid this restaurant. I would not go back and would not recommend. It was convenient to an event which is why we went -- big mistake.

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Great service! Amazing lunch! Good way to wrap up a special girls weekend getaway! Try the club it's amazing!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 4, 2017

We love coming to the Palmetto Cafe. John always takes great care of us. We definitely wish they would bring back the lamb pita though!

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, People Watching
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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Overall perfect occasion complete with surprise complimentary dessert. Jeff had just the right touch as our waiter.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, People Watching
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 (Charleston)·Dined on May 29, 2017

Food was great and lindsey was fabulous!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Brunch was amazing. Gorgeous buffet, fresh coffee and juice from a friendly and accommodating staff. The hotel and restaurant are the epitome of Southern Charm.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Excellent service! Great food, beautiful environment

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Palmetto Cafe does not disappoint. I have visited for breakfast brunch anniversaries, family dinners and business dinners. Michelle was very efficient, timely and professional. She crab soup was phenomenal and Michelle graciously offered us additional sherry. The Caesar salad with local shrimp (with dressing on the side) was very attractive with the chef's special touch (you'll have to see it). And, of course, we were served a pineapple morsel dipped in chocolate as a thank you from the restaurant. Looking forward to going back!

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Food was excellent as was the service. Great selection of traditional breakfast options as well as local favorites. Will be going here monthly for breakfast/Sunday brunch.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Sunday Lunch
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