The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits

4.2
388 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
Notably, the hotel has the city’s highest rooftop bar and restaurant — The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits — offering indoor and outdoor seating with impressive views of downtown Charleston, the Ravenel Bridge and more. At the helm is Chef Jordan Moore. The Watch takes a cue from the rich history and coastal location, artfully serving modern American food with low country and global influences.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Low Country
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Hours of operation
Open for Lunch and Dinner.
Monday 11-10
Tuesday 11-10
Wednesday 11-10
Thursday 11-10
Friday 11-11
Saturday 11-11
Sunday 11-10

Bar Hours
Monday 11-11
Tuesday 11-11
Wednesday 11-11
Thursday 11-11
Friday 11-12
Saturday 11-12
Sunday 11-10

Outdoor seating is limited, and contingent on weather.
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Phone number
(843) 518-5115
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chad Anderson
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Cross street
King & Wentworth
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Entertainment
Tuesday Music Series at The Watch

Stop by and let the sweet sounds of The New South (and maybe a few of those special drinks) carry you away. 5-8 PM
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 388 People Are Saying
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4.0
service
4.5
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3.9
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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M
4.0Dined 17 hours ago

Beautiful view. Good food and friendly service. Don’t miss the Hummingbird Cake.

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TW
5.0Dined 4 days ago

Absolutely LOVED this restaurant. The food was amazing, and the view is spectacular. I can't wait to dine here again!

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JM
3.0Dined 5 days ago

Steak was ordered medium and was cooked raw.

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KS
4.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Best rooftop restaurant view, hands down! Lovely setting! Creative food menu - small plates and appetizers are perfect for trying many menu items and sharing!
Service was a tad slow, we had a guest who was on a strict schedule, and we waited almost 20 minutes for our bottle of wine, so our guest did not get to finish his meal before having to leave.

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OT
3.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Food was just okay. Pricey for the quality of the food. Would not go back

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OT
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Great view, great food. Go during when the sun sets and sit outside.

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A
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Great experience. Great food!! Great ambiance

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1.0Dined on July 7, 2018

The customer experience was unprofessional. I made a reservation and I tablemade available. I was told to sit outside on the bench, then to just grab a table when it’s one avails and handed me a menu. Area was so dark, poor lighting I couldn’t order a drink as I waited on my date. I was so disappointed I had to leave and go to another restaurant

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OT
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Such a beautiful way to see the city of Charleston!

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NT
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

One of the best views in Charleston! We kept it simple and ordered the burger. Our service, the atmosphere and the food were all great. Highly recommend!

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OT
4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Food was fantastic! One of the best steak and potato dishes I’ve ever had. Service was slow, server was kind. She also comped me one beer for the slow service.

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BW
2.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Service was poor, view was great.great . Had to flag down the waitress just for water. I think she had to many tables to wait on. Food took forever to arrive, and was average for the price. I had the watch steak, and my wife had the fish of the day.

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g
3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

nice spot, good food. the view from our patio table wasn't quite as nice as expected, but still nice to be able to eat outside despite making the reservation on short notice.

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k
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Second time dinning at the Watch. I brought 7 ladies for dinner last Saturday to celebrate my mother's 60th birthday. This place is not a quick dinning experience, the servers take their time, but it's actually ok. The view from the back patio is breathtaking overlooking the Ravenel bridge and the sunset. The Watch Burger is to die for and you will fight over who gets the last deviled egg. If you have a hard time choosing a cocktail, go for the Greyhound Saint, even if you don't drink gin...trust me!!! Matt was our server both times dinning here at The Watch and he's funny and gives great suggestions on food and drink options. I fully recommend this place, whether your a tourist in Charleston, or you have lived there all your life, it's worth it!!!

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C
4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

We loved the view of the city. The drinks were excellent. The food was average, nothing special.

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JG
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Our server was outstanding! Although he was busy with a table of at least ten people he made time to serve us well! The manager was very helpful as well! Beautiful rooftop view!

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OT
4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

McKenna was great.

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FO
3.0Dined on June 11, 2018

You pay for the view. Food is good but not matching the price point.

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KW
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

My husband and I went here on our anniversary. I was hoping for a great view and the sunset was perfect. The food was much better then I had anticipated and the drinks were fabulous. However, even though the restaurant was notified it was our 18th wedding anniversary, no one even mentioned that ... which was a little sad.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Broccoli cheddar poppers were great, as well as the southern bell salad

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F
1.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The back room we were in was uncomfortably cold. Even the 2 men at our table were very cold and air was blowing on us. We did make the hostess ware of this. She opened a window but that was it. After 30’ we moved ourselves to another table.

