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/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 love this southern Charleston restaura ...
I love this southern Charleston restaurant. We were seated promptly upon arrival. Food met or exceeded our expectations. Cocktails were just right. The service was seamless as we were able to enjoy an evening with our friend and not be interrupted. Great vibrant atmosphere.
We always enjoy The Grocery. Service and ...
We always enjoy The Grocery. Service and food are always excellent and I like that the menu changes so frequently, you always have new items from which to choose. One of the things I also like about this spot is that everyone who works there, although very professional, are also warm and welcoming....not at all snooty. It's one of our go-to spots whenever we are in Charleston.
I have made several trips to The Grocery ...
I have made several trips to The Grocery, mostly for Sunday Brunch and it is always a great experience! Staff is welcoming and attentive, restaurant is clean and comfortable, food is delicious! Bloody Mary's for brunch are a favorite of my family as well as non-alcoholic muddled fruit spritzers!
Went to the Grocery for brunch-- it was ...
Went to the Grocery for brunch-- it was spectacular! Everyone ordered something different, and everyone loved what they ordered. I'll be going back for the stuffed French Toast and the pimento cheese grits-- YUM! And Death by Mimosa? Yes please!!! :)
Another great thing-- parking was SOOOO easy! They have a parking lot attached to the restaurant so it was very convenient and no need to valet!!! Where do you ever find that in downtown Charleston (Answer: not very many places!)
We'll be back!
Our waitress Dana was awesome! We had ju ...
Our waitress Dana was awesome! We had just arrived at our hotel, Hyatt House and the goal at the front desk recommended The Grocery as a great place for a late night meal. It was so hard to choose from the menu with so many wonderful offerings. Dana helped us decide. The fried peaches were amazing complementing the fried oysters followed up by the snapper and then the lemon meringue dessert! Wife had a Zinfandel and I had a delicious brown ale. The whole was fantastic! Only wish our stay was longer than one night. We would have come back.
The service and food were great. We all ...
The service and food were great. We all enjoyed our meals, but the noise was a little much and it wasn't full so I can only imagine how loud it would be if it was packed. They have a great staff and menu so I would be happy to recommend it to friends and family.
Wife and I live in Mt Pleasant but will ...
Wife and I live in Mt Pleasant but will often try and get downtown for dinner and drinks. We try to split between those we love and new finds. Many great reviews lead us to The Grocery!
Jay our waiter was outstanding. He had in depth knowledge of the menu and the concept and history of the restaurant. We split the heirloom tomato salad, duck leg, and short rib along with several glasses of wine. Hands down the food and drink were as good as we have had in Charleston. The short rib dish was phenomenal. Such vibrant flavor.
The space itself is nice and well done but somewhat unremarkable with the exception of the historic Charleston fire station across the street. Management should consider partnering with the Charleston Fire Dept to get a few old pictures of the fire station for around the bar area. It would tie in well with partnering with the neighborhood that was here well before the restaurant. The noise level was a bit high. Not bad but made it difficult to hear our waiter at times.
We will definitely come again and the Grocery will certainly make our special list we bring out of town guests to. It is slightly I. The pricey side but we certainly got what we paid for.
The Beeliner snapper entrée had very sma ...
The Beeliner snapper entrée had very small pieces of shrimp and clam. The charcuterie "piggy plate" was delicious but came with no identification regarding the various meat samples. The cocktail labeled "and it stoned me" was refreshing; just need a larger portion to enjoy for the price. The hostess played with her hair; not appealing during consumption of the meal.
I've lived in Charleston for three years ...
I've lived in Charleston for three years and have been to many of the amazing restaurants around downtown. This was one of the best I have been to and more people should know about it. Every single dish was amazing and nobody left anything on their plates. We will be back to share the ribeye!
Nice, but, noisy. Food and service were ...
Nice, but, noisy. Food and service were fine. I had a delightful fillet of fish with potatoes, shrimp and clams with a saffron broth that really needed a spoon or bread to help sop up the delicious juice. It would have been nice not to have to ask for bread with this type of dish, but, bread was brought, and juices were sopped. The lighting, while adequate, seemed a bit small and dated. Larger, more dynamic fixtures to replace the tired, wee, drums would be an improvement to the overall look of the place. But, the rows of beautifully preserved jars, twinkly old mirrors, and comfortable chairs were quite nice. I will be back, next time for the whole wood fired fish.
Served 15$/glass Pinot in a white wine g ...
Served 15$/glass Pinot in a white wine glass filled to the top. Asked for larger wine glass waitress takes it away without a word then puts it down without even looking at us. She was horrible and trust me we are really easy going and like loud fun restaurants. This was a drag. But the whole rush snapper was good.
Service was superb — Josh was friendly, ...
Service was superb — Josh was friendly, personable and funny. Food was excellent. Farmer's plate for my vegetarian friend was bursting with flavor. My cured king salmon had a delightful balance of citrus and avocado and the puffed rice was an unusual but delicious addition. The roasted peaches were included in the farmers plate and ordered by me with Tasso ham and shishito peppers — they were the star of the night. Would go back in an instant.
The waiter seemed to be in a rush to ser ...
The waiter seemed to be in a rush to serve us and get us out of there. It was strange considering there were many tables vacant and our reservation was in the early part of the evening. He was in some cases, condescending toward us regarding bar drinks and ingredients. He seemed to be the exception though since the rest of the staff was very pleasant. The food was good but a bit overpriced for the portions.
Went here for dinner with my wife. My w ...
Went here for dinner with my wife. My wife ordered a glass of Albariño wine and I got the Ryeding down the Blvd. My wife enjoyed her wine very much and my drink was one of the best I've had. Really well made. We ordered the heirloom tsalad and and radicchio salad with peaches from the produce section. The salads were the best part of the meal on our opinion. The main course, the Lowcountry Seafood Pilau left much to be desired. I thought the whole plate was just lacking taste. It was Ok, not great. We didn't save room for dessert. Overall, we would come back. The atmosphere, drinks and service are excellent!
We all enjoyed the food very much and we ...
We all enjoyed the food very much and we are still talking about the great eggplant appetizer. All of our dishes were great. Our waitress was slow, unengaged and knew nothing about the menu. I would recommend much better training for the staff in the future.
Second time dining, fantastic both times ...
Second time dining, fantastic both times
The ingredients just work.
One of the best, if not the best, fine dining spots in town.
A step above Edmund's Oast and on par with Canon Green.
Ready to return.
We have been dining at Grocery since the ...
We have been dining at Grocery since they opened. Always enjoyed it and felt all very good - food, service, value, etc. We hadn't been in about a year till this dinner. Felt portions had shrunk considerably and prices had inched up. Very disappointed. Server didn't do anything to enhance the experience. He was just okay.
When plates were put before us, we all felt it looked a bit too "nouvelle cuisine" and not what we expected of Grocery.
All in all, we will not be back.
I can't believe I've waited so long to t ...
I can't believe I've waited so long to try this place! Everything was amazing from the pimento cheese bites at the bar to both of the shrimp appetizers to the pretzel bar at the end for dessert. Service was great--we really enjoyed our waiter. He was very knowledgable about the menu and gave us excellent recommendations. Can't wait to come back for brunch one day.
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