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About The Grocery
Charleston, SC 29403
At The Grocery, executive chef and owner Kevin Johnson presents an evolving menu that changes with the seasons, rooted in Southern and Mediterranean flavors and ingredients. The Grocery boasts house-made charcuterie and an in-house canning program to preserve produce for future menus. An extensive cocktail and wine list are available as is craft beer on tap, and a wood-burning oven heightens the cordial atmosphere in the former furniture warehouse.
Contemporary American, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm Sunday Dinner 5:30pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Kevin Johnson - Chef/Owner
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Grocery Ratings and Reviews
I can't believe The Grocery was not more crowded for a recent Sunday brunch. The green eggs and ham dish was probably the best egg dish I've had in recent memory, and my friends' plates were all cleaned too. The service was thoughtful, engaging and fun. What a wonderful place for a great meal! Can't wait to go back for dinner.
another great meal, Phillip was great, very knowledgeable which was helpful to our fish and beer selections. we have had many terrific meals here and were surprised how quiet it was that night, and look forward to our next visit. had a great salad and the fish pilau was delicious, we were bummed that wreckfish wasn't in it, but the flounder and triggerfish were so well prepared we got over it!
Took the entire family for a Thanksgiving Eve meal once everyone got to town. Everything was delicious, and the staff was wonderful. We arrived super early for our reservation, and I offered to wait in the bar. They didn't blink an eye, and pulled our table together in a jiffy. My mother-in-law is notoriously hard to please, and she flat-out loved the fried oysters with deviled egg sauce and house-made pickles. The short rib was great, the triggerfish was perfect. Two of our party split a whole order of the roasted chicken and devoured the whole thing. We all decided on ice cream for dessert - the malted milk was awesome. All in all, another great meal at The Grocery.
I consider myself a foody. I have eaten all over the world & give food the respect it deserves. This restaurant was recommended by a colleague. Excellent Martini! We had raw oysters for appetizer, flavor, not so much, but OK. 3 of us had short ribs. It was served with nothing, just meat on a plate. It really needed a starch & veggie. Left us wanting. I had Trigger Fish that was dry & overcooked. It was served on delicious rice with sautéed chopped veggies. Dessert was a Lemon pie that had very mild on the lemon. I got churro with special sauces, too dry. The waitress was excellent! She was pleasant, attentive & most gratuitously charming. We had a great table in the corner. Very noisy. All in all we were disappointed. There are so many great restaurants in Charleston, this is not one of them. Sorry. 😝
From arriving five minutes early to bidding good night three hours later this was the almost perfect evening. The only reason it was not perfect is because in this world nothing perfect exists.
From discussing a bottle of 2005 Rioja Riserva we had brought with us to seeking recommendations on cocktails and what to order we were greatly satisfied at every step.
The food is always fresh and seasonal. Don't forget to check the charcuterie selections on the board over the bar. The only (very) picky thing is that their depiction of a pig defines Guanciale as Porchetta . In any case it tastes great .
Unless you are aiming for steak or Shrimp and grits the menu will satisfy any eater . I discussed whether they had used Provolone or Reggiano Parmigiano in a dish and they quickly produced a slice of The King of Cheeses thus making a liar of my taste buds. All was in good fun and I would recommend this place to anyone.
As a bonus , there is a free parking lot behind the restaurant that makes it very convenient to park.
The food was excellent. We ordered the fried okra, roasted eggplant, butternut squash, duck wings and fried oysters. The oysters were surprisingly our favorite dish. The duck wings needed a bit more sauce and maybe a touch of salt. The churros are a must try - delicious! Having a super friendly and knowledgeable waiter topped it all off.
this was the best meal we had on our trip to Charleston (and we ate at husk, too). Not only was the service and the value outstanding, but we had 6 smaller plates that continued to get better and better. Fried oysters, squash, okra, broccoli, corn agniolotti, and shrimp.
Everything was delicious and well worth it. We had 6 options in addition to 3 drinks and the cost was just over 105. Considering we're from Boston, this was an insanely good value for the best meal in the city.
What a treat! We were five women celebrating 30 plus years of friendship and all of us thoroughly enjoyed the experience. From cocktails at the beginning of the meal to dessert at the end, everything was perfect. My favorite items were the seasonal vegetables that were familiar (turnips, butternut squash, okra) yet prepared in a completely unexpected manner. The noise level was just right, the seating was casual but not slouchy, and our server was delightful. Bravo!
