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
this was one of dozens of dinners at the ...
this was one of dozens of dinners at the lot. it has been generally disappointing to see a slow decrease in the quality of the food and a sharp increase in price. the management seems to think that more food is as good as excellent food. the wait staff has also declined in ability. our waitress could not even describe the size of a certain item. my advice is to decrease the amount of food served, increase the quality and taste, and beg alex to come back!!
This is definitely a neighborhood gem! ...
This is definitely a neighborhood gem! They have a very abbreviated menu - the Chef gets all his ingredients from local farms, and so the menu is made up of items of very fresh food! Every dish was amazingly tasty -- my wife had the Bibb Lettuce with purple Cherokee tomatoes, pin nuts, preserved lemons, soft-boiled egg with a butter milk poppy seed dressing; for her main course she had Grouper on black quinoa with a blueberry hot sauce! I had the Summer Peppers with chanterelle and a Grayson cheese fonduta, and main course was Roasted Summer Vegetables with tograrashi peppers, cornmeal fried okras, heirloom tomatoes and cucumber salad, topped with a rutaba goat cheese crema! The service was wonderful -- thanks Carly!! It was our anniversary -- and they gave us a dessert -- chocolate pudding with caramel and pistachio nuts! I told you - great menu, fabulous service, amazingly tasty food! Try it!
Good food, service a bit slow
The taste and presentation of the food were the notable positives about The Lot restaurant. We sat around for the longest time before anyone even took our drink orders. We waited an above average time for the food to finally arrive. As we were waiting, we were not even offered bread. The happy conclusion was that the food was extremely good, but unfortunately, we were so hungry by the time the food arrived and the portions were a bit small. As a result, I was not filled when I left the restaurant.
Great meal and great menu selections. Se ...
Great meal and great menu selections. Service a little slow
Although I am not a vegetarian by any means, I ordered the vegetable pasta because I was in a hurry and the waitress said that might be the fastest dish. (Plus, I felt like I needed some vegetables after having had fried chicken and waffles the night before.) And I had low expectations when it was presented... it looked to be a really simple mix of pasta, butter beans, kale, etc... with no visible sauce at all. But I was bowled over by the taste... there was indeed some sort of buttery/garlic-y sauce on there, with balsamic vinegar (?) SO GOOD... I wish I'd had time for dessert, and I wish I could have gone back later for another meal! I ate in the outside area, since it seemed like it was about to get noisy inside because of the adjacent venue. (It was fine outside... very pleasant.)
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.
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.
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