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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
Norma Rae was our waitress and she was excellent. Very friendly and continuously checked to see if we needed anything. The food was excellent. We had the Palmetto Omelette and the Corned Beef Omelette which were amazing and were large enough to have been shared. The berry side dish was fresh and a sizable supply of various berries. We will probably return during this visit for breakfast. Hopefully we will again be waited on by Norma Rae as she made a great meal an exceptionally pleasant experience for my wife and me.
The service (waiter) was THE outstanding feature of this restaurant. The environment was that of a typical hotel restaurant and that is not a compliment. Either the intent is to be taken seriously as a place for fine dining or be a high end diner for a high end hotel. It is not reasonable to be both. Since you seem to be doing well; it appears I am wrong in my assessment but I stand by it. If the entrance and exit were separate and the ambiance and presentation suggested serious food than I would have felt less hoodwinked. I dressed up to a level expected for the menu and my wife and I found ourselves at a pool side bar (again not a compliment). I think the food has some merit having tired a sampler plate of specialties. It was not cohesive and left me overstuffed (like one feels when they've over eaten at a cheep buffet). I think the chef/s are very good and I enjoyed the soup I had very much and would not change the food as much as the presentation. The hostess looked like she woke up from a long bender and again was hard to be taken seriously. I wondered at one point if she was family. She gave the waiter the wrong name and the poor fella was petrified when we seemed unexcited to be known as the "Calhouns" (a nice name just not ours). Great potential but needs some work!
This was our first experience at The Palmetto Cafe, and it was truly remarkable!! Our server was sociable, very attentive, and a great conversationalist.
We arrived 5 min after brunch officially ended, but the staff still allowed us to partake in the brunch buffet (a must try - the omelette bar is fantastic) and even offered to keep it open for us while we sampled the great cuisine.
The food was delicious, the atmosphere was elegant, and the cocktails were on-point. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone in Charleston - either visiting or locals.
Service was SUPERB! Ate there twice during our meetings and both times, had a great experience. Had the buffet, which was expansive and really appreciate the choice of intensity of bottomless coffee and the to go cup! My only issue was the price; $30 for breakfast plus tip is really steep and there aren’t other options available in the hotel. Other than price, this was a wonderful option and I highly recommend it!
Been dining at the Cafe since 1999...it's our favorite spot in Charleston...the She Crab Soup is divine...entirely appropriate for dessert...very fresh food, the subtle and simple elegance of the low country...excellent atmosphere for conversation and quiet, leisurely dining...sophisticated service...
A "go to" place for us when we want a white tablecloth restaurant, friendly and professional service and classic American food. Server John Scott was a 10/10 as was the food (Caesar salad with oysters and scallops; and scallops). Dessert was also very good - a chocolate molten cake like none we've ever had with roasted nuts and a sweet drizzle. Palmetto never disappoints.
My wife and I went to brunch last Saturday with a reservation. Lily was as charming and professional as ever. Unfortunately the waiter we had(Gray) did not pay attention to detail or timing as we are accustomed to. It is not a big deal to me but I think management should be aware. For example, I've never had to clear my plate after going to the buffet and then have to borrow silverware from another table. Hope this helps
Mark and Suzanne Galloway
The Palmetto Grill is my FAVORITE dining venue of any kind in Charleston. The sunny atmosphere is elegant yet casual and the service is exceptional. The Sunday brunch buffet is delightful with an abundance of scrumptious selections ranging from healthy and light to irresistible-and-worth-every-morsel! The gracious staff is most efficient and pleasant. I have enjoyed brunch at this establishment twice; on both occasions, Paul was our server. He is such a gentleman and treated us like royalty - while exuding a friendly and hospitable manner. I can't say enough about this lovely restaurant. It is not to be missed!
This is one of the best brunch/lunches in Charleston. We are local and for some reason never made it the Palmetto Cafe (have been to Charleston Grille). We intend to make up for lost time. The brunch buffet was amazing with so many choices, my husband did not know what to select. I ordered the "Tasting Sampler" from the lunch menu and it was so delicious.
The atmosphere is elegant without being stuffy. Our server (Gray, the best!) gave us impeccable service and we will ask for him when we return.
The food was prepared very well. The dishes were tasty, creative and fresh ,top of the line ingredients were used. The service was top notch as was the ambiance. The only recommendation would be a revamp of the desserts, offfered. After such a delicious main entree the dessert was a let down. They are in need of a good pastry chef, and a fine meal would be complete.
We had brunch at Palmetto for our daughter's birthday. We ordered from the menu instead of having the buffet. The food was very good as always but the service was terribly slow. We felt as if the wait staff preferred that patrons have the buffet. A little disappointing especially since it was a special occasion.
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.
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