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Charleston Grill

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Charleston Grill Review

Quite simply, this restaurant continues to provide what many think of as the city's highest gastronomic experience. Chef Michelle Weaver has succeeded her former boss, the estimable Bob Waggoner, and carries on the Grill's groundbreaking New South cuisine. The dining room is a soothing backdrop, highlighted by pale wood floors, flowing drapes, and elegant Queen Anne chairs. A jazz ensemble adds a hip, yet unobtrusive, element. As it was hoped, the Grill, which has been reborn in a more relaxed form, attracts a younger and more vibrant clientele than its original incarnation. The menu is now in four quadrants: simple, lush (foie gras and other delicacies), cosmopolitan, and Southern. A nightly tasting menu offers a way to sample it all. And don't skip the extra indulgences: Sommelier Rick Rubel has 1,300 wines in his cellar, with many served by the glass. And the pastry chef sends out divine creations like chocolate caramel ganache.

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations essential.
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • No lunch.
Updated: 11-28-2012

Fodorite Reviews

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    Outstanding.

    I'm a globe-trotter that visits cities specifically to experience local cuisine. Within the past month, I had the privilege to dine at The Fat Duck in Bray, The Ledbury in London and Charleston Grill in Charleston.

    The standard of service at the Grill far surpassed many of the experiences I've had in similar establishments; our server was kind, charming and extremely helpful. Although we did not opt into the wine tasting menu, our waiter brought us complimentary wine pairings anyways and took the time to explain each bottle to us and how it complimented what was on the table. He even let us indulge in the last drops of an unusual fortified Muscat. We were truly pampered.

    For dinner, we chose to indulge in Chef Weaver's food tasting menu. Which, in my opinion, is completely worth it if you have the time and money. The food itself was balanced delicately; each dish featuring an appropriate dose of acidity. This is refreshing to the palate after experiencing a Lowcountry scene that is overly fond of unchecked fatty pork belly and greasy fried chicken. The desserts were also created with balance in mind. The chocolate semifreddo was accompanied by an aged balsamic gastrique--they beautifully complimented one another.

    My experience at Charleston Grill is now one of my favorite memories and I cannot wait until I have the chance to go again and share the experience with my family.

    If you have only a short time in Charleston, or while you're here you only want the best restaurants, make sure Charleston Grill is on your list.

    by PudendaAgenda, 3/12/13
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    Charleston Grill Review

    Way, way overpriced compared to other wonderful restaurants in the area. The menu is great, but you'd swear the price of the drinks as well as the food will break the bank. Not at all a favorite for a local who knows other chefs can stand up and deliver superior food.

    by chastown, 3/6/10
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    A Top Restaurant

    We had stayed several times at Charleston Place Hotel, where the Charleston Grill is located, but had never dined there. As Fodor's recommended it, we decided to try it. The service and food were exceptional. Everyone was very friendly without being "familiar", just the way it should be. This is not a cheap restaurant, but considering the quality of the food and the level of service, it is an exceptional value. The live music (on a Sunday night) was a nice touch. Don't miss it.

    by JerseyShore, 8/2/07

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