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About The Palmetto Cafe
The Palmetto Cafe offers a garden like setting featuring live green walls, rich mahogany furniture and adjoining courtyard. Located on the main floor of Belmond Charleston Placel, the restaurant features innovative American cuisine using only the freshest local ingredients. The Palmetto Cafe is open daily for breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch.
Charleston, SC 29401
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am - 10:30am
Brunch: Saturday: 9:00am - 11:30am, Sunday: 9:00am - 1:30pm
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary valet or validation offered for adjacent parking garage.
Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
The Palmetto Cafe Ratings and Reviews
Overpriced and noisy! We went there for Father's Day brunch and it was a zoo. We ordered three a la carte breakfast items and it took over 30 minutes for them to be served. I think they assume that most people will go with the buffet so weren't staffed in the front or back of the house to deal with anything but buffet service. The noise level was so bad that we could barely hear each other talk. (Lots of out of control babies and kids which isn't the restaurant's fault.) The bill was $84 for three breakfasts (no alcohol or extras) which I felt was a bit much considering the slow service and the chaotic vibe. Our server was sweet but completely frazzled and overwhelmed. The management needs to have more staff on schedule especially on a busy holiday weekend.
Overall, the food was borderline awful to terrible (across 3 meals and appetizers). I am a local and can assure you that the seafood is NOT fresh. My meal was almost inedible (avocado crab salad). The presentation was lovely but the food was not. The service was the best part of the experience and it was quite good. The ceiling has noticeable water damage. The restaurant is in need of a deep cleaning overall and major cosmetic repair. The cost was exorbitant. Cost is a nonissue for an excellent (or even good) meal, but this meal was a waste of money. I'd avoid this restaurant. I would not go back and would not recommend. It was convenient to an event which is why we went -- big mistake.
Palmetto Cafe does not disappoint. I have visited for breakfast brunch anniversaries, family dinners and business dinners. Michelle was very efficient, timely and professional. She crab soup was phenomenal and Michelle graciously offered us additional sherry. The Caesar salad with local shrimp (with dressing on the side) was very attractive with the chef's special touch (you'll have to see it). And, of course, we were served a pineapple morsel dipped in chocolate as a thank you from the restaurant. Looking forward to going back!
One of my most favorite restaurants for a weekend brunch or lunch any time. Spring and Fall are great times to enjoy a meal in the beautiful courtyard. Delicious food, try the crab salad, and always great service. I happily drive from Kiawah for a meal here.
We were there only for breakfast brunch. Its a buffet and you will find what you need. Design your own omelets, Blintzes, French Toast, amazing bacon (yes, its amazing!) plus fruit, great coffee, rolls, and muffins. The room is big and accommodates. The wait staff was great although it was sometimes hard to get their attention. They seemed a bit stretched. They never seemed to lose their cool and were hustling both mornings. Good news is that they didn't push you out, and let you dine at your leisure.
I chose this lovely restaurant for a business meal that would be attended by colleagues who had never been to Charleston. The location is excellent, being right in the heart of downtown Charleston. We had an enjoyable lunch with great service. I found the restaurant very overpriced, so I will not be recommending it to friends except for business or very special occasions.
We went for lunch when my mother was visiting Charleston. We sat outdoors at a table with an umbrella providing a nice shade. Though the outdoor section of the Cafe is located in the center of the Charleston PLace Hotel, it captures the breeze surprisingly well, making the heat of a sunny afternoon seem light and pleasant. The dishes were delicious, well prepared, and our server was extremely polite, professional and attentive. It was a great experience, one we enjoyed very much and would visit the location again.
At least at lunch, they will squeeze three adults and three toddlers in on an umbrella table for four right beside a couple at a table for two--even when no one else is on the patio. My experience was also influenced by a forgotten bar item and a wrong plate order which caused delays.
I admit these circumstances shouldn't but probably do influence my feeling the food sampled was no better than you can find in any of two dozen other restaurants in Charleston, maybe a half step below. Which leads me to ask why pay a large premium to eat it here?
Reservations were at 11:30am and as a hostess came out & moved one of the menu stands away from the door at 11:25am, we walked to the entrance and a black lady was on the phone at the hostess stand and told us they weren't open yet for lunch and we would need to come back in a few minutes. Not a good way to start a lunch at the Palmetto Cafe, which we always visit while in Charleston. Great waiter, thank goodness but the hostess needs to learn to be more tactful. Disappointing.
The Palmetto Cafe is a lovely, delightful brunch spot in Charleston. The service is elegantly superb. Paul, our server, was the epitome of a gentleman! The extraordinary garden and fountains lend to a serene, sunny vibe. The breakfast buffet is the best, cleanest, most scrumptious that I have enjoyed in ANY price range. I am a frequent visitor to Charleston and always look forward to breakfast at the Palmetto Cafe.
We had Sunday brunch at the Palmetto Cafe. Our server, Chris, was exceptional in meeting our needs. The Palmetto Cafe has a brunch buffet that offers most of the items on the ala carte menu so that you can sample many different foods: eggs Benedict, french toast, made to order omelets, bacon and sausage, fruit and more. They also serve very good coffee in your choice of roast. Too many times I have eaten a buffet meal that the food has been out for a while, but the food options at Palmetto Cafe were very fresh. We will definitely return.
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