We ate at Charleston Grill the last time we were in Charleston, and it was such a wonderful experience that we knew we needed to return this time. Located inside The Charleston Place, a gorgeous luxury hotel. This celebrated and highly acclaimed restaurant is home to some of Charleston’s best food. Neither of us had a single dish we didn’t adore between this meal and the last- the food was that delicious! Here’s what we ate and what we thought this time around.
Location: Charleston, SC
Inside Charleston Place
Address: 205 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Food Type: Dinner
Dining Experience: Indoor
Price: $100+ per Person
Dress Code: Business Casual +
Special Diets: Pescatarian, Gluten-Free (not GF-dedicated)
Ambience of Charleston Grill
The entire restaurant is dimly lit and romantic yet open and relaxed. The right side of the restaurant has floor-to-ceiling glass walls that lead to a central atrium and courtyard filled with native plants, allowing plenty of natural light early in the day. Live music performed by talented local musicians guides diners as they weave and wind their way through sumptuous Lowcountry cuisine prepared by Chef de Cuisine Suzy Castelloe.
Above: Oysters from our last visit.
To try numerous dishes without stuffing ourselves, the staff agreed to give us a tasting experience of our own creation in smaller portions than usual. So, please keep that in mind as we move forward. If you order one of these dishes, you’ll get the whole experience!
Vegan Caviar? Sign me up! We began the evening with something I’d never seen anywhere else, the Truffle Caviar. This vegan dish uses molecular gastronomy techniques to create truffle-flavored “caviar,” which we enjoyed with several accouterments, such as créme fraiche, scallions and fresh herbs, onions, and vodka-lemon gelée atop friend potato nests. Sustainable, vegan, gluten-free, and intensely flavorful – we loved this!
By this point in our trip, we were a little homesick for New England (okay, not really, but we do love lobster!), so we elected to try the Lobster Salad with trout roe and celery root remoulade next. It was phenomenal!
We were near the ocean, so obviously, we indulged in plenty of seafood! The Local Poached Shrimp was a little sweet with a little heat, and it was entirely incredible! The grilled peach nuoc cham, watermelon, and gentle kick of jalapeño, all served refreshingly cool, made this my favorite course of the evening!
Charleston Grill is famous for their Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, which is out of this world amazing, according to my husband. Unfortunately, this is not gluten-free, but I had some of the tomatoes, and they were so fresh and sweet!
For our final courses, our main dishes, I had the gorgeous Pan Seared Scallops with snow peas, radishes, Thai green curry, and carrots, while Robin had the Local Catch of the Day, which was flounder. His was served with roasted tomato ‘Nduja butter, wax beans, and herb coulis. They were both exquisite!
Just as excellent as our last visit, I wouldn’t have changed a single thing. We’ve never had a bad dish here, which is why it’s a must-visit whenever we’re in Charleston. I’m already looking forward to going back again someday soon! Our meal ended with a selection of small desserts from the kitchen, so we didn’t need to order any!