About The Grocery
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
Good food and ambiance done in a minimal ...
Good food and ambiance done in a minimalist way. Fresh ingredients and interesting selection, small portions but more than enough to satisfy. Staff very helpful and service really good. Definitely worth a trip when in Charleston.
We were in Charleston for vacation and h ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 pegge ...
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 ...
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!!
We had a very good dinner here during ou ...
We had a very good dinner here during out visit to Charleston. The Piggy Plank charcuterie at the start and the frozen meringue at the end were the highlights. The beef short rib, corn agnolotti, and roasted shrimp were also good although not real stars. Drinks were reasonable, service was very satisfactory and the entire experience satisfactory. On the other hand there are so many other restaurants to try that we would sample one of them on our next visit.
Unfortunately server was inattentive, ...
Unfortunately server was inattentive,
didn't replace silverware between appetizers and entrees.
The rest of the waitstaff continued to look at their watches I the server area to the side of the bar. Very obvious they all were ready to leave.
Not typical for The Grocery.
My husband and I had a dinner date at Th ...
My husband and I had a dinner date at The Grocery and we were pleasantly surprised by how perfect everything was; from our excellent and knowledgeable waiter, Jay, to the the music, and finally the food! Definitely recommended.
We live in NY and looked for a place tha ...
We live in NY and looked for a place that would equal the options we have here. We were happy with the beautiful restaurant, great drinks at the bar and the amazing southern hospitality. Definitely our favorite restaurant in Charleston!
I took my 86 year old mother and wanted ...
I took my 86 year old mother and wanted to treat her to a farm to table experience in Charleston. The Grocery offered authentic locally sourced ingredients with a culinary bent toward the area. While the entrees are quite pricey, the TABLE options are for sharing and allow for ordering a starter and/or dessert without taking the bill over the top. Nice wine list as well!
We were in town for a conference and cho ...
We were in town for a conference and chose this restaurant because of it's vegetarian options which they then converted to vegan to accommodate my husband. He also can not have sugar and they did that as well while still delivering what he described as the best vegetable plate he had ever had. Excellent place, service and food. I wish I could move it to Louisville!
The ambiance and service was good, but t ...
The ambiance and service was good, but the food left more to desire. The entrees were expensive for what was actually being served and the food that came out was undercooked and inedible. Drinks were good however. Menu was very limited.
Natural, good food infused with fresh he ...
Natural, good food infused with fresh herbs and a lovely presentation. The cocktails are unusual, wine list decent. Wait staff was very attentive and accommodating. The seafood dish had a lovely saffron broth and fresh delicate fish, scallops and clams.
I've been here several times for brunch ...
I've been here several times for brunch and loved it! (If they have the fried quail on French toast, GET IT.) This time I ordered the carbonara, which was decent for a general pasta dish, but in terms of authentic pasta carbonara, it was way off.... I'll still eat there, just not getting that dish again
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