The server was nice enough but super, super slow. It took forever to be welcomed at our table and so long to get our drinks that once they were delivered we all ordered our next round.

We were staying at the hotel and the bar and bartender were great apres dinner. But the dining experience was poor.

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CC
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

My wife and stopped in for lunch. The view from the rooftop is really great; you can see some of the churches of Charleston. I just had soup and salad and my wife had a salad. The soup was a butternut squash and it was done very well. We ended the meal with cheesecake, which was very good as well. I definitely would go back.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Amazing space to see Charleston!

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OT
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

This is a must visit in Charleston.

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Great shrimp & grits entree, which can be served pescatarian or with bacon. Try the scallops (under favorites)! They are delicious. Skip the fried broccoli cauliflower with horseradish- the sauce was great but the bits were just okay. Nice cocktails and beautiful rooftop dining.

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CH
1.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Dreadful food. All 3 of us wanted scallops but after drinks were told there were no more. Broccoli cheddar puffs were over cooked and too large an order. 2 of us could have shared it.
Sitting outside was the best part. I would not return except to have a drink. Huge disappointment.

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OT
2.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Bad service and expensive food that wasn’t that incredible

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KA
3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Brunch food was good but not great for the price. Had to ask for condiments and refills.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Loved The Jewel of the South salad with grilled chicken!

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OT
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Fabulous food and service! Loved the grilled halibut tacos. Spacious inside but a little loud since it was graduation weekend. But would definitely go back again.

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PM
3.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Seemed as though it took a party of 8 at least to capture the attention of the staff - such as it was. We sat, ignored, at a table for 2 in the middle of the room. I had to flag down anyone who looked like wait staff to ask for a drink, ask where our drinks were, ask where our food was, and ask for a check. It was the worst service we have experienced in a restaurant in my memory. The food was not great!

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MJ
3.0Dined on May 9, 2018

The overall vibe of the place (starting with the entrance from the street) was very cool...kind of relaxing and rustic with a modern edge. Unfortunately that came to halt when we met the hostess. She wasn't rude by any means, but also not at all enthusiastic. We felt as if we were an inconvenience to her. Our server was very polite, but rather inattentive. The food was 50/50 - my companion's dishes were tasty but mine were barely average. The cocktails were unique (without getting into the territory of weird), very well mixed, and reasonably priced. Unfortunately my second drink had a crusty dried bug in it stuck to the glass and by the time the server came back around we were done with our meal and ready to go. All in all I think this is one of the best views in town and would be a great stop for sunset cocktails, but I would make dinner reservations elsewhere.

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J
5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Awesome dinning experience and the dinner was exceptional! We ate outside and the view was spectacular! Would recommend to everyone! Can’t wait to go back! Maybe next week!

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OT
4.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Burger and a beer for $10 during happy hour is a great deal! It was a good burger, too. It was a nice, upscale yet inexpensive date. Something you can do that’s good AND inexpensive? Rare, indeed.

The rest of the menu looked good, and the prices weren’t bad. Definitely would still be a good place for an after happy hour dinner.

Jacob was an excellent waiter as well. The only thing I found particularly odd was the greeter wearing a super baggy t-shirt as a dress. Just the shirt, no belt, not accessories to show it was intentional, just a t-shirt. Looked like she was someone’s kid waiting there for them to get off work. Then she picks up the menus and says follow me. Weird.

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Q
3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The view is spectacular. The service was very slow. The menu was ok.

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OT
1.0Dined on May 6, 2018

One of the most ridiculously bad restaurant experiences I've had in a long time. Sat for a full 30 min before we even got water (which was eventually poured by the hostess), drinks and food came at the same time, food was both lukewarm and bland, every table was miserable, every employee was completely panicked. Mentioned our experience to the manager, who just kind of shrugged. Never going back.

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1.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We were surprised that this restaurant had such great reviews when our experience was terrible. Our server took 15 minutes to greet our table. The food was horrible, and one of us had a special request and our server said that the kitchen would complain about this request. Would not recommend this restuarant.

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OT
4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

It was a nice place for a birthday celebration!

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MC
4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Great place! I only take off one star because the food I've had there so far has been just okay.. nothing special about the food but that's definitely not why you should go. The view of the city is amazing and the dining areas are lined with windows, so even if you don't get to eat out on the patio you still get a good view of the city.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Charleston affair lunch

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