Church and Union Restaurant in Charleston, SC, is owned by the same group (5th Street Group) that owns Tempest, one of the best places to eat in Charleston. So, on our most recent visit, we knew we needed to try their sister restaurant. The entirety of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is painted on the ceiling of this converted church-turned-restaurant. Aside from the outstanding food, one of my favorite things about both Church and Union and Tempest is that they profit share with their employees, so those who make the group money earn more.
Location: Charleston, SC
Address: 32B North Market Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Food Type: Modern American
Dining Experience: Indoor
Price: $20+ per Person
Dress Code: Casual +
Special Diets: Pescatarian, Gluten-Free (not GF-dedicated)
We popped in for a light lunch, and we ordered delicious things. We shared two things—first, the Southern Pimento Cheese. The crackers weren’t gluten-free, so that I couldn’t eat them, but Robin said they were great! The pimento cheese is quite popular in the south, particularly in Charleston, but this was by far the best we tried.
I had the Beet and Burrata Salad with red wine jus, lemon oil, and pepper. This was SO delicious and refreshing. It was the perfect meal on a 95º day. Church and Union has different menus for different times of the day, and though their lunch menu is a bit smaller than their dinner menu, it still packs a punch, and the staff are very accommodating of allergies and preferences.
Overall, everything here was out of this world delicious. Our waitress was very kind and helpful, giving us her recommendations, and the food was excellent. The atmosphere was fun and relaxed, and the big stained glass windows made the entire place feel ethereal and romantic in a way I didn’t expect for what was once an old church. They have a floor-to-ceiling bar with everything one needs for any cocktail or wine pairings, and its location on Market Street makes it easily accessible from anywhere in town. I can’t recommend Church and Union enough!