Water's Edge - Charleston

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$30 and under
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Seafood
Water's Edge is located on scenic Shem Creek, bringing "Downtown Dining" to the Mount Pleasant area. Just minutes from historic Downtown Charleston, Water's Edge offers both waterfront and outdoor dining where guests can view the local fish and shrimp boats unloading their daily catches.
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Charleston
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Special dinner with friends

J
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Sat out on the deck. Great ambiance, good food and good service.

SG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Enjoyed the food, the service and my company.

BM
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, delicious lunch, excellent server — Brendan, and fun view! The shrimp and grits is great, peel and eat shrimp so yummy and the shrimp scampi excellent. The huge slab of chocolate cake is to die for! Suitable for casual meals, celebratory gatherings, tourists, families — one of those unique places that works for everyone.

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Food took a little long to come out and wasn’t piping hot

KR
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was recommended by a friend. It was our first time there. We had a wonderful meal out by the water in the covered porch. Service was excellent. We'll be back!

OT
Charleston
79 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I ordered crispy flounder, but it had a fruit mix all over it, so it was anything but crispy! It was soggy, but would have been great, minus the fruit!
The spinach dip was awesome!
The service was fairly good.
The drawback is that the restaurant was extremely loud. We couldn’t visit with out of town guests at all, and hadn’t seen them in a very long time. That was a big disappointment.
We will try this place again.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We asked for bread it never came then we asked for lemon for the water it took 15min. We waited 35min for food that we needed to put salt and pepper on except the Salmon it was everything. I would go just to get Salmon to go!!

MH
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Prime rib was rare although it was ordered medium.

VA
Washington DC
95 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our last evening in Charleston we ate at the Water's Edge on Shems Creek. Beautiful sunset on the enclosed porch. Our salads were very good as were our dinners - the herbed grouper and shrimp and grits (quite spicy). Their key lime pie was also very tasty and just tart enough. Tiffany was our server and was helpful with helping us decide our meal - no rush - just right. Usually quite busy but we were there on a Tuesday evening. Would highly recommend.

b
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice place for an enjoyable lunch. menu was extensive and had something for all

S
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food, as always. The hostess was very accommodating as well.

ES
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks.
Magnificent service overall!!!!

RR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Excellent service. My seafood marinara pasta dish was outstanding. Lots of seafood in the serving and tastes great.

NW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Excellent waiter.

DS
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We had a great view of Shem Creek, and good service, but the food got mixed reviews. My wife enjoyed her Salmon, but I got the fried tenderloin and thought it was probably the worst meal I’ve eaten in Charleston. We may give it another try.

SB
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We have been going to WE for many years and always had a great experience. Lately not so good.
First of all one Hostess wasn’t very friendly. I had requested a table on the porch but received a table inside. Sorry but that is the way it is. Hard to predict when folks are leaving the porch. Bottom line is if you have a party greater than 4 then good luck getting a table on the inside porch. Another party walked up right before us and was seated on the porch after I had made the reservation days in advance. Also, I asked about specials for the evening. No specials. Very disappointed because this was our “go-to” place.
Not so good anymore.

L
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Unfortunately, the restaurant did not have any peel and eat shrimp or oysters for the po-boy sandwich. The server told us it was due to the recent hurricane. Disappointed that we went to a restaurant on the water and weren’t able to get some fresh seafood. The food that we did order was very good, and the view was great.

ED
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Water's Edge is in a fabulous spot. It is great to see the river traffic while enjoying the meal. The breakfast buffet is really very good, offering a wide array of dishes. A small complaint: the service was very slow. We had to ask other waiters to call our waiter for service, cleaning up a mess I made, and then again for the bill after the meal. However, because of the location and the excellent menu, I will be back again.

PK
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and drinks. Would have preferred outside on the deck but we did not know that we needed to request that on the reservation. Next time.

c
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Crab cakes were burned

B
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I had requested a table with a water view and we were seated exactly as requested. Our waitress was friendly but we did experience un-even service such as not receiving a steak knife with my steak and not seeing our waitress until half way through the meal. The shrimp scampi dish was extremely over lemon-y, the filet mignon was cooked perfectly but had way too much sweet sauce poured all over it! Our dinner was good but could have used improvement.

N
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always. Lots and f activity on the creek both boats and dolphins

MK
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I called one week ahead to request a table on the enclosed patio. We arrived early and spent quite some time at the lower bar. When we went upstairs we were told that no seats were available and we would have to be placed on a waiting list. There were multiple unoccupied tables, which I mentioned but was was not answered. Our meal was adequate, but not as good as previous visits. Service was slow, and I wAtched the patio area and it never filled up. I will not be returning.

