About High Cotton - Charleston
High Cotton - Charleston is high steppin’ Lowcountry living. It’s a feeling of warmth and celebration that begins the moment you step inside. You’ll find it in our gracious, knowledgeable servers, expertly prepared dishes and a remarkable wine and cocktail program. From conversation and laughter in our bar to our stylish dining rooms of heart pine floors and antique brick, you'll come to understand true Charleston hospitality. That is, there's always cause for celebration - of our neighbors, our food and drink and each other. It's our great pleasure to share it with you.
Enjoy live jazz nightly and during Sunday brunch. Private dining rooms available for wedding, business and social events.
Southern, Steak, Low Country
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Nightly from 5:30pm
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 10:00am – 2:00pm
Bar: Opens daily at 4:00pm until 12am
Private dining available for brunch, lunch, hors d'oeuvres, and dinner.
$31 to $50
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Enjoy live jazz nightly and during Sunday brunch. Saturday Gospel Brunch is offered on Saturdays from 10-2pm. Visit www.highcottoncharleston.com for the full music schedule.
There are two parking garages located within ½ block of the restaurant. One is located at the corner of Concord and Cumberland and the second is located on Cumberland between East Bay and State. Street parking is also available.
Private Party Facilities:
A beautiful blend of form and function, our three private dining rooms offer flexibility in size and style to complement our flavorful food, fine drink and warm hospitality to create memorable moments. Whether a wedding, social or business event, you'll find a room perfectly suited for celebrating.
Private Party Contact:
Caroline Oliver: 8776241064
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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High Cotton - Charleston Ratings and Reviews
Great crab cake Benedict! Live jazz Sund ...
Great crab cake Benedict! Live jazz Sunday brunch.
Great special occasion restaurant
We celebrated a friend's birthday with a trip to Charleston and dinner at High Cotton. Great restaurant. The only draw back is a very high noise level.
Everything from the minute we walked in, ...
Everything from the minute we walked in, to the desert was outstanding! Delicious meal and Quaint environment!
Best wedge salad I have ever had! The du ...
Best wedge salad I have ever had! The duck was fabulous. Great date night.
We were in Charleston for our 1st weddin ...
We were in Charleston for our 1st wedding anniversary. I made the reservation in advance and told them it was our anniversary. The entire staff, at least everyone that we interacted with told us congratulations. The manager and waitress that we had made sure that we had an exceptional experience. They gave us complimentary champagne, a tasting of poached lobster with mango chutney from the chef, and my wife got her dessert for free. The food was perfectly cooked, and I am kind of a food snob so that's saying a lot! I got the filet oscar, my wife got jusy the filet, and we shared the crawfish gnocci and the potatoes au gratin. The best steak I've ever eaten hands down. The staff was very attentive and I don't think that my water glass was ever less than half full. I cannot say enough to how much we appreciated this place and if you need a great place to go, this is the only one I can imagine recommending.
One of the top 10 dinners I've had in my ...
One of the top 10 dinners I've had in my life the low country cuisine was fantastic the service was great and it gave us a chance to visit Halls mgmt groups restaurants including the chophouse which is also amazing best steakhouse in the country and now I know why!!! If you go to Charleston and don't end up at one of Halls establishments your doing it all wrong
Wonderful dinner! Food was delicious and ...
Wonderful dinner! Food was delicious and ambiance was perfect for the occasion!
The very best carpaccio we have ever eat ...
The very best carpaccio we have ever eaten. We also enjoyed the duck breast. The wine selection was fabulous and the server(Jessica) was spot on.
Wonderful food and cocktails. Service co ...
Wonderful food and cocktails. Service couldn't be better.
I have been to High Cotton many times as it is one of my go to spots in Charleston. I have always had great food and service.
Best shrimp and grits that I have had. D ...
Best shrimp and grits that I have had. Delicious brunch!!
Wonderful from start to finish. Had a b ...
Wonderful from start to finish. Had a birthday celebration there, and the table was set with a special birthday card from the staff at High Cotton. The artichoke and spinach ravioli was one of the best pasta dishes I have ever eaten. Very light but flavorful and dressed in a delicate fresh tomato sauce. We pre-ordered the praline souffle and I suggest you do as well. Not to be missed.
The staff was so friendly and our group dining experience was very special!
Little over-priced, but food was pretty ...
Little over-priced, but food was pretty good. Good service, quiet. We were there at 5:30 though.