The Grocery was one of our best dining experiences since moving to Charleston. The atmosphere, ambience, hostess, drinks, waitress Dana, and our food were perfect. I was thinking this place was more casual, but it was definitely fine dining at it's best. The food seriously was out of this world (braised short ribs were to die for). If you haven't tried The Grocery, make it your next date night!
The fried oyster brunch entree was hands down our favorite. Would order again. Green eggs and ham was good but the we werent the biggest fan of the pancake bottom layer. Really enjoyed the Bloody Mary as well. Service was fantastic. Definitely will be back for another special occasion.
The food was amazing! Fresh ingredients, beautifully prepared. We had a party of four and consider ourselves foodies. We are all over the city this past week and this was probably our best dining experience. Outside of the phenomenal meal, our server, Lauren was outstanding!
We are our way through the evening and started with two fresh salads, omg, delicious! A pasta/crab appetizer and fired oysters and then we all had different entrees and desert.
The Grocery is about 1.5-2 miles away from the market/downtown area of Charleston, but don't let this sway your decision to eat here. I travel extensively (almost every week) and again, this was an amazing find. I highly recommend The Grocery if you too are a foodie and appreciate local, fresh and imaginative, delicious cuisine, you must dine here.
From our initial greeting at the door, all of the staff provided us with thoughtful and attentive service throughout our evening. The menu presented many attractive choices; we chose several and were delighted by each one. Each featured fresh, full-flavored ingredients, perfectly matched and executed. From the dirty green tomato martini to the okra trifecta to the angnolotti to the barrelfish and duck, we enjoyed our meal, tremendously. We can't wait to go back. Excellent wine and beer list, too
We were in Charleston for vacation and hotel recommended it. Husband ordered fish and he said it was ok, I ordered shrimp and tomato salad. I got about 2 sliced tomatos on a bowl of spinach for 12.00 and 5 shrimp grilled for 14.00 and they came out separately. Our friends ordered a whole fish and they said it was ok but not seasoned. We were disappointed.
We had a wonderful dinner here! The menu is small, but you really can't go wrong- we had the Tomato Salad, Fried Oysters as appetizers, the Beef Short Rib and Barrelfish as our entrees, and the Frozen Lime Meringue for dessert - each dish was delicious! On top of that, the service was outstanding- our server was attentive, thoughtful, and a treasure-trove of great recommendations.
I left my dinner at The Grocery with an ambivalent feeling. The restaurant has a very nice decor with an eclectic but comfortable feel and nice overall space. We very much liked the menu organization where you could combine appetizer, small plate and entree size portions any way you liked to fashion a customized meal. The menu, while somewhat abbreviated, covered most of the bases. The cooking and preparation was excellent throughout. My objection was with the portion sizes, and we are not big eaters. However, when I am paying $16 for a charcuterie plate I expect a little more on the plate than two thin slices of duck prociutto, a dollop of pork and no cheeses; same with the entree size portion of trigger fish. The wine list was unique and featured some unusual and interesting offerings. However, the list by the glass was restricted to just a few offerings (i.e. need more than just one chardonnay offering, especially when that one is French, etc.). Service was disinterested both in terms of adequate pacing and graciousness of the server. Overall, I will not run back to The Grocery soon because I did not feel I got my money's worth even though I was rooting for it throughout the meal.
Butternut squash and Italian salad pegged the top of the chart wonderful, as did our dessert. The dessert was labeled as a peanut butter bar, but it is not possible to describe it well: chocolate and peanut butter mousse... The menu has changed since we ate there a couple days ago, so I can not get the details of our entrees accurately. The fish (bucketfish?) was fair, but not great. The crab, pasta and corn entrée had potential and was good, but could have been much better.
The Grocery is one of our favorites and this week's visit was no exception. Two of us shared the whole fish which was amazing and so delicious. The waitress heard that we were talking about an engagement proposal and brought all 5 of us a glass of champagne. Nice touch. I went vegetarian with eggplant mezzaluna and I wouldn't recommend it but I appreciated the extra room because the desserts were incredible - lemon meringue pie, malted milk ice cream and CHURROS with dipping sauces - YUM!!
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