The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits

4.2
448 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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.
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect ending to Restaurant Week! Great value, beautiful scenery from all vantage points, and wonderful service! Highly recommend and will return.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Rooftop view and service was great but food did not rise to the occasion

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Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I have been here at least twice before and everything was great. Tonight was different. Things didn’t seem organized. Our cheese plate was placed in front of us before we had water, silverware, or our cocktails. The table next to us had barely had a chance to touch their cheese plate when their entrees arrived. The one lady said, “Already?!?” They had a different server.
The food tasted great and we naturally paced out our own order, but there was no real consideration for the order in which things should come out. My husband had an empty water glass and cocktail for about ten minutes. Nothing was awful but when you go out you expect better service, and tonight we were disappointed. The view is still special, but with the number of rooftop dining options in Charleston, I’ll be dining elsewhere next time.

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J
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Horrible food, poor service. It took 30 minutes to get our drinks & another 25 minutes to get our appetizers. I could have overlooked the poor service if the food was incredible but it was over cooked & flavorless (for example, truffle frites served cold with no taste of truffle at all). After deciding the appetizers were inedible, it took another 15 minutes to find our server to ask for the check.

Unless you want a pretty view of the water for a photo opportunity, avoid this restaurant!

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G
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We came for Sunday brunch to the rooftop and there was no ambiance at all. The food was not bad but it came out warm, not hot. Not what I expected at all. Disappointed!

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JB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Made Sunday brunch reservations, hit a day w/a sparse crowd. View of the city from two spots in the restaurant was enjoyable (primary reason for selecting this restaurant). Servers were very friendly. Food took what we deemed longer than usual to arrive, but was quite good (burger, eggs benedict, Mexican egg dish) and were reasonably priced.

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Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Great view. Great ambience. Service very slow.

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Springfield
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service, wonderful views, good location! ❤️ The fire alarm went off once, but it was handled very quickly. It is located on the rooftop of a hotel, and apparently people try to smoke in their hotel rooms, causing the fire alarm to go off occasionally. Shame that people can’t simply follow rules, but we LOVE The Watch! We take most of our family and friends that come to stay with us to The Watch:)

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BS
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a lovely Christmas Brunch at The Watch! Attentive service, delicious food, and beautiful views of Charleston.

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JH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful cocktails and fabulous, friendly service. Enjoyed our holiday brunch there and would return soon. Beautiful setting with stunning views. Small menu but tasty and expertly prepared. A bit on the expensive side for dinner, but our lunch was comparatively priced.

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Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Very average- will go back for drinks & the view but never a meal.

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SR
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined here on Thanksgiving Day and thoroughly enjoyed the buffet. The food was hot, plentiful, and quite delicious. From the moment of our arrival to our departure, the staff was attentive and friendly. Thanks for a memorable evening!

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London
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and excellent service

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AK
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Went for Thanksgiving lunch. It was a buffet for $55pp. While the dishes were traditional, their preparation was not. We were a little disappointed. But the desserts were excellent so that helped save the meal!

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Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving

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1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday morning brunch. Great food and drinks.
Beautiful view.

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PR
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Even though there were few patrons, service was very slow. Food was good, not great. We had shrimp and grits and a chicken sandwich. The shrimp and grits had some unusual toppings including Lima beans. The bun of the sandwich fell apart immediately and the chicken was mostly friend breading. Too bad because the view and ambiance was good.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Slow service

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JB
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The view was marvelous and the atmosphere was fabulous! DRINKS and APPS were amazing. The Watch brings much life to Wentworth!

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RT
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very small menu and service was a little slow. Food was great and portions very large. Sat outside and enjoyed the view from over the city.

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1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday lunch. David was awesome 🎉

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RD
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with great views on either balcony. Just remember a reservation does not guarantee you will sit outside. We didn’t get to be on balcony but actually liked where we sat anyway. Food is great but it is a limited menu.

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MR
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

My husband ordered his hamburger medium rare and the server indicated that that was fine. It came very well done and gristly and when we asked her about it she said that the burger is always cooked to one temperature. Halfway through our lunch, the same server removed the salt from our table- apparently there are not enough salt and pepper shakers to go around. Disappointing food and disappointing service.

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j
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Got an amazing table on the rooftop but we waited over 20 minutes before we finally decided to try to find someone to wait on us. Once we did get served the only other time we saw our waitress was to bring the check. Food arrived cold and was just ok. Sad to say the view is the best aspect of this place.

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K
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The view is what makes this place. The food was good too.

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A
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The restaurant was recommended by local friends. Our group enjoyed the dinner and drinks. Waitstaff was friendly. Enjoyed the experience!

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Waitress Catherine was Fantastic!

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SW
Charleston
24 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great rooftop bar with a wonderful view, good food, reasonable prices.

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M
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love eating outside overlooking Charleston! Great waitstaff & drinks!

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great view, very friendly/prompt wait staff, and okay food. I might just be picky though...

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Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome great service food and views

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

If you want a table outside with a view, you have to reserve that specifically. Service was subpar, she kind of acted like we were a burden and we had to ask for everything we wanted. We ordered apps and she never asked us for our main order. So, the apps were "hotel food" quality so we decided no entree was necessary. The music was "interesting" with Pit Bull on at 730. Hmmm. I guess if you are looking for a party, then that is perfect.there are lots of rooftop bars in Charleston, if that's what you seek, go elsewhere.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Loved our server. Food was good but not great. Excellent view and atmosphere. Drinks were amazing but expensive. Still a good overall experience.

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1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was super good and waitress was very nice and accommodating. The environment was great too!

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KR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing! We had a weekend full of restaurants that we researched beforehand and this was our favorite place we went! The ambiance was airy and clean and the food was spectacular. We sat outside for lunch and we don't regret it, however it would have been really nice if there was a few fans pointed our way because it was a little too hot for enjoyment. The service was outstanding. We had a vegetarian in our group and the waitress had the chef prepare something off the menu for her and she loved it! Great people, great food, great view!

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EM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, and the portions definitely gave you your money’s worth. The service was excellent! One of the best things is the view of Charleston. It does get kind of loud when busy, especially in the bar and communal table area. That would be my only negative response.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The food was terrible. The shrimp and grits had absolutely no flavor and was topped with butter beans, corn and green peas that either came from a frozen bag or should have. The combo of the vegetables on top was odd for me, but the vegetables were also extremely undercooked. And tasteless. Our waitress was not very pleasant either and acted like we were bothering her when we ordered. We spent a lot of money on a bad meal. Best thing we had was the wine.

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BB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Service kid like conversation but mixed up order
Sliders Maginal
Ham cheese huspupies burnt oil and flavorless
Moscow mule sent back for remix
One persons stars at wall other get view

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TS
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

We’ve come here a number of times since it opened. The drinks were and view have always been great. The service has always been great and this time was no exception. I’ve always gotten the burger and even since they started making their new burger it has been great. In fact, I used to recommend it. However, this time it was awful. No flavor and DRY as a bone. I don’t think we’ll be coming back. This seems to be a pattern in Charleston; a restaurant opens and has great food at first then goes downhill. Maybe it was a one-time thing, but for a Saturday night on Labor Day weekend, I would’ve expected their best. Long story short, go there for the drinks and view and pass on the food. If you eat outside, try to ask for a seat on the bench. Otherwise, you will have people over your shoulder taking pictures of the sunset the entire time.

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RH
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is great for good food and a nice view. You get a lot of food for your money.

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