Perfect special occasion visit
We have enjoyed High Cotton for over 5 years. Food has always been great , two exceptional dishes this trip, a spicy "Shrimp n Grits " and the ahi tuna. We would recommend these for your next visit.
Great atmosphere and awesome food and se ...
Great atmosphere and awesome food and service!
Crab stuffed mushrooms, caprese salad sp ...
Crab stuffed mushrooms, caprese salad special w/green tomatoes and seared scallop entre were excellent as well as server Kim and her team. I highly recommend it.
We were anxious to try High Cotton based ...
We were anxious to try High Cotton based on a favorable review read in the "Washington Post". High Cotton more than met our expectations for its food, presentation, atmosphere, and excellent service. Definitely try some of their specialty drinks which were very tasty. My heirloom caprese salad was one of the best I've ever had and the generous sized filet mignon was perfectly cooked and tender. My husband enjoyed his duck also but the large portion was more than he could eat. You definitely won't leave hungry. Our only regret was that we were too full after the dinner to have room for what looked like potentially wonderful desserts.
The Shrimp and grits were awesome! Check ...
The Shrimp and grits were awesome! Check out the lounge for some live music and craft cocktails after dinner.
We had a wonderful brunch here. We originally booked High Cotton because they have a jazz band in th bar area playing during their brunch. We ended up sitting in a lovely,bright room near the bar as opposed to in the bar because HC thoughtfully pipes the music in, at a good volume. There is another dining room on the other side so diners have plenty of pretty options of where to sit. Food was tasty. Server Melissa extremely attentive. Water glasses and coffee cups kept full....always a good sign.
went for lunch, and would go back for dinner !
party of five for lunch on a Saturday. It was fantastic on every level.
Saturday brunch was great with live jazz ...
Saturday brunch was great with live jazz band playing in background. Wonderful table by the window with excellent service and food! Will definitely return in the future!
Classy Ladies Night Out
Returning to Charleston after working there almost 20 years ago is always fun! High Cotton is still there and never disappoints! They gave us a round table in the corner of their back room which was perfect for our group of girls. Wine list is great, food delish, reservation was honored on time, and our server Jeremy was impeccable! Yum! Fun!
Always pleased with everything about Hig ...
Always pleased with everything about High Cotton after multiple visits.
Special night was not so special....
My husband and I like to celebrate our wedding anniversary at High Cotton when we are visiting Charleston. We had dinner there on Thursday, May 12. I made the reservation on March 8...yes, more than TWO MONTHS in ADVANCE. I requested to be seated in the East Bay Room. When we arrived for dinner, we were told that there was a private group in that room and that we couldn't be seated there...so, we were seated in the larger dining room right next to a group of 14 very loud people. You would think that someone from the restaurant would have had the common sense and courtesy to contact me and let me know that they could not accommodate my seating request thereby giving me the option to change the date of our reservation or cancel it....especially since, as I said earlier, the reservation was made more than 2 months in advance. I was VERY disappointed and it took me quite a while to get into our 'special dinner mood'. There was a small piece of paper on the table with 'Happy Anniversary' handwritten on it. Other years we received complimentary glasses of bubbly...not this time. The food was very good...the server was adequate. Based on this experience at High Cotton, we will not be returning to dine there.
High Cotton is highly recommended
We had flown all day and arrived half an hour before they began to serve. We were starving. We were shown to their very nice bar and enjoyed a very good cheese tray and shrimp cocktails. They serve excellent cocktails and we settled in nicely. Dinner was lovely, great steak and fish. Desserts varied and rich. We loved it!!
It's all about the details...
It's all about the details in the way they prepare the food. The subtle flavors and carefully seasoned extra touches are what keeps High Cotton consistently a cut above their competition in downtown Charleston - and there's a lot of serious competition there, too. Reservations made well in advance via the opentable website are strongly recommended. My other recommendation? Try the shrimp and grits. It's superb.
Excellent service. Delicious food. Fried ...
Excellent service. Delicious food. Fried oysters excellent starter.
THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT IN QUALITY, TASTE ...
THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT IN QUALITY, TASTE AND PRESENTATION. THE STAFF WAS COURTEOUS AND VERY EFFICIENT.
Food is always great but I do find the n ...
Food is always great but I do find the noise level to be the biggest negative, it is very hard to hear in the dining room when you have softer talking people. Other than that we always enjoy the restaurant.
