About The Lot
The Lot is committed to making each meal an experience through thoughtful service in a casual setting. Each dish is crafted using the season's highest quality, locally sourced meats and produce. Our ingredients receive minimal treatment to allow their natural flavors to be the focus of each dish. The menu is approachable and showcases flavors brought to the plate through the use of traditional techniques.
Contemporary French / American, Low Country
Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Tuesday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
The Lot Ratings and Reviews
Food was delicious, second to none.
Food was delicious, second to none.
Great food, GREAT service, fun vibe.. Wi ...
Great food, GREAT service, fun vibe.. Will be back
Exceptional Farm to Table food
Everything we ordered from appetizers to dessert was great. I in fact ate 2 more appetizers as my main meal. Great service. Will definitely go again.
Great Place for Dinner
My husband and I tried The Lot on the Spur of the Moment one evening. We were able to reserve a table and were pleasantly greeted by the staff. They had placed a "Reserved" card on a nice table for us. Appetizers, dinner and drinks were wonderful and I would go back again. Service was efficient and not intrusive. All in all, it was a very pleasant experience. My only complaint is that sometimes there's loud music from the "Pour House" which is right next to The Lot. However, I would not let that stop me from returning to the restaurant.
The restaurant was charming and the staff were warm, friendly and attentive. The drink menu offered some wonderful options that were different than the norm. The flavors of each dish were memorable and everything was cooked to perfection.
Limited menu. Meat dish was not cooked to order. Outdoor dining within 75 feet of major highway with lots of traffic.
This was one of our favorite local resta ...
This was one of our favorite local restaurants, but our dinner there last week was sub par. They have a new menu (and chef?), very limited offering. Menu was on a small 2" x 2" piece of paper. BRING BACK THE PREVIOUS MENU AND CHEF!!!
For restaurant goers who like different
I loved this place. The menu changes with the sustainable vegetables they use. The chef has a unique way of creating everything. I will go back and definitely recommend to friends.
Lot of noise at The Lot
We were excited to get reservations on such a busy weekend in Charleston. The staff was great - friendly, helpful, courteous. The menu was eclectic and everyone found a entree they were excited to try. Two of us had the flat iron steak and were not impressed. The pork chop was huge and smoked to be more like ham. The socca was delicious but needed more filling. The chicken schnitzel was great, too. The atmosphere was loud but fun.
The Lot never disappoints!
The food is always innovative and it's different every time we go. Great service and great value.
Perfect for after Terrace Theater or anytime
Really great place to eat. Everything about it is excellent. We are regulars at the Terrace Theater, but for whatever reason, we'd never gotten around to trying The Lot after the movie. Should have done so long ago.
We brought another couple. The four of u ...
We brought another couple. The four of us ordered almost everything on menu just to try. Very affordable. Our guests loved it. My wife and I have been multiple times. Always great. The chef does some amazing things.
Good little find on James Island
Food was good and fresh. I had the squid ink dyed pasta with crabmeat. The dish was bland and lacked something special. Service was great.
Fresh ingredients food! Comfortable atmosphere!
Restaurant was a great find while we were vacationing in the area. After nice brunch, we enjoyed cruising the farmer's market behind the LOT. Pleasureable experience!
Excellence service! Great local food opt ...
Excellence service! Great local food options and delicious brunch.
Sunday Brunch was good. Good food but the service was a little slow. The outside was open and full as well as inside so that may have been the problem understaffed.
Heard great things-not sure what the buzz is about
My girlfriend and i went after hearing a lot about how great the food was supposed to be. She got something that she loved, a vegetarian socca dish, but my orange chicken was not too good. The ingredients tasted fresh enough, but the final product wasnt very appetizing. We only had 2 of the less expensive dishes, a small (like 2 pieces of bread small) appetizer, and a couple drinks, but the bill was over $75. Not worth it, from my experience.
Eclectic daily menu with fresh local ingredients. The combinations are different and strange at first glance. The results are extremely yummy. One of our favorite restaurants.
Pork chop for 2 was great. We liked The ...
Pork chop for 2 was great. We liked The Lot a lot,
Everyone does farm to table menus these days. However, the Lot is somewhere that dials into the flavors of what all the fresh vegetables bring to the table. Everything we sampled was spot on. Can't wait to return!!
Always a great experience
We were seated immediately and had a great meal with outstanding service.
Local James Island Gem
The last three meals we've had at The Lot have been outstanding. They've actually blown away the last few downtown restaurants we've tried. The recent decor upgrades look great and were a definite improvement to the ambience. On our most recent visit we brought a friend from out of town who is in the F&B business and she was really impressed. Love what you guys do. Keep it up!
I like were Chef RJ takes his menu and s ...
I like were Chef RJ takes his menu and supports them with such great supporting stars. The wreck fish, and braised short ribs, have both been outstanding.
Always a great experience!
The Lot never disappoints - the food is fantastic and the service is always impeccable! The Gnuddi is one of my favorite dishes but you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. The Lot is also a great place to drop in for a drink and dessert and the staff is always super accommodating!
The Lot is a happy surprise on James Island. Imaginative and outstanding food, appropriate serving sizes, prepared with care and expertise, a dynamic menu, and sound level low enough to provide privacy while allowing conversation. On both visits I have been very very impressed. If there is one weakness, it is the minimal dessert menu, but ooh those desserts!!