CB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This has been one of our favorite restaurants for several years. Since this was a special occasion (birthdays) and we had out-of-town guests, we wanted to have a excellent meal. We were very pleased with the food and the wine. Our server was outstanding. She was attentive without being in our face. We would definitely recommend Water's Edge to our friends.

TS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved this place! Nice view of the water while we enjoyed a wonderful dinner. Service was great- very attentive. We had both the seared tuna and the spinach and crab dip. Both were amazing. Our entrees were delicious as well. Will definitely go back here next time in Charleston!

DE
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Our server was slow to our needs..After dinner I ordered a slice of keylime pie...it took 20 minutes and then I had to get her attention to get our bill......if I'm spending over $120.00 I would have liked a little better service.....

S
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate on the outside dining area last night and it was magical! The food was outstanding and the ambiance was ALL LOWCOUNTRY- water, shrimpboats, a gentle breeze and people laughing!!!! On our bucket list, it doesn’t get any better ❤️

J
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

This was the first time we had been there since it changed hands and we were disappointed in the food.

OT
Corpus Christi
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and attentiveness, especially for group of five celebrating mother in law’s birthday. Thanks!

LW
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation for two and were taken to a table immediately...no waiting. The view from our table was gorgeous. The food was amazing and reasonably priced when compared to similar restaurants in the area. The server was professional and efficient. Will definitely return when in the area.

C
Memphis
23 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outside and had a wonderful experience watching the dolphins and boats while eating a fantastic dinner.

MD
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food was really bad. 7 of us and nothing was remotely good

m
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Water's Edge used to be where we would take out of town company for a nice dinner outside by the water. This time we were going for my mother's 88th birthday. We hadn't been there in a while and it didn't take long to be reminded why. Reservation for 4 (ended up only being 3) for 6pm on Friday. Arrived on time, dropped our party at the entrance, then spent 10 minutes finding parking. I got to the table at 6:15 and no server had yet been to there. At around 6:20, our server brought us water and we ordered 3 dinners & 1app. App arrived, burnt, at about 6:45. We asked for another. That one arrived at 7:00. The Crab and Spinach Dip was delicious... although it was better when it used to come with sliced pita bread. We asked for some bread after being told it was only served on request. The bread arrived at about 7:15 and was warm and delicious. At 7:25, more than an hour after we had placed our order, we gave up waiting for our entrees, told our server we were leaving and asked for the bill. At 7:30, while waiting for the bill, our dinners finally arrived. My mother had ordered the Baked Chicken Breast but didn't eat it, saying it was barely cooked. My wife had ordered the Shrimp Scampi...it was good, not great, but she barely ate any of it. I had ordered the Crispy Flounder, as I did almost every other time I had gone there. Instead of the flounder being drizzled with the Mango Sweet and Sour sauce, as it always had been before, it was served dry with a few small chunks of mango next to it on the plate...worst crispy flounder I've ever had. We spoke with the manager and he only charged us for our soft drinks and the Scampi...which my wife took home. Overall, this visit to Eater's Edge was a huge disappointment and one of our worst dining experiences ever. It was great that the manager comped most of the meal but I would rather have paid full price for the delicious meals we used to get here.

OT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible service & food. I was willing to give this place another chance when I heard they had new owners, however, it doesn’t seem anything has gotten any better only worse. This was our last visit to this establishment.

AO
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time for us at Waters Edge! Lovely night to be outside! They first forgot we were out there so we had to go in and remind them , but food and drinks were wonderful and we can’t wait to go back.

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The quality of the food was disappointing. Mussels were dry and over cooked.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Wide selection of dishes. (Makes it easy when you have picky eaters in your party.) right on the water! Enjoyed the environment and being able to watch boats/kayaker/paddle boarders go by and even saw some dolphins! Parking is a little tight because there’s a bunch of other places in the same vicinity but the food was definitely worth it.

g
Charleston
71 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mussels wee great our server was excellent we were very happy with our lunch

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

DON”T do it!!!! She crab soup. COLD. Fried Seafood Platter - COLD and too much breading. Not eatable. Shrimp and Grits (they were kind enough to let me try something else) too salty to eat. Went away hungry. Wine was fine and server was very nice but he can’t feed you. Unbelievable that they can’t fry shrimp in Charleston!!!!