Bad seating, SLOW delivery from kitchen
Despite the availability of other two-tops, we were initially seated in "waiter's alley", all hustle-bustle. My dinner partner had a view of nothing but frenetic kitchen and waitstaff. I'm guessing our table was a "Mother's Day addition" to the floor. It should have been removed after brunch; in fact, a table should not live there. Our request to move after delayed delivery of appetizers was granted, but we then waited overlong for entrees. I ordered Filet Oscar. It arrived cold; the quality of the filet for $48 was definitely downscale. The crabmeat was sufficient, asparagus and sauce nice. Go for a seafood entree. These people apparently can't recognize a good cut of beef from a bad. We had a 6:30 reservation; our entrees arrived a little after 8:00. Friendly peeps - but with all of the other Charleston options, keep looking.
Had an awesome brunch on Mothers Day wit ...
Had an awesome brunch on Mothers Day with a party of 10, good was delicious, our waiter was awesome and it was by far the best Mother's Day yet!!!
An Expresso Martini
Food is delicious, service is great- and the Expresso Martini makes every brunch date even more delicious!
Best of Charleston
This was our first visit to High Cotton and certainly not our last. The food was above and beyond anything we've had in Charleston. The service was top notch and the dinner was incredible. We had two seafood entries (Scallops & Trigger Fish), which were perfectly executed and cooked. What a wonderful meal.
We drive to Charleston just to go to High Cotton
High Cotton is one of the best restaurants in Charleston. The menu is great and the food is delicious. Our waitress Kim on Friday evening was exceptional. A thoroughly enjoyable evening.
One of the best dining experiences I've ever had
My partner and I had dinner at High Cotton - Charleston and it was one of the best dining experiences I've ever had. I had asked in advance to be seated at a table where we'd be served by their most fun, energetic server and our server that evening, Melissa, was just that -- fun, energetic, attentive, and took very good care of us during our dining experience. My partner had a filet mignon -- cooked to perfection. I had the wreckfish, which was a special on their menu that evening, and it was absolutely spectacular. Perhaps because we were there on Mother's Day weekend, the restaurant was very busy and there were lots of large groups dining, but there's an area towards the back where you go up a few steps and there are about three or four tables tucked away from the main dining area, which may be nice to request if you're seeking a more intimate, quiet dining experience. A tall gentleman that was all suited up, most likely the manager, would go around to every table to ask how everyone was doing. He would pour wine whenever he noticed a glass was almost empty at tables with a bottle, which is a good sign as you know that means the manager has his eye on everything going on in the dining area. After I got back from Charleston, I received a hand written card from our server that evening, Melissa, who thanked us for dining with them. That was the very first time I had ever received a thank you note from a server. It's quite clear that High Cotton takes really good care of their guests. Would I go back to High Cotton if I'm in Charleston again? Most definitely.
The ambiance was wonderful and the Shrimp n' Grits was absolutely incredible! Very pleasant dining experience. Nice people!
We had booked the dinner 3 weeks in advance. We were given a small 2-person table next to 3 extremely large round tables. The noise level was so loud that we had to stand up and bend over the table to talk to each other. Either Charleston natives are extremely free-spirted and do not care about other dining guests, or people visiting were louder than trying to dine in a Texas Steak House. We had ordered our selections 'well-done' but were delivered raw and rubbery. The manager did take them back and they were returned well-done. And in between time, they did serve soup that we had not ordered. At the end they did bring a couple of glasses of champagne. So the night was saved. But, if you want to be able to speak to you partner and have a memorable evening, it would be best to lean how to read lips before you book a reservation.
Why make reservations if you still have to wait?
We made Brunch reservations on Sunday for 4 adults and one child at 11:30 am. We arrived around 11:20am and were told that it would be right at 11:30 because the table that was reserved for us was still occupied. We were not seated until 12:05 pm. People came in and were seated upon arrival while we waited and waited. Once seated, our server took a very long time getting our drink order. She was not very friendly and not very attentive to our table. The food was good and we enjoyed visiting with our family, however it was not a good experience. We own a timeshare at Lodge Alley and stay there several times a year. It is very easy to walk downstairs and enter the restaurant, however we will be happy to walk several blocks to Halls Chophouse or Husk during our next visits. Because it carries the Hall family name, I assumed that the service and friendliness would be transparent. My mistake!
The live music was a nice touch. High Steppin' Cocktails were nicely presented. Crab Cake Benedict was a delicious choice. Grits were a bit bland but that happens on occasion.
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