I don't have a clue where this little gr ...
I don't have a clue where this little grm came from, but I've eaten brunch and now dinner and both meals blew me away. What an awesome place!
Have been meaning to try this neighborhood restaurant for some time... Now that we have, we are sorry we waited so long! Food and service were wonderful! Very nice that you are not at all rushed through the meal! Highly recommend!!
Wy wife and I are foodies. We moved fro ...
Wy wife and I are foodies. We moved from NYC 3 years ago to Mt. P and have eaten everywhere worth mention in and around Chs since we've been here. We've yet to try The Lot. This is farm to table executed at a very high level- better than just about everywhere else in the area. Living in Mt. Pleasant it had to be very good to warrant a repeat trip but you can be sure that will definitely happen.
We made reservations for two at 6. I cal ...
We made reservations for two at 6. I called before we went and ordered from their on-line menu and asked if our order could be waiting on us when we arrived. The restuarant staff was very accomodating and our perfectly cooked burgers were swiftly brought to the table. We enjoyed our meal and left in time to walk across the road to the Terrace theater for a 7 o'clock movie. As we left we told our servers that we would return and eat like "normal" people.
Great dinner on the deck!
I recently visited The Lot for the 10th time, and decided to dine on the front deck since it was a really comfortable temperature that evening. They've added some really nice flora to compliment the beautiful wooden deck. This was my first visit under the new chef, and they didn't miss a beat. Our server was very knowledgeable and attentive, just right. I had the gnudi for an appetizer, and it was perfectly done and very flavorful. I had the tilefish entree, complete with crab and rich grits. It was a wonderful dish, and the fish was prepared perfectly. My guest was vegan, and they catered to her needs perfectly. She was very, very happy. Overall, another great dinner at The Lot. Can't wait to get back!
Our party of three all decided to have t ...
Our party of three all decided to have the wreckfish, which was superb! The white fish medallion was wrapped in kale, which was literally "bursting" with fresh, clean flavor! I think I could taste the fresh turmeric and ginger, and the Carolina Rice bed was just right, with nutty flavor but not sticky...We tried three different seasonal desserts, pumpkin ice cream (ok, but not as outstanding as the other two..), pumpkin crème brulee (really nice, with just the right amount of crisp!), but the best of the three was the pear crisp with local pears and local ginger! we shared all three, but all voted the pear crisp no. 1!
The Lot doesn't disappoint
Love this James Island gem - the food def gives downtown restaurants a run for their money. Ask to sit outside if the weather is nice. Stay to see some live music at The Pour House next door!
It's like eating at a friend's house...
...and that friend is a really great chef and you want to freeload there a lot. Maybe that's the Lot we're talking about: you want to be there a Lot. We'll be back.
Love It !
LOT is a very special place. They strive for local products and it shows. The menu changes daily so you never know what you will find but my experience has been wonderful. There were a couple of items that I did not really understand what I was getting - except for the main entre item. The descriptions are complicated. Don't let that put you off -trust the chef - everything is yummy !
The food was awesome. Unfortunately, the service was awful and the portions were so tiny that everyone was still hungry when we left. I would not recommend.
Short menu, but always good
You never have a dozen entrees/apps to choose from, but what's there is fresh, local, and always very very good.
Not the same
Took my beautiful wife out for dinner @ Lot. We were expecting a lot, no pun intended. It however did not live up to the previous "Hype" that was experienced first hand in two prior visits. I say Hype only because it is no more. The first visit with my father & ate outside & we were in love with the server attention to every detail involving the food, the food itself, & last but not least that fuzzy felling from being wooed & all of your unspoken foodie desires were thought out for you in advance & excuted without your knowledge but gaining all of this perspective through bite after bite of food prepared the way only an artisan can. We found it! We found our new place to eat when we wanted something over the top, special. Not only was the preparation of the dishes poetic & simply, all of the ingredients were sourced locally within a short distance from home, local. The second visit was no less than the first & I will leave it at that. We left that evening in bliss also, knowing where we had been & what would be waiting on our next return. We'll this last visit was nothing short of dining at any other establishment that didn't really care, is that fair? I don't think so. I think the magic left with the previous chef & the two or three females who ran the front of the house. They knew it! & knew it all. The menu is now on paper & not spoken to the table explaining where the food was sourced & grown. The servers did not know wine pairing or what was plated & sat in front of us. It might sound like we are picky but really we just a couple of local country folk who were sold an incredible experience unlike many you can find in restaurant establishments & were expecting just as much as the times before. The apps were just ok. Trotter cake was fine without chopped egg. Cucumber salad was nice with watermelon & basil. Chartruterie plate was a miss totally. Steak was cooked. Staff was nice & accommodating but lost without the direction of the previous staff/chef.
What a diamond in the ruff. The meal and ...
What a diamond in the ruff. The meal and service were excellent. We all had the snapper - amazing. Some had apps and other deserts - equally amazing. We will be coming back.
Delish Farm to Table
Our party of five thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful,fresh cuisine from RJ and company. From the inspired cocktails to the fish and grits and the unbelievable dessert brûlée we were stuffed! Highly recommend this as a stop if you like fresh food and a great vibe.
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